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  • Students awarded fellowships by the Center on the Developing Child

    first_imgThe Center on the Developing Child announced on July 15 that four doctoral students have been awarded Science and Innovation Fellowships for 2020-2021.Each Fellow will receive a grant to support their independent dissertation research. The Fellowship was created with the aim of creating a new generation of leaders who will leverage science for innovation in early childhood policy and practice settings to make research actionable.The Fellowship program fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and builds each Fellow’s capacity to design, conduct, and translate research into practices and policies that will improve outcomes for children facing adversity.Jorge Cuartas is a doctoral student in human development, learning, and teaching, a program offered by Harvard Graduate School of Education in collaboration with Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.His research focuses on disparities in child development and parenting practices in global contexts, and the effects of corporal punishment on children’s neural, cognitive, and socioemotional development.Cuartas’s research aim is to develop evidence that can inform scalable programs to prevent corporal punishment and promote positive disciplinary approaches in prevention efforts and policy. He is co-founder and co-director of Apapacho, a non-profit organization aimed at fostering positive caregiving and child development in Colombia.Rosa Guzman Turco is a doctoral student in human development, learning, and teaching, a program offered by HGSE in collaboration with GSAS. Her research interests lie in the intersection between language, literacy, and technology.Her research aims to understand how technology is shaping children’s literacy and language development in order to help parents and practitioners make better decisions about the use of technological devices, especially in disadvantaged communities.Turco is a research assistant in the Early Learning Study at Harvard, affiliated with the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative, as well as Reach Every Reader.Michelle Lee is a student at Harvard Medical School. Her research aims to contribute to a fuller understanding of the barriers and strategies in accessing and engaging in early intervention programs and services among families experiencing homelessness.Her research has the potential to inform best practices and guidance to practitioners and policymakers in designing programs to reach populations who may be in the greatest need of early intervention services.Christine Junhui Liu is a doctoral student in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, Division of Medical Sciences, a program at HMS. Her research aims to increase understanding of the neural mechanisms of auditory plasticity. She is driven by the implications of identifying new ways to stimulate brain rewiring for the treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. She seeks to understand the impact of early sound and language on child brain development and to help children with neurodevelopmental disorders.Over the past 13 years, this fellowship program has supported 53 emerging scholars whose research is focused on a range of factors that can affect early childhood development, with a view to finding novel solutions to persistent challenges. Read Full Storylast_img read more

