Donegal Gold goes on display at National Museum of Ireland

first_img WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter Donegal Gold goes on display at National Museum of Ireland By News Highland – October 24, 2018 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Google+center_img Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Investigations by experts at the National Museum of Ireland have confirmed that the four gold rings unearthed in Tullydonnell Lower, Donegal earlier this year, date back to the late Bronze Age.The hoard of gold, which goes on public display at the National Museum of Ireland from today, is among the heaviest hoards of gold on record to be discovered in Ireland.Now known as the ‘Tullydonnell Hoard’, the gold has undergone investigations by experts at the National Museum of Ireland over the last number of months.The Museum’s Keeper of Irish Antiquities, Maeve Sikora revealed that the gold was discovered in excellent condition: “Our conservation staff have conducted extensive analysis of the gold and the results indicate that this hoard dates to the late Bronze Age, between approximately 1200BC and 800BC.”Ms Sikora explained that while the gold overlapping rings are circular in shape, it is not possible to accurately determine their use, she believes its more likely the gold was shaped in this fashion as a means to store wealth.The four gold rings, weighing just over 4kg which were discovered in a field in Tullydonnell Lower in East Donegal will also go on temporary loan to the Donegal County Museum next year. Previous articleIrish Water respond to concerning EPA reportNext articleTravellers get unfair benefits by having ethnic status – Casey News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Raphoe shop closed after attempted break-in

first_img Twitter Raphoe shop closed after attempted break-in DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Google+ Coyle’s Centra in Raphoe is closed following an attempted break-in last night, with the premises hoping to reopen later this morning.In a post on the shop’s Facebook page, they say at 4 o’clock this morning, four men tried to break into the shop by smashing in the upstairs window and the front door. However, they were not able to get any further into the shop.Gardai were on the scene very quickly, but the men escaped.Meanwhile, there was also a break at a Tinney’s Oil in Letterkenny at 4am this morning. A float of €450 was taken, but an attempt to take the safe failed. WhatsApp WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 1, 2018 Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleDonegal v Tyrone Preview: Hugh McFaddenNext article24 people awaiting admission at LUH News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

DAY OF SERVICE: Mu Alpha volunteers at Noble Manor for MLK Day

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was founded more than a century ago. The Troy University chapter was organized in February 1978.Smith said the Alpha Mu’s mission is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards and to promote unity and friendship among college women.The sorority encourages its members to maintain a progressive interest in college.“We also target women’s health, financial literacy and the arts,” she said. Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019 By The Penny Hoarder Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Skip Print Article Email the author DAY OF SERVICE: Mu Alpha volunteers at Noble Manor for MLK Day Sponsored Content For some, a national holiday is a day of rest. For the sisters of Mu Alpha chapter, Troy University, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at Troy University, Monday was not a time for rest; it was a time for service.The young women participated in a Day of Service at Nobel Manor in Troy on Monday and spent much of the afternoon with a group of residents enjoying the company of one another and playing Banana Bingo. The residents couldn’t decide which they like better the Bingo or the bananas.However, they agreed the visit was the best of all, said Catherine Jordan, AKA assistant graduate advisor. center_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Jordan said the local AKA has the same mission and encourages and supports the Troy University chapter in its goal to be of “Service to All Mankind.”“The AKA is active in the Troy community and one of our projects is to revitalize local playgrounds,” she said. “Our most recent revitalization playground projects was at the Head Start facility in Troy.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “The members of Alpha Kappa Alpha at Troy University enjoy the fellowship of visits like this and the residents at Noble Manor are among their favorites,” Jordan said. “Visiting Noble Manor was a wonderful Day of Service.”Kaylor White, Mu Alpha chapter president, said a mission of the sorority is to help alleviate problems concerning women and practicing good nutrition is one of its tenets.“Banana Bingo is a way for us to have fun with the residents and, at the same time, promote good nutrition,” White said. Clean Sweep: Varsity Patriots take care of business against Hooper The Pike Liberal Arts varsity Patriots swept the Hooper Colts on Friday night in Troy. The Lady Patriots had to… read more You Might Like Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

