New SEAS institute sponsors ComputeFest in January

first_imgStudents will have an unusual opportunity to polish the computing skills they need for tackling spring-semester science challenges in January.In response to demand, the new Institute for Applied Computational Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has organized workshops and seminars during Optional Winter Activities Week, Jan. 18-21, using MATLAB and Mathematica.Students are invited to attend (free of charge) any or all of the sessions, which include morning seminars and afternoon hands-on workshops. All will take place in Maxwell Dworkin. Registration is encouraged but not required. All participants should bring their own laptops.Seminars will be led by experts from MathWorks and Wolfram Research; workshops will be led by the Instructional and Research Computing Services staff from SEAS.Morning seminars will be offered Jan. 18-20 by MathWorks and Jan. 21 by Wolfram Research. The afternoon workshops will be presented by SEAS Instructional and Research Computing Services.An open house in Cruft Laboratories, the location of the new IACS headquarters, is scheduled for noon-2 pm on Jan. 18.Tuesday, Jan. 18• 9 a.m.-noon: Introduction to Matlab• noon-2 p.m.: IACS Opening Celebration• 2-4 p.m.: Hands-On Workshop: Matlab BasicsWednesday, Jan. 19• 9 a.m.-noon: Data Acquisition and Data Analysis with Matlab• 1-3 p.m.: Hands-On Workshop: Data AnalysisThursday, Jan. 20• 9 a.m.-noon: Parallel Computing in Matlab• 1-3 p.m.: Hands-On Workshop: Parallel ComputingFriday, Jan. 21• 9 a.m.-noon: Using Mathematica 8 in Education and Research• 1-3 p.m.: Hands-On Workshop: TBAlast_img read more

New Year’s Resolutions on Long Island: Four Corners, One Common Thread

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 1. THE PERSONAL TRAINERDr. Marisa Silver can set her stopwatch by the predictable time when clients looking to eat right, workout more and lose weight seek her out after New Year’s. Except instead of lapsing like most January gym recruits, those who see trainers such as Silver with a one-on-one approach tend to have a higher retention rate—even if it takes some tough love. “They think that they are going to lose weight within one week, that I have a secret pill or that I have a magic ball,” says Silver, owner of Hicksville-based In the Zone Personal Fitness, Silverspine Chiropractic & Health and author of several fitness books. “I hate to tell everyone [but] it takes determination and hard work.” She puts it in stark terms: “If you wanna lose weight, it’s a math equation; you need to burn more than you take in.” Sometimes, even her regulars—obese adolescents, elite athletes and the elderly alike—need to be talked off the ledge and reminded why they should take her advice. “What you do today is how you’re gonna feel in 30 years,” she says. “I always say: ‘Mobility is life, you are what you eat, and live life to the fullest.’”2. THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELORQuitting drinking, smoking and drugging are high atop a sobering amount of New Year’s resolution lists. Many people with chemical dependencies self medicate the holidays away, making their arrival at help’s door all the more critical. “People often don’t speak up until things get monumentally hard,” says Steven Chassman, clinical director at Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, which sees about 100,000 clients annually after demand nearly doubled in recent years. The disease claimed nearly 400 lives on LI last year, averaging about seven per week. Overcoming the stigma to admit needing help may be the hardest part, but enduring the moralizing of those ignorant to the psychology of substance abuse isn’t any easier to swallow. “Shake the family tree and down come the bottles,” he says, recalling an industry saying that falls on the former side of the nature vs. nurture debate. “I pass on suggestions, take ‘em or leave ‘em,” he says with the pragmatism required to work with clients that sometimes ignore his advice, overdose and die. “We’re the first step in a long journey.”3. THE CAREER COACHBetween proactive high school students and stay-at-home parents returning to the workforce, middle-aged workers dissatisfied with their careers make up the majority of the hundreds of clients annually who visit MJ Feld’s Huntington office, Careers by Choice. Especially in January. “People know to get a dental checkup, but this isn’t always on their radar,” she says. Which is why she sees so many folks who wind up in jobs of convenience at their parents’ business, employees who’ve grown too complacent to quit or in jobs they landed after failing to launch a career in their major upon graduating college. For those who are in the right career but just need to air their grievances instead of seething or getting a new job, it can be like marriage counseling. “It’s easier to say, ‘I hate my job rather than I hate my life,’” she says. “It does require some introspection, but a lot of people don’t do that because it’s scary.” She keeps a drawer full of “thank you” notes to remind her of the good days helping people realize their dreams. “Sometimes you have to jump into the water to see if you can swim,” she says.4. THE TRAVEL AGENTDespite the increased popularity of do-it-yourself flight and hotel booking websites, those who’ve resolved to see more of the world in the New Year often land in travel agents’ offices to plan their bucket-list trips to far-flung lands. “We have a phrase in the travel industry: without a travel agent you’re on your own,” says James Marino, owner of Oyster Bay Travel and immediate past president of the Long Island Travel Agents Association. He recalls helping clients rebook return flights when the weather goes south and avoid airport headaches when they’ve been stuck in European nations that suddenly go on strike—by say, pulling off a bonus tour and “making Limoncello out of lemons” when a surprise nine-hour layover pops up. Aside from the honeymooners and families going away for winter break, what really puts the wind in his sails is using his globetrotting experience to make an extra-special vacation become reality, such as the grandmother who took her Shakespeare-fan granddaughter to visit Juliet’s House in Verona, Spain. Touting his love of planning multigenerational family trips, he says: “We made a dream come true for someone who might not ordinarily be able to do this on their own.”last_img read more

Sustainability – don’t stand still

first_imgThe Grocer may use your contact data to keep you informed of its products and services by email. You can withdraw your marketing consent at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in such email or by sending an email to [email protected] . More information on our processing can be found in our Privacy Notice . By submitting this form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Privacy Notice .,Source  ••• Company: Sun Branding Solutions Format: PDFLength: 34 pagesType: White Papercenter_img Is plastic packaging your friend or foe? Are you making sustainable decisions that will retain your customers and attract new ones? Sustainability is high on every agenda and an opportunity for brands and retailers to make a difference to the planet and your bottom line.Brand, innovation and packaging design experts Sun Branding Solutions’ latest whitepaper highlights how you can educate consumers and what you as brands can do to make a difference. Featuring industry insight and opinions from Sun Branding experts as well as inspiring examples, it will provide an informative and educational perspective which will encourage you to change your world and act now.Download this free white paper to find out nowlast_img read more