Last weekend, a number of celebrities and musicians came together for “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s: An Evening of Comedy & Music to Benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation.” Chaired by Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan, as well as Katie Couric, her husband John Molner, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, the benefit featured comedy and musical performances to raise money for Parkinson’s research.One of the highlights of the night came during Dave Matthews’ performance, backed by Steve Jordan and the Super Bowl Banned. Matthews’ welcomed Michael J. Fox to the stage, dressed in his best Marty McFly attire for the jam. Surprisingly the band didn’t play “Johnny B. Goode”, but kept things loose with a blues jam that shifted into the Bob Dylan classic, “All Along The Watchtower.”Watch Matthews, Fox, and more performing at the benefit concert, streaming below courtesy of YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5.[Photo via Jamie McCarthy/MJF2016/Getty]
John Biewen (Scene on Radio) and Chenjerai Kumanyika (Uncivil) will present a live performance of their podcast series “Seeing White,” followed by a panel discussion on solutions and responses to the history and present reality of white supremacy in America.The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Harvard Ed Portal at 224 Western Ave., Allston. It is co-sponsored by the PRX Podcast Garage, the Harvard Ed Portal, and Teaching While White.John Biewen’s radio work has taken him to forty American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. He has produced for the NPR newsmagazines, This American Life, Studio 360, American RadioWorks, the BBC World Service, and State of the Re:Union.Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, an artist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. Currently, Kumanyika is the Co-Executive Producer and Co-Host of Gimlet Media’s new podcast on the Civil War.This event is free and open to the public, however we suggest that you reserve a spot ahead of time:https://edportal.harvard.edu/event/seeing-white
The good life, longer End-of-life decline more compressed, study finds More time free from disability Related Good health lasts later in life People aren’t just living longer, they’re living healthier, study says Americans enjoy more healthy years than a generation ago, sweeping study says Health care spending among the Medicare population age 65 and older has slowed dramatically since 2005, and as much as half of that reduction can be attributed to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease, a new Harvard study says.Led by David Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, a team of researchers found that by 2012 those reductions saved the average person nearly $3,000 a year. Across the entire elderly population, those savings add up to a whopping $120 billion, with about half of those savings coming from Medicare. The study is described in a Feb. 4 paper published in Health Affairs.“This is the first time, to my knowledge, anyone has shown that some forms of medical care can save money,” Cutler said. “You see that claim all the time. But in terms of widespread preventive care saving money … we’ve never had that example before.”And though it can make intuitive sense that if you prevent people from falling ill, they’ll spend less on health care, the view among many economists was the opposite.“The received wisdom has been that prevention doesn’t save money, it only saves lives,” Cutler said. “Of course that’s something we want to do. But the argument was that you shouldn’t expect your prevention to save you money.”,Part of the reason why, he said, can be boiled down to simple numbers. Prevention programs must include huge numbers of people to be effective, making them expensive, and there is no guarantee they will work. As an example, Cutler pointed to smoking cessation.“If you stop smoking and then you don’t have a heart attack, you save the money you’d spend on treating the heart attack,” he said. “But the argument has been that, because very few people will manage to stop smoking, you have to intervene with a lot of people, so the number you need to treat is large. And then the second reason is that maybe you don’t die of a heart attack, but you’re going to die of something, and that will still be expensive … so it’s largely a wash.”Cutler’s study upends those arguments, saying that even relatively modest investments in preventive care can produce significant savings.“When we looked at the trend in per-capita spending by the elderly, in 2005 is where we began to see the increases slowing,” Cutler said. “And a large part of that is due to cardiovascular health, because what used to disable people were heart disease and strokes, and those have declined immensely … so about half of the decline we saw was related to cardiovascular issues.”By 2012, Cutler said, the slowdown in health care spending was beginning to add up.