  • Winds of change

    first_imgHarvard Medical School (HMS) Dean George Q. Daley has approved a recommendation from a Faculty Council Subcommittee on Artwork and Cultural Representations task force to rename the Oliver Wendell Holmes academic society in honor of the late William Augustus Hinton, M.D. 1912, an HMS clinical professor of bacteriology and immunology. The recommendation is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that HMS buildings, symbols, academic societies, and public spaces fully reflect the institution’s mission and values.“Although task force members considered several worthy candidates, Dr. Hinton emerged as the unanimous choice. He is an eminent former faculty member and alumnus, a pioneering scientist and physician, and an individual abundantly deserving of this recognition,” said Daley. “The School is delighted to honor him.” “As we at HMS work to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion, and contribute to a more just and equitable world, it is vitally important that our campus environment reflect our values, inspire our community, and demonstrate that all we aspire to can be attained,” Daley added.A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, as well as an internationally recognized infectious disease researcher, Hinton was an HMS faculty member and the first Black full professor at Harvard. “I think this is a very important moment for HMS students of traditionally marginalized identities,” HMS student LaShyra Nolen said in an email. Nolen is HMS Student Council president and a member of the task force that recommended the change. “Often we inhabit spaces named for individuals who do not look like us or represent the values of our communities. Though this may seem like a small feat, this change will make a great difference for students, and I’m proud we came together as a community to make it happen.”    The task force recommendation was endorsed by HMS Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert, who said he was thrilled by the group’s choice.“Dr. Hinton was the first African American professor, not just at HMS, but at Harvard University,” said Hundert. “His public health and biomedical advances in the diagnosis of syphilis helped untold numbers of patients, and his writing on the role that socioeconomic factors play in health outcomes make him as relevant today as when he wrote those seminal works almost a century ago.” Ongoing effortThe move is part of a multi-year effort at HMS and followed Daley’s request to the Faculty Council Subcommittee to create guiding principles to assist the School in making naming choices and to use the guidelines to consider a petition spearheaded by students calling for the Holmes Society name change.In response, a special task force was formed from the core Faculty Council subcommittee and ad hoc participants representing faculty, staff and students at HMS and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. After formulating the guiding principles and deliberating for several weeks, the task force found that although Holmes’ contributions to science and medicine continue to be seen as significant, “his publicly articulated views concerning racial inequality, even understood in the context of their time, and perhaps further informing our understanding of his role in the expulsion of HMS’ first three African American students, run especially contrary to the [School’s] guiding principles …” Nawal Nour, co-chair of the HMS Faculty Council Subcommittee and an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said the decision sends a meaningful message that will resonate beyond the HMS Quad. “Changes like this are important, not only within HMS’ own walls, but as examples of leadership across the university, our affiliated hospitals and to academic communities everywhere,” Nour said. Holmes, an 1829 Harvard College graduate, received his medical degree from HMS in 1836 and later served as dean of the medical school from 1846 to 1853. He has historically been recognized for substantial contributions to medical science and education, such as his demonstration of the contagiousness of puerperal fever. With the advent of the HMS New Pathways curriculum in the mid-1980s, the School named its student academic societies after Holmes and physicians Walter Bradford Cannon, William Bosworth Castle, Francis Weld Peabody and, later, Irving M. London.  In recent years, Holmes has been criticized for his 1850 decision as HMS dean to accede to white students’ demands that he expel the School’s first three admitted African American students, Daniel Laing, Jr., Isaac Snowden and Martin Delany. Scott Podolsky, HMS professor of global health and social medicine and director of the Countway Library’s Center for the History of Medicine, was also a member of the task force.“There are complexities and nuances to Holmes’ story, and it’s important to engage with such details as we consider our own relationship to our historical antecedents and our current aspirations,” Podolsky said.“While Holmes … contributed enormously to the development of medical science, medical education, and the humanities more broadly, it’s difficult to presently consider him a leading symbol for a medical school that is clearly committing itself to diversity, inclusion and anti-racism as guiding principles. This is all the more the case for a student ‘home’ that the academy societies represent,” he added.The petition signed this year by HMS students pointed out that, “Holmes’ name has far too long been accepted as a toxic fixture in our academic environment, and it is time for our HMS/HSDM community to demonstrate that the lives of Black students truly do matter.”Jalen Benson, a second-year HMS student who has been a member of the Holmes Society, was also a member of the task force. He said he is elated that the society will now be named after Hinton.“I’m honored and thankful that Dr. Hinton should be the namesake of the society,” Benson said, adding that although there is still work to be done to make HMS more fully diverse and inclusive, through the renaming, “Harvard is saying, ‘You know what? We can grow and change.’” Alisha Nanji, an HSDM student who was on the task force, said she hopes the group’s deliberations are just the beginning of a broader, long-term conversation as Harvard works to promote a more equitable society.“It is a crucial step, because it allows us to use the past as a learning tool while simultaneously ensuring that we commit to advancing diversity and fighting for social justice,” Nanji said in an email. “I am grateful to all those who put significant time and energy into this effort,” said Fidencio Saldaña, dean for students and, with Nour, co-chair of the HMS Faculty Council Subcommittee on Artwork and Cultural Representations. “This issue means so much to our students and our community. It is vitally important that HMS do all it can to foster and reflect a just and inclusive society.” William Lensch, strategic advisor to Daley, has been the driving force behind the School’s ongoing efforts to address artwork and cultural representations at HMS. To date, this work has included supporting installation of the Alice Hamilton statue for the Tosteson Medical Education Center atrium in 2018, showcasing the work of then-student Pamela Chen, M.D. ’20, in the dean’s office in 2019, and obtaining and installing the Hinton portrait in the HMS Waterhouse Room, also in 2019.  “I’m happy to see this progress, and I’m grateful to the task force for its hard work and dedication,” said Lensch. “We have been reevaluating campus artwork and other forms of recognition since Dean Daley became dean, and this decision reflects our ongoing efforts to promote greater diversity and inclusion across HMS. We know we have much more work to do, but this is another move in the right direction.”Harvard pioneerHinton, born to former slaves in 1883, earned a bachelor of science degree at Harvard in 1905. After teaching for several years, he entered HMS, competing for and winning prestigious scholarships and earning his M.D. with honors in 1912. Barred from pursuing a career in surgery at Boston-area hospitals because he was Black, he took a job teaching serological techniques at what was then Harvard’s Wassermann Laboratory, working as a volunteer assistant in the Department of Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. There, he proceeded to change the course of medicine. He became an expert on syphilis and created a new diagnostic blood test for the disease that was adopted by the U.S. Public Health Service. He later became the first African American promoted to the rank of full professor at HMS and Harvard University and was named clinical professor of bacteriology and immunology.Teresa Carter, program coordinator for minority faculty development programs in the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership and a staff member on the task force, said the renaming decision is very affirming and comes at a pivotal time in history. “It is significant for not only the current generation of students at HMS and HSDM, but for the next generation of students as well — those in K-12 programs and undergraduates who visit HMS,” Carter said. “To be able to see someone who looks like you, who has a history that you can identify with, who achieved greatness despite the obstacles encountered and who is honored in this way is a powerfully motivating thing.”Anthony D’Amico, the advisory dean and director of the Holmes Society, was also a member of the task force. He said he wholeheartedly welcomes the change.“The choice of Professor William Augustus Hinton as the new namesake for the former Holmes Society embodies the essence of what a society at Harvard Medical School represents, and that is a home where all are welcome and where love abides,” D’Amico said.last_img read more

