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Winter of 1917-1918 This view of Southeast Second Street was photographed from Main Street, across the street from the Strouse & Bros. store, in the early months of 1918. The men and women are employees of the Evansville Courier, which was located around the corner at 125-127 Main. That winter was one of the most frigid and brutal ever recorded in the Ohio Valley up until that time. In Evansville, a total of nearly 68 inches of snow fell, forcing schools and businesses to close. Transportation became nearly impossible, and when the Ohio River froze, the ice was so hard that pedestrians and wagons could cross over to the other side. A thaw finally set in, and by mid-February, steamboats – still an important mode of transportation – were finally able to leave the city for the first time in two months.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
A funeral mass was held Dec. 9 at Immaculate Conception Church in Secaucus for Wanda S. Bosinski, 85 of Secaucus. She passed away Dec. 1 at Meadowlands Medical Center. Daughter of the late John P. and Mary Ann (O’Konski) Bobowicz, Wanda was one of nine children. Born and raised in Jersey City, she was a Secaucus resident and a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church for over 50 years. Wanda retired in 1999 after over 40 years with the Erie, Erie-Lackawanna, and CSX Railroads as a freight car expeditor. Predeceased by her husband Eugene and her son Wayne Bosinski, and her brothers John B. Thomas, William, Richard, and Joseph Bobowicz, Wanda is survived by her sister Lorraine Sadowski, her brother George Bobowicz and his wife Maryanne, as well as many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.Services arranged by the Mack Memorial Home, Secaucus.
Fast-growing bakery chain Cooplands has appointed former Morrisons marketing chief Belinda Youngs as CEO.She takes charge of the Scarborough-headquartered chain as it continues to expand across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the north east. It has opened 29 sites in the past two years, most recently in Lincoln.Youngs has held a string of senior roles in grocery retail, including senior trading manager at Sainsbury’s, chief marketing officer at Canadian food retailer Sobeys and corporate brand and marketing director at Morrisons. She also co-founded toy supplier All About the Doll.Cooplands has grown rapidly following an £8.5m investment by BGF in 2017 and now operates 160 shops, 12 cafés and 35 sandwich vans. Its shops are typically located in shopping parades and high streets. It was founded in 1885 and, since 1985, has been led by managing director Paul Coopland who has grown the business from five shops through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions.“Cooplands is a business with a rich heritage and culture, and with a significant opportunity to grow its shareholder value even further,” said Youngs. “I look forward to helping to build the brand, which focuses on producing quality products at great value, in formats and locations that continue to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s customers.”Paul Coopland said Young’s combination of big brand retail experience and entrepreneurial mindset made her the ideal candidate to help grow Cooplands.Cooplands has also appointed David Salkeld, executive vice president of Upfield (formerly the Unilever spreads operation) as non-executive chair.
Harvard’s interdisciplinary Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies, led by Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies Cemal Kafadar, was recently awarded a $156,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The grant enables Kafadar, Research Associate Derya Honça, and Harvard Law School’s Wertheim Fellow Emran Qureshi to develop a collaborative research network exploring peace, coexistence, and conflict in Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, and South and Southeast Asia. The research network, to be launched during a conference in fall 2011, will bring together scholars whose expertise in particular geographic, religious, social, and political contexts contributes to a broader understanding of pluralism and human diversity across Muslim societies. The initiative is housed at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
A new effort between researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard has been created to help improve teaching and learning through educational innovation and technology.Steven W. Leslie, executive vice president and provost at the University of Texas, Austin, said the endeavor brings together top educational researchers from the Mazur Group at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Harvard’s Department of Physics with educational innovators from the University of Texas, Austin.They will lead the implementation and dissemination of cutting-edge, evidence-based, interactive strategies of instruction that leverage educational technology to improve student learning and success.The primary vehicle used by the team will be the university’s new Course Transformation Program, a state-of-the-art effort to advance pedagogical innovation, effective teaching, and student success in general education courses.“The Course Transformation Project’s integration of educational technology and scientific approaches to ensuring student academic success is unique,” said Julie Schell, a SEAS postdoctoral fellow, senior educational researcher in the Mazur Group, and lead collaborator on the project.Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and area dean for applied physics at SEAS, heads one of the largest physics and engineering research groups at Harvard. Mazur is also the developer of Peer Instruction, an innovative, evidence-based teaching and learning method used in thousands of classrooms throughout the world.
