Month: July 2019

  • The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands

    first_imgThe Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding.Arts Council England (ACE) announced this week that it was awarding £5.3 million to 40 organisations as part of its Elevate fund, which aims to increase the diversity of applications for future funding.ACE’s latest equality analysis published last December, showed that diverse-led organisations, particularly those led by disabled and black and minority ethnic people, were “under-represented” among recipients of funding for its “national portfolio” of arts and cultural organisations.Organisations awarded funding from Elevate include Disability Arts Online (DAO), which was originally set up by disabled artist Colin Hambrook in 2002, and will receive £150,000 to increase its staff, generate new ways of earning revenue, and support existing projects.DAO will also create a new consultancy service for arts and cultural organisations, which will “support diversification of workforces, audiences and programmes, supporting equality through the arts sector”.DAO describes itself as “a portal into the world of disability arts”, publishing editorial, blogs and listings, and “providing a place where opinion pieces, reviews and interviews can be shared and commented on”. Another disability arts organisation to benefit from the Elevate fund is Together! 2012 CIC, which is aiming to create an international centre of excellence for disability arts in the main Paralympic host borough of Newham as part of the London 2012 legacy.Together! 2012, which delivers a year-round programme of free arts activities for disabled people, as well as free disabled-led exhibitions, performances and events, will receive £126,000.Dr Ju Gosling (pictured), who leads the organisation as its artistic director, said the grant was “very, very good news” and a “vote of confidence” in its work and “a clear message to other funders that they do not have to worry about the quality of what we are delivering”.The funding will allow the organisation to continue with its commitment that all of its arts activities are “free at the point of use”, creating free, safe, accessible spaces “where disabled people can come together and share our culture”.Part of the money will help disabled artists promote their services in disability equality training and consultancy, offering “creativity as a USP” and particularly targeting the “very large and untapped market” provided by the huge local business and finance sector in east London.But it will also fund a unique new website that will sell the work of disabled artists, such as prints, music, books, portraits and sculptures, generating income for them and Together! 2012.Gosling said: “There is quite a big market in black art, there is a market in feminist art, there’s a huge market in indigenous art.“Disability art meets those same criteria. It is recognised as an international arts movement, there have been lots of exhibitions, conferences, books, but no gallery has wanted to associate itself with disabled people.”The funding will also help Together! 2012 develop its board of directors and set up a community advisory board made up mostly of locally-based disabled artists.Together! 2012 was inspired by the late David Morris, who led on disability for the former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and was a friend of Gosling.Before the Elevate award, Together! 2012 had already raised more than £160,000 in funding, including six grants from ACE’s Grants for the Arts programme, as well as funding from trusts, public sector bodies and local businesses.It began as a free disability arts and human rights festival, spreading across the London 2012 Paralympic Games and UK Disability History Month, but in July 2013 it launched as a social enterprise.Over the last three years it has delivered activities in at least 22 venues across the borough of Newham.Next month it will run a tent at the mayor of London’s Liberty Festival, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 3 September, just days before the opening of the Rio 2016 Paralympics.The tent will showcase emerging local talent for the third year in a row, while Together! 2012 will also produce performances around the Olympic Park site for the first time.Gosling said she was “incredibly proud” of what the organisation had achieved over the last four years through “a team effort”, despite the challenges it had faced and the lack of London 2012 legacy funding for Newham.She said: “There are now free cultural spaces for disabled people to come out and meet and network and enjoy themselves, whether it’s watching a film, coming to a poetry café, going to an exhibition, a performance.“We have got some of the most accessible public transport in London, all of our shopping centres have got step-free access; there are very positive things to say about Newham and we want to ensure that a central part of the Paralympic legacy is to say that disabled people are always welcomed here, even if only by us.”She added: “Disabled people have come together to produce something from 2012 which allowed the local community to engage with the Paralympics when nothing else was being done.“Nobody gave us permission to do it, nobody asked us to do it. It’s all come from disabled people. I think that’s still unusual in this day and age.“I like to think that by doing it ourselves as disabled people, it has probably been done a lot better.“I think there is still something quite special about seeing a bunch of disabled people in one of the poorest areas of the UK, most of them people of colour, coming together from across impairment groups.”Other disabled-led arts organisations to receive Elevate funding include Salford-based DIY Theatre, which is led by people with learning difficulties and receives £109,560 to support a three-year project to increase its capacity and develop its organisation.Abid Hussain, ACE’s director of diversity, said: “Diversity is a crucial priority for the Arts Council and the increased scale of our investment through the Elevate fund is a further demonstration of our ambition to drive forward meaningful change.“We hope it will help ensure the diversity of England is more accurately reflected across our national portfolio over the longer term.”last_img read more

