IT for social justice

first_imgSometimes technology isn’t just about making things faster, easier, or cheaper. Sometimes it’s about making them right.That was the thrust of the eighth annual Harvard IT Summit at Sanders Theatre on Thursday. Rather than focusing on the promise or problems of innovations in information technology, they focused on the impact technology has on its users.Specifically, keynote speakers Iris Bohnet, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and director of the Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program, and Michael J. Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, looked at how IT — and IT professionals — can contribute to a more diverse, just, and civil world.Michael Sandel (left) and Anne Margulies speak before her welcoming remarks to open the summit. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer“We know, intuitively, that diversity matters,” said Bohnet, the author of “What Works? Gender Equality by Design.” Noting the need to better understand and control for biases that contribute to gender inequality in talent recruitment and development, she asked, “How can we design diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our meetings, on our screens, and in our classrooms?”Bohnet said the first step is understanding how deeply bias is ingrained in all of us. Using examples of visual patterns in which we “see” what we expect to find and citing the Columbia business school case that showed that venture capitalist Heidi Roizen was perceived as both more likable and more employable when she was called “Howard” Roizen, Bohnet challenged the audience to acknowledge the pervasiveness of such prejudices. Moving onto advances such as blind auditions, in which orchestras evaluate potential new members from behind a curtain, she showed how thwarting expectations can produce more equitable results.“This is what it is going to take,” she said, noting that the percentage of female musicians in top U.S. orchestras has increased approximately 30 percent since 1970, when the new audition processes were instituted. “We have to go into our systems and de-bias our procedures,” Bohnet said.,Bohnet said that so-called “diversity training” does not work, but there are many other ways to replicate this symphonic success. Intentionally avoiding gendered language in employment ads, for example, helps those doing the hiring “benefit from 100 percent of the talent pool.” Comparing applicants to each other, rather than to an imagined ideal candidate who likely conforms to a preconceived notion of gender and race, also reduces bias.Bohnet said that more tech startups are now working on applications designed to help equalize hiring and promotion, and asked the assembled professionals to consider working on such technologies themselves. “You all, with your amazing expertise and knowledge, can help us make our research accessible to the world in a way that is useful,” she said.Sandel, whose course “Justice” is one of the most famous taught at Harvard College, briefly revisited the 2005 breakthrough that made that course the first Harvard offering to be freely available online. He said the course was initially conceived as a public television offering, with the web component merely an afterthought.“We were astonished that tens of millions of people wanted to watch lectures on philosophy,” he recalled. “And people didn’t just listen, they debated with one another.  People around the world were interested in listening together, in arguing together. I wanted to push further.”Sandel showed the audience a clip of an interactive, global discussion on the merits of free speech. Using 60 television monitors, participants from Canada to Iran exchanged at times heated, but always polite arguments, while Sandel moderated.,Sandel said the clip highlighted technology’s potential to bring people together to further civil discourse. He also pointed to the very real limitations of social media platforms that may be contributing to its breakdown. Acknowledging that lack of moderation may allow discussions to descend into “invective and obscenity,” he said he believes that the general anonymity of most online discussions — the lack of faces and real human voices — is also a factor in lowering the level of discourse. Giving participants faces as well as voices, he believes, can help make such discussions inclusive rather than abusive.“Listening can be hurt by prejudice,” Sandel said. “But it can be deepened and enriched by a human presence that is missing if there’s anonymity.”Professor of Sociology Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College and Martin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, the afternoon keynote speaker, addressed the important role of inclusion and belonging in the academic experience.“This year we had the most diverse student body in the history of Harvard,” he said, citing Harvard’s commitment to attracting the broadest possible pool of talented students, along with need-blind admissions and a strong financial aid program. But he added that diversity is not enough — Harvard also must foster an inclusive environment where everyone can bring their “full selves” to the pursuit of excellence.“It is unusual for a company or organization to be at the top of their game for 40 years, never mind 400,” he said. “Our capacity to adapt is both our biggest challenge and our biggest opportunity.”last_img read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Matthew Stafford, Jacoby Brissett affect Week 11 QB rankings

