Science left the lab Monday night and found a warm welcome — along with some frothy pints — in the backroom at The Burren, an Irish pub in Somerville.David Haig, the George Putnam Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, took the stage for the graduate student-sponsored outreach program, sharing the science of body heat on a not-so-cold winter night.“I love it. This is awesome,” said John Chamberlain, a Medford native who joined other science enthusiasts to hear Haig’s presentation. “You get to talk to scientists, pick their brains. It gets your own mind thinking about this stuff. If you’re a nerd like us, it’s brain candy … and there’s beer.”Haig spent about 20 minutes discussing the science behind the practice by warm-blooded mammals and birds of huddling together to maintain heat. He took the audience on a globe-spanning tour, from the bare Antarctic ice, where emperor penguins huddle for months as they incubate eggs; to a rat’s den, where nearly naked rat pups snuggle for warmth; to a winter burrow, where marmots pile to keep their bodies from freezing; to hospital delivery rooms, where humans are born.“It sounded like a fun thing to do, talking in a very different environment,” Haig said of the offbeat venue. “It’s a little bit of a challenge to be educational … It’s hard sometimes just to talk to members of your department about what you’re doing. Tonight, to talk to people with … less background — in ways that are not misleading — is a bigger challenge.”The Science by the Pint series is run by students from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The program, one of several run by the GSAS student group Science in the News, is coordinated by doctoral students Nicole Espy and Cristina Popa.Science by the Pint began in 2008 and each month features a different Harvard scientist in an informal discussion of science and of research. In recent months, the program has been drawing 60 to 70 people to its events, Espy said, though Monday’s crowd was between 80 and 100.,The program kicks off with the scientist’s talk and then segues into a more informal segment, where the scientist, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows rotate among tables to answer questions and talk about their work.“We’re trying to put a scientist at every table so everyone gets a chance to meet” them, Popa said.Popa and Espy said the program’s goal is to make science more approachable and discuss interesting issues that members of the community read about regularly. Past topics have included bioethics, yeast evolution, and the troubles facing honeybees.“We’re trying to put a face to the scientists, and we invite the community to demonstrate how scientists, I guess, walk among us,” Espy said, so “science doesn’t seem locked in a bubble.”Ann Fiegen, a graduate student and past treasurer of Science in the News who attended Monday’s event, said the program discourages lengthy, formal, PowerPoint-fueled presentations and instead asks the scientists to deliver short talks that kick off the subsequent discussion. Besides informing the community, the program benefits graduate students and postdocs who participate in the table talks, Fiegen said, giving them practice in discussing complex scientific subjects — including their own work — in a way that is easily understandable.Haig’s talk ranged from snuggling practices to nudity, which branched off to why some creatures are born hairy or feathered and fully formed — like horses, cows, and chickens — while others are born naked — like humans, robins, and rats — and so require extra care and development. Haig said he suspects the difference depends on how the newborn stays warm. If it is independent and needs to conserve its own heat, it is born furred or feathered. If it takes heat from its mother and its nest- or littermates, it is born naked.The Burren’s Dan Moy said the series is an offbeat selection among the wide array of events at the pub, which include music, poetry, and standup comedy.“We are a really diverse place. We like to do different things,” Moy said. “This is the biggest one [so far]. Every month it’s been bigger.”
