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Students awarded Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowships

first_imgThe Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and the Novak Djokovic Foundation announced today that four Harvard doctoral students have been awarded the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. Each Fellow will receive a grant to support their independent dissertation research.The Center and the Novak Djokovic Foundation launched the Djokovic Fellowship in 2016, with the aim of creating a new generation of leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice settings to make research actionable. The fellowship program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.The 2019-2020 Djokovic Science and Innovation FellowsJacob Beckerman is a doctoral candidate in population health sciences, a program offered by the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His research interests lie in early childhood nutrition, obesity prevention, and the social determinants of health. His current research focuses on the timing of weight gain in early childhood to inform when is best to intervene, as well as the relationship between neighborhood context and early childhood obesity. Beckerman is also investigating the impacts of a peer-led health promotion program for the parents of preschool-aged children in low-income communities. Jacob received a B.S. in biology with a minor in Spanish from Georgetown University, and an M.P.H. in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles. His mentor will be Kirsten Davison, Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan Departments of Nutrition and Social and Behavioral Sciences.Emily Hanno is a doctoral candidate in education policy and program evaluation, a program offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in collaboration with GSAS. Through her research, she  seeks to unpack the processes of common professional development interventions aimed at improving caregiver practices, to understand what about coaching interventions works and what doesn’t. Hanno received a B.A. in economics and international relations from Tufts University, and an Ed.M. in human development and psychology from HGSE. Her mentor will be Center-affiliated faculty member Dana Charles McCoy, assistant professor of education at HGSE.Gabriel Schwartz is a doctoral candidate in population health sciences, a program offered by GSAS in collaboration with the Chan School of Public Health. His research in social epidemiology examines links between neighborhoods, social policy, and racial and health inequities. Currently, Schwartz’s work explores the impact of eviction on children’s well-being and the relation between discriminatory policing regimes and birth outcomes. Gabriel received a B.A. in human biology and sociology from Brown University. His mentor will be Lisa Berkman, Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Director of the Ph.D. Program in Population Health Sciences, and Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy, Epidemiology, and Global Health and Population at the Chan School of Public Health.Michele Zemplenyi is a doctoral candidate in biostatistics, a program offered by GSAS in collaboration with the Chan School of Public Health. Her research examines the intersections of genomics, environmental science, and children’s health. Michele wants to explore how prenatal exposure to toxins can affect long-term health outcomes for children. Michele received a A.B. in statistics and a Secondary Field in chemistry from Harvard College, and an A.M. in biostatistics from Harvard University. Her mentor will be Brent Coull, Professor of Biostatistics, Associate Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Chan School of Public Health.last_img read more

Veterans Remembrance Road Race scheduled for Sunday

first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s edition of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12.Registration for the fourth annual running of the race will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center on State Street. A walk will be held at 8:30 a.m., and the traditional run will follow it at 9 a.m.Last year’s race was won by Ellsworth American reporter David Roza, who crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 35 seconds. A total of 134 runners, 24 of whom were veterans, participated in the 4-mile race.The cost is $15 for those who pre-register. Pre-registration must be done by noon Saturday, Nov. 11. Race-day regisration is $20, though veterans who display valid military identification will receive free entry.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA portion of the entry fees collected from the race will benefit Summit Project and the Maine Veterans Project. First National Bank is sponsoring the race, the results of which will be made available on Sub5.com the following day.For more information about the event, contact DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke via email at [email protected] or via phone at 667-3086.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Koenig sinks Xavier with back to back daggers

first_imgThere was no better place to end the game than from the spot where Bronson Koenig launched his three pointer as time expired Sunday night.In a game that saw questionable officiating and four of Wisconsin’s key players in foul trouble, overtime did not look inviting for the Badgers, who were tied 63-63 with Xavier with two seconds remaining.As Koenig let the ball fly from right in front of the Badgers’ bench, his teammates, who’d been sitting glued to their seats, rose up and froze with anticipation as Koenig’s arcing shot left his hand. While Koenig sauntered back into the crowd his teammates had formed, the shot found the bottom of the net and pandemonium ensued.Wisconsin won 66-63 in one of the most exciting 2016 NCAA Tournament games thus far, in a moment that perfectly captured the team’s season.It wasn’t about the shot-taker, Koenig; the image was of the entire Badgers’ bench jumping and hugging with Koenig lost in the shuffle. The moment was about the team as a whole regardless of who took the shot and how this year’s Badgers have battled down the stretch during this bizarre season and have come so far.The same rang true for the game itself, in which various Wisconsin players had significant impacts in their own ways during an all-around team effort.Despite leading for a majority of the first half, Wisconsin let its lead slip when Xavier fought back from nine-points down and surpassed the Badgers with three minutes left in the half.Xavier put the Badgers into foul trouble by driving the lane often and took advantage of numerous soft calls by officials. The Musketeers took 12 trips to the line during the half and knocked down eight free-throws while tying the Badgers hands on defense with three of its starters picking up two fouls.Down 33-30 at half, the Badgers then began to find better looks and knocked down 50 percent of their shots in the second half.Ethan Happ caused havoc in the paint, contributing to Wisconsin’s 30 points from there. He scored 11 in the second half, finishing with 18, that included an offensive rebound and put-back with two minutes left that brought the Badgers to within a single possession. Not to mention he delivered the assist on Koenig’s winning shot.Fellow big man Vitto Brown joined in on the fun as well, dropping 12 points while knocking down 55.5 percent of his shots.Junior Nigel Hayes had a quiet night though, going 2-10 from the field and scoring only 6 points, but his teammates’ efforts were more than enough to help out during a game in which he found himself in numerous double teams.Happ was joined by Koenig as the only other Badger to score double digit points in the second half. Koenig delivered 14 second half points on top of his six in the first half. While not the most efficient offense, the two delivered while no other Wisconsin player scored more than four points in the second half.What will be most remembered about Koenig this game, however, was his big-play ability. The game winning shot was Koenig’s second three in 12 seconds, as he hit the game tying shot from deep behind the three point line to tie the game only two possessions prior.But while Koenig’s shots will be etched in the memories of most Wisconsin fans, another equally important moment will likely be forgotten — Zak Showalter drawing a charge just moments before.Tough defense has been an important characteristic of Wisconsin’s run this far. It held Pittsburgh to only 43 points in the game prior, and Xavier to only 63, who averaged 81 per game this season.The Badgers delivered six blocks in total, three coming from Khalil Iverson alone, to solidify an intimidating presence down low.Going down the stretch, if Wisconsin can continue to put teams out of their element, there may just be more moments like the one Koenig delivered to come.last_img read more