first_imgThere was a point Wednesday where it looked like Jacoby Brissett and Matthew Stafford would both be ready to return in Week 11, but the Stafford news got cloudier. At least the Colts should have Brissett back, a big boost to their offense as he slides into the middle of our Week 11 fantasy QB rankings. Stafford’s injured back still could hold him out and subject us to another thrilling week of starting quarterback Jeff Driskel for Detroit. We have the latest updates below.For the latest on injured WRs, such as Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Amari Cooper, and several more, go here; for updates on injured TEs George Kittle, Jack Doyle, and Gerald Everett, go here; for news on ailing RBs David Johnson, David Montgomery, Jordan Howard, and more, click here. Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. Jacoby Brissett injury updateColts head coach Frank Reich said Brissett would start in Week 11 if he got a full practice in on Wednesday. Well, Brissett practiced in full Wednesday, so it looks like he will make his return and relegate Brian Hoyer to the bench as the Colts take on Jacksonville on Sunday.WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endBrissett’s return is good for the Colts’ offensive attack, ensuring you can start Marlon Mack with no reservations. Injuries have the rest of the receiving corps in a to-be-determined state — T.Y. Hilton, Devin Funchess and Jack Doyle are all question marks for Sunday. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 11 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWill Matthew Stafford play in Week 11?Stafford wasn’t listed by Matt Patricia as an injury before Wednesday’s practice, but then he observed the whole practice from the sideline while Jeff Driskel took first-team reps. Stafford is dealing with broken bones in his back. Stafford proceeded to miss practice Thursday, as well.Stafford’s presence is huge for the viability of the rest of the Lions offense — Kenny Golladay and maybe T.J. Hockenson are the only players you can consider starting if fantasy if Driskel gets the nod for the second straight week.WEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPlast_img read more

