Business | Politics | Southcentral | State GovernmentLegislative Council seeks advice on downtown Anchorage officeFebruary 11, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Sen. Gary Stevens addresses a joint session of the Alaska Legislature during debate about confirmations of the governor’s appointees, April 17, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)The Legislative Council is seeking advice from an independent finance expert on what to do about the controversial lease on the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage.Council Chairman Sen. Gary Stevens, a Kodiak Republican, said Thursday the council would benefit from a fresh perspective.The council has been weighing whether to break a 10-year lease with the building’s owner. The state also could opt to buy the building.Council lawyer Serena Carlsen is providing Stevens with names of potential experts. Stevens expects the analysis to be completed within a month.Share this story:
Alaska’s Energy Desk | Community | Economy | Energy & Mining | Juneau | Southeast | TransportationPlugging in could be cheaper for Juneau’s electric vehicle owners in 2017December 6, 2016 by Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Juneau Share:Travis McCain plugs in his 2013 Nissan Leaf. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The price to plug in could become a little cheaper for electric vehicle owners in Juneau. That’s because the city’s privately-owned electric utility is trying to expand a program, aimed at shifting when those drivers juice their cars.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2016/12/06EVNIGHT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For electric utilities, the twilight hours are a relatively quiet time.“The biggest thing that happens is people go to sleep so they’re not consuming energy at the same rate as they are when they’re awake,” said Alec Mesdag, a director at Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P).He says when you power down most of your household gadgets at night, it leaves open an energy window. Essentially, there’s just not as much of a drain from the grid. So, it’s a perfect time to plug in the city’s growing number of electric vehicles.About six years ago, the utility came up with a pilot project for 10 electric vehicle owners to incentivize this. Drivers charging their cars after 10 p.m. would receive a cheaper rate.“It took a while to get started,” Mesdag said. “Then, once we saw those ten customers fill in, it wasn’t very long before I had twice as many people contact me about getting into the program but it was already full.”In 2013, it’s estimated there were about nine fully electric vehicles on Juneau’s roads. That number has now ballooned to about 80, and it’s expected to increase even more — with the cars becoming more affordable.Last week, the utility filed a request with Regulatory Commission of Alaska or RCA to expand the pilot project.“We want to shift when people charge their vehicles,” Mesdag said. “So that we don’t create a situation where we have too many people.”Mesdag says forming those habits now, reduces the risk the utility will have to build costly infrastructure later — as electric vehicles start to become the new norm.He expects the average owner who signs up could save about $10 a month in the summer to charge their vehicle.“And then in the wintertime, it will be about $12 to $13,” Mesdag said.If approved by the RCA, the utility will began offering the new rate structure to electric vehicle owners in early 2017.Share this story:
By Kate Sheridan and Casey Ross Jan. 23, 2019 Reprints One of the nation’s largest health insurers has filed a federal lawsuit to protect its trade secrets from the health care venture launched by Amazon, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and Berkshire Hathaway, making it clear it sees the upstart company as posing a major threat to its business on a national scale.The lawsuit, filed by Optum Inc. in Massachusetts District Court in Boston on Jan. 16, seeks a court order to block one of its former executives, David Smith, from sharing confidential corporate information he allegedly accessed just before he was hired by the new health care company last month. In a sign of its concerns about Atul Gawande’s new venture, Optum sues over trade secrets Atul Gawande Lisa Lake/Getty Images for Geisinger Health System Casey Ross [email protected] What’s included? @caseymross GET STARTED Log In | Learn More STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. Exclusive About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Tags Bostoninsurancelegalmedical technologySTAT+ @sheridan_kate Kate Sheridan Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What is it?