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard President Larry Bacow announced Friday that the University’s 369th Commencement ceremony will be postponed indefinitely. The move is part of Harvard’s ongoing effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic .With health officials anticipating large portions of the nation’s population becoming infected in the coming months, Bacow said the decision to postpone was the only way to help ensure the safety of the thousands of members of the Harvard community who gather on campus for Commencement Exercises each May.“Given the advice we are receiving from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other public health officials, and our own faculty, who are among the world’s leaders in infectious disease, epidemiology, and virology, it is difficult to imagine how we could safely hold such a large gathering this spring,” wrote Bacow in an email to the Harvard community. “We recognize that people need to start making plans soon, so we thought it best to provide guidance now.”To guarantee students graduate on time, the usual gathering will be replaced with an online degree ceremony on May 28. Individual Schools will hold their own virtual Commencement ceremonies, Bacow wrote, and graduates will receive their diplomas in the mail. Other higher education institutions around the country have begun opting for virtual ceremonies to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.Bacow said University officials are working to organize a personal ceremony on a future date.“We plan to host an in-person celebration sometime later, once we know it is safe to bring people together again. By then, we will be eager not just to celebrate our graduating students, but also to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifices that so many have made to ensure the well-being of our community. We intend for this ceremony to have all of the pomp, circumstance, and tradition that is typical of a Harvard Commencement — with as many of the traditional campus festivities that typically precede Commencement as possible.”The day featuring services for graduating students and a Commencement address before alumni is the highlight of the academic year, and is also the University’s largest annual gathering, bringing thousands into close proximity with one another. The ceremony, generally held outdoors, begins in the Old Yard as students, faculty, staff, honorees, and dignitaries gather to process into Tercentenary Theatre, where the steps of Harvard’s Memorial Church facing Widener Library are transformed into a stage for both morning and afternoon events and addresses. Each spring, about 32,000 people attend Harvard’s morning exercises.Bacow’s announcement follows many rolling changes across campus as University officials work to help contain the spread of the virus, keep members of the Harvard community safe and informed, and help students, staff, and faculty manage their stress during the pandemic. Following spring break on Monday, Harvard will shift to online learning.In other developmentsTips for working effectively from homeOn Friday, Harvard’s Executive Vice President sent a message to central administration staff containing information about how to work effectively off site. “We continue to add new resources to the ‘work remotely’ section of the University coronavirus website to support you as best we can, including links to articles, remote gatherings, and knowledge series to help you stay connected and motivated; and HUIT guidance on accessing and optimizing the internet remotely and basic guidelines for using Zoom that will help ensure adequate bandwidth for academic use,” the message said.She also thanked employees for their transition to remote work and encouraged them to practice self-care by taking regular breaks, going on walks, stopping for lunch, drinking water, getting plenty of sleep, and remembering to be “as compassionate with yourself as you are with others while we acclimate to these circumstances.”Commuter passes on hold; free campus parking Harvard commuters who receive a subsidized transit pass from the University and who do not use their pass during April will receive full credit toward a future benefit month, noted an email from Harvard’s CommuterChoice program on Friday. More information and details are available here.In addition, employees are now eligible for no-charge daily parking at select Harvard facilities on the Cambridge and Allston campus. All Harvard ID holders will have access to the 52 Oxford St. Garage, the Broadway Garage, the Soldiers Field Park Garage, and the Webster Lot in the athletics area.
The Notre Dame Dance Company will bring winter to Washington Hall on Thursday and Friday night, as part of its annual Winter Showcase.The Winter Showcase takes the student dancers the entire semester to prepare, Doré said,“The ND Dance Company is a completely student-run dance group on campus,” Maura Doré, public relations officer for the Dance Company, said. “It serves as an outlet for dancers from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross, and consists of the Blue Company (intermediate level) and Gold Company (advanced level). Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.”Over 100 dancers will be performing at the showcase, Emma Lyons, secretary of the Dance Company, said. All dances are choreographed by students.