first_img 17David Levine teaches “Dramatic Arts: Acting and Authenticity” in Harvard’s Farkas Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Actors Max McGillivray ’15 (from left) and David Sheynberg ’16 take direction from Sam Richman ’15 during their directing class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Matt Bialo ’16 (left) and Derek Speedy ’18 perform a scene. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Teaching fellow Julia Bumke (second from left) speaks to classmates during Dramatic Arts 131 at the Loeb Drama Center. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Mason Hsieh ’15 rehearses. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Jill Johnson (left) and Sze Ping Phua rehearse. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Jill Johnson applauds a student dance during rehearsal. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Harvard Graduate School of Education (GSE) student Aru Gonzalez is pictured in class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Director Jill Johnson teaches the Harvard Dance Project. This faculty-led, student performance company gives students the opportunity to be original cast members and collaborators in two or more diverse works created by professional choreographers. Julia Cataldo ’15 is pictured during class at the Harvard Dance Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Jill Johnson teaches “Masterwork: The Choreographic Process of William Forsythe,” a comprehensive study of a Forsythe work with one of his closest collaborators. GSE student Sze Ping Phua rehearses in the Harvard Dance Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Caroline Ribeiro ’18 (left) and Derek Speedy ’18 are pictured during a critique. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Shira Milikowsky, resident director and lecturer on dramatic arts, makes a point to her class. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img 20Angelique Henderson ’15 performs a warm-up exercise during “Dramatic Arts: Acting and Authenticity.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Garrett Allen ’16 speaks during directing class. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Instructor Sara Brown leads a critique of student projects in the course “Dramatic Arts 136: Scenography Studio” at Harvard’s curricular arts space Arts @ 29 Garden. Theater designers use figures, space, objects, time, and light to create environments that are integral to performance events. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10A textbook is close by for reference during directing class. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Tess Davidson ’16 enjoys an acting warm-up exercise during “Dramatic Arts: Acting and Authenticity.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer It’s official: Harvard’s curriculum just got even more creative. This afternoon, members of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) approved a new concentration for College undergraduates in Theater, Dance, and Media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice.Interested students will begin taking classes this fall, and the concentration will officially launch in December.The new concentration reflects a strong student desire, said University administrators, and expands on Harvard’s pledge to incorporate the arts more fully into the life of the University.“The theater, dance, and media concentration is a true reflection of our shared commitment to strengthening the study and practice of the arts at Harvard,” said President Drew Faust, who supplied $5 million in seed funding for the new concentration. “I am so pleased to have been able to provide these resources, and I want to congratulate the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on the approval of this concentration.”For many interested parties, it’s been a long time coming — almost 100 years, by some accounts. In 1905, Harvard’s pioneer in promoting the theater as a field of study, English Professor George Pierce Baker, offered his first playwriting class. Later, he work-shopped plays created in the course. Tired of Harvard’s lack of support for a playwriting degree, Baker decamped for Yale in 1925, where he founded the Yale School of Drama.But Harvard’s thriving arts scene never dimmed, and the new concentration draws heavily on that longstanding creative spirit.The concentration grew out of recommendations released by a Presidential Arts Task Force in 2008 and the resulting Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA), a University-wide arts advisory committee that supports an enhanced arts presence in the curriculum.The global financial crisis of the time put plans for the new concentration on hold. But in 2011, as the economy began to rebound, Martin Puchner, chair of the Standing Committee on Dramatic Arts, restarted the planning process, seeking input from the committee, faculty members, students in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, the head of the theater programs at Columbia and Yale, visiting artists, and members of Harvard’s Signet