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Researcher receives grant to study Haiti-American emergency preparedness

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first_imgResearcher Linda Marc has received a grant from the Harvard School of Public Health to examine public health and emergency preparedness in Haitian-Americans. Marc is based at the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard-affiliated health system.The study will investigate how persons of Haitian ancestry in the U.S. are exposed to messages pertaining to public health emergencies, infectious disease outbreaks, and epidemics. It will be conducted in three U.S. cities (Boston, Miami, and New York), and Mg Marketing Research Services, a Haitian-owned company in New York, has been retained to identify, screen, and recruit Haitian participants…To read morelast_img read more

Michael Pollan wants to change your mind

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first_img Related But, he added, “It’s not to say there are not risks.” A user could get high and act impulsively, walking into traffic or leaning too far out of a window in a tall building. And, he said, “If you are at risk of schizophrenia or it’s in your family or [you] have some kind of personality disorder, they will not let you in a drug trial. They screen pretty carefully.”Pollan also touched on the 1960s history of psychedelics, starting with Timothy Leary, who researched the drugs at Harvard in the years before they became emblematic of the era — an image that would taint their reputation and make serious research into their possible benefits impossible for decades.Pollan described Leary as a once-respected scientist who subsequently did “sloppy things,” as did his colleagues, including Richard Alpert, who gave psilocybin to undergraduates, resulting in an expose in The Crimson.It was a period that Pollan describes as “a very unusual moment in American culture and counterculture. The young were essentially forming their own culture … LSD and psilocybin had something to do with that. It caused people to rethink all forms of religion and question authority.”Before Leary’s fall from grace, he was part of a debate over what Pollan called intriguing questions about how to introduce a drug like psilocybin to society. As Pollan recounted, Leary wanted to give it to everybody, while others — like the writer Aldous Huxley in “The Doors of Perception” — wished to promote it first to thought leaders such as corporate executives, religious authorities, and artists, and have it trickle down into wider society.Today, Pollan said, psilocybin is finally coming out of Leary’s long shadow, funded by private money. “The NIH has put no money into research even though there is such promising research,” Pollan said. “The FDA is encouraged by psilocybin for treatment of depression. … There’s so much more we need to do.”But, he said, the to-do list does not include prescribing it to Trump.“I think you need to want it,” Pollan said, “be willing to dissolve your ego. Trump has the special ability to objectify everyone but himself, his ego.”Besides, Pollan said, “I don’t think it would work. Things could go wrong. The man has his finger on the button. It’s very dangerous.” From fresh food to magic mushrooms Turn on, tune in, geek out Professor Anne Harrington’s new book tackles the rise of biological psychiatry The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘An era where it has never not been about drugs’center_img Donald Trump made a surprise appearance as a topic during “How to Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan’s HubWeek talk on Tuesday based on his eponymous 2018 bestseller about psychedelic drugs. Pollan didn’t suggest offering the 45th president a hit of something, but the possibility did come up during the hourlong exploration of the history and contemporary uses of the drugs and their potential to transform and improve human consciousness.The talk centered on one particular drug — psilocybin. Administered to patients with terminal cancer, it “completely lifted their fear of dying,” the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer and Professor of the Practice Non-Fiction told the standing-room-only audience. “It allowed many to die in a really equanimous environment.”Pollan explained in a Q&A with incoming Boston Globe editorial page editor Bina Venkataraman that psilocybin and other psychedelics affect the brain to create what he called “consciousness without self” or a “non-egoic consciousness.”It’s an experience Pollan had personally while researching the book in the course of trying, besides psilocybin, LSD and the venom of the Sonoran Desert toad. Guided by practiced healers, Pollan underwent transformative experiences, including feeling himself become one with a piece of music (Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor). “I was not being isolated in a mortal body,” he recalled. “I was part of something larger.”Pollan, who is probably best known for his writing on food and culture in books such as “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” said that the self “does not exist while on psilocybin.” Within the brain, he explained, “Other networks are talking to one another in ways they were not before. You start seeing things that were not there, hallucinating. Colors sometimes have smells, or you can taste them. … There are sort of connections that maybe have new insights.” He said that this can help people suffering from anxiety, depression, or addiction: “People we talk to say it affords you new perspectives on life and behavior.” Guided by practiced healers, Pollan underwent transformative experiences, including feeling himself become one with a piece of music (Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor). “I was not being isolated in a mortal body. I was part of something larger.” At Radcliffe, Michael Pollan probes the medicinal uses of psychedelic drugs Michael Pollan takes a trip ‘Altered States’ collection takes student down research rabbit hole Lecturer and science writer sampled psychedelics for book on latest research last_img read more