“The dances are picked by the company’s votes after each choreographer shows a preview of their dance at the company meeting at the start of the semester … and then members of the company sign up for the dances they wish to learn and perform in,” Lyons said.The Company also performs in the Welsh Family Hall Dance Fest, the PFresh talent show and other events around South Bend, Doré said. The beauty of the Notre Dame Dance Company is that the dancers are able to pick their level of commitment, she said.“Students can commit however much time they want to the company, then, by signing up for as many or as few dances as they want,” Lyons said. “The purpose of this company is to allow students to continue doing what they love in college, but on their own time and with their own level of commitment.”The showcase includes 22 dances, Doré said. The genres being performed include lyrical, jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe and tap, Lyons said.“This showcase offers a chance to perform what we have worked hard on all semester, a chance to show campus a great variety of dances and, also, a chance to show off our talented dancers and choreographers,” Lyons said.The showcase serves as a way for the dancers to display their hard work, Doré said.“It is truly an amazing representation of the talent on campus,” Doré said. “It is the time when we get to show off what we have worked so hard for all semester. I know that personally when all else fails, I turn to dance, and performing in this showcase gives me an opportunity to present my passion to anyone who cares to watch.”Winter Showcase will be performed Thursday and Friday in Washington Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.Tags: dance company, dance company winter showcase, ND dance, Notre Dame dance company, winter showcase
Best Leading Actor in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Sound Design of a Play Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Best Leading Actress in a Musical Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Director of a Play Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun Best Orchestrations Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County A complete list of winners follows: Best Sound Design of a Musical Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Shows with multiple wins: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – 4 Hedwig & the Angry Inch – 4 A Raisin in the Sun – 3 All The Way – 2 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – 2 The Bridges of Madison County – 2 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – 2 Twelfth Night – 2 View Comments Best Featured Actor in a Musical James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Best Scenic Design of a Musical Christopher Barreca, Rocky Best Featured Actor in a Play Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night They’re getting away with murder and four Tonys! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder was the big winner at the 2014 Tony Awards, receiving the trophy for Best Musical and three others, including Best Director of a Musical for Darko Tresnjak. The electric production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch also took home four awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way roped in two awards: Best Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston. The Tony for Best Revival of a Play was presented to A Raisin in the Sun. Best Play All the Way Best Lighting Design of a Play Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie Best Score Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County Best Book of a Musical Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Leading Actor in a Play Bryan Cranston, All the Way Best Leading Actress in a Play Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Best Revival of a Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Featured Actress in a Musical Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Scenic Design of a Play Beowulf Boritt, Act One Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Best Director of a Musical Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Revival of a Play A Raisin in the Sun Best Costume Design of a Play Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder As previously reported, the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater was presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood. Receiving Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater are photographer Joan Marcus, general manager Charlotte Wilcox and President and CEO of The Actors Fund Joe Benincasa. New York’s Signature Theatre received this year’s Regional Theater Tony Award, while Rosie O’Donnell received the Isabelle Stevenson Award. Best Featured Actress in a Play Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
It’s Friday and if you’re like us, you spent it watching literally hundreds of videos of people belting an If/Then anthem! No? OK, well at least watch these five. High notes aside, it’s been yet another exciting week on the Great White Way. And once again, we’re here to recap it all for you. Take it all in with the Lessons of the Week!Andy & Darren Teched the UMich HallsSpring Awakening star Andy Mientus and Darren Criss have never crossed paths on Broadway, but they’ve known each other for 10 years. It’s all due to a ballet injury: After “paralyzing” his foot, University of Michigan student Mientus swapped ballet for stage tech, where he met Darren Criss. The BACA winners have come a long way: from light boards and gaff tape to glitter and…a nightgown.Andrew Rannells Is the New King of B’waySpeaking of glitter, another former Hedwig will trade in the East German’s blonde locks for a powdered wig. Rannells will step into the role