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USS Freedom Docks in Guam

first_img Training & Education USS Freedom Docks in Guam Share this article December 2, 2013center_img The littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), arrived in Guam, the furthest western U.S. territory, as part of her return transit across the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 29.While the crew will have time to rest, relax and reset, Freedom will receive fuel and supplies for the next underway period as the ship wraps up a maiden overseas deployment to Southeast Asia that began last March.Over the past several months, Freedom has worked with many regional navies that operate comparable-sized ships during a series of port visits, exercises, and exchanges. These engagements directly support the Asia-Pacific rebalance and further reinforced cooperation and interoperability among the Navy’s partners and allies throughout Southeast Asia.Prior to arriving in Guam, Freedom conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Bangladesh navy ship BNS Somudro Joy (F 28), supported humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) efforts in the Philippines, as part of Operation Damayan, and conducted a port call in Muara, Brunei.USS Freedom’s first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Freedom used Singapore as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX), three phases of the bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the multinational exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT). During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands visitors from throughout Southeast Asia.[mappress]Press Release, December 02, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Freedom Docks in Guam last_img read more


Religion is innate, says controversial study

first_imgDr Justin Barrett, from Oxford University’s Centre for Anthropology and Mind, has claimed that humans are naturally disposed to believe in God from birth, in a lecture at Cambridge’s Faraday Institute.He claims that his research has shown that small children have an innate belief that the natural world has been designed with purpose and intention.The research project from which Barrett drew his findings came under severe criticism last year, due to the allegedly pro-religious leanings of the foundation which backed the study, which a Nobel prize winner claimed was attempting to “drag us back into the Dark Ages.”The John Templeton Foundation, which has an endowment of over $1 billion, was founded in 1987 by lifelong Presbyterian and investor Sir John Templeton, a former Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, who has said that “scientific revelations may be a goldmine for revitalizing religion in the 21st Century.”Dr Barrett’s study received £1.9 million from the Foundation, which earlier this year denied that it only gave money to projects with a religious bias.Speaking about his findings, Barrett said, “if we threw a handful of children on an island and they raised themselves I think they would be religious.”He said that previous research supports his argument, continuing, “children younger than 10 favoured creationist accounts of the origins of animals over evolutionary accounts even when their parents and teachers endorsed evolution. Authorities’ testimony didn’t carry enough weight to over-ride a natural tendency.”Critics, including Professor Lewis Wolpert, have commented that the research proves little beyond the logical nature of human minds and our need, both as children and adults, to search out knowledge and answers.He told Radio 4’s Today program, “there’s nothing in our brains that makes us believe in one particular religion and a particular God.”He added, “what our beliefs really want to do is they want to explain things that matter to us and that’s one of the evolutionary functions of religion.”In February the study came under severe criticism from scientists who objected to the Templeton Foundation’s funding of the study.Nobel Prize laureate Sir Harold Kroto commented that the John Templeton Foundation’s “only mission is to undermine the ethical position of the scientific community.“They could not care a fuck what the outcome is they will still go on funding this sort of inane crap in an attempt to drag us back into the Dark ages. Galileo is turning in his grave.”He added that the funding was only provided to gain “the reputation of Oxford University…to give their pathetic initiatives some apparent semblance of scientific credibility.”Dr Barrett, in his lecture to the Cambridge University’s Faraday Institute this week has emphasized that the purpose of the study is to “encourage empirical research testing out claims about the natural, cognitive foundations of religion.”The president of Oxford’s Christian Union, Dave Meryon, reacted to the research, “although this study cannot prove the existence of God or vice versa, it is fascinating because it corresponds to the Christian belief of a God who ‘has also set eternity in the hearts of men.’”last_img read more


