Report: Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu agree on four-year contract

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly adding starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to their roster.Sources tell ESPN the South Korean left-hander has agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal with the team.Ryu, 32, wrapped up the 2019 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 2.32 ERA, the best in the National League, and went 14-5, striking out 163 batters. He opted to become a free agent at the end of October.Since the beginning of his MLB career in 2013, Ryu, who has only played for the Dodgers since joining the majors, has amassed a 54-33 record, 2.98 ERA and 665 strikeouts. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 23, 2019 /Sports News – National Report: Blue Jays, Hyun-Jin Ryu agree on four-year contract Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Zoopla launches campaign to catch up and overtake Rightmove

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Zoopla launches campaign to catch up and overtake Rightmove previous nextMarketingZoopla launches campaign to catch up and overtake RightmoveAfter many years spent happily describing itself as the UK’s ‘No.2’ property portal, its new leadership team now have more ambitious plans.Nigel Lewis11th October 20191 Comment1,839 Views Zoopla is about to launch an aggressive campaign to overtake Rightmove and has signed up with a high-profile London creative agency called Lucky Generals as part of its plan.The portal has until now referred to itself as the UK’s ‘No.2’ portal. The shift in its positioning reflects Zoopla’s desire to also put some distance between it and its burgeoning other rival, OnTheMarket, as well as catch up with Rightmove.Lucky Generals is to start work immediately following a competitive pitch and has been given a brief to highlight the role the portal plays in the lives of renters, buyers, sellers and landlords.“Our ambition is to be the UK’s number one property destination and in Lucky Generals we have found the perfect partner to help us reach our goal”, says Gary Bramall, Zoopla’s Chief Marketing Officer (left).“Their ability to combine incredible creative ideas with an unrivalled strategic insight made them stand out in a competitive field.“They understand our brand and had great chemistry with the team. We can’t wait to begin working with them.”Lucky Generals CEO Katie Lee said: “Sometimes when you meet a team you just know that you’ll walk over hot coals to get to work with them.“They’re an inspirational leadership team in a category that we are all completely obsessed by, on a mission to become number one. We’re looking forward to helping them do it.”Since being bought by US equity fund Silver Lake Zoopla has undergone a significant leadership and talent overhaul and been given more aggressive growth targets. October 11, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 13th October 2019 at 4:03 pmRumour has it that Lucky Generals, of Danny Brooke-Taylor may well leverage the image of Zoopla to a different level with their quirky and attention grabbing style. But, I think the gamechanger may be if Zoopla do the unthinkable and go the ‘self listing vendor’ route. Allowing the general public to leap frog the agent.It has long been argued that due to its lower price to use, in some cases approximately 50% to 60% less than RM, many agents would eat the fact that Zoopla allows vendors to self list alongside properties listed by agents. Whereas, if RM tried to go down this route with their more expensive offering, there would be a mass exodus of agents.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Ellis Park: Most Talented Jockey Colony Ever

first_imgTwo-Time Champion Lanerie Returns To All-Star Riding LineupHENDERSON, Ky. — With the return of 10-time Churchill Downs leading rider Corey Lanerie, Ellis Park features its most accomplished jockey colony as the 94-year-old western Kentucky track runs its 2016 meeting July 2-Sept. 5.Lanerie, also a two-time meet leader at Keeneland, won the 2010 Ellis riding title and tied for top honors in 2013 before riding the past two summers at Saratoga. He’s part of an all-star jockey lineup that includes Robby Albarado, Brian Hernandez Jr., six-time Ellis champ Jon Court, 2015 titlist Didiel Osorio, Ellis stalwarts Francisco Torres, Jesus Castanon, Miguel Mena and Marcelino Pedroza, along with Joe Rocco Jr., Channing Hill, Chris Landeros and for- mer Arlington Park kingpin James Graham, who will ride at Ellis regularly for the first time.Lanerie, who finished second in the 2016 Preakness Stakes aboard Cherry Wine, could easily earn his 4,000th career victory this summer at Ellis.“You get to stay home,” said Lanerie, who lives in Louisville and has a clear lead in the current Churchill Downs standings. “The purses are going to be even better this year. I like Ellis. I like to win, too, and it’s a little easier than Saratoga going against the heavy-heads. We’re going to stay home and try to win some races there. The cost of living at Saratoga is just so much. I can stay here and go up for a couple of stakes there and come out cheaper.“A lot of good 2-year-olds come out of Ellis Park. And it could be because they don’t hook the heavy-heads quicker, early in their career, so they maybe last a little longer without the pressure on them. It’s a good meet, three days a week. It’s good for your mind, like a working vacation. It does my body good. Ellis Park will have a deep riding colony this year because of the purses.”With the exception of Saratoga-bound Julien Leparoux and Florent Geroux, most of Churchill Downs’ riding colony will ride regularly at Ellis Park.