Gentleman’s Guide Leads 2014 Outer Critics Circle Noms

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first_img Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical) Gregg Barnes, Aladdin Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway Jenny Tiamani, Twelfth Night Isabel Toledo, After Midnight Outstanding New Score (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Aladdin The Bridges of Madison County Fun Home A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder If/Then Outstanding New Broadway Play Act One Casa Valentina All The Way Outside Mullingar The Realistic Joneses Outstanding Actress in a Play Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons Rebecca Hall, Machinal Jessica Hecht, Stage Kiss Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical Far From Heaven Fun Home Murder For Two Storyville What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined Outstanding New Broadway Musical After Midnight Aladdin Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Rocky Nominations for the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards were announced on April 22, with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder leading the group with 11 nominations. This was followed by 8 for Aladdin, 7 for Fun Home and 6 for Rocky. Winners of the following categories will be announced on May 12 and the annual awards ceremony will take place at Sardi’s Restaurant May 22. The Outer Critics Circle is an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for various out-of-town media outlets. Outstanding Revival of a Play (Broadway or Off-Broadway) The Cripple of Inishmaan The Glass Menagerie Machinal Twelfth Night The Winslow Boy Outstanding Director of a Play Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan Lindsay Posner, The Winslow Boy Bill Rauch, All the Way Lyndsey Turner, Machinal Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Barbara Barrie, I Remember Mama Andrea Martin, Act One Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina Outstanding Actor in a Play Bryan Cranston, All the Way Ian McKellen, No Man’s Land Brían F. O’Byrne, Outside Mullingar Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night Tony Shalhoub, Act One Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein, Cabaret Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway Joshua Henry, Violet James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Outstanding Lighting Design (Play or Musical) Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Howell Binkley, After Midnight Paule Constable, Les Misérables Natasha Katz, Aladdin Philip S. Rosenberg, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Outstanding Solo Performance Jim Brochu, Character Man Debra Jo Rupp, Becoming Dr. Ruth Ruben Santiago-Hudson, How I Learned What I Learned Alexandra Silber, Arlington John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf John Gassner Award (Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright) Scott Z. Burns, The Library Eric Dufault, Year of the Rooster Madeleine George, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence Steven Levenson, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Lauren Yee, The Hatmaker’s Wife Shows with three or more nominations: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – 11 Aladdin – 8 Fun Home – 7 Rocky – 6 After Midnight – 5 Beautiful – 5 Twelfth Night – 5 Act One – 4 All the Way – 4 Bullets Over Broadway – 4 Machinal – 4 Cabaret – 3 The Glass Menagerie – 3 Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 3 Les Misérables – 3 Stage Kiss – 3 Violet – 3 The Winslow Boy – 3 Outstanding Book of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Aladdin Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Fun Home A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Rocky Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Broadway or Off-Broadway) Cabaret Hedwig and the Angry Inch Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill Les Misérables Violet Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play Appropriate Choir Boy The Explorer’s Club The Heir Apparent Stage Kiss Outstanding Actress in a Musical Sutton Foster, Violet Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County Michelle Williams, Cabaret Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night Michael Cyril Creighton, Stage Kiss John McMartin, All the Way Alessandro Nivola, The Winslow Boy Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Judy Kuhn, Fun Home Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Sydney Lucas, Fun Home Marin Mazzie, Bullets Over Broadway Lisa O’Hare, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Outstanding Choreographer Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Peggy Hickey, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical) Christopher Barreca, Rocky Beowulf Boritt, Act One Bob Crowley, Aladdin Es Devlin, Machinal Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Outstanding Director of a Musical Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Laurence Connor & James Powell, Les Misérables Sam Gold, Fun Home Alex Timbers, Rocky Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Outstanding Actor in a Musical Michael Cerveris, Fun Home Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Andy Karl, Rocky Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Commentslast_img read more

‘Women in Ag.’