Bakers’ soft sell

first_imgThere was a time when the only soft drinks you could buy in a baker’s were cans of Coca-Cola and lemonade. But there has been a revolution in the soft drinks available from manufacturers and in the public appetite for new and different types of drink. Coca-Cola and other carbonated drinks are still available, and still popular, but these days they are likely to be sold from a free chiller supplied by the manufacturer.Competition has never been greater and savvy bakers realise that to capture their share of the food-on-the-go market, they need to be offering not only good sandwiches, pies and cakes but also a choice of thirst-quenching, flavourful modern drinks.== Growing business ==Our ring-around to seven bakers across the UK suggests that, in recent years, bakers’ sales of soft drinks have risen from around 2% of turnover to around 5%. It’s a time of great choice in drinks and tastes are constantly changing, which presents a real challenge – and an opportunity – for bakers.The drink that wasn’t available in bakeries 20 years ago, but is now a major best-seller is good old-fashioned water. Bottled water comes in many different varieties and can be a very profitable line. It can be bought very cheaply and sold at a substantial mark-up. Some bakers have become water connoisseurs, opting for well-known brands rather than cheap alternatives. The bottle, too, can make a difference; cheaper plastics can impart a plasticky flavour to the water, they say.The public’s appetite for healthier drinks has been met by a range of manufacturers producing smoothies, new fruit juices, health drinks and energy drinks. These have proved popular with buyers of all ages and chime in with the growing trend for food-on-the-go.On the high street, the number of sources of take-away food has increased, as has the number of cafés, coffee bars and sandwich outlets, so it is vital to stay in touch with the latest brands and trends.== Trevor Mooney, joint MD of Chatwin’s, Nantwich, Cheshire ==20 bakery shops, 5 coffee loungesIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes, primarily towards flavoured mineral waters and fruit smoothies. We supply healthier drinks and other drinks.Are drinks sales growing?In a word ’yes’, and we are actively promoting this. They are growing principally because we’ve introduced sandwich vans that supply the lunchtime trade.Which brands or sectors are growing?Bottled water is proving to be a main growth area. Coca-Cola is on the increase. This is an area we are looking at: I’m arranging a bakers’ trip to the Coca-Cola factory in Wakefield for a presentation.What are younger drinkers buying?Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and smoothies.What are older drinkers buying?Still water, flavoured waters and sparkling mineral waters.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Mainly take-away and sandwich van sales.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?As a total, in the region of 5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Bottled waters and flavoured waters.What is your top selling line?Bottled Coke.== Robert Dawson, MD of Dawson’s bakery, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire ==8 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?There has been for some time. Bakers were slow to move into food-on-the-go. We weren’t, after I did some research 15 years ago.The biggest growth during that time has been in water. It’s there and it’s cold. It’s a health thing. People know it and can trust it.We only sell mineral water, not spring water because that’s just tap water. The leading brands are French.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, continuous growth. Coca-Cola Enterprises has been moving strongly into the bakery sector.Two or three years ago, I rang the sales manager of a major wholesaler and said, “You haven’t got a very good selection of drinks – mainly Coke and Schweppes.”His reply was “Rob, drinks account for 2% of my sales; why should I be bothered about that?”He lost his job in the end. Drinks should have been accounting for 5-6% of his sales. Coke has now come out with still drinks and they are offering free chillers to bakers.Which brands or sectors are growing?Still drinks. There’s a trend away from carbonated. We don’t do smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?Energy drinks, such as Relentless.What are older drinkers buying?Coke ? it’s still a big seller.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Mainly take-away.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Water and still drinks. Non-branded.What is your top-selling line?Coke, closely followed by Volvic water.