Umphrey’s McGee Covers Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, & Led Zeppelin At The Tabernacle In 2012 [Full Audio]

first_imgAt this same time back in 2012, Umphrey’s McGee was headlining a New Year’s run at famed Atlanta, GA venue The Tabernacle. On this particular day, the Chicago rockers put on a spectacular performance, which featured a six-song stint to end the first set with Jake Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss on acoustic guitars during numbers such as “Uncle Wally,” “Rocker,” and a debut of Led Zeppelin‘s “Hey, Hey What Can I Do?” from the band’s 1982 album Coda.During the second set, J.J. Cale‘s “Cocaine” (which hit big when Eric Clapton covered it back in 1977) was sandwiched between a high-energy “Bright Lights, Big City.” “Domino Theory” led into a monster version of Pink Floyd‘s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” before winding its way back into the 2011 Death By Stereo track for the proper finish. The group welcomed Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin on groove-laden “Night Nurse.”For the encore, the debut of “Cut The Cable” was played in full between “In The Kitchen,” which brought the show with the entire audience singing along in unison. Take a listen to the entire show below, courtesy of taper NSL.Umphrey’s McGee is currently celebrating the New Year in Denver, Colorado at The Fillmore Auditorium.Umphrey’s McGee – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA – 12/30/12 SetlistSet 1: Depth Charge > JaJunk* > Roulette, Sociable Jimmy > Sweetness>**, Uncle Wally**, Bad Poker**, Water**, Rocker**, Hey, Hey What Can I Do**^Set 2: Preamble> Bright Lights, Big City > Cocaine > Bright Lights, Big City, Mantis > Domino Theory > Shine On You Crazy Diamond > Domino Theory, Nemo > Kabump > Nemo, Night Nurse& > MantisEncore: In The Kitchen > Cut the Cable^^ > In The Kitchen* unfinished** w/ Brendan and Jake on acoustics^ debut, Led Zeppelin& w/ Jeff Coffin on saxophone^^ debut in full, originallast_img read more

Watch Umphrey’s McGee Cover Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” During NYE Run [Pro-Shot]

first_imgOver the weekend, Umphrey’s McGee took over Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium for three-nights of New Year’s Eve madness. To kick off the run, the group got things started off strong with a solid performance that ended with a cover of Pink Floyd’s beloved classic, “Comfortably Numb”. Today, the band has released new pro-shot video of this show-ending cover. Enjoy it for yourselves below! [Video: Umphrey’s McGee] Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 12/29/17I: Bathing Digits > Padgett’s Profile > Walletsworth, Sociable Jimmy > The Fussy Dutchman > The Linear, Susanah, BridgelessII: JaJunk > Night Nurse -> Mail Package, Resolution > Yoga Pants > Syncopated Strangers > DraconianE: Comfortably Numblast_img read more

Watch Gorillaz Debut A Propulsive, Bass-Heavy New Song, “Hollywood”, In Chile

first_img[H/T Consequence of Sound] Currently, Gorillaz is on a world tour in support of their brand-new album, Humanz, which was released last year. Most recently, when the band was in Santiago, Chile, Gorillaz gave fans a sneak peek at what could be their latest new album, which outlets have speculated will come out this year. During the Santiago, Chile, show, the group led by Damon Albarn debuted a brand-new song called “Hollywood”—the song predictably gets its name because it was written in Los Angeles. “Hollywood” is a follow-up to the group’s latest new live tune, “Idaho”, which was premiered and performed a handful of times last year.At the start of the video, Albarn jokes with the crowd packed in the arena. In his introduction for “Hollywood”, he notes, “So, if you go and tell anyone that we’re putting a new album out very soon, then I’ll deny it, because I didn’t say that.” As told by Consequence of Sound, Albarn’s co-collaborator in Gorillaz, artist Jamie Hewlett has previously gone on the record and discussed Gorillaz upcoming new album, noting that the record would mark a “new direction” for the band. He explained, “I’m inventing a new style for the next Gorillaz album. … Damon started to send me demos for new songs quite early on and that’s exciting, to hear the new direction.” When Gorillaz’s Humanz follow-up is released, it will mark the group’s sixth album to date.You can watch Gorillaz’s world premiere of “Hollywood”, as well as one of the band’s first-ever live take on another new tune, “Idaho”, below.Gorillaz – “Hollywood” – Santiago, CH – 3/20/2018[Video: Edward Zuñiga]Gorillaz – “Idaho” – Seattle, WA – 9/30/2017[Video: zelaniee]last_img read more