  • SF Tenant Protections Dodge Bullet at Rent Board

    first_imgLandlords hoping to change recently passed tenant protections failed Tuesday night to convince the San Francisco Rent Board that the law should only apply to new leases.The new ordinance, part of a package of tenant protections introduced by Supervisor Jane Kim, allows tenants to add roommates up to the legal occupancy limit regardless of their lease terms. Landlords would be unable to evict tenants or raise their rent based on the addition of roommates.“Adding roommates will cause people like me to pull out of the business,” said Aubrey Freedman, a landlord who said he has a good relationship with his single tenant. Many landlords argued that the tenants’ rights law is pushing them to take their property off the market. The debate centered on whether the recently passed tenant protection ordinance — dubbed Tenant Protections 2.0 — applied to existing leases or leases signed after the law takes effect. Calvin Abe, a landlord commissioner on the five-member Rent Board, said the law was ambiguous about when it should take effect. Tags: housing • rent • tenants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img He proposed an amendment that would enforce the law only for leases signed after November 9 of this year, essentially nullifying it for almost all current San Francisco tenants.Landlords were particularly concerned with the roommate provision, which allows tenants to add more roommates than allowed in a rental lease up to the housing code for the unit. Tenants, however, cannot add roommates past the legal occupancy. A studio, for example, cannot legally house more than two people. Still, many claimed it asked them to shoulder too much of the blame for the city’s housing crisis.“They’re asking us to be the safety net for people who are in need of housing and cannot afford market rents,” said Noni Richen, president of the Small Property Owners of San Francisco Institute. “Part of the reason the market rents are so high is because the laws are so restrictive [that] people don’t want to do this anymore.”Although the tenant protection ordinance was passed unanimously by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in September, the roommate provision was more controversial and had to be voted on separately. It narrowly passed 7-4, but faced another potential roadblock in October as rumors spread that Mayor Ed Lee would veto it.Though he decided against the veto, Lee did note that he disagreed with the roommate provision, writing to the Board that the provision “creates a significant intrusion into certain fundamental rights of small property owners.”In addition to the roommate provision, the ordinance prohibits landlords from raising rent for five years after a no-fault eviction, prevents evictions for nuisance violations like hanging laundry or living in illegal units, and requires landlords to provide multilingual information for tenants facing eviction. The commissioners voted Tuesday night 3-2 to oppose the amendment that would have made the protections apply only to new leases, with the two landlord commissioners dissenting. The decision came after hours of public comment from some 70 landlords and tenants. Landlords said that the law should only apply to new leases, while tenants argued that the law was written to protect tenants with existing leases. A decision that the law would apply only after the law takes effect would have defeated its purpose, tenants rights advocates argued at Tuesday’s meeting. “The reason why have this legislation is because we’re having this crisis right now,” said Chirag Bhakta of the Mission SRO Collaborative during public comment. “We fought this battle already at the Board of Supervisors. Please do not commit a disservice by gutting this legislation.” The decision also hinged on the question of whether the commission had the authority to amend the ordinance so dramatically, with some commissioners calling foul on attempts to exclude existing leases from the law.“It’s a last minute underhanded attempted to gut Kim 2.0,” said tenant commissioner Cathy Mosbrucker, referencing the protections’ chief backer, Supervisor Kim. “And I really can’t believe that you expect us to disregard the law the Board of Supervisors passed.” last_img read more

  • SF Supervisors Approve Protection for Tenants of Illegal Units

    first_imgThe Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will provide more protections to tenants living in illegal units and in-law apartments throughout San Francisco.The amendment to the city’s Building and Planning codes requires landlords who want to make changes in units major enough to displace the residents there to notify those tenants – even if the unit is illegal. That advance notice would give tenants the opportunity to appeal any permits and stave off their eviction.  The new legislation pertains to landlords who plan to “demolish or merge” a unit, which could mean renovations like removing a kitchen, stove, or bathroom. Current law only requires such notice for legal units. Under the new ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, landlords must notify all tenants once an application for a demolition permit has been submitted.At present, Wiener said, tenants of some units have little or no time to appeal at the Department of Building Inspection or the Board of Appeals to fight their eviction. “This inequity is completely unfair when you have people paying rent to live in a unit, often for decades, at risk of losing their homes without any notice whatsoever simply because that unit is not legally recorded in San Francisco,” said Wiener. “That is not right and we need to close that loophole.”The ordinance, which Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign next Friday, will take effect after 30 days.  It came about after housing activists identified the “loophole” in the current law.Tommy Avicolli Mecca, director of counseling programs at the San Francisco Housing Rights Committee, said he has witnessed an increase in evictions of tenants living in illegal units. Rather than taking the steps to register these illegal units with the Department of Building Inspection – a process in which the illegal unit’s tenants are protected – many landlords are choosing to remove illegal units and evicting the tenants.“That’s a ‘just cause’ eviction for the tenants,” said Mecca, referring to such evictions having been legal under the old law.  He said that some landlords were evicting tenants and then re-renting the units at a higher rate. Mecca became aware of the problem last year when he represented a family being evicted. “They were Chinese speakers, and they were being evicted, “ he said. “By the time we got to the Board of Appeals, we were told that they sympathize with the family and that they should have the right to an appeal, but that the law doesn’t allow it.’”Strengthening the rights of tenants, regardless of the legality of a unit, is an important step in addressing the housing crisis, said Mecca.“Landlords know they can get more money if they get those tenants out, keep it illegal, and re-rent it,” he said. “I’m glad that politicians have stepped behind this ordinance.” 0%center_img Tags: Board of Supervisors • housing Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

  • Neighborhood Notes Goodbye Mission Street Sports Bar hello Arena SF

    first_imgArena SF Opens This WeekWith a tentative opening date of April 5, hip-hop dance club Arena SF will supplant the shuttered Mission Street Sports Bar at 2565 Mission Street. This is yet another change for this location which, previously, was known as Balançoire, the Blue Macaw, and 12 Galaxies.Richard Einselen was the proprietor of Balançoire and the Mission Street Sports Bar. Now, with new partners Jackson Chung and Dave Ho, he says Arena SF will be less like the sports bar and more like Balançoire. Chung and Ho run an Arena dance club in Los Angeles’ Koreatown; this will be their second outpost. “I thought the Mission needed a sports bar, but the Mission couldn’t support it,” summed up Einselen. “People would come in during sporting events, but I think they were expecting something different. I think people expected gourmet food but we had sports bar thing: Burgers, tacos, hot dogs, onion rings. I think if it was on Valencia, it would have done much better.” It remains to be seen how the residents of the upscale condo complex Vida SF cotton to having a hip-hop dance club across the street. —JEBike & Roll to School WeekThe S.F. Bicycle Coalition and San Francisco Safe Routes to School are promoting its Bike & Roll to School Week, which will start on April 15 and last until April 19. Families are invited to ride their bikes, scooters, or boards instead of taking cars. You can also sign up and be entered in a raffle to win a Cleary bicycle. More information at their webpage. —ARSF BiCon tickets to go on SaleOrganizers are seeking volunteers and guest speakers for the city’s first bisexual conference in 30 years. SF BiCon, scheduled for Oct. 12, 2019, is hoping to explore bisexuality and address phobias from other members of the community. Tickets will be available in April, and you can buy them at their website. —AR Email Addresscenter_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletterlast_img read more

  • The former winger who scored 173 tries in 289 app

    first_imgThe former winger, who scored 173 tries in 289 appearances for the Saints, was part of the Academy staff as Strength and Conditioning Coach.His role also took in the first team on gameday.“He’s done a great job here and we’re really sad to see him leave,” Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush said. “He will be a big loss to our backroom team but we couldn’t stand in his way.“This is a big opportunity for him and we all wish him the best.”At the Saints, Gardner won the 2006 Super League Grand Final as well as the 2007 World Club Challenge.He also lifted four Challenge Cups in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008 and represented both Great Britain and England.last_img read more