  • EMC at VMworld 2014

    first_imgPhew – it’s been a crazy week at VMworld!   Like every year, VMworld in San Francisco is a week so densely packed, it makes the surface of a neutron star feel like Fargo, Dakota. Tens of thousands of customers, partners, competitors – and for me, a great opportunity to see and talk to many long-time friends.For the last eight years, I’ve been lucky enough to be near the center of this maelstrom  – and I don’t mean only of VMworld, but of the “VMware revolution” more generally. VMworld is a barometer of what’s going on in the world of IT – because server virtualization (and here I mean “kernel mode virtualization”) has become over those years the de-facto way to deploy enterprise applications that need infrastructure resilience. In fact, it’s moved forward beyond server virtualization into the software-defined data center, including Infrastructure as a Service management and orchestration, software-defined networking, software-defined storage and more.For as long as I’ve been involved, EMC has been a huge partner presence at VMworld, and this year is no different, with an enormous booth filled with thousands of visitors. What IS different is that there are more people than ever thinking about the topic of the EMC Federation and what it means. I want to look at this week through that lens.Some of our customers prize the “freedom to choose” above all else. They tend to mix and match the technologies from the EMC federation set of companies. “Choice” is at the core of EMC, VMware and Pivotal DNA, and always will be.When any technology leader starts to “lock-in” its stack, it’s never good for the customer ultimately. Our model also gives each of the EMC federation companies the ability to move quickly, innovate and avoid the biggest threat to any technology leader: failure to disrupt yourself.At VMworld 2014, there were new announcements that fall into this “open federation coupling” category: First, VMware announces EVO:RAIL, and EMC will have the best hyper-converged appliance built around that technology with additional EMC ingredients. Second, EMC announces Recoverpoint for VMs – a software-defined data availability and protection solution.  This uses open vSphere APIs, but delivers a whole new level of VM-level disaster recovery. And that’s just scratching the surface.However, I’m also seeing a change in posture amongst many customers I talk to. Many are prioritizing “speed” and “accelerate change” over “let me mix and match indefinitely.” After all, when they select public PaaS or IaaS choices (or SaaS offers) for more rapid movement/agility there is NO “choice” in how those are constructed.These customers ask us to partner with them as an integrated entity – and be proscriptive. In other words, they are asking for a defined federation position, a defined federation stack. In these cases the EMC federation model offers industry-leading solutions that span Hybrid Cloud IaaS, PaaS – and Big/Fast Data and Business Analytics.Further, in these cases, the customer partnership model helps them squeeze and reduce their spend on critical legacy infrastructure. Here, EMC and VMware play a big part there by self-disrupting with flash, and SDDC models – while continuing to support the most mission critical workloads. Those customers then pivot that savings to invest in building new “3rd platform” applications that can grow the business. Here, Pivotal plays a leading role, but with critical support from VMware and EMC– after all, PaaS for new 3rd platform applications still runs on infrastructure – but not the same architectural model as before.Historical examples of “tight federation coupling” abound (too many to list here), but at VMworld 2014, there were new announcements that fall into this category:VMware announces a new vCloud Air offer in beta – that delivers Object capabilities that are critical for public cloud offerings. This is done in partnership with the EMC ViPR team.EMC has updated our EMC Hybrid Cloud 2.5 solution. This is done through the EVP solutions team work – which is staffed by EMC, VMware, and Pivotal employees.  This is THE fastest, THE MOST certain way to deploy an SDDC IaaS and PaaS solution that integrates the three federation companies. It isn’t just converged infrastructure (Vblock and VSPEX), but the complete assemblage of the vRealize management suite, fully integrated with the infrastructure, with the data protection that the applications require.   In addition, it integrates Pivotal Cloud Foundry as the PaaS layer, and does it in a way that also integrates on and off-premise options with vCloud Air.It’s been a crazy week, and a great week! You can see that we’re continuing both our open partnership model and tight federation partnership model – because, ultimately, it’s best for the customer.There’s far too much to comment on in one blog post – so if you want more on these topics and others, check out A VMworld 2014 Link Librarylast_img read more

  • Are You Ready to Be a ‘Win-ologist’?

