David Barron, ChairThe Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public LawHarvard Law SchoolPatricia ByrneExecutive DeanHarvard Divinity SchoolEmma DenchProfessor of the Classics and of HistoryFaculty of Arts and SciencesKaren EmmonsAssociate Dean for Research & Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences Harvard School of Public HealthAnn ForsythProfessor of Urban PlanningHarvard Graduate School of DesignJeffry FriedenStanfield Professor of International PeaceFaculty of Arts and SciencesArchon FungFord Foundation Professor of Democracy and CitizenshipAsh Center for Democratic Governance and InnovationJohn F. Kennedy School of GovernmentJohn GoldbergEli Goldston Professor of LawHarvard Law SchoolRakesh KhuranaMarvin Bower Professor of Leadership DevelopmentHarvard Business SchoolMaster of Cabot HouseHarvard CollegeJennifer LeaningDirector, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human RightsHarvard UniversityFXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human RightsHarvard School of Public HealthAssociate Professor of MedicineHarvard Medical SchoolNonie LesauxProfessor of EducationHarvard Graduate School of EducationBarbara McNeilRidley Watts Professor of Health Care PolicyHarvard Medical SchoolDaniel MeltzerStory Professor of Law Harvard Law SchoolRichard MillsExecutive Dean for AdministrationHarvard Medical SchoolJohn Gregory MorrisettAllen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science Harvard School of Engineering & Applied SciencesJonathan Lee WaltonPlummer Professor of Christian Morals& Pusey Minister in the Memorial ChurchFaculty of Arts and SciencesProfessor of Religion and SocietyHarvard Divinity SchoolStaff to the committeeMarilyn HausammannVice President for Human ResourcesHarvard UniversityRobert IulianoVice President & General CounselHarvard UniversityAnne MarguliesVice President, University Chief Information OfficerHarvard University Leah RosovskyVice President for Strategy & ProgramsHarvard University
University of Georgia soil scientist Matthew Levi is using technologies like digital soil mapping, spatial modeling and remote sensing to help his research colleagues and Georgia farmers improve their production practices.Levi arrived began working in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) in December 2017, devoting much of his time to improving Georgia’s soil inventory by studying the soil profiles on farms across the state.“One application that I would like to get started at UGA is to provide a more detailed soil map for all of our farm properties, like the Iron Horse Farm (located between Watkinsville and Greensboro, Georgia) and some of the common research areas in Tifton, Georgia,” said Levi, who holds a Ph.D. in soil, water and environmental science from the University of Arizona.Having a more detailed characterization of soil properties can help scientists interpret research data and can provide a better foundation for soil information than traditional soil surveys do, he says.As an assistant professor in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Levi teaches courses including soil pedology and soils and hydrology. He will soon hire a graduate student to help study how spatial predictions are made for physical properties like sand and clay content. These findings can be linked to soil moisture measurements at different locations in a field.“That will allow us to connect our soil moisture measurements to places where we can’t measure soil moisture so we can understand and predict how moisture changes across the field at different depths,” Levi said. “Ultimately, that would fit into recommendations for variable rate irrigation. We are trying to really optimize the water usage for fields that are outfitted with variable rate equipment.”Levi has teamed with CAES precision agriculture specialist George Vellidis and UGA Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter to brainstorm ways to optimize variable rate, which is currently being researched at different zones throughout a field. Instead of changing how much irrigation water is applied per zone in the field, Levi hopes to further fine-tune where the water needs to go.“I know that water is getting harder and harder to access, especially with the water wars going on between Florida, Georgia and Alabama. I’m trying to figure out how much benefit there will be to optimizing more than just by zones like we do now,” he said. “I like the ability to work with ecologists and hydrologists and at the same time work with agronomists and farmers because it gives me variety. It brings challenges, but it also brings better science because I’m getting their perspectives and thinking about how soils are used in different disciplines. I think it improves our understanding of how we do things.”Levi also wants to apply his research findings to help understand issues like wildfires and prescribed fires using soil science. While wildfires in the Southeast are not as common as those in the western half of the country, they do happen. In 2016, the Great Smoky Mountains wildfire greatly impacted popular tourist destinations including Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.“How can we use soil properties and soil maps to help us investigate wildfire predictions or make recommendations for prescribed fires? By taking into account soil-moisture conditions at the time of a prescribed fire, we can likely optimize management objectives. We can also see if there’s a connection between where you’ll find more hotspots for getting a good burn,” Levi said. “I think there’s definitely some potential to apply soil properties to fire-prediction models.”Levi’s other research projects are related to the effects of management practices on soil health across Georgia and neighboring states.To learn more about variable rate irrigation, see http://caessubsite.caes.uga.edu/stripling-park/projects/agricultural-water-conservation/variable-rate-irrigation.html.
