Mr. Andrew Elrick has been named Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), to begin Feb. 1. Elrick will depart his position as Director of Administration of the Global Initiative at the Harvard Business School (HBS). He will take the helm of one of the most active area studies centers at Harvard, managing a staff of nearly thirty carrying out activities in main office in Cambridge as well as overseas offices in Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City. Elrick brings 15 years of experience at Harvard, including work at LASPAU, HBS, and as the interim Executive Director at the Harvard University Shanghai Center. Elrick holds an undergraduate degree from Tulane University in Latin American Studies and international relations and a Masters in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Elrick speaks both Portuguese and Spanish and has lived and studied abroad in Venezuela, Portugal, and Spain. He has spent much time in Latin America in his professional endeavors, including two years researching telecommunications markets for the Economist Intelligence Unit.Outgoing DRCLAS Executive Director Ned Strong will be retiring this spring after many years of service to the University, including four years as Executive Director at DRCLAS, four years as director of the DRCLAS Regional Office in Santiago, Chile, and many years as Executive Director of LASPAU.DRCLAS was founded in 1994 with the mission of promoting teaching and learning about Latin America and related fields at Harvard, strengthen ties between Harvard and institutions throughout Latin America, and enhance public understanding of Latin America in the United States and abroad. Read Full Story
Governments consider adding extinct wooly mammoth to endangered species list to slow ivory smuggling For the first time ever, governments are considering adding an extinct animal to the endangered species listing. The wooly mammoth has been dead for thousands of years but government conservationists are proposing to register the animal under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). Most involved agree the action is technically allowed under the rules of the convention. The unorthodox move is being made in an attempt to protect elephants. Wildlife authorities report that smugglers try to pass African elephant ivory off as wooly mammoth ivory in an attempt to trick authorities. That won’t be so easy if the wooly mammoth ivory trade is regulated. The proposal will likely be considered at the next CITES gathering, which has not yet been scheduled. If you want to truly return to the earth after your death, Washington State is the place to kick the bucket. The state just became the first to legalize human composting. The law, which goes into effect in 2020, recognizes “natural organic reduction,” sometimes also called liquid cremation, as a legal means of disposing of human bodies. The process, called Recompose, involves using wood chips, straw, and other materials to turn the body into rich, odorless soil that passes all state and federal guidelines. More pollution by toxic substances found at Duke coal ash sites It’s now legal to compost a human body in Washington State According to disclosures required by federal law, Duke Energy has shared for the first time that more toxic chemicals are polluting the water at Duke coal ash sites in North Carolina. Duke has disclosed that it is exceeding federal groundwater protection standards for the following toxic substances at these coal ash lagoons: mercury at Belews Creek in Stokes County; barium at Marshall on Lake Norman; and lithium, radium 226, and radium 228 at Roxboro in Person County. The disclosure means that the toxins released from Duke’s coal ash sites are even worse than first reported. Despite the toxic mix of chemicals leaking into North Carolina’s water, Duke Energy wants to leave coal ash in unlined pits at six sites.
James FoleyINDIANAPOLIS – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement regarding the murder of James Foley, an American journalist killed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria:“As the details of this tragedy unfold, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of James Foley. If the civilized world had yet to fully recognize the barbaric nature of ISIL, this incident should open the eyes of the entire international community. There must be worldwide outrage at ISIL’s actions and how innocent civilians are being attacked, tortured and murdered by this so-called caliphate.“ISIL’s actions are a gross perversion of the Islamic faith, and it is time for the millions of Muslims who believe and adhere to the Quran and value human life to respond. Political, religious and other leaders must speak up publicly in opposition to ISIL. They must take a stand and show that they will not tolerate this blatant distortion of their beliefs.“It also is time for the United States, Europe and other nations to recognize that the civilized world is dealing with nothing short of barbarism that cannot be resolved through inaction or diplomacy.