Thales to Update Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems for Dutch Navy

first_img View post tag: Dutch Thales to Update Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems for Dutch Navy View post tag: Thales December 4, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Thales to Update Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems for Dutch Navy View post tag: Close-In View post tag: Goalkeeper View post tag: Systems The Netherland’s Ministry of Defence and Thales Nederland have signed an agreement for the update of 16 Goalkeeper Close-In Weapon Systems that are operational in the Royal Netherlands Navy.The operational modification will bring the system to the highest operational status again, capable of dealing with current and future threats. In addition, this contract solves various obsolescence issues. The enhanced surface target mode of Goalkeeper, in combination with a new frangible ammunition, provides Goalkeeper with the capability to act also as a highly effective defence weapon against surface targets including speed boats.Goalkeeper’s prediction capabilities will be substantially increased through the use of new algorithms and state-of-the-art Electro-Optic tracking capabilities. This enables Goalkeeper to successfully engage the latest generation of missiles. Multi-Goalkeeper deployment capabilities will also be improved. Goalkeeper was developed in the 1980s; these modifications enable its deployment until 2025.The first Goalkeeper will be modified in 2015 and will be performed by Thales. All other Goalkeepers will be modified by the Royal Netherlands Navy at the naval base in Den Helder.The contract includes an option for the two Goalkeeper systems on board of the M-class frigates of the Royal Belgian Navy. This option would ensure identical configurations and facilitate maintenance.About GoalkeeperGoalkeeper is a close-in defence system against highly manoeuvrable missiles and aircraft. It is an autonomous and fully automatic system which detects and tracks targets, opens fire and performs kill assessment for several targets simultaneously. Continuous search with track-while-scan provides an automatic and fast switch-over to the next-priority target in multiple-target scenarios. Goalkeeper assures timely detection of small and supersonic targets, even in dense clutter and jamming environments. Pin-point tracking of sea-skimming targets is assured by the unique dual-frequency track radar. Last but not least, the high-rate-of-fire Gatling 30-mm gun and special ammunition provide the lethal power necessary to destroy missile warheads. Goalkeeper’s excellent performance was clearly demonstrated during various live firing trials. A total of 63 Goalkeepers have been sold to Navies in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 04, 2012; Image: Thalescenter_img View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Naval Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Weapon View post tag: Updatelast_img read more

IKECSG Completes Maritime Security Operations in U.S. Fifth Fleet AOR

first_img View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Security View post tag: Defence View post tag: fifth View post tag: AOR View post tag: Carrier Back to overview,Home naval-today IKECSG Completes Maritime Security Operations in U.S. Fifth Fleet AOR View post tag: IKECSG June 14, 2013 View post tag: completes View post tag: Maritime Share this articlecenter_img The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKECSG) departed the U.S. Fifth Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), June 13, after spending three months operating with and supporting U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT).The IKECSG re-deployed to the U.S. Fifth Fleet AOR in March 2013 after departing in November 2012 and spending two months back at its homeport in Norfolk, Va, conducting training for the crews and critical maintenance on the ships. “The strike group’s surge deployment was critical to maintaining continuous presence at an important time,” said Vice Adm. John W. Miller, Commander Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces. “Despite the short rest at home, The IKE returned ready and performed with renowned pride and professionalism.”During IKECSG’s second period of operation in the area, the Strike Group was accompanied by German frigate FGS Hamburg (F220). It marked the first time a German ship joined an American carrier strike group to this AOR for a full deployment.While in the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea, IKECSG conducted maritime security operations, theater security cooperation engagements, and command and control support operations for coalition forces in Afghanistan. “The Five-Star Warriors of IKE did a spectacular job supporting our embarked Air Wing squadrons and patrolling the waters in this area of operations,” said Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, commanding officer of IKE. “I could not be more proud of them as a team and as individuals. They have worked hard to stay sharp and motivated while operating safely and accomplishing every mission — on time and to perfection — since finishing workups and our first deployment in 2012.”Aviators from embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7 flew 1,362 sorties and more than 8,033 flight hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). “As coalition forces begin to transition out of Afghanistan, support from the air became increasingly vital during this deployment,” said Capt. Terry Morris, commander of CVW-7. “Our pilots, the ship and air wing staffs aboard IKE planned and executed the mission expertly.”While in the AOR, the IKECSG team conducted 32 replenishment-at-sea (RAS) evolutions moving more than 10,000 pallets of cargo, travelled more than 17,000 nautical miles, and had port calls to the Kingdom of Bahrain and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.“It’s been a privilege to watch the IKECSG team operate over the last year,” said Rear Adm. Michael Manazir, strike group commander. “From supporting Operation Enduring Freedom to protecting the economic commons, providing the necessary security and stability for free trade, this strike group made a difference in this important area of the world. I’m proud of what we accomplished and of each Sailor who played a part on this team.”The U.S. 5th Fleet AOR encompasses nearly 2.5 million square miles of water, including the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and the Arabian Sea.IKECSG consists of Dwight D. Eisenhower, CVW 7, guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), German frigate FSG Hamburg (F220) and Destroyer Squadron 28.[mappress]Press Release, June 14, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval IKECSG Completes Maritime Security Operations in U.S. Fifth Fleet AOR View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: usa View post tag: Strike View post tag: Operations View post tag: fleet View post tag: Eisenhowerlast_img read more

