Celebrating Legendary Soul Artist Donny Hathaway With His Greatest Live Recordings

first_imgSinger, pianist, songwriter, and arranger Donny Hathaway was one of the brightest new talents in soul music at the dawn of the 1970s. As a session musician and producer at Curtis Mayfield‘s Curtom Records in Chicago, he arranged multiple hit songs for various soul, gospel, jazz, and blues artists and took part in recordings by Mayfield, Aretha Franklin and The Impressions, among others. After being named the studio’s house producer, he also began recording his own music, which quickly became his main focus. He began to generate buzz in 1969 with the premiere of “The Ghetto Pt. 1”, the first single off his debut LP Everything is Everything, and vaulted to prominence the following year when the album premiered to critical acclaim.After releasing his self-titled second album in 1971, Hathaway began working with lauded vocalist Roberta Flack. In 1972, the pair released Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, an album of pop, soul, and gospel duets that went on to sell over one million copies. That same year, Hathaway released Donny Hathaway Live, perhaps the brightest gem in his impressive catalog. The album has been called one of the greatest live albums ever recorded, and has been covered and cited as an influence by John Legend, D’Angelo, Luther Vandross, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Justin Timberlake, John Mayer, and Amy Winehouse (who proudly referred to Donny as her favorite artist and even name-checked him in her hit song “Rehab”). You can listen to Donny Hathaway’s Live in full below:While he was successful in his professional life, Hathaway was haunted in his personal life. During the prime of his career, he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and was forced to maintain an intensive medication regiment to maintain his sanity. As the 70’s wore on, his mental state worsened, and he was hospitalized on several occasions. His condition also brought tension to his personal relationships and caused a falling out with his close collaborator Flack.Things appeared to be looking up when the two reconciled and began work on a new duet album, Roberta Flack Featuring Donny Hathaway, in late 1978. However, the two would not get the chance to finish the project. After being sent home from a session on January 13th, 1979 by the producer after an episode of paranoid delusion, Hathaway returned to his room at The Essex House hotel in New York City. Later that night, his body was found on the sidewalk outside, right below his 15th-floor window. Donny Hathaway’s death was ruled a suicide. He was 33 years old.Though devastated, Flack went on to finish the album they started, including “You Are My Heaven” (co-written by Stevie Wonder), Hathaway’s final recording. You can listen to the upbeat love song in all its painful irony below:Happy birthday, Donny. Decades after your death, your influence still looms large over the world of music.last_img read more

