Social Justice Spotlight

first_imgKip Tiernan BI ’89, founder of Rosie’s Place and the Greater Boston Food Bank and co-founder of Community Works and the Poor People’s United Fund, gave her papers to the Schlesinger Library in 2006 so that scholars and citizens can learn more about how and why she pursued her passion for social justice. That was just one part of a special connection forged between the social justice pioneer and the Radcliffe Institute library.When she died in 2011, at 85, it was important that her commitment to the downtrodden and disenfranchised live on. One way her legacy continues at Harvard is through the event that took place yesterday hosted by the Schlesinger Library and Community Works, a cooperative of 34 local grassroots organizations devoted to social and economic justice.The executive director of Community Works, Fran Froelich, worked with Tiernan for years to pursue community-based solutions to entrenched challenges, including homelessness, hunger, and violence. She spoke about Tiernan at the event, saying “She told the truth—held it up—and invited us to join her in searching for solutions.”To honor Tiernan’s pursuit of truth and her commitment to improving the quality of life for all people, Froelich presented the organization’s Striving for Justice Award to David Hemenway AB ’66, PhD ’74, professor of health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. The award was given in recognition of his efforts to understand and prevent injury and violence as director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center and as the author of many books, including While We Were Sleeping: Success Stories in Injury and Violence Prevention (University of California Press, 2009).Hemenway, who was honored to accept the award, shared some insights into his work collecting data about homicide and suicides, and how he and his colleagues are learning more about violence and its causes as they analyze the information. His remarks—which included insights into soda drinking, accidental poisonings, and gun ownership—illustrated what Froelich said in her introduction: “David’s field of public health has deep moral connections to broader questions of social justice, poverty, and systematic disadvantage.”His remarks were followed by a discussion with young people searching for solutions to youth violence and active in Alternatives for Community and Environment and the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, two organizations that are part of Community Works.The combination of statistics and the stories was a fitting testament to Kip Tiernan’s commitment to highlighting the power of experts and community groups to raise awareness, tackle difficult issues, make a meaningful difference, and inspire others. The event was also an opportunity to remind people about the mission of Community Works, its participation in the Harvard Community Gifts campaign, and access to Tiernan’s papers at the Schlesinger Library.last_img read more

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Clinical trials of human H5N1 flu vaccine to start soon

first_imgNov 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Clinical trials of a vaccine designed to keep the H5N1 avian influenza virus from sparking a human flu pandemic will begin early in 2005, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said this week.Under contracts with the NIAID, Aventis Pasteur and Chiron Corp. are each producing 8,000 to 10,000 doses of an H5N1 vaccine based on virus isolated from a human patient who contracted avian flu in Asia this year.In a wide-ranging Nov 15 press briefing on flu research, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, said, “Production of pilot lots has begun, we expect them to be finished by the end of December, and we expect clinical trials to begin soon thereafter.” He later mentioned January as the month when the trials will probably begin. A recording of the briefing is available on the NIAID Web site.The vaccine will be tested for safety and immunogenicity, or the ability to trigger production of antibodies, Fauci said. Participants will not be exposed to the H5N1 virus, which has caused 44 human cases with 32 deaths in Asia this year.Chiron is making pilot lots of H5N1 vaccine in a plant in Liverpool, England, but it’s not the same plant where contamination problems doomed nearly half of the US flu vaccine supply this fall, Fauci said. The company was expected to supply up to 48 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine to the United States, but the supply was lost when some lots of the vaccine were found to be contaminated and the whole supply was declared unsafe.Fauci said Chiron, which is based in California, has asked the British government to inspect the plant where the H5N1 vaccine is being made. “I do know the Chiron people have asked the UK [United Kingdom] regulators to look at the plant to make sure it’s OK,” he said.Chiron is also under contract to make pilot doses of a human vaccine for H9N2 avian flu, which infected three people in Hong Kong in 1999 and 2003 and is regarded as another possible source of a human pandemic. Fauci said that vaccine is being made in a plant in Siena, Italy.Besides making H5N1 vaccine for the clinical trials, Aventis Pasteur has a separate contract to produce 2 million doses of the vaccine. Fauci said the purpose of that contract is to provide vaccine for public health and laboratory workers and to prepare for mass production of the