Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSeanXu/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) — A New Orleans attorney filed a lawsuit Tuesday morning against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell, on behalf of New Orleans Saints season ticket holders and its fan base, to compel Goodell to enforce a NFL rule that would allow the result of Sunday’s NFC Championship game to be reversed, replayed in its entirety or from the point of the controversial non-call.The civil suit is the latest fallout since what’s been labelled the “most egregious missed call in the history of football,” by ESPN anchor Max Kellerman.The non-call of pass interference on Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, after he made contact with Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Saints-Rams game, with 1:45 left to play, has been widely criticized.“That call makes it first and ten, we’re on our knee three plays, and it’s a game changing call,” Saints’ head coach Sean Payton said in a post-game press conference. The Rams later went on to win the game in overtime.“This lawsuit is about holding the league and Roger Goodell accountable for the blatant (mis)actions of its employees and maintaining the integrity of the NFL,” lawyer Frank J. D’Amico, Jr. wrote in a statement.The lawsuit is a petition to compel the league and Goodell to “enforce its own rules, specifically Rule 17 Section 2 Article 1 which provides three possible remedies to this egregious situation that occurred in the Superdome on Sunday.”According to Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 of the NFL handbook: “The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.”Article 3 goes on to list the commissioner’s powers which include “…the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred.”However the rule also states: “The Commissioner will not apply authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.”Criticisms of the non-call have been bolstered by Robey-Coleman’s own admission, in a post-game locker room interview, that he believed he committed the penalty and thanked the referees for the non-call.Payton told reporters he had spoken with the league office moments after the game ended and said they admitted the officials blew the call. “I don’t know if there was ever more obvious pass interference,” he said in the press conference.“That is a hollow apology when they take no power to correct it when the commissioner has power to adjust it,” D’Amico told ABC News in a phone interview. “The commissioner has the power to either reverse the results of the game, reschedule the game in its entirety, or from when the extraordinarily unfair act occurred… turn back time to the spot of the penalty that wasn’t called, put the teams back on the field, put 1:49 back on the clock and let the game proceed with a first down and the Saints having one timeout.”D’Amico told ABC News he believes the game had a grossly unfair result. “It’s unheard of when you have three officials staring it down, and wave it down and say we’re not going to do anything about it,” D’Amico said about the missed call.D’Amico called it a “national embarrassment” and alleged the NFL is perpetrating fraud to the public, leaving fans with “no faith in the NFL for fairness despite the leagues own rules to correct such errors.”The NFL did not return ABC News’ request for comment on the lawsuit.New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson told ABC News the team has “…been in touch with NFL and will aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies to ensure no team and fan base is ever put in a similar position again.”One New Jersey sportsbook, PointsBet, announced Monday via Twitter it would “refund all wagers” on the spread and money-line bets on the Saints, in the form of betting credits. The company wrote: “One blown call may change a game’s outcome. That doesn’t mean it should change YOUR outcome.”While D’Amico said he is not looking for any money damages, he is hoping for Goodell to answer “why he’s not following the rules.” A hearing is scheduled for next Monday morning in Orleans Parish Civil Court, according to D’Amico.D’Amico says he hopes that Goodell will not hide and run from this and do the right thing, or else the “stain of illegitimacy” and “black eye will be on the NFL from this point forward.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by January 22, 2019 /Sports News – National New Orleans attorney files lawsuit requesting NFL enforce league rule to reverse NFC Championship result after no-call controversy