Science, meet YouTube

first_img Find out how butterfly pollination behavior influences plant evolution! Drs. Robin Hopkins & Heather Briggs take us through their research into the effects of pipevine swallowtail behavior on the evolution of flower color in the wildflower Phlox. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVF-g7ouS_4″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/eVF-g7ouS_4/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Molly Edwards is a scientist, and she also plays one on TV — or at least on YouTube.Most days, Edwards can be found in the lab of Elena Kramer, the Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, where she is a Ph.D. student working to understand the genes that control the shape of Columbine flower petals.Outside the lab, however, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student is the creator and host of “Science IRL (In Real Life),” a YouTube channel she launched more than a year ago while working as a lab technician at New York University, and is dedicated to taking viewers inside labs for an up-close-and-personal view of the day-to-day work of scientists.“I was realizing that the way science works in real life isn’t very transparent,” Edwards said of her inspiration for the series. “How are the science concepts we learn from textbooks actually used by real scientists? It’s really easy to imagine what a doctor or a lawyer or a teacher does at work, but people don’t get to see what a scientist does every day.”Though she had toyed with the idea of launching a video series for months, it wasn’t until nearly a year ago that Edwards, working with a shoestring budget and a crew made up of friends and volunteers, took the plunge and produced the channel’s first episode, on extracting DNA from plant samples.Columbine flowers! Evo-devo! (Science IRL S2 Ep1) Molly dissects a columbine flower and discusses how columbines are a great model for studying evolutionary development, or evo-devo The series’ budget has grown from those modest beginnings. Edwards recently received an education and outreach grant from the American Society of Plant Biologists to cover the cost of production equipment and travel. The larger budget allows her to explore topics as varied as plant metabolism, butterfly pollination behavior, and genetically modified organisms.Each episode features an entertaining mix of Edwards’ obvious enthusiasm and offbeat sense of humor. Episodes have shown tenured faculty playing with plastic dinosaurs, dancing in the lab, and even Edwards sporting animated “hair” to illustrate how a certain protein in our cells acts like a hair clip to tidy up our chromosomes.Part of her idea behind the series, Edwards said, was to counter the portrayal of scientists as nutty, white-coated workaholics.“I think that that stereotype is a huge barrier for young people entering STEM fields” — science, technology, engineering, and math — she said. “They can’t relate to the mad scientist characters they see on TV or in the movies, so they don’t want to go into those fields. But I’ve worked with so many people who defy that stereotype, so through ‘Science IRL’ I can introduce our viewers to the amazing, warm, compassionate scientists I know.”Of all those who may find an interest in science piqued by the series, Edwards hopes her message reaches one group in particular: young women.“I’m happy to be adding another science channel to YouTube that’s hosted by a woman,” she said. “And ‘Science IRL’ is becoming such a great platform for advocating for gender equality and diversity in STEM. All 10 episodes we’re producing with our grant feature women scientists. I want to provide role models to young women that represent their identities, because being able to visualize yourself as a scientist is such an important first step to pursuing a STEM career.”While she hopes the videos can help people understand complex topics like PCR (otherwise known as polymerase chain reaction, the process used to amplify a DNA fragment into usable quantities), Edwards said the shows are not intended as hands-on primers for conducting lab work.“The goal is to show you how something you’ve had to memorize in a science class comes to life in a lab. I’m not trying to teach you how to do a PCR, or the nitty-gritty biochemistry behind PCR,” she said. “But you’ll learn what it is, why it is awesome, and you’ll see how scientists use it in their research. Hopefully, you’ll walk away knowing it is this incredible tool that has opened all these doors in molecular biology.”Edwards plans to continue producing episodes during her time at Harvard, and she ultimately hopes to continue communicating about science through her career.“I really want to keep working to improve public perception of science and scientists,” she said. “I don’t know what will be the most effective way to do that, whether it’s becoming a prominent science communicator like Bill Nye or working to change science education policy so students can get into labs and get some IRL science experience at a younger age. But for now if talking about the things I do in the lab gets other people interested in science, then that’s my way of helping.”Butterfly behavior & plant evolution! (Science IRL S3 Ep2) <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e8pxOJ8RlI” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/-e8pxOJ8RlI/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Report details how Notre Dame students voted in 2016 presidential election

