Position Summary:Coordinates and manages the care of the CT surgery patient acrossthe continuum of care. Works in collaboration with the CT Surgeryproviders to ensure comprehensive acute/ long-term care forpatients managed by the service. Helps develop the team to meetquality and performance measures for CT Surgery. The AdvancedPractice Professional (APP) coordinates involvement ofmedical/surgical specialty teams necessary to develop acomprehensive plan for the patient, and reviews the plan of carewith the other members of the clinical team, participates indirecting that care. The APP will order/performdiagnostic/therapeutic procedures, interpretation of such studies,will be involved with all aspects of the peri-operative servicesand coordinates discharge/follow up planning. The APP will workwith the team to ensure adherence to protocol requirements andregulatory guidelines. They will ensure protocol compliance andclose monitoring of order sets. The APP participates in theeducation of residents and medical/APP/nursing students.Provide healthcare services consistent with state law and therequirements of the professional licensing or certificationauthority and/or hospital privileges, where applicable. Suchservice may include, but are not limited to.Minimum Qualifications:Nurse Practitioner:- Graduate of a CCNE accredited nursing program with Master’sDegree in Nursing.- National Certification by one of the recognized APRNCertification Centers.- Licensure or eligibility for licensure as a professionalRegistered Nurse and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in WestVirginia.- BLS Certification required with additional Advanced Life Supporttraining at the discretion of the department.- D epartment Specific : APRNs requesting to beprivileged as First Assists in peri-operative services will berequired to complete an ANOR approved CNOR Certificate program andobtain a passing grade on CNOR certification exam.- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) at the discretion of thedepartment.- Eligible new graduates will be considered.Physician Assistant:- Bachelor’s OR Master’s Degree as a Medical/Surgical (asapplicable) Physician Assistant required.- Graduate of an ARC-PA approved Physician Assistant (PA) trainingprogram required.- Certification by the National Commission for Certification ofPhysician Assistants required.- Must be licensed or eligible for licensure by the WV Board ofMedicine.- BLS Certification required with additional Advanced Life Supporttraining at the discretion of the department.- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) at the discretion of thedepartment.- Eligible new graduates will be considered.Please click on the link below to open and review the detailedjob description and minimum qualifications:Advanced Practice Professional – HVI -Cardiothoracic Surgery, ThoracicNotes To ApplicantsThis is a cardiothoracic surgery position. Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals withDisabilities.Please view Equal Employment Opportunity Posters provided byOFCCP here .The contractor will not discharge or in any other mannerdiscriminate against employees or applicants because they haveinquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay ofanother employee or applicant. However, employees who have accessto the compensation information of other employees or applicants asa part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay ofother employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwisehave access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is(a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtheranceof an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including aninvestigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with thecontractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR60-1.35(c)
One of the protesters on the roof defended their actions, saying, “Entering and occupying the building is justifiable. We need to do more than just marching if we want to make an impact. Smashing windows to get access to building is also justifiable, although I would never condone physical violence against anyone, including a police officer.” OUSU President, David Barclay, commented, “OUSU supports the right of students to protest nonviolently. It is hugely unfortunate that some people yesterday were injured and that arrests were made.”Aaron Porter, President of the National Union of Students, was also quick to condemn the violence. In a statement he said, “This action was by others who have come out and used this opportunity to hijack a peaceful protest.” However, not everyone agreed with Porter’s line on the events at the Millbank Tower. Michael Walker, a second year PPE student at Oxford said, “There was a palpable feeling it was not enough to simply tell the government we opposed their plans. We needed to demonstrate not only our anger but our capability to channel that anger into a force which could genuinely challenge the government’s ability to implement its cuts agenda.”Walker disputed the claim that the actions of students at the Millbank Tower were violent. “It is a falsity to construe the actions against Conservative HQ as violent. Protesters were not attacking people. Protesters were attacking a building. Spraying walls within which the destruction of their own communities were being planned.”A few hours before the storming of the Conservative headquarters, there was another largely unreported disturbance at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Courtney Yousef, a first year History student at Catz, explained what happened. “Led on by a sound system blasting out old-school Garage anthems, a few hundred students broke away from the main march to roam the streets of Westminster.