The numbers can be staggering: In 2010, it was reported by the U.S. Census Bureau that about 56.7 million people — or 19 percent of the population — had a disability, with more than half of them classifying the disability as “severe.” In fact, people with disabilities are America’s largest minority group.To address these growing numbers and concerns about disabilities, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Human Resources recently organized a community discussion titled “Working with People with Disabilities: What Happens After You Say Hello?”“This spectrum of diversity is one that is often viewed in a one-dimensional manner,” said Andrea Kelton-Harris, FAS senior human resources consultant. “My goal was to expose our staff and faculty to the many dimensions of this group of individuals and help them build practical awareness that will be useful to them in both their professional and personal lives.”“Health is a temporary state,” said panelist Michele Clopper, assistant director of University Disability Services. People with disabilities are among the only minority group that anyone can become a member of at any time.Panelist Kevin G. McGuire, chairman and CEO of McGuire Associates, is one such example. Hit by a drunk driver at age 7, McGuire is now in a wheelchair.“Nobody ever plans to become a person with disabilities,” said panelist Jonathan G. O’Dell, assistive technology and training manager for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. At 10 years old, O’Dell contracted meningitis, which led to rapid hearing loss. “I feel the loss,” he said. “I had my hearing before that illness.”Clopper pointed out that a 2008 law expanded the definition of disability as anything that substantially limits one’s ability to engage in a major life activity. With that in mind, she said her office is equipped to provide leadership and guidance not to only comply with laws, but to make sure that members of the Harvard community receive the kind of support that will help them succeed.“I wanted this discussion to share information about internal resources that exist at Harvard to help managers and staff when facing issues of disability,” Kelton-Harris said. “The panelists were engaging, shared useful information and advice, and provided a foundation of learning upon which those in attendance can build more awareness of the many ways that exist to interact with and support people with disabilities,” she concluded.To learn more about the services provided at Harvard, visit the Harvard University Disability Services website.
Martin Kilson, a scholar of class, power, and the challenges facing African Americans, died April 24 of congestive heart failure at age 88.Kilson, who in 1969 became the first African American to be named a full professor at Harvard College, taught at the College for nearly four decades, retiring in 1999 as the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government Emeritus. He died in hospice care in Lincoln, Mass.Early in his academic career, Kilson spent 18 months conducting research in Sierra Leone as that West African nation transitioned from British colonial rule to independence. The work resulted in the 1966 book “Political Change in a West African State: A Study of the Modernization Process in Sierra Leone,” and provided a foundation for Kilson’s work examining the interplay of power, political leadership, and race, both in Africa and in the African American community.Influenced by the scholarship of W.E.B. Du Bois, Kilson studied the rights and interests of the black American underclass. The 1976 essay collection he co-edited, “The African Diaspora: Interpretive Essays,” was the first published work to use the term “African diaspora.” Kilson was influential in the development of African American studies as both a discipline and a department at Harvard. His 2014 book, “The Transformation of the African American Intelligentsia, 1880–2012,” received the 2015 American Book Award.Throughout his career, Kilson kept up a vigorous and forceful public commentary about the state of African American affairs. He is the author of several books and hundreds of articles, both in academic journals and in the popular press. In 2010, he delivered Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures.Kilson was born on Feb. 14, 1931, in East Rutherford, N.J., to a family with a history of service in the ministry. Two of his pre–Civil War great-grandfathers were among the founders of the first African Methodist Episcopal church among free blacks in Maryland.His family moved to Ambler, Pa., and Kilson attended Ambler High School, graduating in 1948. He attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, graduating as valedictorian in 1953 with a bachelor’s of science degree in political science.Kilson studied at Harvard on a John Hay Whitney Fellowship, earning his Ph.D. in 1959 before leaving for his work in Sierra Leone. On his return, he became a research associate at Harvard’s Center for International Affairs. He