Robert Randolph Teaches The History Of Sacred Steel On New Episode Of NPR’s World Cafe

first_imgThere’s no denying that Robert Randolph & The Family Band got soul; it is the title of their newly released album, after all. The group continues to turn head with their energetic performances, and were recently featured on the NPR program World Cafe. There, the band not only plays tracks from the new album, but honors Black History month by laying down tracks from the history of the “sacred steel” genre.Primarily a device of gospel music, sacred steel was passed down through religious traditions throughout the 1900s. It can be heard through a number of tracks that Randolph and his band performs on World Cafe, including Willie Eason with the Campbell Brothers‘ “When The Saints Go Marching In,” Calvin Cooke‘s “No Ways Tired” and Ted Beard‘s “The Train.” Though Randolph has vitalized the tradition for popular consumption, his style never wanders too far from his forefathers, and he certainly relishes the opportunity to explore his roots in the new episode.The episode ends with a performance of “Heaven’s Calling” from the new release, a blistering expression of modern sacred steel. Listen to the full recording below, courtesy of NPR Music.last_img read more

Scourge source

first_imgNew research at Harvard explains how bacterial biofilms expand on teeth, pipes, surgical instruments, and crops.Through experiment and mathematical analysis, researchers have shown that the extracellular matrix (ECM), a mesh of proteins and sugars that can form outside bacterial cells, creates osmotic pressure that forces biofilms to swell and spread. The ECM mechanism is so powerful that it can increase the radius of some biofilms fivefold within 24 hours.The results have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Biofilms, large colonies of bacteria that adhere to surfaces, can be harmful in a wide range of settings, causing tooth decay, hospital infections, agricultural damage, and corrosion. Finding ways to control or eliminate biofilms is a priority for many industries.In order for a biofilm to grow, a group of bacterial cells must first adhere to a surface and then proliferate and spread. When a vast number of cells are present, this can translate into the creation of a filmy surface spanning several meters.“Our work challenges the common picture of biofilms as sedentary communities by showing how cells in a biofilm cooperate to colonize surfaces,” says lead author Agnese Seminara, a research associate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Several types of biofilms have been characterized based on composition and antibiotic resistance, but until now it has not been clear what roles the whiplike flagella and the ECM play in the outward movement of cells.While the presence of a flagellum has traditionally been associated with greater movement capability, the new research has found that a flagellum actually confers little advantage in the formation of biofilms. In the Harvard study, mutant bacteria lacking flagella were able to spread at almost the same rate as the wild-type (natural) ones. Mutants that could not secrete the ECM, however, showed stunted growth.The team of physicists, mathematicians, chemists, and biologists examined the formation of biofilms in Bacillus subtilis, a type of rod-shaped bacteria often found in soil. Their focus on this particular species was led by Roberto Kolter, professor of microbiology and immunobiology at Harvard Medical School and an expert on biofilms and the genomics of B. subtilis.“This project establishes a link between the phenotype, the physically observable traits of biofilm growth, and the genetic underpinning that allows spreading to happen in B. subtilis,” said co-principal investigator Michael Brenner, the Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics at SEAS.The researchers had speculated about a possible connection between the biofilm’s quest for nutrition and the process of spreading. Because biofilms absorb nutrients through their exposed surface area, they can only swell vertically to a certain point before the surface-area-to-volume ratio makes it impossible to adequately nourish every cell. At this point, the biofilm must begin to spread outward so that the surface area increases along with the number of cells.The ECM, a complex mesh of proteins, sugars, and other components outside of the individual cells, holds the key to one aspect of this movement: it apparently increases osmotic pressure within the biofilm.In response to the increased pressure, the biofilm immediately absorbs water from its surroundings, causing the entire mass to swell upward. The final change in the shape of the biofilm is due to a combination of this swelling and the horizontal spreading that follows.Seminara and Brenner created a mathematical model that mirrored many of the team’s physical observations. The model supported the experimental observations; by considering the relationship between swelling and spreading, they were able to find the “critical” time at which horizontal outward motion begins.“This work is led by theoretical predictions which were tested by experiment and proved to be correct,” said co-principal investigator David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at SEAS and co-director of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard. “The results also demonstrate how simple physical principles can provide considerable insight into the behavior of biofilms.”The motion of biofilms represents only a small part of a complex subject. Further research will investigate how biofilms adapt and possibly manipulate their environment. The ultimate goal is to alter biofilms’ behavior to minimize their harmful effects.“The natural question at this point is: do cells actively control biofilm expansion and can they direct it toward desired targets?” said Seminara. “This is a first step toward understanding the striking evolutionary success of these ubiquitous organisms, and it may open the way to unconventional methods of biofilm control.”Seminara, Brenner, and Weitz worked with Thomas Angelini, an assistant professor at the University of Florida and a former member of the Weitz lab; James Wilking, a SEAS research associate in applied chemistry; Senan Ebrahim ’12, an undergraduate at Harvard; and Kolter and Hera Vlamakis of Harvard Medical School.The research was supported by the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard, the Seventh European Community Framework Programme, the National Institutes of Health, and the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, which is supported by the National Science Foundation.The paper is available here.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Lena Hall, Kristin Chenoweth & Amanda Seyfried