Shinagel wins Frandson Award for ‘The Gates Unbarred’

first_imgMichael Shinagel, dean of the Harvard University Extension School, has won the 2009 Frandson Award for Literature, given annually by the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), for his book “The Gates Unbarred: A History of University Extension at Harvard, 1910-2009.”The Frandson Award for Literature recognizes the author and publisher of an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature, and is given in memory of Phillip E. Frandson, who served as dean of extension at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as National University Extension Association president (1977-78).Shinagel will be honored on April 10 at an awards presentation in San Francisco at UCEA’s annual conference.To read an excerpt of “The Gates Unbarred,” visit the Harvard University School Web site.last_img read more

EPA recognizes Harvard as a leader in green power purchasers

first_imgHarvard University has been announced as one of three schools in the Ivy League that were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as 2009-10 Collective Conference Champions for using green power. The Collective Conference Champions Award recognizes the conference, and its respective participating schools, whose collective green power purchase was the largest among all participating conferences.Since April 2006, the EPA’s Green Power Partnership has tracked and recognized the collegiate athletic conferences with the highest combined green power purchases in the nation. The EPA recognized Harvard University for its purchase, which contributed to making the Ivy League the challenge’s largest overall purchaser of green power.Harvard’s voluntary use of nearly 32 million kilowatt-hours (kwh) of green power represents 10 percent of the school’s annual electricity usage. Harvard is purchasing a utility green power product and renewable energy certificates from Essex Hydro Associates and Sterling Planet. In addition, the school generates on-site renewable electricity, which helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the campus’s electricity use.The EPA estimates that Harvard University’s purchase of nearly 32 million kwh of green power is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 3,000 average American homes each year or has the equivalent impact of reducing the CO2 emissions of more than 4,000 passenger cars annually. The Ivy League’s collective green power purchase of more than 225 million kwh of green power is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of nearly 20,000 average American homes or the annual CO2 emissions of nearly 31,000 cars.Twenty-six collegiate conferences and 54 colleges and universities competed in the 2009-10 challenge, collectively purchasing nearly 1.2 billion kwh of green power. The EPA will extend the College and University Green Power Challenge for a fifth year, to conclude in spring of 2011. The EPA’s Green Power Challenge is open to all U.S. colleges, universities, and conferences. In order to qualify, a collegiate athletic conference must include at least one school that qualifies as a Green Power Partner, and the conference must collectively meet EPA’s minimum conference purchase requirement.For more information about the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge, visit the Challenge Web site.last_img read more

