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Dancing with the future

first_img Study examines how strategies can foster or destroy cooperation The mechanisms of cooperation aren’t your average inspiration for dance, but to hear Gloria Benedikt tell it, that’s sort of the point.Benedikt, a graduate of the Harvard Extension School, is one of the creators of “Dancing with the Future,” a multimedia production that incorporates dance, music, spoken word, and science to explore how humans might cooperate with future generations in an effort to solve problems such as climate change.The production will premiere Tuesday in Farkas Hall, and will later be presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Development at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.“I call this a choreographed paper,” said Benedikt, who now leads the Science and Art project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, of the production. “This grew out of an idea I had five years ago, when I was graduating from Harvard. I’d been trained at the Vienna State Opera and worked for a decade in the dance world across Europe and the U.S. But what I noticed with my academic work was that we were focusing on communicating through the written and verbal, although that comprises only 50 percent of communication.“The two things that make us human are our ability to reason and our emotions,” she continued. “In the sciences we are conversing in terms of reason … but there are other ways of communicating that speak to this other part of what makes us human, our emotions.”,The production will include a text written by Martin Nowak, professor of mathematics and of biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, based on his research on evolution of cooperation.The goal of the performance, Nowak said, is to engage the audience both intellectually and emotionally, to not only ensure its members understand the science, but are also moved to take action.“Scientists for decades have been trying to make people aware of climate change,” Nowak said. “And we’re now understanding that science alone doesn’t do it — we need to reach people emotionally. That’s part of the basis for this piece.”,For Benedikt, the notion of exploring the areas where art and science interact grew out of her studies with Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature and chair of the Committee on Theatre, Dance & Media.“Gloria was a student of mine. She took a class called ‘The Culture of Capitalism,’ and a few years later she contacted me to tell me she’d turned it into a dance piece,” Puchner said. “I was surprised and thrilled and impressed … but I’ve since learned not to be surprised by anything Gloria does. She is unbelievably inventive and energetic.”Aside from being a powerful method for science to deliver results to the public, the arts, Puchner said, have a role to play when it comes to helping people understand what those results mean to them.,“The arts have an important role in communicating the results of science, I think that’s a given,” Puchner said. “But the other thing the arts are very good at, and have their own long tradition and expertise in, is making things visible in ways that are both cerebral and emotional at the same time.” In new research on social networks, ‘a mathematical argument for stable families or for stable friendships’ Related Choosing partners or rivals Contests that can change based on players’ actions help researchers understand the evolution of cooperation Game-changing game changes Where cooperation thrives The production, a performance by five dancers and two scientists, will include an interactive game for audience members designed to test whether people have the capacity to leave enough resources behind for future generations. The game is based on the paper “Cooperating with the future” which was published in Nature in 2014.“We included the game because we wanted to not only make the science understandable, but we wanted people to internalize it,” Benedikt said. “Science can help us to understand what is possible, but art can inspire us to do what is possible. We don’t want people to walk away and say, ‘That was so interesting,’ or, ‘I understand this much better now’ … but then just go home.“That’s not enough,” she added. “The goal is not just to have people understand this theory … but to have people leave and understand what they can do.”“Dancing with the Future” will be presented at Farkas Hall on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Harvard Box Office.last_img read more

Douglas to speak at National Press Club on health care reform

first_imgJim Douglas, Governor of Vermont and Chair of the National Governors Association will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on September 17, 2009, to discuss his yearlong NGA initiative, Rx for Health Reform: Affordable, Accessible, Accountable which looks at opportunities for states to contribute to the success of national health care reform.Douglas announced on August 27 of this year, that he would not seek re-election as Governor in 2010.As Governor, he has made health care reform a top priority in Vermont so its citizens have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Less than a year after taking office, the Governor launched The Blueprint for Health to transform Vermont’s health care system and help all Vermonters lead healthier lives and reduce health care costs, and in 2006 signed a comprehensive package of health reforms to expand access to coverage, improve the quality and performance of the health care system and contain costs.Douglas has served the people of Vermont for nearly 40 years, culminating with his election as Governor in 2002. His public service began by being elected to the Vermont House of Representatives just after graduating from Middlebury College in 1972.The National Press Club luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. and Douglas’ remarks will begin just after 1:00 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. Advance reservations should be made by contacting reservations at the National Press Club, (202) 662-7501 or sends e-mail). Cost of luncheon admission is $17 for National Press Club members, $28 for their guests and $35 for general admission.Credentialed press may cover this event with proper ID.The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. For more information about the Club and its programs visit is external).ABOUT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUBThe National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. Founded in 1908, the Club has 3,500 members representing most major news organizations. Each year, the Club holds more than 2,000 events including news conferences, luncheons and panels, and more than 250,000 guests come through its doors. Source: NGA. WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Gieves & Hawkes to target tykes