“We ran past Downing Street and danced past Horse Guards, then the sound system led the crowd to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.” Here, students jumped over the wall and stormed the courtyard, as the police formed a barrier to stop prevent anyone from entering the main building. Yousef said, “A few were using the crowd to attempt a pre-planned siege of the building, the majority of the people were simply dancing to the music and having a great time.“That is what the media has failed to convey in its portrayal of the protest. Dancing in the street, united by a cause, irrespective of your background and circumstances, that’s what Wednesday was really about.”A spokesperson from the Metropolitan police confirmed to Cherwell that 50 people had been arrested who were linked to the demonstration. Cherwell understands that at least one Oxford student was among those who were arrested at the protests.The Met Police spokesperson said, “Everyone who was arrested has been released on bail until February, pending further investigation. We are looking to establish who was involved; it is too early to comment on identities. “There is going to be an internal review of what happened on Wednesday to ensure that any lessons that need to be learned can be incorporated into the planning of future events.”A spokesperson from the University Press Office said, “We are committed to free speech and supports people’s right to protest. The majority of Oxford students will have acted peacefully. We do not condone any sort of violence or illegal activity.” Hundreds of Oxford students were among the thousands who took to the streets of London on Wednesday to protest against government plans to triple tuition fees and slash public spending on higher education. Over 50,000 protesters marched from Trafalgar Square towards the Houses of Parliament. The NUS organised event was the biggest student demonstration in a decade, since the introduction of tuition fees in 1998. It was also the biggest national demonstration so far against the coalition government’s programme of spending cuts. Though the march itself was peaceful, violence erupted when students stormed the Conservative headquarters.Ralph Turner, a second year Somerville undergraduate said, “The violence was certainly not predictable. Although a sense of anger was easily detectable, the general mood of the crowd was light-hearted, with the vast majority wanting to make their point in a peaceful way.”During the course of the afternoon, students smashed windows and broke into the Tory offices in the Millbank Tower. Once inside the lobby, the protesters slashed furniture and spray painted “Tory pigs” on the walls, before running upstairs and occupying the roof. Throngs of protesters below cheered and applauded as a red flag was flown by the students on the roof.One of the students who occupied the roof told Cherwell, “There was lots of energy in the crowd, and we managed to fight our way into the building. We ran upstairs onto the roof; it felt really empowering, just showing how angry we were. Later, we ran down the fire escape and escaped through a back door, before disappearing back into the crowd.”Onlookers told how the positive atmosphere soon dissipated as a fire extinguisher was thrown from the roof, aimed at the line of police in the courtyard. At this point, the crowd started chanting at them to “stop throwing shit”. A first year engineering student at Oxford said, “Suddenly everyone in the court yard turned against the students on the roof and told them to stop.”
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail By Abrahm HurtTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Of the thousands of DNA samples that have been collected so far this year by the Indiana State Police, 244 have been matched with old, criminal investigations.As of Jan. 1, 2018, Senate Enrolled Act 322 requires all felony arrestees to submit a DNA sample taken by a cheek swab along with fingerprints and photographs during the arrest.“The immediate benefit is connecting more unknown samples to known samples so those police agencies can advance their investigation, make an arrest and get criminals off the streets so that they don’t victimize other people,” Capt. David Bursten, chief public information officer, said.The DNA is collected at a local county jail, and the samples are then forwarded to the ISP Indianapolis Regional Laboratory for analysis and entry into the Combined DNA Index System.CODIS is national database allowing state, local and federal law enforcement to exchange and compare profiles to help identify serial offenders, close unsolved criminal cases and exonerate the innocent. If a DNA profile matches a profile already in the system, it will produce what is called a “hit.”