Asthmatic worker exposed to smoke is awarded £17k

first_img Previous Article Next Article Asthmatic worker exposed to smoke is awarded £17kOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. An asthmatic has been awarded £17,000 after her former boss failed to stopsmoking in front of her at work. Karen Whitehead, 34, was employed at the Grandby Island Community Centre inPlymouth for just 45 days, but because she was registered as disabled, she wasable to sue for unfair dismissal after being sacked for taking 16 days offsick. Whitehead complained about the smoky atmosphere and was moved to anon-smoking reception, but her employers failed to enforce the no smoking rule.An employment tribunal ruled that Whitehead was discriminated against underthe Disability Discrimination Act 1995. The centre plans to appeal. The ruling follows EC plans to draft new legislation that would stop smokingat work. As reported in Personnel Today (9 September), a complete ban onsmoking in the workplace is closer to reality after the European commissionerfor health, David Byrne, said he intends to introduce Europe-wide legislation. Comments are closed. last_img read more

$14M house topped Brooklyn’s luxury listings last week

first_img Message* Share via Shortlink The second-priciest listing was a townhouse at 113 Boerum Place that was last asking $4.5 million, or $1,668 per square foot. The four-story, 2,696-square-foot Boerum Hill homes was built in 1920 and has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, a home office and an excavated cellar and recreation space.The median asking price for all properties was about $2.55 million, with an average price per square foot of $1,335. The average discount dropped to zero percent, down from three percent the week before.Contact Cordilia James Email Address* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img CORRECTION: This story previously misstated the address of the Boerum Hill townhouse. This Brooklyn Heights home went into contract at $2,184 per square foot. (Compass)UPDATED, April, 14, 2021, 10:52 a.m.: After a slightly slower week, Brooklyn’s luxury real estate market got a boost — driven, in part, by one pricey property going into contract.Thirty contracts were signed last week for properties asking $2 million or more, with a total sales volume of $92.7 million. That’s up from 22 deals totaling $64 million the week before. Townhouses claimed the most expensive spots on the list, but more condos went into contract: There were 16 conjdo deals, 13 townhouse deals and just one co-op deal.The most expensive property to go into contract was a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom townhouse at 271 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. The 6,354-square-foot home was last asking $13.88 million, or $2,184 per square foot. It dates back to the 19th century but was recently renovated to conform to passive house standards, with triple-pane windows and fresh filtered air, among other eco-friendly perks.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreBrooklyn’s luxury market cooled last week Brooklyn sees huge boom in luxury contracts signed Brooklyn luxury condo contracts catch up to townhouses Tags brooklyncompassLuxury Real EstateNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Early spawning of Antarctic krill in the Scotia Sea is fuelled by “superfluous” feeding on non-ice associated phytoplankton blooms

first_imgThe spawning success of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) is generally assumed to depend on substantial winter sea ice extent, as ice biota can serve as a food source during winter/spring and the seasonal ice melt conditions the upper water column for extensive phytoplankton blooms. However, direct observations during spring are rare. Here we studied krill body condition and maturity stage in relation to feeding (i.e. stomach fullness, diet, absorption of individual fatty acids and defecation rate) across the Scotia Sea in November 2006. The phytoplankton concentrations were low at the marginal ice zone (MIZ) in the southern Scotia Sea (Stn. 1, 2, and 3), high in open waters of the Southern Antarctic Circumpolar Current Front (SACCF) in the central Scotia Sea (Stn. 5), and moderate further north (Stn. 6 and 7). Krill had low lipid reserves (∼6.5% of dry mass, DM), low mass:length ratios (∼1.7 mg DM mm−1), and small digestive glands (∼7% of total DM) near the ice edge. The stomachs contained lithogenic particles, diatom debris, and bacterial fatty acids, but low proportions of diatom-indicating fatty acids, which suggest that these krill were feeding on detritus rather than on fresh ice algae. In the SACCF, krill had higher lipid reserves (∼10% of DM), high mass:length ratios (∼2.2 mg DM mm−1), and large digestive glands (∼16% of total DM). Stomach content and tissue composition indicate feeding on diatoms. In the north, moderate food concentrations co-occurred with low lipid reserves in krill, and moderate mass:length ratios and digestive gland sizes. Only in the phytoplankton bloom in the SACCF had the mating season already started and some females were about to spawn. Based on the way krill processed their food at the different stations, we indicate two mechanisms that can lead to fast regeneration of body reserves and oocyte maturation in E. superba. One is “superfluous” feeding at high food concentrations, which maximises the overall nutrient gain. The other is a preferential absorption of crucial fatty acids: 20:5(n−3) and 22:6(n−3) when regaining body condition after the winter, and 14:0 and 16:1(n−7) during accumulation of oocyte yolk. Multi-year time series of phytoplankton distribution show that an early spring bloom, as found in 2006, is not unusual for the central Scotia Sea and coincides with high krill larval concentrations in this area. In conclusion, the Scotia Sea is a main spawning ground of Antarctic krill and this is linked to phytoplankton blooms in open waters of the SACCF rather than to ice edge blooms.last_img read more