    first_imgWith technology developments happening at the speed of light – everything and everyone connected, anywhere and anytime – CEOs need to be extremely flexible. They need to react immediately to changing market conditions. Putting this into practice is easier said than done, and requires tech-savviness. The true, modern-day CEO needs to be a Connected CEO. In my opinion, Connected CEOs are a new breed of business leaders who leverage agility, talent and the right partners to keep winning and drive digital transformation throughout their company.The Art of ‘Win-ology’We live in a unique time, where the pace of change is accelerating. Evolutions that previously took 50 years, are now happening in five years. What took five years, has been reduced to five months.What has not changed is the fighting spirit and the drive to win that characterize great CEOs. Or, as I would put it, they want to be win-ologists. According to Gartner’s recent CEO Survey, growth and profit are the number-one priorities of business leaders. Those may seem like obvious priorities, but more interesting is that CEOs also indicate that developing near-term and future digital routes to market are the key ways to drive growth and profit. New digital routes to market allow business leaders to sell more to existing customers or sell to new customers while, at the same time, building the business of the near future, addressing cost and increasing customer loyalty. While the idea of shifting towards digital business used to be something looming on the horizon, in 2017, it has become the main destination. CEOs know they have no choice really: they either have to become an Uber in their market, or risk being ‘Ubered’ by someone else.If CEOs want to become and/or remain win-ologists, they will need to connect the dots between the business and IT. Doing that means bringing several elements together, and can be considered an art. After all, great art succeeds in combining elements like vision, technique, emotion and medium. Likewise, the Connected CEO will need the find the right mix between talent, partnerships and business ability to reach his or her goal.TalentThe Gartner CEO survey shows that 58% of CEOs want to improve in-house technology and digital capabilities. This means that CEOs are ever more open to in-house development of strategic capabilities and especially strategic digital capabilities. From my frequent contacts with customers too, I know that the modern CEO understands how important digital processes, technology and systems are to maintaining a competitive advantage. Great CEOs are willing to invest in technological skills and capabilities.To upgrade your IT department, you will need to understand what drives your pool of ‘intellectual capital’, as I like to call it, and give your employees all the necessary tools. In this way, they will have everything at their fingertips to reach their full potential within your company. It also means recruiting the profiles with the right mindset and skills across not only your CIO but your entire executive board and your entire workforce.This evolution is accelerated now that companies start to realize that there are some downsides to moving too many workloads to the public cloud. They opted for public cloud to decrease cost and increase transparency, but the opposite happened: costs are going through the roof as they add more data services and they lose transparency. It is a commonly held view that companies can deliver services less expensively themselves by using cloud-like concepts in their in-house infrastructure. We live in a multi-cloud world.Gartner’s survey also highlights that deep digital transformation can only be driven if you set the right success criteria from the start. It reveals that 47% of CEOs are under pressure from their board of directors to make progress in the digital field. The best person within your management board to turn to for advice on how to do that is… your CIO. They can help you answer questions on how to grow digitally and how to set the best KPIs. They will also be able to clearly explain new frameworks of reference. Still, if you feel that your CIO is unable to fully focus on digital entrepreneurism due to having too much legacy process and technology to maintain, it might be wise to bring in an additional role. The Chief Digital Officer (CDO) can drive digitization forward while business continuity is maintained. A strong and connected CEO/CIO/CDO trio can put your digital house in order! The Right PartnerBuilding your digital-minded resources is a first step in the right direction. It is important to have the right skill set in-house. However, you cannot expect your teams to be experts in everything. And that’s why you will still need to work with external partners to help you on the road to digital transformation.Picking the right partner is not an easy task, and CEOs rightly expect their technology partner to bring a complete solution to the table, not just a brick in the wall, but an entire wall. A good partner will offer breadth of technological expertise, and people expertise. In the complex world that we live in, a partner needs to understand technology, understand the customer’s industry, understand the company itself and how far it has advanced in its digital transformation.Like the best team surrounds the winner, I want Dell EMC to be the right partner for your business too. Our customer relations are built on trust and long-term engagement. Together, we build the roadmap for your transformation journey.The Need for Speed: Agility Is KeyIt is a delicate balancing act to reconcile long-term plans for digital transformation while maintaining your competitive edge in the short run, especially as more and more agile and disruptive players enter the market daily. As I said earlier, changes are happening faster and faster and, to be a winner, you need to move faster than the market. If you’re not ahead, you’re behind. Agile methods have long been used by IT teams, but have recently found more success in different levels of the organization. Startups often utilize the method for their whole business model, combined with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. It allows them to architect for change very rapidly and efficiently, and to adapt to customer expectations more quickly, so it is definitely something that should find a foothold in larger organizations.A recent Forbes article stated that modern businesses need to be a combination of: 1) formal structures, 2) big data know-how and 3) action-oriented behavior. I agree with that. You could liken it to a three-legged stool that needs all three elements to keep it in balance. But stepping out of bureaucracy and moving towards adhocracy will be a challenge for many. The right software and the right tools can help you to keep your competitive advantage and do business much faster. After all, every company has essentially become a software company. The Connected CEOTo be a win-ologist, you first need to become a Connected CEO: someone who has a helicopter view at all times and breaks down silos. It’s a tough balancing act between the long term and short term, between business goals and digital transformation goals, and between connecting the right people and talent with the systems within your organization. To be successful on this exciting journey you will need to get the right profiles and partners on board. If you mix these elements in the right proportions, you will create a true work of art.We live in a complex world. It may seem a paradox but, in a complex environment, simple solutions become all the more powerful. Very much like the simplest of drawings can provoke the deepest of emotions.Let’s develop these simple solutions together! Let’s create a work of art together!last_img read more