Home Sport GAA Eight Talking Points as the Laois hurlers claim third straight win over… SportGAAHurling Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Twitter WhatsApp Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 12th May 2019 All the Talking Points as the Laois senior hurlers got off to a flyer The Laois senior hurlers made the perfect start to the Joe McDonagh Cup last night as they came out the right side of a crazy encounter with Offaly.This was Laois’s third time to defeat Offaly this year and here we take a more in-depth look at the main talking points from the game.1 – Man of the Match – Ryan Mullaney Eight Talking Points as the Laois hurlers claim third straight win over neighbours Offaly Facebook Pinterest GAA Pinterest Previous articleWATCH: 10 Questions with Nicole Byrne (St Conleth’s)Next article‘It speaks volumes of the guy he is’ – Mullaney noted for exceptional performance after death of family member Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA WhatsApp GAA A couple of Laois players put their hands up for this award with Mark Kavanagh and Cha Dwyer going very close but Ryan Mullaney was the best player on the pitch last night.After a difficult week on a personal level for the Castletown centre back following the sad passing of his sister in law, Mullaney won every ball that came his way in O’Connor Park.Almost every defender around him was under pressure at different times in the game but Mullaney remained calm and composed at all time.2 – Return of the King Ross King pulled on a Laois jersey for the first time in 2019 yesterday and, after initial signs of rustiness, he had a brilliant second half.After scoring a point in the first half, King added three more in the second and set up a goal for Cha Dwyer. The Rathdowney-Errill man will only get better the more games that he plays.3 – 7 goals in 70 minutesAnyone who paid the tenner to get in to this game, certainly got full value for their money. You won’t see it on the Sunday Game tonight, but some of the goals that Laois scored were of a really high quality.Paddy Purcell, Eanna Lyons, Cha Dwyer and sub Stephen Bergin all raised green flags in the second half before nine minutes of injury time were signalled.The one thing that manager Brennan will not be happy with is the manner in which his side conceded three goals – especially as two of them came directly from their own errors deep in defence.4 – Poor shooting a feature in the first half At one stage in the National League quarter final against All-Ireland champions Limerick back in March, Laois actually had more attempts on goal that the eventual victors but their accuracy really let them down.Yesterday, Laois recorded 11 first half wides in comparison to Offaly’s two and they went in level at half time while they really should have been way ahead. This is something Laois will need to rectify going forward as better teams that Offaly will punish them.5 – Impact from the bench Laois used five subs in their win last night and each of them contributed to the overall outcome in a positive way.Castletown’s Conor Phelan was first on and he scored a great point while Neil Foyle and Aaron Dunphy battled for every ball that came their way.Clough-Ballacolla’s Stephen Bergin popped up with the all-important fourth goal with his very first touch while Eric Killeen caught an extremely important high ball over the dangerous Joe Bergin deep in injury time.6 – Depth of the squad Eddie Brennan has assembled a very strong squad. He has lost Sean Downey to the States for the summer but outside of that everyone seems to be fit and raring to go.Laois won yesterday and players like PJ Scully and Stephen Maher didn’t see any game time. Undoubtedly, those two will be involved as the competition progresses but to be able to put up a score of 4-22 without playing arguable two of the best forwards in the county shows just how strong the panel now is.7 – Other Results and how the table looksThe day’s other Joe McDonagh Cup game saw Antrim run out comfortable winners by 3-19 to 0-14 over Kerry.8 – What’s Next?Up next for Laois is a home encounter with table-toppers Antrim at 3pm in O’Moore Park on Saturday May 18.Next weekend’s other game see Westmeath host Offaly in their first game and that will be a very tasty affair – one you’d imagine Offaly simply cannot afford to lose.SEE ALSO – Laois man completes Vancouver marathon for Pieta House in honour of Portlaoise cousin TAGSJoe McDonagh CupTalking points Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results
WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results GAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Laois U-20 boss O’Loughlin hits out at standard of refereeing as Leinster dream dies By Alan Hartnett – 20th July 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois U-20 manager Billy O’Loughlin – Photo Paul Dargan Brought to you in association with Crettyard StoneThe Laois U-20 footballers saw their dreams of winning a Leinster title ended by Dublin in O’Connor Park last night. Laois scored 17 points but the concession of four goals, three of which coming in the second half, was their undoing in the end as Dublin claimed the crown and marched on to play Galway next week in the All-Ireland semi final.Referee Brendan Cawley drew the ire of the Laois fans throughout the game as they felt a lot of decisions seemed to go against the young O’Moore side.And speaking to Midlands 103’s Jack Nolan after the game, manager Billy O’Loughlin expressed his dissatisfaction at the performance of the Kildare whistler.He said: “Dublin were the far superior team in many aspects of the game but I thought the official made some calls at stages in the game that really benefited Dublin.“We got very little and when we were getting into the game, I just thought he made some unbelievable calls that the underdog never seems to get.