Michael Brenner, Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded the George Ledlie Prize by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.Brenner, who received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Chicago in 1994 and came to Harvard in 2001 after six years as a faculty member in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was praised for his creative research and his dedication to teaching and learning.“He is richly deserving of this award, not only for his stellar research on the application of mathematics to a wide range of problems in science and engineering, but also for the equally compelling way he infuses his love for the subject to his work as a remarkable teacher and mentor,” said Venkatesh “Venky” Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy at SEAS and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.Over the past 10 years, Brenner’s research has focused primarily on theoretical modeling in physical sciences and engineering. Problems he has tackled include the breaking of fluid droplets, sonoluminescence (the production of light from very high-pressure gas bubbles in liquid), the sedimentation of small particles, and electrospinning (a materials technique for producing small fibers).Recently, Brenner has branched into an even broader spectrum of fields, from atmospheric chemistry (developing algorithms to accelerate simulations of global pollution) to materials science (understanding the limitations of self-assembly and pattern formation) and physiology (exploring voltage-gated ion channels and hemoglobin). With support from the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard, he has also explored how to limit the growth of biofilms and even used “simple math” to explain dramatic beak shape variation in Darwin’s finches.Brenner has been lauded for his teaching and mentorship several times before. He was named a Harvard College Professor in 2010, and in 2009 was given the inaugural Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising at SEAS. He has been particularly instrumental in exposing undergraduates to the joys of applied mathematics through the course Applied Mathematics 50, in which he invites students to use unorthodox problems — such as the reproductive dilemma of humble fungi — as material for quantitative investigation.Grace Tiao ’08, in a profile of Brenner, wrote: “His lectures, in fact, resemble in pace and execution the projectile motion of flying spores. When he speaks about his favorite subject — interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving — his sentences pop and plunge. Brenner has a habit of stopping mid-predicate to allow the next thought to hurtle into the air.”He was also a driving force behind the wildly popular “Science and Cooking” General Education course at Harvard College, which he co-taught this year with SEAS colleague David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, and a team of world-renowned chefs, instructors, and teaching fellows.“Michael has been a constant positive force for quantitative thinking — not simply limited to particular classes, but infused throughout the College curriculum,” said SEAS Dean Cherry A. Murray, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and professor of physics. “His ultimate goal is nothing less than repositioning applied mathematics as a way of thinking and transforming the concentration into a quantitative liberal arts degree. He makes applied mathematics inviting, engaging, and, for lack of a better word, hip.”As area dean for applied mathematics at SEAS, Brenner is working with Murray to radically overhaul and enhance the undergraduate and graduate curricula and to improve advising. Moreover, he is engaged with many of the key aspects of running the school, from student and faculty recruitment to student affairs to communications.In the words of Margaret Meaney, a graduate academic programs administrator at SEAS, “He is sympathetic to the work that staff do to support teaching efforts. He always gives praise for work that often goes unnoticed and always treats everyone as his equal.”The Ledlie Prize is awarded no more than once every two years to someone affiliated with the University who “since the last awarding of said prize has by research, discovery, or otherwise made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind.” Robert B. Woodward, the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry, was the first recipient in 1955. Other winners have included Judah Folkman, the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery; Douglas Melton, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences; Gerald Gabrielse, the George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics; and most recently, Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics and of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Lene Hau, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics.
Megan Pattison won her home at Biggera Waters via the RSL Art Union — and had a great time telling family and friends. Photo: Adam HeadIF you won a house, would you tell your nearest and dearest?According to a study by RSL Art Union, one in 20 of us plan to never reveal this secret windfall — even to our closest friends and family.The survey also uncovered almost 12 per cent of winners would only tell their loved ones after they’d sold the house and invested the money elsewhere.But silent winners were in the minority. Almost 38 per cent of respondents said they’d not only tell family and friends, they’d offer them a room to stay as well.RSL Art Union Queensland general manager, Tracey Bishop, said in reality, most winners changed plans once they’d received the golden phone call.“After winning, the excitement makes it much more difficult,” she said.Ms Bishop said the initial reaction from overwhelmed winners varied.She recalled one gentleman who was distinctly cool on the phone when told of his $2 million prize.“He was so calm. He didn’t want anyone at work to know. He literally just said, ‘Ah, thank you very much, I’ll call you back,’ and we were all stunned,” she said.Ms Bishop said many people liked to share their good fortune — even with strangers. She recalled a recent winner who saw someone in a checkout queue who was unable to afford all their items.“So she just paid for her groceries,” Ms Bishop said.Ms Bishop was thrilled about her job which saw lives changed for the better.“A woman from South Australia, she was around 21-years-old, and her and her sister were estranged from her family. She won a place down in Sydney and she actually got them both on their feet. She bought an apartment for them both with the money she received … started a degree … and she eventually moved to England. To change someone’s life is fantastic.”Megan Pattison is one of the lucky few who can claim the title of prize home winner.In February, she won a $2 million home in Biggera Waters on the Gold Coast, and couldn’t wait to share the good news.