Society.Puchner, Harvard’s Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, said the new concentration “galvanizes” Harvard’s existing resources. Over the years, Harvard’s arts and theater scene has blossomed in myriad ways. Today it is connected to one of the nation’s top theater companies, the American Repertory Theater; holds one of the world’s most extensive performing arts collections (established with Baker’s help); has a booming student-driven extracurricular community supported by the Office for the Arts (OFA); and has a new OFA dance director and senior lecturer in Harvard’s Music department, Jill Johnson, who is dedicated to interdisciplinary study.In addition, Harvard faculty and lecturers have taught varied classes in theater and drama for years. Puchner said the new concentration will partner with key campus arts organizations such as the OFA, the American Repertory Theater, and Harvard’s Dance Program, and that FAS faculty will make up the concentration’s core instructors.“We realized we already had a lot of the great resources in place for a theater concentration,” said Puchner. “It was just a matter of bringing together these somewhat balkanized elements of the University that had to do with the performing arts and develop a solid curriculum.”The concentration’s requirements include 11 half-courses that explore areas such as the history of theater and critical and scholarly approaches to its various genres and forms. Students will take a sophomore and a junior tutorial. They will take several practice-based courses, including labs that focus on the technical aspects of theater-making. And they will participate in two department productions. Two additional productions could be student-run.Organizers are quick to emphasize that the concentration’s coursework does not offer students “conservatory-style training.” Instead, it merges experiential learning with critical analysis and theory, they said.“We wanted to give our students the chance to produce, act, direct, stage, but also learn about the history of the form, learn about the theory of performance and drama, learn about specific playwrights, about the rigorous fields that come into play,” said Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen. “This new concentration is giving students the right balance between the making, the extracurricular, the entrepreneurial on the one hand, and on the other the entire disciplinary perspective of a field.”Moving forward, the concentration’s organizers plan to work with various departments in FAS, with the Graduate School of Design (GSD), and with the Department of Environmental and Visual Studies (VES), which will collaborate with organizers in helping to develop the concentration’s media component. The media element reflects a 21st-century perspective and the evolving high-tech nature of the performing arts.“The contemporary live performance landscape is saturated with other non-live media, such as film or holographs or robotics — basically any sort of digital or for that matter analog media technology you can name,” said Derek Miller, assistant professor of English and a member of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. “We didn’t want to foreclose that aspect of the work that goes on onstage. We wanted to keep it as open as possible, and we plan to work with VES to draw on their expertise.”Miller also said the new concentration is a work in progress. The faculty vote included a provision that the committee report back to the faculty in five years to reassess the status of the concentration.“Inevitably, there’s going to be some adjustment that takes place,” said Miller. “But I am excited to have that dialogue and learn how best we can realize plans for the concentration.”Several students eager to see how the process unfolds plan to declare the concentration in December. Freshman Eliza Mantz was considering other colleges until she heard about Harvard’s robust arts scene and the plan for the new concentration. “I started looking at Harvard and seeing that this place would be somewhere I could continue my education in a liberal arts setting, as well as get a really rich theater training,” said Mantz.She added that the new concentration’s blend of practice and study is key.“I’ve always wanted to study theater. And studying it in studio classes, as well as the analysis and academic classes that the concentration will provide, is sort of the perfect balance between practice and analysis that I’m looking for in a field of study.” 3Max McGillivray ’15 doesn’t mind getting drenched during a scene. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Students in “Dramatic Arts: Acting and Authenticity” prepare as guest teacher Olivia D’Ambrosio (bottom left) observes. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Guan-Yue Chen ’17 (from left), Chrissy Rodriguez ’15, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students Stephanie Hsia, Lara Mehling, and Shaunta Butler, and instructor Sara Brown during a critique of student projects in “Dramatic Arts 136: Scenography Studio.