  • Brunswick County girls get the chance to be princesses for a day

    first_imgLELAND, NC (WWAY) — A few lucky girls in Brunswick County had the chance to put on a tiara and spend Saturday afternoon as princesses, all while getting some special time with an important man in their life.It was the tenth annual Little Princess Ball at the Leland Cultural Arts Center.- Advertisement – Girls from kindergarten through fifth grade were invited for dancing, face painting, food, and much more.Their dates for this special event? A dad, uncle, or another male role model.One of the event’s organizers, Mallory Wells, says it’s a big deal for these girls to have a strong male influence in their lives.Related Article: FEMA hosting meeting to address flood mitigation questions, concerns“It’s a fun event. You have a lot of parents, or a lot of dads, that have done it every year,” Wells said. “You see those girls that are in fifth grade get a little emotional because they know it’s their last year that they get to come because they’ve been coming for five years or six years straight.”Saturday’s fun didn’t end in Leland. The Brunswick Centers in Southport and Supply welcomed little princesses and their dates as well.last_img read more

  • Via Crucis brings community together for Good Friday

    first_img “It’s really great that the whole thing is in Spanish, but it doesn’t make any difference because we all know the story and so everybody is able to follow along, regardless. And people are very moved even if they only speak English,” Father Bob said.The program goes on for about an hour, but Father Bob says every year, he sees more and more people come out to enjoy the program with everyone else from the community.Father Bod said they did have plans for if it rained but he was praying that didn’t happen. But it worked out in his favor. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Hispanic community in Wilmington remembered Christ’s journey through the stations of the cross, or as they call it “Via Crucis.” Hundreds of people turned out for the program.Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary’s Via Crusis was an entire production put on by the Hispanic youth in the community. It is meant to showcase Jesus’ passion and suffering as he died for the sins of the world. It was done in Spanish but Father Bob Kus says that does not stop people from enjoying the message the program brings.- Advertisement – last_img read more

  • Family grieves after father drowns at Sunset Beach

    first_imgRoger Barnhouse and his wife have two sons.- Advertisement – “He was a very funny guy,” Roger’s wife, Christina Barnhouse, said.“It was very surreal for me,” Christina Barnhouse said. “I didn’t realize this was happening.”The couple’s youngest son, who is 8 years old, went too far into the water.Related Article: Police: Toddler drowned in North Carolina homeRoger, a U.S. Navy veteran who knew how to swim, went in behind him and got caught in the rip current.A surfer already in the water rescued their son. Another surfer tried to rescue Roger Barnhouse but was unable to do so.Click here to read more. SUNSET BEACH, NC (WSOC) — A Concord man drowned Saturday at Sunset Beach after he was swept into the ocean by a rip current.last_img read more

  • MTN Confirms 300 Elite Runners Will Participate in the 2018 MTN Kampala

    first_imgOver 300 elite runners confirm participation in the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon. Pictured are current title holders for the 42km and 21km runs. Advertisement Telco; MTN Uganda has today confirmed over 300 elite runners across the region and Uganda will participate in this year’s MTN Kampala marathon. Kenyan duo; Sammy Kipngetich Kurgat and Rael Kimaiyo Kurgat are back to defend their 42km titles, while Uganda’s duo Doreen Chesang and Daniel Rotich will also be defending their 21km titles.The defending champions and the elite runners will be participating at the 15th annual sporting event with over 20,000+ other runners who take the event as a social event. The target of the event, is all proceedings collected will go towards improving Maternal Health Care in Uganda to ensure safe childbirth, for expectant mothers.“In as much as the spotlight is on the elite runners, there are another 20,000+ participants in the marathon that will be coming to run towards the improvement of maternal health, for fun and others,” said Valery Okecho, Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda during a media press briefing held at MTN Offices.Valery Okecho, the Manager Corporate Communications at MTN Uganda at a press media briefing of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens. – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Dominic Otuchet, the President of Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) confirmed that the number elite athletes has increased by 100 from last years. Last year’s race attracted 200 elite runners from around the world.The elite runners also include Ugandan professional runners and can participate in the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) and the 10km road race. However, the foreign runners are only allowed to participate in the full and half marathons.Dominic Otuchet, the President of Uganda Athletics Federation, speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.Notably, changes have been made on the 42km and 21km routes in order to reduce the number of hills with the expectation of improving running experience and better times. This becomes the first time the telco has changed its race routes.Looking at traffic guidelines, Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander; SSP Norman Masinga told media that they have deployed traffic police on roundabouts and junctions to regulate traffic flow for athletes.Kampala Metropolitan Traffic Police Commander; SSP Norman Masinga speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.While motorcycles have come to be part of the race, following runners, and some who use them to cheat are banned from being anywhere near the athletes. On the other hand, no vehicle will as well be parked on the round sides where athletes will pass.“Motorcycles shall not be allowed to follow the runners as it affects the runners concentration and no vehicle will not be allowed to park along the road. There are designated parking slots that have been provided,” said Norman.At the perspective of security, Luke Owoyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman told media that they have deployed all the force that is necessary with those in uniform and those who are plain clothed to ensure that the event goes with no threats, or harm.Luke Owoyesigire; Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesman, speaks to media during the unveiling of elite runners for the 2018 MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday 23rd, November 2018 at the MTN Uganda offices in Nyonyi Gardens.He urged and called upon parents not to come with a lot of children. He pointed out that if parents wanted to come with their kids, at least bring one or two aged 10+ years above. Luke also advisable that people carry the property they need during the marathon.“It is important for runners to come in as light as possible in order to avoid being the target by some criminal elements. We expect to police this day and cooperation from the participants,” said Luke.This years MTN Kampala Marathon will be flagged off by Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister of Health.[related-posts]last_img read more