“It’s the same system. It’s not a changed system,” Bursten said of the newly collected data. “This has been around for more than a decade and a half. All it is is a change to what’s permitted and put into the system.”Prior to Jan 1, only convicted felons could have their DNA put into the system.From January to March,12,705 samples have been collected. Of the samples, 3,330 are convicted offenders and 9,375 are felony arrest samples.Of the 244 CODIS hits:46 hits attributed to the 3,330 new convicted offender samples collected Jan. 1 to March 3172 hits attributed to the 9,375 felony arrest samples collected Jan. 1 to March 31126 hits attributed to recently completed unsolved crime scene samplesNine of the 126 hits are a case to case matchesThe other 117 of the 126 are new case profiles that match offenders previously entered in CODISThe first arrestee hit was on Jan. 14 and was matched to an unsolved rape investigation that began in 2016.Bursten could not provide case-specific examples because the data is sent back to the contributing agencies to do they’re following up the investigation. Rep. Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, said the new law is producing positive results, and the rate of DNA matches is about four-times higher than what the state averaged prior to the new law.“After just three months in effect, this new law is already proving it’s a useful tool in connecting felony arrestees to unsolved crimes,” Steuerwald said in a press release. “Investigators have matched over 200 DNA profiles to crimes across 44 counties throughout Indiana, and 23 other states.”Bursten said in 2017 they input, on average, about 1,100 samples per month. In the first three months of 2018, they are inputting an average of 3,300 samples per month.“We are very pleased with the results seen thus far and are confident more and more crimes will be solved with the combination of convicted and arrested person samples being matched in the CODIS program,” said Maj. Steve Holland, commander of the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division in a statement.If a person is acquitted of all felony charges, the charges are downgraded to misdemeanors, all felony charges are dropped or no felony charges are filed within 365 days, the DNA is removed from the database.However, it’s up to the person who was arrested to get the DNA sample erased from the database by submitting a form to the prosecutor requesting that it be removed. It is the prosecutor’s responsibility to submit that order to police and get it removed.FOOTNOTE: Abrahm Hurt is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.
Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township is expanding its technology curriculum. Chief School Administrator Karen Oblen, left, and Upper Principal Meg McHale show some of the work stations in the computer lab. By Maddy VitaleThe careers of the future are tied to mastering the use of technology, and students at Atlantic Christian School in Egg Harbor Township will have new Chromebooks and computer classes this fall to help prepare them for success.“We have really amped up what we are doing to train our students in technology,” said Chief School Administrator Karen Oblen. “This September, our high school students will each have their own Chromebook and our middle school students will have Chromebook classroom sets.”Oblen said both teachers and students will be receiving specialized training to maximize the use of the Chromebooks in the classroom.In addition, Oblen said several new high school elective classes will be offered in web design, digital photography, and computer coding.“We are expanding technology training because the careers of the future demand it,” Oblen said. “We are now in our 48th year of Christian education in southern New Jersey and we track our alumni to make sure they are prepared. We have a track record we can be proud of and we want to maintain that.”The school also offers a wide variety of sports and other extracurricular activities.Oblen said the school’s administrators research trends in education, poll students and parents, and regularly attend training seminars and workshops, all of which have supported the continued growth in technology training.In the near future, Oblen said she and Upper School Principal Meg McHale plan to create specialized educational tracks for students when they enter high school — in computer science, as well as in education, business, and pre-med. Dual enrollment to obtain college credits will also be in place.Atlantic Christian’s enhanced technology offerings are building on a well-established program that begins with 3-year-olds in preschool and continues in elementary through high school. Oblen said one of the successful programs they use is called Education City, software tailored for children from PreK3 to the eighth grade.“A teacher can assign lessons tailored to each student to help them improve and strengthen their math and language skills and they can have access to the software from any computer,” Oblen said.The students can work on assignments when they visit one of the school’s two computer labs twice a week or they can work from home.Middle school students in sixth through eighth grades attend computer classes in a lab twice a week, where they learn internet research skills, graphic design, how to make presentations, and much more. At the high school level, students can choose elective classes to learn more advanced skills, including training in Microsoft Office Suite.Art is emphasized at the school. Students create murals, such as this one, that are centerpieces of some of the hallways.In addition to providing training in technology, Oblen said Atlantic Christian offers a broad spectrum of curriculum, sports, music, art, and after-school activities, such as karate, gymnastics, and model railroading, that provide a well-rounded and high quality education. The school, located at 391 Zion Road, is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian school that is dually accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Christian Schools International. The school began with just 18 students in 1971 and has grown to an average of 480 students from 6 months to the 12th grade.