Job Description:TITLE: Project ManagerDEPARTMENT: Information Technology ServicesBASIC FUNCTION: Fairfield University needs a talentedproject manager to join the Enterprise Computing team within ITS.This person will be part project manager, part departmentambassador, part software tester, and part expert researcher. Weprovide a fantastic working environment, competitive compensation,excellent benefits, and a fulfilling mission, you bring expertise,hard work, and a commitment to excellence.The project manager will work with a team of other analysts,developers, database administrators, network & systemadministrators, and our security team to use technology to solveour most pressing business and academic challenges. Sometimes thismeans designing and testing a new custom application, sometimes itmeans researching available off the shelf solutions, and sometimesit means extending the functionality of our student informationsystem (Banner) or our ERP (Workday). It always means providing anexceptional level of customer service, tracking and reportingstatus accurately, and working effectively in teams and on yourown. You should be a self-starter, willing to anticipate the nextthing that needs to be done and doing it without having to be told.You are never satisfied with the status quo, believing there’salways room for improvement and you should be naturally curious andeager to learn new skills. It is essential that you can take apartially conceived idea with poorly defined requirements and turnit into a finished product that gets delivered on time and onbudget.KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, & EXPERIENCE NEEDED: The rightcandidate for this job has a bachelor’s degree and previousexperience juggling multiple projects with competing timelines andpriorities. He or she has a working knowledge of the softwaredevelopment lifecycle and agile methodologies, though coding skillsare not necessary. A minimum of 5 years of prior IT experience isrequired and a graduate degree in IT, Computer Science, or arelated field is preferred. The ideal candidate is comfortablecommunicating up and down the chain of command and is skilled attranslating technical jargon for non-technical stakeholders. Thisperson should be a system-oriented thinker capable of seeing howvarious pieces of a project affect other department priorities. Theability to report the status of each project and the overallportfolio with a strong attention to detail is key.EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree requiredREPORTS TO: Director, Enterprise ComputingESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Manage multiple projects within ITS while continually assessingproject priority, resource availability, budgets, and risks. Useagile methodology to gather requirements, design a solution,document development sprints, plan testing, and commit to go-liveevents; involve all relevant stakeholders and ensure technicalfeasibility and resource availability to meet objectives Ensurethat all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and withinbudget; ensure that project status is tracked and reportedappropriately Manage project risks and escalate those risks tomanagement in a timely manner. Develop risk mitigations strategiesCreate and maintain comprehensive project documentation includingdesign specifications, requirements documents, test plans, andgo-live sign-off documentation Create and maintain a dashboardshowing the status (scope, budget, timeline, and risks) for allprojects in the portfolio Create and deliver training for end usersas needed Manage the relationship with all internal andstakeholders and model a professional attitude on behalf of ITSPerform any other related duties as required or assigned.*DisclaimerThe above information on this description has been designed toindicate thegeneral nature and level of work performed by employees withinthisclassification. 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“The Ball is a celebration of 750 years of excellence and it is only fitting that we should have someone as outstanding as Mark perform on the night.”She also said, “We were delighted that Mark posted the details on his website and it was only inevitable that word would get round about such an exciting headline act.” The Balliol Ball Committee had intended to keep the headline act a secret, posting on Facebook on 22nd April, “THE HEADLINE ACT [will be revealed] ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE BIG NIGHT!” Others were distressed that their personal favourite had not been chosen. Marcus Watson, a second Year historian and Balliol JCR Entz Officer told Cherwell that he “had everything crossed for Frank Ocean. He moves me in ways I’ve never been moved before: frankbynamefrankbynature.” Mark Ronson will be headlining the Balliol College 750th Anniversary Commemoration Ball, he announced on his website earlier this week, prompting the ball committee to make the same announcement on their Facebook page. Mark Ronson is a DJ and producer, who has worked with artists such as Amy Winehouse, Jay-Z, Adele, Bruno Mars and Estelle, and has had 5 top ten singles, 2 top five albums and been awarded GQ’s most stylish man.Ball President Tessa McGuire told Cherwell that the committee “are absolutely thrilled that Mark Ronson will be performing at The Commemoration Ball. One Balliol student told Cherwell that they were “caught off-guard by the committee’s choice. It’s been years since Mark Ronson did anything famous, and that was just a cover of a song by the Zutons. “That said, I’m just glad that they didn’t choose Macklemore or something – that would have ruined the night!”