  • OneFi Secures USD5M Debt Facility from Lendable

    first_imgOneFi has announced it has secured a $5M debt facility for its consumer facing platform, Paylater. Advertisement One Finance (OneFi) Limited has announced its securing of USD$5 million debt facility for its consumer facing platform, Paylater. The facility comes from Lendable, a technology-enabled funding provider to African consumer and SME lenders. The debt facility will be used to deploy more loans to Paylater customers, specifically through a suite of innovative new products. Since its launch in 2016, Paylater has deployed over USD$60M across 750,000 loans, approving over 1,500 loans a day with an average of USD$80 per loan. With this new debt facility, the company will now look to double in size within Nigeria before entering new markets this year.The news comes just two months after the company secured Africa’s first credit rating for a fintech platform, achieving a “BB” Rating with a “Stable Outlook’ from Global Credit Rating Co. – Advertisement – Chijioke Dozie, OneFi CEO speaking at the announcement, said securing this investment from Lendable represents the first internationally-backed commercial debt transaction for OneFi. By this marking an important stage of OneFi’s development as thet look to serve the “next billion”. “As we transition into a full service digital bank, this financing will allow us to execute on a number of new products. This includes our partnership with Visa, whereby we’ll be providing credit via QR codes at supermarkets, clinics and on public transport in H1 2019,” said Chijioke.There are currently only 120,000 active POS merchants in Nigeria, with over 50% of transactions occurring in Lagos alone. Leveraging the power of the mobile phone, of which there are 150 million active connections in Nigeria, Paylater. This aiming to help millions of customers transact at their point of need, and drive offline payments via lower cost QR installations.A consumer pictured looking at his Paylater account on a smartphone. The Paylater platform is a product for OneFi Limited | Courtesy Photo.Lendable is backed by Omidyar Network, KawiSafi Ventures, FMO, and other leading institutions. They provide credit facilities to consumers and SME credit providers operating in digital lending, microfinance, and a range of Pay-as-you-go services. This investment into OneFi marks the first Nigerian deal Lendable has signed, and one of a handful of new Nigerian clients for the company.Daniel Goldfarb, Lendable CEO said, “We’re incredibly excited to launch this partnership with OneFi as we build our presence in Nigeria. At Lendable, we build financial products to enable lending companies to scale, and we are proud to support OneFi’s mission of providing credit to the underbanked consumer and SME segments in Nigeria.”Daniel applaud OneFi, saying the company is an incredible example of a company that has found product market fit in a massive market.Paylater, launched in 2016 by Nigerian finance entrepreneurs Chijioke and Ngozi Dozie, provides hassle-free loans without need for human intervention or bias in decision making. The company has transitioned to a one-stop-shop offering additional products such as savings, bill payments and credit reporting.To-date, the Paylater app has been downloaded over 1 million times with over 1,575 loans approved daily with all applicants getting a free credit report.last_img read more

  • STARTERS ORDERS Friday

    first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Our new daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 25 October3.45 DoncasterWhite Nile 7/1 (same price but attracting interest)4.20 DoncasterSquire Osbaldeston 3/1 > 5/24.40 NewburySecret Edge 11/1 > 8/1last_img

  • BENS BLOG The Racing Blogger

    first_imgIn other news:Food Vlog 10: E Mono, 287 Kentish Town Road, NW5 2JSOver and out, B x [dropcap]S[/dropcap]tephen Power, AKA The Racing Blogger, is a young man who has split the betting-industry, and is being described as a ‘Marmite’ character.But why?He’s fun and keen. He wants to get stuck in. He’s in love with and wants to attack the game. But most of all; he has a good heart. He might piss a few stuffy Hoorays off because he jumps around like a bouncy labrador. But surely we need DIFFERENT types of people, who will add more and more of a cosmopolitan feel to, and attract, the Facebook generation?If someone is doing their best and they are not compromising the game, they should be embraced, whoever they are. Also, these people who are full of criticism; WHAT DO THEY BRING TO THE PARTY ANYWAY?last_img read more

  • Noted biologist author Richard Dawkins to speak at Rice University Oct 10

    first_imgShareFranz Brotzen713-348-6775franz.brotzen@rice.eduWorld-renowned evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins will speak at Rice University Oct. 10. The talk, titled “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” will begin at 7 p.m. in Stude Concert Hall in the Shepherd School of Music’s Alice Pratt Brown Hall. For directions, go to http://parking.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=32. The lecture is free and open to the public.Who: Evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins.What: Free public lecture titled “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True.”When: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10.Where: Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall, 6100 Main St.Dawkins was the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford until his retirement in 2008. To promote the values of education, science and critical thinking skills, he established The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, which has branches in both the United Kingdom and the United States. He also maintains a website, www.RichardDawkins.net.Dawkins is the author of 11 books: “The Selfish Gene” (1976, 2nd Ed 1989), “The Extended Phenotype” (1982), “The Blind Watchmaker” (1986), “River Out of Eden” (1995), “Climbing Mount Improbable” (1996), “Unweaving the Rainbow” (1998), “A Devil’s Chaplain” (2003), “The Ancestor’s Tale” (2004), “The God Delusion” (2006), “The Greatest Show on Earth” (2009) and “The Magic of Reality” (2011). He will sign copies of his latest book after the lecture.Dawkins’ lecture is sponsored by Rice’s HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education) Project and The Institute for Humanist Studies.For more information go to http://here.rice.edu or call 713-348-5550. AddThislast_img read more

