Harvard faculty receive Guggenheim Fellowships

first_img Read Full Story In its ninetieth annual competition for the United States and Canada, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 177 fellowships, including five to Harvard faculty members. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.Recipients of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship are:Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, “Hidden Hands: Amanuenses and Authorship in Early Modern Europe.”Matthew Harris, assistant professor of genetics and orthopedic surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School: “Phylomapping — Expanding our Means to Understand Nature’s Experiments.”Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, “Dickens in America.”Meira Levinson, associate professor of education, “Dilemmas of Educational Justice.”Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, “Andean Knotted-Cord Records: Analysis and Write-up of Two Decades of Research on Pre-Inka, Inka and Colonial Khipus.”last_img read more

Pandemic-fuelled baby boom has many Indonesians worried

first_imgWith her husband left jobless by the pandemic, the last thing Indonesian mother Juarsih needed was to get pregnant, but now she’s expecting a third child — one of many in the country anxiously preparing for a COVID-fuelled baby boom.Indonesian authorities believe there could be 400,000 more births than usual next year as lockdowns keep couples at home and cut access to contraception, prompting fears of an increase in abortions and stunting of children in poorer families. Juarsih, 41, says her birth control ran out as clinics closed or slashed hours and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to keep up with mounting coronavirus infections in the world’s fourth most populous country. The mother of two teenagers is now too scared of the deadly respiratory disease to risk going out for a pregnancy checkup in her hometown Bandung, on Java island.”At first I was shocked when I found out that I was pregnant,” she said.”I started feeling happy later although there’s still some sadness… I should be grateful but this is happening at a difficult time.”Contraception use has “dropped drastically” since the pandemic took hold across the sprawling archipelago in early March, Hasto Wardoyo, head of Indonesia’s national population and family planning board, told AFP. ‘Corona baby’ At a health clinic in the capital Jakarta Monday, mother-of-two Rahma took advantage of the handouts, admitting that there was more romance in her household since the virus struck.”My husband has spent a lot more time at home,” she laughed.”But since I’m using this program I’m not worried about having more babies.”Still, infection fears are keeping many at home like Ratna Dewi Nur Amalia, who has decided to rely on charting her menstrual cycle in the hopes of avoiding pregnancy.”I wanted to go to the gynecologist for my birth control, but then the pandemic happened,” said the 39-year-old Amalia.”I’m too scared to go anywhere near a hospital.”Nearly 3,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Indonesia, according to an official tally, but independent researchers say the real toll could be several times higher.Budget cuts and a decentralized political structure across the huge country already made it tough to educate the public about family planning.”Now health workers are too busy focusing on handling corona patients so birth-control services have been pushed aside,” said Kusmana, the head of West Java’s family planning agency, who goes by one name.But the pandemic’s work-from-home orders were an unexpected blessing for Arie Novarina and her husband after the busy couple’s nearly two years of fruitless efforts to conceive. The 38-year-old is now pregnant with her first child.”Maybe it was because we were healthier and not exhausted anymore, and we had lots of quality time together at home,” said Novarina, a state-owned firm employee.”My husband and I joke that this is a corona baby.” ‘Dads, please control yourself’ With access to hospitals and contraceptives difficult, health authorities have been forced to get creative.One campaign saw health workers in government vehicles rolling through communities to announce that now wasn’t the time to have a baby.”You can have sex,” one message blared out as workers trundled through a village.”You can get married. But don’t get pregnant.” “Dads, please control yourself… You can have sex as long as you use contraception.”Birth control has been a key plank of a family planning push launched by Indonesia’s late dictator Suharto half a century ago. The program was later applauded for population control measures that saw in a big drop in the then developing nation’s fertility rates.This week authorities launched a one-day blitz that aimed to give away contraceptives to one million citizens.Condoms are not popular in Indonesia, where some 98 percent of contraceptive users are women, mainly of hormone injections and birth-control pills.The family planning agency also enlisted the help of celebrities with huge social media followings to get the word out to the country’s nearly 270 million people.center_img Health authorities are worried increasing numbers of expectant parents will turn to abortions and push up maternal mortality rates.”We’re also worried about stunting — not all families can afford proper nutrition,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

Police Golfer Wins Ikeja Lady Title

first_imgNine handicapper, Alaba Adetunji, a police officer has won the 2017 Ikeja Ladies Club Championship. The event was concluded at the Ikeja Golf Club in Lagos recently.Adetunji outsmart over 80 other competitors for the title where she returned 164 gross score over 36 holes pipping nearest contender, Chinyere Alamu, with nine shots.“I am overwhelmed by the support accorded me by all here; the caddies, my fellow players, and most especially my office, The Nigerian Police Force, who encouraged me with more practise time,” she said after lifting the winner’s price.The win is her first after winning the event in 2013 and 2014. Alamu was gracious in defeat, she said Adetunji ” deserved the honour”. Pamela Wu placed third at the event.Chairperson of the Ladies Section of the club, Mrs Oby Jolayemi, said the event was a reward for the outstanding effort that lady golfers have put into their effort this golfing season.“We have a very impressive lady’s section and a lot of players are all showing huge interest in the game. This event is traditional Major here and we are pleased with turn out of players from here and other golf clubs.” Of note is our men’s section who have been very supportive of our activities led by Captain Niyi Latinwo and our various ceremonial players who supported our Championship: Princess Yew Anderson Onileere; Johnson Ndukwu and Muyiwa Kupoluyi”Other winners at the event included Linda Obieze who beat Nkoli Moka with six shots to win the nett prize at the event with 150 nett leaving Soukuna Fatumata to the third place.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Watson back in the Winners’ Circle at 2019 National Rodeo Finals

first_imgPrior to the eighth go-round, on Wednesday, Watson managed to place third in the seventh round of saddle bronc with a score of 87.5. – Advertisement -Canadian bronc riders have now won four straight go-rounds in Las Vegas this week. Watson has been competing at the National Finals Rodeo all week and has now been able to earn a total of $83,615 for his outstanding performance. The National Finals Rodeo wraps up this Saturday, December 14, in Las Vegas. LAS VEGAS, N.V. – Local cowboy Jake Watson, of Hudson’s Hope, was back in the Winner’s Circle on Thursday, December 12, after finishing in first place in the eighth go-round of the saddle bronc event at the 2019 National Rodeo Finals in Las Vegas with a score of 89.5 points on Calgary Stampede’s Stampede Warrior.last_img