Alex Dalgarno was a truly exceptional person and scientist. World renowned, he was widely considered the father of theoretical atomic and molecular astrophysics, a field that continues to thrive.Born in London, a fraternal twin, the last of five children of his parents, Alex described his childhood as happy and contented. He especially enjoyed playing soccer. At the end of his secondary schooling, he was invited to try out for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in London. This event morphed into the local legend that he then faced a critical decision about whether to pursue a career as a mathematician or professional footballer. He made the right choice and proceeded to gain a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at University College London, capitalizing on his exceptional mathematical skills and prodigious memory. When Alex was about to graduate, a chance encounter in 1947 with Sir Harrie Massey, future chair of the Physics Department there, persuaded Alex to switch to theoretical physics for his graduate work. He seized upon this opportunity to use mathematics to interpret experimental data and thereby to solve interesting physics problems.Alex completed his doctorate in 1951 and was offered his first professional appointment in Belfast by David, later to become Sir David, Bates. At about the same time, rocket flights were making direct observations of the physics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere. To understand these data, Alex developed analytical and numerical techniques for calculating results from an array of radiative and collisional processes. Alex’s forays into perturbation theory, applied to the study, for example, of line broadening and the direct calculation of atomic and molecular polarizabilities became enormously fruitful in those years. Much later, in the 1990s, after Bose-Einstein condensates became feasible, Alex’s methods found new utility in understanding the collisional properties of quantum matter at temperatures near absolute zero.After several long stays in the United States, Alex came permanently to Cambridge in 1967, having accepted a joint offer from Harvard as Professor of Astronomy and from the Smithsonian as Senior Scientist at its Astrophysical Observatory, then and still collocated with the Harvard College Observatory. It took little time for his extraordinary abilities to be appreciated. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Astronomy and served from 1971 to 1976, and, overlapping, Acting Director of the Harvard College Observatory from 1971 to 1973, with the last part of that period also as Acting Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Alex also played an important role in the selection of George Field as its first director.Nationally, he was recognized by being appointed in 1973 as Editor of the Astrophysical Journal Letters, a post he served with distinction for almost 30 years. He solved the huge number of problems attendant to that position, always rapidly, justly, and fairly; he opined that not only did he learn a lot of astrophysics in this position but that he “learned still more about people.” Alex also could say more in fewer words than anyone we have ever known. He was both extremely brief and very clear in his communications, oral and written, with all colleagues and mentees.In the mid-1980s, Alex was concerned about the disappearance from the nation’s physics departments of atomic and molecular physics. He decided on a cure: the establishment of an institute for atomic and molecular physics that would train the best and the brightest as postdocs who would then populate physics departments and lead to continued vigor in atomic and molecular physics nationwide. He pursued this idea, gaining adherents, including the National Science Foundation, which funded the center here at Harvard. It has flourished now for almost 30 years.Not only his administrative contributions, but his research productivity, too, kept up a torrid pace; he published papers at an astonishing double-digit annual rate for many decades. In total, he published about 750 peer-reviewed scientific articles spanning his career of over six decades. There was hardly a subfield of aeronomy or astronomy to which Alex’s wide-ranging and fertile mind did not make an important contribution. The external world took notice and showered Alex with awards, such as the Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society in 1980, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1986, the Fleming Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 1995, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute in 2013.Alex was also an enthusiastic and serious athlete for almost all of his life. His passions, after soccer as a youngster, were squash and tennis. Until the Radcliffe athletic center was built, Alex would join a carful of fellow squash players every day at noon and head for the Hemenway gym, where he had a different partner for each day of the week. In the summer, he could usually be found on the Observatory tennis court in the late afternoon. He kept up this pace into his 80s. When puzzled colleagues posed the obvious question—given his enormous administrative load and his deep involvement in research and with students, how could he find time to play so much squash and tennis—his answer was immediate: “I make it my top priority.”Alex’s personal life was more varied. His first marriage to Barbara Kane ended after 10 years; he and his wife had four children, Penelope, Rebecca, Piers, and Fergus, all of whom still live in the United Kingdom. A second marriage, to Emily Dalgarno, in the United States, also ended in divorce. He did have a companion for the last part of his life, Fern Creelan.Alex felt that his true scientific legacy was not his scientific publications, but the more than 100 graduate students and postdocs he had individually nurtured and mentored, who are now mostly very prominent members of the world’s scientific community and furthering the field that absorbed Alex’s passion.The world is unlikely to see the likes of Alex Dalgarno any time soon again.Respectfully submitted,Michael McElroyJames MoranHossein SadeghpourIrwin Shapiro, Chair At a Meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Nov. 1, 2016, the following Minute was placed upon the records.