  • Nanotubes boost terahertz detectors

    first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/06/0609_TERAHERTZ-2-web.jpgA nanotube detector attached to two gold electrodes is able to detect terahertz waves. The nanotubes are doped to provide negative and positive regions. The detector developed by Rice University, Sandia National Laboratories and the Tokyo Institute of Technology could improve many imaging applications. (Credit: Kono Laboratory/Rice University) http://news.rice.edu/files/2014/06/0609_TERAHERTZ-1-WEB.jpgA thin-film terahertz detector created with carbon nanotubes (the thin strip of black material) may revolutionize medical imaging, passenger screening and food inspection, among other uses, according to researchers at Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories. (Credit: Sandia National Laboratories)center_img Share1Editor’s note: Links to a video and images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduNanotubes boost terahertz detectorsRice-led project may dramatically improve medical imaging, passenger screening, food inspectionHOUSTON – (June 11, 2014) – Researchers at Rice University, Sandia National Laboratories and the Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed novel terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could improve medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food inspection and other applications. Unlike current terahertz detectors, the devices are flexible, sensitive to polarization and broad bandwidth and feature large detection areas. They operate at room temperature without requiring any power.The project led by Rice physicist Junichiro Kono and Sandia scientist François Léonard takes advantage of the terahertz range of the electromagnetic spectrum.Because terahertz waves are much smaller in energy than visible light, finding materials that absorb and turn them into useful electronic signals has been a challenge, Kono said. Now, thin films of highly aligned carbon nanotubes developed at Rice have been configured to act as compact, flexible terahertz sensors.The research was reported in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.Kono said terahertz waves easily penetrate fabric and other materials and may provide less intrusive ways for security screenings of people and cargo. Terahertz imaging could also be used to inspect food without adversely impacting its quality.Perhaps the most exciting application offered by terahertz technology, he said, is as a possible replacement for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in screening for cancer and other diseases.“The potential improvements in size, ease, cost and mobility of a terahertz-based detector are phenomenal,” Kono said. “With this technology, you could conceivably design a handheld terahertz detection camera that images tumors in real time with pinpoint accuracy. And it could be done without the intimidating nature of MRI technology.”The scientific community has long been interested in the terahertz properties of carbon nanotubes, Léonard said, but virtually all of the research to date has been theoretical or computer-model-based. A handful of papers, including several by Kono and his Rice team, have investigated terahertz phenomena in carbon nanotubes, but those have focused mainly on the use of one or a bundle of nanotubes.The problem, Léonard said, is that terahertz radiation typically requires an antenna to achieve coupling into a single nanotube, due to the relatively large size of terahertz waves. The researchers, however, found a way to create a small detector that is visible to the naked eye. The thin carbon nanotube film developed by Rice chemist Robert Hauge and the paper’s lead author, Rice graduate student Xiaowei He, does not require an antenna, and is thus amenable to simple fabrication. It represents one of the team’s most important achievements, Léonard said.“Carbon nanotube thin films are extremely good absorbers of electromagnetic light,” he explained. In the terahertz range, the film, a mix of metallic and semiconducting nanotubes, soaks up all of the incoming terahertz radiation.“Trying to do that with a different kind of material would be nearly impossible, since a semiconductor and a metal couldn’t coexist at the nanoscale at high density,” Kono said. “But that’s what we’ve achieved with the carbon nanotubes.”The technique is key, he said, because it combines the superb terahertz absorption properties of metallic nanotubes and the unique electronic properties of semiconducting nanotubes. This allowed the researchers to create a photo detector that does not require power to operate, with performance comparable to existing technology.The 150-micron-wide, 2-millimeter-long films of aligned carbon nanotubes were grown by He from 2-micron-wide lines of catalyst. The resulting film was doped to create a positive/negative junction and attached to  Teflon backing and gold electrodes for testing. “The structure is very compact and combines the absorber, the thermometer and polarizer that terahertz detectors require into one piece of film,” He said.Next, the researchers need to integrate an independent terahertz radiation generator with the detector for applications that require a source, Léonard said. The team also needs to incorporate electronics into the system and to further improve properties of the carbon nanotube material.The project’s contributors included researchers taking part in NanoJapan, a 12-week summer program that enables freshman and sophomore physics and engineering students from U.S. universities to complete nanoscience research internships in Japan. NanoJapan is funded by the National Science Foundation through the TeraNano collaboration based at Rice and Tokyo Tech. Such research collaborations and international outreach are among Rice’s Priorities for the New Century.“A hallmark of this international research collaboration is the emphasis it places on training the next generation of terahertz nanoscience researchers,” Kono said. “NanoJapan tightly integrates the international experience with students’ academic programs by providing hands-on opportunities to acquire technical skills and knowledge associated with cutting-edge nanoscience and optics research projects.”Co-authors are Rice graduate students Qi Zhang, Weilu Gao and undergradute Qijia Jiang; Naoki Fujimura and Yukio Kawano of the Tokyo Institute of Technology; NanoJapan participant Meagan Lloyd of Carnegie Mellon University; Kristopher Erickson and Alec Talin of Sandia National Laboratories; and Hauge, a distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice. Kono is a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy.The Department of Energy, the National Institute for Nano Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories, the Lockheed-Martin Rice University LANCER program, the National Science Foundation and the Robert A. Welch Foundation funded the research.-30-Watch a video by Sandia National Laboratories about the project:http://youtu.be/uuOvoY3rh6ARead the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl5012678This news release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Junichiro Kono Laboratory: http://www.ece.rice.edu/~irlabs/Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology: http://cnst.rice.eduImages for download:last_img read more

  • Rice U study Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter

    first_imgAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduRice U. study: Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move togetherHOUSTON – (Aug. 7, 2014) – The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama.“We tested the hypothesis that investment banking networks affect stock prices and trading behavior,” said James Weston, a professor of finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “Consistent with the notion that investment banks such as Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch serve as information hubs for segmented groups of investors, the stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together.”An equity offering is an invitation by an underwriter to the general public or a select group of investors to buy a new issue of a company’s common stock.Weston said the magnitude of the effect is similar to the “co-movement” that research has linked to share price, stock index inclusion, specific industry or geography. He co-authored the paper with Jones School colleague Gustavo Grullon, a professor of finance, and Shane Underwood, an associate professor of finance at the University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Commerce. It was published in the July issue of the Journal of Financial Economics.The authors provided an example to illustrate their findings: “Goldman Sachs underwrites equity offerings by firms A, B and C. In its road show, it conveys information about the firms to a set of investors, IGoldman, who subsequently buy shares in A, B and C. JPMorgan similarly underwrites offerings by a different set of firms (D, E and F) and markets them to a different set of investors, IMorgan.” Weston said as long as these two sets of investors do not share any information about firm fundamentals, the trading behavior of these two separate sets of investors can lead to correlations in asset prices that are driven by correlated buying and selling pressure within the investor set.The authors also found that when firms switch underwriters between their initial public offering (IPO) and a seasoned equity offering (SEO), they co-move less with the stocks associated with the old bank and more with the stocks associated with the new bank. “This change in co-movement is greater for stocks completing their first SEO and for those experiencing large changes in institutional ownership,” Weston said.The authors illustrated this phenomenon using their initial example. “Now suppose an exogenous force causes firm F to switch underwriters for its next security offering, and it moves from JPMorgan to Goldman,” they wrote. “Now, IGoldman obtains better information about firm F than IMorgan, which causes the stock returns of firm F to move less with D and E (its old network) and more with A, B and C (its new network).”The authors said their results are likely driven by the existence of distinct clienteles or networks of segmented investors created by privileged information flow between the investment bank and investors. “While it has long been noted that investment banking relations can create such information channels, we present new evidence that this has an effect on asset prices and trading behavior through co-movement,” they said. In other words, companies are not just hiring an investment bank; they are hiring for future performance.“In general, the results in this paper highlight the importance of investor networks on asset prices, and they underscore the effect of networks on the institutional investors’ demand for stocks,” the authors wrote.To arrive at their findings, the authors created two samples of all equity offerings between 1980 and 2008 from the Securities Data Corporation Platinum database. The first sample consisted of 2,540 IPOs in which a firm uses a single lead underwriter. The second sample contained 2,869 SEOs in which a single underwriter leads both the SEO and the previous equity offering. Among the sample of SEOs, 1,511 used the same bank from the previous offering and 1,358 switched investment banks.For a copy of the study, “Co-movement and Investment Banking Networks,” e-mail jfalk@rice.edu.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Grullon bio: http://business.rice.edu/Gustavo_Grullon.Weston bio: http://business.rice.edu/James_Weston.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just over 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here.last_img read more

