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Let’s talk climate change

first_imgIn a speech on climate change delivered during her visit to China last month, Harvard President Drew Faust described the problem as “a struggle, not with nature, but with ourselves.”During Climate Week April 6-10, Harvard will take a long look at the ongoing struggle to find man-made solutions to this man-made problem. Spearheaded by the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE), next week’s events will feature everything from informal breakfasts with climate scientists to more traditional lectures by prominent experts to social and literary gatherings inspired by the Earth’s biggest environmental conundrum.HUCE Director Daniel Schrag, the Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and professor of environmental science and engineering, said the week presents an opportunity for members of the Harvard community to engage on the issue, discuss, and learn.“I deeply believe that climate is an issue that affects every part of the University. Scholars in every School have something to contribute to the problem of climate change,” Schrag said. “Everybody’s perspective matters. That’s at the core of the philosophy of the Center for the Environment.”The center is taking a lead role in organizing the events, but Schrag credited the idea to John and Natty McArthur University Professor Rebecca Henderson, co-director of Harvard Business School’s Business and Environment Initiative.“Dan and I have been talking for some time about how best to highlight both the urgency of climate change as a problem and the huge array of exciting work that’s going on across Harvard to address it,” Henderson said. “And we thought an event like Climate Week might be an ideal way to accomplish both objectives and to simultaneously generate excitement and engagement across the campus.”During her March 17 speech at China’s Tsinghua University, Faust, who has identified climate change as a major priority for the University and who will host a panel discussion on the topic April 13, said that universities have a key role to play in “what must become an energy and environmental revolution” if the problem is to be solved.At Harvard, action on climate change spans the University community. Students can choose from 243 courses offered on energy, sustainability, or the environment, and they have the option of studying a new secondary field in energy and the environment. Faculty members teach and conduct research, with 239 engaged in energy or environmental research and affiliated with HUCE. Staff members are also helping the University become more sustainable in its own operations.In February, the president’s office announced seven grants from the Climate Change Solution Fund, established in 2014, for projects by faculty members and graduate students. Those projects investigate reducing food waste, which amounts to 40 percent of our food supply; extreme weather expected in a climate-changed world; low-carbon energy strategies for China, the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter; advances in transforming solar energy to fuel; regulatory controls to reduce air pollution in India; and the economic impediments to the use of biofuels.In her China speech, Faust highlighted another climate change-related initiative, the new Center for Green Buildings and Cities at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Headed by Ali Malkawi, professor of architectural technology, the center is seeking design and material solutions that will foster a new generation of green buildings and, on a larger scale, urban centers.At Harvard Law School, faculty members are debating President Barack Obama’s proposed power plant rules, which aim to reduce greatly the carbon dioxide emissions from existing facilities. Two of the nation’s top environmental lawyers, Jody Freeman, the Archibald Cox Professor of Law and director of the School’s Environmental Law Program, and Richard Lazarus, the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, have posted online rebuttals to constitutional scholar and Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence Tribe’s contention that the proposed rules are unconstitutional.“The most important action on U.S. climate policy right now is happening in the legal domain. … Not surprisingly, every EPA rule on climate has been challenged in the courts. Defending the legality of these rules is absolutely critical to successfully addressing climate change domestically,” Freeman said. “And as scholars at Harvard Law School, we have an opportunity to play an important role explaining the legal implications of these rules.”Climate Week will provide a gateway to the ongoing and multifaceted conversation around climate change for members of the Harvard community, and seeks to convey, if nothing else, that everyone’s efforts, perspective, and expertise are needed, Schrag said.“It’s a week when there are opportunities for everybody at Harvard to participate in an event on climate change in some way and find that there’s something relevant to them, that they have a voice, that they have a role to play,” he said.last_img read more