“We are a Christian school where Bible class is part of the daily curriculum at every grade level,” Oblen said. “There is a very intentional focus on learning about God and understanding that you can have a personal relationship with God and that we each have a responsibility to serve others.”Oblen said they also listen to the needs of parents and students about what they want in an education. They have hired security officers, faculty and staff receive training from local law enforcement, and there are numerous surveillance cameras inside and outside the school’s educational buildings on its spacious 37-acre campus.“As I survey the parents, I see their concerns regarding safety and it gives parents peace of mind to know that we are taking the necessary steps required to keep their children safe,” Oblen noted.A quality and forward-thinking educational program rooted in Christian values, a host of fun activities, a safe environment, and a school that can serve as the one location for a child’s learning from preschool through high school are all reasons for families to consider and choose Atlantic Christian for their child’s education, Oblen said.The new school year at Atlantic Christian School begins September 5. Enrollment for the fall is underway. For more information or to schedule a tour visit www.acseht.org or email Admissions Director Heidi Sray at [email protected] Christian School is located at 391 Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township. (photo www.acseht.org)
From left, Ocean City High School students Julia Keich, Chloe Howard, Carly Gallagher and Ciera Howard, all from Upper Township, take a walk downtown before spending a quiet New Year’s Eve with family. By MADDY VITALEBidding farewell to 2020 isn’t likely going to make people shed tears amid a pandemic.People strolling on the Boardwalk and walking downtown Thursday all seemed to have the same thing in mind – spending a quiet New Year’s Eve in the comfort of their homes among family or a couple of friends.Ocean City’s First Night has been a family-friendly, alcohol free event boasting an array of activities and acts, capped off by fireworks.With the blockbuster event canceled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, visitors and residents came up with alternative ways to ring in 2021.Video of the 2017 First Night celebration courtesy of Martin Fiedler, Just Right TV Productions. Dressed in New Year’s Eve attire, complete with a gold, glittery face mask, reindeer shirt adorned with glitter, and even a party hat and holiday leggings, Tana Schimpf, of Little Falls in Essex County, was not going to let COVID ruin her festive mood. She and her husband, Michael, made the most of the holiday.The Schimpfs, who have a vacation home in Ocean City, went to breakfast, took bike rides, shopped in the downtown and walked their dog on the beach.“I’ve been coming to Ocean City since I was a kid,” noted Tana. “We love Ocean City.”Mike added that in years past they have gone to First Night with their two, now grown, children.When it comes to COVID, Tana had some advice to the forlorn, “Everyone needs to stay positive and it will get better.”The couple shared the view of people interviewed by OCNJDaily.com.Normalcy, you might say, is the top wish for 2021.“Our son is a senior at Stockton University,” Mike said. “We would like to see him have a real—not virtual graduation.”Tana and Mike Schimpf, of Little Falls, relax before heading back for a walk on the Boardwalk.Ocean City High School students Chloe Howard, 16, Ciera Howard, Julia Keich and Carly Gallagher, all 14, walked downtown to spend a bit of time together before heading home to be with their families.The four high school students, all from Upper Township, said they are happy to say goodbye to 2020.They went to breakfast and perused downtown shops instead of going skiing together, an annual New Year’s Eve tradition for the friends.“I’m having a friend over and we will watch the ball drop,” said Carly.The school district remains open, while schools around them have closed. The girls said they are thankful for that.“I want to go back to school where everyone is together again,” Julia added. “Hopefully, in 2021, that will happen.”People take advantage of mild weather for a New Year’s Eve outing on the Boardwalk.While some people walked on the boards, visited downtown shops and restaurants, or rode their bikes, others, such as Ray and Mary Matricardi, of Egg Harbor Township, came for a day of fun that included slices of Manco & Manco pizza.The couple, who have been married for 45 years and have two children and five grandchildren, saw the bright side of their lives during the pandemic. “We are just happy we are healthy and we wish the same for everyone,” said Mary.And like so many people who can’t see loved ones at this time, the Matricardi’s have taken to video chats with loved ones. And that is exactly what they will do New Year’s Eve night.“Our daughter lives in Washington and we have canceled three flights because of COVID,” said Mary. “We make it a point to speak with her every day.”Ray and Mary Matricardi, of Egg Harbor Township, munch on some slices of pizza.