first_imgEditor’s note: Throughout the 2018 midterm election season, The Observer will sit down with various student organizations and professors to discuss political engagement and issues particularly pertinent to students. In this third installment, the Center for Social Concerns discusses how Notre Dame students voted in the 2016 presidential election.In the lead-up to the 2004 presidential election between then-President George W. Bush and John Kerry, Jay Brandenberger had an idea.As the director of research and graduate student initiatives and academic community engagement at the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), Brandenberger said he believed Notre Dame did a good job allowing students to serve their communities. Even so, he had little idea how students engaged with their communities outside of this service.Joseph Han | The Observer “We knew very little at the time, [2003-2004], about how Notre Dame students vote,” Brandenberger said. “To my knowledge there weren’t any previous serious surveys. There’s always been election day stuff by the table in LaFortune … they might have 100 students, 200 students who stop by. … I wanted to have something that was more robust and rigorous and comprehensive.”To explore this interest, Brandenberger said he decided to conduct a University-wide survey after the 2004 election of how Notre Dame students voted at all levels, surveying both graduate and undergraduate students.Brandenberger said he was floored by the responses the first survey received.“The numbers staggered me,” he said. “It was one of the first samples I’d done using an online tool, so I could sit in my office seeing the number of people who completed the survey and it went up by 100 in 10 minutes.”As a result of the first survey’s success, Brandenberger and the CSC have conducted a similar survey the day after the presidential election every four years.The results of the 2016 iteration of this survey were released Tuesday, in a report titled “How Notre Dame Voted: Political Attitudes and Engagement of Notre Dame Students in the 2016 Election.”This year’s survey asked students to describe their preferences in three major subject areas — their vote, the issues they cared most about and where they got the news. The sample consisted of 2,956 randomly sampled undergraduate and graduate students, 61 percent of whom were undergraduates.As a whole, Notre Dame voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, giving the former Secretary of State 59 percent of the vote versus 22.2 percent for President Donald Trump and 18.3 percent for third-party or write-in candidates.Notre Dame women voted for Clinton at a much higher rate than men, with 72 percent of female voters choosing the Democratic nominee versus 47 percent of their male counterparts. Clinton received the highest percent of the vote in the College of Arts and Letters (72.7 percent) while Trump received the highest percent of the vote in the Mendoza College of Business (36 percent).Clinton and third-party voters were most likely to rank “political/ethical scandals” — a new issue added for this election — as the most important issue in determining their vote, while a plurality of Trump voters listed the economy as their most important issue.For students who responded to the survey, the two most popular news sources were national print or online newspapers and social media.Senior Aileen Markovitz, who wrote the first draft of the report, said the report was designed to be easily read and discussed.“Our goal, our idea with the research was not to write an empirical paper — not something that would be published in a political science journal necessarily, but we wanted something that was really accessible to students,” she said.Senior Katie Edler, who helped design the questions and edit the report, said a key finding of the survey was the shift toward third-party candidates.“People that identified as conservative or Republican were a lot more likely to vote for third-party candidates than in the 2012 election,” she said.Markovitz said Notre Dame’s unique identity might have contributed to this result.“We believe … [this trend may be] due to Notre Dame’s Catholic character,” she said. “You have people who would not vote for Hillary Clinton because of ethical things — abortion — and people who wouldn’t vote for Trump for the same reasons. So we had a lot of write-in votes and third-party votes.”For Markovitz, another key finding of the survey was that Notre Dame students were often insulated from people who had opposing beliefs.“People would only feel very comfortable talking to their friends if they knew that they were of the same political belief system,” Markovitz said. “ … Notre Dame students are very polite and you don’t want to wake up on a Tuesday morning and have someone yelling at you about politics, it’s just not the character of the school, really.”Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz all said the project was not meant merely to describe the results of the 2016 election, but also to help start a conversation about politics on campus in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections and break students out of their political bubbles.“It’s kind of easy to sit back in the classroom and point to trends and statistics, but this helps us understand, especially during a time of political divide,” Brandenberger said.  “ … So this is a strategy to bring people together to hear one another.”In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, the CSC has partnered with ND Votes to encourage political engagement. “We are hoping [the partnership] will inspire more conversation around it, and more people registering to vote,” Edler said.Brandenberger, Edler and Markovitz will be presenting their findings as part of the National Voter Registration Day Festival at Notre Dame on Monday at 5 p.m. in the Geddes Hall coffee house. Tags: 2016 Presidential Election, 2018 midterm elections, Center for Social Concerns, Election Observer, jay brandenbergerlast_img read more

Broadway’s Chicago Unveils 20th Anniversary Initiatives

first_img Chicago is celebrating its 20th anniversary year on Broadway and is planning to paint the town! A number of initiatives were announced at a party at New York hotspot The Palm on March 22, and we have all the razzle dazzling scoop. The show’s official birthday is on November 14.First up, Takarazuka, the all-female Japanese musical revue troupe, is set to celebrate the centennial of their founding with its first appearance in New York in over 25 years with Takarazuka Chicago. It will mark the first time ever that two identical productions in two different languages will be running at the same time in NYC. The show is scheduled to play a limited engagement July 20 through July 24 at the David H. Koch Theater.Following this, on August 31 there’ll be a one-night-only event to celebrate the Kander and Ebb revival, with the classic tuner being performed in Central Park. More details will be announced soon.You’ll also be able to take in materials from Chicago in the Curtain Up! exhibition, which is heading to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center this October.And that’s not all! Six-time Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long will be revising some of his designs for the show, which will debut this fall. Plus, the Chicago: Killing It Worldwide advertising campaign will showcase new photos by Max Vadukul, the photographer who shot the show’s iconic original 1996 advertising campaign.Chicago is currently running at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre starring Paige Davis, Amra-Faye Wright, Jason Danieley and more.Check out Broadway.com’s behind-the-scenes look at the musical’s new ad campaign below! from $49.50 View Comments Related Showscenter_img Chicago (Photo: Max Vadukul)last_img read more