“There was sarcastic clapping and jeering of him at the end from the crowd. Look, I know he is only trying to do his job but you would have to wonder at the inconsistencies of guys refereeing at this level.“Maybe it was a job for the likes of a Maurice Deegan because for a county like Laois, we need every advantage we can get.“We have a population of 85,000 and we are playing against a team that could probably field five or six U-20 teams.”While being fully complimentary to Dublin in the way they won the game, O’Loughlin also pointed out that they were very cute at times too.He said: “When we got back into the game on a couple of occasions, they had lads down in corners injured.“The goalie went down after ‘tearing his hamstring’ and then got back to kick out the ball. They are the dark arts that maybe it is my fault that we didn’t do enough of it ourselves.“But they are very like their senior team and they are very well drilled. They have a huge backroom team”While O’Loughlin was disappointed, it is not all doom and gloom as eight of the starting team are eligible to play again next year.He said: “We are disappointed but six of our first seven, the goalie and five of the starting six backs, are all underage again next year so that is a big thing.“We weren’t expected to get here but I have to commend our lads. They were super all year and I know they will be devastated because we genuinely thought we could win.”SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: Some classic photos from the Castletown Vintage Rally in 2009 WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest Previous articleWANTED: LaoisToday are looking for additional sports reportersNext articleSouth African tribute to tragic Laois woman as memorial service set to be held in Portlaoise Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Home Sport GAA Laois U-20 boss O’Loughlin hits out at standard of refereeing as Leinster… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois U-20 footballers TAGSBilly O’LoughlinLaois U-20 footballers
Minister Ng speaks with Ukrainian minister Petrashko From: Global Affairs CanadaReadoutYesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Ihor Petrashko, Ukraine’s Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture.Yesterday, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, spoke with Ihor Petrashko, Ukraine’s Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture.The ministers spoke about the importance of bilateral and global cooperation and coordination to build a strong global economic recovery from COVID-19.They also discussed the modernization of the Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) and its potential benefits to people across Canada and Ukraine, particularly small businesses and women. Since the CUFTA entered into force in 2017, Canada-Ukraine 2-way bilateral trade has grown, totalling nearly $300 million in 2019. This has meant new opportunities for Canadian and Ukrainian businesses alike, and good jobs in both countries.Minister Ng highlighted Canada’s leadership on advancing rules-based international trade through the Ottawa Group on WTO reform. Both ministers look forward to continuing to work closely together to promote rules-based trade and strong supply chains. This work is essential to ensure people continue to have access to essential goods like food and medicine at this challenging time, as well as to ensure our recovery is sustainable and benefits everyone. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, Agriculture, business, Canada, covid-19, Economy, free trade, Government, International trade, medicine, Minister, Ottawa, reform, Small Business, sustainable, Ukraine, WTO
Labor will help households and businesses with battery storage for solar Tasmanian Labor$20 million to fund loans of up to $15,000 to buy batteries and solar for homes and businessesValue of solar investment plummeted under Liberals watchLabor will push power prices down while the Liberals will privatise HydroA majority Labor Government willset aside $20 million to fund loans of up to $15,000 for people to buybatteries and solar for their homes.Labor Leader Rebecca White saidthe policy would fix the Liberal’s failures on feed-in tariffs and help solarowners keep the value of their investment.“Solar owners have been badlylet down by the Liberals and have seen the value of their investment crumbleafter the feed-In tariffs were cut,” Ms White said.“The controversial new ‘solartax’ proposed by the Australian Energy Market Commission will further hitthe value of feed-in tariffs with people set to be charged for exportingsolar power to the grid.“Due to changes in thenational electricity market it is now impossible to simply reinstate theprevious tariff rates and the only solution is battery storage.“Battery storage is theequivalent of receiving a feed-in tariff equal to the retail rate charged byAurora.“Labor will make interest-freeloans available to households and businesses up to the value of $15,000 for theinstallation of battery storage or solar installation.”Ms White said the loans would beover ten years, interest free for the first three years and then low interestfor the remaining seven.“Tasmanians need to feel securein their solar investment and under the Liberals this has not been the case.“This funding will help ensureTasmanians see return on their solar investment which is both beneficial tothem and the environment.“While Labor works to push down power prices, Peter Gutwein and the Liberals will carve up and privatise the Hydro.“Only Labor is working for Tasmanians to create a better and fairer state.”Rebecca White MPLabor Leader /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, battery, Commission, electricity, energy, environment, Government, Investment, market, Solar, solar power, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, tax
Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail by Lisa H. Schwartz February 3, 2020For Nathan Schneider, scholarship is fundamentally interdisciplinary and community engaged.Schneider is an assistant professor of media studies in the College of Media, Communication and Information and a journalist who writes about religion, technology and democracy. His current research explores models for democratic ownership and governance for online platforms and protocols. He is also the founder of the Media Enterprise Design Lab.Schneider has family roots in rural Colorado, which have spurred his interest and connection to the long tradition of cooperative enterprise across the state and how it might inform today’s startup world.“Involving practitioners as partners makes the work more fun and grounds the research questions in practice,” Schneider said. ”They help us to identify where the pain points are and then we get to play with those challenges and come up with new approaches.”Schneider publishes widely in popular, professional and academic journals, such as Harper’s, The Nation and The New York Times, and Media, Culture and Society, Media Industries and the Penn State Law Review. He underscored that writing for popular and academic audiences can be equally intellectually challenging and mutually informative.“I don’t think of one being derivative of the other, I think of them as two potentially rigorous forms of publication and communication that really inform each other,” Schneider said.Below, Schneider talks about how he collaborates with a diversity of academics and practitioners in his community-engaged scholarship, from defining the goals of his research to gaining feedback on publications and new ventures. He also shares how his nontraditional path to being a professor shapes how he values, balances and leverages practical and disciplinary knowledge.This is part of the Office for Outreach and Engagement’s Engaged Scholars Interview series, which is designed to bring the process of community-engaged scholarship to life through discussions with exemplary CU Boulder scholars.Why do you do community-engaged work as part of your research, teaching or creative work?The whole point of my role at a public university is to contribute to worlds beyond it, while also being accountable to the academic community. In the middle of the Iraq war I left my graduate program in religious studies because I felt a need to be more engaged. I felt uncomfortable with feeling I couldn’t do more in that context. I moved to New York and became a journalist. When I came back to the academy almost a decade later, after deep involvement in activism and other work, I came back with the goal of serving the communities I had worked with and finding new communities with which to collaborate. To me, these partnerships give the academic work context and purpose. Otherwise, I think going through the exercise of academic production could feel like a chore.Reflect on your particular experience and journey as a scholar. How has your experience shaped your beliefs and practices?Currently, I am working on tech business models and ownership structures in close collaboration with entrepreneurs, labor organizers, people in finance—a range of people who are looking for new strategies. I am in constant communication with these collaborators. People come to me for advice on projects they are building, or I reach out to people doing things I am interested in studying. In the process, we are building long-term relationships.For some years, I was working with a new generation of co-op entrepreneurs, and they were facing tremendous barriers. After I moved to Colorado and reconnected with my extended family, some of whom are still farmers and members of agricultural co-ops, it hit me that the co-op model was an integral part of my family story. It gave me a sense of confidence in working in this tradition—a reminder that this is a powerful historical phenomenon, and it can be powerful again. Relationships like that help strengthen the speculative work that I do—such as proposing new finance mechanisms and sometimes radical policy strategies—by grounding it in past legacies. I spend a lot of time learning lessons farmers learned a hundred years ago and trying to apply those lessons to the context of the internet today. In the process, I try to reverse conventional logic, which positions rural people as needing to look to cities for cutting edge practices; instead, I want to show how rural communities possess innovative knowledge that people in cities should learn from.What role do different forms of publication play?I frequently write in magazines (i.e. the Nation, America, the Atlantic, Chronicle of Higher Ed), and this is a part of my work process. It’s not just a matter of publicizing scholarly work. Sometimes I am testing ideas out in those arenas, and then I get feedback and hone that for an academic article, or the other way around.After years of pursuing mass audiences as a journalist, I appreciate the ability within academia to write for a small set of experts in academic journals. The idea of publishing for just a handful of people, which a lot of career academics complain about, actually comes to me as a huge relief, especially if those people love the topic as much as I do. Great feedback from other scholars can be worth more than a million retweets. If academic production is not all you’re doing, it’s easier to see why it can be so valuable.I think of academic publications as playing the role of clarification and validation. Peer review helps to make sure I am learning from the best of academic discourse, so that when I go to my practitioner