first_imgAssume the Position at PermissionBegins May 20 at the Lucille Lortel TheatreMarried couples frequently take inspiration from other married couples. Typically, it involves things like easy dinner ideas and Netflix recommendations. In Robert Askins’ drama Permission, Eric (Justin Bartha) and Cynthia (Elizabeth Reaser) decide to follow their friends’ lead and make Christian Domestic Discipline the basis of their marriage. This kind of marital overhaul—think a new moral code and role-playing—doesn’t come without consequences. You should see what they are. Click for tickets! Celebrate Spring Break, Broadway-StyleMay 21 at the Diamond Horseshoe“Spring break” is a phrase that conjures memories involving warm beer, wife beaters, and regret. In New York, it’s a much different (and far better) story. Broadway the Hardway’s Spring Break Festival features performances from two stars’ kick-ass bands—Lena Hall’s the Deafening and Lauren Worsham’s Sky-Pony—at a terrific indoor venue. And if you want to get into trouble, go for it. Tomorrow is Friday. The week is basically over. Click for tickets! Check in to the Grand HotelMay 24 at 54 BelowCancel your Sunday plans of worrying about Monday! 54 Below hosts a 25th anniversary concert for Grand Hotel, the classic Broadway musical. The best part about 54 Sings Grand Hotel is the talent involved. Tony winner Liliane Montevecchi and Tony nominees Karen Akers, Tim Jerome and Walter Willison—all original cast members—have reserved a room, so to speak. You should too. Two shows only: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Click for tickets! Star Files View Comments Hey you, mixing sinus medication with your iced coffee. We know allergy season is holding you hostage, but you can’t have pollen and his pernicious pals prick your plans. No way! We have Lena Hall and Lauren Worsham rocking out, a Grand Hotel reunion concert and debuts and premieres galore. Forget about blowing your nose. Open your eyes for this week’s picks! Take Two Hit Musicals HomeIn stores and online May 19If you like to collect cast albums, today is like Christmas combined with your birthday added on to the first day of summer. An updated version of Fun Home and an all-new On the Twentieth Century—two Tony-nominated gems—are released today. So grab a hairbrush, call some friends, and get ready to put on a show. Or you can just listen to them quietly on the subway. It’s totally your call. Have a Second Stage SleepoverBegins May 19 at the Tony Kiser TheatreThat master chronicler of modern-day relationships, Neil LaBute, returns to the stage with The Way We Get By. If that doesn’t get you excited, perhaps this will: Thomas Sadoski (a LaBute veteran) and Amanda Seyfried play Beth and Doug, who wake up after a one-night stand having to deal with “love, lust, and the whole damn thing.” Expect crackling dialogue and exquisite performances from the two talented headliners. Click for tickets! Kristin Chenowethlast_img read more

Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda Latest Gig: Star Wars?!

first_img Hamilton from $149.00 View Comments We’ve said that Hamilton maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda has too much on his mind, but does the man listen to us? Thankfully, the answer is a decisive “no.” In addition to the upcoming Disney film Moana, the certified genius has contributed tunes for another highly anticipated movie: freaking Star Wars.While on The Tonight Show, Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer and director J.J. Abrams revealed to fellow Hamilfan Jimmy Fallon that when he saw the Broadway megahit, Miranda joked that he’d write a new cantina song for his movie. Perhaps the composer possesses Yoda-levels of the force, because Abrams was looking for someone to do just that, as John Williams was focusing on the actual cinematic score and not the one song.According to Miranda, he and Abrams collaborated during his break on two-show days. “J.J. is the best. Can’t wait to see,” he tweeted. Even Questlove, Fallon’s bandleader and Hamilton album producer, wasn’t in on it, which makes us wonder: what other unannounced projects does Lin-Manuel Miranda have up his sleeve?Star Wars: The Force Awakens heads to theaters on December 18. Until then, may the memes be with you! Related Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Fileslast_img read more

