2016 Harvard Deans’ Challenges winners announced

first_img Related The 2016 winners of the Harvard Deans’ Challenges were announced in a ceremony at the Harvard i-lab on May 4. In its fourth year, the startup competition, aimed at finding novel solutions to pressing issues facing society, received more than 90 proposals from ventures representing 12 Harvard schools.In the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, the $45,000 grand prize winner was magic, a subscription box focusing on career awareness and positive self-image, developed by women of color for girls of color. Songshark, which allows anyone to compose and record complete musical works with a few clicks, was awarded the $10,000 prize.The winner of the $30,000 grand prize in the Bertarelli Foundation Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge was Herald, which makes health care safer by offering clinicians real-time access to their clinical data. Pykus Therapeutics, which is developing a dissolvable intraocular device to make retinal surgery less painful, won the $25,000 Health and Life Sciences Challenge prize. Two Deans’ Challenges garner 90 proposals Ten teams named finalists for their novel solutions to pressing issues facing society In March, the applicant pool for the challenges was narrowed down to 20 teams. Each finalist venture had the opportunity to participate in the i-lab Venture Incubation Program (VIP), with access to experienced business mentors and $5,000 to further develop their ideas. A judging committee composed of Harvard faculty members, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and investors evaluated the finalist teams and named the winners.Sponsored by three deans and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Labs — which include the i-lab and the Harvard Launch Lab — the competitions, along with the President’s Challenge, give Harvard students and fellows a unique opportunity to create and develop solutions that could impact health, the arts, and society for generations.“Here at the i-lab, it’s all about taking your ideas as far as they can go, and the challenges are a perfect manifestation of that mission,” said Jodi Goldstein, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “We are challenging Harvard students to create and develop solutions that have meaningful impact for people around the world.”Chris Viehbacher (from left), a partner at Gurnet Point Capital, is pictured with Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge winners Craig Monsen, Andrew Hillis, Matt Fujisawa, and Brad Diephuis, and Nohria.The Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, created to find venture-based solutions in the arts, is co-chaired by Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria, Arts and Humanities Dean Diana Sorensen, and the Silkroad Project, which encourages dialogue among artists and musicians, educators and entrepreneurs.“The Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge is a project that came together because so many people came together and decided to do something creative,” said Nohria.The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, chaired by Nohria and Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier, is designed to support students pursuing innovative solutions to improve healthcare and patients’ lives.Chris Viehbacher, the former CEO of Sanofi and a current partner at Gurnet Point Capital, awarded the Bertarelli Foundation Grand Prize. “I think that innovation can come from any source,” Viehbacher said prior to handing out the award. “The more we can encourage diversity and give everyone a fair shot to express their ideas will make things better for everyone.”last_img read more

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Messi’s jersey a dream come true for frontline nurse

first_img Coming out of the hospital early the next day, Wu received the good news, the report said. “I didn’t expect this wish to come true because I just wanted to encourage my son,” she said, adding that one of the reasons she had been inspired to join the fight against coronavirus in Wuhan is that she wanted to set a good example for her son, telling him that no difficulty can stop people from chasing their dreams. Since Feb 7, Wu has been working in Wuhan at Union Hospital affiliated with Tongji Medical College, which is treating critically ill patients, the report said. After she left home, her 8-year-old son, Lu Shu, has watched the news every day, worrying about his mother in the isolation ward, the report said. “Whenever I contact him through video calls, I always tell him I am safe here and I hope he can overcome the difficulties like I do, by studying hard and practicing well,” Wu said. She added that her son likes playing soccer and has been training at youth clubs in Hunan province since he was 5. This year, due to the temporary shutdown of outdoor training after the coronavirus outbreak, Lu Shu has been forced to exercise at home. Wu said that after watching the 2018 World Cup, Lu Shu told his parents he wanted to be a self-disciplined and versatile athlete like the Barcelona star. Wu and her husband have always supported their son’s dream, encouraging him to try his hardest at something he loves. Read Also:FA Cup: Liverpool’s big boys jet off on holiday as youngsters take on Shrewsbury In addition to a Messi jersey, Lu Shu will receive another gift from his training club, Tengyo Sports. The club said Lu’s registration fee will be waived and he will receive a training session led by Spain’s Rodrigo Enrique Azocar Diaz, a UEFA Level A certified coach. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Argentina’s national soccer team has made a dream come true for Wu Yu, a frontline nurse in Wuhan. The group is sending her son a Lionel Messi jersey and the promise of a professional soccer session. Every day Wu Yu gets up and goes to work, she faces one of the greatest risks a medical staffer can face. Wu is a nurse at Xiangya Hospital in Central China’s Hunan province who has been working in Wuhan, battling the deadly Covid-19 virus. Facing down death every day, Wu had only one wish — a special wish on Women’s Day. She hoped Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi would send her son a jersey. To her shock and amazement, not only has the Argentine Football Association responded to her wish, but her son’s youth training club has also promised to arrange a coaching session with a leading Spanish coach, free of charge, China Daily reported. After a busy day on duty on Sunday, Wu was asked if she had a wish for Women’s Day, and gave what she felt was an ambitious response, the report said. “I believe a jersey from Messi would definitely encourage my boy to become a member of the national youth training team,” she said. That night, the Weibo account of Argentina’s national soccer team responded. “Hello, this is the China office of the Argentine Football Association,” it said. “After hearing your wish, we are going to send you a No. 10 Messi jersey. Our staff will try to get in touch with you and we hope your son can have a brighter future after wearing his idol’s shirt!” Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