  • Study explains strength gap between graphene carbon fiber

    first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to high-resolution images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduStudy explains strength gap between graphene, carbon fiber Rice University researchers simulate defects in popular fiber, suggest ways to improve it HOUSTON – (Oct. 19, 2016) – Carbon fiber, a pillar of strength in materials manufacturing for decades, isn’t as good as it could be, but there are ways to improve it, according to Rice University scientists.They found the polymer chains that make up a common carbon fiber are prone to misalign during manufacture, a defect the researchers compared with a faulty zipper that weakens the product.The Rice lab of theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson set out to analyze these overlooked defects and suggest how they might be curtailed. The lab’s work appears this month in Advanced Materials.Carbon fibers were fabricated as long ago as the 19th century, when Thomas Edison made them as filaments for his prototype lightbulbs; but serious industrial development didn’t begin until the late ’50s. They are strong, flexible, conductive, heat-resistant and chemically inert, and have been used in tennis rackets, bicycle frames and aircraft, among many other products. They can also be spun into yarn for light and tough fabrics.“Although well-established and mature, the field of carbon fibers has largely remained inert to using and benefiting from the intensive theoretical development in the ‘young’ field of low-dimensional nanocarbon,” said Evgeni Penev, a research scientist in Yakobson’s lab and co-author of the paper.The Rice team built computer models to deduce the occurrence of defects in the most widely used carbon fiber manufacturing process, which involves heating polyacrylonitrile (PAN). At 1,500 degrees Celsius, the heat burns off all but the strongly bound carbon atoms, ultimately turning them into rudimentary graphene nanoribbons aligned in a way that prevents the ribbons from easily zipping into graphene‘s familiar honeycomb lattice.Yakobson said the idea of this “misfusion” in fiber synthesis came to him while reading a biology paper about D-loops in RNA transcription. It occurred to him that such defects would be unavoidable in PAN-made carbon fiber as well. “It took a lot of work after that to determine their place and mechanical consequences in the fiber context,” he said.Molecular dynamics simulations revealed misfusion buckled the individual polymer chains and formed D-loops. These loops became the primary limiting factor of carbon fiber’s vaunted strength; they reduced it by up to a factor of four and effectively dropped the theoretical estimates of fiber strength closer to what has been observed experimentally, the researchers reported.“To me, the most intriguing part was realizing that D-loop defects enable the possibility of very large Burgers vectors, which are almost impossible in 3-D materials and would have been an absurd idea to even consider,” said Nitant Gupta, a Rice graduate student and the paper’s lead author. Burgers vectors are a measure of the strength-influencing distortions caused by dislocations in a crystal lattice.To their surprise, the researchers discovered that when the PAN chains were misaligned with the fiber axis, the strength of the fiber increased despite the presence of D-loops.They also determined D-loops might be prevented entirely by starting with graphene nanoribbons rather than PAN. Because D-loops are the most likely places for cracks to start, according to simulations, eliminating as many of them as possible would benefit the fiber’s strength.“Aside from specifics, we like to see this work as an attempt to cross-fertilize these fields at an atomistic-modeling level,” Penev said. “We hope this will provide added value to those working in the field and eventually to a much broader audience.”Rice alumnus Vasilii Artyukhov, a former postdoctoral researcher, is co-author of the paper. Yakobson is the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry.The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research supported the research. The researchers used the National Science Foundation-supported DAVinCI supercomputer and Night Owls Time-Sharing Service administered by Rice’s Center for Research Computing and procured in a partnership with Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.-30-Read the abstract at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201603009/full.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.eduRice University Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering: https://msne.rice.eduImages for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/1024_FIBER-1-WEB-1fbd5ke.jpgFormation of D-shaped loops is due to the misfusion of PAN-based nanoribbons, according to a new theory by scientists at Rice University. (Credit: Illustration by Nitant Gupta and Evgeni Penev/Rice University)center_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/10/1024_FIBER-2-WEB-1d8bqrc.jpgFaulty “zipping” of polymer-based ribbons can lead to formation of D-loops in graphitic sheets of carbon fibers, according to scientists at Rice University. (Credit: Illustration by Nitant Gupta and Evgeni Penev/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.last_img read more

  • Rice University commencement ceremonies are Friday and Saturday

    first_imgAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsMEDIA ADVISORYB.J. Almond713-419-9980balmond@rice.eduEditor’s note: B-roll from Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be posted Saturday afternoon at https://rice.box.com/owlgrad17. Rice University commencement ceremonies are Friday and SaturdayFormer astronaut Mae Jemison will give commencement address Saturday HOUSTON — (May 11, 2017) — Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be held May 12 and 13.EVENT: Rice University’s 104th commencement. On Friday night, undergraduate students will cross the stage to receive diploma tubes and be congratulated; the commencement address will be presented Saturday morning and degrees will be conferred to the group as a whole. Students will NOT walk across the stage to receive diplomas Saturday; Friday night is the only photo op for students crossing the stage. Fireworks will light up the sky after Friday night’s ceremony.DATE: Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.TIME: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday.SPEAKER: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space. A physician, engineer, educator, entrepreneur and former astronaut, Jemison is the principal for 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure the capability for interstellar human space flight by 2112.LOCATION: Outdoors on Rice’s Academic Quadrangle west of Lovett Hall (rain location: Tudor Fieldhouse), 6100 Main St. Photographers must check in at the Welcome Center in Lovett Hall, Room 103B, to get a black robe required for access to the quadrangle and instructions for where they are allowed to take pictures and video. They must be accompanied by a member of the News and Media Relations team to the area on the quad designated for photographers. The Welcome Center will open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Saturday.PARKING: News media must use Entrance 27B on Sunset Boulevard (west of Main Street) and park along the right side of the road by the Student Health Center. Press credentials are required for admission through Entrance 27B. For assistance, call 713-419-9980.CAMPUS MAP: http://www.rice.edu/maps/Rice-University-Color-Campus-Map.pdf. (Look for the red circle with No. 22 for the road where media can park.)-30-Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,879 undergraduates and 2,861 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

