Maskin named University Professor

first_imgEric S. Maskin, a Nobel laureate whose work has had widespread impact on economics and aspects of political science, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.Maskin, who helped to lay the foundations of mechanism design theory and has made major contributions to game theory, was recognized for groundbreaking scholarship that crosses academic boundaries and for his dedication to teaching.“An extraordinarily distinguished scholar and educator, Eric Maskin has made contributions across the field of economics, from game theory to intellectual property rights to political economy,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “As a member of the Harvard faculty, he has distinguished himself not only for his research, but for his outstanding teaching, his skillful mentoring, and his warmth and vitality as a colleague and leader in the University’s intellectual life.”The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge cross the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.Maskin’s appointment as the Adams University Professor follows the retirement of musicologist Christoph Wolff, who held the chair for 10 years. There are 23 faculty members who hold the title University Professor.“Being named to the Adams University Professorship is a tremendous honor, for which I feel very grateful,” Maskin said. “My work overlaps with a number of other fields, such as mathematics, government, law, computer science, philosophy, and biology. The new position gives me the wonderful opportunity to teach courses in those areas, probably with faculty from those departments and Schools.”Raised in New Jersey, Maskin earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Harvard. After a year at the University of Cambridge, he served on the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for seven years before joining the Harvard faculty in 1985 as a professor of economics. He was named Louis Berkman Professor of Economics in 1997. Starting in 2000, he spent more than a decade at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., before returning to Harvard in January 2012.A math concentrator as an undergraduate, Maskin has said that he was drawn to his field almost by accident when on a whim he enrolled in a class on information economics. There, he said, he was enthralled by a discipline that had “the precision, rigor, and sometimes the beauty of pure mathematics, and also addressed problems of real social importance.”Maskin’s Nobel Prize, awarded in 2007, recognized his work on mechanism design theory, which illuminates the interplay of individual incentives, private information, and social costs and benefits in transactions that affect the optimal performance of institutions. “The theory allows us to distinguish situations in which markets work well from those in which they do not,” the Nobel committee noted. “Today, mechanism design theory plays a central role in many areas of economics and parts of political science.”In addition, Maskin’s research has helped to shape the field of game theory, and it has produced insights into monopoly price discrimination and decentralized markets. He has published more than 130 articles and working papers on economic theory, has edited three books and a monograph series on the subject, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous economics journals, including The Quarterly Journal of Economics, of which he was editor from 1984 to 1990.Maskin is also known for his close mentoring of students. He has twice won the Economics Department’s Galbraith Graduate Teaching Prize, and several former students have become close collaborators.He is past president of the Econometric Society and of the Game Theory Society, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the European Economic Association, and the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.Among his many distinctions, Maskin has received the 2007 Kempe Award in Environmental Economics, the 2009 Grande Médaille of the City of Marseille, the 2010 Harvard Centennial Medal, and the 2011 Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation International Economics Award. He has been recognized with honorary degrees and professorships from institutions in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, has delivered dozens of distinguished lectures and keynote addresses, and has advised the British and Polish governments, the Bank of Italy, and the World Bank on the design of auctions and other issues.last_img read more

Idina Menzel, Josh Gad & More Are Back in Frozen Fever Trailer

first_imgLook who’s back! Frozen’s Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and yes, even Sven, will return to the big screen in Frozen Fever, the new animated short that will play in movie theaters before the live action Cinderella beginning March 13. Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff lend their voices yet again to make our dreary winter a little more cheery. Have a look below as Olaf adds his own personal touch to Anna’s birthday cake, Elsa works her ice magic on the decorations, and, uh, some sort of steam room situation (again). If that weren’t enough, the sneak peek also includes a taste of the new song penned by Oscar-winning duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez! Idina Menzel View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img

Lindenhurst Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Lindenhurst man was sentenced Friday to six to 18 years in prison for driving drunk and causing the crash that killed a 56-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Huntington Station last year.Ryan Gurecki had pleaded guilty in February at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, assault and driving while intoxicated.Police have said that the 35-year-old man was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a Ford Escape stopped at a red light that was waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110 at 9:23 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016.The three people in the Escape were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Karen Holden died from her injuries. Her 57-year-old husband who was driving the Escape and her 23-year-old son were admitted to the same hospital in stable condition.last_img read more