== Christopher Freeman, MD of Dunn’s of Crouch End, London ==1 bakery shopIs there a move to healthier drinks?I think so, a little.Are drinks sales growing?A little.Which brands or sectors are growing?Things like smoothies and juices, as opposed to carbonated. Sales of carbonated drinks are static.What are younger drinkers buying?Smoothies and juices, though I don’t really know about older drinkers.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?All take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?We don’t break it down. A lot of it is seasonal.Which brands or sectors are the most profitable for you?Water. We sell Volvic and Buxton primarily.What is your top selling line?Volvic still bottled water, then smoothies.== Kristine Anvick, marketing assistant, Ainsleys of Leeds, Leeds, West Yorkshire ==31 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes, we see more of a move towards water. In our case, Harrogate Spa Water.Are drinks sales growing?As a very secondary product to us, sales of drinks are steady.Are sales steady across all shops?We sell more drinks in our shops in Leeds city centre as the strong lunchtime trade draws in young office workers.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?The majority are take-away sales.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?As a total, in the region of 5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Profit across the range is just about the same. The margin is higher on hot drinks.What is your top selling line?Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Light.== Tristan Hunt, marketing executive of Pullins Bakers, Yatton, North Somerset ==3 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Not where we are. If our three shops were inner-city there would be. They go more for Coca-Cola which is cheaper than smoothies.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, they are up on previous years. People are more aware of health concerns, but healthy drinks are still not overtaking fizzy drinks.Which brands or sectors are growing?A brand of apple juice – Chegworth Valley, Frobisher’s juices and smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?It’s still Coke and Pepsi. The under-30s go for these more than smoothies or juices, even though those are growing.What are older drinkers buying?They go for juices and Fentiman’s traditional drinks ? ginger beer, old-fashioned lemonade, traditional cola and dandelion & burdock.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?I’m not sure what they are worth. It’s only a small offering.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Coca-Cola ? it gives the best margin.What is your top selling line?Most probably Coke.== Michael Quinlan, MD of Sayer’s, Greater Manchester ==200 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Yes.Are drinks sales growing?Yes, they are up by 3%.Which brands or sectors are growing?Robinson’s fruit-based drinks, Tropicana and smoothies.What are younger drinkers buying?Fruit Shoot and water.What are older drinkers buying?More water and fruit-based drinks.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?Take-away.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Carbonates.What is your top selling line?Pepsi 500ml.== Tom Herbert, director of Hobbs House Bakery, Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire ==3 bakery shopsIs there a move to healthier drinks?Over the last six years there has been. We had Innocent Smoothies around six years ago ? they were a big hit straight away, although we sell slightly fewer now.Are drinks sales growing?Average spend is going up. Unit-wise it is not increasing, but we are taking a bit more money.Which brands or sectors are growing?Day’s Cottage apple juice is really popular.What are younger drinkers buying?They have quite sophisticated tastes. The Luscombe drinks – Hot Ginger Beer and Sicilian Lemonade – are popular with teenagers.What are older drinkers buying?More ethical things. Belu water is our most popular drink. This is a bottled mineral water from Wales, so is low-mileage and it’s in the UK’s first compostable bottle. We sell it for 75p, which is relatively cheap. A percentage of profits from each bottle sold can provide someone in Africa with water for a month. The packaging is biodegradable.Are these eat-in or take-away sales?There’s a 50:50 split between eat-in and take-away.What is each drink (or sector) worth to the company?In the retail sector it’s 4.5%.Which brands or sectors are most profitable?Definitely the water, followed by local apple juice then Coke in bottles.What is your top selling line?Water, followed by Innocent Smoothies.last_img read more