  • Veterans Fit in at Dell

    first_imgDell supports veterans through a number of programs, including Employee Resource Groups at both the national and local levels. Find out more at Matthew Koskinen, associate test engineer at Dell EMC and a Marine Corps Sergeant, is especially thankful for military experiences that taught him the ability to pivot—quickly.“In 2008 when I was activating to deploy, our deployment was having us to go to Afghanistan,” Koskinen said.He and his fellow Marines were preparing for mountains and Afghani culture when they found out about a month before their deployment date they were going to Iraq instead.“I began studying Arabic, but once we got in country, we found out that we were going to southern Kurdistan, an area of Iraq where they didn’t speak Arabic primarily,” he said.The rapid change in deployment schedule was a good illustration of the types of problems Koskinen faced in the military that have translated especially well into the technology sector.“Everything is changing. Today we could be working on one project, the next new technology comes out and we’re going to focus on that. So, the military really helped me prepare for that challenge,” he said.Military to civilian transitionMolly Mae Potter, who was named Ms Veteran America 2016, works as a business operations manager at Dell.“When I left the military in 2013, it wasn’t exactly a celebration. I got injured in Afghanistan in 2010 and I really struggled with a traumatic brain injury and some post-traumatic stress,” Potter said. “I had gone through treatment with the military and had a really hard time trying to figure out what I was going to do post military career.”When she started looking for a job in 2013, the only position she was able to find was working in a running shoe store earning $10 per hour.  Struggling to pay her bills, she resorted to renting her house and relying on friends and family to keep her afloat.“I was essentially living in my car with my dog until I got a call from Dell in April 2014 and I started work here that May,” Potter said. “When I started, it was an immediate fit. I had an amazing advisor who understood that I was going to go through a little bit of a rough patch transitioning from the military into a corporate, civilian environment.”Her boss took his time helping Potter understand expectations for the role and was flexible as she took time to resolve her health issues.“My first year here, I actually had a service dog that came to work with me quite a bit, and Dell just treated it as a norm,” Potter said.The welcoming environment was just the tip of the iceberg for Potter feeling at home. Her military skill set translated beautifully. She’s happily moved into four different positions within her two years.“In the military you are trained and ingrained to figure it out without getting stressed out,” she said. “When I look at the future of my career here at Dell, I see a wide open door,” Potter said.Softening the edgesAlejandro Rivas, an Army Veteran who works in the Global Talent Management Team in HR, agreed the military has played a hand in his successful 19-year career at Dell. He’s thankful for the mentors who helped him transition and soften his approach.“I’ve had a number of amazing leaders who have coached me or given me, as I call it, tough love. And I needed it,” Rivas said.He went on to share how his military style didn’t quite translate to Dell’s culture at first.“I would literally go into a conference room with a bunch of directors and other senior leaders and give them direction like a military person would,” Rivas laughs about it now. “I’d put my hand on my hip and say, ‘I need you to go to this, do you copy? And if we’ve got it, draw fire.’”Recognizing his approach didn’t resonate with a lot of people, a member of his leadership team told him he needed to learn soft skills. Rivas genuinely didn’t know what that meant.“The tip to learn soft skills tapped into who I am as a person,” Rivas said. “It helped me develop networks and relationships with people long term; it helped me transition from ex-military to professional, but without forgetting where I came from, which was a good thing because it is part of my DNA just the same.”Soft skills aside, Rivas feels coming to Dell became a natural next step after his military career. He has enjoyed the fact that Dell has been open and flexible about moving within the company and growing his career.“I love being here. Since the military, this is the next big job that I’ve had. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it.”last_img read more