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago“I rang a couple of good friends and told them,” she said.“I didn’t tell my mother or my daughter. I waited until they came to the house and then told them.”She said her daughter was stunned when she revealed their new home.“She was like, ‘Is this my house?’ and I said, ‘Yes!’ and she jumped up and down and did a bit of a fist pump and was very happy.”Ms Pattison is also among the generous majority. She shares the house with her 12-year-old daughter … and her ex-husband.“Most people find that that’s a little bit of an interesting arrangement — we’ve been separated for nine years and just got our divorce a couple of weeks ago,” she said.“It works well for both of us because I travel a lot for work so he gets to spend time with his daughter which is a great thing and she loves the fact that he lives with us.”Ms Pattison said she was cautious when revealing her good fortune to friends.“I was very careful not to tell people or to tell people not to say anything until the (official) news came out. That didn’t happen for a couple of weeks. I was very careful too with the people that I knew that were social media queens. I was very careful not to tell them.”Ms Pattison still buys RSL Art Union tickets, so she’ll be in with a chance to win the next $2 million prize — the choice between a two-bedroom apartment in Bondi or a three-bedroom townhouse at Byron Bay. One of the next RSL Art Union prize homes —6/22 Mahogany Dve, Byron Bay Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair
CURRENT HOME Tennis star reveals why he loves living at Maroochydore Back then it was considered pretty ‘out-there’ as the design was very organic and an example of our commitment to living in harmony with the environment.Now it’s called ‘sustainable design’.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoOf course our home features an extensive range of ROCKCOTE products including beautiful natural finishes on our walls and a hand polished kitchen benchtop finished in a traditional Tadelakt finish.Our property also features an orchard, dam, hand-built pizza oven and a forgery where my husband makes his own knives and arrows. I bought my first home in 1986. It was a tiny one bedroom semi-detached home in Catherine St, Leichardt in New South Wales. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME FIRST HOME >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Riverfront house sells in secret deal Rockcote director Chris Cameron. My primary residence is in the beautiful hinterland town of Eumundi, Queensland, about 15 minutes’ drive from Noosa Heads.My husband, Bob and I love the area and the sense of community here.It’s also only 10 minutes’ drive from our Rockcote head office.We’ve lived in Eumundi for more than 25 years.We purchased the land first and then built our own home. Queenslanders love their homes and Rockcote co-owner Chris Cameron, is no different.She reveals why she loves living at Eumundi on the Sunshine Coast. The first home I bought was $52,000 as an investment property. It was such a tiny place with a 3m frontage.I never lived in it as I was renting an amazing house with a friend around the corner.I chose to buy my own home early in life as I have always been very independent.It was in a convenient location and as a single woman with a full time job I could afford to do so. FANTASY HOME MORE: Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 RELATED: We have had the good fortune to travel extensively but believe that we already live in our dream home in the best part of the world — the Sunshine Coast.I couldn’t live anywhere else as how would I support Queensland in the State of Origin? Champion sailor seeks sale before sailing We’ve recently undergone a pretty extensive home renovation so I’m lucky that my design fantasies can be realised through our own products.If I had a fantasy holiday home, somewhere in Italy where I could look out over the water would be good.I also absolutely love the Cocos Keeling Islands off Western Australia.
Credit: Ryan Mattis ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Immigration and labor officials here say the promoters of a show featuring Jamaican singer, Buju Banton, have not yet made any request for an exemption allowing him to enter the island for the May 11 show.“Night of Love”Banton, whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie, will headline the “Night of Love” carded for May 11 here as part of a tour of several Caribbean countries.Earlier this week, the Trinidad and Tobago government announced an exemption for the Jamaican singer because the country’s Immigration Act prohibits “persons who have been convicted of or admit to having committed any crime, which if committed in Trinidad and Tobago would be punishable with imprisonment for one or more years”.The legislation also allows for the Minister of National Security to issue a written permit to allow any person to enter the island or to remain therein. National Security Minister Stuart Young gave the assurance that once the promoters request the necessary exemption, he was prepared to grant an exemption.Grenada’s laws similar to TT’sGrenada’s Immigration law also has similar provisions, but the final directive will be at the discretion of the Immigration Minister after an application is made for a work permit in the Ministry of Labor.Grenada’s Minister for Immigration is Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell.When asked if his company was aware of the law, Ian St Bernard of Sunshine Promotions replied “I am not a lawyer, I don’t know anything about that, I have my work permit, call the Attorney General and ask them about that”.Immigration officials have explained that as a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) national, there is provision for all CARICOM nationals to enter the island, however, the Minister of Immigration can approve enter and denial. “It is always at the pleasure of a receiving state that a person is allowed into a country so in the case of Buju, who served time in prison and did not received a pardon, an immigration officer without receiving an exempt instruction will have to comply with the law,” one Immigration official said.An official from the Ministry of Labor explained that despite the provision for free travel within CARICOM entry to an island is still guided by the Immigration Act.In 2011 Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was released in December 2019 from a USA federal prison after serving seven years behind bars.