Big 12 football schedule 2020: Complete team-by-team dates & matchups

first_imgAs for the football schedule, Big 12 conference play will begin Sept. 26, and any non-conference games must be played before that date. The Big 12 schedule affords each program two bye weeks during conference play “and potentially a third bye late in the season.”The Big 12 Championship Game is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 12, but it also could be played Dec. 19 if needed.Below is the complete, team-by-team Big 12 football schedule.Big 12 football schedule 2020BaylorDateGameSept. 26vs. KansasOct. 3at West VirginiaOct. 10-Oct. 17vs. Oklahoma StateOct. 24at TexasOct. 31vs. TCUNov. 7at Iowa StateNov. 14at Texas TechNov. 21-Nov. 28vs. Kansas StateDec. 5at OklahomaIowa StateDateGameSept. 26at TCUOct. 3vs. OklahomaOct. 10vs. Texas TechOct. 17-Oct. 24at Oklahoma StateOct. 31at KansasNov. 7vs. BaylorNov. 14-Nov. 21vs. Kansas StateNov. 28at TexasDec. 5vs. West VirginiaKansasDateGameSept. 26at BaylorOct. 3vs. Oklahoma StateOct. 10-Oct. 17at West VirginiaOct. 24at Kansas StateOct. 31vs. Iowa StateNov. 7at OklahomaNov. 14-Nov. 21vs. TexasNov. 28vs. TCUDec. 5at Texas TechKansas StateDateGameSept. 26at OklahomaOct. 3vs. Texas TechOct. 10at TCUOct. 17-Oct. 24vs. KansasOct. 31at West VirginiaNov. 7vs. Oklahoma StateNov. 14-Nov. 21at Iowa StateNov. 28at BaylorDec. 5vs. TexasOklahomaDateGameSept. 26vs. Kansas StateOct. 3at Iowa StateOct. 10vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl)Oct. 17-Oct. 24at TCUOct. 31at Texas TechNov. 7vs. KansasNov. 14-Nov. 21vs. Oklahoma StateNov. 28at West VirginiaDec. 5vs. BaylorOklahoma StateDateGameSept. 26vs. West VirginiaOct. 3at KansasOct. 10-Oct. 17at BaylorOct. 24vs. Iowa StateOct. 31vs. TexasNov. 7at Kansas StateNov. 14-Nov. 21at OklahomaNov. 28vs. Texas TechDec. 5at TCUTCUDateGameSept. 26vs. Iowa StateOct. 3at TexasOct. 10vs. Kansas StateOct. 17-Oct. 24vs. OklahomaOct. 31at BaylorNov. 7vs. Texas TechNov. 14at West VirginiaNov. 21-Nov. 28at KansasDec. 5vs. Oklahoma StateTexasDateGameSept. 26at Texas TechOct. 3vs. TCUOct. 10vs. Oklahoma (at Cotton Bowl)Oct. 17-Oct. 24vs. BaylorOct. 31at Oklahoma StateNov. 7vs. West VirginiaNov. 14-Nov. 21at KansasNov. 28vs. Iowa StateDec. 5at Kansas StateTexas TechDateGameSept. 26vs. TexasOct. 3at Kansas StateOct. 10at Iowa StateOct. 17-Oct. 24vs. West VirginiaOct. 31vs. OklahomaNov. 7at TCUNov. 14vs. BaylorNov. 21-Nov. 28at Oklahoma StateDec. 5vs. KansasWest VirginiaDateGameSept. 26at Oklahoma StateOct. 3vs. BaylorOct. 10-Oct. 17vs. KansasOct. 24at Texas TechOct. 31vs. Kansas StateNov. 7at TexasNov. 14vs. TCUNov. 21-Nov. 28vs. OklahomaDec. 5at Iowa State This should be interesting.In direct contrast to the move the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences made Tuesday, the Big 12 on Wednesday announced that it will proceed with fall sports on schedule in 2020. For now, that means the 2020 college football season is a go in the Big 12, which also released its complete, conference-only schedule for the upcoming season. The Big 12 Board of Directors made the call to proceed with fall sports on Tuesday night.MORE: Tracking college football cancellations in 2020″The Board continues to believe that the health and well-being of our student-athletes must guide all decisions,” said board chairman and TCU chancellor Victor Boschini in the conference’s statement. “To that end the Board has consistently relied on the advice and counsel of top medical experts to determine the viability of available options.”Our student-athletes want to compete, and it is the Board’s collective opinion that sports can be conducted safely and in concert with the best interests of their well-being. We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID-19 as we learn more about the virus.”If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course.”Added Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: “The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week. Opinions vary regarding the best path forward, as we’ve seen throughout higher education and our society overall, but we are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes.”According to the Big 12’s release, the conference will administer three COVID-19 tests per week “in ‘high contact’ sports, like football, volleyball and soccer.” And any non-conference opponents added to the football schedule “must also adhere to COVID-19 testing protocols that conform to Big 12 standards during the week leading up to competition.”MORE: Explaining 2020 college football cancellationslast_img read more

Pretoria Airport ready for 2010

first_img“We have signed guarantees to provide sufficient and safe transport operations to enable the movement of spectators during the World Cup,” he said. “We believe the transport sector is one of the most important sectors for this event, both from legacy and event delivery perspective.” Speaking at the launch of the new airport last week, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said the airport would also be able to handle traffic between Pretoria and Rustenburg, as well as serve as a refuelling centre for aircraft during the tournament. Scheduled flights will be operated under an independent airline, Interlink Airlines, with flights to Durban, Cape Town, Polokwane and other parts of the country. From the airport, fans can then easily be integrated into other modes of transport such as rail, buses and taxis to get the soccer match venue. 2010 legacy project The airport expects to handle in the region of 6 800 general aviation and helicopter passengers a year. Ndebele said this would contribute to a successful economy and ensure the creation of even more jobs. Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane/Pretoria, recently updgraded to the tune of R440-million, is expected to be used extensively by fans and Fifa delegates travelling to and from the city during the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.center_img The government has invested over R440-million in the project through the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, and a total of 1 629 jobs were created during the construction phase. “Transport is the heartbeat of the South African economy. We must continue to intensify our work towards improving the social and economic development of our people.” The upgraded and improved infrastructure at the airport includes arrivals and departure halls, a porte-cochere with kiosks, and a public transport facility developed for tour buses and mini-bus taxis. The airport parking facility has also been upgraded. Source: BuaNews 2 November 2009 Ndebele said the airport would become an important part of the legacies of the 2010 World Cup.last_img read more

