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8 HILT Spark Grants announced

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) awarded eight Spark Grants with support of up to 15,000 designed to help “spark” promising teaching and learning projects. Awardees will:Develop hybrid activities for the classroom. Jennifer Lerner (HKS) will design in-class and online activities to improve student decision making and increase classroom engagement.Engage foreign language students with immersive technology. Nicole Mills (FAS), Rus Gant (FAS), and Chris Dede (HGSE) will produce and study culturally immersive virtual reality experiences for foreign language students.Evaluate formative active learning-inspired assessments. Madhvi Venkatesh and Ronald Jason Heustis (HMS) will evaluate whether chalk talks improve short-term and long-term student performance in experimental design.Implement a Team-Based Learning (TBL) course. Bernhard Nickel (FAS) will redesign a course with team-based learning principles and assess the benefits and challenges of the approach.Launch a Diversity Journal Club. Nia Imara (FAS) will organize discussions dedicated to understanding how diversity—or the lack thereof—in the science community impacts learning, teaching, research, and culture.Measure the effects of open-ended extracurricular projects. Madeline Hickman, Elaine Kristant (SEAS), Robert Hart, and Daniel Rosenberg (FAS) will expand “Project Nights” and assess their effects on student learning.Provide physical and conceptual space for student projects. Megan Panzano (GSD) and Lisa Haber-Thomson (FAS) will offer a series of interdisciplinary workshops that develop critical thinking through making.Synthesize pedagogical experiences in developing online courses. Tiffany Wong, Drew Lichtenstein, and Selen Turkay (CADM) will interview instructors and document best practices for creating MOOCs.last_img read more

Bloomberg: In Poland, ‘Wind Farms Now Come With the Threat of Jail’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jessica Shankleman for Bloomberg News:One of Europe’s most promising markets for renewable energy is being threatened by legislation that would impose new fees and potential jail terms for operators of wind farms, an industry lobby group said.Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party is proposing laws that would require new turbines to be situated away from homes, schools and natural reserves at a distance of more than 10-times their height. That would be about 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), according to data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The law also would subject existing wind farms to audits every two years.The law would raise annual wind farm costs by as much as 150 million zloty ($37.6 million) even if no more turbines were built, according to the draft legislation. While the government is attempting to clamp down on rising electricity bills and empower communities concerned about the installations, the wind industry says the rules would choke off development and eliminate a clean source of electricity.Poland’s plans “will tie projects up in red tape and make life difficult for developers by imposing arbitrary rules that serve no other purpose than to prevent wind turbine deployment,” said Oliver Joy, a spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association. “This draft law is a clear statement of intent and should not be allowed to stand.”The government says it’s worried a surge in new installations is creating a conflict between communities and investors. It’s also seeking to curb subsidies for renewables and support its ailing coal industry, which has been undercut by falling commodity prices. While the country was among more than 195 nations that backed the Paris deal on climate change in December, it has sought a special status for coal and forecasts the fossil fuel will form a key component of its energy security for decades.Piotr Naimski, the Polish government official in charge of supervising gas and power grids, said Thursday the country needs to adopt a strategy of letting renewables compete with coal-fired plants without subsidies. He wants to change the current merit system that gives wind power priority over coal generation, according to an interview with Biznesalert.pl.Poland’s energy ministry declined to comment on the draft law.Poland, Europe’s top coal producer, notched up the continent’s second-highest number of wind-power installations last year. Developers rushed to install 1.26 gigawatts of new capacity ahead of expected changes to government subsidies, that will require developers to bid in auctions for support. The country now has 5.1 gigawatts of installed wind capacity, equivalent to about 9 percent of the installed base in neighboring Germany.“Poland has excellent wind resources and has the potential to be a European power house in wind energy,” The threat to imprison turbine operators for violating potential rules is “deeply concerning and misguided,” Joy said.Concerning for the wind lobby group are rules embedded in the legislation that would require wind farm owners to pay fees for operating plants and sign up for a new permit every two years. Those who fail to comply might face prison sentences, and the rules would be applied retroactively to existing plants, said Joy.Instead of imposing tough restrictions, the government may find ways to boost the benefits that communities enjoy from wind power, including opportunities to co-invest, said David Hostert, an analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.“There are also a host of technical solutions available today to limit the impact of wind turbines, such as noise-reduction technology or automatically stopping the turbine at certain times of day to avoid flickering shadows on nearby properties,” he said.Wind Farms Now Come With the Threat of Jail Bloomberg: In Poland, ‘Wind Farms Now Come With the Threat of Jail’last_img read more

Hillary Clinton’s Book Revue Signing in Huntington Draws Hundreds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some women had been waiting outside Huntington’s Book Revue from 11 p.m. the night before, others had been there since daybreak as the line wound around the block. Their goal was the same: get a signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, and lug the 635-page memoir home with them. In all, the store sold out its supply of 1,200 books—and the staff lamented that they could’ve moved more product if they’d had the inventory.Across the street was a much smaller group of boisterous people who would never dream of reading anything written by New York’s former senator, ex-first lady and Secretary of State as they made clear by their shouts denouncing her. They stood on the corner of New York Avenue behind a police barricade, waving the yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flag that has become an emblem of the Tea Party, holding placards promoting Fox News and denouncing Clinton for “lying.” One young man proudly displayed a black T-shirt with white lettering that read, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” A middle-aged guy wearing a tan cowboy hat yelled at Clinton’s booklovers that “You don’t even know who Benghazi is!” Not so, shouted a man in line outside the book store, “Yeah, he’s Will Benghazi’s brother!” That riposte drew a big laugh from his side of the street.The mood inside the Book Revue was ebullient as the line of people weaved between the stacks and up the stairs to a balcony and down. Each patron had been frisked by the Secret Service, and the store was closed to customers after 2 p.m. The bathroom was off limits after 5 o’clock. There were a few people in wheelchairs, an elderly woman in a walker who’d come from Hempstead, and an infant dressed in a red, white and blue jumper.Clinton sat down exactly at 6 o’clock, as promised, sparking applause and cheers, greeting the crowd with a big smile, “It’s good to see you! Thank you for coming!” Beaming beside her were Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Town Councilwoman Susan Berland, and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli—all Democrats and all big fans. They posed for the first pictures and took off. The store staff and volunteers, plus a handful of interns, kept people moving like a human conveyor belt. There was constant laughter and chatter.Pre-signed copies of Hillary Clinton’s new book “Hard Choices” lay on a table inside Huntington’s Book Revue. (Spencer Rumsey/Long Island Press)Many people were wearing red and blue stickers on their shirts that read “I’m ready for Hillary!” and some even had T-shirts proclaiming “Hillary in 2016!” She hasn’t come close to declaring whether she’s going to run for president, but these people on line had already made up their minds. She could count on them.“I wanted the chance to possibly look in the face of the future female leader of the free world,” said a young woman from Huntington, who said she was a registered Democrat but declined to give her name. She’d been waiting since 9:30 a.m. “with about 30 people” ahead of her. And more than a thousand people eventually lined up behind her.The last time Clinton had been at the Book Revue for a signing, J.K. Rowling had just released another Harry Potter book so the store was packed. “We had Hillary people and Harry Potter people,” said Loren Aliperti, the Book Revue’s event coordinator, with a smile. “That was the biggest business day we’ve ever had!”For 23-year-old Danielle Steinmetz of Wantagh, meeting Clinton was one more thing to cross off from her bucket list.“I am a huge Hillary fan! I just love her,” said Steinmetz. “She’s such an inspiration and a role model! It’s great to finally meet her—it’s a dream come true!”last_img read more