Listen To Kyle Hollingsworth’s New End-Of-Summer Jam, ‘So Fine’ [Premiere]

first_imgJust a couple months ago, The String Cheese Incident announced a brand new studio project called the SCI Sound Lab. As guitarist Michael Kang explained to us in an interview, the Sound Lab was the band’s first-ever studio owned and operated entirely by themselves; a creative space for SCI and its band members to not only create and produce new music, but to release said music to the fans with immediacy.Among the band’s members, none has taken more of a shining to the Sound Lab than Kyle Hollingsworth. The keyboardist has worked on a number of singles with SCI, and released a series of his own solo band music through the new creative space. Hollingsworth has had a prolific summer, sharing fun songs like the Grateful Dead inspired “Tumbling” and the funky “Let Me In.”Today, we’re delighted to share the third and final in Kyle’s Summer Sounds From The Lab playlist series. Titled “So Fine,” the keyboardist tells us about the inspiration behind the track: “This is a song that KHB worked up in the new SCI Sound Lab. I grabbed Keith Moseley to help finish up the lyrics. It’s a bit of a happy-end-of-summer tune. Yes…Sorry…Sometimes I write happy songs.”Listen to the premiere of “So Fine,” streaming below exclusively via L4LM.The String Cheese Incident finished their summer tour last night at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, and will spend the next few months working in the studio before their Hulaween festival in Live Oak, FL from October 27-30. The band’s only other scheduled tour dates for 2016 are a New Years run at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, CO, as the group aims to work on creating new music throughout the rest of the year. Of course, Kyle Hollingsworth has a few dates of his own on the books, including his annual Hoppy Holidays benefit on December 3rd! Information about that Conscious Alliance event can be found here.As a bonus, here’s Kyle telling fans about his new single!last_img read more


Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Makes A Grand, Phish-Laced Red Rocks Debut With Oteil Burbridge [Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images [Video: nugs.tv]“Feel Like A Stranger”[Video: wspanicbrad]“Harry Hood” Jam [Video: wspanicbrad]After an a capella chorus ahead of a big close to “I Know You Rider”, a dramatic and heavy buildup segued into “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” As the group accelerated to close out the show, the band was totally dialed in, and the song was characterized by pristine vocals from Scott and both Tom and Marco in truly proper form during each of their solos. Scott led the song into a “Night In Tunisia” jam with his own meticulous solo, eventually leading into the jazzy and worldly tune originally by Dizzy Gillespie, while Tom Hamilton riffed off this vibe, offering teases of “Estimated Prophet.” As some light drizzle began to fall, the jam picked up an eerie and smooth tone, eventually building into yet another Phish tune—this time in the form of “Stash”—before landing back into the refrain of “The Greatest Story Ever Told.”For the crown jewel of their show, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead closed out their second set with one of the most excellent renditions of “Morning Dew” this relatively young writer has ever heard. Tom Hamilton’s voice was powerful and heart-wrenching, causing goosebumps for many in the crowd. After Tom’s soaring guitar solo, the band moved into the song’s quiet interlude, and the 9,500 person venue was nearly silent. While swells of cheers and subsequent “shhhs” characterized the reaction from the crowd for the end of the song, when it was quiet, you could hear a pin drop in the large outdoor amphitheatre, making for a truly mystical moment between Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and their fans in attendance. With Marco adding his own ornamental glissandos, eventually, just Marco and Tom remained for their own gorgeous duet to close out the show, just as the rain truly started to pour.“Morning Dew”[Video: wspanicbrad]“Morning Dew” was a beyond powerful way to end their show, and Joe Russo followed this by giving thanks to the fans and especially to their bassist Dave Dreiwitz who could not be attendance for the show, noting “There’s no way in fucking hell we’d be here without him.” Coming up on their strict 11:30 curfew fast, the ensemble returned with an a capella rendition of the traditional Grateful Dead show closer, “And We Bid You Goodnight,” which again saw Oteil taking on lead scatting duties over the rest of Almost Dead’s tight harmonies and making for a perfect end to a wonderful show.“And We Bid You Goodnight”[Video: Ted Rockwell]To say that Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s headlining debut at Red Rocks last night was special would be an understatement. While Dave Dreiwitz truly was missed, Oteil stepped into his role seamlessly, with those unfamiliar with the band or the bassist unlikely able to realize that he’s not a normal member of the touring unit. While their first scheduled headlining Red Rocks date was postponed, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead had near-perfect weather last night, despite forecasts predicting otherwise, and the rain that started to pour during the last song—their spectacular rendition of “Morning Dew”—caused a reverence across the crowd that made it feel more like a divine message and a planned part of the show than an inconvenience.The first set saw Almost Dead showcasing what sets them apart from other Grateful Dead “cover” bands: an innovative spirit that allows the group to be fearless with their transitions and in the setlists they compile, with the medley-like first set emphasizing their musicality and creativity. The second set and its Phish teases showed the group’s willingness to play and interact with the crowd, as Almost Dead has drawn in many fans with their ability to be superb musicians without taking themselves seriously to the point of being solemn, instead focusing on everyone, musicians included, having a good time and that spirit of joint camaraderie. And that “Morning Dew,” well, that speaks for itself.You can check out the full setlist from Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Red Rocks debut below, courtesy of Peter Costello, as well as check out a full gallery of gorgeous pictures from last night below, courtesy of Bill McAlaine.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017Set One: Jam -> Here Comes Sunshine @ > Ruben & Cherise -> Jam -> Mama Tried, New Speedway Boogie # -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> New Speedway Jam -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Dancing In The Streets $ -> New Speedway Reprise % -> Box Of Rain ^ (OB), He’s Gone & -> Truckin’ -> Born Cross Eyed JamSet Two: Jack Straw > Feel Like A Stranger * -> Harry Hood Jam + -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven -> The Wheel @@ ->  There Is A Mountain ## > I Know You Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told $$, Morning DewEncore: We Bid You Goodnight %%@ – With a “Sex Machine” (James Brown) Tease (MB), a “La Di Da Di” (Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick) Tease (MB)# – Unfinished$ – With Music Never Stopped Teases (TH), an unknown Tease (MB), New Speedway Teases & lyrics, a “Memphis Soul Stew” (King Curtis) Tease (OB), “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson) Teases (SM & MB).% – First split New Speedway^ – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)& – With Truckin & Tennessee Jed Teases (TH) & a “Humdinger” (WOLF) tease (SM) – I think* – Unfinished+ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Phish Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost [email protected]@ – First verse sung in 11, with an “In With the In Crowd” (Ramsey Lewis) Jam, a “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Tease (MB)## – Donovan Cover, Instrumental with 2 choruses only sung, First Time Played By Almost Dead. Basis for the Allman Bros “Mountain Jam” but closer to the original Donovan version.$$ – With a “Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie) Jam, an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH) & a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM)%% – A cappella at their positions with vocal mics, not at the front of the stage Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead made its highly anticipated headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. Almost Dead’s Red Rocks performance has been a long time coming. The group composed of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and Dave Dreiwitz was initially supposed to make their first headlining appearance at the famed Colorado venue at the end of April, though unfavorable weather forced their show to be moved indoors to the 1st Bank Center and prompted their Red Rocks date to be rescheduled for later in the summer. Unfortunately, bassist Dave Dreiwitz was on tour with Ween and unavailable for the new date, though the Grateful Dead-inspired ensemble found a worthy replacement in Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge. After many months of anticipation, Almost Dead certainly did not disappoint for their headlining Red Rocks show, putting on a truly exemplary performance for the sold-out crowd that also saw the group heavily tease Phish, ahead of the Vermont quartet’s annual three-night run at Dick’s Sporting Good Park that starts tonight.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]Oteil Burbridge Opens Up About Playing With Joe Russo’s Almost DeadWithout any supporting acts—which is a relative rarity for most Red Rocks shows—Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took the stage around 8 pm, opening the show up with a soft and melodic intro by Benevento on the baby grand. As the rest of the group joined it, the low-volume and jazzy intro sped up into “Here Comes Sunshine.” The song, given the circumstances of the cancellation of their previously slated Red Rocks appearance, was an appropriate choice, particularly when considering that rain had haunted the day, though cleared for the start of the show. After the first verse, Metzger took the first guitar solo of the night, with his crisp playing leading the charge into the jam’s apex and eliciting hoots and hollers from the crowd. After some truly stellar solo work from Benevento over the smooth grooves offered by Oteil, the group returned to the tight harmonies of “Here Comes Sunshine,” with Russo expertly leading to the close of the song.