Dr Barbara Vacarr named new Goddard College president

first_imgThe Board of Trustees of Goddard College has elected Dr Barbara Vacarr as its next president.  Dr Vacarr is currently serving as Director of Lesley University’s School of Education PhD Programs in Cambridge. The announcement came following a special meeting of Goddard’s Board of Trustees. Vacarr is expected to assume leadership of Goddard College on July 1, 2010, when President Mark Schulman steps away. Dr Schulman, Goddard’s third-longest serving president, has led Goddard since 2003. The presidential search process began in June 2009 when Dr Schulman announced to the Goddard Board of Trustees that he wished to return to his home in California at the end of his term. A Search Committee was formed, comprised of trustee, faculty, student and staff representatives who worked closely with the consultancy firm Academic Search to guide the search process. The Committee interviewed select applicants and the top three candidates were invited to the Plainfield, Vermont campus to make formal presentations and engage with Goddard’s faculty, staff, and students. Following these sessions and an extensive review of the various constituencies’ input, the Search Committee recommended the appointment of Dr. Vacarr as Goddard’s next leader to the Board of Trustees at their February 2010 meeting.“Throughout the process, I was impressed with the active engagement of the Goddard community, its warmth and genuine caring for students and for one another”, Vacarr said. “The mission and spirit of Goddard is inspirational and I am deeply honored with this opportunity to lead an institution that continually and consciously strives to live its commitments. I have been an admirer of Goddard throughout my career as an educator and feel privileged to serve in a college that models best practices of teaching and adult learning. I see this as a time for Goddard to claim the expertise and vision that lives in this community and to assume a more public voice as an educational leader and innovator”“Dr Vacarr appreciates the role that Goddard plays in higher education”, said Board Chair Joan Shafran, a graduate of the Goddard Adult Degree Program.  “She will uphold, enhance and expand Goddard’s reputation as an experimenting institution, making the extraordinary Goddard model of education available to more students across North America and around the world. She can respond to those who are looking for an educational model that will serve students of the 21st century, a model that reflects the ideals of democracy, caring for others and the welfare of the earth, fulfilling our mission.”Trustee Stephen Friedman, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, said, “Our national search has been wonderfully successful for Goddard. Dr. Vacarr connected with each member of the committee and the Board in a way that indicates she will continue adding to Goddard’s years of growth, and that she will build upon the College’s position as the national leader in progressive higher education. “Vacarr has been developing and leading programs and teaching adults at Lesley University for the past 22 years. She conceptualized and developed the new doctoral program in Adult Learning, was instrumental in developing a Joint BS/MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a joint BS/MA in self-designed interdisciplinary study, a Specialization for Substance Abuse Counseling and Certification, and an interdisciplinary program in Elder Studies. Vacarr brings appreciation of the important role that experience plays in learning, and facilitates collaborative processes that free creativity and invite innovation.Vacarr has maintained a private counseling practice, led the Cambodian Youth and Missing History Documentary Project, was an interviewer for the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History of the Shoah Project and has conducted research for the Center for Psychology and Social Change.Goddard College developed the first adult degree programs in 1963, and now specializes in low-residency education. Offering accredited degree programs in Plainfield, Vermont and Port Townsend, Washington that are designed to accommodate the way adults learn best, Goddard offers a rich campus experience, and a diverse academic community. Goddard’s authentic low-residency format offers the best of on-campus and online – experienced faculty advisors who are practitioners in their academic fields, an enriching on-campus experience, and the freedom to study from anywhere.For more information, visit is external).Source: Goddard.last_img read more