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The Irish space famine

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Police charge fugitive Maria Lumowa with corruption, money laundering

first_img“We will make separate police reports for both charges,” Listyo said in a broadcast press conference on Friday.The money laundering charge was used to track down Maria’s assets as well as other parties that might be involved in the loan scam, he said, adding that investigators would question her and 11 witnesses to dig deeper into the case.Read also: Maria’s extradition ‘cover up’ for failure to arrest other fugitives, experts sayHe explained that the National Police had so far confiscated and tracked down assets in the form of her unmovable and movable property as well as money and goods that had been confiscated and auctioned off, valued at a total of Rp 132 billion (US$9.14 million)“We will further trace her assets and also other parties that might be involved in the case,” Listyo said.Listyo added that Maria, who obtained Dutch citizenship in 1979 and was hiding in the Netherlands, had asked for an attorney and the police had requested the Dutch embassy to provide legal assistance for her.Maria fled Indonesia just before she was named a suspect of a fraudulent loan scam by the National Police in 2003. She allegedly used a fictitious letter of credit to obtain US$136 million and 56 million euro ($118,846) in bank loans from BNI issued to her company PT Gramarindo Group between 2002 and 2003. The alleged scam was worth Rp 1.7 trillion, roughly equivalent to Rp 4.5 trillion (US$312.2 million) in today’s money.Topics : The National Police have brought multiple charges relating to corruption and money laundering against captured fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, who has been wanted for 17 years as a suspect in a major fraud case.The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Comr. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo said Maria had been charged under the 2001 Corruption Law and the 2003 Money Laundering Law.last_img read more

COVID-19 cases in prioritized provinces decrease, but still high: Task force

first_img“Deaths in the prioritized provinces accounted for 77.6 percent of the national figure. The number had increased to 80.4 percent by Sept. 20 but has decreased to 80.1 percent as of Sunday,” Wiku said during a press briefing on Thursday.Read also: COVID-19: Aceh, Bali added to list of prioritized provincesMeanwhile, the number of recovered patients in prioritized regions had decreased from 80.1 percent of the nationwide figure on Sept. 13 to 79.3 percent on Sunday.Wiku added that active cases were declining in all prioritized provinces except South Sulawesi, where they had increased from 20.7 percent on Sept. 13 to 23.9 percent on Sunday, and Papua, where active cases rose from 22.7 percent to 35.7 percent in the corresponding period.The spokesperson reasserted the importance of adhering to strict health protocols, emphasizing that washing one’s hands with soap could reduce transmission risks to 35 percent. Meanwhile, wearing a cloth and surgical mask could lower the chance of getting infected by 45 and 70 percent, respectively.Maintaining a safe physical distance was also important and reduces the risk of infection by 85 percent, said Wiku.Topics : The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have decreased in 10 prioritized provinces, but the figure remains high at 67.6 percent of the official nationwide tally, according to the national COVID-19 task force.Regions prioritized for COVID-19 handling are Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, North Sumatra, South Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, Papua, Banten and Aceh.Task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said the number of confirmed cases in the 10 provinces had decreased from 71.8 percent of the total cases nationwide on Sept. 13 to 67.6 percent on Sunday.last_img read more