Big Badgers use size, reputation to fuel play-action

first_imgScott Tolzien and the Badgers have used play-fakes to great advantage so far this year, providing an extra dimension to the offense that strengthens the always strong Wisconsin power running game[/media-credit]The situation: third down, two yards to go, Wisconsin is driving with under seven minutes to play in the second quarter against Arizona State. UW is in a big-I formation, just one receiver split right, with its big running back John Clay in the backfield, behind its even bigger 6-foot-5, 307-lb. fullback, Ryan Groy. The Badgers are a running team. The Badgers will run the ball here.Wrong.Offensive coordinator Paul Chryst calls for a play-action pass, and quarterback Scott Tolzien finds a wide-open Lance Kendricks, who picks up 34 yards and the first down. The Badgers will kick a field goal, to pull UW within four points of ASU.Later, with UW clinging to a 20-19 fourth-quarter lead after Jay Valai’s block of an ASU extra point, Wisconsin faces third-and-two again. Convert, and the Badgers can finish running the clock down for a win. Fail, and Wisconsin punts the ball back to an Arizona State offense that moved the ball seemingly at will against the Badgers.Again, it’s Clay in the backfield, with two tight ends in to block. And again, Tolzien fakes the hand-off before finding Kendricks for a first down on the play-action pass, firing the ball to the tight end right as a blitzing Sun Devil dives at his ankles.“Just a good sell,” Kendricks said of the play. “When we were doing it, I was out there making calls and just trying to sell it, because I knew they were coming with a blitz.”Knowing ASU is going to be bringing pressure, it could be considered a gutsy move to send one blocker (Clay) on a run fake and another (Kendricks) on a pass route. Unless you’re Chryst, anyway.“Nah, not really. There aren’t really many calls that are, if guys execute,” he said of that fourth-quarter play.It almost sets up too nicely for Wisconsin. The general perception of the Badgers in the college football world is that they’re going to pound the ball between the tackles with a big, bruising runner like Clay. But if a defense gets too complacent anticipating the run, that’s when a well-executed play-action pass can pay dividends.“Because we run the ball so much, they’re already looking for the run, so I just want to give them what they’ve seen, over and over,” UW center Peter Konz said. “I really take pride in not [changing] anything [on play-action].”But when the Badgers fake the run and go for a pass, it takes a lot of execution on everyone’s part. There are a couple of keys to the play going off without a hitch.“Running the ball well. If you think about it, if you’re running the ball well, your actions have a chance,” Chryst said.“From an offensive line standpoint, staying low; I can’t give it away by starting to pass (block) standing up, because the safeties are really reading it,” Konz said. “A lot of times it’s just the tackles, a safety’s key read is usually the tackles. The tackles stand up, they’re already in coverage.”The biggest individual key against the Sun Devils, though, was Kendricks. The senior captain caught seven balls for 131 yards and a touchdown, as well as the three biggest catches of the game – his touchdown, and two third-down conversions.While Kendricks might get more attention for his hands, until Saturday most of his contributions this season came in the running game. Time after time, Kendricks has laid his 6-foot-4, 241-lb. frame into would-be tacklers so Clay or another of UW’s stable of tailbacks could pick up yardage.“I think it’s fun, I don’t have a problem with blocking, especially if he springs for a big one; I’m more happy than the running back is,” Kendricks said. “It makes the game fun, going out there and blocking, scrappin’ out and all that stuff.”Kendricks’ effectiveness as a blocker helps make him the perfect play-action weapon. Being equally effective in the running and passing game only further adds to the deception required when faking the run.“It’s awesome when you’ve got a tight end when he’s able to block so well, then all of a sudden, is he blocking, is he passing”? Konz said. “It’s kind of like the play-action, you don’t even know because if you thought maybe he was just a passing tight end, then you’d have someone covering him every time. But since they’ve seen him make those big plays and big blocks, then he becomes an even bigger threat.”And since it’s clear Kendricks is one of the Badgers’ biggest weapons in general, it’s worth it to note that Wisconsin was without its biggest receiving threat in Nick Toon for the past two weeks. Receiver David Gilreath has also been out, after sustaining a massive hit and concussion against San Jose State on Sep. 11. With Toon and the speedy Gilreath out of the picture, teams could hypothetically focus on stopping UW’s other main weapons, Clay and Kendricks.But with some good play calling and a little deception, the Badgers have proved they’ll pick up yardage on the ground or through the air, no matter the situation. Adding to that deception is the ability to trot out Groy. Stuck behind senior captain John Moffitt at left guard, the team found an interesting new way to use the redshirt freshman as a blocking fullback, who made his debut against UNLV wearing the No. 47 jersey.As shown by the Badgers multiple times this season, the inclusion of Groy in the formation doesn’t necessarily mean the team is running the ball.“Teams aren’t oblivious that we’ve got a big guy now. We’re three games in and Ryan Groy has been in, just pounding away,” Konz said. “When they see a big guy, their first indication is, ‘okay, they’re going to run, because this guy’s not going out for a pass.’”Chryst was asked if he enjoyed having a giant fullback like Groy as another tool of deception in the play-action game.“You’re giving away all our secrets, man,” Chryst joked. “You do what you do, and you have counters off of it. We’re not splitting the atom.”Simplicity of the play-calling strategy aside, the Badgers have shown they still have the potential to replicate the dynamic offense they showed in 2009, where they averaged over 400 yards a game. Even without two of its top receivers, Wisconsin has given its opponents, at the very least, something to think about when preparing for the Badgers.“Every team’s going to see that on film, too. Not only do they have to account for us to run the ball right up the gut, but they’ve got to be aware of [play-action] as well,” Tolzien said. “Hopefully that just makes us more dynamic as an offense and makes it harder on defenses.”Or, if you’re Konz, you hope the Badgers will just keep it on the ground all game.“It’s (play-action) pretty nice, but as an offensive lineman, I’d rather just pound the ball.”last_img read more

Mansion – launches ‘Are You Ready’ campaign for brand new Casino.com

first_imgShare Submit Share Related Articles Following the rebrand and relaunch of its legacy assets Casino.com this March, online gambling group Mansion has announced that it has launched its supporting Casino.com UK TV advertising campaign.The TV campaign ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ will launch on Monday 24 July on selected Sky UK channels.Commenting on the UK campaign, Mansion marketing detailed that it wanted to create an authentic feel and message for its relaunch of Casino.com, one of the oldest online gambling brands.Shelly Suter-Hadad, Mansion’s Managing Director and COO said, “We’ve intentionally veered away from the elitist, VIP vibe or headache-inducing animation that’s commonplace on screen and are bringing something fun and fresh to the table. The concept is the Casino.com party, and everyone’s invited.”In addition, the advert also stars some company employees; the live dealer is Mansion’s Casino Manager Chris Mousdell with three of the walk on parts casino and VIP team members.“This gave the anticipation and company buzz about the advert all the ignition it needed!  We’re really happy with the final creative and are looking forward to seeing the results.” said Faye Morse, Director of Marketing CommunicationsFurther to its TV campaign, Mansion will support the relaunch of Casino.com by executing a complimentary campaign of branded Casino.com London taxis that will run alongside the advert to further reinforce the message.Casino.com – ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more