Sailors from USS New Mexico Participate in Navy Week Albuquerque

first_img View post tag: in Sailors from USS New Mexico Participate in Navy Week Albuquerque View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Mexico Back to overview,Home naval-today Sailors from USS New Mexico Participate in Navy Week Albuquerque October 5, 2011 View post tag: week View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval Training & Educationcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Albuquerque View post tag: from View post tag: New View post tag: sailors View post tag: USS View post tag: participate Three USS New Mexico (SSN 779) Sailors are participating in Albuquerque Navy Week, Oct. 2-9.Albuquerque Navy Week 2011, in conjunction with Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, gives area residents an opportunity to meet Sailors and learn about the Navy’s critical missions and its broad range of capabilities.During Albuquerque Navy Week Sailors will meet with New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez; visit BB-40 ship’s bell and museum; attend a Navy birthday ball hosted by the Navy League New Mexico Council; and a host of other events.“Opportunities like these do not occur very often,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate (SS) Joaquin R. Arroyo III, one of the three Sailors in attendance. “The three-member crew from USS New Mexico is excited to be included in the Navy Week events and look forward to meeting members of the local community.”Arroyo added that these events are great avenues to create awareness for the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine.“We feel this is an opportunity to not only provide the community of Albuquerque the chance to meet the Sailors of the USS New Mexico, but also provides us an opportunity for us to be an ambassador of the U.S. Navy and USS New Mexico.”Dick Brown, chairman, USS New Mexico Commissioning Committee said there is a unique relationship the boat shares with the committee.“While New Mexico doesn’t reside near an ocean, we are very much a Navy state with three submarines [honoring our state],” said Brown. “The Sailors’ visit is a tribute to all New Mexicans who have served, and are serving, in our Armed Forces.”Two other submarines are named after cities in New Mexico USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and USS Santa Fe (SSN 763). The Commissioning Committee is in their 11th year of support for USS New Mexico, even though the boat was commissioned last year.“While construction of ‘our’ sub did not start until March 2004, our pursuit of the name New Mexico started in Jan 2000. We’ve been going strong ever since,” said Brown.The Navy conducts approximately 20 Navy Weeks each year. During a Navy Week celebration, the Navy concentrates a variety of outreach events in a metropolitan area for one week, to share the Navy story with as many people as possible.[mappress]Source: navy, October 05, 2011last_img read more

Australia: Maritime Museum Opens New Attraction

first_img November 11, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: Maritime Museum Opens New Attraction View post tag: Attraction The Australian National Maritime Museum opened its new ‘Action Stations’ attraction on Sunday, November 8, in Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.Austal, Australia’s defence contractor, is supporting this new USD 8,5 million attraction at the Maritime Museum. The Action Stations is located in an all-new waterfront pavilion and offers a look into the history of the Oberon-class submarine HMAS Onslow, the Daring-class destroyer HMAS Vampire and the Attack-class patrol boat HMAS Advance, which are permanently docked at the Museum.Announcing the partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Austal Chief Executive Officer Andrew Bellamy said the company was very proud to have played a significant role in Australia’s naval shipbuilding industry over the past 17 years, through the delivery of the Bay, Armidale and Cape Class Patrol Boats. Share this article View post tag: Australiacenter_img Australia: Maritime Museum Opens New Attraction View post tag: Action Stations Authorities View post tag: Maritime Museumlast_img read more