  • On Being Centered and Creating a Global Women’s Network for our Partners

    first_imgThe mission of the Dell EMC Network of Extraordinary Women is to support and empower women of the channel through networking, tools, resources and community. This initiative works in collaboration with Dell EMC employee resource groups to develop enrichment programs that bring awareness and inclusion to our Women of the channel—both within Dell EMC and among our partner community. And, at the heart of it all, we strive to have fun and celebrate each other.Deanna Thomson on Being CenteredIn October, I had the honor of attending the Dell EMC Partners “Extraordinary Women Welcome Luncheon” during The Canadian Partner Summit 2017.  Hosted by Deanna Thomson, National Director Channel Sales, Dell EMC Canada, this event brought together a group of more than 50 extraordinary attendees— including Partners, Dell EMC executives and employees.Deanna Thomson delivered a compelling keynote around the topic of Being Centered. Deanna defined being centered as, “… A place within you, where it’s calm and you know exactly who you are. It’s where all the worries and doubts that we have, fade away. It’s where we are truly honest with ourselves and its where our ability to create, accomplish, and even endure comes from.”Deanna then challenged the attendees to find their center and to be the best possible version of themselves.  This message resonated deeply with them, evident in the wonderful discussions that followed her speech.Together we shared stories, laughed and applauded one another’s experiences. The feeling in the room was that of a strong community and connection.  This event was a true embodiment of the Dell EMC Partners Network of Extraordinary Women mission.Creating a Global Community TogetherWe first introduced Dell EMC Partners Network of Extraordinary Women during Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World 2017.Through this program, Dell EMC seeks to help enable the women of our channel by creating a community where women can network with industry peers and like-minded women, share best practice and access tools and resources to help grow their business and thrive with Dell EMC.And that’s not just talk … Like all of our channel women executives, it is my personal mission to connect with as many women in technology as possible, have an open conversations and find ways to support them.I am passionate about being part of a community of women in technology and recognize the diversity and change that women leaders can contribute to all areas of the channel and to the industry and I am so very proud to see this initiative come to life.Get Involved with Dell EMC Partners Women NetworkDid you attend the Dell EMC Partners Network of Extraordinary Women Luncheon? We’d love for you to be a program ambassador when it formally launches. If you forgot to leave your business card with us during the luncheon, please reach out to Holly Delgado for more information.We look forward to seeing you at the official program launch which will take place during Global Partner Summit at Dell EMC World 2018! Register now Dell EMC World 2018—you won’t want to miss it!last_img read more

  • CSI Updates and Call to Action (for You!)