Some prices in the dairy industry have effectively doubled since Jan/Feb 2007. As the bakery sector approaches its busiest time of year, dairy supplies have become even more scarce, exacerbated by the seasonal decrease in milk supply.Butter from Eastern Europe, New Zealand, Australia and even the US has been imported to plug inevitable gaps in UK supply, but this appears to now be drying up.No doubt there will be some UK product supplied through the autumn period, but uncertainty over milk supply only serves to prolong strained availability.Private Storage Butter (stocks put aside from the first half of the year) is now available, but UK stocks are insignificant. It should also be remembered that there is zero butter available from intervention stocks this year to supplement availability (against 50-60,000 tonnes sold across the EU in the same period in 2006).World demand for dairy products remains high although at this time of year is being served mainly by southern hemisphere sources. When the seasonal switch to northern hemisphere origins starts to come back in the first quarter of 2008 there will be much debate as to whether the current high prices within the EU will deter international buyers.It remains to be seen how much, or little, is sold on export markets, so predicting prices for the first quarter of 2008 on all dairy commodities is very difficult indeed. However, the demand will definitely be there.August update from Gary Norcott, commercial director of Staple Dairy Products
Press release: Largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights – getting work right for British workers and businesses
bringing forward proposals in early 2019 for a single enforcement body to ensure vulnerable workers are better protected more resource for the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate creating new powers to impose penalties for employers who breach employment agency legislation like non-payment of wages banning zero hours contracts in their totality would negatively impact more people than it helped that the flexibility of ‘gig working’ is not incompatible with ensuring atypical workers have access to employment and social security protections platform based working offers welcome opportunities for genuine 2-way flexibility and can provide opportunities for those who may not be able to work in more conventional ways consulting on Salaried Hours Work and Salary Sacrifice Schemes to ensure National Minimum Wage rules do not inadvertently penalise employers bringing forward legislation to enforce holiday pay for vulnerable workers consulting on the recommendations on non-compliance in supply chains Read the government’s Good Work Plan. I welcome the government’s response to my UK Labour Market Enforcement Strategy for 2018 to 2019. I am extremely grateful to the 3 enforcement bodies for their engagement and help during the development of the Strategy and for the constructive approach they have taken throughout with a view to strengthening labour market enforcement across the UK. I am pleased that the vast majority of my 37 recommendations have been accepted, including my recommendations regarding a shift to more proactive enforcement and improving joint working between the 3 enforcement bodies under my remit and wider organisations within labour market enforcement. As part of our major reforms to upgrade workers right and improve the quality of work the government is also today responding to the Labour Market Strategy set out by Sir David Metcalf, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, with detailed plans to tackle exploitation of low paid workers, including: The government will today set out the biggest package of workplace reforms for over 20 years (Monday 17 December), with ambitious reforms to ensure the UK leads the world in meeting the challenges of the changing world of work.Building on our commitment to promote high quality work, the package of new legislation and measures, set to be unveiled by the Business Secretary Greg Clark, will ensure workers can access fair and decent work. They will provide and give businesses greater clarity on their obligations and ensure the enforcement system is fair and fit for purpose.Today’s announcement takes forward 51 of the 53 recommendations made by Matthew Taylor in his review of modern working practices, some of which we have gone further than the review. Our reforms will cement the UK’s status as a world leader in workers’ rights now and well into the future and will be the first country in the world to address the opportunities and challenges of the gig economy and the changing world of work, and its impact on a modern economy.They form a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, a long-term plan to build a Britain fit for the future by helping businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK. The government is also committing to legislate to improve the clarity of the employment status tests to reflect the reality of the modern working relationships. In addition, the government has published the Low Pay Commission’s letter on potential options to address the issue of ‘one-sided flexibility’, which the Taylor Review described as the issue where some businesses have transferred too much business risk to the individual.The reforms announced today reflect the views expressed by Matthew Taylor in his review into Modern Working Practice that: close a loophole by repealing the Swedish derogation – which currently allows agency workers to be employed on cheaper rates than permanent counterparts extend the right to a day one written statement of rights to workers, going further to include detail on rights such as eligibility for sick leave and pay and details of other types of paid leave, such as maternity and paternity leave