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Harvard Chan School student spotlight: Rachel Bishop, M.P.H.-H.S.B. 65

first_imgAs a Rappaport Fellow, you were able to engage in public service as an intern with the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing at the Mass. State House, while also fulfilling your practice requirement.  Tell us about that experience.I had a fantastic summer working with my state representative Jeffrey Sanchez, House Chairman of the Committee on Health Care Financing. During my 10 weeks, I worked on a series of issue briefs detailing how pending federal health reform would impact Massachusetts, answering questions like “who would lose contraceptive coverage” and “how would this plan augment racial health inequities?” I attended committee hearings on bills from Governor Bakers’ MassHealth proposals to sex ed reform; sat in on meeting with disability rights activists and pharmaceutical reps, and even got to play some raucous games of cornhole with kids at district hotdog nights.The pace of the State House was unlike anything I’d experienced in the research and nonprofit worlds — our work could change at a moment’s (or a tweet’s) notice. I loved the challenge of staying on top of national and local health policy news, and quickly synthesizing it through the framework of state policy options.How did these activities enhance your public health training and inform your understanding of public policy? I’ve gone from not knowing what a CSR was to having a decent grasp on the complex world of health policy in Massachusetts, and getting to meet many of its major players. One of my biggest lessons this summer has come from watching the ways evidence is (or isn’t) used to inform policymaking in the legislature. I saw a default reliance on reports from major foundations and public entities, and realized the importance of academics who proactively reached out to present their findings. I learned to present data in a way that is easily digestible and makes clear its policy implications.I’ve testified at hearings as a public health advocate in the past, and being on the other side of the table this summer was an invaluable experience. I watched legislators trying to turn information from disagreeing stakeholders into a decision that at once honored the wishes of their constituents, upheld their own convictions, and was politically and pragmatically feasible, all in the face of federal uncertainty….You mention the importance of academics who proactively reach out to legislators to present their findings.  Do you have examples of academics who do this particularly well?  When I asked Chairman Sanchez about his decision-making process, he told me how much he values the perspectives of researchers. He mentioned both Nancy Krieger and Nancy Turnbull as examples of academics who’ve been influential in using their findings to inform policy-making. … I think it’s important for researchers to be proactive about making themselves a resource. Professor Bryn Austin’s work with STRIPED is a terrific example. The group not only uses data to inform policy-makers, but to craft new legislation.— Interview by Whitney Waddell Read Full Storylast_img read more

How ACC Network deal impacts Notre Dame’s football future

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — How will Notre Dame football’s relationship evolve with the ACC Network for the long haul?That’s one of the residual questions from the ACC Kickoff, where talk of the network’s Aug. 22 launch on ESPN dominated the two-day event. ACC commissioner John Swofford answered those questions, making it clear the Irish are a full-and-equal partner in the new venture. Notre Dame will maintain its five-game football arrangement with the other 14 football schools.   Getty Images How will the ACC Network affect that relationship? Notre Dame’s television agreement to have home games on NBC runs through 2025 and draws approximately $15 million per year. ESPN’s contract with the ACC runs through 2036; Swofford said if the Irish choose to join a conference in football, they would be contractually obligated to join the ACC.   While that’s not in the cards now, Swofford emphasized the benefits of Notre Dame’s membership. It gives the ACC a sixth private institution, and the Irish won the 2018 women’s basketball national championship.”It’s been a win-win for the ACC as well as for Notre Dame,” Swofford said. “Their membership in the league has been everything that we would have anticipated. It’s fully met expectations for us, and I think Notre Dame would tell you it has fully met expectations for Notre Dame. Institutionally it’s just a really good fit.”The reason for that is they bring just as much value to the ACC Network as any other school in that league,” he said. “The five games we play each year in football, any of those games that are in a home stadium of the ACC could be on the ACC Network.”MORE: Mack Brown sheds light on return to UNC, and exit from TexasIn 2019, that means the Nov. 9 matchup against Duke is slated to be on the ACC Network. The Sept. 2 opener at Louisville is on ESPN, and the home matchups against Virginia (Sept. 28), Virginia Tech (Nov. 2) and Boston College (Nov. 23) will be on NBC. In 2020, Notre Dame’s marquee matchup is a rematch with Clemson on Nov. 7 at Notre Dame Stadium.Speculation about Playoff expansion and realignment will always involve the Irish given they are a perennial power coming off their first playoff appearance. Notre Dame, however, does not play a conference championship like the other Power 5 conferences.   Swofford maintains the Irish are one of college football’s brands that will be a huge part of the ACC Network’s longterm plans. Swofford believes the Irish’s role within the conference is a story worth telling.  Could the network’s story influence Notre Dame football as college football continues to evolve into the next decade? That question will never have a definitive answer as long as the partnership exists.  “Possibly, yes,” Swofford said. “I’ve said many times we’ve been open to the conversation and I know our television partner would be as well. But again, I would say, because I don’t want it to be misconstrued, that it’s not something I would anticipate in the near future.” That’s the continued agreement for now, but Swofford answered the big question about the future.MORE: Dabo Swinney insists Clemson won’t shrink under bright lights of ACC Network”If Notre Dame reached a point where they were interested to join in football, we would readily have that conversation,” Swofford told Sporting News. “I don’t expect that to happen. When we made the arrangement with Notre Dame, some people thought, ‘Well it’s just a matter of time in football.’ I’ve never really thought that.”It’s the same open-door policy knowing the Irish would prefer not to work through — even in the College Football Playoff era.As it stands, the current arrangement has produced mixed results on the field. Notre Dame began playing a rotation of ACC schools in 2014. The Irish are 17-9 in those games, but that includes an 0-3 record against ACC teams ranked inside the top 10.Those were high-profile matchups against No. 2 Florida State in 2014, No. 7 Miami in 2017 and last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal at the Cotton Bowl Classic against No. 2 Clemson. Swofford, who reiterated that he respects Notre Dame’s independent status in the current college football landscape, said that Irish-Tigers matchup did not test his allegiances.  “You pull for the ACC team,” Swofford said. “With all respect to Notre Dame when it’s a football game, you lean toward in this case Clemson or the ACC team because it technically is a nonconference game. Notre Dame against everybody else I’m pulling for them.” last_img read more