“Here Comes Sunshine” quickly deteriorated into a discordant and edgy transition with an almost Frank Zappa-esque tone, heavily leaning on eccentric percussion, staccato keys, and aggressive and far-out-there guitar from Tom Hamilton. After Russo reigned the group in from this spacey interlude with a three-hit repetitive rhythm, an abrupt transition led into “Ruben and Cherise,” which similarly danced on the edge of spacey. The song’s jam initially was spacious, though the group tightened up a few moments later, and after a wailing guitar solo by Hamilton, settled into a more propulsive and steady rhythm. “Mama Tried,” featuring Metzger on lead vocals, truly and fully locked the crowd in for the night, with Benevento laying out an upbeat and jubilant solo before passing off the lead to Hamilton and later Metzger, who built the song to its triumphant close.For the rest of the first set, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead offered a thrilling and near non-stop string of seven songs, bringing back and weaving the set’s various numbers across each other. Starting out with the slinky “New Speedway Boogie,” the crowd packed into the natural amphitheater was particularly and predictably vocal after Tom Hamilton’s lines, “Spend a little time on the mountain / Spend a little time on the hill.” Metzger’s solo during the number was dynamic, at points soulful and at points precise and rhythmic, eventually leading back into the refrain following a huge drum fill from Russo. Benevento was up next, with his feature offering heavy keyboard effects before switching over to the grand piano for that heavily riffed off and winded between Oteil’s steady and powerful bass.As tastes of “The Music Never Stopped” began to materialize out of “New Speedway Boogie,” Joe Russo and Tom Hamilton began to add elements of both songs into their vocal harmonies, moving back and forth between lines of the two numbers during a vocal jam. After briefly jamming through the reprise of “The Music Never Stopped,” the jam segued back into the theme of “New Speedway Boogie.” Russo casually tossed one of his drum sticks behind him with a grin, switching it out with a new one without missing a beat, then led the group in accelerating into “Dancin’ In The Streets.” The disco-tinged tune off 1977’s Terrapin Station was a predictable crowd-pleaser, with the audience all dancing and singing along to the joyful melody.“The Music Never Stopped” > “New Speedway Boogie” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017 | Photo: Bill McAlaine The crowd went wild for this Phish reference, though the group eventually transitioned out of the “Harry Hood” jam and into “China Cat Sunflower.” Twisting the Grateful Dead’s traditional “China Cat” / “I Know You Rider” combo and making it their own, the group worked in “The Eleven,” “The Wheel,” and Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” before entering the well-loved “I Know You Rider” to close off the sequence. Ahead of “Rider,” during “The Wheel,” again Joe Russo’s Almost Dead teased a Phish tune, working in tastes of “Bathtub Gin” and giving the song some proper love before returning to “The Wheel” and slowly and steadily jamming into the group’s debut of “There Is A Mountain,” featuring Joe Russo taking on lead vocal duties for the Donovan cover. “There Is A Mountain” was also an appropriate nod to their bassist for the evening, Oteil Burbridge, considering that the tune served as the basis for Allman Brothers’ “Mountain Jam” and Oteil largely came into the spotlight during his tenure with ABB. From “There Is A Mountain,” an urgent build led into “I Know You Rider,” always a popular choice in Colorado with its lines referencing the “cool Colorado rain” and one that has frequently been played during Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s stops in the state.“The Wheel” with teases of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin” and Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain”[Video: wspanicbrad]“There Is A Mountain” > “I Know You Rider” Eventually, “Dancin’ In The Streets” morphed into a swirling and cascading jam housing dynamic interplay across Hamilton, Benevento, and Metzger, which again echoed hints of “The Music Never Stopped”. Oteil too got his time to shine during the jam, stepping forward during a sudden change in melody with his teases of King Curtis’ “Memphis Soul Stew” for a jazzier segment with him and Benevento at the helm. A percussive transition featuring spritely key ornamentations from Marco eventually thinned out, become sparse before leading back into the refrain of “Dancin’.” As the volume dropped and faded to a whisper, the group returned to “New Speedway Boogie,” initially keeping the volume low before the band brought it back up and coasted on the song’s mellow groove. The song slowly transitioned back out of “New Speedway,” Almost Dead faked out the audience with wisps of “Uncle John’s Band,” before Metzger picked up a slide for the start of “Box of Rain” and Oteil stepped to the mic. As always, people love when any a band will “Let Oteil Sing” (and for good reason), and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead certainly did a fine job of giving Oteil his proper time as lead vocalist. His voice was beautiful, clear, and soulful, with the sounds from the ensemble filled the amphitheater with a full and wholly complete sound.“He’s Gone” was classified by strong vocals from Hamilton, shimmering keys, and a powerful bass line. Scott and Marco both kicked into their own roaring solos during the tune, which also worked in teases of “Truckin’” and “Tennessee Jed.” As the expansive and complex first set stretched on—it ended up clocking in at around two hours—”He’s Gone” held a fake-out ending, with the group holding a long-pause, which elicited massive cheers from the audience, before picking back up into the tune. For the song’s a capella close, again, Oteil stepped to the mic, using a high-register falsetto to scat the lines of “He’s Gone” over the tight harmonies laid down by the rest of the crew—the subsequent vocal jam saw the a capella rendition of “He’s Gone” intertwine with the lyrics, “One way or another, this darkness has got to give,” again bringing back in “New Speedway Boogie,” which was a theme across the first set. Rather than return to “New Speedway Boogie” in full, a huge transitional jam led into the set-closing song, “Truckin’.” Metger shined during his solo with a perfect mix of pristine guitar work but loose improvisation, eventually with his playing gaining a more rhythmic focus and teases of “The Other One” before a dramatic build led to the frenetic and energized close to the first set, with Joe Russo front and center and masterfully milking the song and the set’s close.After introducing the members of the band, including introducing Oteil as “the wonder of the world,” Joe Russo and the rest of Almost Dead took a short set break. After the massive, extended first set, fans were reeling from the medley-like second half that wove and revisited the themes of the final six songs of the set. For their return, the second set started out with “Jack Straw,” featuring a spirited opening solo from Tom Hamilton. The dramatic and slowed-down close to “Jack Straw” made an abrupt change into “Feel Like A Stranger,” and a spacious and airy jam was born from the disco-esque tune, though the segment remained grounded by the heavy groove laid out by the all-star rhythm section. As the jam become steadier and borderline trance-y, things began to get a little bit Phish-y, much to the delight of the audience, particularly considering that rumors had been circulating that Trey Anastasio had sound-checked with the band earlier in the day. With Phish’s annual Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park kicking off today, Almost Dead gave an appropriate nod to the many Phish fans catching the Almost Dead show while in town for Phish Dick’s, making a sudden change into an instrumental “Harry Hood” jam, marking the first time the ensemble has ever played the staple Phish tune.“Jack Straw”last_img read more