Dave and Ruth Buch, of Ocean City, stop by the Northend Beach Grill to see the fire damage Sunday. By Maddy VitaleDave and Ruth Buch took a stroll Sunday morning to see what their favorite breakfast eatery in Ocean City looked like two days after a blaze forced its closure.The Northend Beach Grill at 9 Beach Road, described on its Facebook page as a restaurant that features good, simple, food at decent prices, right on the beach with fantastic views and an island feel, was severely damaged. “It has a great view,” the Buchs said almost in unison.“I don’t know how extensive the damage is,” Ruth Buch said. “We just hope they reopen soon.”A tarp covers a portion of the charred roof.The couple, who has lived in the Gardens section of Ocean City since 2001, said they were regulars at the beach grill.“Ruth always got the eggs and home fries,” Dave Buch noted. “I got chocolate milk and the special, with scrapple or sausage. We always enjoy it.”The couple would either walk to the restaurant from their home or stop in after one of their 15- mile-long bike rides, they said.Angelo DiBartolo, of Ocean City, co-owner with Jim Aller of the Northend Beach Grill, said in a phone conversation Sunday, that he and his family are devastated about the fire. He recalled when he found out about it. “We were really busy Friday. It happened at 3 p.m. If it happened at 5:30 p.m. when we are closed, it would have been a pile of rubble,” DiBartolo explained. “Thankfully, no one was hurt. It looks like it was an electrical fire from a live wire from 30 years ago. We never would have known about.”The official cause of the fire, however, was undetermined, Fire Chief James Smith said Sunday night.A tarp covered a portion of the charred roof Sunday and the smell of smoke lingered. People check out the Northend Beach Grill Sunday, two days after a fire left it severely damaged.DiBartolo and Aller opened the restaurant 10 years ago. They lease the building.“We brought back the tradition of when it was Richard’s Grill in the 1970s and 1980s,” DiBartolo noted.The beach grill may be a small footprint in the sands, but it has a large following of people who frequented the eatery, he said.DiBartolo quickly posted information on the beach grill’s Facebook page about the fire and closure. He wrote, “As some of you are aware, we had a major fire at the beach grill this afternoon. Thankfully, everyone got out O.K. and the Ocean City Fire and Police Departments did an outstanding job. I can’t thank them enough. Sadly, we will be closed for the foreseeable future, but hopefully will return better than ever.”The eatery is the only one like it in Ocean City because of its location on the beach.DiBartolo, a history teacher at Ocean City High School, said he wants the public to know they are trying their best to work through the details to reopen. “We are meeting with the insurance companies,” he said. “I am hoping that they will let us rebuild and we come back better than ever.”He said other Ocean City restaurants, especially Browns Restaurant and Oves Restaurant, have reached out to them and have been very supportive.He and Aller, who summers in Ocean City and is an Ocean City High School graduate, knows the restaurant is special, a landmark in the city and definitely one a kind.“People say they feel like they are in the islands,” DiBartolo said. “It is such a cool location.”Just days since the fire, DiBartolo said he already misses seeing the kids getting ice cream and fries.“My daughter was teary-eyed today, not knowing, ultimately, the future of the beach grill,” he said adding that all of the staff are locals. “It is just a positive little place.” Jeff Pallante, who vacations with his family in Ocean City, says it is a tradition for them to stop in the eatery.Jeff Pallante rode his bike up to the eatery and checked out the sign that said: “Closed due to fire.”He said he and his family are sad about the news. “We always like to come to this place when we are here for vacation,” he said. “We are bummed. It is a family tradition for us to eat at the grill.”Pallante, whose brother-in-law has a home in Ocean City, comes down with his wife, Maureen, and their boys, Aidan, 10, and Shane, 14, a few times a summer, and enjoy stopping in to get a bite to eat.“We always have a good time there. It is a good place for a quick sandwich and to get out of the heat a bit,” Pallante said. “Who knows, maybe they will reopen new and improved.” The façade of the Northend Beach Grill appears untouched by fire, but an owner says there is extensive damage inside.Gerri Ransom, of Ocean City, rode her bike by the restaurant, slowed down, checked out the sign and shook her head.“It’s such a shame,” she said, adding that she hopes they reopen soon.“It is kind of a unique place,” Ransom said. “It was good if you were on the beach all day and needed lunch.”The Ocean City Fire Department responded to the fire on Friday afternoon.
