Into the deep

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOn the third floor of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), a student leaned forward and asked: Will the future of deep-sea technology be human or robotic?More than 1,000 miles away, in the Gulf of Mexico, Bruce Strickrott stood next to the Alvin, the deep-sea research submersible, and answered simply: both.Comparing human and robotic exploration was unfair, said Strickrott, the chief Alvin pilot with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, because both have great value. But, he added, “Every time I’ve taken someone down in the submarine who’s only worked with [marine robotics], they always say, ‘I never knew it looked like that.’”Rindge and Latin students in Cambridge were communicating with Harvard researchers and scientists who were in the Gulf conducting a “verification cruise” — the first of its kind — on the Alvin sub, which had undergone a comprehensive upgrade over the last three years to expand its capabilities.Commissioned in 1964 as one of the world’s first deep-ocean submersibles, the vehicle had been out of service since December 2010. Having already completed more than 4,600 dives, Alvin’s upgrade now allows the sub to safely operate to more than 14,000 feet below the surface, 2,300 feet deeper than it could previously. Able to carry two scientists and a pilot on dives lasting up to 10 hours, the Alvin has located lost hydrogen bombs, explored hydrothermal vents, and surveyed the wreck of the RMS Titanic.With its new upgrade, the sub now has “all the bells and whistles,” said Peter Girguis, a professor in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.  Girguis proposed the verification cruise, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. Joining forces with Paul McGuinness, the marine biology teacher at Rindge and Latin, Girguis gathered Alvin researchers, scientists, and crewmen to talk with the students about their work and discoveries, even sharing new images and videos not yet released to the public.Speaking in an interview a week prior to the Gulf expedition, Girguis stressed that “we need to begin doing a better job of engaging students” in marine science. “By the time students go to college, many see some career paths as impractical. We want to show [them] that marine science has many viable career options, not just being a professor. We need ocean engineers, captains who can pilot the ships, researchers who work in fisheries. We want to give students an unprecedented opportunity to engage with the people who are doing those jobs.”“The opportunity for all kinds of students to talk face-to-face to the people on a vessel like that, answering questions in the moment, is really valuable,” said Caspian Harding, a Rindge and Latin senior and an intern with the Girguis lab through the CRLS Marine Science Internship program at Harvard. “It shows you can be a pilot, an engineer, a videographer. All these options are open. It shows you really can pursue what you love.”The verification cruise included six to eight dives over several days. The trip tested the sub’s new upgrades and allowed researchers to complete “incidental science,” exploring the Gulf’s diverse ecosystems and further examining effects from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.Responding to a student asking about “the next big questions” for marine science, Harvard graduate student and Girguis lab member Heather Olins said the possibilities were endless. “It’s a hard question to answer,” she said. “We know so little about the floor of the deep sea that all the questions are big questions.”At the end of the day, “out here at sea, a lot of people pitch in to help,” Girguis said. “The fact is, it really takes a team of people working together to get things done.”This collaboration is one of many between Harvard and the Rindge and Latin.  To learn more about the University’s partnerships with local schools, visit Harvard Community Connections on the Web.last_img read more

Ryan says win over Wexford a “tough battle”

September 9, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgTipperary Senior hurling manager Michael Ryan says it was “nip and tuck” right throughout their league semi final clash with Wexford.A late surge by the Premier saw them shrug off Davy Fitzgerald side to book a place in the final against Galway.That match will take place at the Gaelic Grounds next Sunday at 3.30 and is part of a double header with the camogie league decider between Cork and Kilkenny fixed for the same venue at 1.30. Tipperary secured victory over Wexford on a scoreline of 5-18 to 1-9 but despite the final result Michael Ryan said it was a tough battleAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Law students take Caricom bodies to court

January 12, 2020 0 Comments

first_img… over non-acceptance into regional law schools Holders of non-University of West Indies (UWI) law degrees have taken legal action against several regional bodies under the Caribbean Community (Caricom) over their non-acceptance into regional law schools, a decades-old problem.The litigation was filed by President and Co-founder of the Association of Caribbean Students for Equal Access to the Legal Profession (ACSEAL), Jason Jones, at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) against the Council for Legal Education (CLE); the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) and the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED).Jones is contending, in what was described as a “significant and historic move for justice”, that his right, as a national of Trinidad and Tobago, to access vocational training in the Region in order to become an Attorney-at-Law, eligible to practise within Caricom Member States was infringed upon with his non-acceptance to pursue legal studies at regional institutions such as the Hugh Wooding Law school (HWLS).He pointed out that by agreement made among Caricom Member States, pursuant to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) and further, the Treaty establishing the Council for Legal Education, any Caricom national can become an Attorney-at-Law eligible to practise in any member state, after having first obtained a University of the West Indies or an equivalent undergraduate law degree and then completed vocational training at one of the regional law schools such as the HWLS.“However, since 1996, holders of non-UWI law degrees have consistently been denied equal access to the regional law schools on the basis of an entrance examination fraught with discriminatory practices that seemingly contradict Caricom’s integration principles such as the acceptance of evidence of qualifications and movement of skilled Community nationals. Furthermore, all holders of UWI law degrees are granted automatic exclusive entry to the regional law schools, regardless of their degree classification,” Jones outlined.These actions, he posited, are contrary to the rights and/or benefits which are intended to be conferred upon Caricom nationals as provided for in the RTC, especially under Articles 35, 36, 37 and 46, effectively restricting participation in the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).This decision to litigate was not taken lightly. In fact, it was explained that ACSEAL was established by Jones in March 2016 after he, along with hundreds of other non-UWI law graduates, was denied entry to the HWLS in 2015.Additionally, ACSEAL’s National Representatives endeavoured to engage with the Caricom Heads of Government and the Council for Legal Education through the Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque.The matter is being ably pursued by Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle of New City Chambers, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Attorneys-at-Law, on behalf of the applicant, Jones.In April, ACSEAL released a report it complied highlighting the need for a law school in Guyana. According to the body, its support for the law school in Guyana comes from a study, which was conducted to consider the “status and relevance of the current legal education system; the extent to which it meets the needs of the respective Commonwealth Caribbean societies; and concerns of discrimination in access to legal education and, by extension, the legal profession.”ACSEAL also noted that the initiative of the law school, along with the other suggestions it made in its report, are intended solely to improve justice for the citizens in the Region.Some of the noteworthy findings and recommendations of the report include: the establishment of the UTech Law School in Jamaica, as well as law schools in Guyana and Antigua; the abolition of the preference-based admission policy at the regional law schools, which presently grants automatic entry exclusively to UWI law graduates.“[This was in] recognition of students’ concerns of the lack of transparency and accountability in the Council of Legal Education (CLE) Annual Entrance Examination; [also recommended were] the abolition of the CLE Entrance Examination in its current form; and the reconstitution and reorganisation of the CLE,” the body had said.last_img read more