Mike Dillon Announces New Album, Shares Title Track “BONOBO” [Listen]

first_imgToday, Mike Dillon has announced a brand new album, Bonobo Bonobo, due out next Friday, December 21st. The percussion wizard’s surprise album will coincide with his upcoming winter tour, and was recorded in New Orleans with a collective he calls The Mallet Men—essentially an extended version of his core touring vehicle, The Mike Dillon Band.Produced by bandmate Nathan Lambertson, Bonobo Bonobo is available for download now via Dillon’s label, Royal Potato Family and out on all digital music portals next Friday, December 21. You can listen to the album’s title track now:Having been a member of Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs, and Critters Buggin, and serving as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool, and Ani DiFranco, Mike Dillon has an impressive toolbelt of musicians featured on the new album,Bonobo Bonobo will feature guest appearances from Stanton Moore (Galactic), Tiffany Lamson(Givers), Doug Belote (Jerry Douglas),  James Singleton (Nolatet), Brendan Bull and Ari Kohn (Brass Lighting), G. Maxwell(Miranda Lambert), Cliff Hines (Rickie Lee Jones) and Evan Oberla (O.A.R.).As the press release notes about the forthcoming surprise album:As for the artist himself, Dillon considers ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ to be a punk rock record, and undoubtedly, every song on this thirteen-song set backs up that sentiment. His vocals are direly manic and slightly twisted, as he howls and growls like the late, great D. Boon about backstabbing friends (“Shit Talker”), being repulsed by a certain White House resident (“Orange Julius Caesar”) and a take on his own career success, the manically, self-aware (“Big Ass Fish”). The Mallet Men compliment Dillon with exquisite performances, the group being committed to his style-shifting attack, and all being exceptional players in their own right.Ultimately, though, ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ may be best summed up within this context: in his autobiography, ‘Commando,’ Johnny Ramone wrote that he “wrote the book on punk.” In fact, Ramone would double-down on that declaration: “I decide what’s punk. If I’m driving a Cadillac, it’s punk,” he wrote. After decades of operating according to his own blueprint, it’s hard not to think that ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ is truly Mike Dillon’s Cadillac. Beginning with his artistic vision and carrying through in his songs, Mike Dillon is an artist of remarkable creativity, galvanized by his independence and guided by fearless spirit and soul.MIKE DILLON BAND / Tour Schedule12/27 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live *12/28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *12/29 – Portland, ME – Aura *12/30 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *12/31 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium TempleLive *1/2 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room1/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founder’s Brewing1/4 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s Blue Moon Cafe1/5 – Kansas City, MO – The Ship1/6 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf **1/8 – Austin, TX – One-2-One Bar1/11 – New Orleans, LA – D.B.A.1/12 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s1/27 – Pensacola, FL – Chizuko ***1/29 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House ^1/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s ^1/31 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^1/1 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub ^2/2 – Miami, FL – Blackbird Ordinary ^2/4 – Carbondale, IL – Longbranch ***2/7 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s #2/8 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom #2/9 – Telluride, CO – The Liberty2/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Center for Divine Awakening2/12 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s2/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Library Room at The Mayfair Hotel2/14 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room2/15 – Talent, OR – Talent Club2/16 – Portland, OR – Jack London Revue2/17 – Zig Zag, OR – Skyway Bar and Grill* w/ Clutch** w/ Ten Hands*** Solo^ w/ Marco Benevento# w/ Greyboy AllstarsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more