Edmonton Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid just cannot stop scoring

first_imgMORE: What makes the Draisaitl and McDavid duo so good?In fact, the pair barely post games with just one point or none; McDavid has gone only 12 games with such numbers, and Draisaitl nine — not to mention, the Cologne, Germany, native has gone scoreless in just two games through his campaign so far.As of right now, the only thing we can do is wait and see if they can keep it up. But right now, the numbers show that they’re the hottest combination the league has right now — and has seen in a long time. We’re 22 games into the 2019-20 campaign, and absolute NHL ridiculousness is in bloom in Edmonton as Oilers forwards Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl cannot stop scoring — and it makes us wonder if they really are human.The duo combined for five points in Saturday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars and is now producing at 3.77 points per game, having already combined for 83 points through 22 games this season. Edmonton is also benefiting greatly, as the team leads the Pacific Division with a 13-6-3 record and 29 points on the season. “[Draisaitl’s] a fun guy to play with,” McDavid said earlier in the season of his linemate. “Obviously, he can shoot it or pass it and play any type of game you want him to play. Great teammate, we’ve played together a lot over the years and I like where our chemistry’s at.”WATCH: McDavid nets second hat trick of week, six points vs. ColoradoTheir on-ice synergy is something of a fine art, analogous to rock music that goes by the beat of a different drummer.First off, the Oilers’ captain’s performance, which combines speed, outstanding hands and vision, is helping him producing at the rate of 1.81 points per game. He has nine points over his last two games and 14 over his last five to move up the stat sheet and all the way up to second behind Draisaitl in the NHL scoring race.This season, he’s already hit the 400-point mark of his NHL career with 412 points in 309 career games, with three straight 100-point seasons. His performance thus far puts the 22-year-old on pace for a fourth-straight 100-plus point campaign with 141 points.Okay, Connor McDavid (@cmcdavid97). WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?— NHL (@NHL) November 11, 2019No one’s surpassed the 140-mark since Mario Lemieux, who had 161 points in 1995-96.Now, Draisaitl. The “Deutschland Dangler” takes advantage of a lethal shot, great passing and hockey IQ shift by shift.  Some may have been wary of signing the winger to a long-term, multi-million dollar extension that pays him a hefty $8 million over eight seasons, insinuating that it was possible his success was due in large part to McDavid.He’s proven this season — and over the last few years to boot — that that’s far from the case. After registering his first 100-point season last year, his star-studded 2019-20 campaign has him at a league-leading 43 points as he also rides a 12-game point streak. Besides his Oilers counterpart, Draisaitl has 11 points over the next leading scorer in Brad Marchand, who has 32 points in 19 games heading into Saturday night.1️⃣2️⃣-game point streak has been extended for Leon Draisaitl!— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2019Draisaitl’s scoring at a rate of 1.95 points per game, which sets him up to record 160 points this season.In total, he and McDavid are on pace to combine for a grand total of 301 points this year, as the Oilers look to put past seasons of demons and disappointment behind them and potentially return to the postseason for the first time since 2016-17 — and the third time in the last 14 years.With each game that passes, many wonder if they can keep up the pace; after all, those numbers just seem. . . too high, right? Well, it’s over 25 percent through the season already, and they’re both proving capable of multi-point performances on a nightly basis.last_img read more