Researchers develop ‘smart’ nanotherapeutics

first_imgResearch collaboration between the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston has developed “smart” injectable nanotherapeutics that can be programmed to selectively deliver drugs to the cells of the pancreas. Although significant testing and development is necessary before this nanotechnology will be ready for clinical use, it could potentially improve treatment for type 1 diabetes by increasing therapeutic efficacy and reducing side effects.The approach was found to increase drug efficacy by 200-fold in in vitro studies based on the ability of these nanomaterials to both protect the drug from degradation and concentrate it at key target sites, such as regions of the pancreas that contain the insulin-producing cells. The dramatic increase in efficacy also means that much smaller amounts of drugs would be needed for treatment, opening the possibility of significantly reduced toxic side effects, as well as lower treatment costs.The research was led by Wyss Institute founding director Donald Ingber and Kaustabh Ghosh, a former postdoctoral fellow at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston. Their findings appear the current issue of Nano Letters.“The consequences of type 1 diabetes are felt [both in] the people who live with the disease and in the terrible strain that treatment costs put on the economy,” said Ingber.  “In keeping with our vision at the Wyss Institute, we hope that the programmable nanotherapy we have developed here will have a major positive impact on people’s lives in the future.”Type 1 diabetes, which often strikes children and young adults, is a debilitating disease in which the body’s immune system progressively destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as many as 3 million Americans have the disease and some 30,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.The risk of developing type 1 diabetes, which can lead to serious health complications such as kidney failure and blindness, can be predicted with 90 percent accuracy. But therapeutic intervention for people identified as high risk has been limited because many systemic treatments are barred from clinical use due to the severe side effects they produce when used at the high doses required to achieve a therapeutic response.Using nanoparticles that can be programmed to deliver drug or stem cell therapies to specific disease sites is an excellent alternative to systemic treatments because improved responses can be obtained with significantly lower therapeutic doses and hence, fewer side effects.  To date, such nanotherapeutics have been developed primarily to treat cancer, because they can home in on the tumor via its leaky blood vessels. The challenge has been to develop ways to selectively deliver drugs to treat other diseases in which the tissues of interest are not as easily targeted. The research team addressed this problem by using a unique homing peptide molecule to create “smart” nanoparticles that can seek out and bind to the capillary blood vessels in the islets of the pancreas that feed the insulin-producing cells most at risk during disease onset.Ingber, who is the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston, is also a professor of bioengineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Ghosh is now an assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of California, Riverside. Wyss Institute postdoctoral fellows Umai Kanapathipillai and Netanel Korin also contributed to the work, as did Jason McCarthy, assistant professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School and an assistant in chemistry at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.The research was supported by the Wyss Institute and a SysCODE (Systems-Based Consortium for Organ Design and Engineering) grant from the National Institutes of Health that supports a group of seven clinical and academic institutions working to develop new ways to induce regeneration of organs, including the pancreas.last_img read more

Steps against poverty

first_imgOn Friday, two weeks after the World Bank Governors approved a major push to end poverty, Jim Yong Kim, M.D. ’91, Ph.D. ’93, president of the World Bank Group, described the plan to a Harvard audience in the Asia Center’s annual Tsai Lecture at the Science Center.Within 17 years, the bank seeks to reduce the proportion of people living on $1.25 a day or less to 3 percent, the lowest possible figure given natural disasters.“It’s the first time in history that the world has said we can end poverty as we know it,” said Kim, co-founder of Partners In Health, the Boston-based nonprofit working with the poor on four continents.Kim is a former president of Dartmouth College and also served as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV-AIDS department, where he led a successful effort to treat 3 million new HIV-AIDS patients in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs.In the hourlong lecture, co-sponsored by the Korea Institute, he blended wide-ranging policy with encouragement to a supportive audience; several students voiced their aspirations to follow Kim’s path into international development.Never permit yourself to think that any country in the world or any people is a basket case. If you come in with cynicism it is deadly for the poor people.” — Jim Kim, president of the World Bank GroupA sophomore asked about his proudest moment in his tenure at the bank, which started in July 2012. “Keeping my mouth shut” in the first six months on the job, answered Kim. When he did talk, it was to ask questions — about process at the bank, the programs it supports, and whether ending poverty was a reasonable goal.A persistent challenge to calculating progress was the fact that the bank always worked with data that was at least two years old. So Kim proposed that the bank measure poverty every year, and stressed a focus on investment in human capital such as education and health care. Changes and tumult around the world demand that focus, he said. Economic growth must be measured in conjunction with gauging the extent to which a society’s bottom 40 percent participate in that growth, he said.“Growth that’s not inclusive has potential to build instability into your system,” he said.Also, climate change is a major challenge. If the World Bank supports only clean energy, he said, poor countries with gaping energy needs say they are being punished.“My job is to walk that balance,” he said — a difficult task.For instance, he said, economic growth in China has raised 600 million people out of poverty, and the country has led the world in investment in green development. Yet it also has 363 coal plants in the pipeline.The easier fixes toward ending poverty have already been made, he said.Kim knows firsthand how perceptions affect development. Born in Korea in 1959, he remembers when experts expressed pessimism about development in his homeland because it was “wracked by the ravages of a strict Confucian culture.” Twenty years later, as the country prospered, the view changed: “The secret to Korea’s development was its Confucian culture.”The lesson underscored Kim’s encouragement to students to pursue international development with open minds.“Never permit yourself to think that any country in the world or any people is a basket case,” he said. “If you come in with cynicism it is deadly for the poor people.”The World Bank is full of optimists, he said, even though they know the challenges are great. But, he said, “Optimism is a moral choice.”last_img read more