News story: David Mundell visits the scene of the Glasgow School of Art fire

first_img The Glasgow School of Art is hugely appreciative of the support that we have received from the Secretary of State since the fire and for his visit today. Only three weeks ago I was able to show Mr Mundell round the interiors of the Mackintosh Building to see the tremendous work which was being undertaken by our teams of skilled craftsmen, so it is particularly poignant to return with him to the site with him today. Mr Mundell met with staff from the GSA who have been working round the clock to ensure that the academic work of the institution can continue despite the devastating fire. He then went up to the site to see the Mackintosh Building. Mr Mundell had previously visited the building three weeks ago, when he saw the restoration of the building after the fire in 2014.Speaking after his visit, Mr Mundell said: The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have now handed the site over to Glasgow City Council. The team from GCC Building control is working with the Glasgow School of Art, expert structural engineers, David Narro Associates, and Historic Environment Scotland to assess the structural integrity of the building. Professor Tom Inns, Director of The Glasgow School of Art said: Today I visited the site of the Glasgow School of Art fire. It’s a scene of devastation, utterly shocking to behold. Having seen the splendour of the painstakingly refurbished building just two weeks ago, it is an absolutely heartbreaking sight. My sincere thanks go to the fire service personnel who fought so hard to ensure no lives were lost and the damage was not even worse. “Today I also met the School Director, Professor Inns, and several of his team. Their love of this architectural masterpiece is clear, and their resilience and optimism in the face of this terrible tragedy is impressive. I share their conviction that the Mack will one day rise again in all its glory. It is still early stages in properly assessing the damage, but we all hope the building can be saved, and the UK Government stands ready to help.last_img read more

Full Video Of Phil Lesh’s 1999 Warfield Show Ft. Phish’s Trey And Page Has Emerged

first_imgPerhaps one of the most well-known moments of crossover between Phish and Grateful Dead worlds came in April of 1999, when bassist Phil Lesh hosted a Phish-y “Friends” performance at The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA. The run took place between April 15-17, featuring Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell from Phish alongside Steve Kimock and John Molo.Though these legendary shows have certainly held a noteworthy spot in the jam history books, few have gotten to watch the pure chemistry between the five band members. Fortunately, a new video has emerged onto YouTube, capturing the first night of the stand in its entirety.Thanks to a number of people, including taper Art Granoff and uploader Kevin Tobin, we can sit back and watch the magic that was Phil Lesh & Phriends. Enjoy…Setlist: Phil Lesh & Friends at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA – 4/15/99I: Viola Lee Blues, Big Railroad Blues, Jack-a-Roe, Cosmic Charlie, Wolfman’s Brother -> Uncle John’s BandII: Alabama Getaway, Sugaree, Like a Rolling Stone > I Know You Rider, Row Jimmy, Shakedown Street -> The Wheel > Not Fade AwayE: Mr Tambourine Manlast_img read more

Ivanka Trump Claimed To Love Phish And McDonald’s, According to 1996 Interview

first_imgIn 1996, People Magazine ran a story about then-14-year-old Ivanka Trump, who at that time gaining exposure from some modeling gigs–as well as the fact that she was the daughter of well-known businessman Donald Trump. While most people only know the Ivanka they saw on the campaign trail with her father last year, the ’96 interview gives us some amusing glimpses into who she was as a child.According to the article, written by Michelle Green, “When she isn’t modeling, Ivanka spends time as her schoolmates do—waking up at ‘a horrible hour, 7 o’clock,’ she says, jumping into her uniform (pleated skirt, white shirt) and cabbing to Chapin. Back at 5, she does homework in her bedroom (with its canopied bed adorned with a pillow that says, “When a Woman Is Tired of the Plaza, She Is Tired of Life”), phones friends and watches Beverly Hills, 90210. She snaps up CDs by Phish and pigs out with pals at McDonald’s. “I’m a big eater,” she says. “After all, I am 14.”Yep, you read that right. Among the details one might expect to hear about a young heiress, we find out that young Ivanka was a Phish fan. Or, at least, she was enough of a fan to mention it to People.Whether or not Ivanka is still into the band is unknown, but now that we’re aware of her early fandom, we’ll be keeping an eye out for her at the Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden this summer.[via People, 1996]last_img read more