Photo: UK’s Gibraltar patrol boat back in water after refit

first_img View post tag: HMS Sabre Back to overview,Home naval-today Photo: UK’s Gibraltar patrol boat back in water after refit Photo: UK’s Gibraltar patrol boat back in water after refit View post tag: Royal Navy November 2, 2016 Authorities The Royal Navy has shared a photo of one of its two fast patrol boats which help safeguard the waters around Gibraltar as it was being lowered back into Gibraltar harbor.HMS Sabre was hauled out of the Mediterranean Sea for five weeks for her annual survey/refit.The work carried out on the 23-year-old boat included re-painting and cleaning of the hull to improve her speed through the water (sadly the shark’s teeth once painted on her bow have long since gone) and an overhaul of her two MAN V10 diesel engines which power the 24-tonne boat through territorial waters (and occasionally beyond) at speeds of up to 32kts (36mph).While she was out of the water, sister HMS Scimitar was patrolling around Gibraltar (plus the squadron’s RIBs, and civilian police craft) and escorting visiting British and Allied warships – including HMS Daring, Diamond and Bulwark – into and out of the naval base.“I’m really pleased to see Sabre returning to the water ahead of schedule,” said her CO Lt Tom Lindsey. “Our engineering team, together with Bolaños, have worked hard to ensure that she is in the best possible condition to keep up the high operational tempo required in and around British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.” View post tag: Gibraltar Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Schools Pass Budget That Cuts Taxes