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Dramatic Arts: Acting and Authenticity is taught by David Levine in Farkas Hall. A student follows instructions for one of the class exercises. 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first_imgThe USC School of Pharmacy has established a new academic partnership with a medical university in Armenia, continuing a tradition of reaching out to other countries to help improve pharmacy education programs around the world.USC was selected from a competitive group of applicants to partner with Yerevan State Medical University, a medical school in Armenia. The decision to partner USC with Yerevan State was made by the Competitive Armenian Private Sector Project group, which seeks to ensure that pharmacy education in Armenia will effectively satisfy employer needs.Michael Wincor, associate dean of globalization and continuing professional development at the School of Pharmacy, visited Armenia in March to pitch his partnership proposal to the CAPS group.“[Yerevan State] sought out Dr. Wincor to come over and assist them in how to design a Pharm.D. program or at least a clinical program,” said R. Pete Vanderveen, dean of the School of Pharmacy. “They are trying to move in the direction of direct patient care.”Wincor said the partnership will be a good way for USC to play a role in improving pharmacy education.“The suggestions that we will make will help to improve the education they are receiving there,” Wincor said. “It also will ultimately result in a higher level of clinical pharmacy practice, which will make their careers that much more satisfying.”Members of CAPS are equally optimistic about the partnership.“It is anticipated that the academic partnership initiative will eventually bridge the knowledge gap and substantially reduce labor migration,” Anush Shahverdyan, the CAPS workforce development specialist, told the Public Radio of Armenia.USC faculty will likely be visiting Armenia later this year to work with the professors teaching pharmacy courses, Wincor said. He added that there will also be chances for students to participate in the program. “Assuming that this relationship becomes relatively longstanding, which we are optimistic about, there will be opportunities for student exchanges.” Wincor said.He added that several students from the School of Pharmacy have already visited Armenia to learn about the pharmaceutical system there.Pharmacy students said they are excited about the partnership and eager to participate in the new program.“It exposes our school to a global audience and helps build our reputation internationally,” said Daniel Szeto, a fourth-year pharmacy student. “I think it’s always good to see how pharmacy is practiced in different areas around the world.”Wincor said he feels USC was chosen for this partnership largely because of the School of Pharmacy’s prestige, but he added that USC’s history of globalization also helped.“They recognized that we, both as a school and as an entire university, have a strategic initiative to work with international partners.” Wincor said.According to Wincor, the School of Pharmacy has started both formal and informal academic exchange agreements with more than 25 worldwide universities, mainly throughout Asia, but reaching across Europe, South America, Australia and Africa as well.Vanderveen said the school is frequently sought out for help internationally.“We have opportunities on a monthly basis of schools coming from around the country seeking a partnership,” Vanderveen said. “We don’t have unlimited time, and so we have to be somewhat selective on those. But we do believe in the strategic plan of the university, which is to be global.”last_img read more


first_imgNeil Warnock wants a £1m pay-off from QPR, according to the Daily Mail.He is due to meet with club chief executive Philip Beard today to discuss a financial settlement following his recent sacking.Warnock is set to meet Philip Beard.The Mail believe Warnock was the lowest paid manager in the Premier League.Following Chelsea’s insistence that owner Roman Abramovich’s recent training-ground visit was nothing out of the ordinary, The Independent suggest it still raised the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas.The Daily Mirror say Fabio Capello is ready to quit as boss following the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.Meanwhile, The Sun report that Capello’s backing has convinced the Chelsea star not to end his international career.And the Daily Express say Capello’s public support of Terry has created disharmony within his squad.The paper quotes an England source as saying: “Who would want to take the captaincy now?“Capello has made it quite clear who he really sees as his captain. The whole situation is a complete mess.“It might be easier if both Capello and Terry were stood down by England before the Euros.