“It was almost $2,900 a year, per person — that’s a lot of money,” he said. “Toward the end of Obama’s first term, you may recall that there was a great deal of talk about debt reduction. But when a deal didn’t get made, the issue just faded away. One reason why is because Medicare costs came in less rapidly than we thought … and this study shows one reason why.”Deciphering what was behind the slowdown in health care spending was not easy.“There were three main technical challenges in this paper,” Cutler said. “The hardest one, where we spent the most time, was in trying to de-compose the spending by disease. That turns out to be very difficult because if someone goes to the doctor for a cardiovascular condition, but they also have a history of mental illness, how do you separate the spending on those items?”The solution, Cutler said, came when he and colleagues compared a random sample of billing records of people with similar diagnoses.“We did an analysis of everyone who has X, we compared them to people who look just like them, but they don’t have X,” Cutler said. “And then we can ask how much more did people with X spend?”The next challenge, Cutler said, came in teasing apart how much of the spending slowdown was due to fewer cases of cardiovascular disease and how much to each case simply costing less. What researchers found was that there were both fewer first-time illnesses and fewer cases where a patient had a problem, like a heart attack, and later experienced additional problems.Finally, Cutler said, the team faced the challenge of gauging the impact of medications on spending. To do that, he said, they created a combined measure of how various drugs lower the risk for cardiovascular disease. When the team compared the predicted drop in disease to the actual drop, it found about half of the dip could be attributed to medications.While the study found that significant cost savings came from improvements in cardiovascular health, Cutler said there is still room for improvement.,“Even now, only half the people with high cholesterol have their cholesterol brought down to guideline levels,” he said. “And it’s the same for people with high blood pressure, so there’s still a way to go.”Going forward, Cutler hopes to expand the study to include the near-elderly, in an effort to understand how earlier intervention can reduce health care spending.“There’s no reason to think this would be limited to the elderly,” he said. “And in fact, getting people who are 58 now to take medications could save Medicare a lot of money because they will be healthier when they enter that population.”Ultimately, Cutler said, the study provides important evidence that preventive care not only can help people live healthier lives for longer, but also can have a positive impact on their pocketbooks.“For the first time, we can see savings from it, which is very gratifying, because very often when you think about saving money in medical care, it brings up unpleasant topics, like who should be rationed from chemotherapy or which services are not necessary,” he said. “We’ve always known in principle that if people are healthy, you wouldn’t need to spend money on them … but no one ever had a way to show it. That’s what makes me particularly excited about this.”This research was supported with funding from the National Institute on Aging.
When director Ken Rodgers decided to do a documentary looking back on the battles between late Raiders owner Al Davis and late NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, he decided he wanted to tell the stories from their perspectives. With both men having died years ago, Rodgers used deepfake technology to make modern science fiction versions of the two main characters and used them to narrate the documentary that is rich in historical footage of both Davis and Rozelle from their battles over the AFL-NFL merger and the Raiders move to Los Angeles.
Photo courtesy of Jill Hobgood “Just when you thought we were a sleepy little college, think again,” says Jill Hobgood, marketing and outreach librarian at Saint Mary’s College.Hobgood, along with circulation librarian Lisa Karle, reference librarian Ula Gaha and College archivist John Kovach, spearheaded the latest exhibition at the Cushwa-Leighton Library, “Saint Mary’s Case Files: Strange but True People and Events,” which will run through Dec. 10.The exhibition displays original research by the investigative team with featured stories from the Saint Mary’s newspaper archives, Hobgood said. The exhibit follows an exhibition on Sr. Madeleva Wolff, the College’s third president, who was honored with a four-part lecture series, “Madeleva Mondays,” at the Library during the months of September and October in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sr. Madeleva’s death.In conjunction with the current exhibition, the library will also host “Library Mystery Night” on Dec. 5 with prizes and refreshments for student teams.