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  • EVSC Responds to National Student Walkout

    first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare FEBRUARY 23RD, 2018  TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANASchool officials at Central High School in Evansville braced for a student walkout Friday but it didn’t happen. Rumors were flying about a walkout to protest gun violence.They would have joined other student protests around the country in response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.Central High School officials say they were ready in case the walkout happened. While this was only rumor officials are keeping a close eye on all events, real or threatened.EVSC Chief Communications Officer Jason Woebkenberg says, “If students can figure out a way to do that in a respectful, organized, peaceful manner, then we would perhaps work with and consider talking to student leadership groups in our schools that would want to lead that type of thing next month so we’ve actually started that dialogue, it’s at the beginning stages of that.”A national student walkout is reportedly scheduled for March 14th.School officials wouldn’t say if any disciplinary action will be taken against students who stage or join walkouts.They say disciplinary action is decided on a case by case basis.Tyrone MorrisWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook last_img read more

  • Sundance in the spotlight

    first_img Women perform alongside male counterparts for first time in group’s 171-year history Coed Hasty Pudding makes its debut Harvard Film Archive to screen famous director’s silent-era films Related Hitchcock’s silent side ‘While other kids were going out for sports teams and trading ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cards, I was already a 40-year-old, fedora-wearing film snob’ center_img From the Everglades to Tribeca When the Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday, Harvard’s artistic talent will be well represented. “Beast Beast,” starring Shirley Chen ’22, and “Some Kind of Heaven,” directed by Lance Oppenheim ’19, will premiere in NEXT, the category for young filmmakers. In interviews, Chen, a history and literature concentrator, and Oppenheim recounted the paths they took toward filmmaking.Chen’s journey began when she landed role of Krista in the short film of the same name in 2017. The story of a teenage girl who experiences harassment and uses theater to express emotions she doesn’t know how to process, “Krista” had such a small budget that the cinematographer used a skateboard as a dolly for action shots. Chen, then a junior at a public arts high school in Los Angeles, had to leave the South by Southwest premiere early to get back for classes, and missed collecting the winning prize for best acting in a narrative short.“I had been excited to visit Texas for the first time, and I knew ‘Krista’ was a pitch for a larger feature, but I thought, ‘Maybe they’ll replace me,’” Chen recalled.Instead, Alec Baldwin signed on to executive produce, and Chen became the lead in the feature-length “Beast Beast” about three teens growing up and facing tragedy.,Recently, the Quincy House resident reflected on her journey as an Asian American actress, from initial typecasting as the “quirky best friend” or “type A student” to stronger female parts (among them Molly in “Peter and the Star Catcher” during senior year of high school, and as one of the first women cast in the Hasty Pudding show last year). Last fall, she co-directed “M. Butterfly” at Loeb X with Eric Cheng ’20.“At Harvard, I’ve been able to explore artistic sides of myself that are assertive. I studied acting in high school and always wanted to do more creatively, but I always doubted myself. Particularly in directing, you can’t doubt yourself,” Chen said. “The industry is moving toward telling universally powerful stories, and I hope I can help tell those stories, whether on the creative side or in front of the camera.”For “Beast Beast,” which was filmed in Peachtree City, Ga. (the “golf cart capital of the world”), Chen knew they were onto something unique.“We’re telling a story that moves people in certain ways that are new and not in traditional film-making, like exploring modern-day relationships with gun violence and today’s internet culture,” she said. “It’s filled with so much passion. I feel like I was making something powerful.”,Oppenheim took a different route. He turned his senior thesis, a 35-minute documentary, into a full-length documentary film just six months after graduation — with help from some Harvard experts.“I basically convinced Ross McElwee, Robb Moss, Alfred Guzzetti, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor to basically edit the film in each of their respective classes,” said the 23-year-old, who now lives in New York City. “Each professor brought such different perspectives to the material. … It almost felt like being in an intensive artist residency for the year.”For the film set in his native Florida, Oppenheim and his team spent 18 months following four seniors living at The Villages, the largest retirement community in the U.S. The “Truman Show”-type world, a themed development designed to simulate the American yesteryear, appealed to the young filmmaker, whose work has explored how people create homes in “nontraditional places and spaces.”“I heard a lot about The Villages while growing up. The media always like to focus on the most outrageous stories — stories about The Villages supposedly having the highest rates of STDs in Central Florida. I wanted to see what it was really about for myself, and headed down to the community during the summer of my junior year. For 30 days, I lived in a rental room in The Villages with retired rodeo clowns and tried my best at living The Villages lifestyle. Once I got past how surreal the place was, I realized it was the people who lived there, especially those on the margins of the place, who were far more interesting.”,“Some Kind of Heaven” was a both Harvard and a family affair for Oppenheim. His sister Melissa Oppenheim ’12 produced the film; Daniel Garber ’13 edited it; and Oppenheim’s classmates Christian Vasquez ’19, Austin Weber ’19, and David Shayne ’19 served as co-producer, still photographer, and assistant editor, respectively. Oppenheim later teamed with producers Darren Aronofsky ’91 (“Pi,” “Requiem for a Dream”), Pacho Velez ’02, and The New York Times in one of its first ventures as a production company.“The thing about VES [the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, [now the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies] is that it equipped me with a language of how to get in sync with my other collaborators. Even with someone like Darren who’s been at this for a long time, there was a certain familiarity and ease to working with him,” Oppenheim said. “He was almost another professor in a way.”Oppenheim was struck by how similar the lives of his documentary subjects felt to his own life as College student. “For a lot of people who live in The Villages, it’s like going back to college again. Despite being three generations removed from many of the people featured in this movie, I was surprised at how relatable I found many of their pursuits. In the popular imagination, the elderly transcend their youthful passions to lead lives informed by hard-won wisdom. That may be true for some people, but that stereotype ignores the reality for most older people, especially those in this film, who are no less crazy or complicated or full of desire than anyone I know,” he said. “In my mind, this is like a coming-of-age story, just one that takes place nearing life’s final chapters.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