Two named to lead Overseers

first_imgMartin Chávez ’85, S.M. ’85, an investment banker, computer scientist, and entrepreneur, has been elected president of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers for the 2020–21 academic year. Beth Karlan ’78, M.D. ’82, a physician and scientist with expertise in cancer genetics and women’s health, will serve as vice chair of the board’s executive committee.Both elected as Overseers in 2015, Chávez and Karlan will serve in the board’s top leadership roles for the final year of their six-year terms. They succeed Michael Brown ’83, J.D. ’88, co-founder, past CEO, and now senior adviser of the public-service organization City Year, and Lesley Friedman Rosenthal ’86, J.D. ’89, chief operating officer and corporate secretary of The Juilliard School.“Marty Chávez and Beth Karlan are widely admired leaders and deeply dedicated alumni,” said President Larry Bacow. “Marty’s expertise in technology and finance, and Beth’s expertise in biomedical research and health care promise to serve Harvard especially well in these challenging times. We are fortunate to have two such experienced and devoted Harvard citizens to lead the board. I look forward to working even more closely with both of them during the next academic year.”The Board of Overseers is one of Harvard’s two governing boards, along with the President and Fellows, also known as the Corporation. The board directs the visitation process, the primary means for periodic external assessment of Harvard’s schools and departments. Through its array of standing committees, and the roughly 50 visiting committees that report to them, the board probes the quality of Harvard’s programs and assures that the University remains true to its charter as a place of learning. More generally, drawing on its members’ diverse experience and expertise, the board provides counsel to the University’s leadership on priorities, plans, and strategic initiatives. It also has the power of consent to certain actions, such as the election of Corporation members.Marty Chavez ’85, S.M. ’85, has been elected president of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers for the 2020–21 academic year.Chávez has built his career on using data, mathematics, software, and machine learning to solve complex problems for clients and others. He recently retired from Goldman Sachs, where he served in senior roles, including chief information officer, chief financial officer, and global co-head of the securities division, the firm’s largest operating unit. During nearly two decades at Goldman Sachs, where he remains a senior director, Chávez was also a member of the management committee, co-chair of the Americas Diversity Committee, and a leading member of the firm’s Hispanic/Latino and LGBT networks. This spring, he is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching a course on “How Software Ate Finance.” Earlier in his career, Chávez was co-founder and CEO of Kiodex, a provider of digital risk-management tools, and co-founder and chief technology officer of Quorum Software Systems.“It is an immense honor to be elected president of the Board of Overseers,” said Chávez. “Harvard transformed me and guided me from my roots in New Mexico to the worlds of finance, technology, bioscience, and academe from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Under the extraordinary leadership of President Larry Bacow, and alongside the members of the governing boards, administration, faculty, students, and alumni, I will do my part to guide the University through and beyond this most challenging time.”As a Harvard Overseer, Chávez chairs the board’s standing committee on finance, administration, and management, while serving on the executive committee, the committee on natural and applied sciences, and the joint committee on inspection. He has also chaired the visiting committee for information technology and served on the visiting committee for the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Chávez, who concentrated in biochemical sciences, received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1985 and concurrently earned a master’s degree in computer science. He went on to receive a Ph.D. in medical-information sciences from Stanford.In addition to his Harvard Overseer service, Chávez is a member of the Stanford Medicine Board of Fellows, the board of trustees of the Institute for Advanced Study, and the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Previously, he served on the boards of Friends of the High Line, amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research), and the Santa Fe Opera, among other organizations.Since retiring from Goldman Sachs, Chávez has served as an adviser and board member to multiple startups and projects, including the Digital Dollar Project, Paige, RealityEngines, and Recursion Pharma.Beth Karlan ’78, M.D. ’82, will serve as vice chair of the board’s executive committee.Beth Karlan is a distinguished physician-scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she joined the faculty in 1989. A professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, with special interests in heritable forms of cancer, she directs the cancer population genetics program at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. She is also vice chair of women’s health research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geffen School. Until 2018, she was director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, director of the Women’s Cancer Program, and director of the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.“In these unprecedented times, I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with Harvard’s leadership and my colleagues on the Board of Overseers to help identify innovative ways for Harvard to continue advancing its commitment to scholarship, leadership and education of the highest caliber,” said Karlan. “As a physician-scientist and caregiver, I bring my clinical experience and perspective to our discussions of strategies that support students’ personal transformation and promote their wellness — especially in the midst of this pandemic.”As a Harvard Overseer, Karlan chairs the board’s standing committee on natural and applied sciences and additionally serves on the executive committee, the committee on Schools, the College, and continuing education, and the joint committee on alumni affairs and development. She is also member of the visiting committees for both Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Karlan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1978 and received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1982. Long an active alumna, she is former vice president of the HMS Alumni Council and past chair of the HMS Alumni Fund Committee.An authority on cancer genetics, with a focus on ovarian, breast, and other heritable cancers, she is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications, editor of several medical textbooks, and editor in chief of the journals Gynecologic Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology Reports.An elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, Karlan serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board, chairs the scientific advisory committee of the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, and is past president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. Her work has been recognized with the National Cancer Institute’s Director’s Service Award and the OncLive Giants of Cancer Care award, among other honors. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more