    first_imgWe have certainly come a long way since the 12-Factors declared that backing services should be attachable or connectable and make no distinction between local and remote resources. Famously a great meme sprung up sometime later declaring that stateless apps were a hoax. Stateful apps are of course the most popular, and arguably the most valuable to one’s business, so I always find it odd when people talk about the power of containers without mentioning the footnote that stateful apps are difficult to operationalize. After all, the eco-system supporting these apps is currently splintered between Docker, Mesos and Kubernetes. Now, with the advent of the Container Storage Interface (CSI), we as a community are on the verge of solving this discrepancy.The Container Storage Interface (CSI) – a PrimerThe Container Storage Interface (CSI) is a universal storage interface (effectively an API) between container orchestrators and storage providers that will allow consistent interoperability between the two to help drive container adoption. Container orchestrators who adopt CSI can basically leverage any storage provider, cloud or otherwise. CSI enables the storage providers to provide storage services to any container orchestrator that implements the specification as well as a diverse range of storage services for any container orchestrator. The current fragmentation introduced by different interfaces maintained by different platforms is then eliminated. For the user, this means that one can count on a consistent and reliable user experience regardless of which storage provider is leveraged.CSI – What’s NewTwo new CSI drivers have been released for Dell EMC ScaleIO (csi-scaleio) and vSphere (csi-vsphere) bringing early support to a couple of key on-premise platforms. The ScaleIO driver facilitates container environments to leverage ScaleIO high performance software-defined storage services for bare metal environments, thus enabling container adoption and easing the path to leveraging containers for persistent applications. The vSphere driver implementation enables stateful cloud native applications on all vSphere supported storage vendor ecosystem including VMware vSAN – VMware’s HCI offering. In the near future, VMware’s Project Hatchway plans support for all leading Container Orchestrators by leveraging this CSI driver.This is on top of the integration into the container platforms as CSI has already garnered support from two of the four major containerized platforms (Kubernetes and Mesosphere DC/OS) and work is also underway for the third (Cloud Foundry). Kubernetes, with contributions from {code} and others, has support for CSI in their 1.9 release. Mesosphere’s DC/OS is developing support for CSI with a planned early release at the end of 2017.But, an end-to-end solution won’t be complete without storage platform drivers. Three more general CSI storage plugins (csi-nfs, csi-blockdevices, csi-vfs) were released in the DockerCon EU timeframe. This represented the first three native CSI storage drivers and opened the market for more storage platform support, while also functioning as a blueprint for contributors looking to create CSI drivers. With the newest CSI plugins, there are now 5 CSI plugins plus 12 supported storage plugins from REX-Ray.There is still plenty more work to be done. For example, support for CSI in Go, called GoCSI, has provided the basis for development for some of the first native CSI drivers. These kinds of tools and frameworks make implementations much simpler and tend to help with adoption. Similar support for other languages like Python and even Java would further its adoption.With supporting implementations on both the storage and container orchestrator side, the CSI specification is pre-1.0 and still a work in progress thus feedback from others implementing it on both sides is required if CSI is going to be a sustainable solution moving forward.CSI Needs YouThe easy part has been getting the COs on board since there are relatively few COs compared to the large number of various storage services. That being said, it is important that storage vendors take note of these developments and have a plan to build CSI drivers and support CSI with their storage products if they wish to be relevant to the cloud-native user of the future.Where You Come In As an individual your awareness and support of this project is important to its success. CSI is on the right track, but it needs everyone in the community and industry to dispel the myth that stateful applications in containers isn’t a valid architecture.The community also needs people to deploy and test the CSI architecture in real environments to ensure it supports popular use cases. After all, if it doesn’t meet the needs of end users what’s the point?What storage drivers will be important to you? What are you using in your environment? CSI activities are documented in a Google group, there are Community Sync calls, and information from the calls is published in the group for anyone to read. Join in these activities, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard.CSI – In SummaryWith shifts towards microservices and cloud native architectures, I do believe adopting and operating these new architectures being defined in CSI will be part of your strategy. This is something that is materially different, something that is truly an improvement over the past, and solves the stateful storage problem in an elegant way. This is not only an important step forward, but required as you rely on access to data while working in your container environment.Reading ResourcesThe Container Storage Interface – according to Josh by Josh Bernstein the Container Storage Interface Project by Josh Bernstein of the CSI Spec by Kendrick Coleman Compatibility to Container Storage Interface (CSI) Plugins – New Features in REX-Ray 0.11.0 by Kendrick Coleman v0.10 Delivers CSI Validation, 3 Additional Drivers, and More Enhancements by Kendrick Coleman A Framework for Efficient Service Architectures by Vladimir Vivien opinions of Dell and Dell authors are those of Dell only. Our linking to third-party content does not imply our endorsement or sponsorship of this content nor does it imply endorsement of sponsorship of Dell by the authors or hosts of this content. Dell’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice can be found at DMCA.last_img read more

  • TOMS Shoes team wins competition

    first_imgA team representing TOMS Shoes brought home the $1,000 top prize in the Notre Dame Entrepreneurship Society’s signature Case Bowl, which gives teams a chance to research products and make presentations.Sponsored by Gino’s East Pizza in Granger, the Case Bowl featured three teams and was held Wednesday night in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza at 7 p.m. Red Bull and Clif Bar were the other two companies represented.Each team, comprised of three to four members, was given 20 minutes to discuss its company’s history, its current operations and an examination of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats — known in the business world as a “SWOT analysis.”“Red Bull’s presentation was fittingly characterized by energy and excitement while TOMS used the emotional, cause-driven part of their company to define their presentation,” Entrepreneurship Society vice president and Case Bowl organizer Tom Haylon said. “Clif Bar relied on their passionate speaking and innovative videos to put on a great performance.”Group performances were assessed by three University professors serving as judges based evaluations on their organization, presentation skills, stage presence and creativity. Judges’ votes determined half of the final scores, with the other half coming via text-message responses from audience members.“The team presenting on TOMS narrowly edged Red Bull to become the 2010 Case Bowl champion,” Haylon said.The TOMS team was comprised of five freshmen — Alex Brolick, Erin Cavanaugh, Cristina Couri, Ryan Gisriel and Ally Scalo.Gisriel, the team’s captain, attributed the team’s success to its hard work.“I think we won because we had weekly meetings and we worked hard to get our organization, our speeches, our presentation down solid.  We knew we were battling nerves in a larger hall to a larger audience,” Gisriel said.Gisriel also said the team was motivated by TOMS’ business model and leadership.“The reason we were so committed to weekly meetings and a more involved process was because we wanted to do Blake Mycofkie and TOMS Shoes justice,” Gisriel said. “We really were captivated by Blake’s passion, and as a result we tried to translate that passion into our presentation.”Gisriel said the team will continue to be involved with TOMS Shoes and the Entrepreneurship Society.“With the money, we are each going to buy a pair of TOMS Shoes so not only do we each get a new pair of shoes, but also we are each giving a pair to a child in need,” Gisriel said. “Also, all five members are looking to increase our role in the Entrepreneurship Society and contribute to this terrific club as the years progress.”The Case Study Bowl is the Entrepreneurship Society’s signature event, based on the Harvard Business School’s own case study program. The three-team competition is held once each semester.last_img read more

