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Wyss named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_img Read Full Story Hansjörg Wyss has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of business, corporate, and philanthropic leadership. He joins more than 200 other new members for 2019, who are world leaders in the arts and sciences, business, philanthropy, and public affairs. These elected members join with other experts to explore challenges facing society, identify solutions, and promote nonpartisan recommendations that advance public good.“I am deeply honored and humbled to be elected to an organization whose goal is to improve the lives of people around the world, and I am eager to engage with my fellow members to continue to make progress solving the biggest problems that plague humanity today,” said Wyss. “I believe that science and engineering are paving the way toward a more healthy, sustainable, and equitable future for all, and it is crucial that those disciplines be supported and enabled to achieve their full potential.”Wyss is dedicated to helping save the world’s last remaining wild places, encouraging scientific and medical breakthroughs, and empowering the most vulnerable in society. His long-standing support for science, engineering, and medical training include large gifts that enabled Harvard University and four Swiss universities to create multi-disciplinary scientific institutes, including the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, to produce ground-breaking research in a variety of fields.Among those accomplishments is a new immunotherapy for cancer, currently in clinical trials run by Novartis; organs-on-chips that emulate human organs and could one day replace drug testing on animals; soft exosuits to help rehabilitate stroke patients and protect workers in physically demanding jobs; and a molecular diagnostic platform that can detect diseases at room temperature and without the need for lab equipment.“It goes without saying that the Wyss Institute would not exist without Hansjörg Wyss’ generosity and constant commitment to our mission of taking inspiration from nature to create new breakthrough technologies that we transition into the marketplace as quickly as possible,” said the Wyss Institute’s Founding Director Donald Ingber. “We are also equally proud of the leadership he has demonstrated as a philanthropist who is helping to save our planet in so many different ways, and this is a wonderful and well-deserved honor for him.”last_img read more

Erickson: Dreams come true; 1-on-1 with USA Today’s Brennan

first_imgIn my short career as a sportswriter covering the Badgers, I’ve done some pretty amazing things that, to be honest, I’ve seriously taken for granted.As a junior I’ve already covered a national championship team – and spoke with a few Olympians who also called that team home. In the last few months alone I went on a whirlwind adventure to Indianapolis to cover the drama that was the inaugural Big Ten Championship and then, a few weeks later, I made the 30-plus hour drive across the American West to cover the Granddaddy of Them All.A few weeks away from my 21st birthday, I can’t deny that I’ve been given some insanely spectacular opportunities, but it wasn’t until I was presented with another opportunity of the same caliber that I realized that these chances I’ve already been given are a dream come true.Last week, I had the chance to sit down with Christine Brennan and speak one-on-one at my leisure. Brennan is currently a sports columnist for USA Today and has a show on NPR, on top of being a commentator for ABC News, ESPN and Fox Sports Radio. She has covered the Olympic games since 1984 and has published four books, several of which are best sellers.Brennan has been around the business for some time and holds a few landmarks to her name. She was the first female sports reporter hired by the Miami Herald and not too much later after that, she was the first female to cover the Washington Redskins.At the time, Brennan didn’t think anything of these notable opportunities. She was simply doing her job.“I didn’t really think of how momentous it was,” Brennan said. “I just did it. … I did not take myself too seriously. … I really try to keep a healthy perspective. Covering the Redskins, for me it was like ‘OK, well, this is what I’ve been assigned to do. I want to do it.’”Despite being one of the leaders in her field, growing up, Brennan didn’t know this career was even a possibility.“I didn’t know that women did this. … I was just a total geek about sports and media,” she said. “I never read a woman’s sports byline. Never saw one, all through high school.”Growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, Brennan was a rare girl who loved sports with a passion. Unfortunately, women’s sports weren’t nearly as respected at the time – which says a lot considering the popularity women’s sports lack in comparison to men’s sports. As a result of that disrespect, Brennan grew up in a time where women’s sports had to fend for themselves.Enter Title IX.Now 40 years old, Title IX has provided girls across the country unprecedented opportunities to play sports. Brennan spoke about how appreciative she is of the fact that even while I was growing up, I never questioned the chances I had to even play sports. The very idea that I personally was able to play basketball for most of my childhood until I decided to quit was something that didn’t exist only a spare few decades ago.Brennan considers it a success that at Wisconsin, we as Badgers have as many women’s sports as we do and successful women’s sports – specifically the likes of women’s hockey.While Title IX certainly has its drawbacks – such as the loss of UW’s baseball team, which Brennan acknowledged – the overall value women’s sports brings to a university outweighs those inconveniences.“The value of women’s sports – teamwork; incredibly great, nice student athletes who are going to get their degree on time, who are not going to embarrass the school – there are some very valuable things,” Brennan said.But when it comes to anything – sports, writing, any dreams – Brennan just wants people to have the same experience she has had, which is simply the joy of doing what she loves.“Follow your heart and follow your passion,” Brennan said. “This doesn’t just happen. For me, I feel so fortunate. To say the word ‘dream job’ is not even quite right because I don’t even think of this as a job. If I use the word job or work, it’s kind of a mistake because I don’t consider this that. This is like dancing through life, I get to do what I love to do and get paid … it’s a wonderful life, it’s a wonderful career and it’s exactly what I want to do with my life.“But I don’t want to sound goofy about it because I’ve worked very hard for this.”Kelly is a junior majoring in journalism. Taken any great life experiences for granted lately? Share your story by emailing her at [email protected] or tweet @kellymerickson.last_img read more