Five Ways to Accelerate Your Data Analytics Journey

first_imgYou’ve been collecting great data, yet how much of it falls on the virtual floor? Most organizations can capture data from the Internet of Things, corporate systems, social media and other sources, but haven’t quite mastered turning that data into business value. This is a point underscored in a new report from Prowess Consulting that is focused on accelerating the data analytics journey.“Your organization is awash in data, arriving from different sources, in different formats, and destined for different uses,” the report notes. “And most data is never analyzed or used.”On the upside, Prowess notes that organizations do want to take full advantage of all their data by putting sophisticated analytics and artificial intelligence to work to extract valuable business insights from all those bits and bytes. But how do you get there?A good first step is to start with this report, sponsored by Dell EMC and Intel®. In the report, Prowess offers straightforward guidance on five overarching steps your organization can take to gain more value from all that data piling up on your enterprise and cloud servers.Here’s a quick version of the story.1. Take a holistic view of your data lifecycle.Step back and look at your whole data lifecycle, from creation to archiving. Think in terms of optimizing across the continuum, beginning at the edge, where data is created, and reaching all the way to the end, to the archival stage.2. Focus on optimizing data early in its lifecycle.Take control of data starting at its point of origin, from remote cameras, the Internet of Things and more. As much as possible, compress it, shape it and process it before bringing it into your system. This front-end work can reduce the amount of data you need to transmit, store, protect and archive.3. Rethink staging.Think differently about server memory and storage, because Intel® Optane™ technology may be able to bridge those two worlds. For example, you can now put large amounts of non-volatile data on the memory bus right by the processor. Rather than thinking about storing data, think about pre-positioning it to get it in the right place and the right format and on the right media.4. Create a scalable, flexible infrastructure for analytics and AI.Don’t wed yourself to a particular framework or algorithm. And don’t get stuck with hardware that can do only one thing. Break down the infrastructure and analytics silos. Build cloud-like, multipurpose, HPC infrastructure that can run AI workloads alongside other workloads.5. Prepare for AI and ML everywhere.Think of AI as a valuable tool for optimizing data across your business. Use intelligent edge devices to preprocess data using pattern matching. Use AI to identify suspicious traffic in your network. Don’t think of AI as a destination for your data at the end of its lifecycle. Think about AI being everywhere.Moving forwardDell EMC and Intel offers solutions for each step in the process of accelerating your data analytics journey. These offerings extend from intelligent edge devices to PowerEdge servers to new Dell EMC Ready Solutions for HPC and AI that provide all the hardware, software and services you need to get a deep learning solution up and running quickly. The Prowess report highlights many of these offerings, and explains how you can put them to use to accelerate your data analytics journey.To learn moreFor the full story, read the Prowess white paper “Accelerating Your Data Analytics Journey.”Be part of the Intel® AI Builders ecosystem of industry leading independent software vendors, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers, and enterprise end users who have a shared mission to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence across Intel platforms.Join the conversation @dellemcserverslast_img read more


