Six from Harvard receive Guggenheim Fellowships

first_imgThe John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded 2010 fellowships to six Harvard faculty members: Arachu Castro, assistant professor of social medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS); Caroline Elkins, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS); Steven Kazuo Takasugi, associate of the Department of Music; Gordon Teskey, professor of English in FAS; Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Walter Johnson, Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies in the Department of History.Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for scholars who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.last_img read more

Organic Gardening

first_imgThe first key to successful pest control is to begin by purchasing healthy, quality plants that are free of insects and diseases. Next, encourage beneficial insects, such as lady beetles, lacewings and certain species of wasps, to stay in your garden. Certain herbaceous plants, such as dill, wild mustards and yarrow, provide shelter and food for these beneficial organisms. Plant these among your vegetables. Choose plants that have varieties with known resistance to diseases and insects as a method of reducing pests. For example, some varieties of tomatoes have been bred to resist certain fungal diseases. Remove and dispose of plant material, such as leaves, branches and fruit, that has fallen to the ground. Reduce the incidence of disease by keeping plant leaves and stems as dry as possible. Use drip irrigation rather than overhead watering to conserve water and reduce the amount of time plants remain wet. When necessary, use organic pesticides. There are several choices available. Botanicals, such as rotenone, pyrethrum and neem oil products, are plant-derived materials.Microbial pesticides that control certain insect pests are formulated from microorganisms or their byproducts. An example is DiPel, which contains a species of bacteria that targets certain caterpillar pests. Minerals, such as sulfur and copper, are the primary organic materials used to control fungal and bacterial diseases. Always remember that even if a product is considered to be organic, it is still a pesticide. Exercise caution when using these products. Some organic pesticides are as toxic as or even more toxic than many synthetic chemical pesticides. There are pros and cons to organic gardening. Understanding the basics of this practice and what it involves will help you succeed in having healthy, productive plants no matter what growing method you follow. Organic gardening has become quite popular among gardeners, but a considerable amount of confusion exists about exactly what it is and what it is not. Organic gardening uses a combination of methods and strategies to produce healthy plants. It also requires a thorough understanding of the ecological relationships among soil, plants and other organisms in the garden. Contrary to popular belief, organic gardening is neither a method of pest control, nor the avoidance of the use of all chemical pesticides. Organic gardening requires a long-term outlook in regard to soil preparation. Developing healthy, fertile soil helps to provide plants with necessary nutrients. Organic gardeners use natural, organic fertilizers and mineral amendments to improve the overall quality and fertility of their garden soil. Most synthetic fertilizers provide nutrients that are immediately available to the plant. However, they do not contribute to the overall health and long-term fertility of the soil. Organic matter in the soil is important because it breaks down and releases nutrients for the plants. It also improves the soil’s water- and nutrient-holding capacity and provides a habitat for beneficial microorganisms. Organic matter in the soil can be increased by the addition of manure, topsoil, peat moss, compost and other suitable materials. last_img read more

Olyphant is Changing Locations, Adding Online Orders

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olyphant Art SupplyOlyphant Art Supply–established in 2010–is downtown Olympia’s only source for fine art materials. Started with a shoestring budget, Olyphant began in a 650 sq. foot office space; soon after, it relocated to the historic Washington St. Arts Building where countless performances, classes, figure drawing, art openings and demonstrations were held in the back gallery space.With ideas of continuing an agenda of art education on hold, the current goal is to provide inspiration and convenience to artists and enthusiasts; to be a viable, fun and thriving business that reaches a further audience than before while giving another reason for people to visit downtown Olympia.New Location: 119 5th Ave. SE, Olympia  Located between the upcoming Olympia Toy Co. & 5th Ave. SandwichesFollowing a storewide clearance sale, Olyphant Art Supply and Framing will move locations, and thereafter be known as Olyphant Art and Media.Fundraising via Indiegogo.com will serve to help with the costs of moving, downtime and website development while introducing new Olyphant artwork with the sale of t-shirts printed by DNT STP Printing–an Olympia based silkscreen operation. Original, custom-framed psychedelic posters from the 1960’s and giclee prints of original artwork by local artist and part-owner Nick Baldridge will also be available.Olyphant Art & Media will specialize in paints, brushes, pens, markers, inks, journals and obscure art & culture magazines. Framing will no longer be available. In addition, Olyphant is currently developing a website that will afford Olympians the option to buy art supplies online while still shopping locally. Prices will be competitive; customers will have the option of in-store pick up, shipping or local delivery, and the inventory will offer merchandise not available in the brick & mortar store. Non- profits and educators will be able to create an account with special pricing. Website is estimated to be live by October 1st. The idea is to combine the convenience, prices and the expansive inventory of an e-commerce store with a brick & mortar establishment downtown–providing a variety of basic supplies as well as reference materials (i.e. magazines, books), artwork, stationery and locally printed t-shirts.Important Dates:Storewide Clearance Sale: Art supplies will be discounted 20% to 65%; framed art will be available at cost; prints will be sold for half price:   Saturday June 14 – Sunday June 29Soft Opening:  July 15 – July 31Grand Opening Sale as Olyphant Art and Media:  Friday August 15 – Sunday August 24Indiegogo.com Campaign:  June 14 – July 13* A ThurstonTalk article sharing Olyphant’s unique wares can be found here.last_img read more