New bakery for Merseyside

first_imgA new bakery business has been launched in Merseyside, British Baker can reveal.Épi microbakery in Birkdale, Southport, was set up and launched last month by Tim Kirk, who previously worked in medical science for the last 25 years.The self-funded bakery business produces a number of slow dough and sourdough breads, made with organic stoneground flour, including baguettes and a Birkdale sourdough rye, in addition to pesto breads, olive breads, biscotti and gingerbreads.Kirk told British Baker: “The Épi microbakery has evolved out of my passion for baking bread. I studied the science and art of bread, intrigued at its endless combinations. I attended different bread-baking courses around the UK and developed our own starter cultures from wild Sea Buckthorn Berries from the Birkdale Sand Dunes close to our home.”He added that, in the next five years, he would like to open the bakery’s first retail premises: “I have a very detailed vision and plan for the business. I want to continue to build the quality reputation of Épi as a specialised bakery for slow dough and sourdough breads and build the business locally with and for bread-lovers and quality restaurants in the region. When the business will support its own premises, then a bakery shop is next.”last_img read more


Allied Bakeries avoids strike disruption

first_imgA hot cross bun shortage has been avoided following successful talks between Allied Bakeries and union officials.As reported by the BBC, members of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) were due to hold a 24-hour walk-out of the company’s Cardiff bakery on Wednesday, after changes to holiday entitlement and shift patterns.However, British Baker has learned the strike has been called off in the wake of successful talks between union representatives and the company.John James, organising regional secretary for Region 2 of the BFAWU, said: “We at the BFAWU have met with company representatives and have resolved the current issues. We will be having further talks in April.”The BBC warned the strike could have affected the production of the 900,000 hot cross buns produced there, something which will now be avoided.Mike Auden, general manager of Allied Bakeries Wales, said: “Following constructive discussions with unions, we are pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached and it will be business as usual at our Cardiff bakery this week.”Allied Bakeries recently reported a substantial increase in volume sales for the 16 weeks to 2 January.last_img read more


Konditor opens sixth site in London’s Bank

first_imgKonditor has opened a new store in Bank, London.The opening marks the sixth site for the cake specialist, which rebranded from its former name Konditor & Cook last month to “focus on its cake heritage”.The new site, located at 9 Bow Lane, serves cakes, brownies and tarts, and has seating for up to 10 covers. Konditor said the location was “the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city”.It opened with a soft launch on Friday 14 June and will officially open this Thursday (20 June).Konditor recently unveiled a range of off-shelf wedding cakes, which can be ordered with a seven-day lead time.It has also launched a Corporate Cake Club, whereby companies can organise personalised cakes for employees’ birthdays.last_img read more


Levitate Music Fest Announces Daily Schedule With Trey Anastasio Band, GSBG, Head & The Heart, & More

first_imgToday, Levitate Music & Arts Festival announced its daily schedule and launched the sale of single day tickets. The two-day music festival, which is slated for Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, will return to the historic Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield, Massachusetts, with headliners including Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, Stick Figure, The Head And The Heart, Rebelution, and Lake Street Dive.On Saturday, Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, and Stick Figure will be joined by Twiddle, Ripe, Xavier Rudd, The Suffers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Samantha Fish, New Kingston, and The Elovaters. On Sunday, in addition to headlining performances by The Head And The Heart, Rebelution, and Lake Street Dive, the lineup will be rounded out by Greensky Bluegrass, Stephen Marley, Turkuaz, Spafford, Jon and Roy, West End Blend, The Quinns, Quadrafunk, and a Mihali and Friends’ “Community Jam.”Tickets for the sixth annual Levitate Music & Arts Festival are on sale now. Day passes for can be purchased for $89 on Saturday, and $69 on Sunday, while two-day general admission tickets are on sale for only $129. You can get more information about the festival, including the event’s shuttle services and VIP packages, and purchase tickets on Levitate’s website here.last_img read more


Umphrey’s McGee Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Slacker” From NYE Run [Watch]

first_imgOn December 30th, Umphrey’s McGee returned to Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle for the third night of their four-night New Year’s run. Frequent Vulfpeck collaborators Cory Wong and Antwaun Stanley handled the evening’s opening duties, setting the tone for the evening’s raucous UM throwdown.Umphrey’s McGee opened up the first set with an extended take on “1348” into “Seasons”, with Jake Cinninger taking no time to show off his wizardry on guitar. Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik, and Andy Farag come together to create one of the tightest rhythm sections in the live music scene today, and make it undeniably simple for Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss to connect in between some intricate interplay, as the band demonstrated moving into a 15-minute rendition of “Slacker”. Luckily for fans, Umphrey’s McGee has shared pro-shot video of their 15-minute rendition of “Slacker” from Atlanta, which you can watch below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Slacker” [Pro-Shot][Video: Umphrey’s McGee]That first set was chock-full of highlights, as Umphrey’s McGee welcomed up Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin for a funky take on “Made To Measure”, played for the first and only time in 2018. With Cinninger moving over to a keyboard and Coffin staying on stage, the band welcomed up Cory Wong for a debut cover of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity”, as the attentive Atlanta crowd erupted with applause. Cinninger’s move to keys gave Wong a chance to flex his chops on guitar, with the funk guru and Bayliss trading off firey hot guitar licks, bringing the electric first set to a close.For ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 12/30/2018Set One: 1348 > Seasons, Slacker, Push & Pull > Utopian Fir[1], Made to Measure[2], Virtual Insanity[3]Set Two: Little Gift > Ocean Billy[4], It Doesn’t Matter > Ocean Billy, Can’t Rock My Dream Face[5], All In TimeEncore: The Triple Wide > Dreams[6] > The Triple Wide > 1348[1] with Misunderstanding (Genesis) tease[2] with Jeff Coffin on saxophone[3] debut, Jamiroquai; with Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Cory Wong on guitar, and Jake on keys[4] with Footsteps (Pearl Jam) quote[5] with Antwaun Stanley on vocals[6] one verselast_img read more