Biden team pitches US on big virus aid as Senate starts work

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Senators launched an all-night vote session laying groundwork on President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, as the White House is increasingly focused on selling the plan directly to voters. Biden’s administration has done 60-plus interviews with national TV and radio shows. There have been spots on local TV news and briefings last week with more than 50 groups. One of the main goals is to stop people from getting bogged down in the tangle of partisan deal-making and convince them that every penny of the $1.9 trillion package is needed. Senators are voting on a budget resolution to set the contours of the final bill. One provision seeks to limit which Americans will qualify for $1,400 direct payments.last_img read more


Fiddler’s Samantha Massell on Shower Songs, Late-Night Snacks & More

first_img Related Shows View Comments Age: 25Hometown: New York, NYCurrent Role: A standout performance as Hodel, Tevye’s second oldest daughter, who falls for a radical, young man in Broadway’s new revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Stage and Screen Cred: Massell has appeared on the New York stage in the ensemble of Broadway’s La Boheme and two shows at Encores! (Little Me and It’s A Bird…It’s A Plane…It’s Superman). Her regional credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame at both La Jolla and the Paper Mill Playhouse, and Aladdin, Into the Woods and Bye Bye Birdie all at the MUNY. Fiddler on the Roof Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more


Butterflies in the Garden

first_imgButterfly gardens are a lot of fun but require a little planning. To ensure asuccessful garden, first consider the butterfly’s needs.Butterflies prefer to rest and feed in full sunshine, which means 10 or more hours ofsunlight per day in June. Water, resting places and food sources for caterpillars areimportant considerations.Putting larger plants to the rear and smaller ones up front makes sense. To make thegarden even more interesting, put a butterfly feeding-dish stand or birdbath where you caneasily see it.A small bench or outdoor chair nearby will make the butterfly garden a great morning orevening resting spot.Pay close attention not only to plants’ height, but to their vigor. As an example, Lantanacamera ‘Miss Huff’ and butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’) canbecome four-foot-wide bushes! Planted too close, these “towers with flowers” cancrowd out neighboring plants.Examples of troublesome, spreading butterfly plants include Monarda, Physostegia andLysmachia.The goal of any butterfly garden is to attract butterflies. Since butterfliesespecially need nectar in hot weather, selecting heat-tolerant, nectar-producing plants isimportant.Purple coneflower (Echinaceae purpurea) and Lantana are two types of butterflyattractors which produce nectar even in the hottest, longest droughts.Pick a combination of nectar plants for season-long bloom. The 1994 Georgia Gold Medalselection ‘Homestead Purple’ verbena will flush in early spring. And Helianthusangustifolia will bloom profusely in September. These plants can extend the nectarseason for very early and late-season butterflies such as zebra swallowtails andfrittilaries.Green food sources for caterpillars are vital to keep strong butterfly populations.Ornamental fennel, the favorite food of our eastern black swallowtail, is easy to grow.Dill, garden fennel, carrot and parsley do well, too. Common butterfly weed, or Asclepiastuberosa, is a good food source. Add these to your garden to encourage morecaterpillars.Butterflies need water and like places to rest and warm up. Add large flat rocks toyour garden. Or fill a birdbath with sand and then add water until the sand glistens.Another fun thing you can do is put pieces of fruit, old or fresh, on top of the sand.Old watermelon, cantaloupe, banana, apple and pear attract butterflies like magnets.The single most important thing you can do to grow healthy plants for butterflies isprepare your garden soil. The goal is to have well-drained soil with lots of organicmatter.Turn the soil 12 inches deep over the entire area. Add several bushels of compost, pinebark or manure, and turn the soil again. Your plants will thrive in this type of soil.Fertilize your garden the day you plant with an even sprinkling of 10-10-10 fertilizer(about one pound per 1,000 square feet). Water it in thoroughly. Apply again every threeweeks until July 1.Avoid getting fertilizer on plant flowers and leaves. It may burn them. Weedoccasionally to cut down on competition for nutrients.Common sense dictates that anything used to kill bugs won’t be suitable for a butterflygarden. A few chewed leaves is a small price to pay for lots of butterflies.After a killing frost, let your plants dry down naturally. Around Christmas, cut woodybushes such as buddleia and ‘Miss Huff’ lantana to six inches high.Set your lawn mower blade on high (three inches or so) and mow the entire garden exceptthe woody bushes. Leave the debris on the ground and cover with an inch or two of freshpine straw. Mound leaves around the bush trunks.Your garden will look neat all winter, and your perennials will emerge just fine nextspring.last_img read more


