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Century-old tortilla chip in a Harvard collection

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first_imgA beetle necklace, Mark Twain’s microscope, a 19th-century slate bearing “messages” from the spirit world, and a 100-year-old Mexican tortilla — given more than 350 years, you can collect some bizarre and fascinating items.Harvard has been collecting things for a long time, probably beginning with the donation of a library by its namesake, John Harvard, upon his death in 1638. Since then, the university has amassed more than 50 collections, not including libraries…Read more herelast_img

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Elizabeth Phelps wins Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience

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first_imgHarvard professor Elizabeth A. Phelps was named this year’s winner of the George A. Miller Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience.Winners of the prize are honored for a career characterized by distinguished and sustained scholarship and cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience that has the potential to revolutionize the field.The prize is presented by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and was established in 1995 to honor the career of psychologist George A. Miller. Miller was one of the founders of cognitive psychology and cognitive science, and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in psychology from Harvard in 1944 and 1946, respectively.As a faculty member in Harvard’s Department of Psychology, he helped found the Harvard Center for Cognitive Studies in 1960, which institutionalized the cognitive revolution and launched the field of cognitive science.Phelps, who received her doctorate from Princeton University, had a personal connection with Miller and said he helped arrange her first fellowship when he was teaching there. The experience helped seal her interest in the field.“The summer before I started graduate school, he had arranged for grad students at Princeton to be able to work at a neuropsychological hospital to test patients with different brain injuries,” Phelps said. “I applied for that position and I got it. And so, even before I started grad school he was making efforts to get me thinking about neuroscience and psychology…. To have [an award] in his name for me is especially meaningful.”Phelps is the Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience at Harvard. She is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation — which funded the Miller prize for its first 10 years.Phelps has also been honored with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychology, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on several distinguished boards and has served as the president of three societies, including Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.Her research focuses on the relationship between emotion and cognition.“Fairly early in my career, I decided to both integrate the study of cognition with neuroscience and also focus on how emotion — like everyday shifts in emotion — can influence our cognition, particularly our memory,” Phelps said.Phelps will accept the prize and give a lecture at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in March. The event will be virtual.Past winners of the Miller prize from Harvard include Harvard professors Elizabeth Spelke, Steven Pinker, and David H. Hubel.last_img read more

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The Ministry of Tourism provided HRK 24,6 million to strengthen the competitiveness of the tourism industry

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first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism has announced a grant program for raising the competitiveness of the tourism industry for 2018, which provides for HRK 24,6 million in grants from the state budget.Funds will be allocated through a series of measures to increase standards, quality and additional offer of catering facilities, development of new products in the destination, sustainable development, internationalization of business, use of new technologies and other activities to increase the competitiveness of the tourism industry.This year’s program is a continuation of all previous activities of the Ministry of Tourism aimed at encouraging the attractiveness and competitiveness of Croatian tourism, the Ministry of Tourism points out and adds that special attention is paid to it. development of tourism on the continent, Dalmatian hinterland and islands, sustainable development, use of new digital technologies and connecting agriculture and tourism.The funds are available to small businesses (companies outside the public sector, crafts and cooperatives) and family farms that provide catering and / or tourism services. “Croatia is recognized in the world as an attractive tourist destination which, in addition to its natural beauty and preserved cultural heritage, is increasingly attracting visitors with a quality and wide range of tourist products. With this program, we provide financial support to tourism workers in order to be able to offer new and innovative solutions to the market and thus further strengthen the offer, ensure a high level and occupancy of tourist accommodation, and thus strengthen consumption in the destination. We believe that the projects that will result from this program will ultimately achieve a more balanced tourism development of our country and contribute to the development of tourism throughout the twelve months.. “, said Minister Cappelli, presenting the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry”, which will additionally connect the stakeholders in tourism, primarily local producers, and strengthen the international recognition of Croatia.The grant scheme is composed of four measures, each of which has a different purpose of co – financing.MEASURE A Through measure A supports the increase of standards, quality and additional offer of accommodation facilities of the type: hotels, camps, other catering facilities for accommodation and family farms, by co-financing eligible project activities, such as: raising quality subject to reaching a higher category, development and improvement of additional facilities, thematic definition of accommodation capacities, investment in green entrepreneurship, construction of a new camp or camp resting place in the continental part of Croatia, the Adriatic hinterland and on islands where such facilities do not exist, activation of mountain and hunting lodges, construction or arrangement of Robinson and bike & bed accommodation conditions for the stay of persons with disabilities, arranging picnic areas, tasting rooms, wine shops, and the development of ethno, traditional, hunting, fishing, equestrian and other additional facilities on farms.MEASURE B Through measure B encourages the development of special forms of tourism such as cyclo-tourism, active and adventurous through investments in infrastructure, services and equipment, arranging the necessary infrastructure and investments in equipment for caves, rafting, climbing rocks, lookouts, adrenaline parks, golf practice, and promotional activities for the existing offer. This measure also supports amusement, adrenaline and theme parks, traditional small floating hotels, renovation and arrangement of traditional wooden excursion boats, and the creation of a package of new tourist products for special interest markets.MEASURE C  Measure C refers to the availability and safety of tourists, through co-financing of publicly available defibrillators (medical devices for rescue and resuscitation) in catering facilities, with education, with priority given to catering facilities on islands and other parts of the Republic of Croatia that do not have health facilities nearby. lead companies and crafts engaged in the hotel industry on islands without water supply, and encourages innovative IT technologies in tourism.MEASURE D  Measure D refers to the recognizability, so the placement of island products will be financed by equipping sales and exhibition spaces in restaurants on the islands and the implementation of thematic routes and the creation of package deals on “Croatian island products”. This measure will also co-finance larger international gatherings in Croatia related to investments in tourism.Grants are awarded in the range of  20.000 to 400.000 marten per project, depending on each measure. The public call is open until March 20, 2018, and the full text of the program can be found in the attachment.Attachment: PUBLIC INVITATION / COMPETITIVENESS OF THE TOURIST ECONOMYlast_img read more

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