“It’s an extension of the Churchill Downs jockey colony,” said Court, the only jockey to win the Ellis crown five straight years, 1998-2002, plus 2009. “The purses are going to be better and you’ll see a stronger, deeper level of talent this season. You’re going to have a whole list of Grade I-proven riders. That’s going to bring a better product to the public.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “I like that, because it’s easier to ride a good race when you ride with good riders,” agreed Roc- co, who won last year’s Grade 3 Groupie Doll aboard Call Pat. “It’s easier to step your game up. It’s easier to anticipate what a good rider is going to do, because you can count on them to do the right thing. There are benefits to it being a tougher riding colony.”Albarado, with 4,885 wins through June 22, will soon clip the $200 million purse threshold, which only 13 riders have ever achieved. He was the regular rider of 2007-2008 Horse of the Year Curlin, winning the Preakness, Breeders’ Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup, as well as the Jockey Club Gold Cup twice. Albarado also rode 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft and has won major races all over the country, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile (Court Vision) and Arlington Million (Jambalaya) among his 35 Grade I triumphs and 199 graded-stakes victories. His seven riding titles at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds are a record in the modern era. Albarado also has won four Keeneland riding titles and one at Churchill Downs.“People are looking for a good place to develop their 2-year-olds, horses who can compete back here at Churchill Downs in the spring,” said Albarado, who rode regularly at Ellis Park for the first time last summer after spending years at Saratoga or Arlington Park. “And I think a lot will go through Ellis Park. I was on horses there last year that I thought could compete at Saratoga, and now you’ve got the purses raising up.“I’ve got a farm here, my family here. It makes sense for me to stay here. Before I might ride at Ellis once a year. But I rode a lot of allowance races, maiden special-weight races last year. I enjoy it. I see a future where it becomes tougher and tougher. There are guys with nice babies who are staying here to develop them. You have to run so hard at Saratoga at such a young age. Everything slows down (at Ellis); it’s not a rush thing.”Hernandez, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2004, earned his first Grade I victo- ry when Fort Larned captured Saratoga’s 2012 Whitney Handicap en route to taking the Breed- ers’ Cup Classic. He is the regular rider of multiple stakes-winners Eagle and Ahh Chocolate. Hernandez won the 2012 Ellis riding title, beating Lanerie by a single victory, and led all jockeys last year in purse earnings at the track.Court also could achieve the 4,000-win landmark this summer at Ellis, the two-time Arkansas Derby winner riding as well as ever at age 55.“I’ve been just Steady Jon,” Court said last year. “Like that old horse, you see the stars come and go, and that old hard-knocking horse who carries the barn is still there – reliable. That’s been my claim to fame, reliability.”last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JUNE 6, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE ” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that several months ago when the City of Evansville put the Locust Street parking garage up for sale, the City County Observer literally ridiculed the asking price and the appraisal that they used to establish the price of $1.3 Million?…we even opined that given the number of spaces and the rate with a historical occupancy of less than 50% that the value would be somewhere between ZERO and $500,000 and unless there was a specific benefit to a buyer that the value as an investment is negative?…they finally sold the parking garage and the CCO analysis has been validated by the sale price that was actually gotten?IS IT TRUE that to build a 500 place parking garage would cost roughly $10,000,000 but this one is under contract for a paltry $250,000 and the City of Evansville is lucky to get that?…the buyer is Evansville Health Realty that wants to control parking for the new Indiana University Medical School that the City ponied up more than $50 million to get?…the deal also will allow parking in the tower after hours and for Ford Center events?…delusion met reality when a deal got done and the reality is that parking towers in downtown Evansville are not even a remote case for private investment?…when it comes to building one for $10 Million that is about as big of a pipe dream as attracting an NBA team and an NHL franchise to the Ford Center?IS IT TRUE the former City Council President and Finance Chairman John Friend, CPA predicted three years ago that starting in 2018 the City of Evansville will be experiencing a major budget meltdown? …that John Friend, CPA also predicts that the 2019 and 2020 City of Evansville budget shall be financial disasters?  …he also predicted that the only ways the city can balance future budgets are increasing taxes, make major budget cuts and lay off employees?IS IT TRUE that community leader and highly successful businesswoman Amy Word-Smith will be running for the At-Large seat on the Evansville City Council in 2019 as a Democrat? ….that the former Democratic Vanderburgh County Commissioner Steve Melcher will be running for the At-Large City Council seat in 2019 as a Republican?IS IT TRUE it looks like the Vanderburgh County Democratic Party is once again becoming a pivotal force to reckon in local politics?  …a good indication of the renewal of the local Democratic party is who is sponsoring an upcoming campaign fundraiser at KC’s Marina Pointe for County Commission candidate Jeff Hatfield?  …the sponsors of this event are: Ben Shoulders, Mike Goebel, Paul Green, Ryan Hatfield, Stephanie Terry, Kathryn Martin, Dave Wedding, Eric Williams, Jonathan Weinzapfel, Rose Young, Jack McNeely, Bill Pedtke, Steve Lockyear, Scott Danks and Chuck Whobrey?IS IT TRUE that very little has been said on how much the City of Evansville paid towards the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey 2017-2018 team operating expenses?  … were been told that some of the 2017-2018 Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses may have been quietly added to the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Building Authority and ERC 2018 operating budgets?IS IT TRUE we hope that City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr will inform members of City Council on how much did it costs the taxpayers of Evansville to subsidized the Evansville Thunderbolts operating expenses during the 2017-2018 hockey season?IS IT TRUE that all eyes will be on the At-Large City Councilman and Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver to see how he handle the 2019 City budget requests?  …we’ve been told if he doesn’t encourage members of City Council to approve a balanced budget without raising taxes it could be the end of his political career?IS IT TRUE one of our readers has astutely pointed out that the “Mayor’s Drug Taskforce” to reduce the illegal use of drugs should be called the “Vanderburgh/Evansville Drug Taskforce?”IS IT TRUE that the reporting of open government activities took a major hit in 2018?  …last year Mayor Winnecke recommended that City Council eliminate the funding of WINN TV from the 2018 city budget in which they complied?  …the cutting of WINN TV from the city budget forced people to watch the live and unedited City Council meetings on their I-Phones and personal computers which turned out to be a major inconvenience which caused the viewer numbers to be drastically reduced?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Would you like to know how much did it cost the Evansville taxpayers to subsidize the Thunderbolt Hockey team during the 2017-2018 budget years?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Artificial Turf Field and New Track Clear First Hurdle in Ocean City

first_imgAn artificial turf field and a resurfaced track could be part of Carey Stadium behind Ocean City High School by spring if City Council gives final OK to a bond ordinance on Sept. 25. City Council on Thursday evening unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that authorizes spending $1.25 million to install an artificial turf field and to resurface the track at Carey Stadium, the home field for Ocean City High School teams and location for a mix of non-school events.The property, located between Ocean City High School and the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth and Sixth streets, is owned and maintained by the City of Ocean City.A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for Sept. 25. If the ordinance passes, work on the track and field could begin later this fall and be ready for the spring sports seasons, according to Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian.In a separate vote Thursday, City Council approved advertising for bids from contractors to complete the job.Finance Director Frank Donato said the project is consistent with an approved plan for capital improvements in the city, and with $500,000 in supplementary funds available, the city would have $1.75 million “on hand” for the project as a whole.Mallon said the city spends $90,000 every other year to resod the existing grass field unless weather or floods force them to do it every year. He said the city spends $10,000 annually for water, $7,500 for fertilizer and seed, and $6,500 to paint lines. He said those costs would go away if an artificial turf field were installed.He also said maintenance of the field requires the equivalent of one or two seasonal employees per year at a savings of $10,000 to $20,000.But Councilman Pete Guinosso and Councilman Antwan McClellan pressed Mallon on the potential costs of maintaining a turf field.Mallon said the city is estimating a life of 10 to 12 years and a replacement cost of $400,000 to $430,000. Much of the cost of the initial project is based on preparation of drainage and the substructure for the field.The facility is used for many non-school events that range in scope from Ocean City Nor’easter amateur soccer games, to the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life, to preseason exhibition games for Rowan University football.The turf field is seen by council as an opportunity to attract new events and new Ocean City visitors.Guinosso asked if the city had estimates of what revenue the city anticipates from new events. Mallon said the city does not have specific projections.