N’Golo Kante manages just 25 minutes in Chelsea’s final training session before Europa League final

first_imgN’Golo Kante manages just 25 minutes in Chelsea’s final training session before Europa League final Sean KearnsTuesday 28 May 2019 7:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link391Shares Advertisement Kante did not participate in the main training session (Picture: Getty)‘I think it’s 50-50 at the moment. 50-50. Yesterday, 60-40 for ‘no’. Today 50-50. He was a little bit better this morning. But 50-50,’ said Sarri.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, Sarri was speaking before the club’s final training session and Kante’s omission from the main group makes him a major doubt for the final.Kante warmed up by himself before taking part in some of the session with the rest of his team-mates.However, after just 25 minutes Kante headed down the tunnel with fitness coach Paolo Bertelli and did not come back out to feature in the remainder of the session.Should Kante fail to prove his fitness, Sarri is likely to pick a midfield three of Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho.MORE: Manchester United should sign Harry Maguire, says Teddy Sheringham N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for the Europa League final (Picture: Getty)Chelsea star N’Golo Kante is a major doubt for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Arsenal after managing just 25 minutes of the club’s final warm-up session.The Frenchman has been struggling with a hamstring injury for the last month and was initially ruled out of the game.However, he was an unexpected traveller on the flight to Baku and that inclusion raised hopes with Chelsea fans that the midfielder would be fit.Speaking on Wednesday Maurizio Sarri revealed that Kante was ’50/50′ to be fit and the Italian admitted the midfielder’s chances had improved from the day before.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

‘City doesn’t deserve lousy service’; councilors slam MORE brownouts

first_imgILOILO City – Long brownouts, scheduled and unscheduled, got on the nerves of Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) members. “Not only last Saturday did we suffer from a brownout but on other days, as well. MORE Power said it was fixing its facilities but 13 hours of no power are too much to bear. It is very hot and humid these days,” said Estante. Pther districts, too, suffered power interruptions, added Duron – parts of Molo, Arevalo and Jaro. But what’s happening now, he said, is that today’s brownouts appear much longer than those during the time of PECO. These power interruptions that stretched for up to 13 hours were such an inconvenience to residents and businesses, according to Councilor Ely Estante during the SP regular session yesterday. They demanded better service from MORE Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power) which promised Ilonggos better service when it applied for a power distribution franchise in 2018. * overheated connector near Mango Tree Restaurant on Guzman Street, Mandurriao Like Councilor Estante, he wondered why MORE Power insisted on using PECO’s power distribution facilities when it knew that these were already problematic. “I remember the words spoken and spread all over the city by the drumbeaters of MORE Power – that PECO was very irresponsible, that PECO had so many shortcomings in terms of service and frequent brownouts. We, the people, thus welcomed MORE Power. But now I am dismayed. My heart trembles in frustration. The things we complained about are still happening,” said Peñaredondo. This is not the time, stressed the councilor, “nga magpa-uyaya kita. The people of Iloilo deserve more (than brownouts). MORE Power promised more. We are still waiting for MORE to give us what they promised.” “We deserve to know its development plan. Hatagan kita plano kag time frame,” said Acap. “But nothing is happening. I have yet to hear its program of development for the next 11 months or one year,” said Peñaredondo. “How about if we call for an investigation in aid for legislation so that all questions sang mga tawo masabat,” Estante told fellow city councilors. Right now however, he said, “We feel desperate.” Councilor Alan Zaldivar, on the other hand, could not help but compare the current performance of MORE Power with that of PECO. Councilor Romel Duron, chairperson of the SP committee on public utilities, said scheduled power interruptions are understandable “but not long and unscheduled once like what happened last Saturday evening (June 20) until early Sunday morning affecting the entire district of Mandurriao.” For his part, Councilor Jay Treñas recalled the time MORE Power made assurances to the city council. He stressed the importance of the city’s having a reliable power supply and distribution system.center_img He also said Mayor Jerry Treñas and Cong. Julienne Baronda should “put pressure and remind MORE Power that the Ilonggos do not deserve lousy service as far as power is concerned.” “Sadto ang brownout tama ka frequent. Subong frequent man gihapon but mas malawig. Amo na nga may frustration sa mga Ilonggos. Ang problema pa gid, sa patay and andar sang kuryente ang ila mga kagamitan nagakalaguba,” added Treñas. * damaged primary line conductor across Chicken Sari-Sari Store/PN “Indi naton ma-set aside ang mag-compare. PECO fixed their feeders from three to four hours, five hours at the most. With MORE Power, siling nila i-fix nila but we have to wait for 13 hours para ma-restore ang electricity. This is too much,” said Zaldivar. Duron said MORE Power’s spokesperson Jonathan Cabrera offered the following explanation for the recent brownouts: The most senior SP member admitted he was “so enthusiastic” when MORE Power arrived. As well-financed company, he said, he expected MORE Power to be capable of giving better power distribution service. If not averted, the brownouts could adversely affect the local economy, he warned. Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, for his part, said the power interruptions were dismaying. “I am calling the leaders of MORE Power to stand by their words. Give better and efficient service to the people of Iloilo City. We deserve it,” added Peñaredondo. * damaged suspension insulator and primary jumper dropping wire near McDonald’s at the Iloilo Business Park, Mandurriao “Iloilo is a fast-growing city. It is the center of education and commerce, even tourism, in Western Visayas. Ilonggos seek a better life and comfortable life. Reliable power service is a very important component of development,” said Peñaredondo. “Ang MORE Power nagkadto diri sa aton sa city council…nag-assure sila sa atubang naton nga they will render service much better sang amo to nga tiempo sang PECO,” said Treñas. Meanwhile, Councilor Lyndon Acap said the city council should be appraised of MORE Power’s development plan or program for Iloilo City. * damaged suspension insulator along Oñate de Leon Street, Mandurriao MORE Power should have brought its own new and better power distribution facilities instead of just using the old and dilapidated system of previous power distributor Panay Electric Co. (PECO), stressed Estante. “If it has the financial capacity, it should put up new equipment para ipakita sa bug-os nga syudad nga capable sila,” saidZaldivar.last_img read more