Farms damaged by Irene encouraged to apply for emergency financing help, no payments first year

first_imgIn recent weeks, many Vermont hurricane- and tropical storm-damaged businesses have sought emergency financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA).  In addition, VEDA wants to make sure Vermont farmers also take full advantage of the special financing assistance. ‘On August 28th, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the immediate availability of up to $10 million in special low-interest VEDA financing for Vermont businesses and farms who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.  ‘While we’ve been receiving numerous applications for financing assistance from flood-damaged commercial businesses, we are concerned that Vermont farms damaged by Irene may not be completely aware of resources that are available to them,’ Bradley said.  Additional financing for the emergency program, enabling the Authority to offer the lowest-possible interest rates, was approved by the State’s Emergency Board on September 13th. ‘We understand affected Vermont farms are still assessing the damages they sustained as a result of this terrible storm,’ said Bradley.  ‘We encourage farmers to contact us as soon as they are able to.’ Emergency agricultural financing for farms damaged by Irene is available through VEDA’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC).  The maximum loan size under the program is $100,000.  The interest rate on the emergency VACC financing is 1% for the first two years with no payments required during the first year. At the beginning of the third year, the rate will adjust to the VACC Prime variable index.  VACC financing is available for a variety of farm losses and damage attributable to Irene, including crop supplies, seed, livestock, fertilizer, machinery and equipment, fuel, lost inventory, and storm-related repairs to land, buildings and machinery.  Applications will be reviewed and loans approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted.  For more information, or to apply on-line, please visit www.veda.org(link is external), or email [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more


Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Rico

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The number of jurisdictions pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewables keeps growing. Puerto Rico looks to be next, with a late November plan from the island’s governor and a proposal before the legislature both calling for 100 percent renewables by 2050. In October, a diverse group of clean energy advocates also published a proposal, “Queremos Sol,” that outlines a path to all-renewables by the same year.Agreement on the territory’s energy system seems to have coalesced around a renewable portfolio standard and timeline. “I can’t think of any entity that’s said it’s opposed to 100 percent renewables by 2050. That certainly is progress,” said Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), which contributed to the Queremos Sol report. “That’s a consensus that didn’t exist before the hurricane.”It’s taken months to get to this point. And while the long-term vision seems to have been clarified, stakeholders remain divided on short-term goals. “What the problem is, and what we need to be careful about, is how different organizations and groups propose to get there,” said Ruth Santiago, a lawyer at local environmental group Comité Diálogo Ambiental and a contributor to the Queremos Sol report.In its August fiscal plan, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said it was looking to convert some plants to burn natural gas and that it would cost $500 million to build a liquefied natural gas import terminal. When the utility’s current CEO, José Ortiz, came aboard, he said natural gas would support a future with more renewables. PREPA did not respond to requests for comment about the proposed RPS, but in its fiscal plan the utility lays out a path to a generation mix in 2023 that’s 32 percent solar and wind and 41 percent gas.The group of engineers, environmentalists and clean energy advocates who wrote the Queremos Sol proposal are pushing for integration of renewables now. Santiago said investing in natural gas in the short term might be “disastrous” and will likely impede investment in solar.“Renewable energy and storage technologies are available now,” said Kunkel. “And if your goal is to get to 100 percent renewables by 2050, you should start investing in them now. The most important challenges are going to be what investment decisions get made in the next few years. Most of Puerto Rico’s power plants are old and [need] to be replaced in any event. What they get replaced with really matters in terms of what type of fuel infrastructure you’re locking yourself into for the next several decades,” she added.More: Inside Puerto Rico’s quest for 100% renewables: A clash over natural gas Battle brews over short-term energy investment plans in Puerto Ricolast_img read more