  • Networking Strategies for MBAs Before and After Graduation Pt II

    first_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedUse These Key MBA Networking Strategies Before and After GraduationIn a competitive job market, current MBA students and recent graduates need to figure out how to stand out among their peers and make themselves attractive to potential employers. One of the most fundamental ways MBAs can maximize employment prospects, is to improve their networking skills. Networking may be more…January 31, 2018In “Admissions Tips”News Roundup: New Boston University Online MBA, and MoreLet’s take a look at some of the biggest stories from this week, including the new Boston University Online MBA at the Questrom School of Business. Questrom to Offer Online MBA With edX in 2020 – BU Today Boston University’s Questrom School of Business will partner with online education platform…July 26, 2019In “Boston”Best MBA Programs in Philadelphia for a Career in FinanceAccording to a recent article on U.S. News, a career as a Financial Advisor is one of the hottest jobs for MBA graduates. It’s a fast-growing field with a projected growth rate of 30% before 2024. And according to Richard Bland, the head employer of engagement at the London Business…April 20, 2016In “Featured Home” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer Last Updated Feb 14, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Networking Strategies for MBAs Before and After Graduation, Pt. II The first installment of this series highlighted the fundamental importance that networking plays in a job search and outlined some of its basic strategies. Quick recap: start with friends and acquaintances; present yourself professionally on social media; and remember that the best networks are built from mutually beneficial relationships. This second article offers more nuanced networking tips tailored specifically to MBAs.One of the best ways for an MBA student to grow their network is simply to volunteer their time. By seeking ways to volunteer in their desired field, one can expand a network by demonstrating their knowledge and experience to others.Dr. Janis Moore Campbell, Ph.D., the Director of Graduate Professional Development at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, explains that volunteering is a great way to build relationships. “Without fail, others will gravitate to you if you are willing to share your knowledge and expertise. Before, during and after your MBA, strategic volunteering is an outstanding way to showcase one’s knowledge, skills, and generous spirit.” While it is critical to offer to share your talents, remember that time is a scarce resource. Focus on getting involved in projects that will yield the most benefit. Dr. Campbell notes, “It’s important to think strategically about how best to demonstrate your strengths.”Current MBA students should take advantage of the resources that their schools provide. Many schools have well established programs that are designed to aid in the process of networking. For example, Beth Briggs, the Assistant Dean in Career Services at the NYU Stern School of Business, points out that in her school’s MBA program, “Students participate in our career education program … which, among other services, helps MBAs become more conversant in their skill sets and personal stories, identify whom it makes sense to network with based on their goals, and then leverage Stern’s relationships and their own contacts to make those connections.” Other MBA schools have similar programs, and they should be thought of as a crucial part of the curriculum.Another key way to capitalize on your school’s assets is to make use of the alumni network. Schools will often facilitate meet-ups between current and former students, and attending alumni events, for example, is a great way to forge new connections. Linking up with your school’s alumni is a crucial part of networking for any MBA student. Stephanie Johnson, Director of MBA/MS Career Services at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in Philadelphia recommends, for example, that MBA students should “set weekly goals to attend at least one event and reach out to one to two alumni for informational conversations.” Contacting and talking to past graduates is not just about meeting new people and building your network. Alumni have been in your shoes, and will have essential advice to help you move forward.Finally, remember that networking does not stop after you have found a job. As Mark Brostoff, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Career Services at the USC Marshall School of Business reminds us, “Having a vibrant network of professional contacts is a valuable resource to cultivate and maintain, even after landing the job.” Perhaps the best lesson is that networking is mostly about creating healthy and fruitful partnerships. A strong network is a web made of vibrant relationships, and it is a serious mistake to neglect those bonds. It is also necessary to remember not to spread yourself too thin or to focus solely on networking when finding employment.“You need not name-drop or be a social butterfly to build a strong network of friends and colleagues” adds Dr. Campbell. “Networking is much more than “Hello, my name is …” nametags or the exchange of business cards.”last_img read more