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Seven teams will have booked their place at next year’s African Nations Championship in South Africa after this weekend’s round of qualifiers.Nigeria appear set to fill one of the berths as they take a 4-1 lead into the second leg of their tie against Cote d’Ivoire.And if the reigning African champions are successful, they will reach the finals for the first time.Ousted by Ghana and minnows Niger in previous qualifying competitions, the Super Eagles are desperate to end five years of failure.While coach Stephen Keshi preaches caution, it would be the biggest shock in qualifying for the tournament, which is for home-based players, if they surrender their advantage.“We cannot afford to take our feet off the pedal because we won the first match,” said Keshi, who led the full senior team to the Africa Cup of Nations title in Soweto in February. “The Ivorians are a very good side and we must prepare thoroughly for the second leg or face the prospect of losing out on Nations Championship qualification again.”Ethiopia are another country hoping to make the finals for the first time, although they are less favourably placed than Nigeria having defeated Rwanda only 1-0 in Addis Ababa.Sewnet Bishaw, who took the Cup of Nations team to the finals last January after a 31-year absence, is confident of completing the task in Kigali.“I promise that we will beat Rwanda in their backyard – I do not foresee any serious problems having watched them in the first encounter,” he boasted.Only three of the 23-strong Cup of Nations squad are based abroad, leaving Bishaw with a wealth of experience to call on, including midfield dribbler Shimelis Bekele. A 1-0 victory in Tanzania through a goal from defender Denis Iguma has placed Uganda in pole position to reach a second consecutive Nations Championship tournament.But the Cranes have often fallen at the final hurdle in various qualifying tournaments and Serb coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic remains wary of his east African nUganda will lack both first-leg strikers with Tony Odour sidelined by a pulled muscle and Patrick Edema in Portugal for trials with a third-tier club.Mali are well placed having beaten Guinea 3-1 at home, as are Sudan after forcing a 1-1 draw in Burundi.But Burkina Faso and 2009 champions Democratic Republic of Congo face tough tasks against Niger and Congo-Brazzaville respectively having built just one-goal home leads.There are also four first-leg fixtures with Cameroon belatedly hosting Gabon after the lifting this week of a Fifa ban on the country for state interference. Southern region fixtures between Botswana and Zambia, Mozambique and Namibia and Mauritius and Zimbabwe complete the 11-match schedule.
The Day Treatment Program has replaced the more traditional residential treatment for clients as it allows them to access day treatment services along with a supportive recovery bed in their home community, if required. This model helps people to learn skills to use in their home environments while ensuring the supports are available during the day. Northern Health will put forward a request for proposals this September. The beds will help support the day treatment program that is providing addiction recovery services in the community. “Supportive Recovery Beds are crucial elements of the day treatment recovery process,” said Tracy Mclellan, Director, Mental Health & Addiction Services, Northeast, Northern Health. “Without the recovery beds, it can be difficult to meet the needs of the clients in the program and the community.” The program is tailored to the individual and not to a group or cohort as are more traditional models, which is important because it supports people to recover at their own pace. Northern Health is looking for groups willing to provide four addiction recovery beds in Fort St. John. Northern Health’s request for proposals will be posted on B.C. Bid by September 2 with an application deadline of September 30, 2011 with the hope that the new program can start in November of this year. – Advertisement –