of King George in Hamilton, taking over temporarily for Jonathan Groff. It makes sense: Rannells has done accent work in Hedwig, tried that boy band sound in Hairspray and Jersey Boys and explored a fairly self-centered role in The Book of Mormon. Plus, he looks amazing in a crown.Studio 54 Is Still a Hotbed of CrazyTwo things you should never do during a Broadway show: force-feed a patron strawberries and interrupt the action to propose to the star. The latter is a recent addition, after an audience member chucked a bouquet at Keira Knightley in the middle of Thérèse Raquin’s first preview. Between this guy and Shia, we can’t help but wonder what’s in the water at Studio 54. Actually, don’t answer that.Maria Will Punch If You’re a Favorite ThingWhen we asked the The Sound of Music tour stars what their love lives were like when they were 16 going on 17, we learned, uh, a lot. (Looking at you, Ben Davis.) Kerstin Anderson, the 20-year old who stars as Maria, revealed she was an aggressive teen in love: “I was still punching boys to tell them I liked them.” That’s not very nun-like, Kerstin, but it’s definitely how Maria would solve a problem. Kudos!Tyler Lea Had Biblical Stage FrightWhen we talk to B’way newbies, many reminisce about their childhood dreams of making it on the Great White Way. But that wasn’t always the case for Curious Incident star Tyler Lea, who once stormed off the stage in tears during a bible school play. He made it up to his family by performing his part back home…and by now kicking ass on Broadway. Hallelujah!Sara Bareilles Has an Inconceivable PlanSara Bareilles is bringing her score for Waitress to the Great White Way, but that’s just the beginning of her Broadway aspirations. The Grammy nominee said that not only is she open to starring in the tuner after Jessie Mueller, but she also wants to write a Princess Bride musical someday. Quick, Sara! Be brave and call up Disney! Crossing our six fingers that this works out.Ursula Officiated Prince Eric’s WeddingThe Little Mermaid alum Sean Palmer married his prince Ray Smith last weekend, and guess who was there to proclaim them a husbands? The sea witch herself Sherie Rene Scott! Also in attendance was mermaid-turned-princess Sierra Boggess. We’re so glad they were able to set aside their differences, and live happily ever after (on land).Broadway Has Some High-Tech DamesKevin Worley wears a lot of hats at Dames at Sea (not even counting the sailor cap): swing, dance captain and second assistant stage manager. To keep it all straight, he uses the super high-tech app Stage Write. Each track gets its own symbol, and he can move it around anywhere. Think football diagrams but for show folks.Yes, football has diagrams. It also has fantasy teams. Think dreamcasting for jocks. J. Hud Can Riff Through Anything“And I Am Telling You”? Riffs welcome. “I Got Love”? Riff away! Jury summons? Riff all you want, as long as your name is Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. The incoming Color Purple star recently belted her way through everything from MTA public service announcements to Viagra fine print. Because, well, she can. Think we can get her to sing this Lesson? The Bustles Are Still Getting FluffedIn 2012, Andy Karl introduced us to the art of bustle fluffery alongside his The Mystery of Edwin Drood co-stars. The hip-hop video had it all, from a J. Lo-inspired Jessie Mueller to a twerking Chita Rivera. We were shocked to discover that even in Canada, they’re still fluffin’ bustles! Thanks for keeping the magic alive, Front Row Centre Players. You serve that Christmas goose on that bustle! Star Files Darren Criss View Comments
Miles McGrane named president-elect Coral Gables attorney and former Board of Governors member Miles A. McGrane III has become president-elect designate of The Florida Bar.McGrane was the only Bar member to file by the December 17 deadline. He will be sworn in as president-elect on June 21 at the Bar’s Annual Meeting, and will become president the following June.“It’s almost trite because everyone says this: I’m flattered and honored and humbled by this,” McGrane said after his election.He said he first thought about running for president two or three years ago, but the timing wasn’t right. But in the past year, after serving as convention chair for immediate past President Herman Russomanno and attending President Terry Russell’s retreat last August on equal access to justice, “I realized how much good The Florida Bar does and how important the position of president of The Florida Bar is in a number of areas,” he said.McGrane comes to the job with specific goals.“Number one is still protection of the judiciary,” he said. “I think a lot of the things you hear bandied about by the state legislature shouldn’t be considered. I certainly don’t want to see us retreat on merit retention for our appellate courts. That’s number one. We’re not going to have access to the courts unless we protect our judiciary.”Next, McGrane said he wants to ensure the Bar remains under the Supreme Court and regulation of lawyers isn’t turned over to a state agency.