  • Wharton Partners with Morgan States Graves School for Education

    first_img RelatedWharton School Receives Largest-Ever Gift: $50 Million to Go Toward FacultyMarc J. Rowan (W’84 & WG’85) and Carolyn Rowan recently gifted $50 million to The Wharton School, the largest-ever single gift to the business school. The generous Wharton donation will be used to help attract new world-class faculty, appoint new Rowan Fellows, and support the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM),…October 9, 2018In “Featured Home”Temple Winners, Wharton Blockchain, and More – Philly NewsSummer may be just beginning, but that doesn’t mean class is out for Philadelphia business school news. Here’s this week’s Philly news brief. Fox School Announces Second Annual IMPACT Award Winners — Fox Newsroom The Temple University Fox School of Business recognized outstanding staff members at the second-annual IMPACT Awards ceremony…June 21, 2018In “Featured Home”Student Alliance Helps Propel Wharton to Add Lactation Suite, Gender-Neutral RestroomsWharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett a few weeks ago sent out a briefly worded email with the scintillating subject line “Wharton Facilities Updates” to the Philadelphia business school’s community. Some may have been tempted to delete it without reading. In fact, the updates and the process that helped bring them about…May 21, 2016In “Featured Home” Last Updated May 3, 2018 by Kelly VoFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Philadelphia Last month, The Wharton School announced a new collaboration with Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. The partnership, which will allow both schools to share faculty and student conferences, curricular development, and research, marks the first time Wharton has collaborated with a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett, Morgan State President David Wilson, Provost Wendell Pritchett — Photo courtesy of Shira Yudkoff for the Wharton SchoolThe arrangement is designed to enhance the faculty and student academic programs at both schools. In addition, the collaboration embodies both schools’ missions: to build academic excellence through diversity and to address the most pressing challenges facing global society today.In a press release, Wharton Dean Geoff Garrett spoke about the partnership and expressed his excitement for the steps to come. “We are proud to collaborate with the Graves School at Morgan State University, one of the country’s leading HBCUs,” he said. “I’m excited at the potential for this relationship to create numerous curricular and research learning opportunities for Wharton faculty, students, and our entire community.”Each school brings unique perspectives and opportunities to the partnership. Graves is housed in a $79-million state-of-the-art building called the Morgan Business Center. It was founded in 1937 and formed into a school in 1975. It offers accredited undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs, and has conferred more degrees upon African-American business students than any other Maryland school. Wharton was founded in 1881 as the nation’s first collegiate business school. With 5,000 undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students, as well as 9,000 executive education program participants, Wharton is recognized as one of the top schools in the world.“This unique collaboration between an Ivy League institution and a Historically Black College and/or University will serve as a blueprint, creating innovative educational opportunities for students and faculty, spurring academic research,” David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, said in the press release. “We look forward to growing this relationship and seeing it remain fruitful in the years to come.”Dr. Omar Khan, Deputy Dean Michael Gibbons, Provost Wendell Pritchett, President David Wilson, Dr. Marybeth Gasman, Dean Geoffrey Garrett, Dr. Gregory Ramsey, and Dr. Erica Anthony —Photo courtesy of Shira Yudkoff for the Wharton Schoolcenter_img About the AuthorKelly Vo    Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and personal development.View more posts by Kelly Vo Wharton Partners with Morgan State’s Graves School for Educationlast_img read more

  • New Consulting Job Openings Are Flourishing at These Firms

    first_img Last Updated Dec 10, 2018 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail New Consulting Job Openings Are Flourishing at These Firms About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini Top MBA talent has made its way into prestigious consulting firms for decades, creating what we’ve previously called “a virtuous circle,” where the demand for this talent grows. With high starting salaries and the opportunity to work with a range of clients across many industries, new MBA jobs at consulting firms are always highly sought after. Here’s a look at some of the best new MBA jobs out there in the consulting world this week:New Consulting Jobs For MBAsFinance Specialist – McKinsey and Co.McKinsey and Co. is looking for Finance Specialists to join the company’s Waltham, MA office and Tampa Knowledge Center. The new hire will work closely with the Finance Director for Planning and Performance Management and others across a number of functions. The position requires 5-10 years experience in finance and is MBA preferred. Activities of the Finance Specialist include:Defining and executing the production and evolution of metrics and performance management toolsSimplifying and designing planning processes and developmentActing as the primary liaison to integrating cell based finance reporting activitiesWorking with leadership to implement and drive adherence to key policies and proceduresYou can find the McKinsey and Co. careers page to see more job openings.Senior Consultant – DeloitteDeloitte hires top MBA talent into Senior Consultant positions right out of graduate school. Senior consultants join Deloitte’s Commercial or Government & Public Services Practice teams and help clients solve complex business issues through to implementation. Candidates must have an MBA degree and 3-5 years work experience, preferably with a large company.In addition to business research and analysis, Senior Consultant responsibilities include:Participating in client engagementsReporting to engagement managersPreparing all underlying materialsLeading and participating in workshopsThe firm actively recruits students from select schools nationally. Please visit Deloitte’s interactive campus map to see when recruiters will visit your campus. You can also visit the Deloitte careers page to see other job openings as well.Consultant – Bain and Co.New MBAs, advanced degree holders and experienced professionals typically join Bain & Co as consultants, who use analytical, interpersonal, business management, and leadership skills to bring results at client firms. Many MBAs are recruited out of business school, so find out when Bain and Co. is holding a recruiting event at your school. You can also apply here after creating a Bain & Co. account.Bain & Co. consultants responsibilities include:Researching clients and their industriesIdentifying issues, developing hypotheses and executing analysisMoving clients to action by executing a plan to implement strategic recommendationsManaging junior team membersYou can visit the Bain & Co. careers page to see more jobs.Senior Financial Analyst – Boston Consulting GroupBoston Consulting Group (BCG) is hiring a Senior Financial Analyst to join the firm’s Global Analysis team at its Boston office. The Global Analysis Team works closely with the CFO and serves a wide base of customers including the firm’s People Team, Client Team, Chief of Staff, HR Department, and the regional and local finance teams. The job listing recommends 4-6 relevant years of work experience and is MBA-preferred.Other responsibilities of the Senior Financial Analyst include:Developing financial models and analyses to support business decisionsPreparing updates apprising management on the state of the businessMonitoring performance and highlight issues and opportunitiesStreamlining and digitizing reporting and analysis processesVisit the BCG careers page to see more job openings.Full-Time Consultant – Parthenon EYParthenon EY is the strategic consultancy division of Ernst & Young. Full-time consultants at the firm serve as the primary contact for clients, and use their knowledge of teamwork, leadership, analytics and communications to help clients drive change in their business.According to Parthenon EY, all of the firm’s United States offices have formal recruiting programs established at a number of business schools. The company recruits from some of the United States’ top programs, such as Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as international schools like INSEAD and the London Business School.To learn more about how MBA students and graduates can land a job at Parthenon EY, check out the firm’s official MBA job page.center_img RelatedNew MBA Accounting Jobs at AT Kearney, Accenture, and MoreNot every MBA will will land a job at one of the “Big Four” accounting firms of KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and PricewaterCoopers. Thankfully, there are plenty of other new MBA jobs available at other reputable consulting firms across the country. Here’s a look at some of the best…April 23, 2019In “A.T. Kearney”Landing A Job At AccentureIn the consulting industry, few names loom as large as Accenture, which operates at the intersection between information technology and business with specialties in security and systems migrations. The company, which employs a staff of nearly 400,000 across 200 cities that services roughly 75 percent of companies on the Fortune…January 31, 2017In “Accenture”Choosing the Best Business School for ConsultingIf you are a prospective MBA applicant looking to business school as a way to enter or accelerate your career in the consulting industry, you are certainly not alone. According to the 2017 Prospective Student Survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), consulting is once again the most sought-after postgraduate industry,…September 19, 2017In “Consulting” regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DClast_img read more