Brandon Niederauer Joins String Cheese Incident At SweetWater 420 Fest [Watch]

first_imgBrandon “Taz” Niederauer took the stage with the String Cheese Incident during the band’s headlining performance at SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta on Friday night. The 14-year-old guitar prodigy joined the fray for a second set-opening “Close Your Eyes” before returning with vocalist Rhonda Thomas for the encore rendition “I Saw The Light” that closed out the show.Niederauer and Thomas weren’t the only guests who sat in with SCI yesterday. The band also got some help from The Motet singer Lyle Divinsky and drummer Dave Watts, who added their chops to the live debut of “Get To You”, a new collaborative single with Divinsky that was officially released earlier this week. Additionally, SCI revisited their cover of Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” for the first time since October 30, 2010, thereby furthering speculation about Jamiroquai’s potential appearance at the 2018 Suwannee Hulaween festival.You can relive the entire first day of SweetWater 420 Fest by checking out the recording of the festival’s free livestream., but we’ve cued up Taz’s sit in for you below.The String Cheese Incident – SweetWater 420 Fest (Second Set)SweetWater 420 Fest will continue Saturday and Sunday with sets from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, Greensky Bluegrass, Tauk, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more. You can check out a free livestream of many of those shows via The String Cheese Incident | SweetWater 420 Fest | Atlanta, GA | 4/20/2018Set One: Sirens > Let’s Go Outside, Song In My Head, My One And Only, Get To You^, Space Cowboy#, Believe*Set Two: Close Your [email protected], Beautiful > Hi Ho No Show, Joyful Sound > Rumble > Falling Through The Cracks, Rollover > Restless WindEncore: Happy Birthday Travis, I Saw The Light%^ = First Time Played, w/ Lyle Divinsky, Dave Watts of The Motet and Rhonda Thomas# = Jamiroquai cover w/ Rhonda [email protected] = w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer% = w/ Taz & Rhonda* = w/ Rhondalast_img read more