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first_imgThe Women in Agriculture Conference will feature assistant secretary of agriculture Mary Waters March 22-23 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.Waters, the assistant secretary for congressional relations, will speak and answer questions on the new farm bill.The annual Women in Ag conference is geared to particular needs, problems and successes of women on the farm. Speakers will address everything from legislative and water issues to coping with change and public relations.Other speakers include Randy Hudson of the University of Georgia’s Center for Emerging Crops and Technologies; UGA county Extension Service county agents Judy Bland and Rachel West; and others.Another highlight will be the presentation of the annual Woman of the Year in Service to Georgia Agriculture Award.An $89 fee ($79 before March 8) covers the classes, dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch Saturday and two breaks. To learn more, call the Georgia Healthy Farmers Program at 1-800-367-9083 or (770) 538-2747.last_img read more

NAFCU pushes need for national data security standard, greater regulation of credit bureaus

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first_imgAhead of today’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on consumer data security at the credit bureaus, NAFCU Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel Carrie Hunt sent a letter reiterating NAFCU’s call for a stronger national data security standard under which companies that maintain consumers’ financial records are incentivized to protect the data.The hearing – further follow-up to the Equifax data breach that affected potentially more than 145 million Americans – begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.In her letter to Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Hunt wrote that credit reporting agencies already subject to parts of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), like Equifax, should be subject to the same regulatory requirements as depository institutions. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bruce Logan: Family glue holds France together

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first_imgNZ Herald 28 June 2013In New Zealand, it’s often claimed the welfare state harms family cohesion when the opposite would seem the intention.The welfare state is intrusive in France, too, but its power to erode is weaker. New Zealand is strong on liberty and equality, less so on brotherhood. In France, brotherhood has probably the strongest emotional power.Maybe a difference can be seen between the two countries in the way they make films about the family. Domestic drama and comedy are popular in France. The French are able to make the daily ordinariness of family life fascinating.Recalling sympathetic domestic drama with a Kiwi origin is difficult. The End of the Golden Weather maybe and the occasional film that has a Maori theme; Boy, perhaps. Films that “explore” domesticity tend to be dark. Of course all that could say more about those in New Zealand who write and produce films than anything else. Whatever the case, family life in New Zealand seems to be a minor political issue. Issues like “child poverty” or “family abuse” seem to swamp it.…It’s not surprising that France kicked up the biggest fuss of all the countries having same sex marriage thrust upon them. Religion was not an issue. It was an attack on the family and French domestic life. So, too, would be the reduction of the extended lunch hour.Unlike New Zealand, France does not have seven-day shopping. Everything, including supermarkets, is closed on Sunday. Sunday is family day. Boulangeries that open on Sunday morning close on Monday. The New Zealand debate around Easter trading is entirely alien to the French mind.It may appear socialism has undermined the will to work in France but that would be a superficial observation. What looks like the lack of a work ethic is evidence of a different kind of work ethic; one that sees domestic life critical to national health.• Bruce Logan is an Auckland writer living half the year in France.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10893401last_img read more

Batesville Track Academic Awards

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first_imgCongratulations to the following track and field athletes for being awarded one of the most prestigious awards in athletics. Not only do they perform in their sport, but they also perform above and beyond in the classroom.The following track and field athletes met the criteria and then were selected by the Indiana Track and Field Association for Academic All-State.1st Team: Graham Hunter, Cody Reer, Calvin Lehman and Sarah Call.Honorable Mention: Zach Hall, Jared Ilderton and Kelsey Gausman.Congratulations to all of them for this honor!Submitted by Batesville Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua to present world championship belts to Buhari soon