  • Healing Brain Injuries

    first_imgResearchers at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have succeeded in reproducing the effects of traumatic brain injury and stimulating recovery in neuron cells grown in a petri dish.This makes them the first known scientific team in the country to do so using stem cell-derived neurons. The procedure, detailed in a new paper in Nature Scientific Reports, has significant implications for the study and treatment of such injuries.Unlike other cells in the body, most neurons in the central nervous system cannot repair or renew themselves. Using glutamate, an agent that is released in high amounts in the brain after traumatic injury, the research team recorded a concussionlike disruption of neural activity in a dish containing dozens of minute electrodes. Through these recordings, they then evaluated the activity and influenced recovery by electrical stimulation.“Once the neurons reach a certain level of density in the dish, you begin to see what we call synchronous activity in a very timed manner,” said lead author Lohitash Karumbaiah, assistant professor in University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science. “Knowing we could recreate synchronized, brainlike activity in a dish gave us the impetus to ask, ‘What if we disrupt this rhythm, and how can we recover from something like that?’”In 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first deep-brain stimulation device — an electrical stimulation cap that patients wear continuously — for treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Karumbaiah and his team hope that electrical stimulation could be a clinically translatable approach for recovery from traumatic brain injury, or TBI. The next step, he said, is to connect with external collaborators to tailor electrical stimulation approaches with biomaterials that can exploit neuroplasticity.Such treatments could be highly beneficial, for example, to veterans. Many veterans suffer from TBIs incurred through shock waves from explosions, with no physical focal point of injury. “Drilling into the brain randomly to access tissue in such cases makes no sense,” said Karumbaiah. “A wearable device that can administer fairly controlled levels of relevant electrical stimulation can help these patients.”One of Karumbaiah’s co-authors is Maysam Ghovanloo, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ghovanloo has led the development of the Tongue-Drive System, which allows individuals with spinal cord injuries to control their wheelchair or digital devices by moving their tongue. He has also developed technologies for neural interfacing and implantable medical devices. Ghovanloo will put his expertise in medical instrumentation to work in developing devices for the team’s preclinical studies.“We have developed a unique approach for observing and guiding stimulatory patterns in the brain at multiple levels, all the way from individual neurons to the neural tissue, and eventually the entire brain,” Ghovanloo said. “All while taking into account the animal behavior to opportunistically apply stimulation when they are most effective.”According to Karumbaiah and Ghovanloo, electrical stimulation devices, whether designed for implantation or wearable use, must be small and power-efficient. They believe their approach will be clinically practical because smart design and application of stimulatory regimens can significantly reduce power consumption. ““Because we’ve been recording from these neurons for a long time, we know what the magnitude of the pulses or activities of these neurons are,” said Charles-Francois Latchoumane, a postdoctoral researcher in Karumbaiah’s lab. “Now we can mimic those routines by programming them externally and feeding it back into the brain.”For more information about the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center, visit rbc.uga.edu.last_img read more

  • Dzeko one Step from the Transfer, Chelsea and Roma agreed on the Price

    first_imgThe captain of the national football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Roma striker, Edin Dzeko, has been actively linked with the transfer to London’s “Chelsea” for seven days, and the his fate, according to the Italian media, should be known in the next 24 hours.“Tuttomercatoweb” reports that Dzeko will be left out of the Roma starting lineup for the match with Sampdoria on Wednesday, adding that Radja Nainggolan, Patrik Schick and Gregoire Defrel will be the strikers.Eusebio Di Francesco, the Roma coach said on the Tuesday’s press conference that everyone counts on the best striker of Serie A from the last season, and that he will be part of the starting lineup for the match in the third round of Italian Cup, unless the situation with his transfer does not change until then.Renowned Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed yesterday that Chelsea and Roma have agreed on the price of a 50 million (plus ten million in bonuses) for the transfer of Emerson Palmieri and Edin Dzeko, and adds that the only thing left is that the BH striker agrees with the London club about the conditions, which the Brazilian player has already done.The biggest problem in negotiations between the two sides can be the fact that Chelsea has not signed up contracts in duration of several years with players older than 30 in the past, including legends like Lampard, Drogba and Terry, but some English media have said that Dzeko could get a two-year contract who will connect him to the club by 2020, which he would agree to.It should be noted that Chelsea has tried to bring Dzeko to its team in the past, more precisely at the time when Jose Mourinho was Chelsea’s manager, and Edin player of the Manchester City, but there was no final agreement among them at the end.Besides Dzeko, who is currently really close to getting Chelsea jersey, England’s current Champion showed interest for Ashley Barnes from Burnley, Marko Arnautovic from West Ham, and the English media went so far that they even connected Peter Crouch with the club from Stamford Bridge.What was known earlier, the first potential candidate of Roman Abramovich was the West Ham’s striker, Andy Carrol, whom Conte did not want in his team, and because of the new injury, the Englishman was not an option for a potential reinforcement anymore. (Source: klix.ba)last_img read more