Last night, Gov’t Mule continued their New Year’s run with the first of two nights at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. The show was energetic from start to finish, with the band welcoming nearly a dozen special guests onto the stage to join them throughout the night.The first guest of the evening was drummer Shawn Pelton, who emerged for “Broke Down On The Brazos” halfway through set one and stayed on ’til the end of the set. Following this number, guitarist Oz Noy and drummer Jeff Babcock came out for a cover of Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” ahead of a cover of Traffic’s “Feelin’ Alright”, which featured The Better Half Singers—a group composed of Mini Carlsson and Machan Taylor, both of whom are wives to members of the band. Finishing out set one, Lincoln Schleifer joined Mule, Pelton, and the Better Half Singers for an appropriately chosen rendition of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends”.“Bad Little Doggie”[Video: Paul Allegretta]Similar to the first set, the second set started with just the core members of the band fronted by Warren Haynes. However, as the set unfolded, guests again returned to the stage, first during “Easy Times” featuring the Better Half Singers. From there, after “Fool’s Moon”, the band invited out guitarist Jimmy Vivino and drummer Carmine Appice for a take on Free’s “Heartbreaker”. Eventually, bassist Paul Ill also joined in for the next tune, another Free song, “Walk In My Shadow”.With a number of drummers on hand, the second set featured an extensive drums portion that allowed Appice, Pelton, and Matt Abts to be featured before landing in a cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed” that saw Pelton and Vivino joining the group. The final tune featured the traditional Gov’t Mule lineup, before the final encore of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” featuring The Better Half Singers and Shawn Pelton.“Wish You Were Here”[Video: Paul Allegretta]You can check out photos from last night’s show below, courtesy of Eric Gettler.Setlist: Gov’t Mule | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 12/30/2017Set 1: Traveling Tune > Rocking Horse, Banks Of The Deep End, Blind Man In The Dark, Bad Little Doggie, Burning Point, Broke Down On The Brazos with Shawn Pelton, Stratus with Shawn Pelton, Oz Noy & Jeff Babcock, Feeling Alright with Shawn Pelton & The Better Half Singers, With A Little Help From My Friends with Shawn Pelton, The Better Half Singers & Lincoln Schleifer without Jorgen CarlssonSet 2: Stone Cold Rage, Drawn That Way, Easy Times with The Better Half Singers, Fool’s Moon, Heartbreaker with Jimmy Vivino & Carmine Appice; without Matt Abts, Walk In My Shadow > with Jimmy Vivino, Carmine Appice & Paul Ill; without Matt Abts & Jorgen Carlsson, Carmine Appice Drums > Shawn Pelton Drums > Matt Abts Drums >In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed with Shawn Pelton & Jimmy Vivino, Railroad Boy > Traveling TuneEncore: Wish You Were Here with Shawn Pelton & The Better Half Singers; Little Martha teaseThe Better Half Singers (Machan Taylor, Mini Carlsson & Elaine Caswell) Gov’t Mule | Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 12/30/2017 | Photos: Eric Gettler Load remaining images
This past Saturday, January 6th at Radio City Music Hall in New York, music fans from all over came together for an evening of charitable giving and fantastic music at A Concert For Island Relief. The show featured performances from Hurray For The Riff Raff, Aaron Neville, Trey Anastasio Band and, finally, a Dave Matthews solo acoustic set to close the evening.Trey Anastasio Shares Heartwarming Post About Tortola Visit Following Concert For Island ReliefHowever, while Dave’s set was predominantly a solo affair (aside from some added brass on “Mercy”, “Satellite”, and “Save Me”), the highlight of his set came at its end, when he returned to the stage and invited Anastasio to join him for a duet on the first of four encore songs.Trey took the stage with an acoustic guitar, and together the two ran through a beautiful version of Phish‘s “Waste”, written by Anastasio and Tom Marshall more than twenty years ago. Following the performance, which saw Trey and Dave trade verses before harmonizing on the chorus and bridge sections, Dave giddily leaned in to the microphone.”That’s Trey,” he remarked, pointing to Anastasio. “That’s my favorite song.”That assertion from Matthews has plenty of historical background. Dave Matthews Band covered the song 15 times on their 2001 tour, and two more times in 2002. Then, during Phish’s hiatus, Trey joined Dave on Dave & Friends tour, during which the pair would include an acoustic duo portion of their sets, covering songs from both Phish and Dave’s catalogues–often including “Waste”.Watch the multi-camera video (synced with taper audio) of Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews playing Phish’s “Waste” below via YouTube user ChesterCopperpot5:For more videos and a full review from the memorable evening, head here.SETLIST: Dave Matthews | A Concert For Island Relief | Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY | 1/6/2017Set: Don’t Drink the Water, Stay or Leave, Funny the Way It Is, So Damn Lucky, Samurai Cop, Grey Street, Mercy*, Satellite*& Save Me*&, Some Devil, Dancing NanciesEncore: [email protected], The Maker#, Iko Iko#, I Want To Take You Higher#* w/ Rashawn Ross& w/ Ben The Sax [email protected] w/ Trey Anastasio# w/ Trey Anastasio Band, Rashawn Ross & Aaron Neville[h/t – JamBase]
