Charles Stang named Director of Center for the Study of World Religions

first_img Read Full Story Charles Stang, professor of early Christian thought, has been appointed the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School, beginning July 1. He will succeed Francis X. Clooney, S.J., Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, who is stepping down after leading the Center for seven years.Stang joined the HDS faculty in 2008 as assistant professor of early Christian Thought after earning his doctor of theology degree from the School the same year. He has been a member of the CSWR community for just under a decade and has participated in the CSWR’s advisory board.“Professor Stang has been a major contributor to the thinking about the future of CSWR,” said HDS Dean David N. Hempton. “I know his plans include efforts to continue to expand the engagement of the HDS community in the work of the Center. As an active participant in the larger Harvard University community, Professor Stang will also concentrate on continuing to draw our colleagues closer into the CSWR.”His research and teaching focus on the history and theology of Christianity in late antiquity, especially Eastern varieties of Christianity.“I am grateful, and humbled, to have been chosen to serve as the next director of the Center for the Study of World Religions,” Stang said. “I look forward to working with residents, staff, and my HDS colleagues to imagine and enact the next chapter in the life of the Center.”last_img read more

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Exploring the Data Science Evolution

first_imgArtificial Intelligence (AI), once the specter of Computer Science labs, is finding true physical form today. Thanks to the likes of Siri, Alexa, and “Hey Google,” Natural Language Processing has become a valuable assistant in our daily lives. AI also opens the door to new patient insights, inventory reductions, and fraud mitigation. The advent of quick, cheap, dense compute along with ubiquitous, large-scale storage create the perfect conditions. The invention of a new scientific discipline known as modern data science brings purpose and clarity to these technological advances. Modern data science has transformed to fit the native runtime architectures like a lock and proverbial key. While the fundamentals of scientifically analyzing data have not changed, it has transformed into a discipline that models and implements modern solutions for AI problems that were tremendously complex prior to the mid 1980s. As a result, anyone who wishes to be an effective AI practitioner today can achieve solid capabilities through data science.Data Science Evolves into the FuturePast: Data? Science? What?Once upon a time, there was scattered data on office shelves and corporate databases. Science was found in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and biology academic departments. The research team was focused on their isolated line of scientific interest. A “scientist” visualized a novel progressive idea, gathered existing information from previous experiments, and proposed a model for its implementation. Upon a committee’s approval, throughout this slow one-person show, she organized the data, cleansed it, perhaps modeled it in a mathematically defined system and started producing results. There was seldom a computer involved in processing that data. The invisible relationship between the “data” and the “science” that leveraged its value was implicit in the scientist’s mind. And the show went on: progress was made with nearly no automation.Present: A Star is RebornIn order to deliver Artificial Intelligence solutions today, a data scientist must have in-depth knowledge in multiple data skill sets such as Computer Science, Calculus & Statistics, Coding (Python or R), Data Wrangling, Machine Learning, Data Visualization, Communication Skills, and Business Domains. By creating an inference schema utilizing these skills, we can visualize a brand new scientific super-space. This modern analytics paradigm contains all the enablement aspects of the basic data skill sets and produces a single discipline known to us today as “Data Science.”  However, mastering these skills in order to become a data scientist is challenging. Automation of scientific tasks not only simplifies the overall implementation pipeline, but also contributes to improving the solution’s accuracy. Existing Data Science automation tools such as DataRobot, Noodle.ai and advancements in open source ML tools present tedious hurdles that must be overcome. A data scientist who achieves this can turn these knobs and eventually land on a concrete performing model. To have direct access to an algorithm’s granular knobs, data scientists prefer to code implementation details and leverage optimized available frameworks to build, validate and test a model. This is the emerging modern trend.Future: Imagining a Biologically Inspired IntelligenceFor decades, some in the scientific community have dreamed of eliminating the need to place “Artificial” next to “Intelligence.” The intent has been to replace the stochastical optimization processes of statistical ML models mentioned above with biological mechanisms that the living organisms develop genetically. This is called Evolutionary Learning, and an artifact of this is referred to as Evolutionary Intelligence. The two approaches differ in terms of programmability versus adaptability. Modern data science, described above, is a “programmable” approach. An adaptable organism references its genetic pool as a database, mutates a genes row replica and materializes a customized genetic row used in development of new cells while growing physical organelles. This is evolution’s natural selection and mutation process.We have not even come close to replicating this in a lab. Critically, we lack the technology to manufacture synthetic material that mimics human brain tissues’ molecular structure operating at exaFlops equivalent (10^18 operations per-second). The moment we achieve this, human-like brains will be exposed to environmental changes (in-progress training data) in an ecosystem and start learning on their own.  We can then claim that adaptable human-brain-like “object recognizer” machines have been built which function completely opposite to the existing Silicon based “number crunchers” known as modern computers. They will self-assemble to learn from our living environments and naturally adapt to the changes in a developing evolutionary training process.ConclusionChoosing the right AI solutions can be daunting, so we’ve created an ecosystem of resources to help customers on their journey. Find more information here, and if you’re ready to get started, contact our Emerging Tech team.last_img read more