vaccine in case a pandemic erupts.”It’s going to be much easier for Aventis to go from 2 million up to 50 million than it would be if they were stuck at a pilot of 8,000 to 10,000 [doses],” he said.The H5N1 virus has not yet shown an ability to spread easily from person to person, but many disease experts are worried that it will soon acquire that ability and launch a pandemic. Some experts have said the virus could cause a pandemic on the scale of the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed between 20 million and 50 million people worldwide. Officials have said there is no guarantee that the NIAID’s H5N1 vaccine will work if a pandemic occurs.In response to questions, Fauci said a flu pandemic is probably on the way but not likely to begin in the next few weeks. “If you look at history, it’s unlikely that we’re going to have massive person-to-person spread in December,” he said. “Is it going to happen sometime in the near future? The answer is yes, we’re due for it, but you can’t predict when it’s going to happen.”In other comments, Fauci said he thinks it will be possible, though difficult, to produce a “perennial” flu vaccine—one that doesn’t have to be changed each year to match the circulating strains. “I think we can meet the challenge, but it’s not going to be easy,” he said.Slight changes occur frequently in flu virus surface proteins (hemagglutinin and neuraminidase) that enable the virus to enter and exit human cells. Because these changes permit the virus to evade detection by the immune system and because current vaccines target these proteins, it is necessary to adjust vaccines each year. Flu experts hope to design a vaccine that would target more stable components of the virus, so that it wouldn’t be necessary to change the vaccine every year.Brian Murphy, an NIAID flu expert who attended the roundtable, sounded less optimistic than Fauci about producing a perennial vaccine. He noted that most people have been exposed to many flu strains over the years, yet they become susceptible to the virus again when the surface proteins change.”In order for a perennial vaccine to be effective, you have to make something better [at inducing immunity] than repeated infections with wild-type virus,” he said. “Somebody who has tried to make vaccines for a long time would find that a very difficult task indeed.”See also:NIAID video recording of flu research briefinghttp://videocast.nih.gov/ram/flu111504.ramlast_img read more

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Moyes on the brink

first_img Press Association Manchester United are expected to confirm David Moyes as their next manager. It would see Moyes becoming United’s 20th manager, and the seventh Scot, joining an illustrious list, which includes Sir Matt Busby, Tommy Docherty and, of course, Ferguson himself. As rumours swept around Manchester on Tuesday night of Ferguson’s impending departure, it did seem there were only three plausible candidates, Moyes, Jose Mourinho and Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp. Given the short timescale United are working to, it was impossible to imagine Klopp resigning before Dortmund’s Champions League final with Bayern Munich, whilst Sir Bobby Charlton, who has significant influence at Old Trafford, does not believe Mourinho’s capacity for external and internal conflict sits well. That leaves Moyes, even if his European experience, limited to just 26 games, which have yielded 14 wins, is less than United have managed in the last three seasons alone. “The qualities we are looking for are the ones that have been inherent at Manchester United for many years,” chief executive David Gill told MUTV. “Our two most successful eras were with managers who got involved with all aspects of the club, from the youth team to the first team, and had that degree of loyalty and understanding of the football club. “Clearly he has to have the requisite football experience, both in terms of domestic and European experience. It is a small pool but we will move forward.” Moyes’ name is openly being discussed in the United dressing room and it now would be a sensational development if the 50-year-old was not installed, even if he could well end the season at Everton as Ferguson is not standing down until after his final game at West Brom on May 19. center_img Although there has been no announcement from the club following on from Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement bombshell, Moyes is understood to be top of their list of candidates to replace the Scot. It is impossible to see Moyes turning the offer down and as his contract with Everton is due to expire in the summer anyway, there is not thought to be any reason for the appointment to be delayed beyond the next 48 hours, with the potential for the process to be concluded as early as Thursday. last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgAttorneys for McMahon argued Wednesday that Luck was fired for cause, in part because he failed to devote his business time to his XFL duties. They claimed Luck abandoned his responsibilities after the schedule was halted by the coronavirus.The league suspended operations and laid off all its employees on April 10, three days before filing for bankruptcy protection.