collaborators, I am not misleading them about what the state of the art is. For me, it’s not a question of having two different voices or hats, it’s about making sure that the two kinds of intellectual work inform each other. I don’t think of one as being derivative of the other; rather, they are two potentially rigorous forms of publication and communication that each have value. If you think an academic peer review process is especially difficult or rigorous, try getting fact checked by an intern straight of college at the New Yorker. That is not fun (laughs), and it can be humiliating and humbling. I remember once being in the car with an eminent professor of religion. He had been training to get ready to go on the Colbert Report. To prepare he was trying to summarize different religions of the world in one sentence. From an academic point of view that might seem like heresy, because any religion is obviously so complex, but from a popular communication point of view you need to do that, because everyone needs to hear their first sentence about Hinduism somewhere. And what an amazing intellectual challenge. What is the sentence going to be? That experience was a powerful reminder that just because something is shorter, or in more accessible language, doesn’t mean it’s any less of an intellectual achievement than something that is longer, more in-depth and full of citations. It’s a different medium.How does interdisciplinary work play a role?I’ve come to appreciate the importance of disciplinarity, to be honest. I’m a non-traditional academic, and my path has been wildly interdisciplinary, but don’t think everyone should do what I do. I appreciate that I have colleagues who are more oriented around a single discipline and who ask me important critical questions that others may not. I feel grateful that many of my collaborators were trained in “silos,” because it means they have a firm foundation in whatever their silo happens to be, which I usually don’t have. What is more important than blending the disciplines into a big blur is learning how to see how one’s discipline can be useful to others—in and out of the academy.How do you engage your community partners in the research and writing you do?Constantly. My research questions generally start by noticing needs among communities of practitioners and then looking for ways their experience could be put into conversation with the best scholarship—and for how their experience can inform even better scholarship. I build research projects that involve non-academics as full collaborators. Involving practitioners as partners helps ground the research questions in practice and in an understanding of the problems that people face who are doing relevant work day-to-day. And it makes the project more fun.One current project is developing governance tools for online platforms that enable communities of users to self govern in new ways. We are working with a gaming company, a social network, a fair-trade marketplace, and some blockchain platforms. Another project is on identifying new ownership strategies and structures for startups. This is largely in partnership with a network of founders and investors who are also trying to develop new models. They help us to identify where the pain points are and then we get to play with those challenges and come up with new approaches.Before I send a scholarly paper to a journal, I will generally share it, not only with academic collaborators but also professionals or community members in the areas I study, and I’m often gratified and surprised to see how seriously they take it. When the research questions emerge from a community’s experience, people enjoy diving into a rigorous engagement with those questions, and their suggestions are often amazing.Recently, I was talking to an entrepreneur and investor who said that one of my journal articles—a super theoretical one at that—opened up his mind about how he does his work and what It means. This was the last paper I would have expected him to read, as I wrote it mainly to justify some of my projects for my academic colleagues. This is the kind of experience that I love—when the two contexts seem to serve each other.How do your publication practices play a role in your current projects?I try to think about publication in terms of how it can advance social interventions. Sometimes that means validating insights that come from otherwise marginalized communities. Sometimes that means generating discussion that can hone future practice. Recently, I worked with a legal scholar to publish a law review article on a topic I had been working on, because we saw an opportunity to affect policy in ways that law reviews are uniquely positioned to do.I also keep on publishing more accessible essays for practitioners and others. Again, I don’t see the “popular” work as derivative, it’s part of the same process. For instance, in my work on cooperative models for tech startups, the research doesn’t get very far unless there are people on the ground trying those models out, and they have to find out about these options somewhere. My writing can also help provide encouragement and visibility for experiments facing tough odds.At the same time, magazine articles and op-eds are important for academic communication in ways scholars might not like to admit. Many scholars don’t read journals outside their particular subfield. A new set of terminology can be as off-putting to other scholars as much as anyone else. So if you’re trying to start a conversation with scholars even in fields very close to your own, the best bet is to draw them in with the same kind of article you’d use to reach non-academics.Do you also integrate community-engaged scholarship into your teaching?Yes. For instance, I teach a class on “disruptive