first_imgA pasta dinner fundraiser will be held in the Ocean City High School cafeteria on Feb. 5. The school board approved the budget resolution in a unanimous vote after a public hearing Wednesday (April 29) in which there was no public comment.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________For operating expenses, the new budget asks for exactly same amount of money from local taxpayers — $21,965,332 — that it did in the 2014-15 budget. But debt service decreases by about $125,000, largely due to a mandatory refund of $333,599 in unspent capital funds to taxpayers.The overall budget for 2015-16 is $41,025,294, down from last year’s $43,074,421. The decrease is primarily a function of  less spending on capital projects.Last year was a “big number” for capital outlay, according to interim Business Administrator Mark Ritter, based on paying the balance of a major HVAC project at Ocean City High School and the bulk of a major renovation at Ocean City Primary School.Parts of those projects factored into tuition calculations for sending district towns, and Ocean City will collect $12,701,622 in tuition, compared to last year’s $10,970,021.Salaries and benefits account for about $31.8 million (more than 75 percent) of the overall $41 million budget, and that figure remains flat compared to last year, with planned retirements offsetting contractual increases, according to Ritter.School Choice Aid remains flat at about $2.7 million. There will be no expansion of the program that allows out-of-district students to attend Ocean City schools with the state paying the tuition.Ritter had said earlier this spring that he believes very strongly that School Choice aid from the state will decrease over time, if not disappear altogether. At the same time the capital projects that factored into increased sending district tuition will fall away.“It’s going to be a problem down the road,” Ritter said. “It’s nothing we’re doing right or wrong. It’s just the way the calculation works.”Some highlights of the new budget offered by the district:Technology updates district-wide with new computers at the high school. The school hopes to be a testing center when the SAT college preparatory test goes digital in 2017. The school would need 250 computers.Purchase of a 54-passenger bus to be used for co-curricular activities, field trips, special events and athletic events.New high school courses in video game programming, sports medicine and AP environmental science.Repainting of the Ocean City High School golden dome.Banking of the 2 percent cap for potential use in future budgets. Ocean City High SchoolThe Ocean City Board of Education on Wednesday gave final approval to a 2015-16 school budget that asks local taxpayers for $125,000 less than it did last year.At the same time, the total value of taxable real estate increased this year (the city’s ratable base climbed to about $11.3 billion), so Ocean City’s school tax rate will fall by one-third of a penny under the new budget.The owner of a $500,000 home will pay about $16.54 less in school taxes next year.School taxes typically make up roughly 25 percent of an Ocean City property owner’s overall tax bill.About 50 percent goes to municipal taxes, and City Council on April 23 approved a city budget that raises the tax levy by 3.31 percent (read more about the Ocean City municipal budget). The owner of a $500,000 home will pay an extra $43.25 in municipal taxes next year. The rest of a tax bill is made up of county taxes and a small library tax.last_img read more

Catskill Chill Releases Daily Schedules, Announces New Late Night Hall Stage

first_imgIn just a few short weeks, Chillfam will once again be reunited at the glorious Catskill Chill Music Festival. Taking place in the beautiful Minglewood, PA, the fest’s new home will usher in a new beginning of sorts for the esteemed annual event, as the new site offers more creative options for the ultimate festive experience.Take, for example, the Late Night Hall, a newly-added fifth stage that will accommodate the jams until the wee hours of the night. With sets from artists like Goldfish, The Chillfam All-Stars, PartiWerks (aka Particle and The Werks) and more, the Late Night Hall looks to be a great addition to the Catskill Chill festivities! The festival will also host a Thursday night pre-party for the first time ever, with music from Aqueous, Jimkata, Twiddle and Trakstar!The full four day schedule can be seen below. Catskill Chill runs from September 22-25, and will see headlining sets from George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Mike Gordon on Friday, Keller Williams Grateful Grass and Lettuce on Saturday, and Greensky Bluegrass and Electron on Sunday! Tickets are available now but moving quickly, so head here for all the details!last_img read more