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgAndre Schurrle hit the post and Norwich might have had a first-half penalty at Stamford Bridge.The home side attacked from the off and John Ruddy comfortably saved an effort from Schurrle before a mistake by Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic led to Martin Olsson being given a clear sight of goal.Olsson went down in the box following contact from both John Terry and Ashley Cole as they flew into last-ditch challenges after Matic had given the ball away.Having appealed in vain for a spot-kick, Olsson later gave Chelsea another anxious moment with a right-wing cross which just evaded Bradley Johnson.At the other end, Terry headed straight at Ruddy from Willian’s corner.Matic then atoned for his earlier error with a lovely pass through to Schurrle, who cut in from the left and side-footed beyond Ruddy and against the woodwork.Schurrle also tested Ruddy with another low shot which the Canaries keeper did well to hold.A win in their penultimate match of the season would take Jose Mourinho’s team to the top of the Premier League, although title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City each have a game in hand.Eden Hazard is among the Chelsea substitutes, while were are starting places for Demba Ba, Frank Lampard and Mohamed Salah.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba. Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o.Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey; Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander. Subs: Bunn, Bassong, Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Redmond.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt was an early June wedding in central Ohio. The brother of the beautiful bride was, of course, in attendance, though his troubled mind was a couple of hours away. He was thinking about his still unplanted farm fields at home.He had been fortunate last fall that he and his parents had been able to get the crop out of the fields in a fairly timely manner. Since then, though, the precipitation had been relentless. The window to plant will always come, his father had said. This year, though, it hadn’t. Other than a few test passes with soybeans in early April (none of which emerged) no crops had been planted. No hay had been baled. No fieldwork had been done in his northwest Ohio fields of his family’s farm. He had waited. He had hoped, prayed, prepared, planned, and re-planned. None of it had worked out. The weather had thwarted every effort.There was still hope though. It had been a couple of days since the last rain and the sun had actually come out for a bit to dry the saturated fields. He knew he was just hours from the first chance of the year to plant, with the insurance date for planting corn just days away. The soil would not be perfect for planting, but maybe it would be just good enough. Maybe.The young farmer dearly loved his sister and her soon-to-be husband, through he couldn’t help but steal occasional glances at the weather radar every chance he got. Things were looking good. There was still some hope. There was also a growing restlessness.Finally, with the ceremony over and the reception in full swing, he made the decision to leave early to make the nearly two hour drive home and get a jump on what he hoped would be a very busy few days. He gave his sister a hug and firmly shook the hand of his new brother-in-law, wished them the best and headed homeward with a hopeful heart. He took one last look at the radar before he got in the truck — still looking good.The young farmer didn’t know it, but just a few minutes into his trip that radar changed. As he made the drive home, full of fading hope for a successful 2019 planting season, 3 inches of unforecasted rain fell on his fields. Unfortunately, there was plenty of heartbreak on that early June wedding day.Sadly, these types of stories were far too common this spring as Ohio — most notably northwest Ohio — faced the most challenging planting season in history. In mid-June, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine requested that the U.S. Department of Agriculture issue a disaster designation for Ohio to make assistance available to farmers. As of June 17, only 68% of Ohio’s corn crop and 46% of Ohio’s soybean crop had been planted, according to the USDA Crop Progress reports. Finally in the waning days of June, rain clouds gave way to sunshine and farmers throughout Ohio scrambled to plant remaining acres. The state has been left, though, with an unprecedented number of prevented planting acres and a huge array of developing root and leaf disease issues, nutrient deficiencies and uneven growth in the fields that had been planted.