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

first_img Read Full Story Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter <2.5 μm in diameter), especially higher recent exposure, is associated with an increased risk of  symptoms of anxiety, including fearfulness, desire for avoidance, and tendency to worry.The study was published March 24, 2015 in BMJ.The researchers theorize that exposure to particulate matter could increase oxidative stress and inflammation, which have previously been found to exacerbate anxiety.They write, “If confirmed, our findings may have policy and clinical implications, as it is possible that reductions in exposure to PM2.5, through changes to regulations or individual behavior, may help reduce anxiety symptoms.”last_img read more

The puzzles for pollsters

first_imgSince a little-known senator from Illinois named Barack Obama marched to the presidency in 2008 thanks in part to cutting-edge number crunching, the use of data to identify and target specific voters with specific information has become an essential campaign tool, as fundamental as traditional polling and focus groups.But even as the emerging analytics field becomes more mainstream, the bizarre twists and turns of the 2016 primary season, particularly on the Republican side with front-runner Donald Trump, has made predicting the next president more difficult than ever.Because the U.S. primary system embraces a fraction of the electorate, “anyone who can drive extreme messages that stimulate turnout can game the system,” said Mark Penn, a former pollster and strategist who has consulted for Bill and Hillary Clinton, during a conference on politics and data analytics Friday organized by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies.“If there are 130,000,000 people who we expect to vote and there are 50,000,000 in the primary process, the 70,000,000 who really decide the presidential election are not in the primary process, and that’s driving the media to observe a country that doesn’t exist,” he said. “Until we fix the system, Donald Trump will not be the exception, Donald Trump will be the rule.”In explaining the rise of Trump, statistician Nate Silver, the founder and editor in chief of, said the 2016 race has shown how small sample sizes often yield volatile predictions. Even so, it’s unlikely that Trump’s broad demographic and geographic appeal would have been accurately pinpointed earlier on because no one has built a model for predicting outcomes of the primary nomination process because of its complexity.“The groups that Trump appeals to are groups that we would have had trouble identifying certainly before the election,” Silver said, because they are “not the typical combination of the red-blue map we’re used to.”A packed lecture hall listens as moderator Anthony Salvanto (from left) leads panelists Silver,  Cohn, Rothschild, and Clare Malone. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile professional sports has embraced data metrics for years to better evaluate player and team performance and predict wins and losses, conference organizers Ryan Enos, an associate professor in Harvard’s government department, and Kirk Goldsberry, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis, say political analytics doesn’t have anything like the well-known MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.So they brought together many of the top minds in data analytics, high-level political professionals from both parties, and political journalists such as Silver, opinion research consultant Kristen Soltis Anderson, retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, MSNBC reporter Steve Kornacki, and CBS News director of elections Anthony Salvanto, to evaluate the analytics field’s strengths and weaknesses, assess the nomination races on both sides, and, naturally, talk about how to use numbers to determine who wins and loses.“We can read anything online now, but it’s about getting people in the same room where they can have a conversation where we think that the field can be pushed forward,” said Enos. They plan to host the conference again next year.“One thing that amazes me is that you would think after all the lessons of Obama in ’08 and Obama in 2012, where Republicans supposedly learned the importance of having a turnout operation … these campaigns don’t really have turnout operations,” said Nate Cohn, who writes The New York Times column The Upshot. “[Ted] Cruz has one that’s maybe one-quarter as good as a Democratic turnout operation, whereas everyone else has nothing, [just] a few kids working in an office somewhere.”Perhaps surprisingly, betting markets are one area where predictions on political winners and losers remain solid, said David Rothschild, an economist for Microsoft Research who studies how users engage with online data and polling. Soon the field of polling will be entirely Internet-based and done on mobile devices, he said. “We’re not that far away from the point of the idea of a telephone poll is going to be ridiculous,” he said. That evolution will raise new methodological challenges for the industry, since the data will include more variables and so will demand more skillful analysis.Despite the abundance of data from which analysts today can draw, like voter files, polling results, voter lists, and consumer data, such information can be both expensive and hard to get at because companies like Google and Twitter keep proprietary data such as searches close to the vest, Cohn said.“I’m not sure that there’s a way for all this new data to end up integrated into a coherent framework for thinking about how elections might evolve from where they are now.”last_img read more

