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Director of Innovation Lab named

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first_imgGordon S. Jones has been named the inaugural director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, a new and innovative initiative set to launch in late 2011 that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities, and provide a forum, both physically and virtually, for interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. Located at 125 Western Ave. in Allston, which formerly housed the WGBH-TV offices and studios, the Innovation Lab will complement Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and help revitalize Western Avenue.Jones, who will officially assume his duties on May 9, will serve as a key part of the lab’s planning and design team, helping to define and develop programs, build relationships within and beyond campus, and create an environment that will attract and support student innovators and enhance team activity. Additionally, he will develop and manage the operations of the lab and design programs to link thought leaders together with Innovation Lab occupants.In addition to 15 years of marketing and sales experience with Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies in the consumer goods industry, Jones has both an impressive history of entrepreneurial activity and academic experience mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. “With his extensive background helping undergraduate and graduate students, as well as his work with entrepreneurial ventures and his strong ties to Harvard University, Gordon is a superb choice for this new and important position,” said Joseph Lassiter, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab. “He has the skills to build relationships between students and local entrepreneurs, create partnerships with area small business organizations, and develop a center of innovation that fully brings to life the spirit of innovation present throughout the wider University and community.”Read the full announcement.last_img read more

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt impressed by England midfield selection

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first_img Schmidt has backed England to threaten across the fast-approaching World Cup, as much thanks to their midfield blend as anything else. “They’ve put together some really nice plays, particularly from set-piece,” said Schmidt. “Then you throw in a guy like (Alex) Goode who has got so many skills, where he put in the little cross-kick for Jonny May. So I really do think it’s a nice balance for them. “They’ve got enough guys who are ball-players and they’ve got enough guys who can get you over the gain-line. “Sometimes if it’s all ball-players and there’s just a wall in front of you, you play away and go nowhere. So sometimes you just need someone who will win you a collision and put you back on the front foot. “I think they’ve got a really good mix of that.” Joe Schmidt believes England boast “a nice balance” to their World Cup midfield options, despite question marks still hanging over Stuart Lancaster’s strongest inside-back division. Ireland boss Schmidt hailed England counterpart Lancaster for balancing power and finesse across his selections at centre and fly-half ahead of the two sides meeting at Twickenham on Saturday. Fleet-footed Jonathan Joseph has vowed to forge a formidable centre partnership with blunt-force specialist Brad Barritt against Ireland, while Owen Farrell and George Ford are still battling it out for the starting fly-half berth. Schmidt appeared nonplussed when quizzed on England’s midfield conundrum, claiming by including Sam Burgess and Exeter’s Henry Slade Lancaster has rounded out his squad in style. “Jonathan Joseph was saying in the week that they will be a really good combination because Barritt’s the direct strongman and he’ll use footwork and acceleration,” said Schmidt. “I think if you slotted Sam Burgess in there you could say he’s the direct powerhouse and that Joseph still has the footwork. “Where Joseph’s got the footwork I think Slade’s got class, his ability to distribute. He’s still got a good change-up to carry but he’s got good kicking skills as well, s o they can vary up their midfield as they need to. “I’m just happy they are not in our pool.” England will launch their World Cup bid on home soil by taking on Fiji at Twickenham on Friday, September 19. Ireland will open their Pool D account against Canada in Cardiff the following day, with Schmidt and Lancaster’s men contesting the final warm-up battle this weekend. Rugby League convert Burgess has been pitched in despite just half a season of union with Bath, with Exeter’s fast-developing playmaker Slade also sneaking into the final 31. Press Associationlast_img read more

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