“Lastly, I’ve very concerned about multidisciplinary practice,” he continued. “I think lawyers should practice law and not the big accounting firms.”There’s also a personal goal, said McGrane, who scraped and scrimped to get through college and law school. “This profession has been so good to me and my family,” he said. “I hope in some way I can give back to it.”McGrane, 54, was born in upstate New York but has lived in Florida since 1954. He attended the Junior College of Broward County and then Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he received a B.A. in business administration in 1970. McGrane, who worked his way through college, recalled running for — and winning — the post of senior class president because it included a scholarship. It was the first time he had run for anything.He received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 1975, and has practiced law in Miami since.He was an associate at Adams, George, Wood, Lee & Schulte from 1975-78, and then at George & Thompson from 1978-80. He was a partner at Kubicki, Draper, Gallagher & McGrane from 1980-1993, and is now president of McGrane and Nosich.McGrane has served on and chaired a Bar grievance committee, and he served on the Board of Governors, representing the 11th Circuit, from 1992-2000.While on the board, he served on and chaired the Disciplinary Procedure and Access to the Legal System committees, and was a member of the Disciplinary Review, Budget, Rules and Bylaws, and Executive committees. He also served on the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, chaired the Annual Meeting Committee this past year, and is currently a member of the Special Commission on Insurance Practices II.Among other activities, McGrane is on the board of directors of The Florida Bar Foundation, where he serves on the Budget and Finance, Legal Assistance to the Poor, and Law Student Assistance IOTA Grant committees.He has held several posts in the Dade County Bar Association, belongs to the International Association of Defense Counsel, and is a member of the Florida and national chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served on and chaired the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.McGrane is a member of the Dade County Defense Bar Association, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, the Florida Medical Malpractice Claims Counsel, the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the South Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management.He has served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association since 1982 and is a past president of the Legal Services of Great Miami, Inc., Board of Directors.McGrane is an adjunct professor in the University of Miami School of Law’s trial program.He is married to Patricia Lea McGrane, and they have three children, Miles IV, Ashley, and Blake. Miles McGrane named president-elect January 1, 2002 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 50-year-old Plainview man was killed when he crashed his car in Melville on Tuesday night.Suffolk County police said Eric Schneider was driving a Nissan Maxima westbound on Old Country Road when he drove over a median and struck a guardrail near the corner of Old East Neck Road at 7:05 p.m.The victim was taken to to Plainview Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Second Squad detectives impounded the car, are continuing the investigation and believe Schneider may have experienced a medical emergency prior to the crash.
Aug 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – German agriculture officials confirmed an outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza at a poultry farm in Bavaria Aug 25, as officials in Vietnam reported fresh outbreaks at farms in three more provinces.About 400 ducks on a farm near the southern city of Erlangen, about 120 miles north of Munich, died in a short time, prompting authorities to test for the virus, according to news services. An H5N1 virus was detected in three young ducks that were delivered to the farm about 4 weeks ago from a farm in the northern state of Lower Saxony, which is also being inspected for the disease, an agriculture ministry spokesperson in Berlin told Agence France-Presse (AFP) Aug 25.Authorities culled 160,000 remaining birds and set up a 3-kilometer protective zone around the farm, the Associated Press (AP) reported today.Contaminated straw was the probable source of the outbreak, Ottmar Fick, Erlangen’s chief veterinarian, told the AP. Though it’s unclear how the straw could have become contaminated, wild birds are one possibility authorities are considering, he said.In July the virus struck wild birds, mainly swans, near Nuremberg in Bavaria, and infections were also confirmed in wild birds in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt provinces, both in central Germany, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).In Vietnam, animal-health officials recently confirmed H5N1 outbreaks at poultry farms in Dong Thap province in the south and Thai Nguyen province in the north, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Aug 25. And today, officials announced the virus had spread to Tra Vinh province in the Mekong delta, according to an AFP report.The outbreak in Thai Nguyen affected ducks and young chickens, while the Dong Thap outbreak struck chicks, the Xinhua report said. In Tra Vinh the outbreak involved unvaccinated ducklings, AFP reported.In mid August the country reported an H5N1 outbreak in chickens and ducks in Cao Bang, a northern province that borders China.Vietnam has reported seven human H5N1 cases this year, which include four deaths. However, five of the cases have not yet been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), whose current avian flu tally for Vietnam is 95 cases with 42 deaths.See also:OIE reports on H5N1 outbreaks in Germanyhttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#Aug 15 CIDRAP News story “Vietnam, France report more H5N1 in birds”