Animal scents

first_imgA new Harvard study of how mice respond to scent cues from potential mates, competitors, and nearby predators has laid a foundation for further investigations that may lead to a greater understanding of social recognition in the animal brain, with implications for a host of human disorders ranging from autism to post-traumatic stress disorder.While it has long been known that many animals rely on a secondary olfactory organ, known as the vomeronasal organ, to detect certain scents, new research, directed by Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Catherine Dulac, identifies for the first time exactly how such scent cues are detected and interpreted.In the Sept. 21 online version of the journal Nature, Dulac’s group reports identifying 88 proteins that act as receptor molecules, together with the range of specific signals each protein is responding to. Scents may indicate a potential mate or the presence of a predator. Depending on which receptor is activated, the mouse’s brain receives a signal to approach or to flee and avoid becoming another animal’s dinner.“This discovery is an enormous achievement. I have been trying to get to this point for 15 years,” said Dulac, who is also chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. “Now that I know the identity of these chemical cues, I can design experiments to help us understand how these receptors are activated, what signals are sent to the brain, how the brain makes sense of that signal, and how that leads to specific behaviors. These are absolutely essential questions in neuroscience that we can address because we now have the molecular and genetic tools to do so.”Making sense of how those social and defensive signals are processed in the brain of mice, Dulac said, could shed light on how similar signals are processed in the brains of humans.“It doesn’t matter if it’s olfactory input for a mouse or visual input for a human,” Dulac said. “The behavior circuits are built along the same architecture; they are simply fed by different sensory modalities. Our goal now is to understand how the brain makes sense of that input. That research could offer insight into mental disorders related to problems with social recognition, like autism and even schizophrenia.”The discovery of the scent-specific proteins grew out of Dulac’s identification, more than a decade ago, of the genes that encode such vomeronasal receptor proteins. Though approximately 300 such genes were eventually identified, it wasn’t until her current research that she was able to answer two critical questions — exactly what type of signals the receptors were detecting, and how those signals are interpreted.While researchers expected the receptors might be used to help mice interpret much of their surroundings, they were surprised to find that the vast majority of the scent signals were not devoted to finding mates or other mice, but to identifying and evading predators.“These findings suggest that it’s relatively easy for a mouse to identify another mouse, but it’s much more complicated to identify a predator,” Dulac continued. “Predators may be reptiles, birds of prey, or other mammals, so it seems, evolutionarily speaking, that the mouse needed to multiply the number of receptors to predators to be sure it can detect as many as possible.”The findings also clarify whether such signals are interpreted through a combination of receptors — similar to the way a human eye uses just three receptors to recognize many subtle gradations of color — or if vomeronasal receptors respond only to individual stimuli.“What we discovered is that the second model — the use of many discrete receptors — is more accurate,” Dulac said. “Most of the receptors seem to be tied to specific predators.” Further studies, Dulac said, will seek to link the activation of specific receptors to the initiation of identifiable behaviors, and try to answer a very old question: What are the “innate” and “learned” components in social and predator recognition?Funding for the research was provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.last_img read more