“We have not been out soliciting business for a turf field that does not exist,” he said.In public comment, Ocean City resident, business owner and parent Dave Allegretto cited studies that indicate the new turf fields cause fewer injuries than traditional grass fields. He touted the merits of the project for businesses, visitors and year-round residents.Ocean City High School boys’ track coach Matt Purdue spoke in favor of the project, and Ocean City resident Drew Fasy asked council to “go big or go home.” He encouraged council to consider making the stadium a true destination with better refreshment stands, smart boards, changing rooms for teams and other amenities.A drawing of the proposed facility indicates the field could be striped and used for football, soccer, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, and field hockey. See the council agenda packet for details.The potential spending on the field is part of a larger bond ordinance that calls for $1.44 million in appropriations and $1.36 million in borrowing. The proposed ordinance would include a $150,000 appropriation for purchase of a new Ocean City Fire Department truck and a $35,000 appropriation for installation of a generator at the fire department’s 46th Street station.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’ Album Set To Be Adapted Into Film

first_imgBob Dylan’s 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, is set to be adapted into a 1970’s-based film. Famed Sicilian director Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria, A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) is set to direct the film, with Richard LaGravenese (writer of The Fisher King) handling the film’s writing work.In an interview with The New Yorker, Luca Guadagnino said that a producer on his 2017 romance film, Call Me By Your Name, acquired the film rights to Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan, and asked the famed director if he wanted to make a movie based off of it. Guadagnino said he would do it with one condition, only if Richard LaGravenese wrote it.“Somehow, the moon shot landed,” Guadagnino said. “LaGravenese cleared his schedule and, between April and July, hunkered down to produce a hundred-and-eighty-eight-page screenplay following characters through a multiyear story, set in the seventies, that he and Guadagnino had invented, drawing on the album’s central themes.As LaGravenese explained to The New Yorker, “When they’re repressing, we dramatize the repression, and what that does to them, and we dramatize what happens when you let your passions take over too much.” As of now, there is no further information on filming or the upcoming film’s anticipated release date.Earlier last month, Bob Dylan announced the 14th installment of his long-running Bootleg Series, More Blood, More Tracks, due out November 2nd via Columbia/Legacy. The deluxe edition box set compiles every surviving take from Dylan’s 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, spanning 6 CD’s, and will also be available as a condensed single-disc and 2-LP set. Additionally, the deluxe edition will feature a hardcover book featuring a complete replica of a Bob Dylan notebook from his Blood On The Tracks era.In the liner notes for More Blood, More Tracks, author Jeff Slate observes,Dylan cut each of these amazing performances – some of the best he ever committed to tape – one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan – just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs – delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to…. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of Blood on the Tracks, Dylan asked [producer Phil] Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 1960s and ’70s, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped-up versions that Dylan requested. On More Blood, More Tracks, for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them.[H/T Billboard]last_img read more

Joe Bonamassa Announces 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgJoe Bonamassa has announced a string of tour dates set to take place this summer in promotion of his recently-released, all-original studio album, Redemption.Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman‘s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble member, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and featuring soulful background singers to bring a whole new life to the show which will feature brand new songs alongside career-spanning favorites.Related: SiriusXM Announces New “Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa” ShowThe newly announced dates are set to hit major venues across the East Coast and Midwest in North America. This leg of his tour kicks off on July 22 at Nashville’s trademark staple Ryman Auditorium and ends with two nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Furthermore, on July 30th, Bonamassa will perform at the historic Bethel Woods Center, site of the original Woodstock Festival, as part of their ongoing 50th-anniversary celebration. Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale to the public on March 15th here.JOE BONAMASSA TOUR DATESJuly 22 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumJuly 24 – Hyannis, MA – Cape Cod Melody TentJuly 26 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank PavilionJuly 27 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts CenterJuly 28 – Westbrook, ME – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock RowJuly 30 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration)August 1 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans AmphitheaterAugust 2 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Hotel & CasinoAugust 3 – Atlantic City, NJ – The Borgata Hotel & CasinoAugust 6 – Dayton, OH – Fraze PavilionAugust 8 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount TheatreAugust 9 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl TheatreAugust 11 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheatreAugust 12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks AmphitheatreView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Harvard professor wins Nobel in chemistry

