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James McCarthy, environmentalist, dead at 75

first_imgKen Kimmel, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, remembered his colleague and former USC board chair on its website, calling him “a passionate advocate for the essential role science plays in our democracy” and “a key architect in the formation of our Center for Science and Democracy in 2011.”Many of his fellow scientists and environmentalists and former students posted on a memorial page set up by the Harvard University Center for the Environment.“Dr. James McCarthy was an amazing man, a loyal friend, world-class oceanographer, a passionate advocate for science and for our climate balance,” wrote former Vice President Al Gore. “Nobody communicated the importance of the climate crisis in the context of the oceans as eloquently and passionately as Jim. His dedication to better understanding our planet through its oceans will continue to enable and empower us as activists, citizens, and leaders fighting to solve this crisis.”He was also remembered for his impact as an educator.“Jim was the kindest, sparkliest, most deeply committed person I’ve known at Harvard,” wrote Samuel S. Myers ’87, principal research scientist, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and director of the Planetary Health Alliance. “Whether mentoring me on science and spirituality or on a trout stream, his gentleness of spirit, his glittering enthusiasm, his curiosity, and his love came through. When the world needs it most, a great light has gone out.”A native of Sweet Home, Oregon, McCarthy received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gonzaga University and his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He came to Harvard as an assistant professor in 1974, following postdoctoral and research scientist positions at Johns Hopkins.,McCarthy helped establish the undergraduate degree program in Environmental Sciences and Public Policy, which launched in 1993. He served on the multidisciplinary concentration’s standing committee since its inception, and as its head tutor from 1996 to 2009 and again in 2011–12.“Jim McCarthy was a wise teacher and great mentor and role model,” recalled Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Mary Berlik Rice ’99, M.D., M.P.H., who met him while an undergrad concentrating in Environmental Science and Public Policy. “I will always remember Jim for his brilliant intellectual curiosity, his caring interest in my family and career, and his passion for saving our planet. By example, Jim inspired me and many others to be a scientist and a policy advocate.”“Jim was a shining example of why our community of scholars on the environment at Harvard is so special,” said Daniel P. Schrag, director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Sturgis Hooper professor of geology. “He was kind and collegial, thoughtful, and playful. He cared passionately about the environment and also about the people around him.”McCarthy and his wife Suzanne, who survives him, were also deans of Pforzheimer House from 1996 to 2009.In addition to his wife, McCarthy leaves his sons James Joseph (Jamie) and Ryan Sean McCarthy.Plans for a memorial service at Harvard have not been finalized at this time. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. James J. McCarthy, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and director emeritus of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, died on Dec. 11 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 75.A champion of the environment, McCarthy, known as Jim, was committed to both education and advocacy about climate change.“A profound lesson from the past few decades of scientific discovery across the Earth and life sciences is that the weight of the human footprint on essential life-supporting services of the Earth system has grown dramatically since the time of Darwin,” he wrote in 2009 in an article for the journal Science, “Reflections On: Our Planet and Its Life, Origins, and Futures.”“Could Darwin have imagined that so soon in Earth history a single species would be altering the prospects for the survival of other species across all continents and to the greatest depths of the sea?” he wrote.Committed to the application of science to public policy, McCarthy led numerous international scientific efforts to alert the world to the effects of climate change. The founding editor of the journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles, he also served as co-chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as a lead author of the 2005 Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, and as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed McCarthy to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission. In 2018, he received the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for his work on phytoplankton productivity amid climate change, and his outstanding leadership in the field of science policy. McCarthy shared the award with fellow biological oceanographer, Peter Falkowski, of Rutgers University.A dedicated fly fisher who angled for trout in his spare time, McCarthy’s scholarship steered him toward the sea. His primary research focused on plankton, and his work on nutrient controls on ocean productivity resulted in many awards, including the New England Aquarium’s David B. Stone Award (2005) for distinguished service to the environment and the community, and the Museum of Science’s Walker Prize, which recognizes “meritorious published scientific investigation and discovery” (2008). “Nobody communicated the importance of the climate crisis in the context of the oceans as eloquently and passionately as Jim.” — Al Gore, former vice presidentlast_img read more