Sea of Crimson, canopy of green

first_imgA week turns the Yard into a theaterIt took a week to prepare Tercentenary Theatre for the thousands of people who gathered there for Commencement Exercises. Following detailed maps, staffers from the Office of Campus Services (OCS) staked and erected the white tents and began the elaborate process of assembling more than 21,000 folding chairs into rows laid out across the grassy expanse between Widener Library and Memorial Church for graduates, parents, and guests.An unusual view from Widener Library as the crowds gather for Harvard’s 364th Commencement. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBeginning at about 3:30 a.m. Commencement morning, workers ran through one final check, counting and recounting, making sure all was in order. Most importantly, to ensure that all of the graduates had a place to sit, 10,000 more seats were stacked and stashed in various spots around the Yard, ready to be accessed at a moment’s notice, an emergency cache that thankfully appeared unnecessary this year, said OCS staffer Paul Remeika.Event staffers weren’t the only ones out and about this morning at 3:30. Because tickets to get into Tercentenary Theatre are strictly limited, and many more family members, friends, and loved ones want to experience Commencement in person than can be welcomed into the finite space, every year some eager and enterprising attendees look for ways to improve their odds. Some scout out the Yard days in advance, buttonholing Harvard staff to ask how they can snag a better view.— Christina PazzaneseMore-intimate ceremonies in the HousesAs graduates and their families cooled under the trees of Lowell House’s graceful interior courtyard enjoying a light buffet luncheon of grilled chicken and cold salads, House Masters Diana Eck and Dorothy Austin talked about how Lowell is “not just a dorm,” but a special, intergenerational community that they have all been privileged to call home.“I’m completely overwhelmed,” said Anna Hagen ’15 (left) of the swirl of Morning Exercises. “I thought it was a beautiful ceremony. I was in tears half the time.” Hagen is pictured at Lowell House. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFollowing a single toll of a bell, the masters welcomed and conferred diplomas to each resident graduate, citing their concentrations and special achievements. In closing, Eck, the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, read from a verse written for a recent graduating class. “We are waiting for you to do what you are going to do, and it is going to be wonderful. Stay young forever in the wild fields of your minds,” Eck said. “And [Dorothy and I] would add: Come home again and again.”Clutching their Crimson-clad diplomas or handing them over to parents who insisted on gazing at them, many students smiled, looking a little dazed as they greeted their families after making their way through receiving line of House tutors and administrators.“I’m completely overwhelmed,” said Anna Hagen ’15 of the swirl of Morning Exercises. “I thought it was a beautiful ceremony. I was in tears half the time.” An English concentrator, Hagen is one of two Harvard students awarded a prestigious Marshall Scholarship this year. She will pursue a master’s degree in contemporary English literature at the University of Cambridge and a second master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. Looking at her name on her diploma, Hagen said she hadn’t been entirely sure the day would ever arrive. “I had a moment when I thought back to freshman year when I thought, ‘I don’t know if this will ever happen,’ ” she said, smiling. “And now it’s real.” Veronica Gloria ’15 worked to empower first-generation and Latino students Related An advocate for others One of the most acclaimed opera singers and sopranos of all time, Renée Fleming sang “America the Beautiful” at Harvard’s 364th Commencement on May 28, 2015 at Tercentenary Theatre. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>center_img “This is great,” said Rossi of the T3 Patroller, which has a maximum speed of 20 mph and can go up to 12 hours on a full battery charge. “It speaks to some intelligent ways to conserve energy.”Rossi praised Harvard’s “wonderful tradition” of Commencement, full of energy and feeling, and the special guests from around the world. During his daughter’s graduation from Harvard in 1995, he said he and his son met that year’s Class Day speaker, baseball legend Hank Aaron. Despite being a long-suffering (at that time) Boston Red Sox fan, Rossi said that meeting Aaron, who played most of his career with the Atlanta Braves (and was originally signed by the old Boston Braves) “was amazing.”— Colleen WalshA unique view of the graduating classes from the stage in Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerLearning to tend all creatures, great and smallAfter studying environmental science and public policy, Camara Carter ’15 has what might seem like an unexpected path ahead of her: veterinary school. Carter will head to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia after graduation. But the Quincy House resident said her Harvard education offered her the perfect training to become an international wildlife veterinarian. She focused on environmental science, she said, because “you have to learn about the environments in which [the animals] live,” to understand them.Like many graduating seniors, Carter had the words “Black Lives Matter” taped to her graduation cap. “That’s a part of speaking up for what has been going on in our country,” she said. “I am supporting that effort.” As she cheered for the dignitaries making their way into Tercentenary Theatre for Morning Exercises, Carter reflected on her four Harvard years. “I’ve learned a lot here,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed my experience. It will definitely help me move forward in life.”