entrepreneurship,” which is an introduction to startup culture and its discontents. The class attracts students from media and communications, business, engineering and other areas, and it draws on the unique startup community we have here in Boulder. Students are required to attend two off-campus community events to get to know the local scene, as well as to interview people who have been adversely affected by disruptions. They talk to multiple stakeholders and learn about different perspectives. My goal in all my classes is to show students how, if they get out and start meeting people, a lot of the apparent barriers to learning come down.What are some strategies you use to balance the demands of community work and academia?One strategy takes the form of the new Media Enterprise Design Lab that I’ve been building. My collaborations started engulfing more and more of my time, so I found ways to bring graduate students from our Media and Public Engagement program into the process. I borrowed some features of the typical scientific lab, and we’re making the rest up as we go along. Because all of our work is so connected to challenges in the communities we work with, we’ve so far had success finding funding, both from those communities and from the university.When there’s a lot going on at once, I find it helpful to connect the pieces together into a narrative that matters to me on an elemental level. Somehow that makes it all feel manageable. Having a story to tell myself turns the work from merely professional into something vocational. I think the academic life should be about this. We don’t have free time exactly, but we have flexibility to determine how to prioritize and orient our time. We need to make it count.Participating in small groups has also been important to me. As a journalist I was part of a group with a strong feminist orientation that would meet every month. We were very focused on the politics of time and fair pay, and helped each other think through how we were prioritizing our time and how to demand fairer terms from employers. I encourage people who do highly individualized work, as our graduate students do, to make sure to have strong communities to help them talk and think through how to use their limited time and effort.For me, doing the collaborative, engaged work feeds academic production, and puts me on track to make useful contributions to the field. Whenever I go to meetings with practitioners I am always thinking, is there something here that would be useful for my field as well as what they are doing? I am always looking for that intersection, and there are many projects that fit. It would be harder not to be in contact with real problems. I would be sitting in my armchair, rocking my baby, wondering what to write about. If I suddenly cut off all the collaborative work and had to come up with research projects and write papers on my own, I would probably fail.The engaged work also raises my visibility. I am invited to contribute to books and journals that are probably above my academic weight, just because I have a visibility in these communities.I am grateful to have an incredibly supportive department. Both Media Studies and the leadership of the College of Media, Communication, and Information have always supported my commitment to conjoining community and academic work. I don’t take that for granted.What kind of mentorship have you received and how do you mentor others? Any advice for others who are interested in this work?One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from an old friend. She taught me that successful people appreciate it when someone approaches them, tells them that they admire their work and asks them to meet to talk about their trajectory. You might be surprised who will say yes—though it’s okay when people say no. Reaching out to people I admired was something I practiced a lot earlier in my career, and I encourage others to as well.I still do this, and I’ve also started to see the process from the other side. If a student demonstrates they know even a little of my work, I am thrilled to give them attention and support. It means so much that they have taken time to learn about what I put so much energy into producing.How do you find mentors? And who should they be?Sometimes people imagine that, if they want to become experts in something, they should sit in isolation and study it and think about it. We forget that there is no greater teacher than relationships. They motivate us, they help us see the blind spots we didn’t know were there. And relationships must be two-way. Ask for help by offering to help. When I started out as a reporter, I sought out the writers I most admired and tried to find ways I could be useful to them, while also asking them for help on my early projects. It’s the ancient logic of apprenticeship.Find a good balance. Right now one of my mentors is an academic mentor and one is a practitioner. This combination reflects the balance of the work I am trying to do as well. I highly encourage young scholars to make sure they have a mentor who is not a scholar, who is doing the thing that they are studying. That kind of person can be a powerful counterweight to academic pressures. Your list of mentors doesn’t need to be the same as your dissertation committee.There is a freedom in having a balance of accountability between academia and other communities. For example, this week I learned that a paper had been rejected by a journal, and that didn’t feel good, but I had the consolation that a draft I had circulated was already generating new collaborations with people. When you have one foot in the academy and one outside, it helps you appreciate both even more—while not taking either so seriously that you lose sight of why you are doing the work to begin with.