first_imgMartin Karplus, the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard, is one of three winners of the 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday morning.The 83-year-old Vienna-born theoretical chemist, who is also affiliated with the Université de Strasbourg in France, is a 1951 graduate of Harvard College and earned his Ph.D. in 1953 at the California Institute of Technology. While there, he worked with two-time Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, who was an important early influence.He shared the Nobel with researchers Michael Levitt of Stanford University and Arieh Warshel of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Warshel was once a postdoctoral student of Karplus, who worked with both men during six months in Israel during the 1960s. All three were then at the Weizmann Institute of Science with chemist Shneior Lifson, but have not worked formally together since that time.The Nobel website said the prize was awarded for the researchers’ work in “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.”With Karplus’ award, 47 current and former Harvard faculty members have received Nobels for wide-ranging work, including the tissue culture breakthrough that led to creation of the polio vaccine, negotiations that led to an armistice in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the first description of the structure of DNA, pioneering procedures for organ transplants, the development of gross national product as a measure of economic change, poetry, and much more.The last before this was in 2012. Alvin E. Roth, a Harvard economist whose practical applications of mathematical theories have transformed markets ranging from public school assignments to kidney donations to medical resident job placements, won the economics prize.Before dawn, in a downstairs hallway at his Irving Street house in Cambridge, Karplus already was turned out neatly in a dress shirt and dark pants, his only concession to the early hour being a pair of brown leather slippers.He fielded calls from American, European, and Latin American news outlets. One interview was in French and another in German, languages he speaks fluently. He needed a translator for several calls in Spanish from Colombia. “It’s been one call after another,” he said.“And hundreds of emails,” added his wife, Marci.Most reporters calling the professor got an added soundtrack: occasional barks from the family dog, a 2-year-old cockapoo named Bib.“I was sound asleep,” Karplus said of his 5:30 awakening at his home, which is on a shady street five minutes from Harvard Yard. Usually, he said, “you only get calls at 5 o’clock in the morning when it’s bad news.”Breakfast was blue cheese on toast, with bacon, coffee, and orange juice. With him was Marci, who is his lab administrator at Harvard, and his son, Mischa, who works for a human rights nonprofit. (Two older daughters, both physicians, live out of town, one in Portland, Ore., and one in Jerusalem.) The phone kept ringing, and the message from Marci was always: Call back in 10 minutes, please.“It’s clear,” she said later, “this is not going to slow down.”A rare moment of solitude for Professor Emeritus Martin Karplus. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile in his living room for an early interview, Karplus said that most of the phoning reporters repeated at least two questions: What was it like to get the Nobel Prize call? (“It was nice to hear,” he said. “I’ve known I was nominated for quite a few years.”) And they asked him to explain his work “in simple terms,” said Karplus, who studies the structure and dynamics of molecules. (“If you like to know how a machine works, you take it apart,” he said. “We do that for molecules.”)The Karplus lab website at Harvard describes his research as “directed toward understanding the electronic structure, geometry, and dynamics of molecules of chemical and biological interest.” In use are, among other things, “semi-empirical quantum mechanics, theoretical and computational statistical mechanics, classical and quantum dynamics.”Harvard President Drew Faust released a written statement saying, “We are very proud to celebrate Martin Karplus’ groundbreaking research today. Professor Karplus and his fellow researchers harnessed the power of technology to map, as the Nobel committee put it in honoring them, ‘the mysterious ways of chemistry.’ In so doing, they reached beyond the boundaries of conventional thinking in chemistry to align the workings of classical physics with quantum physics, and they provided the scientific community with crucial tools that have enabled many of the advances made in contemporary chemistry.”The other living honorees in the department are E.J. Corey, the Sheldon Emery Professor of Organic Chemistry Emeritus, who won in 1990, and Dudley Herschbach, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science Emeritus, who won in 1986. Herschbach has a first-floor office across from Karplus in the Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory.For Karplus, the constantly ringing telephone at home was just the start of a day that already seemed long by 11 a.m. That was when faculty and other well-wishers gathered for a champagne toast to him in the Chemistry Library at Converse Memorial Laboratory.While the crowd was still gathering, Jerome V. Connors, associate director of laboratories at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, provided a thumbnail of Karplus’ research on predicting the motions and reactions within molecules that make them perform useful functions. The honoree’s work began in the 1970s with simple molecules and evolved to larger ones as the computers that he relied on for calculations got faster and more powerful. Now, Connors said, “you can actually do simulations in a computer instead of at the lab.”Karplus first arrived there in 1966, after teaching stints at the University of Illinois, Columbia University, the University of Paris, and elsewhere.He has co-authored four books and has written 811 published articles, the first of which appeared in 1947 when he was 17. That was on Massachusetts alcids, a name for web-footed diving birds. A birding trip to Alaska that year offered his first scientific observational challenges and sharpened his eye for what became his passionate avocation: photography. (A show of his photos in Paris just closed, and he maintains a non-academic website.)Karplus attended an afternoon press conference in the Chemistry Library. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFor the champagne toast with colleagues, Karplus had added a maroon sweater to his morning wardrobe. He walked into the library to loud applause. “Champagne?” someone offered, adding as a joke, “Is it your first?” The modest Karplus looked down, saying, “My first Nobel Prize.”“Finally it happened,” said Corey. “I knew it would happen.”Harvard Provost Alan Garber had a dozen roses for Karplus and greetings from Faust. “You won the beauty pageant, we heard,” he said.Corey remembered a conversation decades ago with Pauling, who won the chemistry Nobel in 1954 and the Peace Prize in 1962. Pauling told Corey that Karplus “was my most brilliant student.” Corey added, “Pauling, as usual, was right.”On hand were at least two theoretical chemists, as Karplus is. Eugene Shakhnovich now runs his own chemistry and chemical biology lab at Harvard. And Eric Heller, the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Physics, is a longtime Karplus friend. Heller remembered a winter day when Karplus had trudged in to work, forgetting his notes. Then came a brilliant ad hoc lecture, Heller said, and “at that moment I knew you’d get the Nobel Prize.”Heller and Shakhnovich joined in a leitmotif that appeared in every toast: What took so long? “It was late in coming,” said Robert Petrella, a project scientist with the Karplus Research Group. “But we all expected it for years.”In the welcoming crowd was Efthimios “Tim” Kaxiras, the John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics, who has appointments in physics, applied physics, and chemistry. He explained the wide appeal and influence in Karplus’ simulation work in those and allied fields.“His work answers some fundamental aspects of physics, how to model systems for very long time scales.” At the level of atoms, things happen 12 times the magnitude faster than events at the cellular level, which can be measured in milliseconds. So events at the scale of atoms have to be simulated for long enough that cellular processes can be glimpsed and understood.“It’s all these little events that add up,” said Kaxiras, and “which, of course, is what drives life.”By 1 p.m., still without lunch, Karplus stepped in front of a crowd of journalists for his press conference.“My chemistry colleagues thought it was a waste of time,” he said of his early work in using computers to simulate molecular processes. “Now it has become a central part of chemistry and structural biology. … It has consecrated this field.”There’s a lesson in his story for young scientists, said Karplus: Persist, and believe in your vision even if it defies an accepted norm. “Originality and hard work are the two things that are important,” he said.When Karplus was a boy, he recalled, his older brother got a chemistry set. He had wanted one too but got a microscope instead, because his parents didn’t want both boys perhaps setting off small explosions. (“The feeling was that two chemistry sets in the family would be too much,” he explained.) Disappointed at first, he discovered rotifers and watched their rotor-headed gyrations for hours in the microscope, which opened his eyes to the wonders of science.His family had escaped the Nazi takeover of Austria in 1938 by slipping out of the country to Switzerland. After six months of school there, he moved with his family to Boston, and then to Newton. (His boyhood figured in “Spinach on the Ceiling,” an autobiographical essay that Karplus wrote in 2006 for the “Annual Review of Biophysics and Biomolecular Structure.”)