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first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight World boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will soon present his belts to President Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential aide disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja.Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, made the disclosure while briefing State House correspondents on behalf of the Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the briefing took place after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday in Abuja.Akande however said the date for the presentation of the belts was yet to be fixed.“The Minister of Sports announced that Anthony Joshua will be presenting his belts to the President in a matter of days.“The Council members also expressed appreciation for the gift of books from the Vice President which has become an annual tradition,’’ he said.NAN reports that Joshua, a Nigerian-British boxer, beat Mexican-American boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. through a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia on Sunday.The victory helped him to reclaim the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight world championship belts he lost to Ruiz Jr. in June Tags: Anthony Joshualast_img read more

McClaren sticking with Derby

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first_imgDerby boss Steve McClaren has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Aston Villa hotseat. Paul Lambert was sacked on Wednesday with McClaren quickly linked with replacing him at Villa Park but t he Rams manager wants to focus on his team’s Sky Bet Championship promotion push. Chairman Randy Lerner has thanked Lambert for his efforts during his two-and-a-half year reign after he was axed following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Hull. Lambert joined from Norwich in 2012 but oversaw two successive fights against relegation before this season. He signed a new four-year contract in September but Villa have won just twice in their last 21 league games and only netted 12 times in the league this season. The 45-year-old released a statement, via the League Managers’ Association, saying his time at Villa had been the toughest of his career. He said: “When I came on board the club’s owner, Randy Lerner, warned me that I was embarking on the toughest challenge of my working life and he was not wrong. “My initial remit was to conduct a massive overhaul of the playing squad, lower the overall wage structure of the playing staff and achieve this whilst keeping the club in the Barclays Premier League.” First-team coach Scott Marshall and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall are set to be in charge for Sunday’s FA Cup visit of Leicester with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, current Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement and USA head coach Jurgen Klinsmann installed among the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Lambert. Press Association Lerner was keen on ex-England boss McClaren in 2011 before changing his mind and appointing Alex McLeish from Birmingham instead. And McClaren has distanced himself from the job this time with Derby third in the Championship. “I have a job to do here and I’m solely focusing on trying to get Derby into the Premier League,” he told Skysports.com. “We’ve got a very, very good chance and everything else is speculation. We’ve got 16 games to go and have a chance of achieving what we want to achieve and I’m not going to walk away from it.” Lerner has spoken of his hope that Lambert’s tenure would lead to a brighter future after “several brutally challenging” years before his arrival. He praised the Scot and urged the struggling team to “rise to the occasion” in their battle against the drop. He told the club’s official site: “Adding players and investing in the squad over the last three years has strengthened Villa and it is our hope that, given the quality, leadership and team spirit at Bodymoor Heath, we can rise to the occasion for the remainder of the season. “I want to thank Paul for his commitment to me personally, and to Villa, and wish him well personally and professionally in his future endeavours.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at TalladegaTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms over Talladega Superspeedway have delayed the start of the NASCAR Cup race. Those in the grandstands were urged to seek shelter roughly 30 minutes before the scheduled start. Update on the latest sports The Mercedes driver said the aim of the Hamilton Commission would be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponed — Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIESHorse injured, euthanized after race at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December. Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase.The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday. June 21, 2020 The race is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. Last week NASCAR allowed 1,000 military members to attend the rain-disrupted race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.Sunday’s race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted.F1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversityLONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport. UNDATED (AP) — Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) says he has tested positive for COVID-19.His announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play Sunday.Dimitrov is ranked No. 19 and a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. He is the highest-profile current player to say he has the virus. His announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the U.S. Open said it would go forward. The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are planning to resume in August.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic:— There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause. Associated Press last_img read more