The robots are coming, but relax

first_imgThe fear of losing your job to a robot is by no means a new phenomenon, despite being a worrisome one. Jason Furman, professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard Kennedy School and former chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors, proved that at a session called “Will You Still Have a Job When the Robots Arrive? AI and Its Effect on the Workplace.”Early in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Furman showed an alarmist newspaper headline that read “Robots Rise: They bid for big jobs, both in outer space and in U.S. factories.” The story was from The Wall Street Journal. The year was 1960.“So you can see it’s not a new thing,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of transformation. For example, most of the food that we now eat is produced by machines. But if you look at the unemployment rates for 1901 and for 2017, they were almost the same. In the past five years, we’ve actually been creating a lot of jobs, but not adding much to the GDP [gross domestic product]. People are working more but not producing very much, which is exactly the opposite of what you’d expect from AI [artificial intelligence]. So maybe the robots aren’t coming fast enough.”The tone of Thursday evening’s panel, moderated by Greg Ip, chief economics commentator for The Wall Street Journal, was largely optimistic. The panelists agreed that artificial intelligence is transforming the workplace, creating jobs that call for different skills, putting low-income jobs at most risk. They also agreed that education is crucial to equip workers with the required shift in skill demands. So to answer the panel’s title: Yes, you’ll probably still have a job, but maybe not the same one.“Humans and machines are very complementary,” said Francesca Rossi, AI ethics global leader at IBM Research. “I want to stress the word ‘transformation.’ Every job will be transformed, and we need to adapt. Some tasks will be eliminated, and others will appear. And it’s important to engage in educational efforts to help the workplace adapt.” She cited P-TECH, the program that IBM developed to provide technical education to students in grades 9–14, as one such effort. “Avoid the doomsday predictions and hype from the movies and media,” she advised. “Those scenarios aren’t realistic, and we are very far from them.”Still, as Ip noted, the economic climate in 2017 is a long way from 1960. This, he said, was the third panel on AI that the Kennedy School has hosted this year. “Nothing terrible has happened yet, but smart people are saying it’s different this time.” And he asked the panelists to name specific areas where new jobs might be created because of AI’s rise.Wilson White, public policy and government relations senior counsel at Google, responded that his company currently employs a team of AI researchers working specifically on Google Assistant, an app that responds to directed questions and demands. “It’s hard to use Google today without using an AI product, such as Google Search or YouTube,” he said. “We need to examine how to get the maximum benefit from the technology, in terms of how we’d like to see society grow.” He cited automated teller machines as one innovation that was feared would put humans out of business. Instead, he said, ATMs led to more branches opening and more tellers being hired.Rossi also raised the possibility that robots, in the end, could prove to be more ethical in some areas than humans. If robots were choosing whom to hire for a company or to approve for a bank loan, they could be programmed to avoid biases that humans might feel, Rossi said.Ip pointed out that many ethical issues remain. “We still don’t have pilotless aircraft,” he noted, “but Facebook has algorithms that decide where to target ads. So why should Facebook be able to do what airlines can’t do?”last_img read more