The updated RFS rules and the impact to Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released 2015 EPA Renewable Fuel Standard  (RFS) rules that will determine the volume of Ohio biofuels blended into the nation’s fuel supply.The RFS supports more than 38,000 direct and indirect jobs in Ohio. The looming EPA decision could be detrimental to the state’s economy and communities and adversely affect national security and eliminate consumer choice at the pump.“Ultimately, the state’s agriculture and ethanol industries have delivered on what we have been tasked to do with the RFS,” said Mark Borer, President of The Ohio Ethanol Producers Association. “In Ohio alone there has been a billion dollars worth of capital investment to build the infrastructure to produce biofuels.”The return on that investment is a whopping $7.6 billion a year in economic output in Ohio.“That investment was with the understanding that Congress and the government were committed to growing and expanding the use of biofuels as the law was written,” Borer said. “The EPA now faces a big decision to set goals based on the law or to cut back on biofuels based on the arguments of the oil industry.”Currently, 3,400 farmers in Ohio deliver over 200 million bushels of corn every year to the state’s seven ethanol plants.“The positive impact of the RFS on my members can’t be understated,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of The Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “In the past, those 200 million bushels of corn would have had to be shipped elsewhere outside of Ohio to have value added to it. So now with ethanol being produced right here in Ohio, the tax revenue and the value benefits stays within state and local levels. We will be watching EPA’s RFS decision very carefully and we hope they do the right thing to keep the biofuel production strong in Ohio.”Biodiesel is also a part of the RFS and many Ohio soybean farmers are keeping a close eye on EPA’s move as well.“Unlike ethanol, the biodiesel industry has already seen the impact of tinkering with the RFS,” said Bret Davis, a soybean farmer in Delaware County and a board member of The American Soybean Association. “As a result, a 2014 national survey of biodiesel producers found that half had idled their plants, 78% had reduced production compared with 2013 and 66% laid off workers or planned on laying off workers.”According to the recent Bio Report, the policy instability and delays with the EPA rulemakings are responsible for the majority of the estimated $13.7 billion in shortfalls in necessary investments for the capacity to meet current RFS goals.View the new proposed RFS rules.last_img read more

Is Just the Same As

first_imgKnowing what you need to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing.Having a dream and not taking action on that dream is the same as not having a dream.Having a goal and not doing the work that moves you towards that goal is the same as not having a goal.Knowing people without making investments in those relationships is the same as not having relationships.Knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally and not taking classes, doing homework, and studying independently is the same as not knowing that you need to develop yourself personally and professionally.Possessing the ability to create value for others and not creating that value is the same as not possessing the ability to create value.Knowing how to read and not reading is the same as not knowing how to read.Wanting to make a difference but being unwilling to make waves is the same as not wanting to make a difference.It’s not enough to possess knowledge. It’s not enough to have a bigger vision. Without action, it’s the same as . . .last_img read more

Glasgow CWG: Indian weightlifter Vikas wins silver

first_imgIndian weightlifter Vikas Thakur won the silver medal in the men’s 85kg category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games here Monday.The gold was clinched by Richard Patterson of New Zealand with a lift of 335kg — 151kg in snatch and 184 in clean and jerk.The 21-year-old Vikas lifted a total of 333kg – 150kg in snatch and 183 in clean and jerk. Both Vikas and Canada’s Pascal Plamondon were tied on 333kg but Vikas won the silver on the account of lesser body weight. Plamondon also lifted 150kg in snatch and 183kg in clean and jerk.last_img

10 months agoBarcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara

first_imgBarcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Laraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara.Lara is currently a free agent after his deal expired on January 1.Diario de Seville says Barcelona are keeping tabs on the situation as the player is a teammate of Miranda and Abel Ruiz with Spain U21. However there are many teams from all over Europe in the running for the promising youngster.Lara made his first team debut last season under Joaquin Caparros, who is now Sevilla’s football director. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img