— Colleen WalshSide by side by side by sideTwin brothers and Harvard graduates Christopher and Mark Fuller, both from the class of 2010, both history concentrators, both Adams House residents, and both members of the crew team, took a break from their duties, both as class marshals, for a quick bite to eat.Raphael Arku, Ph.D. ’15, celebrates with his 4-year-old daughter Souzana outside the Carpenter Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“Well, they give the fifth-year reunion folks almost no responsibility because we are young and impressionable, so we basically help direct people to their seats,” said Christopher of their marshal role. “We are effectively air traffic controllers” added Mark.“I have distinct memories of my father being a class marshal, growing up, and I always thought it was incredibly cool, so it’s fun to continue the tradition somewhat,” said Christopher. “The square has changed so much since we’ve graduated … but the feeling of the place really hasn’t, and the excitement of Commencement really doesn’t change.”One of their day’s biggest challenges was keeping track of the conical top hats that come with the marshals’ formal gray tailcoat attire.— Colleen WalshFor basketball player, four years in a blurSteve Moundou-Missi, a graduating senior from Dunster House, could scarcely believe Commencement had arrived as he stood in line with his classmates in the Old Yard waiting to march into Tercentenary Theatre for graduation ceremonies.Honorands Renée Fleming and Deval Patrick enjoy the moment. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThough he is an athlete, Moundou-Missi said the week has been tiring, and exciting, with events that gave him a chance to socialize with members of his class for the last time — and even for the first time. “It’s funny, I met a lot of seniors this week,” said Moundou-Missi, a forward on the Harvard men’s basketball team who plans to play professionally in Europe next year. “I’m overwhelmed. I’m excited. It seems like I was a freshman two days ago.”— Alvin PowellA committed class with an activist streakDuring Tuesday’s Baccalaureate Service, Harvard President Drew Faust said the past year has been one of the most activist at the University in recent memory. Some students fighting for racial equality and against unwarranted police violence took their demonstration to the Commencement Exercises.Some Harvard Law School graduates offered a serious message on their mortarboards. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmong the thousands of students seated during the conferring of degrees were many whose mortarboards bore the message that “Black Lives Matter.” Drew Scott, an Eliot House neurobiology concentrator, said she paper-clipped the message to her cap to make a statement that even students in a safe and somewhat privileged environment like Harvard’s know the issue is important. It’s a message that people in the Commencement Day audience should hear, she said, and one that shows solidarity with those far away.“I felt it was necessary to make the statement that students here … sympathize with other members of the black community elsewhere in the U.S.,” Scott said. “We wanted to make our voices heard here on campus.”— Alvin PowellMortarboards become billboardsDraped in traditional cap and gown, it’s hard for individuals to stand out in the sea of graduates. One way is to decorate mortarboards, which during the morning festivities displayed an array of objects, from the whimsical — pipe-cleaner halos (for Divinity School students), a folded dollar bill, and Mickey Mouse ears — to the socially conscious, to the symbolic plastic Lego building blocks for Graduate School of Design students, to the seemingly random, like the red sign that said “You Are Here.”— Alvin PowellSo what’s that smell, already?The last business of the morning Commencement Exercises each year is the conferring of honorary degrees, which include short biographical sketches delivered by Provost Alan Garber, followed by poetic intonations offered by Harvard President Drew Faust as she confers the degrees.Each year, a few of those descriptions are playful, typically those of honorary degree recipients who are members of the Harvard community or are from rival Ivy League schools. This year was no different.“What’s that smell?” asked Garber, setting the audience laughing as he began one introduction. He then told them they should ask Linda Buck, a former Harvard Medical School professor who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for her studies of the olfactory system, and through which “she discovered the sweet smell of success.”Faust picked up where Garber left off, intoning: “Aficionada of olfaction, pioneer in the perception of common and uncommon scents; her research on receptors has revolutionized what science knows of the nose, Linda Buck, doctor of science.”— Alvin PowellThe deans’ DecembersHarvard President Drew Faust greets students before Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard’s Commencement Exercises hew to a strict script, with tradition and ceremony offering little wiggle room for personal notes or asides. But sometimes a little space is all that’s needed. Part of the ceremony calls for the deans of Harvard’s Schools to introduce their graduating students, which can allow for final public thank-yous to those who are departing.Provost Alan Garber gave a verbal hat tip to a trio of outgoing deans: Julio Frenk of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who is beginning a new adventure as the president of the University of Miami; Harry Lewis, who served as interim dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, adding to his prior service as dean of Harvard College from 1995 to 2003; and David Ellwood of the Harvard Kennedy School, who will step down on June 30, ending his tenure as the University’s longest currently serving dean.— Alvin PowellCrashing the party, with cymbalsJovonne Bickerstaff (right) sheds tears as she and Jacqueline Rivers stand for the conferral of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences degrees. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerLatonya Wright of the Class of 2000 doesn’t let the distance between Harvard and her home in North Carolina, where she works as a grant manager at a community foundation, stop her from making a big bang during Commencement. A former member of the Harvard University band, Wright returns to Cambridge regularly to play the cymbals with the group.