Demonstrate exceptional leadership traits at your credit union

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr There are many traits that make a good leader. From keeping open communications with your team to following through on your commitments, good traits and consistency in action can help people feel comfortable and confident following your lead.I came across a short, but distinct list describing exceptional leadership – and I have to say, I agree with everything on it. The list, composed by Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, described the list as four traits that appeal to all generations. Here’s how the list describes exceptional leaders:They envision the future and get others to do the same. Inspiration is the driving force behind motivation, Schwantes says. In order to empower your team, you have to inspire them so they want to work alongside you to make your vision a reality.They take initiative and act. Great leaders take necessary and beneficial risks and “create urgency with intent and purpose,” he writes. continue reading »last_img read more

Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

first_imgKashyap Patel, Anthony J. Tata and Ezra Cohen-Watnick — three aides whose promotions were announced in a Pentagon statement on Tuesday — are viewed as highly ideological Trump foot soldiers. Mr. Patel has a long history of trying to discredit the investigations into Russian interference, Mr. Tata’s nomination was withdrawn over the summer in part because he had called President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader,” and Mr. Cohen-Watnick was quietly eased out of the National Security Council in 2017 after clashes with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then the national security adviser.The three are not believed to have the stature to bully Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the military’s Central Command, into initiating operations, whether overt or secret, against Iran or other adversaries during the final days of Mr. Trump’s presidency.- Advertisement – And a senior official close to Christopher C. Miller, the new acting defense secretary appointed on Monday, said that it was clear from Mr. Miller’s meetings with Mr. Trump that the president has deep reluctance in launching offensive military operations as his time in office nears an end. That is not what his political base seeks, and it runs counter to Mr. Trump’s calls to get troops out of so-called forever wars in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.During a meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump’s message to Mr. Miller, the official said, was to do nothing new or provocative.When jobs open in the last days of an administration, they are usually filled by deputies, whose only charge is to keep the wheels of government turning at least until Inauguration Day.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img It was a sign of the changed atmosphere that when James H. Anderson, an expert on military strategy and missile defense, left the Pentagon after being fired from the No. 3 position — acting under secretary for policy — he was “clapped out,” or applauded by officials lining the halls. A report on Twitter by William Kristol, the conservative commentator who has opposed Mr. Trump, said the White House sought the “names of any political appointees who joined in so they could be fired.”It is possible, some officials say, that what is happening is no more than résumé padding, allowing some of Mr. Trump’s loyalists to claim they held top posts, albeit briefly, or to cement some policy changes before Mr. Biden can take office and seek to reverse them.last_img read more

US sets one-day record with more than 60,500 COVID cases, Americans divided

first_img“It’s just disheartening because the selfishness of [not wearing a mask] versus the selflessness of my staff and the people in this hospital who are putting themselves at risk, and I got COVID from this,” said Dr. Andrew Pastewski, ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.”You know, we’re putting ourselves at risk and other people aren’t willing to do anything and in fact go the other way and be aggressive to promote the disease. It’s really, it’s really hard,” he said.Stephanie Porta, 41, a lifelong Orlando, Florida, resident, said only about half the shoppers at her grocery store wore masks, though that was more than she saw two weeks ago.”They’re trying to make everything seem normal, when it’s not. People are dying, people are getting sick. It’s insane,” she said. More than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicized.The total represents a slight rise from Wednesday, when there were 60,000 new cases, and marks the largest one-day increase by any country since the pandemic emerged in China last year.As infections rose in 41 of the 50 states over the last two weeks, Americans have become increasingly divided on issues such as the reopening of schools and businesses. Orders by governors and local leaders mandating face masks have become particularly divisive. Florida on Thursday announced nearly 9,000 new cases and 120 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily increase in lives lost.Governor Ron DeSantis called the rising cases a “blip” and urged residents not to be afraid.”I know we’ve had a lot of different blips,” DeSantis said. “We’re now at a higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June.”Florida is one of the few states that does not disclose the number of hospitalized COVID patients. But more than four dozen Florida hospitals reported their intensive care units reached full capacity earlier this week.In Texas a group of bar owners sued Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, saying his June 26 order closing them down violates the state constitution, the Dallas Morning News reported.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that keeping schools closed would be a greater risk to children’s health than reopening them.California and Texas, the two most populous states, announced record increases in COVID deaths on Wednesday.California has seen cases and hospitalizations surge, even though it imposed one of the strictest lockdowns. After several lawmakers and staffers at the state Capitol in Sacramento were infected, lawmakers said the legislature would not return from summer break until July 27.Riverside University Health System, east of Los Angeles, expanded its 44-bed intensive care unit after it filled up with patients.”It’s been very consistent every day in the last couple of weeks. Every day has been like a full moon,” Riverside emergency room physician Stephanie Loe said, referring to doctors’ beliefs that a full moon brings more patients to the emergency room.Governors in California, Florida and Texas have either ruled out forced business closures and quarantines or called them a last resort. But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned he would impose a new stay-at-home order in two weeks if the latest surge did not ease. The rise in infections also weighed on the stock market Thursday on fears of new lockdowns, which would take a toll on the economic recovery. The Dow and the S&P 500 ended down about 1%.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Develop CPR Curriculum