Phi Beta Kappa elects 99

first_imgNinety-nine seniors from the Class of 2010 were recently elected to the Harvard College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK), Alpha Iota of Massachusetts, in the senior final election on May 11. Other members of the graduating class were inducted in two previous elections.The following seniors, including their Houses and concentrations, were inducted:Adams HouseJoseph Jiazong Lee, applied mathematicsTracey Chen Shi, economicsJames MacLeod Sterne, historyCabot HouseMax Joseph Kornblith, social studiesVeronica Rey Koven-Matasy, classicsJoshua James Nuni, social studiesHann-Shuin Yew, molecular and cellular biologyCurrier HouseSara Avery Bartolino, governmentChristopher Tsung-jer Chen, molecular and cellular biologyVictoria Jeannette Crutchfield, literatureJiashuo Feng, applied mathematicsJonathan Shulman Greenstein, economicsKaren Aline McKinnon, Earth and planetary sciencesAnjali Motgi, social studiesBradley Edward Oppenheimer, history and literatureDunster HouseMarino Felipe Auffant, historyAllison Sarah Brandt, anthropologyAlyce Michelle DeCarteret, anthropologyHannah Elyse Hausauer, psychologyJoseph Matthew Stujenske, neurobiologyEliot HouseSamuel James Bjork, chemistryKelly Ngoc-Nhu Diep, history of scienceJessica Lindsay Fleischer, history and literatureJonathan Sidney Gould, social studiesLaurence Henry Moses Holland, philosophyNatasa Kovacevic, economicsSondra Hope Lavigne, organismic and evolutionary biologyTracy Lingchen Meng, economicsSarah Wang, economicsElizabeth Jianing Zhang, neurobiologyKirkland HouseKiran Narayan Bhat, governmentMatthew Hagop Ghazarian, governmentAmrita Goyal, organismic and evolutionary biologyShaun Patrick Hughes, GermanRobert Cameron Parker, economicsLaura Paul Starkston, mathematicsHannah Sarina Yohalem, history of art and architectureLeverett HouseCaroline Anne Bleeke, EnglishSamuel Keller Bonsey, history and literatureWarakorn Kulalert, molecular and cellular biologyJoseph John Michalakes, social studiesSarah Nazpari Schwartz Moshary, economicsGrace Kathryn Ryan, anthropologyCharlotte Allen Seid, chemical and physical biologyAnna Shabalov, historyNafees Asiya Syed, governmentGeorge Jing Xu, engineering sciencesChen Yan, chemical and physical biologyLinda Yao, applied mathematicsAnna Yuan-Yuan Zhang, economicsYifang Zhang, East Asian studiesLowell HouseSophie Margaret Alexander, literatureMaria Igorevna Baryakhtar, physicsPhilip Jad Daniel, economicsSusan E. DeWolf, neurobiologyCaitlin Leigh Lewarch, human evolutionary biologyLinda Yang Liu, EnglishJessica Marie Luna, sociologyStephanie Nicole Miller, sociologyManisha Pandita, economicsRachel Sophie Storch, folklore and mythologyYongtian Tan, molecular and cellular biologyHannah Rose Trachtman, economicsJenny Yuan-Xing Wang, chemistry and physicsMather HouseEkaterina Botchkina, philosophyDavid Tomas Escamilla, economicsLiza Danielle Cork Flum, EnglishDan Ang Gong, neurobiologyMen Young Lee, physicsCaitriona Loretta Jennings McGovern, special concentrationsJohanna Sarah Rodda, EnglishAliza Laura Stone, visual and environmental studiesChristopher Tsong-Kai Wu, economicsPforzheimer HouseMichael James Buckley, applied mathematicsKledin Dobi, mathematicsRobert Vincent Fitzsimmons, history of scienceKatherine Clark Harris, historyJohn Samuel Riley, historyKatherine Christine Wilson, history of scienceSarah Yun, governmentQuincy HouseMelissa Rose Alpert, governmentMelissa Suzel Deas, sociologyDaniel William Deighton, Romance languages and literaturesLillian Meili Fang, visual and environmental studiesJane Su Jiang, EnglishMatthew Daniel Klayman, historyElijah Forrest O’Connor, special concentrationsCharles Emerson Riggs, historyWilliam Marc Ruben, economicsMeicheng Shi, economicsMolly Riordan Siegel, history of scienceBenjamin James Tuyp, engineering sciencesWinthrop HouseElena Decatur Butler, applied mathematicsLee Hilton Dietterich, organismic and evolutionary biologySamantha Tsai-Wei Fang, economicsWilliam Veta Leiter, social studiesJennifer Alys Lo, molecular and cellular biologyKevin Zhou, governmentOlga Igorevna Zverovich, mathematicslast_img read more