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Klopp Celebrates Wycombe’s Promotion with Akinfenwa

first_imgSo after Monday night’s result, Akinfenwa, a long-time Liverpool fan, joked: “Let me tell you something, the only person that can hit me up on WhatsApp this time is Klopp, so we can celebrate together. You get me? Oi!”And so that’s just what Klopp did.Speaking to reporters on Tuesday ahead of the visit to Arsenal, Klopp stated about Akinfenwa: “He is invited for the parade! I saw before the video when he was sitting in the team meeting in an LFC kit, I thought that was really funny. He responded to the video, it was nice, he was really happy.”Akinfenwa’s story will move you as four years ago he was unemployed after he was released by AFC Wimbledon.Klopp added : “I just enjoy these kinds of stories (like Akinfenwa) and football meant everything to me before someone thought you can earn some money from it.“You can fulfill your own dreams. For some teams it’s early but others can do it if they work hard,” Klopp concluded.Messages of congratulation followed from other Liverpool players, including Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson himself.The much-travelled Akinfenwa – as well as AFC Wimbledon, his former clubs include, but are by no means limited to, Torquay, Swansea, Northampton, Gillingham, Doncaster and Millwall – is celebrated almost as much for his physical stature as his goal-scoring prowess.He goes by the nickname ‘The Beast’ and has written an autobiography called ‘The Beast: My Story’.But The Beast has a soft spot for newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool.When the Reds sealed their first league title for 30 years last month, he happily took a club fine for turning up to training at Wycombe wearing an LFC shirt.And apparently he even waived a rebate on the fine due to him after Monday’s heroics, having subsequently revealed: “The gaffer told me he would halve my fine if we got promoted, but I’d be so happy if we went up, I’ll still gladly pay the full amount. It would be money well spent.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigerian-born Michael Akinfenwa is still in cloud nine after Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp messaged him on WhatsApp in celebration of his Wycombe Wanderers’ promotion to the English Championship after beating Oxford United at the Wembley on Monday.After the Chairboys triumphed 2-1 on Mondayto reach the second tier for the first time, veteran striker Akinfenwa gave an on-pitch interview to Sky, in which the 38-year-old referenced a similar post-match interview from four years earlier.On that day in 2016 – after scoring a penalty for AFC Wimbledon against Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off final – he famously said: “I think I’m technically unemployed, so any managers hit me up on the WhatsApp and get me a job.”last_img read more

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Football: Takeaways from Saturday’s victory against New Mexico