“The delays in planting and effects on in-field crops of forages and wheat are historic,” said Greg LaBarge, an agronomic field specialist with Ohio State University Extension. “The agricultural community is facing many important decisions in light of the relentless precipitation that has occurred this spring. The decisions farmers make in the coming weeks will have a lasting impact, affecting management decisions for the next year.”There are many decisions to be made in the struggling fields that have been planted. What inputs will pay this year? Is it worthwhile investing more in the late planted fields with lower yield potential? How should nutrients be managed with the huge possible losses that occurred this spring?There are many more questions that need to be considered for unplanted fields. These include: Farm Service Agency changes and programs including EQIP and CSP, the specifics of evolving crop insurance rules, what to do with unplanted treated seed, GMO traits for use as cover crops, weed control issues, soil health issues, soil compaction mitigation, nutrient management, tillage, the best cover crops to plant, the timing/rate and mix of cover crops, availability of cover crop seed, cover crops in relation to chemicals used for weed control, manure management options, tile installation options, grazing/forage production options, and many more.On short notice a meeting was pulled together on June 27 in Ada with a panel of experts to address these and other questions. To be honest, I have been to my fair share of farm meetings and this one certainly featured some of the best, most pertinent information in one place I have ever heard. I wrestled for a while about how to best share the information and decided that anything I write will not do the meeting justice. The entire meeting is available at ocj.com and is definitely worth the time to watch if you are dealing with a fair number of prevented planting acres. The panel of experts at the meeting and Ohio State University Extension have really stepped up in these very challenging times to tackle the many issues from this spring. There are many resources available to help with these tough farm decisions. To help select a cover crop, visit mccc.msu.edu/selector-tool/.   Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) agronomists and OSU Extension educators are continuing to publish recommendations and information about weather-related issues in their C.O.R.N. Newsletter available at agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/archives. CFAES experts are also publishing recommendations and information for livestock producers in the Ohio Beef Cattle Letter at u.osu.edu/beef and in Ohio Ag Manager at u.osu.edu/ohioagmanager. CFAES recommendations and information for dairy producers can be found within Buckeye Dairy News at dairy.osu.edu/newsletter/buckeye-dairy-news.It is times like this that can make or break farms, and farmers. Make sure you are looking at all of the resources available to help make the best decisions for your farm, your family and your future after this heartbreaking spring for so much of the Ohio agriculture I love.last_img read more


first_imgTags:#AR#Augmented Reality#headset#IDC#Internet of Things#IoT#mobile#virtual reality#VR#wearable Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Related Posts David Curry Follow the Puckcenter_img Sales of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets are estimated to reach 100 million by 2021, a tenfold improvement on the 10 million shipments recorded last year.That the forecast from research firm IDC, which said VR headsets that use smartphones, like Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Daydream VR, are currently the most popular.See Also: Varjo emerges from stealth with awesome new VR/AR displayIDC expects VR headsets to remain the dominant seller for the next five years, but customers may start to move towards more powerful headsets, like the Oculus Rift or PlayStation VR.“The next six to 18 months will further stimulate the VR market as PC vendors, along with Microsoft, introduce tethered headsets and high-end standalone VR headsets also enter the market,” said senior research analyst, Jitesh Ubrani.Augmented reality will see some interest, but not enough to break through to the mainstream market. Part of the reason is that it’s hard to build hardware and experiences for AR that customers will want to use, as shown by the bad reception Google Glass got after the initial hype.“It is very clear to us that augmented reality is the larger of the two plays here when looking at AR and VR combined,” said program vice president, Ryan Reith. “Companies like Microsoft, Epson, Intel, Meta, ODG, and DAQRI are already providing devices that are being deployed in real-time commercial projects with significant return on investment.”IDC projects over 80 percent of all AR shipments in the next five years to be for commercial use. It sees a definite benefit for industrial workers, which could start to be adapted before the end of 2017. We have already seen a few developers that are bringing AR to factories and construction sites. Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more


first_imgKent Driscoll APTN NewsThere’s a statistic that has been around since Nunavut was founded – the territory has Canada’s youngest and fastest growing population.It is often seen as a threat, a territory pressed to provide basic services facing a population bubble.APTN News met with one young mother and she’ll explain that in Nunavut, the challenges are basic, and [email protected]@kentdriscolllast_img