How will Damian Jones fare as the Warriors’ starting center?

first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors gush about Damian Jones’ qualities as quickly as he moves with his 7-foot, 245-pound frame.“He’s obviously a physical force of nature,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s powerful and explosive.”The Warriors rave about Jones’ attributes with his post presence, his passing, his work ethic and his inviting personality. No wonder the Warriors drafted him at No. 30 in the 2016 NBA Draft.“It’s great to see how aggressive he’s become, especially on the offensive glass …last_img

Ronaldo returns to Portugal for European qualifiers

first_imgJuventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League round of 16, 2nd leg, soccer match between Juventus and Atletico Madrid at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Ronaldo scored the three goals in Juventus 3-0 win.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)LISBON, Portugal— Cristiano Ronaldo is back on Portugal’s national soccer team for the first time since the World Cup.Ronaldo was included in coach Fernando Santos’ list Friday for upcoming matches against Ukraine and Serbia, its first qualifiers for the European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT They will be the 34-year-old Ronaldo’s first games for his country since the World Cup in June, and since he was accused of rape in the United States. He has denied any wrongdoing.Portugal will play Ukraine on March 22 and Serbia on March 25 in Lisbon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRonaldo is Europe’s leading international scorer with 85 goals for Portugal. He is also Portugal’s most experienced player with 154 appearances.Ronaldo’s last game for Portugal was a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Without him, Portugal had three wins and three draws and reached the final phase of the UEFA Nations League, which will be held in June in Portugal. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy ONE Championship forges partnership with Japanese promotion Pancrase Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Since his last appearance for Portugal, Ronaldo has moved from Real Madrid to Juventus. He scored a hat trick to help Juventus reach the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.Portugal won the 2016 European Championship despite Ronaldo getting injured during the final against France.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View commentslast_img read more

Centre delaying payments for rural job scheme Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that the scopes of 100 days work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are gradually shrinking due to some restrictions imposed by the Centre.Banerjee during her speech in the Assembly said the opportunities in 100 days work have been reducing in the state due to the Center’s apathy. She also accused the Narendra Modi government of intentionally delaying the payments under the MGNREGA. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaShe pointed out that the Bengal government has already converged Panchayats and Rural Development department with various other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment to provide some momentum to the 100 days work in the state and also to ensure that more number of people are brought under the scheme. “The Centre has made some restrictions in some areas as a result of which the scopes of 100 days work have narrowed down in the state. They have a tendency to reduce the opportunities in 100 days work. The people are facing difficulties as there is a delay in the release of funds by the Centre. We have urged the Centre on a number of occasions to clear the dues on time,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShe further added: “We have done a convergence between the Panchayats and Rural development department and other departments like Irrigation and Waterways, Forest, Fisheries and Environment in such a manner that more number of people get opportunity. More jobs will be created if the Forest department deploys people under the 100 days work or the Fisheries department provides fingerlings to those who dig up ponds under the ‘Jal Dharo, Jal Bharo’ scheme. We have discussed it during the administrative review meeting on how 100 days work can be implemented through the involvement of various Self-Help Groups.” Banerjee once again reminded the House that the Bengal government has secured first position in the implementation of the 100 days work scheme in the country and also the same position for creating employment. In the construction of rural roads Bengal has topped the list. During a question-answer session, Panchayats minister Subrata Mukherjee in the Assembly said around 33.83 man-days were created by his department in 2018-19 while in the current financial year, 5.73 crore man-days have already been created so far under the MGNREGA.last_img read more


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