Four new players join England boys’ squad

first_img7 Nov 2018 Four new players join England boys’ squad Four teenagers are celebrating an outstanding season in 2018 by winning places in the England Golf national boys’ squad.They are Dubai-based Josh Hill, Habebul Islam of Suffolk (pictured), George Leigh of Cornwall and Ben Schmidt of Yorkshire.They join eight established members of the squad, including Carris Trophy winner Barclay Brown and Boys’ Amateur Champion Conor Gough.The four newcomers have been on great form this season with Hill and Islam playing in the England team which won the Boys’ Home Internationals. Schmidt and Leigh both represented England in the Italian U16 championship, where Schmidt finished runner-up.Hill, Leigh and Schmidt also helped England beat Ireland in the recent mixed U16 international.The full squad:Barclay Brown, 17, (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) beat an international field to win the English U18 boys’ open for the Carris Trophy. He captained GB&I to victory in the Jacques Leglise Trophy against continental Europe.Enrique Dimayuga, 17, (Walton Heath, Surrey) was a quarter finalist in the French boys’ and reached the matchplay stages of the Boys’ Amateur Championship.Matthew Freeman, 17, (Notts, Nottinghamshire) was in England’s winning team at the Boys’ Home Internationals and had a top ten finish in the Carris Trophy.Conor Gough, 16, (Stoke Park, BB&O) had a stellar season, winning the Boys’ Amateur Championship, the U16 McGregor Trophy and the Fairhaven Trophies. He represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup.Josh Hill, 14, (Jumeirah, Dubai) was 10th in the McGregor Trophy and a strong challenger in the U18 Carris Trophy. He reached the last 32 in the Boys’ Amateur.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) is an England and GB&I boy international who reached the last eight in the Boys’ Amateur Championship and was fourth in the Italian U16s.Habebul Islam, 17, (Ipswich, Suffolk) has had consistently high finishes this season, with top tens in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and the Tillman and Waterford Trophies.George Leigh, 16, (Trevose, Cornwall) was sixth in the McGregor Trophy and in England’s winning teams for the U16 internationals against Wales and Ireland.Joe Pagdin, 16, (Lake Nona, Florida) was a semi-finalist in the Boys’ Amateur, represented Team GB in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina, England in the Boys’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy.Ben Pierleoni, 16, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) was in England’s successful U16 teams against Wales and Ireland. He was joint runner up in the Berkhamsted Trophy and fourth in the North of England boys’ championship.Ben Schmidt, 16, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the English Boys’ County Champion of Champions and the winner of the Lee Westwood Trophy. He was runner-up in both the McGregor Trophy and the Italian U16s.Robin Williams, 17, (Peterborough Milton, Northamptonshire) played for Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup, sank the winning putt for GB&I in the Jacques Leglise Trophy and was in England’s successful team at the Boys’ Home Internationals.Image copyright Leaderboard Photography Tags: Boys, England squads, performancelast_img read more

Julius Campbell, of ‘Remember the Titans’ team, dies at 65

first_imgCampbell died Jan. 25 of organ failure, The Washington Post reported . Cathy Campbell confirmed her husband’s death to the newspaper, calling him a “kind, compassionate human being.”After Alexandria high schools integrated, upperclassmen attended T. C. Williams High School in 1971. The movie portrayed the Titans’ success that season amid the city’s racial tensions, as they won the Virginia AAA state championship. “Julius was very, very instrumental on that team at simply getting kids to just talk to one another, kids who never talked to kids from another race their entire lives,” said Herman Boone, the Titans’ coach from 1971 to 1979. “By doing so, they learned many things about each other that were not passed down to them and for that, the world owes Julius a debt of gratitude.”Campbell talked to fellow teammates about how they could come together, taking it upon himself to “rebuild race relations,” Boone said.“It was Julius who came up with the saying that our team is a team of one group of people with ‘one vision.’ And in order to win we must have ‘one heartbeat,’” he said.Campbell went to Ferrum Junior College with plans to transfer to a major program, but his athletic career was ended by an ankle injury that never properly healed, and he returned to Alexandria to care for his aging father.He worked for animal control departments in Alexandria and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Later, Campbell spoke about the team’s journey to overcome racial barriers and about bullying, but health problems forced him to stop. T.C. Williams High School football coach Herman Boone, right, during a break at summer camp, in 1971, with guard Johnny Colantuoni, (62) and John Vaughn, center. The famous 1971 team was memorialized by Denzel Washington and Disney films in “Remember the Titans.” (AP Photo)Julius Campbell Jr., a former Virginia high school football star depicted in the movie “Remember the Titans,” has died. He was 65.last_img read more