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Fuerza Bruta is an Argentinean-founded spectacular created by artistic director Diqui James and musical director Gaby Kerpel, the same creators of De La Guarda. Fuerza Bruta premiered in Buenos Aires in 2005 and has been seen around the world including in London, Lisbon, Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Wayra, the third event in the De La Guarda trilogy, has set new dates at the Daryl Roth Theatre from those previously reported. The production will now begin previews on June 27 and officially open off-Broadway on July 8. Wayra brings back to life the hit off-Broadway show Fuerza Bruta, which previously played over 2,000 performances at the Daryl Roth, ending its run on January 5 of this year. With newly designed set and scenes, the multi sensory show has fast paced and upbeat live music, on-stage musicians and aerial displays. Related Shows View Comments Fuerza Bruta Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2016
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Sumner Newscow report â€” There will be Memorial Day Service at Prairie Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m.The featured speaker will be Vietnam Veteran Jim Valentine. The order of the service will be as follows:Welcome – James Lockhart.National Anthem- Melanie Dawson.Raising of the Colors – Boy Scout Troops 303 & 304.Pledge of Allegiance – Commander James Lockhart.Invocation – Chaplin Wayne White.General Logan’s Order #11 – Adjutant David CarrollAddress of the Day – Valentine.Placing of the wreaths – Announced by Lockhart.Ringing of the bell after each war conflict – Wellington Fire Department.Placing of the wreaths by organizations and individuals if any other organization wishes to be included please do so at this time. The organization include:American LegionSons of American LegionAmerican AuxiliaryVeterans of Foreign Wars AuxiliaryWorld War I VeteransWorld War II VeteransKorean War VeteransVietnam War VeteransGrenadaPanamaGulf War VeteransAfghanistanIraqi War Veterans40 & 88 & 49American Red CrossBoy ScoutsGirls ScoutsExplorer Post 303.Saluting our Comrades – Members of the American Legion – Post 90 Firing Squad.Taps – Melanie Dawson & Jeremy Burden.Dismissal – Commander James Lockhart.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Aurora Mendia · 272 weeks ago How many inches of rain have we had so far including Sat. 5/23/15 evening and night. How do we find out? Report Reply 0 replies · active 272 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
MANCHESTER, England (AP): With his brief and humiliating experience as coach of England’s national team behind him, Sam Allardyce is back on familiar ground in the Premier League and doing what he does best: Turning around the fortunes of a struggling team. ‘Big Sam’, as he is known in football circles, is a master at keeping clubs in the Premier League, so it was no surprise that Crystal Palace turned to him late last year as the south London club plunged towards the relegation zone. He made a slow start to life at Palace, but results over the last month have been typical of Allardyce: Three games, three gritty performances, three clean sheets and most importantly three wins. Palace have pulled four points clear of the bottom three. Another team saved by Allardyce? Not quite, but he certainly has Palace the worst-performing team in all four professional leagues of English football in 2016 heading in the right direction. The pragmatic, no-nonsense manager has done that by getting back to basics, starting at the back where Palace was extremely shaky under previous manager Alan Pardew. Fortunately, Allardyce had a transfer window to shake up the squad and two signings are starting to prove their worth. France centre back Mamadou Sakho was brought in on loan from Liverpool, where he was out of the team because of fitness issues and after getting a provisional ban for a failed doping test that was later dismissed by UEFA. Sakho has slotted into a newly formed five-man defence and Palace hasn’t conceded a goal with him in the team. Luka Milivojevic, a holding midfielder from Serbia, joined from Olympiakos and has been stationed in front of the defence for the wins over Middlesbrough (1-0), West Bromwich Albion (2-0) and Watford (1-0), offering great protection. It hasn’t been pretty, but Palace are grinding out crucial points. The hard work might just be starting, though. Tomorrow, Palace play at leaders Chelsea in the first game of a difficult 10-match run-in in the Premier League that includes trips to Southampton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as home games against Arsenal, Leicester and Tottenham. That four-point cushion could come in very handy for Palace, who are 16th in the 20-team league. Elsewhere, the future of manager Arsene Wenger and forward Alexis Sanchez are up in the air, and Arsenal are struggling for form on the field. Arsenal’s only wins in eight games since January have been against Premier League struggler Hull and non-league teams Sutton and Lincoln in the FA Cup. The team has dropped to sixth in the league, six points behind fourth-place Liverpool, who occupies the final Champions League qualification spot. Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League every year since 1998. With his latest deal due to expire at the end of this season, Wenger gave no new hints about his future plans yesterday, saying: “It’s a subject that, at the moment, is not sorted completely out.” MERSEYSIDE DEBY BACK TO BASICS Liverpool have established a reputation under manager Juergen Klopp for playing well against the league’s top sides and being less fluent against the rest. So where do Everton fit in these days? Everton have climbed to seventh in the standings after seven wins in its last 10 games and even has an outside shot at Champions League qualification. Liverpool have not lost any of their last 13 Merseyside derbies since a 2-0 win for Everton in October 2010.