“They make it so much fun to come and play,” she said.Though she didn’t play an instrument when she arrived at the College, a friend and flutist assured her, “they can find you something.” They found her a signature sound. The cymbal flourish is part of all the big songs of the day, including “Veritas,” and a particular line of “Ten Thousand Men of Harvard.”“Every time you hear the cymbals, it’s me,” said Wright, who stands slightly removed from the rest of the players seated under a tent by University Hall. The reason: one year she blew out a microphone with an enthusiastic crash.— Colleen WalshTo start, a pensive visit to Memorial ChurchAs is customary, Harvard’s official Commencement ceremonies kicked off for graduating seniors inside Memorial Church with a brief service of prayer, song, and reflection, as well as comments from Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church Jonathan Walton.Each of the Houses was represented as students and alums crossed the Yard. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn what has become a tradition, Walton took a minute before his address to take care of “a serious matter,” capturing a picture with members of the Class of 2015 behind him. “This is actually pretty good,” said Walton of his selfie. “This one would look good on Instagram.”In his remarks, Walton urged the soon-to-be graduates to use their Harvard experience to fuel their careers, goals, and dreams, and to help shape a culture of inclusion and equality.“We need you to be thermostats not thermometers. We need you to dictate and determine culture as opposed to just reading and reflecting culture. . . . We need you to imagine, imagine a world where we understand that it is not enough to give charity, but rather we assume as our duty to see to it that we build a society where charity will not be necessary, where no sick person will go untreated, no hungry child will go unfed … this is what Harvard College has provided you, not simply a place to learn, but a place to think great thoughts, a place to dream, a place to build air castles furnished with the hopes and aspirations of the future.”— Colleen WalshThe czar was ready, with hat, phone — and coffeeOn the steps of Memorial Church, in the shade of an immense Commencement canopy, Jason Luke ’94 — like a sea captain at the wheel — faced a sea of 21,000 chairs. The onetime English concentrator is associate director of custodial and support services at FMO, but at Commencement Luke is better known as the event’s czar — the king of chairs, tents, canopies, loudspeakers, grills, water coolers, and trash bags. With Luke were his three seasonal necessities: a crumpled safari hat, a cellphone, and an outsized Styrofoam cup of coffee. “It’s a toss-up,” he said of the coffee and the phone. “I don’t think I could get by without either one.”— Corydon IrelandA Harvard education “keeps you healthy”During Commencement 2015, the happiest of occasions, Thomas Everett Black ’66 roved through Harvard Yard on smile patrol. He directs the Happy Observance of Commencement Committee, whose members fan out into the crowds on the big day, decked out in tops hats, tuxedo jackets, and striped pants. Smoothing the way for everyone there, he said, includes pointing out where the bathrooms are.Year to year, not much changes, said Black, who lives in Weymouth, Mass., and is retired from the financial services industry. But older alumni seem spryer than ever. He attended the 25th reunion of his father’s class in 1963, the year the Class of 1913 was celebrating its 50th anniversary. They were all “doddering old men,” said Black. But look at the Class of 1965, in town for its own 50th. “These guys are all vigorous,” he said. “There’s something about a Harvard education that keeps you healthy.”— Corydon IrelandBill Dyer (from right), Michael Shaw, Paul Hughes, and Tom Gallagher, all from Facilities Maintenance Operations, give high-fives to the graduates as they walk to the Yard. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerA parade of Houses, with piper and brassLong lines simmered at the gates by 6:30, and guests were pouring in 15 minutes later. Among the first were about 50 ushers, boys and girls from Boston Latin School. Soon after, residents of each House processed into old Harvard Yard behind banners held aloft. Mather was first, led by a red-faced bagpiper in a kilt. Leverett opted for a jolly brass band. Dunster followed with a New Orleans-style combo: tuba, banjo, clarinet, snare drum, and other noisemakers guaranteed to wake the sleepiest senior.Tiago Pereira, a five-year staffer with Facilities Maintenance Operations (FMO) and a native of Brazil, stood to one side and watched the Class of 2015 walk past. “They have a lot to look forward too,” he said.— Corydon IrelandFirst, make sure there’s no harmReflecting the realities of the modern age, as with every recent Harvard Commencement, the first visitors admitted through the gates were dogs trained to sniff out bombs. They and their handlers arrived late Wednesday evening, hours before guests start lining up at the gates. (Today’s crowd inside Harvard Yard topped 35,000.) “People forget this is an overnight operation,” said Francis D. “Bud” Riley, chief of the Harvard University Police Department — and it’s a big operation, too. His entire force was on duty. By 6 a.m. most officers were gathered outside Boylston Hall to get their final orders. With them was a knot of paramedics. The crowd in front of Boylston Hall was nearly all police officers. All else was quiet. Even the John Harvard Statue — reputedly the third most-photographed American icon — was alone.