first_imgSaturday’s slow start and eventual 45–14 Badger victory over New Mexico illuminated many of the pressure points and strengths of this Wisconsin squad.Jonathan Taylor is good at running fast and far with the football (though fumbles still an issue)Full disclosure: That’s a repeat subheading from last week. That’s as much about Taylor’s consistency as it is my laziness.Jonathan Taylor dazzled Camp Randall with the best statistical game of his young career. He rushed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, setting off Heisman-sirens every which way.The first quarter began slowly for the sophomore, where he ran for 34 yards in the frame. Sure, for a mortal, a 34-yard quarter is nothing to scoff at — but for “JT23,” such a quarter is like Ted Williams batting .280.To make matters appear worse, early on in the second quarter, after a 39-yard run by fullback Alec Ingold, Taylor fumbled in the red zone, costing Wisconsin surefire points.Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New MexicoWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14. Read…After the game, despite the team’s win and Taylor’s otherwise incredible play, questions of Taylor’s fumbling problem bombarded Head Coach Paul Chryst, Taylor and many of his teammates.It doesn’t need to be repeated that Taylor’s frequent fumbling has besmirched many of his best showings and reared its head in any discussion of his talents.“Any running back when he puts the ball on the ground is gonna come back mad, with fire in his eyes,” offensive lineman Michael Deiter said. “And JT, he does it every time.”Deiter wasn’t the only one with high praise for Taylor’s ability to respond to miscues.Football: Jonathan Taylor earns Big Ten Player of the Week after dominant performanceJonathan Taylor is back and he’s up to his old Jonathan Taylor antics. Taylor, who opened up the season as Read…Quarterback Alex Hornibrook also commended Taylor’s resilience.Chryst had Taylor’s back as well, saying “Not one of these guys is going out there and saying ‘I’m gonna try to fumble right here’…[Taylor] is competitive and he cares about this team.”As for the man himself, Taylor said all the right things as usual.He said Chryst always talks to him about responding to adversity and being there for his teammates. In response to questions regarding his fumbling issue, Taylor echoed the same sentiments he’s been saying for over a year.“Ball security is important,” Taylor said. “I’m looking forward to a great week of work.”Chryst dispensed some wisdom to close out his brief remarks regarding Taylor’s fumbling.Football: Safety Patrick Johnson leaves programPatrick Johnson, a safety for the University of Wisconsin football team, left the program Wednesday morning citing personal reasons. The Read…He mentioned how everyone on the team has things they need to work on, tighten up, and will be focused on during the week before their next contest against BYU.“This is what’s neat about football,” Chryst said. “Everyone can do a little bit better.”Hornibrook to A.J., againSaturday’s game was Taylor-made (That pun has been seen elsewhere, but @BHeraldSports Tweeted it first, thank you very much). Not only did Taylor have a career day, but Hornibrook decided he only really felt like tossing the ball to his receiver A.J. Taylor.Hornibrook only had 11 passing attempts, and of the eight completions, five of them were to A.J. Taylor for a total of 134 yards. Including an unbelievable Odell Beckham Jr.-esque one-handed grab down the sideline that had Camp Randall losing its collective mind.Volleyball: Wisconsin gets back on track versus North TexasThe University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team rebounded in a big way as they downed North Texas in a quick Read…“To be honest with you I really wasn’t thinking. I saw the ball and I thought it was going to be a little further than it was so I  was slowing down to jump for it and I guess the guy had my hand … and I decided to go for it and it worked out,” Taylor said.With regard to comparisons of his catch in the Orange Bowl, which may have been even more impressive, Taylor said “I don’t even know what happened in the Orange bowl, I think that was God.”With sophomore receiver Danny Davis returning next week after suspension, A.J. Taylor should be able to find more space on the field as he won’t be the clear-cut first option for defenses to focus on.Danny Vanden Boom could be the greatest quarterback to put on shoulder padsI’m not ready to say he’s the GOAT yet, but I’m also not aware of any quarterback with a more pristine stat sheet than the Badgers’ backup quarterback, redshirt freshman Danny Vanden Boom.Vanden Boom was 28-0 as a starter in high school, leading his Kimberly High School team to back-to-back Wisconsin state championships.Men’s soccer: Badgers’ road woes continue in IllinoisAfter falling to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in tough conditions 3–0 Friday night, followed by a 0–0 draw against Bradley Read…Now, his college career begins with one pass and one touchdown as he came in to relieve Hornibrook in garbage time, late in the game Saturday.“It’s all downhill from here,” noted comedian Paul Chryst.DISCLAIMER: As far as I am aware Vanden Boom is also undefeated in the NFL.Scott Nelson continues to be a favoriteWatching redshirt freshman safety Scott Nelson play is a wonderful thing.Early on it seemed like the young fella was everywhere on the field, making one tackle after another. Later, in a play Chryst credited as the turning point of the game, Nelson used a heavy pass rush to his advantage and picked off a pass for the first interception of his career.It’s exciting to see a young member of the secondary already having such a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball. Considering Nelson will only get better, and increase his football IQ, it’s hard to think the Badgers won’t have a truly elite safety in their secondary for a few years to come.last_img read more

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