“Some people just associate mystery nights with someone dressing up and pretending to be murdered, but ours aren’t really like that,” Hobgood said. “It’s more putting together a story and solving an overall question by finding clues all over the library. The library is closed, so we’re the only ones in here. If you’ve ever wanted to run and yell in the library, this is a good opportunity.The current exhibition began as an idea by the librarians and Kovach after they discovered odd headlines in the newspaper archives, Kovach said.“When you are hunting around and go to the sources where you think something will show up and you find out it doesn’t, the next thing you want to do is ask yourself, ‘Whats the real story here?” Kovach said.The first story featured in the exhibit was found when Hobgood and Kovach were hunting for something completely different, but stumbled across an enticing headline in an 1892 newspaper, Hobgood said.“In the newspaper, I found this article that this woman named Lillie Johnson was recently coming home from the school that she was attending, this so-called convent school in South Bend, Indiana,” Hobgood said. “I thought, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this school must be Saint Mary’s.“So this turned out to be quite an infamous story. Lillie was coming home from college only after playing a major part in assisting a murderer, even though she wasn’t the murderer of the victim. She drove the getaway buggy.”The second featured part of the exhibit displays the case of Aline Ellis, who was a graduate in 1899 and attended Saint Mary’s along with her younger sister.“After graduating, in 1902, she married a Notre Dame professor, who was head of the English department for over fifteen years,” Hobgood said. “Within a month, he was poisoned after eating a bad can of ham, and Aline was rather spectacularly arrested in Philadelphia for being the perpetrator.“There were headlines for weeks and weeks, wondering if she poisoned him, if he was dying, if she was running off with this other guy, if she pawned the family jewels. It was really sensational.”Because Ellis’ story is so complex and yet to be solved, Hobgood said the Library staff chose her as a subject of the “Library Mystery Night.”“We’ve done serial killers, thefts and more,” Hobgood said. “This one on Aline Ellis is really cool, since her story has so many twists and turns. Supposedly, when Aline went to the store and purchased this can of ham, she specifically said to the clerk, ‘I don’t suppose it’s poisoned, is it?’ There’s a lot to this story, and we’re excited to explore it with the students.”Kovach said another interesting part of doing this sort of archival research and display is deciphering the truth of the content.“In a lot of these eras, what you’ll find is that the newspaper articles are not exactly bylined,” Kovach said. “So you don’t know where any of these people are getting any of their information. It’s more about what is going to sell the newspaper back then.”“One day, a newspaper will be saying something absolutely happened, and then another newspaper a few days later will say this report is completely untrue,” Hobgood said. “So you have to go and read a lot of it to get an idea of what really went on.”Another feature of the exhibit is the mystery of the disappearance of two famous sculptures on campus of stone dogs, Hobgood said.“The dog statues turn up in album after album of past students, and there are poems and stories in the College’s literary magazine ‘Chimes’ about them, and then one day, after a certain year in the 1900s, there is nothing,” Hobgood said.Kovach said the disappearance of the statues is shocking, as the figures were features of many student scrapbooks that he has studied, including that of Mary McCandless, an alumna and namesake of one of the College’s dorms.“So … these two dogs are here until the 1920s, and I can’t imagine if after that year, that the students who know of the dogs wouldn’t mention them being gone,” Kovach said. “They are a large size and are stone. A couple of students actually called the dogs the ‘end of the road’ or the ‘end of the line,’ as they were boundary dogs for the campus, in a way.”Though Halloween may be over, Hobgood said the exhibit keeps up the spirit of mystery and hair-raising eeriness.“Some of these things we found were just little bits and pieces, and we got to flesh them out into these big mystery stories,” Hobgood said. “This was the most fun exhibit ever.”The exhibit is at Saint Mary’s Cushwa-Leighton Library in the front lobby now through Dec. 10. Students can sign up for the “Library Mystery Night” near the exhibit.