The shading shows you the general range of strengths for each seed.Although not a huge effect, the gap between the No. 5 and 6 seeds and their competition has been narrowing over time. The average difference between No. 5 and 12 seeds from 2000 to 2002 was about 7.6 points, but it has been about 5.8 from 2012 to 2014.More importantly, the 5 vs. 12 matchup looks a lot more like the 6 vs. 11 one than it does the 4 vs. 13. The No. 5 seeds have been considerably weaker than No. 4 seeds, and No. 12 seeds have been considerably stronger than No. 13 seeds. The average No. 5 seed had a 6.6 point expected advantage going into a game against its No. 12 seed opponent. That’s only 2.2 points higher than the average advantage that No. 6 seeds held against No. 11 seeds (4.4 points), but it’s 5.1 points lower than the average advantage that No. 4 seeds held against No. 13 seeds (11.7 points).It seems like the 5 vs. 12 seed matchup is the threshold where the games should start being much more competitive. Combine that with the psychological effect of thinking five is a number that has more in common with four than six (blame our five fingers), and you have a recipe for “shocking” upsets.That is, there are a number of upsets, but we shouldn’t really be shocked. Even just looking at recent history, No. 5 seeds have only been a greater than 10 point SRS favorite in eight round-of-64 games since 2005, and they won 7 of them.3The loser was Illinois against Western Kentucky in 2009. The No. 5 seed has been an SRS underdog three times (and lost twice). Still, the No. 5 seed has performed below what one would expect based on the difference between them and their opponents. But so have most seeds. Here’s a chart comparing the average expected outcomes based on SRS difference and average actual outcomes for each seed over the past 12 years:From this angle, the No. 5 seed “outlier” doesn’t look as impressive. Seeds No. 1 through 6 all underperformed expectations by a smallish — but somewhat consistent — amount. The main difference with the No. 5 seed is that it didn’t have a big enough advantage to underperform this much without losing a lot more games.In other words, if there’s something that has systematically led tournament favorites to underperform their expectations by a few points or so across the board,4As a strictly mathy thing, having a somewhat constant deviation isn’t as weird as it may seem because the standard deviation for a team’s actual SRS is similarly stable. So in this case, it’s a bit like the stronger teams are all running one standard deviation below the expected mean. No. 5 seeds would be disproportionately hard-hit. Thus the 5-seed jinx may be more like the proverbial “canary in a coal mine,” indicating that something bigger is going on.We know the Big Dance is exciting, but could there really be something about the tournament that makes favorites underperform and gives underdogs better-than-normal chances?It’s tricky. For example, the selection committee may systematically overvalue particular types/classes of teams, but that doesn’t necessarily explain why teams would underperform relative to SRS. Some of it could be that SRS is poorly calibrated for the types of matchups we see in the tournament (e.g., between larger and smaller conferences that rarely play each other). It could be that favorites are more likely to regress to the mean.5This is always a good candidate, but, interestingly, there is no such effect in the women’s tournament.Or it could just be that this is March Madness, and anything can happen. If there’s one piece of folk wisdom that has emerged over the past decade or so of March Madness, it’s that No. 5 seeds are jinxed. SportsCenter did a whole story on the subject featuring Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2012, VCU was a No. 12 seed that pulled off a “shocking” upset against Wichita State. In 2013, VCU was itself a No. 5 but defied the trend, crushing No. 12 Akron by 46 points to become the only No. 5 seed to win its opening-round (round of 64) game that year. In 2014, VCU’s story came full circle. It again entered the tournament as a No. 5 seed but was upset by unheralded No. 12 seed Stephen F. Austin University. The tournament quirk that was once VCU’s magic was now its curse.Including those VCU games, No. 12 seeds over the past three years have pulled off upsets in eight of 12 round-of-64 matchups, including six of their last eight. It would be extremely easy to dismiss this as a freak occurrence. (I certainly did at first.) But it’s a real phenomenon. And after looking into it, I think it may be indicative of something larger. The 5-seed jinx may be a sign that March Madness — at least on the men’s side — is even madder than we think.But I’ll get there. First, let’s look at the phenomenon. If it seems like No. 12 seeds beat No. 5 seeds more than they should, it’s because they have. Going back to 1995, No. 5 seeds have been upset 33 times in 80 games. Their 59 percent win rate compares unfavorably to the 66 percent win rate of No. 6 seeds. Based on the trend, it would appear that No. 5 seeds should be winning more like 72 percent. Take a look at how far No. 5 seeds deviate in the chart