quadruple maximum employment tribunal fines for employers who are demonstrated to have shown malice, spite or gross oversight from £5,000 to £20,000 extend the holiday pay reference period from 12 to 52 weeks, ensuring those in seasonal or atypical roles get the paid time off they are entitled to lower the threshold required for a request to set up Information and Consultation arrangements from 10% to 2% The new legislation introduced today will: Sir David Metcalf, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, said: new legislation to upgrade workers’ rights introduced today – including a day one statement of rights for all workers setting out leave entitlements and pay plans to bring forward proposals for a new single labour market enforcement body to ensure workers rights are properly enforced scrap Swedish derogation – an end to the legal loophole which enables some firms to pay agency workers less than permanent staff package delivers on the government’s commitment to build an economy that works for all as part of the modern Industrial Strategy The UK has a labour market of which we can be proud. We have the highest employment rate on record, increased participation amongst historically under-represent groups and wages growing at their fastest pace in almost a decade. This success has been underpinned by policies and employment law which strikes an effective balance between flexibility and worker protections but the world of work is changing, bringing new opportunities for innovative businesses and new business models to flourish, creating jobs across the country and boosting our economy. With new opportunity also comes new challenges and that is why the government asked Matthew Taylor to carry out this first of a kind review, to ensure the UK continues to lead the world, through our modern Industrial Strategy, in supporting innovative businesses whilst ensuring workers have the rights they deserve. Today’s largest upgrade in workers’ rights in over a generation is a key part of building a labour market that continues to reward people for hard work, that celebrates good employers and is boosting productivity and earning potential across the UK. I would like to thank Matthew Taylor and Sir David Metcalf for their leadership. Today’s reforms build on our pledge to build an economy that works for everyone. ensuring tips left for workers go to them in full ensuring workers are paid fairly by providing agency workers with a key facts page when they start work, including a clear breakdown of who pays them, and any costs or charges deducted from their wages enforcing vulnerable workers’ holiday pay for the first time introducing a list of day-one rights including holiday and sick pay entitlements and a new right to a payslip for all workers, including casual and zero-hour workers introducing a right for all workers, not just zero-hour and agency, to request a more predictable and stable contract, providing more financial security for those on flexible contracts Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy taking a new responsibility to the ensure the ‘quality of work’ revising the GLAA licensing standards to ensure that they reflect current worker rights and employer obligations introducing a new naming scheme for employers who fail to pay employment tribunal awards taking further action to ensure unpaid interns are not doing the job of a worker Measures outlined in the package form part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, published last year, which sets out how the whole of the UK can build on its strengths, extend them into the future, and capitalise on new opportunities.Notes to editorsThe Good Work Plan comes as the latest response to the independent Taylor Review of impact modern working practices (2017). The review found that the strength of the UK’s labour market is built on flexibility but that a clearer focus was needed on quality of work as well as the quantity of jobs. The government is also committing to legislate to improve the clarity of the employment status tests to reflect the reality of the modern working relationships.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The plans set out today in the Good Work Plan, the government’s response to the independent Matthew Taylor review of the impact of modern working practices, and the response to the Director of Labour Market Enforcement’s Strategy, build on the government’s record of action to build a fairer economy for everyone, including:
Related Realizing dreams, Harvard’s newest scholars unveil plans for Oxford years Joining the ranks of Rhodes At this time of year, most Harvard seniors are worrying about job interviews or graduate school applications, but not Dhruva Bhat and Julius Bright Ross.The two seniors don’t have to fret about their immediate futures because they’ll be spending the next two years studying in the United Kingdom, Bhat as a Rhodes Scholar and Bright Ross as a Marshall Scholar.Dhruva BhatAn Eliot House resident and economics concentrator, Bhat received the scholarship from his native India, and plans to spend his time at Oxford University working on a master’s degree in development studies.“It still doesn’t feel real,” he said, of receiving the scholarship. “It’s still very exciting every time someone congratulates me on it.”Bhat said the two-year development studies program will complement his undergraduate work in economics by incorporating other perspectives, including history, politics, and social anthropology, pointed toward his goal of working in international development.“Whether that will be in research, as I’ve been doing — I’ve done economics research the past two summers — or as a practitioner of some kind … will depend on what I’m exposed to in the next two years and what opportunities open up,” he said.Bhat’s interest in development, he said, stems in part from growing up in India, where he saw firsthand how even small investments could drastically alter lives.