Harvard kicks off fundraising effort

first_imgHarvard University publicly kicked off a $6.5 billion fundraising campaign today, an effort that, if successful, would be the largest ever in higher education.The priorities that the campaign supports would result in a changed institution, one with a thriving Allston campus, a dramatically expanded School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, modernized student housing, a strengthened global presence, increased financial aid, and an arts and sciences faculty that has more resources to craft innovative educational experiences and to reach across disciplines for fresh insights on difficult issues.Harvard today emerged from what fundraisers call the campaign’s “quiet phase,” during which the institution raises a portion of the total before the public launch. Harvard already has raised about $2.8 billion in gifts and pledges, leaving a target of about $3.7 billion.The public kickoff included a series of events on campus, including a speech by Harvard President Drew Faust at Sanders Theatre; a question-and-answer session with Bill Gates, who left Harvard before graduating to found Microsoft Corp.; and a faculty panel at the Memorial Church on the new frontiers of knowledge.“We launch The Harvard Campaign at a moment when higher education is being challenged to reinvent itself, and we embrace this opportunity for a campaign that aims to do more than merely extend or reinforce long-standing strength and eminence,” Faust said. “The Harvard Campaign calls on us to articulate and affirm the fundamental values and purposes of higher education in a world transformed by globalization and technology, a world filled with promise for improving human lives, a world in which talent recognizes no boundaries, and in which creativity and curiosity will fuel the future.”Harvard’s last campaign, which concluded in 1999, raised $2.6 billion. In the years since, the University has been buffeted by the same financial storms that many others endured during the global financial meltdown. Harvard saw its endowment lose billions of dollars during the crisis, causing operating budgets to sink hundreds of millions into the red and forcing the rethinking of earlier University expansion plans in Allston.The University’s endowment stood at $30.7 billion last year, but Faust cautioned recently against thinking of the endowment as a “checking account” that can be drawn down at will. The endowment is a linked pool of thousands of funds, most of them dedicated to specific purposes — such as named chairs or individual institutes or programs — that must be managed into perpetuity, a feature that limits the funds that can be withdrawn in any given year to about 5 percent.The Harvard Campaign is taking place amid “seismic shifts” in the global higher education landscape, said Faust, who described both the opportunities and the challenges facing the University during a Sept. 10 speech that opened the academic year.The campaign announcement comes at another time of financial uncertainty for higher education. Federal budget dollars, which fund a large portion of University research, are drying up, even as government officials and parents alike are casting a wary eye at rising tuition bills, leaving little room for higher education to make up lost dollars through tuition increases.Meanwhile, on the other side of the ledger, changes to the global higher education landscape are exerting pressure on universities to spend more. The advent of online learning, for example, prompted Harvard to join with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to launch edX, which offers online versions of classes at the two institutions and others for free to students around the world.The Harvard Campaign is organized around several main themes, including interdisciplinary knowledge, teaching and learning, human capital, financial aid, global reach, innovation of all kinds, liberal arts and the humanities, basic research, and the physical spaces where all those things play out.“The impatient future we face together summons us to reimagine how we teach and learn,” Faust said in her remarks Saturday.Officials say that, broadly speaking, 45 percent of the fundraising proceeds will go to research, faculty needs, and teaching and learning; 25 percent will go to financial aid and the student experience; 20 percent to buildings and capital projects; and 10 percent in flexible funding to foster new initiatives and faculty collaboration.Specific priorities mentioned by University officials include development of Harvard’s Allston campus; expansion of the seven-year-old School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, whose classes are in high demand by students; renovation of the undergraduate Houses; and growth in innovative teaching and learning, as well as Harvard’s role in edX; support for the arts and the humanities; and basic research into energy, the environment, neuroscience, and stem cells.“The Harvard Campaign is critical to the University’s ability to fund important priorities going forward, but it is also an opportunity to redefine Harvard and higher education more broadly,” said James Rothenberg, Harvard’s treasurer, co-chair of the campaign, and member of the Harvard Corporation. “This is an exciting time for Harvard, and we are committed to ensuring that the University will continue to have a meaningful impact well beyond Cambridge.”The Gates unveiledBefore Faust spoke, campaign co-chair David Rubenstein, founder of the Carlyle Group investment firm, conducted a revealing and often humorous interview with Microsoft founder Gates, who, among other things, admitted that the awkward and once-ubiquitous three-key combination to restart a computer — control-alt-delete — was a mistake. He also said that, in hindsight, he probably didn’t have to drop out of Harvard after three years, since the opportunities in the software industry would have still been there if he had stayed and graduated.