Students find solutions for social issues

first_img President’s Challenge narrows field to 10 finalists Related A mobile app that stops cyberbullying, a way to support tenants’ rights and housing advocacy, technology that raises the standard of infection prevention, and a science-driven approach to reinventing everyday consumer products received the four top prizes in the eighth annual President’s Innovation Challenge Showcase and Awards Ceremony.“The only way [the world] gets better is if good people like you are willing to make it so,” said President Larry Bacow in his introductory remarks.He added, “I also want to say to every student who participated in this challenge — not just the ones that we are going to honor with awards and checks this evening, but every single person who was willing to try; who was willing to conceive of an idea; who was willing to think hard about how to make that idea into a reality and commit themselves to doing so — I want to say thank you.”Each of this year’s four winners was awarded $75,000 in prize money from the Bertarelli Foundation to help them advance their innovations. The winners are ReThink for preventing cyberbullying; JustFix for supporting tenants facing landlord harassment and neglected housing conditions; Kinnos for its patented technology for infection prevention in health care settings; and Jamber for reinventing consumer products that can transform the lives of millions, starting with a coffee mug that even Parkinson’s patients can hold.Trisha Prabhu, founder and CEO of ReThink, said after the awards, “Harvard is one of the leading institutions for addressing some of the world’s most important issues. To be able to participate in this challenge is to be able to participate in a legacy of a larger story. Being here and winning tonight is an absolute dream come true.”“Winning the President’s Innovation Challenge helps us get more Jamber mugs into the hands of more people, which is really meaningful, because we’ve seen stories from all of our customers about how much these mugs are improving people’s lives,” said Diana Arseneau, co-founder and chief science officer at Jamber.,The President’s Innovation Challenge brings the Harvard community together to engage with pressing issues and explore how to turn their ideas into ventures with real-life impact. This year, it attracted more than 400 applications from 12 Harvard Schools. Teams competed across four tracks — Social Impact or Cultural Enterprise; Health and Life Science; “Open,” for ideas that transcend categories; and Launch Lab X for eligible alumni-led ventures. All 20 finalists showcased their products and services Wednesday at Klarman Hall, and gave one-minute pitches onstage before the winners were announced.In her remarks, Jodi Goldstein, executive director of the Harvard Innovation Labs, talked about the importance of bringing together the Harvard community to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.“Our vision has been to create a community where no matter where you are on your journey, you will be welcomed,” Goldstein said. “For us, it’s not just about supporting innovative ideas, but about supporting the people behind those ideas.The four runners-up, who each received $25,000, were GC Therapeutics, for developing a faster and more efficient cell engineering platform; MDaaS Global, for building and operating diagnostic centers to provide health care to Africa’s next billion citizens; MyToolBox, for creating a labor marketplace for skilled blue-collar workers; and Sophya, for helping students learn more effectively on the internet.This year, the President’s Innovation Challenge also introduced the $10,000 Ingenuity Awards, for ideas with potential to be world-changing, even if they are not yet fully formed ventures. The Ingenuity Awards grand prize of $5,000 was given to Christina Chang for envisioning the development of a sustainable chemical steel manufacturing process that would decrease global CO2 emissions. Two $2,500 runners-up prizes were awarded to Tauheedah Baker for a tech-based approach to increasing the quantity, quality, and retention of teachers of color in underserved communities, and Nicole Iveyfor making day care centers hubs for everything working parents need.The Launch Lab X track is also new this year, bringing the total prize money to $410,000.The President’s Innovation Challenge prizes are exclusively funded by the Bertarelli Foundation, which announced the President’s Innovation Challenge Fund in October 2017 to fund the competition for the next five years. This gift extends the Bertarelli Foundation’s previous backing of student-led ventures at Harvard, which began in 2013 when the foundation funded the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge at the Harvard i-lab.“The potential in this room alone gives me great hope for the future,” said Goldstein in her closing remarks. “My main message to everyone in this room tonight is this: No matter what, keep innovating.” Students ready to solve some of the world’s most critical problems center_img President’s Challenge finalists announced 10 teams given seed capital, support for quest to win entrepreneurial awardlast_img read more