BroadwayCon Has Officially Kicked Off! Get in on the Action with Broadway.com

first_img View Comments The second annual BroadwayCon has officially started! The “comic con for theater lovers” is taking place January 27 through January 29 at the Javits Center in New York City, and Broadway.com will be hanging there all weekend long. Come stop by our epic booth to snap a pic on our Wall of Winners and win prizes all weekend long from BroadwayBox. Going to BroadwayCon 2017? Be on the lookout for a slew of stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Josh Groban, Chita Rivera, Brandon Victor Dixon, Darren Criss, Kelli O’Hara, Mandy Gonzalez, Ben Platt, Alice Ripley, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Lesli Margherita, Alex Brightman, Max von Essen and many more.On social media during your visit? Of course you are. Be sure to use #bwaycomatcon on your posts from the Broadway.com booth and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat all weekend long. We can’t wait to see you there!last_img read more

A political bluster-buster

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Over the past 19 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with exceptional access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.In late February, she’ll deliver a keynote address at CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference, offering astute observations about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Her presentations take audiences on an insider’s tour of D.C. through the eyes of a woman with her finger on the pulse of politics.The national editor of the Cook Political Report, Walter is a regular panelist on many of the premier political shows on network television, including “Meet the Press” on NBC, “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Fox News, and “Face the Nation” on CBS. She provides weekly analysis for the “PBS NewsHour.” continue reading »last_img read more

Branch staff take center stage amid transformations

first_img continue reading » For many financial institutions, the teller line is no longer a line and a teller is no longer a teller.Technology, consumer preferences, and design changes have altered the way members obtain services at their credit union branch. And front-line employees have had to up their service game to keep pace, according to a recent CUNA Councils webinar.“Branch staff have to take center stage and be the member’s advisor,” says Jamie Eads, director of retail staffing at Bancography, a firm that offers branch planning, network optimization, and retail staffing services.Most institutions are shifting to the universal associate methodology, where front-line employees have a breadth of expertise on the vast majority of their credit union’s products and services. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Increased number of permits for employment of foreigners in tourism and catering

first_imgToday, the Government of the Republic of Croatia amended the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2018, which increased the number of permits in the tourism and catering sector.State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Majda Burić explained that when determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for 2018, it was not possible to accurately determine the needs of the economy, so there was a disproportion between the established situation and the required number of permits.Thus, the number of licenses in the field of tourism and catering was increased from 4660 licenses to 8660 licenses.The increase of 4000 permits relates to the occupation of “assistant worker in tourism”, 3000 for new employment and 1000 for seasonal work for up to six months. Also, a large number of license applications were received in the activities of transport, agriculture and forestry, for which the approved quota was also used, so it was proposed to increase the number of seasonal work licenses to 90 days in the profession of “fruit picker” from 500 to 1000 . With the proposed changes to the decision, the total annual quota of permits for 2018 for the employment of foreigners in Croatia increases to 35.500 permits.The needs of the market, the increase of all indicators in the pre-season and the announcement of a more successful tourist season require a larger number of workers, said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković “This creates the preconditions not to put ourselves in a situation where there are too few workers in the hotel and catering industry during the successful tourist season.”, Concluded the Prime Minister.According to the announcements and taking into account that we currently have an interest of employers higher than the number of available approved quotas, we are increasing quotas for employment of foreigners in tourism, points out Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, adding that the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for allocating quotas. open hands to redistribute unused quotas from other activities. “These measures are currently necessary in order not to jeopardize the successful completion of the tourist year. The Ministry of Tourism also invests a lot of energy in long-term measures such as promotion programs, scholarships, retraining and competence centers in tourism, for which we have provided significant funds from EU funds. One of our basic goals is to create a large number of new jobs with tourism and, of course, to create the most qualified and best workers for Croatian tourism in Croatia. I thank the Minister of Labor and Pensions, Marko Pavić and his team for their efficiency and very quick reaction.”Glavina concluded.The decision takes effect immediately Due to the certain duration of the procedure for approving and issuing residence and work permits for foreigners, the Government of the Republic of Croatia proposed that the Decision enter into force on the first day after its publication in the Official Gazette so that employers’ requests could be resolved as soon as possible. contracted investments and projects.ANNEX / DECISION ON AMENDMENTS TO THE DECISION ON DETERMINATION OF THE ANNUAL QUOTA OF LICENSES FOR EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGNERS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2018Related news: MINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTED THE CONCEPT OF TOURISM COMPETENCE CENTERSlast_img read more