Eight Cameroonian Athletes Disappear in Australia

first_imgEight Cameroonian athletes have absconded from their accommodation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.According to BBC Sport, the Cameroon team officials confirmed this through their press attache Simon Molombe viewing it as “desertion” and that the missing athletes had been reported to Australian police.The missing athletes made up of three weightlifters and five boxers were last seen at different times on Monday and Tuesday, revealed Molombe to BBC officials. Cameroon said the group had valid Australian visas until May 15.The missing athletes are weightlifters Olivier Matam Matam, Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou and Petit Minkoumba, and boxers include, Christian Ndzie Tsoye, Simplice Fotsala, Arsene Fokou, Ulrich Yombo and Christelle Ndiang.Molombe expressed sadness following the disappearance of the eight athletes.“The authorities are very disappointed with the deserters – some did not even compete.“The pious hope is that they come back to the village and travel home with the others.”Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said it would monitor the situation but athletes had “the right to travel freely” on their visas.Also, the Australian Federal Police has been notified of the development, according to Kate Jones, a Queensland State government ministerShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Canceled Fountain Run replaced by Senior Run

first_imgThe cancellation of USC’s end-of-the-year Fountain Run tradition led to the creation of multiple alternatives for seniors to celebrate their impending graduation.For nearly a decade, students participated in the unofficial Fountain Run tradition which was not sanctioned by the university. On the evening of the last Thursday of spring semester classes, graduating seniors would run through every fountain on campus.The Fountain Run was canceled this year, however, because according to university administrators, it had become too dangerous for students and too damaging to campus property. Assistant Provost for Student Affairs Monique Allard said that in the past five years, there have been 73 medical calls and 25 ambulance rides during the Fountain Run, most of which were caused by alcohol-related incidents. Last year’s campus destruction from the Fountain Run included biohazardous materials in the fountains, broken fixtures and significant damage to the Youth Triumphant statue  in total, almost $50,000 in property damages.Some students were disappointed by the cancellation. Nicole Daviau, a rising senior majoring in business administration, was upset by the cancellation of the Fountain Run because she wanted to celebrate the college careers of her graduating friends.“It seems unfair. When the seniors leave, the Fountain Run is often what they say is the greatest thing they did at USC, even if they’ve studied abroad or did something really cool throughout their years here,” Daviau said. “I feel like I was being robbed of an experience.”As an alternative, the administration Student Affairs hosted the Senior Run, on April 30.“[T]his year, USC Student Affairs launched an educational campaign informing students of the dangers and destruction that this unsanctioned event causes,” Allard wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Our approach was to inform students about the facts while simultaneously supporting student leaders in creating a new, fully sanctioned that was termed the ‘Senior Run.’”The event, which was led by Undergraduate Student Government, Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Residential Student Government, was a festival that included inflatables, music, food trucks and giveaways.Approximately 1,500 students picked up wristbands, which were required to attend the Senior Run. Because of the large attendance, Allard said she was hopeful that the event grows in years to come.“We are looking to the campus’ student leaders to continue to invest their time and energy in coordinating this as a new tradition,” Allard wrote. “USC Student Affairs believes that celebrating the culmination of years of students’ hard work is important. Even more important is celebrating while keeping our community safe.”Students also attempted to organize another alternative to the Fountain Run — an Undie Run. Also held on April 30, the Undie Run event was created on Facebook as a response to the Fountain Run’s cancellation. The Facebook page instructed attendees to meet at Tommy Trojan at 10:30 p.m. dressed in undergarments. Daviau felt it could be a good alternative to the Fountain Run.“As a commuter and transfer student, it can be hard to find a sense of community on campus and feel really connected to the Trojan Family … But something that comes up for most people is that the Fountain Run gives them that sense of community,” she said. “The Undie Run could have replaced what was taken away.”When the night of the run arrived, however, the student-organized event was too uncoordinated to take off.“When people got there, [they] set off running in opposite directions because there was no map or plan on where to go,” Daviau said. “There was not enough information to the students, so at the given time, some people ran forward about 10 feet and then stopped and ran back because they were confused.”Some people congregated around the meeting area, a few of which were also attending the Senior Run. When the running did not happen, people eventually left.“There was an underlying sadness during the Undie Run because there was that lack of cohesion. I really hope in the upcoming years that we come up with something to celebrate our years here,” Daviau said.last_img read more