was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Government in 1962. He became faculty adviser for the newly formed Harvard-Radcliffe Afro-American Students Association, and in 1969 became a professor of government at Harvard College, the first African American to receive tenure there.In 1975, Kilson received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, in 1988, was named the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government, a title he held until his retirement in 1999. Related Faculty diversity continues to grow Percentages of women and minorities who are tenured and tenure-track reach record highs Bridget Terry Long, HGSE’s recently appointed dean and the first African American in the position, seeks to inspire On having — and being — a role model
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Thank God it’s over.Wildfires, record storms, murder hornets, police killings, poisonous politics, armed protests, never-ending elections, losing John Lewis and RBG, and a pandemic that sickened millions and killed more than 300,000 in the U.S. alone, not to mention the resultant reeling economy that has left many struggling.With this annus horribilis finally behind us, it’s apparent that this January won’t be one for resolutions but rather anti-resolutions: the things we’d rather not see or do ever again, thank you.Many of those center around those words we hope will fall permanently out of use: Zoom (as a verb, anyway). Social distance. Masking — especially “facemask haute couture,” as doctoral candidate Archana Basu, put it. The words “asynchronous,” “synchronous,” “hybrid,” and “flex” as modifiers for any form of teaching, if Jill Alys Radsken, associate director of communications for Harvard College, had her way.Jill Casey, who manages marketing and communications for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has a simpler request. “After 2020, I never want to hear or say the word ‘unprecedented’ again,” she said.And Basu, a research scientist in epidemiology at the T.H. Chan School, added her own not-so-fond farewell to such alternative-office “venue choices” as “bedroom or living room,” as well as the semantics of COVID-protocol boundaries. “Do I live at work? Or work at home?”Looking ahead to what has to be a better year, some focused on the pandemic rituals they hope will depart with this sorry season. “Home-schooling three kids (part-time) while working (full-time),” has grown old for Brigid O’Rourke of the University’s Public Affairs and Communications Department. As for Michael Ricca, administrative coordinator for the deputy director’s office at the Harvard Art Museums: “I promise never again to engage in outdoor dining in the month of November” or to “sit at a table that’s surrounded by a haze of exhaust while outdoor dining.”As even bringing food home has become risky, groceries fit into many anti–resolutions. Ashley Bowditch Hawkins, executive assistant in the Department of Science dean’s office, wants to “not have to sanitize everything we bring in the door” in 2021. Shopping itself became a recurring theme. “I long to go shopping unfettered with all this extra covering,” said Peg Herlihy. The Astronomy Department administrator lists the requisite mask, gloves, hat with visor, and protective glasses that make her feel “like a bandit,” particularly when she then ventures out to find shelves as bare as if “a robbery has already taken place.”As for venturing out, travel — or the lack thereof — dominated lists. “I’m hoping to never have to cancel another much-looked forward to/needed vacation to somewhere new,” said Hawkins. That one hit home for Sarah Lyn Elwell, the FAS Division of Science’s director of research operations. “In 2020, I canceled family trips to Italy, Utah, Puerto Rico, and China,” said Elwell. A promise for the future? “We are looking forward to continuing to work toward our goal of visiting all seven continents before my boys graduate high school,” she said. More modestly, Ricca hopes to never again “consider a walk to the post office to be a ‘special day out.’”More expressed the fervent wish that the year’s losses will end with 2020. “I hope never to see another favorite restaurant or small business close,” said Hawkins, speaking for many. Basu also hit a universal theme when she turned serious, hoping for the end of worrying about loved ones far away, and the return of all those missed hugs. Perhaps most poignant, she wants an end to “having to say goodbye to ill or dying loved ones through video chats.”A good number gladly kissed the politics of this election year goodbye. Physics librarian Marina Werbeloff looks forward to “not seeing Trump’s name or face ever again, and not hearing his voice.” Robert N. Stavins, A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development at the Kennedy School, was more specific. “Once this year is over (or more precisely, once it is past noon on Jan. 20), I hope to never have to worry about what ex-President Trump says or does again.”Others vowed to take