Topics : Later Sunday, in an interview with the newspaper La Tercera, Paris said that “in June comes the worst, I think. Or very bad.””The first two weeks of July, I think we’re going to keep the numbers up,” he said. “I think that only in August, God willing, will we see the efforts of the quarantine rewarded, if people comply with them.”Paris took office Saturday after his predecessor Jaime Manalich resigned amid controversy over Chile’s official coronavirus death toll.The government has said publicly that the crisis has claimed more than 3,000 lives since the first case emerged in Chile on March 3. However, a report published Saturday by an investigative journalism organization called CIPER revealed that Chile had informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that the death toll was actually more than 5,000.Sunday’s official report added 6,938 new infections and 222 deaths, bringing the total to 174,293 infected and 3,323 dead.Infections have risen steadily in Chile even though it began taking emergency measures in February — including widespread testing and the closure of borders and schools — making it one of the first Latin American countries to do so.The capital Santiago and its seven million people were placed under lockdown more than a month ago. They were joined on Friday by the cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar.Nearly half of Chile’s population of 18 million is now under strict confinement.The country initially had imposed selective quarantines on areas with high incidence of the coronavirus.But many poorer Chileans continued going to work — out of economic necessity — and a sharp resurgence in mid-May forced the government to order a strict lockdown. Chile’s new health minister announced Sunday that the country’s official death toll will include suspected cases, which could double the current figure.Enrique Paris also said that quarantine measures in the Santiago metropolitan region would be extended “at least through June” after Chile recorded nearly 7,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.The Chilean government will add “the probable deaths” from the coronavirus to the epidemiological report that is published twice a week, Paris, a pediatrician and toxicologist, told a press conference.
Mikel Arteta has already improved Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi, claims Arsenal legend Ian Wright
Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 6 Feb 2020 7:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares Comment Granit Xhaka has benefited from the arrival of Arteta (Picture: Getty Images)Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi have been picked out as early beneficiaries of the Mikel Arteta regime by Arsenal legend Ian Wright.The Gunners have proved difficult to beat under Arteta thus far, but have also struggled to churn out victories, drawing five of the seven games the Spaniard has taken charge of.Arsenal sit 10th in the Premier League after this string of stalemates and closer to the relegation zone than the top four in terms of points, but Wright insists improvement have been made.The former Gunners striker has picked out Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi as three players Arteta is getting a tune out of, something that his predecessor, Unai Emery, failed to do.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘There has been a change in organisation, closing down, intensity with the guys,’ Wright told BBC 5 Live.‘People like Torreira, Xhaka, he’s turned Xhaka right around. He’s got something out of Mustafi – Mustafi played well against Burnley the other day.‘Things are happening, but it’s going to take its time.’ Arteta is slowly getting his ideas across at Arsenal (Picture: REX)Arsenal’s defence has come in for criticism all season, while they have also been hindered by injuries to the likes of Kieran Tierney, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin, who is now back fit.Wright believes Arteta is solving these problems and that new arrivals Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares will further improve the situation, while he is also looking forward to the return to fitness of Tierney.‘Unfortunately our defence was poor leading up to this and the defence is getting a little bit more solid, a couple of clean sheets, now we just need to convert the chances,’ continued Wright.‘I don’t think he’s totally happy with the defence, Pablo Mari has just come in, he might make a difference. Saliba is going to come back from loan next season, you’re hoping that them two can make a difference.‘Tierney will be a major plus for us. Soares is a fantastic signing as back-up to Hector.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are currently enjoying their winter break, during which Arteta will try and impose more of his ideas and philosophies on the squad.They do not return to action until Sunday 16 February at home to Newcastle in the Premier League.Arteta admits that he is not surprised by his side’s lowly league position at this stage of the season, knowing that their failure to convert draws into wins has cost them.‘We’ve drawn 13 games, and when you do that, that means you’re not winning enough football games,’ said the boss.‘The league is really tight, so I’m not surprised.’MORE: Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal’s transfer business done before Euro 2020MORE: David Luiz reveals how Mikel Arteta has put the fun back into playing for Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta has already improved Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Shkodran Mustafi, claims Arsenal legend Ian Wright