English lockdown might have reduced COVID-19 infections more than thought: Scientists

first_imgThe reproductive number of COVID-19 in England may been lower than previously thought in May, research published by British scientists said on Wednesday, suggesting the government’s COVID-19 lockdown worked to reduce infection rates.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson first eased England’s lockdown on June 1, and has since re-opened more of the economy.The research showed the rates of infection fell during May, the last month of full lockdown, halving every eight to nine days. The research also found that young adults were more likely to test positive than other age groups, indicating the need for them to follow social distancing even if their symptoms are often less severe than for older people.It also said that people of Asian ethnicity were more likely to test positive, which might account for higher death rates in that group.A separate pre-print study of a pilot test-and-trace scheme on the Isle of Wight found that it had reduced total incidence of infections and the R number faster than in other areas of the UK. Topics :center_img The study – which is a “pre-print”, meaning it has yet to be peer-reviewed – found there were on average 13 positive cases for every 10,000 people, with an overall reproduction number of 0.57.That is lower than the government’s official figures for that time, estimating a so-called “R” number of 0.7-0.9 when lockdown was eased. An R number of less than 1 indicates an epidemic is shrinking.”Our level of adherence in the UK, and the overall average behavior was very effective at reducing transmission of the virus,” Steven Riley, Professor of Infectious Disease Dynamics, Imperial College London, told reporters.Over 120,000 volunteers were tested as part of the study, which health minister Matt Hancock said showed the government took the “right actions at the right time”.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf was joined by members of his administration and the General Assembly to announce that Pennsylvania received a $25 million federal investment to improve rural healthcare and hospitals.Governor Wolf and PennDOT also announced that $33 million in federal funds were made available to improve 51 alternative transportation projects across the Commonwealth.Combatting the opioid epidemic is a top priority for the governor. This week, he was able to tour and host roundtable discussions at Centers of Excellence in Bethlehem and Connellsville.Governor Wolf continued his “Jobs that Pay” tour at Jyoti Natural Foods in Sharon Hill. He also made several job creation and business expansion announcements for Allegheny and Delaware counties, Indiana County, and Luzerne County.Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017Monday, 1/9/17On “Jobs that Pay” Tour, Governor Wolf Visits Jyoti Natural Foods in Sharon HillGovernor Wolf Highlights Importance of Career, Technical Education at PA FFA Mid-Winter Convention during 101st PA Farm ShowTuesday, 1/10/17Ahead of Future Winter Storms, Governor Wolf PennDOT Stress Safety, PreparednessGovernor Wolf Announces 51 PennDOT Projects Statewide to Improve Transportation AlternativesGovernor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag FacilityGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 392 New Jobs in Allegheny and Delaware Counties with Expansion of SAPWednesday, 1/11/17In Bethlehem, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Discuss State Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicThursday, 1/12/17Governor Wolf, Treasurer Reese Consolidate Investments to Cut Millions in Wall Street FeesGovernor Wolf Announces $25 Million Federal Investment in Pennsylvania’s Rural Health SystemGovernor Wolf Announces Business Fee Exemptions for Military Veterans and ReservistsFriday, 1/13/17In Connellsville, Governor Wolf Hosts Roundtable to Discuss State Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicGovenror Wolf Announces New Jobs with Expansion of Core-Mark Holding International in Luzerne CountyGovernor Wolf Announces 50 New Jobs with Gordon Sinclair Expansion in Indiana CountyGovernor Wolf Congratulates Pittsburgh-Based American Robotics, Inc. for U.S. Department of Defense Designation as a New Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation HubHighlights from The BlogFour Ways Governor Tom Wolf is Cutting Costs and Streamlining GovernmentWATCH: How to Save a Life with NaloxoneHow Pennsylvania Will Fight to Protect Health Insurance and Treatment for Substance Use DisordersGovernor Wolf and PennDOT Announce Funding for 51 Alternative Transportation Projects (Round-Up)Governor Wolf and Treasurer Reese Announce Cuts in Wall Street Fees by Consolidating Investments (Round-Up)Highlights from TwitterHere in PA, I will never sign any bill that forces women to undergo unnecessary, intrusive medical procedures. -TW https://t.co/QUo9hFhxxB— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 10, 2017 By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Medicaid Expansion has given 63,000 in PA access to addiction treatment. We can’t allow them or any PA’ians to undergo a lapse in care. https://t.co/ue83wKF9B1— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) January 12, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 13, 2017 Governor Wolf’s Week, January 8 – January 14, 2017last_img read more