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP Source: NFL extends virtual offseason work through MayUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has updated its Organized Team Activities schedule as the league hopes to begin the upcoming season on time. WOMEN’S HOCKEY-FUTUREPro women’s hockey association unveils 5-city regional planUNDATED (AP) — The Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association enters its second season with plans to regionalize its structure by basing players in five hub cities.Groups of 25 players will practice in rinks in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary. The league says players will have access to dedicated dressing rooms, strength and conditioning facilities as well as support staff and coaches.The PWHPA was established a year ago following the collapse of the six-team Canadian Women’s Hockey League. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GEORGETOWN-McCLUNGHoyas star guard transferringWASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown guard Mac McClung plans to enter the NCAA transfer portal after taking his name out of consideration for the NBA draft.McClung averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21 games as a sophomore this past season, missing time with a right foot injury.His departure follows the transfers of four other Georgetown men’s basketball players during last season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT DEADLINEDraft deadline pushed backINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA is pushing back its deadline for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.The deadline had been June 3, 10 days after the completion of the NBA scouting combine. But the combine was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic.NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt said in a statement that college sports’ governing body won’t set a new deadline until the NBA has determined its revised timeline for the predraft process. — Major League Soccer is looking at the possibility of resuming the season this summer with all teams playing in Orlando, Florida. A person with knowledge of the plan says the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. Details of the plan are still under consideration. Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps.— A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the pandemic. The person told The Associated Press that about 40 percent of the baseball operations staff will be affected, with the status of those furloughed to be evaluated monthly. Their health benefits will continue through the end of October.— The Italian soccer league is hoping to resume competition on June 13. The date was agreed to during a video conference with all 20 Serie A clubs. It is subject to approval by the Italian government. Full team training will restart on May 18 after a revised medical protocol was approved. The clubs have already resumed training on an individual basis.— The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4. The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.— Players from the Spanish soccer club Elche did not return to practice on Wednesday as a protest against reduced salaries. The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium. Instead, they decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players had their salaries reduced by 70%. Former Celtics, Canisius guard Johnny McCarthy diesBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former NBA guard John McCarthy has died at 86.McCarthy was the first player in NBA history to record a triple-double in his first career playoff game, a feat that has been matched just three other times. He played six seasons in the league and closed his career by helping the Boston Celtics win the 1964 championship.McCarthy also helped Canisius earn a pair of NCAA appearances in 1955 and ’56.Canisius announced that McCarthy died Saturday of natural causes in the Buffalo suburbs, where he grew up and lived most of his life. — The PGA Tour has outlined a health plan for its return that includes testing players for the new coronavirus both at home and when they arrive at tournaments. The tour’s chief of operations says they won’t play if it’s not safe for everyone involved, and if testing takes away from resources in the host city. The return to golf will not include spectators or pro-ams. Key personnel will have to answer health questionnaires and have their temperatures taken every day. The tour says if a player tests positive, he will have to withdraw.— Santa Anita has received approval from Los Angeles County health officials to resume live racing Friday. The track stopped live racing on March 27 by order of the county health department because of concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The track raced without spectators for two weeks before it was shut down.— The South Korean women’s golf tour is starting up again. The KLPGA Championship opens today, without fans on the course. Organizers say social distancing will be practiced by players and tournament officials. Women’s golf joins South Korea’s professional baseball and soccer leagues, which have already restarted in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.— Golf courses in England are reopening as part of some modest socially distanced easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. People in England can exercise more than once a day and with one person from outside their household, provided the rule to remain more than six feet apart is adhered to. In addition, outdoor tennis and basketball courts can be used, and people will also be able to swim in lakes and the sea.— Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the pandemic. The Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators. Associated Press A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that the NFL has extended its virtual offseason workouts through the end of May.NFL teams normally would be holding OTAs during May, followed by June minicamps. Those activities are being done remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coaching and training staffs have worked with the players by conducting classroom instruction and on-field activities through digital applications.All 32 teams must submit plans for reopening their facilities to the league by Friday, though no dates for such re-openings are set. Offseason workouts must end by June 26, a week or so later than usual.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Florida is willing to be a restart site for professional sports leagues when play resumes following shutdowns caused by the new coronavirus. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he is welcoming all pro sports for practicing and playing, although he couldn’t guarantee that fans would be permitted. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced this week that his state is open to games without spectators for all the major sports starting Saturday. Update on the latest sports The league says it will continue its Dream Gap Tour series of barnstorming stops across North America.XFL-LUCK LAWSUITMcMahon fights back in battle with LuckSTAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for XFL owner Vince McMahon have argued in court filings that he was justified in firing league CEO Oliver Luck last month just before the football operation shut down.Luck filed a federal lawsuit last month over his April 9 termination, alleging the wrestling magnate breached their contract. The father of former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and a long-time football executive is seeking monetary damages. — The Japan Sumo Association says a 28-year-old wrestler has died from the coronavirus. The association identified the wrestler as Shoubushi and said he died of multiple-organ failure. He is reported to have been the first sumo wrestler to die from the virus, and among the youngest to die in Japan.— Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The system will otherwise remain the same. Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.— Oaklawn plans to reopen its casino next to the racetrack in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday. General manager Wayne Smith says state and health officials have given the go-ahead to do so with new health and hygiene protocols in place. The casino will operate at 33% capacity, staff and visitors will have their temperatures checked upon entry and must wear masks, and guests must show ID in case contact tracing is needed.— Rutgers is doing away with paper tickets to sports events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State University of New Jersey announced Wednesday that mobile-only ticketing to sports events will start this fall with the football season.— IndyCar plans to crown its champion on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The original opener is being rescheduled for Oct. 25 as the finale. IndyCar was supposed to start its season March 15 on the temporary street course. Teams were already in place to compete before sports shut down 48 hours before the race because of the coronavirus pandemic. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan seeks to remove law firm in sex abuse suitsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has announced that it is seeking to remove a law firm it hired to handle lawsuits following hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse by Dr. Robert Anderson, a sports doctor who worked at the school for decades.It’s the second time the university has sought to remove a firm helping handle the allegations, and just two months after the firm was hired.The school said in April that it hoped to settle the lawsuits. DOCTOR-SEXUAL ASSAULT-MICHIGAN STATENassar-related case dismissed against ex-university chiefDETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed criminal charges against former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon.She was accused of lying to investigators in 2018 as they tried to learn what she knew years earlier about sexual assault complaints involving campus doctor Larry Nassar. Simon last year was ordered to trial in Eaton County, near Lansing. But Circuit Judge John Maurer tossed the case, saying a lower court judge had abused her discretion in finding enough evidence to keep the case going.Nassar is serving decades in prison after hundreds of women and girls came forward to say he molested them during visits for hip, back and leg injuries. Authorities alleged that Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a patient at a campus clinic, and that she knew of the nature of the complaint. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ALABAMA ST-MO WILLIAMSWilliams takes over Alabama State programMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former NBA point guard Mo Williams is Alabama State’s new head coach.Williams played 14 seasons in the NBA, winning a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant for California State University at Northridge, under coach Mark Gottfried.NBA-OBIT-JOHN MCCARTHYlast_img read more

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