The Long View

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week People The Long View Article and Photo courtesy of Caltech Published on Monday, January 11, 2016 | 4:20 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Business News More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Top of the News Straight Line to the Capitol: France Córdova at her apartment in Washington, D.C., overlooking Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall.In 2014, France Córdova (PhD ’79) was confirmed as the 14th director of the National Science Foundation, the culmination of more than three decades in science, technology, and academic leadership roles. We spoke with the Distinguished Alumna (’07) about her remarkable career, the advancement of women in academia, and her enthusiasm for the future of science.How did you first become interested in science?Growing up, I was always fascinated by science. In high school, I remember learning that Charlie Townes (PhD ’39) had invented the maser. I was riveted. But there was no encouragement in my family or mentorship from my teachers to pursue a career in science. In fact, my mother expected that I would get what she called an MRS degree: Meet somebody, get married, and raise the children. That was just the expectation of the times.Your entry to Caltech wasn’t exactly the typical path. How did you get started?I found my way to Gordon Garmire, a physicist who is best known for his work in high-energy astronomy instrumentation and the diffuse X-ray background. He gave me a job, not as a graduate student but writing computer programs to analyze data. Once again, if it meant getting my foot in the door, I said yes. Then I asked if I could audit courses. I did all the required tests, was graded, and—I think to the surprise of the faculty—did really well. So they decided to admit me as a graduate student in physics.Caltech was a rigorous, collaborative, and fun environment. As graduate students, you were able to learn from and work right alongside all of these incredible minds, like theoretical physicists Murray Gell-Mann and Richard Feynman. You take it for granted when you’re a student. There was also an experimental, bootstrap, hands-on atmosphere. I remember once nearly electrocuting myself at White Sands while scaling up the framework of a rocket in the middle of a lightning storm, all to put some duct tape on an instrument. I have a feeling they wouldn’t allow that now, but that was the kind of place Caltech was. You could do theoretical work and also get your hands involved with experimentation.What do you feel contributed to your success?I can’t say there was ever a strategy. Part of it was that when an opportunity came, I wasn’t afraid of it. I never considered a lack of experience to be a serious obstacle. If you’re going to a job that has bigger authority, you almost never have all the required experience.I’ve never felt that I deserved something. Rather, I consider it a privilege to be a part of the various universities and federal agencies that I’ve served, and to be able to contribute to the culture of science and engineering.last_img read more

The important advice Stephen Hawking gave to his children

first_imgChris Williamson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Several years before his death, Stephen Hawking revealed the special advice he gave his children as they navigated the many complexities of human life.The famed theoretical physicist and bestselling author was asked in a 2010 interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on World News Tonight about the best fatherly advice he had given to his daughter, Lucy, and his two sons, Robert and Tim.“Here are the most important pieces of advice that I’ve passed on to my children,” Hawking said. “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is rare and don’t throw it away.”Hawking “died peacefully” at his home in Cambridge, England, early Wednesday morning, a family spokesman told ABC News. He was 76.“We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years,” Hawking’s family said in a statement. “His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”Born in Oxford, England, on Jan. 8, 1942, Hawking was only 21 years old when he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a form of motor neurone disease more commonly called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, according to his official website. He developed severe physical disabilities but defied all odds by living far past the average lifespan for people with this disease.Hawking, whose books included A Brief History of Time and The Universe in a Nutshell, captured the public imagination with his remarkable scientific achievements in probing the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, despite being in a wheelchair and dependent on a computerized voice system to communicate.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Putin says he’s not a ‘tsar’ after 20 years in power

first_imgWhen asked what he foresees past 2024, Putin deferred to the perspective of “people’s sentiments… what they want.””The primary source of power is the people,” he said. “It’s very important for me to feel and understand what people want.””A tsar is one who just sits there, looks down from above and says: ‘They will do as I order,’ while he just tries on a cap and looks at himself in the mirror,” Putin said. “On the contrary, I work every day.”Topics : Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed comparisons to a tsar on Thursday, arguing he “works every day” and listens to what people want.”Well, this is not true,” Putin said when asked about being described as a Russian imperial-era ruler.”Maybe someone else can be called a tsar. But in my case, I don’t reign, I work every day,” he told the state-run TASS news agency. The interview aired on Thursday as part of a series rolled out by TASS this month to mark 20 years since the 67-year-old Putin took the helm of Russian politics. It was not clear when the segments were recorded, but the series began airing before Putin said this month that he wants an opportunity to run for president again, as part of his constitutional reforms.The reforms proposed in January include granting more power to parliament and strengthening the role of the State Council. An amendment approved last week would allow Putin to run for another six years in the Kremlin in 2024 and again in 2030. The reforms will be subject to a public vote.last_img read more