Football Friday Sectionals Start Friday Night

first_imgWRBI Area Football Sectionals-1st Round Games.Class 3A-Sectional 30 on Country 103.9 WRBI.Batesville hosts Indian Creek.Class 4A-Sectional 23 on WRBIRADIO.COM.East Central at Connersville.Kickoff for the games will be at 7.  WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff at 6.We will keep you updated with the other area Football Sectional games.Other Sectional 30 Games.Greensburg hosts Indy Marshall.Lawrenceburg at Hamilton Heights.Rushville at Guerin Catholic.Other Sectional 23 Games.Franklin County at Shelbyville.South Dearborn at Greenwood.Columbus East at Madison.Sectional 39.Milan hosts Triton Central.Indy Manual at Providence.Crawford County at Clarksville.Paoli at Eastern Pekin.Sectional 46.North Decatur hosts Edinburgh.South Decatur at West Washington.Indy Lutheran at Indy Howe.Trinity Lutheran at South Putnam.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows after the games.last_img read more

UPDATED: Active shooter reported at Richmond school

first_imgRichmond, In. — All Richmond Community School Corporation buildings are on lockdown due to an active shooter situation. Officials made the following post on social media around 8:40 a.m. Thursday:All RCS buildings are on lockdown. No one may enter or leave the buildings.Officials say the Dennis Middle School is secure at this time. Richmond, In. — (10:15 a.m. 12/13/18) Indiana State police have confirmed a teenage shooting victim at Dennis Middle School in Richmond has died. No other details have been released.Students in building where the shooting took place have been safely transferred to the Richmond High School.School officials say the building is secure.last_img read more

Minister sacks AFN Technical Director, recalls Secretary to Ministry

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has sacked Sunday Adeleye, the embattled Technical Director of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, making him the first casualty of radical reforms taking place in the sports ministry.Special Assistant to the Minister, Kola Daniel, said in a statement that Dare also ordered the recall of AFN Secretary General, Elijah Ademu, to the Ministry, while a new scribe would be announced in due course.“Adeleye’s removal followed the report of the Advisory Committee on the Poor Performance of Team Nigeria at the IAAF World Athletics Championships, Doha – Qatar 2019.“A letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to AFN President, Shehu Gusau, directed him to inform Adeleye of his sack.“Consequent on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee, I am further directed to convey the directive of the Honourable Minister for the immediate removal from office of Adeleye as Technical Director of the AFN.“This is on the account of ascertained gross misconduct. Accordingly, you are directed to convey to Adeleye in writing this directive and evidence of compliance delivered to the honourable minister,” the statement said.Daniel added that the Advisory Committee had in its report indicted Adeleye in varying degrees in the handling of the Federation’s affairs in Doha.Tags: afnElijah AdemuKola DanielSunday Darelast_img read more