Another Dead Dolphin Washes Up on the Beach, This Time in…

first_imgSea Bright Police officer Don Morse checks out a dead dolphin with Sea Bright Beach Club personnel on Wednesday morning.By Scott LongfieldSEA BRIGHT –  The Marine Mammal Stranding Center has responded to the report of yet another dead bottle nose dolphin that washed up on the beach at Sea Bright Beach Club on Wednesday morning.The dolphin had been dead for some time and had been partially decomposed. MMSC took measurements and photographs and then released the remains to the Sea Bright Department of Public Works for disposal.The dolphin was past the time frame for a necropsy to determine the cause of death.This brings the total to more than 50 dolphin that have died along the shores of New Jersey this summer. An ongoing investigation by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center is trying to determine the cause.last_img read more

Music is a Great Investment for Social Cohesion and Nation Building

first_imgMusic is a great way to foster social cohesion and nation building. This is the basis upon which Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) was established by opera singer, Robert Brooks and pianist, Ingrid Hedlund in 2001.  This is a Pretoria based Non-Profit Organisation with a vision of bringing people, particularly children and youth, together through music while creating platforms for creativity, self-expression, learning, employment, cultural exchange, social development and leadership development. The idea is that music transcends many differences and cultivates innovation.  South Africa contends with factors of racial, cultural, religious, class, gender and age differences. These factors, if not addressed in an intentional manner, can have an impact on the unity of members of society and their ability to work together towards the wellbeing of all its members; as well as the development of a common identity. MIAGI aims to address this through three main methods namely, the MIAGI Orchestra, the MIAGI Music and Community Centres and using the MIAGI international profile to attract investment for development work in South Africa.  The MIAGI Orchestra is made up of group of young South African men and women of all races. This is a classically trained orchestra that have created a unique sound by infusing elements of African Jazz into their compositions. The orchestra, in its makeup, symbolises South Africa’s diversity and through its unique sound demonstrates the country’s distinct Nation Brand to the world. The MIAGI Music and Community Centres aim to provide arts and culture education for children in informal communities. MIAGI has built, developed and managed a music centre on the premises of the Morris Isaacson High School in Soweto. The success of this Centre has inspired the development of an Arts Complex in Khayelitsha aimed at young children. Through the high level visibility of the Orchestra’s international events and the success of Music and Community Centres, MIAGI has attracted investment from the international donor community. The investment has gone a long way in propelling MIAGI’s success.  Follow MIAGI on their official website and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to find where you can catch the orchestra performing and how you can play your part.last_img read more

Scouting tips to make fugicide decisions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With tight margins, some farmers may choose to forgo a fungicide application on this year’s crop. But that decision shouldn’t be made with scouting your fields first. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam talks about what to look for this time of year to see if corn and soybean fields need some addition disease management. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more.last_img

OCWGA hires Crumley

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association (OCWGA) welcomes Lucas P. Crumley as director of public policy and nutrient management. In this role Crumley will oversee legislative activities and will manage nutrient management issues for the organization.“Advocating for good policy is a fundamental reason our organization exists,” said Tadd Nicholson, the executive director of OCWGA. “Luke brings with him a strong foundation and extensive government experience, a great network and a diverse set of experiences that will benefit Ohio Corn & Wheat. With nutrient management issues becoming more complex, we look forward to having Luke spearhead oversight of these issues.”Prior to joining OCW, Crumley worked for two members of congress, advocating for local community initiatives, building coalition groups, and overseeing constituent services. He has been active in flood prevention and water management projects across central Ohio. From 2007 to 2011, Crumley served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.Crumley is active in the community, volunteering for and supporting several non-profits focused on veteran and healthcare issues.A graduate of Otterbein University, Crumley has a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in Political Science. In 2012, Crumley earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management from The Ohio State University John Glenn College of Public Affairs.He currently resides in Hilliard, Ohio with his wife Alyssa and daughter Lennon Grace.last_img read more

Chrissy Teigen has a crush on Zac Efron

first_imgLos Angeles, Oct 10 (PTI) Model Chrissy Teigen says she has a crush on “Baywatch” star Zac Efron.The 31-year-old catwalk star says musician husband John Legend believes that she finds the actor desirable, reports InStyle magazine.”Its not really like a physical crush on him… Like, I really enjoy his films. I enjoy him in a professional manner.”John thinks I really like Zac Efron because I can never stop watching his movies,” says Teigen.Married to the “All of Me” hitmaker, the Sports Illustrated model has a 17-month-old daughter Luna with him. PTI RDS RDSlast_img