forward the lessons learned. “I will never again trust someone who voted for Trump,” said Liz Hoveland ’22, who is also determined to “never take my white privilege for granted again.”A few actually found something good to make permanent. “My feet have been the beneficiaries of working remotely during the pandemic,” said Martha Tedeschi, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “I have become accustomed to the comfort of bare feet and Birkenstocks. I find I can actually concentrate better on my work.” Her resolution? “Never again will I ruin a perfectly good day or a lovely evening event by wearing high heels!”Hoveland shared a similar goal. “I will never get my hair done at a salon again while I can do it just fine myself at home,” said the history and women, gender, and sexuality studies concentrator.On a related note, sweatpants were invoked in several resolutions, both pro and con. “I will never wear real pants again when it is socially acceptable to wear sweats,” swore Hoveland. Ricca, on the other hand, swore off the comfy athletic wear, at least “while attending a meeting.”In a nod to tradition, a few made anti–resolutions with an eye toward self-improvement — and a 2020 slant. John Connolly, associate director of marketing for the Harvard Art Museums, for example, promised to “stop using Zoom meetings as my own personal mirror to fix my hair.”For Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government at the Kennedy School, the goal for 2021 is simple. “I will never watch ‘Tiger King’ again.”
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) is part of a collaborative effort to develop a smart irrigation application for pecan farmers on smartphone devices.CAES, along with the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, are developing an app that will help growers increase pecan yields by using less water, according to Bill Liakos, assistant research scientist who is working with precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis on several similar projects on the UGA Tifton campus.“Smart irrigation is the new method of irrigation where you use technology and information and make more accurate and faster decisions,” Liakos said.The app for pecans, which is part of a two-year project, is still in the planning stages but will be released on both iOS and Android devices when finished. It’s the latest in a series of apps that UGA scientists, along with colleagues from the University of Florida, have released for various crops to help producers schedule irrigation more efficiently. Other crops include cotton, citrus, strawberries, vegetables and residential turfgrass.Liakos said an app for blueberries will be finalized in the upcoming weeks.“The apps require accurate rain data to perform well. If those data are available, then the user can expect significant improvement in their water use efficiency,” Vellidis said.Currently, pecan producers use subsurface irrigation systems, and many farmers have many acres spread out over multiple orchards. Because these irrigation systems must be turned on and off manually, this practice can be very time consuming and possibly unnecessary if the app recommends otherwise.If an app was available, growers would know when to schedule an irrigation event and for how long.“Everyone has a cell phone now, and a useful app such as this has the potential to save growers money and make it easier for them to be good stewards of the water resources we all depend on,” UGA Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells said. “Pecan water use changes throughout the season. It’s relatively low early in the season and increases as the crop progresses. In the final month and a half of crop maturation, the water demand for pecans can be quite high.”Liakos said that the pecan app will use weather data from local and national weather data sets to forecast an irrigation schedule for the next seven days.“More or less, farmers will know how much water is going to be used daily by trees,” Liakos said.According to Wells, irrigation is the single most important factor in producing pecans. South Georgia farmers had to pay particularly close attention to irrigation management this fall during a prolonged dry period that spanned almost two months. If growers didn’t manage irrigation properly, they will likely see the impact during this year’s harvest season with lower yields and a reduction in quality.“There is no other input you can apply to pecans that will generate the returns that irrigation does. I tell growers all the time that if you have to choose between fertilizer and water, choose water,” Wells said. “Even with irrigation, when we have extended dry periods, you can have problems like we see this year — some early sprouting of nuts on the tree and a little nut abortion. But when you have dry weather in September without irrigation, you can have almost a total crop failure even if things looked great until then.”For more information on smart irrigation research, visit www.smartirrigationapps.org.