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Bill to Develop CPR Curriculum June 12, 2019 Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 7 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 115, which will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create potentially life-saving curriculum for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).“I’m proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure. Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed,” said Gov. Wolf. “Teaching our young Pennsylvanians to save a life not only promotes the health of all of Pennsylvania, it builds a sense of community and neighborliness.”More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year, and nearly 45 percent of those patients who received CPR survived. Act 7 requires PDE to provide a curriculum to schools to teach “hands-only” CPR, a no-breath, compression-only technique recommended by the American Heart Association for sudden cardiac arrests. The curriculum must also include the use of automatic external defibrillators.“This new law will help provide generations of Pennsylvanians with an important lifesaving skill. Knowing how to properly use the hands-only CPR technique and AED equipment is critical when an individual suffers a cardiac arrest,” said Sen. Tom Killion, who sponsored the bill. “I deeply appreciate Gov. Wolf signing this legislation. It will save many lives.”Gov. Wolf’s history of improving health for Pennsylvanians includes expanding Medicaid to give 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to health care and legalizing medical marijuana to provide relief to patients with qualified medical conditions. Act 7 will take effect Aug. 12, 2019.Gov. Wolf also signed into law on Tuesday Act 6 of 2019, formerly House Bill 275, which changes the name of the Early Intervention Program to the Strategic Management Planning Program to encourage participation, and Act 8 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 441, which designates the bridge carrying Route 2087 over the East Branch Codorus Creek in York County as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge. Wrinkle, a graduate of Dallastown High School in York, died alongside his service dog, Tosca, in 2011 while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The CBD skyline is your urban living backdrop

first_imgIt’s one unit per floor at VietriThere’s over 350sq m of living area on offer — including an upstairs lounge and balcony off its own bedroom.The finish is of the highest standard included gourmet kitchen, integrated wine fridge, ducted air conditioning, barbecue and wet bar. The view from this New Farm penthouse is breathtakingTHE city is your backdrop in this near CBD unit that offers all the benefits of a short commute and a cool cafe lifestyle.The outlook from 4/18 Moray Street, New Farm should be framed and autographed, it’s that good. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoIt’s great inside, and you can’t avoid the stunning outlookThe four-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouse fills out two levels at the top of the Vietri project.center_img This is what you see from the kitchenFor car fans there’s also two garage spaces, and a monster storage area.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Locals buying into Mermaid Beach luxury apartment project

first_imgElysium at Mermaid Beach.“The project has been specifically designed with these buyers in mind, giving them everything they have in a home in terms of size and storage, convenience and security.” Designed by BDA Architects, the project offers views over the park to Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.It is also close to surrounding cafes and restaurants in the area and is a short stroll to Nobbys Beach.Prices for the apartments start at $1.895 million with five left to sell. Elysium at Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHoward Group managing director Mark Howard described the apartments as “irreplaceable”. Mr Howard said the beachside development was attracting mostly locals who loved the area.“The inquiry has been to date from locals downsizing — they don’t want to renovate and they do not want to move from Mermaid Beach,” Mr Howard said. Elysium at Mermaid Waters, which will have nine beachside apartments, is due to be finished by May 2018.CONSTRUCTION on a collection of luxury Mermaid Beach apartments is due to be finished next month.The Howard Group is developing the site at 13 Montana Rd, called Elysium.It will have nine apartments, including a penthouse, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, and two carparks.center_img Elysium at Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

Jailed FL mom says she ‘had no idea’ she left babies in car

first_imgAs temperatures rise this summer, there have been a string of tragic deaths involving children being left in automobiles throughout the US.A Florida mom is now behind bars after leaving her 7-week-old daughter and 2-year-old son in a vehicle parked in her driveway.She reportedly told deputies she “had no idea” she’d left her two young children.Andrea Michelle Cole, 35, was arrested Monday after Manatee County deputies found the infant and crying boy inside the car.Police were initially called to the family home on reports of a domestic disturbance.At the scene, deputies reportedly found loose prescription pills, open liquor bottles, and used diapers.It is also reported that the family had the children in poor living conditions with no edible food.Cole appeared in court Tuesday and told the judge she loved her children and denied not having food for them.As of Tuesday, she remains in jail on child neglect charges.No other information is available at this time.Related content:Two-year-old found dead in Parking lot of an Oakland Park day care centerlast_img read more