“Though we thought we had to do it that day, a year wouldn’t have made a difference,” Gates said.In response to Rubenstein’s questions, Gates offered a far-reaching view of his life, from his early days as a Harvard applied-math concentrator to his no-weekends-no-vacations-no-nonsense early years at Microsoft to his post-Microsoft years heading the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Gates also talked about his early business dealings with Apple, his friendship with Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, his bridge-playing habit — which he shares with Buffett — and how Buffett came to give billions to the Gates Foundation.Perhaps not surprisingly, the man who played a major role in the computer revolution, transforming how people work, communicate, and play, has equally large aspirations for the Gates Foundation: to improve education in the United States and childhood health around the world, to eradicate polio by 2018, and, if that effort is successful, turn his efforts to battling malaria and measles.“Many of the problems we work on, it’s amazing how little has been put into it,” Gates said.The most important currencyIn her campaign kickoff speech Saturday in Sanders Theatre, Faust outlined a changing world whose challenges Harvard must meet. The University, she said, can and should lead the coming revolution in teaching and learning. Global problems will bring learning into the field, while technology will bring the world into the classroom and Harvard classrooms to the world.She painted a picture of a future where scientific inquiry is rapidly increasing, making knowledge the most important currency, and where the resources needed to sustain the work of Harvard researchers will be critical.Knowledge itself is shifting, Faust said, and problems of yesterday that required students and researchers to dive deeply into a single field today require work across disciplines. To meet these challenges, Faust said, the University must maintain its ability to bring the world’s best and brightest to campus as both faculty and students. That means, she said, creating a cosmopolitan campus, designing opportunities for strong research, including teaching and learning abroad, and strengthening Harvard’s bonds far beyond Cambridge and Boston.An important part of that development, she said, will be providing the physical spaces for important interactions to occur, whether new buildings or common spaces where people can gather, such as the newly renovated Science Center Plaza.Faust mentioned Gates and other prominent alumni and faculty members as examples of the consistent excellence that has marked Harvard’s history. She also mentioned their works — from poetry to key medical discoveries — as examples of the impact the University can have on society.She opened and closed her speech by talking about legendary Harvard crew coach Harry Parker, who died earlier this year and who not only led the men’s crew to unprecedented decades of excellence, but also said he thought of himself first as a teacher. Faust quoted one of the many students whose lives were touched by Parker.“He made people prove themselves to themselves. It’s like he said, ‘This is what you could be. Do you want to be that?’ ” the student recalled.Faust closed with her own wish for Harvard’s future: “May Harvard be as wise as it is smart, as restless as it is proud, as bold as it is thoughtful, as new as it is old, as good as it is great.”The frontiers of knowledgeThe afternoon events started at the Memorial Church, where a panel of faculty members representing biology, business, medicine, philosophy, and law discussed the importance of both basic and applied research. The panelists spoke of the dramatic changes in their fields during their careers and the importance of training students not just to find new knowledge, but to handle the massive amounts of existing knowledge that technology has made available.The panel was led by Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard Law School professor and professor of computer science and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and included Hopi Hoekstra, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and professor of organismic and evolutionary biology and of molecular and cellular biology; Rebecca Henderson, McArthur University Professor and a professor at Harvard Business School; Alison Simmons, Harvard College professor and Wolcott Professor of Philosophy; and Peter Sorger, Krayer Professor of Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.The panelists related how their fields are being transformed by the ready availability of genetic data, by the globalized and vastly more complex business environment, and by the ability to obtain texts electronically that, a generation ago, would have required trips abroad to physical archives to locate.Panelists discussed the differing roles of businesses and universities in knowledge generation, saying that universities are uniquely suited to create knowledge, while businesses are best able to develop and apply that knowledge. The discussion also touched on the nature of truth — with a humorous nod to comedian Stephen Colbert’s fuzzy truth concept of “truthiness” — on patenting discoveries versus sharing them openly, and on the importance of universities in a rapidly changing world.“I’m afraid the world is going to get rougher in the next … 25 years and I think one of the things a university can be is a place to step back and say what are the things that matter the most,” Henderson said.last_img read more