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“Into the Storm” playing at Wellington Regent Theater

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Into the Storm.” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 7 p.m. Saturday 2, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Sneak Peak tonight!: Middle School Special Screening is Saturday at 9:15 p.m. Wear your Knights t-shirt and get in for only $6!Rated: PG-13. Time: 1 hour and 29 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, “Into the Storm” throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme. (C) Warner BrosRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 20%. Audience review: 50% approval. Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Next weekend:The Giver.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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Chargers vs. Raiders final score: Josh Jacobs’ late touchdown leads Oakland to victory

first_imgMORE: Why (and when) are the Raiders moving to Las Vegas?Oakland missed the extra-point attempt, however, which meant that the Chargers needed just a field goal to win after getting the ball back. Philip Rivers, who was frustrated all night by Oakland’s defense, left a pass hanging that was intercepted by Karl Joseph.Rivers entered Thursday having had a lot of success against the Raiders (a career-best 18 wins), but on this night his performance was uninspiring: 17-for-31 passing, 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.In what could be the Raiders’ final prime-time game in Oakland, the home team (5-4) kept itself in the AFC playoff hunt with the win.Sporting News tracked live updates, highlights and score changes from Chargers vs. Raiders.Chargers vs. Raiders score 1Q2Q3Q4QFChargers0143724Raiders1073626Chargers vs. Raiders live updates, highlights(All times Eastern)Final: Raiders 26, Chargers 2411:32 p.m.: Rivers goes deep right on third down and his pass is intercepted by Karl Joseph. Raiders will run out the clock with 37 seconds remaining. Raiders 26, Chargers 24.11:27 p.m.: Oakland bats Rivers’ pass down on fourth down but a defensive holding gives Los Angeles a fresh set of downs. 11:21 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS. Josh Jacobs plunges up the gut and goes in for an 18-yard score on third down to take the lead with 1:02 remaining. Raiders 26, Chargers 24.JOSH JACOBS FOR SIX 🔥(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/tUIlwWgLr8— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 8, 201911:15 p.m.: The Raiders are at the Chargers 40 as the clock strikes the two-minute warning. Oakland needs to get in the end zone. 11:08 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS. Rivers hits Ekeler across the middle and he gets into the end zone for the touchdown to take the lead with 4:02 left. Chargers 24, Raiders [email protected] @Chargers take the lead in the fourth quarter! #BoltUp📺: #LACvsOAK on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/Rorgn7dztJ— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 201910:52 p.m.: Carr is brought down on third down and Oakland has to punt after reaching Chargers territory. End third quarter: Raiders 20, Chargers 1710:43 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, CHARGERS. The Chargers use two big plays to move into the red zone but they have to settle for a 27-yard field goal. Raiders 20, Chargers 17. Philip Rivers and Mike Williams connect on another deep ball! #BoltUp @darealmike_dub📺: #LACvsOAK on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/vY1Rii3Mom— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 201910:39 p.m.: The Raiders move the ball 21 yards before being forced to punt. 10:32 p.m.: Los Angeles’ second drive of the half is a three-and-out. 10:26 p.m.: Carlson’s 53-yard attempt is no good and the Raiders are unable to push their lead to two possessions. 10:20 p.m.: The Raiders back up the Chargers and force three-and-out. Oakland should have good field position.10:14 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS. Carr’s third-down attempt to the end zone is off the mark and Carlson hits a 22-yarder to put the Raiders up six. Raiders 20, Chargers 14.10:08 p.m.: Raiders receive the second-half kickoff and will get things started on their own 27. Halftime: Raiders 17, Chargers 14First downs: Chargers 16, Raiders 6Total yards: Chargers 185, Raiders 100Passing yards: Chargers 80, Raiders 78Rushing yards: Chargers 105, Raiders 22Penalties: Chargers 4-35, Raiders 8-77Turnovers: Raiders 0, Chargers 2Time of possession: Chargers 19:01, Raiders 10:599:46 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS. Carr dumps it off to Alec Ingold in the flat and he lunges his way into the end zone. Raiders 17, Chargers 14. A fullback touchdown. In 2019.That is not a typo.(via @NFL)pic.twitter.com/jSCkh7cc7M— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) November 8, 20199:41 p.m.: Oakland goes for it on fourth down to move the chains. First down on the first play after the two-minute warning. Ball on the Chargers 37.9:31 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS. On the very next play, Melvin Gordon fights his way in for the score for the Chargers’ first lead of the game. Chargers 14, Raiders [email protected] keeps his legs moving for the touchdown! 💪 #BoltUp📺: #LACvsOAK on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/0ums2HI41B— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 20199:29 p.m.: Erik Harris comes up with his third interception but an offsides penalty negates the turnover. Chargers’ drive will continue with first-and-goal. 9:24 p.m.: The Raiders go three-and-out on their next drive and punt it back to the Chargers.9:15 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, CHARGERS. A 16-play drive results in Rivers finding an open Henry in the end zone for the score. Raiders 10, Chargers 7.The @Chargers cap off a 16-play drive with a @Hunter_Henry84 TD! #BoltUp📺: #LACvsOAK on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/SZer5nuZA5— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 20199:05 p.m.: A fullback handoff on fourth-and-1 is good enough for the first down near midfield and the Chargers will continue their drive.End first quarter: Raiders 10, Chargers 08:56 p.m.: Oakland’s drive stalls after a holding penalty and the Raiders punt it back to Los Angeles. 8:52 p.m.: The Raiders’ pressure gets to Rivers and takes him down on third down, forcing the Chargers punt. 8:47 p.m.: A key member of the Chargers offensive line is questionable to return. #Chargers Injury Update: T Russell Okung (groin) questionable to return @nflnetwork— MJ Acosta (@MJAcostaTV) November 8, 20198:44 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, RAIDERS. Rivers is hit while throwing and his pass in Hunter Henry’s direction (who had fallen down) was picked off and return 57 yards by Erik Harris. Raiders 10, Chargers 0.ERIK HARRIS.TO THE HOUSE.His second INT of the game! #RaiderNation @e_harris_31📺: #LACvsOAK on @NFLNetwork | @NFLonFOX | @PrimeVideoHow to watch: https://t.co/I6INVckndX pic.twitter.com/2t4DElaUua— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 20198:38 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, RAIDERS. Daniel Carlson is good from 40 yards out to put the first points on the board. Raiders 3, Chargers 0. It took rookie running back Josh Jacobs almost the entire game to leave his mark on the Raiders’ 26-24 victory over the Chargers on “Thursday Night Football.” That moment, however, couldn’t have been bigger.With his team trailing by four points with just over a minute to play, Jacobs took a third-and-short handoff up the middle, navigated his way past several LA defenders and raced into the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown. The 18-yard scamper was Jacobs’ longest run of the night after he gained just 53 yards on his first 15 carries.  8:33 p.m.: This time, the interception stands. Rivers ties to get it to Keenan Allen but the pass was wildly off the mark and picked off by the Raiders and returned to the Chargers 31.8:26 p.m.: Philip RIvers’ pass on third-and-long is tipped and intercepted by Karl Joseph. A pass interference by the defense negates the turnover and gives the Chargers a first down, though.8:23 p.m.: Chargers win the toss and elect to receive. They will start from the 19.last_img read more