On Saturday, Pearl Jam unexpectedly dropped a new single, entitled “Can’t Deny Me”. Marking the band’s first original release since 2013’s Lightning Bolt LP, the track preview came with no supporting information and was only fully available to stream to members of the band’s official Ten Club fan club. Last night, the song became available across streaming platforms and was confirmed by the band to be included on their forthcoming album.According to Consequence of Sound, the press release notes that the politically-charged new song was co-written by vocalist Eddie Vedder and guitarist Mike McCready and recorded in February in Seattle with producer Brendan O’Brien. The single’s artwork, depicting a young girl in protest, holding up a sign that reads “You Can’t Deny Me” with “Pearl Jam” graffitied behind her, was created by Jeff Ament and Kevin Shuss.You can now stream “Can’t Deny Me” in full below:Pearl Jam – “Can’t Deny Me”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>In just a few days, Pearl Jam will head out on South American tour. This summer, the band is slated to perform in Europe, before they head back to North American for a series of stadium shows, dubbed “the Home Shows” in Seattle and the “Away Shows” at Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Missoula, Montana’s Washington-Grizzly Stadium.Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, the band’s first year of eligibility, Pearl Jam has sold nearly 32 million records in the United States and an estimated 60 million worldwide, earning their place as one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Check out the full tour schedule below.Pearl Jam 2018 Tour Dates:03/16 – Santiago, CL @ Lollapalooza Chile03/18 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Lollapalooza Argentina03/21 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Maracana Stadium03/24 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Lollapalooza Brazil06/12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome06/15 – Landgraaf, NL @ Pinkpop Festival06/18 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena06/22 – Milan, IT @ I-Days Festival at Area Expo06/24 – Padova, IT @ Stadio Euganeo06/26 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico07/01 – Prague, CZ @ O2 Arena07/03 – Krakow, PL @ Tauron Arena07/05 – Berlin, DE @ Waldbuhne07/07 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/10 – Barcelona, ES @ Palau St. Jordi07/12 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival07/14 – Lisbon PT @ NOS Alive Festival08/08 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/10 – Seattle, WA @ Safeco Field08/13 – Missoula, MT @ Washington Grizzly Stadium08/18 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field08/20 – Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field09/02 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park09/04 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
Mike Shinoda brought his Post Traumatic solo tour through Philadelphia last night with an electrifying, uplifting, and energetic performance at the Foundry at The Fillmore. Shinoda’s performance of a wide set of material, spanning the three separate ventures in his professional career, was transcendent. Post Traumatic, his first solo album, captures the feeling of grief so tangibly, it’s as if you’re sifting through its gritty texture with your bare hands. The album is a true exercise in an artist’s ability to capture their subject, and Post Traumatic is the gold standard on the five stages of grief as artistic expression.It’s difficult looking back on the monumental loss of a close loved one, companion, or friend and identify the moments or stages of grief in ways that would make sense to anyone not experiencing them in real time. Rarely are there appropriate metrics, save for the essential Kubler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief” model that can properly convey how one moves through acceptance of death. Sure, we can look at “Denial” on base terms and understand that concept, but does that articulate the crushing sense of anguish that rushes through you as you learn of the passing of your father? Does just listing “Bargaining” account for the repetitive conversations in your mind, desperately trying to make sense of the trauma you’ve just experienced? “Depression” is a clinical term, but does it really do justice to the feeling of walking through clay and someone’s turned the blue hues up on everything in your mind? There’s no one right way to grieve, no one right way to assess, comprehend, and understand.Shinoda somehow manages to sift through the blue and present a well rounded and well executed audio presentation that allows the listener to follow their own Kubler-Ross journey, whether we’re ready to feel the full force of it or not. Shinoda delivers some truly heavy pieces on the album, the forceful and reflective “Ghosts” coexisting with the contemplative and self-affirming “Crossing A Line” run the full emotional gauntlet and are open for the listener to apply it to their own life. At certain points over the course of the evening, the performance felt more like a group remembrance; a support group for everyone who’s lost something they never would’ve imagined they would. It’s not just about the Chester Bennington— it’s about all of our Chesters—and Shinoda delivered in an incredible way. Shinoda also performed some impressive solo/Fort Minor/Linkin Park live mashup songs, blurring the creative lines between his musical lives and proving that the band indeed plays on, even if one microphone has gone silent.Accompanied by a crushing set by the high energy British rock act, Don Broco, Shinoda’s live performance proved his method of making lemonade was just as good as any to help us all work through our demons, our sadness, our blues. “Post Traumatic” is the “Acceptance” stage of Shinoda’s Kubler-Ross process, and what comes next is anyone’s guess. If this record is any indication, we’re all in for an incredible musical experience. You can check out photos below, courtesy of Adam Barnard.Mike Shinoda | The Fillmore | Philadelphia, PA | 10/14/2018 | Photo: Adam Barnard Photo: Adam Barnard Load remaining images