Stand up and speak out

first_imgChallenge Weekly 6 Sep 2012Opponents to same-sex marriage are being urged to step up, now that the Marriage Amendment Bill has passed its first hurdle, and get their submissions into the select committee.Although the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed its first reading last Wednesday, and with the secular media trumpeting that gay-marriage is now a near-certainty, the fight to prevent it becoming law is far from over.Although Church leaders have expressed their disappointment with the result which saw an overwhelming 80 MPs voting for a law change and 40 opposing it, Family First NZ says the debate has just begun.Family First NZ’s director Bob McCoskrie, who has been the target of a sometimes vitriolic campaign by bill supporters, is providing information and resources to help make it easier for people to make submissions to the Select Committee.   Mr McCoskrie said Family First, which had presented the first batch of nearly 50,000 signatures on the Protect Marriage petition to parliament, was still collecting signatures. He hopes to get 100,000 signatures to present to the Committee. See McCoskrie also warns Christians to be aware that there will be chilling consequences for the Church if the bill becomes law.A legal opinion obtained by Family First NZ from Barrister Ian Bassett says marriage celebrants (including church ministers) will be breaching human rights legislation if they refuse to marry a same-sex couple. Even photographers and caterers, as well as adoption agencies and hoteliers, who refuse to supply services would be similarly affected, according to Mr Bassett.Grant Illingworth, QC, said he agreed in principle with the legal opinion provided by Mr Bassett. read more

Ginger Curry Chicken with Lentils and Leeks.

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Recipe source: Food & DiningLifestyle Ginger Curry Chicken with Lentils and Leeks. by: – May 25, 2011 Share Ginger Curry Chicken with Lentils & LeeksMake this delicious ginger curry chicken for a light, refreshing summer meal.The chicken is infused with curry powder, fresh ginger, oranges, and white wine, then topped off with some bok choy, leeks, and lentils.This Asian-inspired dish will have you coming back for seconds. Serve it up with some hot rice for a well-balanced, nutritional dish that the entire family will love.Nutrition facts: * Calories527 * Total Fat (g)26 * Saturated Fat (g)7, * Monounsaturated Fat (g)11, * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)6, * Cholesterol (mg)132, * Sodium (mg)409, * Carbohydrate (g)28, * Total Sugar (g)4, * Fiber (g)12, * Protein (g)45, * Vitamin C (DV%)41, * Calcium (DV%)9, * Iron (DV%)29, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients:3 lb. meaty chicken pieces2 Tbsp. curry powder1/2 tsp. sea salt or salt2 Tbsp. cooking oil1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger2 large leeks, halved lengthwise, rinsed, and sliced1 small orange, cut in wedges1 cup French lentils, rinsed and drained1 14-oz. can reduced-sodium chicken broth1 cup dry white wine (optional)1 to 2 heads baby bok choy, separated into individual leavesDirections:Skin chicken, if desired. Sprinkle chicken with 1 tablespoon curry powder and salt. Brown chicken pieces, half at a time if necessary, in 4-quart Dutch oven in hot oil over medium-high heat. Remove from pan. Add ginger, leeks, orange wedges, and remaining curry powder. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until leeks are tender.Stir in lentils, broth, and wine. Return chicken pieces to pan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, covered, for 55 to 60 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (170 degrees F).Remove chicken; stir bok choy into lentil mixture. Use slotted spoon to serve. Makes 4 to 6 servings. 32 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Laurel canine leads police to drugs during first shift

first_imgLaurel, In. — The Laurel police Department canine officer made a drug arrest on his first shift Monday.The police report says canine Blade gave a positive indication to narcotics during a traffic stop around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Kokomo Hill Road and Clay Street. A search uncovered methamphetamine, scales and paraphernalia.Charles Courtney, of Laurel, and Tiffany Johnson, of Connersville, were bot taken to the Franklin County Security Center.Blade and his handler completed their certification on August 25, 2017.last_img read more

Ripley County deputies: Aurora man injured in reckless driving crash

first_imgOlean, In. — Around noon Wednesday deputies from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department began investigating a report of reckless driving northbound on State Road 129 near Olean. Soon, an off-duty deputy tracked down the gold Pontiac Grand Am.Minutes later, Fielding Marcum, 63, of Aurora, drove off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole and a brick retaining wall in the 900 block of State Road 129.After Marcum was extricated from the vehicle he was flown to an Indianapolis area hospital. His condition is not known. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more