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Governor extends business restrictions as restaurant industry targets rule breakers

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has extended her public health emergency proclamation that requires social distancing measures for businesses and other establishments for another month.The extension comes as the President of the Iowa Restaurant Association is calling out establishments that aren’t in compliance. Jessica Dunker says 99% of the 6,300 bars and restaurants follow the protocols — and many go above and beyond them.“The problem that we are seeing is that the people who are doing it right are really being negatively impacted by the few places that we see that are not doing things right. That is having just a complete disregard for the things that are mandated in the current proclamation,” Dunker says.Dunker says there also needs to be more enforcement for those not following the temporary regulations. “Because right now you can certainly report to the Department of Inspections and Appeals — they will follow up, they will investigate, they will reach out and do education, but there is no next step that is put in place for them right now,” according to Dunker. “And so, we are simply saying as an industry if we are going to continue these mitigation steps that there should be some sort of ability for them to take a step for them to do enforcement.”She says Iowa can’t handle setbacks that have happened in other states. “We’re seeing in other states rollbacks of openings, rollbacks on capacities, rollbacks on the number of hours you can serve alcohol, requirements that you can only do outdoor dining. We simply as a state of Iowa in our hospitality industry — we can’t afford it. We will collapse,” Dunker says.Dunker says an outbreak of COVID-19 caused by a restaurant that is not following the rules could impact every establishment in the state. She says they are worried that there would be too much publicity for those who are breaking the rules and that would hurt the 99 percent who are doing it right. “And we are already facing losses in the neighborhood of $750 million  in the industry. Most locations have revenues of less than 50 percent of where they were,” Dunker says.Dunker says they are working with customers to ensure that everyone can follow the guidelines. “We’ve launched a program called the Iowa Hospitality Promise, that’s really a contract between restaurants and patrons,” Dunker explains. “And we’re saying we’ll do everything to keep you safe– and in exchange — we’d like you to do the same.”The proclamation had been set to expire Saturday, and will now expire August 23rd. The measure covers bars and restaurants, gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, along with doctor and dentist visits.last_img read more

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