“There are so many people living in circumstances that are unimaginable for many people in the West, and that are, honestly, unnecessarily dire,” he said. “We know the solutions to some of these problems, and if we don’t we should be working to find them, but sometimes it’s just a question of policies that are designed properly to make sure the solutions reach the people who need them.”His four years at Harvard, Bhat said, played an instrumental role in setting the stage for his future.“There are three things about Harvard that helped prepare me for the next two years,” he said. “One was the academics. I really enjoyed the economics classes I’ve taken, and the research I’ve done has been incredible, and has definitely influenced my interest in development.”A former president of the Harvard College Debating Union, Bhat also said his time on the debate team was useful preparation not only for the Rhodes interview process, but for making connections with other students.“Harvard also just instills the sense of having empathy for people, as well as the sense that you’re meant to do something greater than self-interested things for the rest of your life,” Bhat said. “I think all those things will set a very good stage for me going forward.” Julius Bright RossFor Bright Ross, receiving a Marshall Scholarship came as something of a surprise.A resident of Adams House, Bright Ross was initially on the wait-list for the scholarship, and was told he would likely know if he would be moved up by late November. When that deadline came and went, he assumed it simply wasn’t meant to be.“But apparently they sometimes have an extra scholarship, and they assign them to the different regions,” he said. “They found some additional money for a scholarship in the Boston region, so I’m really excited about the next two years.”He hopes to use those guaranteed two years, with a further year of funding, to pursue a Ph.D. in zoology at Oxford. He plans to become a conservationist.“I’m really excited about the project I’ll be working on. I’d be looking at the CO2 flux in forest soils and the effect badgers have on it in the U.K.,” he said. “It turns out badgers eat a tremendous amount of earthworms, and earthworms have a huge impact on the CO2 retention rate of soils.”Julius Ross ’17 has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. He is pictured in the Science Center at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt present, he said, it’s not entirely clear whether worms increase or decrease the amount of CO2 that soil can sequester, because current evidence points in both directions.“On one hand, they lithify organic carbon, which binds it up in the soil, suggesting they may play a role in storing carbon,” he said. “But they also turn the soil over and expose more of it to bacterial action, so that could be releasing carbon, so part of my research would be to figure out which way the CO2 is going.”Though part of his interest in conservation work can be chalked up to his early experiences growing up on Easter Island, Bright Ross said it wasn’t until he arrived at Harvard that he understood how studying biology could drive that work.“I was initially thinking about environmental science or policy,” the integrative biology concentrator said. “But when I got here I realized just how amazing it is to study natural systems and how integral understanding them is to repairing them.”Coming to Harvard “has given me opportunities I never thought I would have. I’ve been able to see how ecosystems work around the world. I’ve received funding to study in the Dominican Republic, to do research in Panama, and I just completed my thesis on deer ecology in northern Italy. I even had a class that included a field trip to Costa Rica over spring break.“Those opportunities have encouraged me to work hard to do what I want to do … I think if anything would have prepared me for the next two to three years, [Harvard] did.”
By Dialogo April 19, 2010 The U.S. government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to create an energy innovation center for Latin America, it was announced at the opening of a conference of energy ministers in Washington. The U.S. Department of Energy will provide financial and technical assistance for the study center within the IDB, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced before signing the document with IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno. The center will function as an “incubator of ideas” for the region, the IDB explained. Chu asked around thirty energy ministers from the region for their cooperation in order to confront the challenges posed by the region’s growing needs and by climate change. The United States considers its energy relationship with Latin America “as a relationship of equals, not between senior and junior partners,” he affirmed. The IDB will be able to double its financing for clean and sustainable energy in the region to about 3 billion dollars annually between now and 2012, following the bank’s recent capital increase, Moreno announced for his part. This year the bank will lend 1.5 billion dollars for projects related to renewable energy, in comparison with 457 million in 2008. Latin America currently gets only 0.7% of the energy it consumes from clean sources, concretely 1.9 gigawatts out of a total of 267 gigawatts, according to IDB data. About 20% of the Latin American population, living in poverty, lacks official access to electricity. The IDB is preparing loans worth 1 billion dollars for Haiti for the complete renewal of its energy generation model, to take better advantage of wind, water, and solar power.