Michael Gbinije’s career comes to screeching, unfitting halt in Final Four

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ HOUSTON – Michael Gbinije seemed lost as his eyes fixated on the bright camera lights in the distance. He fidgeted with his lip, covered his mouth with his right hand and cleared his throat before an answer that was simple, but one that carried far more depth than its six words.“I’m a little crushed right now.”Gbinije’s season was over. His college career was over.Syracuse’s best, most consistent player, who morphed into a star point guard and scored in double digits in each of the Orange’s 37 games, finished a memorable run from the bench after fouling out with 1:25 remaining.When he exited for the last time, the entire sideline stood to embrace him one at a time. Jim Boeheim met him with a firm handshake and a pat on the back, if only as consolation for a spectacular season that came to an unspectacular end in front of 75,000-plus people and with SU in the Final Four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGbinije’s 28-percent mark from the field was not enough in 10th-seeded Syracuse’s (23-14, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) 83-66 loss to No. 1 seed North Carolina (33-6, 14-4) in the national semifinal on Saturday night, but a tainted end could only take away so much from everything that came before it.“He’s a hell of a guy and a hell of a player and that’s all you can ask for of a teammate,” Trevor Cooney said. “Making this run is a bond that we’ll share forever and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else.”For the first time in the NCAA Tournament, Gbinije played the fifth-year senior struggling to lift his team from the depths of a game with its season on the brink. He did it against Gonzaga and helped Malachi Richardson do it against Virginia. But against the Tar Heels, 12 points, no 3-pointers and five fouls couldn’t resuscitate the Orange one final time.After Gbinije picked up his third foul with 4:23 left and SU trailing by 11, Cooney looked up at the scoreboard hanging from the ceiling before lowering to a squat on the court. Each jolt Syracuse delivered that gave a sliver of possibility at another comeback was met with an answer. Each answer hit the chance of Gbinije extending his career one more game harder.“The sad thing about tonight’s game, he got probably some of the best shots he’s gotten all year,” Boeheim said. “… It was just one of those days when he could not get the ball to go in the basket.”Those days came few and far between in the past 37 games. Gbinije still managed to score 10 or more points even on nights when it seemed like he did everything to prevent that. Only four times this season did he shoot less than 30 percent from the field. Only five times this season did he fail to hit a shot from behind the arc.It almost seemed unfair that in one game both would happen as Syracuse was on the verge of being the lowest-seeded team ever to make the national championship.“It’s never easy because it’s not just a game,” assistant coach Mike Hopkins said. “It’s the end of your career as a college student, as a college basketball player.”When Gbinije first walked in the door at Syracuse, assistant coach Adrian Autry raved about the all-around product. Gbinije couldn’t show it off in his first year after transferring from Duke, and rarely had a niche to flourish in until this season. A shift to the hardest position on the court, according to Cooney, came with a mix of intrigue and hesitation.Gbinije struggled against smaller guards at first. He looked better off the ball at times. He was Syracuse’s best scorer, but had to handle the ball in an offense hardly predicated on one player. As the season progressed, those questions were buried and Gbinije solidified himself as a Syracuse starter instead of a Duke transfer still finding his way.“Just an incredible player, one of the best players in the country all year, one of the top players in the ACC,” Hopkins said. “…Everything you want from your son or daughter is how we feel about Mike.”From home in his redshirt year at Syracuse, Gbinije watched Syracuse lose to Michigan in the Final Four. That was a game decided in the final 15 seconds. In his fourth year at Syracuse, Gbinije again watched the Orange lose in the Final Four. He was still sitting in the last 15 seconds, but this time the game was well past decided.He was the second player to jog off the court behind Cooney, and that jog slowly turned to a walk as each player slowed to touch hands with the Syracuse fans lining the tunnel. Gbinije held a towel over his mouth as he dripped with sweat, hiding any facial expression that could sum up one final game, if there even was one.“That finality,” Hopkins said, “is always pretty tough for anybody.” Comments Published on April 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Black Film Lounge Series in Overtown a Black History Month highlight

first_imgThe rich history of music and entertainment in Overtown, makes it a perfect backdrop for the Black Lounge Film Series (BLFS) set to kick off on February 16th, 2018 for Black History Month at the Overtown Performing Arts Center (1074 N.W. 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida,33136). The film presented will be PBS American Masters film “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me directed by Sam Pollard.” The documentary is the first significant film documentary to examine Davis’ immense talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress in 20th-century America. The creator behind BLFS is Haitian American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave, the 2016 Knight Arts challenge recipient. Her BLFS platform is committed to investing in Overtown, by activating venues in this historical black neighborhood using the platform of cinema. The Knight Arts Challenge funds the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the art. The BLFS showcase will be held monthly, and also include free quarterly outdoor screenings at Gibson Park and a Speaker Series at Culmer Library, both located in Historic Overtown. The series is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, Board of County Commissioners and the Knight Foundation.“In the 1960’s Overtown was often referred to as the “Harlem of the South,” with many Black musicians and artists using it a creative and restorative pit stop during their journey across the USA, states Rachelle Salnave, Creator of the Black Lounge Series. “By anchoring this new film series in Overtown, we can hearken back to these storied days while ensuring that a legacy of Black creative excellence is restored to this community and not displaced.”last_img read more