Harvard University and Harvard University Press (HUP) announced recently that the Murty family of Bangalore, India, has established a new publication series, the Murty Classical Library of India, with a generous gift of $5.2 million. The dual-language series aims both to serve the needs of the general reading public and to enhance scholarship in the field.Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman noted that the Murty family gift will enable HUP to present the literary cultures of India to a global readership in an unprecedented manner. “The Murty Classical Library of India will make the classical heritage of India accessible worldwide for generations to come,” said Hyman. “We are truly grateful to the Murty family for their vision and leadership in making this historic initiative a reality.”The Murty family’s endowed series will serve to bring the classical literature of India, much of which remains locked in its original language, to a global audience, making many works available for the first time in English and showcasing the contributions of Indian literature to world civilization. Narayana Murty said of the new series, “I am happy that Harvard University Press is anchoring this publishing project.” His wife, Sudha, agreed: “We are happy to participate in this exciting project of bringing the rich literary heritage of India to far corners of the world.”Under the direction of General Editor Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Columbia University, and aided by an international editorial board composed of distinguished scholars, translators will provide contemporary English versions of works originally composed in Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and other Indian languages.Each volume will present the English translation with the original text in the appropriate Indic script on the facing page. The books will be supplemented by scholarly introductions, expert commentary, and textual notes, all with the goal of establishing Murty Classical Library volumes as the most authoritative editions available.The Murty family’s vision has already begun to impress notable scholars, such as Harvard’s Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy Amartya Sen, who expressed his appreciation for the initiative. “There are few intellectual gaps in the world that are as glaring as the abysmal ignorance of Indian classics in the Western world. It is wonderful that the Murty Classical Library of India is taking up the challenge of filling this gap, through a new commitment of the Harvard University Press, backed by the discerning enthusiasm of the Murty family, and the excellent leadership of Sheldon Pollock — an outstanding Sanskritist and classical scholar. This will be a big contribution to advancing global understanding that is so much needed in the world today.”HUP plans to make the works available in both print and digital formats. The first volumes are scheduled for publication in fall 2013. An Indian edition is being planned.Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press is a major publisher of nonfiction, scholarly, and general interest books with offices in Cambridge (Mass.), New York, and London.
Read Full Story The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard and the Novak Djokovic Foundation recently named three Harvard doctoral students as the 2018–19 recipients of the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship.April Boin Choi (HGSE/GSAS), Scott Delaney (HSPH), and Zhihui Li (HSPH) will each receive a grant to support their independent dissertation research:April Boin Choi — Investigating neural and behavioral development in infants at risk for ASD and early interventions that can promote positive long-term outcomes in children with or at risk for ASDScott Delaney — Investigating the social determinants of health and child development with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental and behavioral outcomesZhihui Li — Investigating the impact of prenatal exposure to sand and dust storms on fetal and child health and developmentThe Center and the Djokovic Foundation launched the Fellowship in 2016 to create a new generation of academic leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice. The Fellowship fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each Fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.This feeds directly into the mission of the Djokovic Foundation, which promotes healthy child development and high-quality early education by empowering and training teachers and supporting innovative academic research. The Foundation believes in giving every child the opportunity to grow up, play, and develop in stimulating, creative, and safe settings. Alberto Lidji, Global CEO, Djokovic Foundation said, “We are pleased to welcome this year’s cohort of Djokovic Fellows to our family. They are truly remarkable, inspiring, and have embraced research areas that are highly consequential for the field of early childhood development – an issue which must be tackled as a social and economic imperative.”“We must also recognize the intellectual curiosity and hard work of last year’s Djokovic Fellows, who are making great strides in their research and will shortly become the first alumni of this program. We are fortunate to be working with Jack Shonkoff, his team at the Center, and everyone at Harvard, as we celebrate excellence in early childhood development and inspire the next generation of champions in this field.”Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., Director of the Center on the Developing Child, added: “To conquer the debilitating effects of poverty, discrimination, violence, and maltreatment on the lives of young children, the world needs a pipeline of innovative leaders who understand the science of early childhood development, how adversity undermines well-being, and what can be done to promote positive outcomes for all children. We’re delighted to continue our partnership with the Djokovic Foundation by investing in a new cohort of Fellows who will lead the way in driving science-based strategies to produce breakthrough impacts on the lives of those who are facing adversity.”In addition to participating in Center-sponsored events, the 2018–19 Djokovic Fellows will receive training from the Center on innovation methods, communicating science effectively, leadership, and policy strategy.