“I was supposed to be a doctor,” he said. “We had one or two in every generation.” But at Harvard in the fall of 1947, a freshman chemistry class with Professor Leonard K. Nash changed his life, awakening in him the idea that to understand biology he had to understand the physics and chemistry on which life depended.While an undergraduate, Karplus also worked with George Wald, performing calculations relating to his vision experiments that by 1967 led to Wald’s share of the Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology.When Karplus eventually worked with Pauling, the legendary chemist not only taught Karplus about the importance of intuition in research, but underscored a feeling that the young researcher had that it was important to dive deep into life’s fundamental processes at a cellular level, as well as into “the logic” of structure there.Karplus is modest, energetic, and imaginative; he has perspective too. After the celebrations, he was soon planning dinner, expecting that he would enjoy it with just his family, without the phone ringing. Planning of that kind is familiar to Karplus, an amateur chef who for years during vacations volunteered to work in the kitchens of three-star restaurants in France and Spain.On his walk home from work each afternoon, he said, that night’s dinner menu occupies his thoughts. Tonight, he said, the menu would include a fine bottle of wine bought 25 years ago for “a special occasion,” flank steak, and fresh corn off the cob, perhaps with a cream sauce.With the cameras off and the room now quiet, Karplus offered a final thought on his Nobel day. “The only real chemistry I do,” he said, “is in the kitchen.”last_img read more

Notre Dame alumnus finds passion in service

first_imgTags: Azikiwe Chandler, Black Man’s Think Tank, Finding your passion, Wabruda Azikiwe Chandler, a teacher at Veritas Prep Charter School in Springfield, Massachusetts and 1994 alum of Notre Dame, presented a talk on his search for his passion with his travels, his social justice work and his commitment to finding identity.Chandler’s talk was hosted by Wabruda, an organization based on brotherhood amongst African Americans on Notre Dame’s campus, as their signature event “Black Man’s Think Tank.” The theme of the event was “finding your passion.”“We talk about finding your passion, however, for me there were three passions: travel, community service and community development. These were the things I wanted to do, and I was figuring out how to tie these things together,” Chandler said.Chandler outlined seven lessons in his presentation that were important to the process of discovering your passion. Chandler said these lesson included knowing and loving yourself, knowing what makes your soul smile, understanding for whom and what will you work for, listening to the universe, recognizing what you want and what will you sacrifice to get it, finding your tribe and keeping the faith.Chandler said he derived his inspiration and vocation from his service work from the example of his parents. Chandler said his parents were heavily involved in their community in Charleston, South Carolina, and led several projects for the school and community residents.“While I realized that I loved architecture, my responsibility is to go out and try to make the world a better place, and see how I can do that for African American men. I can’t be their father, and I can’t give them the mother and father that I had, but if I work with them and surround them with love and empower them and help them understand who they are and who they can be, I can do for them what my parents did for me,” Chandler said.Chandler said he credits his parents with providing him the environment and influence to not only pursue his academic aspirations as an architect but also discover his vocation for service and community engagement. Chandler recalled his extensive work in AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Habitat for Humanity as a manifestation of his love of service and experiential learning. Chandler served as a project director and team leader for AmeriCorps for five years and as a teacher and youth leadership initiative developer for Peace Corps.Chandler said he graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in architecture in 1994, but decided his vocation laid in service and engagement after spending several years after graduation performing service initiatives in Central America.“I realized that the last time I really was happy was when I was backpacking through Central America. I didn’t feel like I was doing worthwhile work because I was enjoying myself … so the universe was telling me “go on and try that again.”Chandler also recalled how his love of travel helped him narrow and understand his passion more fully. Chandler, who has travelled to more than 30 countries in six continents, said his love of travel coincided with both his upbringing and his desire to engage more fully in relationships with others.“All kinds of people say they want to make enough money to be able to travel, but for me, it wasn’t about making money and being able to travel two weeks out of the year, that to me wasn’t going to make a difference. I wanted to be somewhere for months at a time and be able to live with folks and have a conversation.”Chandler encouraged audience members to surround themselves with individuals who shared and welcomed their passions and recognize the experiences indicating where vocation and passion are found.“You have to surround yourself with people who have the same passion as you do,” he said. “ … find someone in the profession that you want to be in and talk to them, have them serve as a mentor, because that what’s going to make things better for you in the long run.”last_img read more