— Corydon Ireland The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. “It’s pretty awesome. I don’t really know what I’m feeling right now,” said Ariel Camperi ’15, who will work as a software engineer at LinkedIn in New York City. Camperi said the strong sense of community and belonging at Lowell House has been especially meaningful for him. “It has absolutely shaped my experience here. It would not have been the same without it,” he said. “I’ve met so many amazing people — amazing tutors, amazing friends. It’s been an integral part of the experience.”Emotional after congratulating his son Ian, proud father Rick Hassett also confessed to feeling a bit overwhelmed. “It is just joyful — a beautiful day, amazing kids,” he said gazing across the Lowell House scene. “I’m so proud of my son.”Unlike the soothing and familial atmosphere of Lowell, at nearby Winthrop House it was more about celebration. Resident graduates marked their diploma conferral with raucous joy as parents and students jammed together, snapping group photos, while onlookers relaxed under a big white tent, grateful to be shielded from the hot sun. Graduates breezed past the silver Straus Trophy, a cup marking Winthrop’s longstanding dominance in intramural sports that was displayed prominently on the courtyard railing. As 2 p.m. arrived, the crowd rallied in preparation for a return to Tercentenary Theatre for the Harvard Alumni Association’s Afternoon Program.— Christina PazzaneseAnd the oldest shall be firstOne tradition of the Afternoon Exercises is the alumni parade, which features those representing the oldest classes at the head. This year, as last, out front for Harvard College was Robert F. Rothschild ’39 of New York City, who turned 97 in January. “I’m going to keep on it,” said the onetime physics concentrator of leading the long parade of alumni. Age has its advantages, said Rothschild, since “I don’t have to go to the back of the line.”Evelyn Kravitz Richmond ’41, who is representing Radcliffe College’s oldest class, shakes hands with Robert F. Rothschild from the Class of 1939. Photo by Kiera BlessingRepresenting Radcliffe College’s oldest class at Commencement was Evelyn Kravitz Richmond ’41 of Nashville, Tenn., who turns 94 on Saturday. She studied psychology as an undergraduate and holed up in in her own top-floor office in Boylston Hall to write her thesis. During World War II, she worked in a radar research laboratory. She later helped the anthropologist Margaret Mead research contemporary cultures in Manhattan, and won county political office in New Jersey.One thing that hasn’t changed over the years, Richmond marveled, is “that college feeling people have, that feeling about Harvard,” inspired by band music and “the men in high hats” — the marshals — and even her own son’s 40th class anniversary. When was she last at a reunion? “I don’t remember the last time,” said Richmond.— Corydon IrelandFor mother and son, a clarion momentAt the Leverett House ceremony after Morning Exercises, new graduate Martin Santiago Molina Hernández received his degree and beelined for his mother, Nina. Amid the clamor, the two of them sobbed, clutching each other. Commencement is an emotional moment for parents and graduates alike, but especially so for immigrant families like the Molina Hernandez clan, who came to the United States 11 years ago and now reside in Wisconsin. “He has grown so much,” Nina said proudly. “He really wants to make a difference and help out.”— Sarah SweeneyFrom Hawaii to Cambridge to DisneylandFamilies from around the world convene at Commencement, but sprightly Kulia and Hihimanu Montgomery traveled to Cambridge from perhaps the farthest point in the United States — Oahu, Hawaii — to see their sister Paoakalani graduate.Paoakalani Ashley Montgomery ’15 of Leverett House held her sisters, Kulia (left), 6, and Hihimanu, 4, who traveled from Hawaii to watch Montgomery graduate. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“I’m happy for her,” said Kulia, 6, in between big bites of pastry.“We haven’t seen her in a long time,” echoed Hihimanu, 4.“But getting here was so boring!” declared Kulia.There were some exciting parts, however — seeing Paoakalani’s room in Leverett House, for one, said Kulia.“Now we’re going to Disneyland!” screamed Hihimanu. And nothing beats that.— Sarah SweeneyFor a Sudanese father, a milestone “Indescribable,” is how Omar Mubarak felt seeing his daughter Fatima graduate from Harvard College. “It’s a milestone,” he said, standing outside Adams House. “I’m an immigrant, of course. I came here from Sudan, and it was my dream to have her go to an Ivy League school.”Fatima leaves Harvard now, but her father is keeping a reserve of emotion for his other daughter, a student at Princeton. “This is what I call the American dream,” said the lawyer, who now lives in Virginia. “It’s not a big house … It’s how to succeed with your kids.”— Sarah SweeneyGoodbye from a Quincy staff memberAt Commencement, graduates are of course at center stage. But behind the scenes are the unsung heroes like Wilmar Henriquez, a custodial staffer inside Quincy House. He watched Quincy’s courtyard ceremony during a quick respite in the shade.“I just said congratulations to everyone,” said Wilmar Henriquez, a custodial staffer at Quincy House. “I feel a little like their parent.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerOver the graduates’ three years living in the House, he has grown to know quite a few. “I just said congratulations to everyone,” said the native of Honduras. “I feel a little like their parent.”Henriquez did not attend college. Now the father of one, with another on the way, he hopes his children eventually attend Harvard. Asked what advice he would tell himself at 22 years old, the average age of Harvard seniors, he replied, “I would tell myself to continue studying.”— Sarah SweeneyCommencement through city manager’s eyesDuring the morning’s festivities in the Yard, Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi reflected on the history and tradition of Harvard’s Commencement ceremony, and lauded one of the University’s forward-looking, environmental initiatives. As photographers waited in front of Massachusetts Hall to capture the annual group picture of the honorary degree winners, Rossi took a moment for another kind of photo op, striking a quick pose on one of the Harvard University Police Department’s electric, three-wheeled vehicles. Opera singer Renée Fleming sings America the Beautifullast_img read more