below. The gray region is the standard error on the fit between seed and win percentage when not including the No. 5 seed:So they’re an outlier, but is it significant? Particularly, how unlikely is this to have happened by chance? Let us consult the oracle of binom.dist() — Excel’s handy function that tells you the probability of things happening a certain number of times, given the probability of them happening once. In a fun bit of symmetry, given an expected win rate of 72 percent, the odds of No. 5 seeds losing six of eight, eight of 12, or 33 of 80 are all about the same: Each is a little under 1 percent.10.8 percent, 0.6 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.Note that it would be unremarkable for this to have happened by chance: One in a hundred-type things happen every day. But, as a committed Bayesian, I have to consult my priors and determine whether the phenomenon of No. 5 seeds’ underperforming is more likely to be a result of chance or other plausible factors.First, let’s look at how strong each seed’s teams have been since 1995. As you go from the 1 vs. 16 matchups down to the 8 vs. 9 ones, the better-seeded teams get worse and the worse-seeded teams get better, making the contests much closer. To see how much so, we can plot each team’s SRS (Simple Rating System, a metric that measures margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) prior to the game.2I backed these out myself, so there may be very small differences from what was actually recorded at the time. They’re as prior to each team’s round-of-64 match for each year (since 1995). Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more


Mandy Minella pulls a Mandy Minella. She set her own standards, no need to drag the 🐐 into this mediocrity.— Dagreatone1 (@freddie005) July 4, 2017 I pulled a Michael Jordan and didn’t make the NBA— mikey the apache (@m1kety) July 4, 2017 She didn’t “pull a Serena” because she didn’t win. She just a lost a tennis match while pregnant. https://t.co/g9McD2QRzW— Imani Gandy o—€ (@AngryBlackLady) July 5, 2017 Wouldn’t that require oh I don’t know, WINNING? Delete this headline. Do NOT diminish/pin Serena against anyone.— WitchyKilljoy (@JJovana) July 4, 2017 Winning while never dropping a set.*— Neuroscience Nerd (@CourtB890) July 4, 2017 Many said Mandy Minella, with her husband on the left, shouldn’t be compared to Serena Williams (@mandyminella Twitter/@serenawilliams Instagram)An article linking pregnant tennis player Many Minella to expectant Grand Slam winner Serena Williams backfired, primarily because the former lost her first-round match at Wimbledon.During the early stages of her pregnancy in January, Williams famously won the Australian Open and earned her 23rd Grand Slam singles title. Tennis.com’s Baseline ran an article Tuesday, July 4, saying Luxembourg native Minella, who is four months pregnant, “pulled a Serena” during the first round, where the world No. 82 fell to 37-year-old and No. 72-ranked Italian Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-1. Comparatively, Williams beat her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the final at Australia.The failed comparison immediately got Twitter users talking.So she didn’t pull a Serena? https://t.co/ZwM5AtcYGG— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) July 4, 2017 pic.twitter.com/63HmZMR3lA— Ashley Ja’Terria (@All_N_Yo_Tweets) July 4, 2017Despite having the best possible reason to be doing so, Williams seemed to be missing Wimbledon as she showed off her drills on Instagram Monday, July 3. read more


first_img Related Items:freedom of information law, Pdm, pnp manifesto TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to a Freedom of Information Ordinance, after the Opposition Leader saw her motion pass through the House of Assembly with majority support on Monday. There was contentious debate on the motive for the Freedom of Information or FOI motion; the readiness of the TCI with human and other resources to support an actual FOI ordinance; argument that a Freedom of Information law was not a part of the PNP Manifesto promise, said the Premier; that the FOI would further weigh down the PNP Administration’s legislative agenda and a reminder about the constitutional responsibility to have the law, at some point, enacted. The governor’s appointed member female, Hon Lillian Missick chided the governing side for what she called, ‘emotional’ comments about the Motion brought, explaining that the TCI parliament is constitutionally obligated to establish the law so, in her view, there was no need for the hot rejection of the idea. Hon. Missick admits she would like to see first, that the country has the infrastructure to support the demands for information she believes the legislation will create. There were three abstentions including the Premier; six nay votes including most of the PNP frontbenchers, who voted ‘no’ and nine Members voted ‘yes’ to push the motion forward. All PDM members and the Governor’s female member voted in favor of drafting legislation for a Freedom of Information Ordinance. last_img read more