Jennifer Hudson is currently starring in The Color Purple and on December 7 she stopped by The Late Show to chat about treading the Great White Way’s boards. The “tricky” thing she’s discovered about appearing on the Main Stem? “On Broadway there’s no camera so I can eat a little bit more chocolate,” the Oscar winner joked to host Stephen Colbert. Hudson went on to say: “With a Broadway audience you never know what to expect…it’s like another character in the show.” And on that note, if you catch the tuner at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, don’t mess with the props. Really. Apparently not everyone is aware of this. Check out the interview, along with Hudson and the cast performing “Push Da Button,” below. Jennifer Hudson View Comments The Color Purple Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Star Files Related Shows
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who crashed his truck into Selden house and fled the scene last month.Police said the driver crashed through a side fence and into the backyard of a house at the corner of Tilden Avenue and Fairlane Drive, then backed into the side of the house before driving off shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.The truck and the driver stayed in the backyard for several minutes before backing into the house, causing structural damage, police added.The driver fled northbound on Fairline Avenue in the truck before making a right turn and escaping eastbound on Catalina Lane.The truck was a black older-style, two-door Chevy S-10 Blazer or S-10 pickup truck with a cap. The driver was described as a white man, 20 to 25-years-old, with brown hair.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential. Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward of up to $5,000.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy fast approaching, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that Long Island will receive $815 million for projects already approved by the federal government to help repair LI’s battered infrastructure.The governor was joined by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his counterpart from Suffolk, Steve Bellone, during a conference call to announce that much-needed funding is on its way. Both Mangano and Bellone welcomed the news.Mangano called it “a great step forward with respect to addressing government infrastructure,” and Bellone noted the cash would help Suffolk rebuild “stronger and better.”A large chunk of the money—$697 million—is earmarked for rehabilitation and mitigation of Bay Park Sewage Treatment plant in Nassau, which will receive $445 million, and Bergen Point Wastewater Treatment Facility in Suffolk, which the state is providing $242 million to replace the facility’s ocean outfall pipe, among other repairs.Bay Park, which suffered a catastrophic failure after 9-foot waves barreled into the plant, spewing sewage into streets, waterways and homes, still requires extensive repairs. The funding secured by the state will help build dikes, levees and flood walls around the plant.The state will also move forward on a plan to allow PSEG to install a new outage management system that should help the utility better identify power outages and prioritize restoration, Cuomo said.“LIPA didn’t have the sophistication to deal with the problem,” Cuomo said of the Long Island Power Authority, which will be reduced to a holding company when PSEG takes the reigns of the electric grid in January.An additional $20 million will fund two new “micro grids”—one in each county—which will allow communities to operate their own electric grid when the main network goes down.“We do anticipate another situation like this,” Cuomo said of future storms like Sandy. “We want to be better prepared than we were in the past.”The state is also funneling down $47 million to strengthen eight bridges—five in Nassau and three in Suffolk—that require additional protection.They are:Meadowbrook Parkway over False Channel, Town of HempsteadMeadowbrook Parkway over Fundy Channel, Town of HempsteadMeadowbrook Parkway over Sloop Channel, Town of HempsteadLoop Parkway over Long Creek, Town of HempsteadSouthern State Parkway over Hempstead Lake, Town of HempsteadRobert Moses Causeway over Fire Island Inlet, Town of IslipRobert Moses Causeway (southbound) over State Boat Channel, Town of IslipRobert Moses Causeway (northbound) over State Boat Channel, Town of Islip
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Laurel StillerSometimes solutions to big problems appear in the most unexpected places. In my case, a solution appeared while helping my daughter with a recent science project about Mars. It reminded me of something I knew once upon a time – a day on Mars is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth.What do you do if you can’t keep up with your work? Simple. Move to Mars. Surely, 40 extra minutes will allow you to finish everything. I told my husband to start packing and make arrangements.His only response was, “I’ll get back to you.”At the recent HEUG #Alliance15 Conference, I listened to Indiana University’s (IU) Rob Lowden talk about the school’s rethinking of business processes in response to the Student Services Initiative from its President. Personnel evaluated 190 business processes and are now systematically improving each one to enhance service for the students and staff. In many cases, OnBase by Hyland supports that positive change by eliminating folders, automating the routing and copying of documents and eliminating the need to manually update checklists in PeopleSoft. continue reading »
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr U.S. stock prices fell on Tuesday on weaker-than-expected economic data, while expectations of a possible Federal Reserve interest rate increase lifted the dollar to near a two-month high against a basket of currencies.The drop on Wall Street stoked safe-haven bids for gold and less riskier U.S. and German government debt. Oil futures faded into the red after rising earlier on higher expected U.S. gasoline demand for summer driving.The S&P 500 index posted a third straight month of gains in May, but it may struggle to post further gains due to the risk of a Fed rate increase and worries about Britain’s June 23 referendum on European Union membership.“Equities will be in sideways trading going into the middle of the year with a possible rate hike and the vote in the UK,” said Bill Northey, chief investment officer for U.S. Bank’s private client group in Helena, Montana. continue reading »