  • Michigan professor discusses music, culture

    first_imgThe lyrics to country artist Gretchen Wilson’s song “Redneck Woman” could be a solution to modern tension between gender and class, a University of Michigan professor said during a guest lecture Monday. Nadine Hubbs, associate professor of women’s studies and music at the University of Michigan, spoke at Saint Mary’s about popular music’s role in culture and used female country singers to demonstrate issues facing women, particularly those who come from the lower class. Wilson, who grew up in a trailer park and comes from a working class family, sends a very specific message to her listeners with the song, Hubb said. “In the song where she defines herself and her position in society, she says that being who she is, is cool, and being that kind of person has not always been cool.” she said. Hubbs said women in working-class households are expected to cultivate “middle-class manners” in their families, but Wilson’s song is a good example for working-class women struggling to assert themselves against negative stereotypes. She said the singer has a vision of women being proud of where they come from, which shows how popular music can be used as a statement about class misconceptions that often victimize women. “I look at this song ‘Redneck Woman’ as a solution or a detour around that tough predicament [between gender and class,]” Hubbs said. “It’s quite a trick to pull off.”last_img read more

  • RecSports to host annual Biathlon

    first_imgThe annual RecSports Biathlon will be held Saturday, Aug. 29 and will begin with a half-mile swim in St. Joseph’s Lake followed by a two-mile figure eight run around both St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s Lakes.“The Biathlon has been going on since the early 90s, and has been an annual event every year,” Edward Beven, facility program coordinator for RecSports, said. “It is typically the first weekend of school, depending on the football schedule.”According to Beven, the biathlon began over a decade ago without any particular medical or memorial cause to prompt its patronage; rather, the event “was designed to give the Notre Dame community an activity to do the first couple weeks of school.”It precedes the Domer Run, RecSport’s “bigger charity event,” which will take place Saturday, Oct. 3.Despite the biathlon being a relatively small and quick event in comparison to other athletic events put on by RecSports, Beven said a lot of preparation went into planning for the combination swim and run, including meetings with the Notre Dame Fire Department to approve plans for transportation and safety.“Risk management and safety is our number one priority,” Beven said. “Staffing is done by RecSports, which is a combination of professional staff members and student staffing.“Last year we had about 75 participants, so I think staying in that ballpark would be great. Our hope is that it’s a beautiful day and that those that participate have a great time, meet some new friends and just enjoy themselves. I don’t think we could ask for much more than that.”Neither sophomores Anna Volk nor Katherine Inskeep has ever participated in this event before, but both said they think their previous experiences in triathlons will help in their first biathlon.“I had wanted to last year, but don’t really like running,” Volk said.The pair has decided to combine their efforts — Volk will complete the swimming portion of the event, while Inskeep will run.To prepare for the biathlon, Volk drew on her past swimming career, while Inskeep turned to her running experiences.“I swam competitively in high school and managed a pool this summer,” Volk said. “I had easy access to a pool and remembered a lot of sets that I used to do, as well as made up some of my own that were more biathlon specific.”“When I was home over the summer, I went running with my high school cross country team,” Inskeep said, “It worked out well because I had other people to motivate me to keep going. I actually ran the course this morning, too, so I wouldn’t get lost during the race.”The biathlon is open to all Notre Dame students, faculty and staff according to the RecSports website. There is no charge to register for the event.Registration is currently open online via RecRegister at to the website, “the Biathlon has team or individual trials; Men’s, Women’s, and Co-Rec divisions; and Varsity and Non-Varsity categories.”“The biathlon is roughly an 800-meter swim, and two-mile run,” Beven said. “Participants can do it individually or in pairs.  We meet down at St. Joe Beach — yes, Notre Dame has a beach.”Registration for participants the day of the biathlon will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the boathouse on St. Joseph’s beach, located on the far end of St. Joseph’s Lake. The race will begin at 10 a.m. at the boathouse.“I really just want to have fun, and promote swimming in the lakes,” Volk said, “Running around the lakes is a pretty common activity for Notre Dame students, but not many use the beach.”“This is a chance for Notre Dame community members to see what RecSports can offer them,” Beven said,  “We have so many terrific events throughout the year, and this is a nice kickoff for the fall. It’s a quick event, but also challenging at the same time.  Come on out, and have a blast.”Tags: Biathlon, RecSportslast_img read more