RelatedSt. Ann Roads to be Repaired Under JDIP St. Ann Roads to be Repaired Under JDIP Local GovernmentSeptember 13, 2010 RelatedSt. Ann Roads to be Repaired Under JDIP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Ann leg of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), which will see the repair of the road network in the parish, was launched at the Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, on September, 10.The programme will be carried out at a cost of some $400 million to $450 million in the first phase, and the work should commence between this month and October.Speaking at the launch, Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding said the islandwide programme is expected to be carried out over a five-year period, and emphasised that it would be implemented in a way that was not only fair, but also transparent.Prime Minister Hon. Bruce Golding (second left), greets representative of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, Liu Jailin (right), at the launch of the St. Ann leg of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), at the Turtle River Park, in Ocho Rios, on September 10.Partly hidden at left is Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry.“This programme is geared towards fixing bad roads wherever they exist, whether the Member of Parliament for the constituency is of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) or the People’s National Party (PNP),” he said, assuring that the programme was not a political project, but rather a national project that would be done to benefit Jamaica and the people of Jamaica.A major undertaking by the government of Jamaica to significantly improve the island’s road network, the project is being done with a view to stimulating economic development and enhancing the quality of life of Jamaicans.The programme is to be funded by a loan from the People’s Republic of China. The money will be repaid though the gas tax.Approximately US$400 million (J$36 billion) has been made available through this partnership to effect works on the road network. The National Works Agency (NWA) will be the implementing agency, with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited being the contractors.The Prime Minister thanked the Chinese Government for their invaluable contribution to making the JDIP a reality.“I want to pay tribute as well to China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited. We want to thank them for their energy, their interest and their co-operativeness, as they are taking on something that I don’t think any other contractor has ever done in Jamaica,” Mr. Golding said.Meanwhile, Representative from CHEC Limited, Liu Jailin said the company was very proud to have been chosen to carry out the project.“We will maintain our good international reputation by creating the greatest value for money for Jamaicans as we execute the projects in Jamaica. We look forward to a strong relationship and many more years of growth in our partnership with the Jamaican Government and the Jamaican people,” he said.Also attending the launch were Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Michael Henry and Chief Executive Officer of the National Works Agency (NWA), Patrick Wong. Advertisements RelatedSt. Ann Roads to be Repaired Under JDIP
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Students, who will be attending high school in September, are being encouraged by the Prime Minister, to put aside negative thoughts and actions.The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said that adopting a positive outlook and attitude is one of the most important keys to achieving success.“Never, ever keep the word ‘can’t’ in your thinking. It is an evil word regarding your education. Keep on telling yourself you can because each of you can. You have gotten thus far and you will be able to be successful,” she said.She was addressing students and parents at a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards function at Jamaica House on August 13.A total of 17 students, whose parents are employed to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Cabinet in various capacities, were presented with book vouchers valued at $5, 000 each.The awards function, which began some eight years ago, is part of a staff welfare programme, designed to recognise and acknowledge the efforts of GSAT students and to encourage them in their future endeavours.Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the children for performing well on the GSAT examinations and also praised their parents for the effort they put into ensuring their children’s success.The Prime Minister also urged the students to look to their parents as positive role models.In thanking Mrs. Simpson Miller for the vouchers, one of the recipients, Hannah-Laurel Thomas, expressed gratitude on behalf of her fellow recipients. Advertisements RelatedPM Praises Work of Joseph Assignment Global Initiative RelatedMore Than 40,000 Jamaicans to Receive Land Titles Story HighlightsStudents, who will be attending high school in September, are being encouraged by the Prime Minister, to put aside negative thoughts and actions.The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, said that adopting a positive outlook and attitude is one of the most important keys to achieving success.She was addressing students and parents at a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards function at Jamaica House on August 13. Put Aside Negative Thoughts – PMJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Put Aside Negative Thoughts – PM Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 14, 2015Written by: Chad Bryan RelatedPrime Minister Launches National Land Titling Programme Photo: Yhomo Hutchinson Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (centre), shares a moment with Joan McClure (left) and her daughter Trevonne McClure, who will be attending St. Catherine High School in September. Occasion was a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) awards function held on August 13, at Jamaica House, where 17 students of staff employed to the Office of the Cabinet and Office of the Prime Minister were presented with book vouchers valued at $5,000 each.