Twelve Harvard faculty are among the 85 new members elected to the National Academy of Medicine.Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.“This distinguished and diverse class of new members is a truly remarkable set of scholars and leaders whose impressive work has advanced science, improved health, and made the world a better place for everyone,” said academy President Victor J. Dzau on Monday. “Their expertise in science, medicine, health, and policy in the U.S. and around the globe will help our organization address today’s most pressing health challenges and inform the future of health and health care. It is my privilege to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”Harvard’s newly elected members include:Richard S. Blumberg, Jerry S. Trier Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy, Brigham and Women’s HospitalFor multiple seminal, paradigm-changing contributions to our understanding of mucosal immunology and immune development, having identified mechanistic alterations central to several diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, and cancer.Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; and co-director, Harvard Data Science InitiativeFor developing and applying innovative statistical methods to understanding and reducing the impact of air pollution on population health.Benjamin Levine Ebert, chair of medical oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; and George P. Canellos M.D. and Jean Y. Canellos Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical SchoolFor contributions to understanding the genetics and biology of myeloid malignancies, to the characterization of clonal hematopoiesis, and to elucidating the mechanism of action of thalidomide and its analogs.Evelynn Maxine Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, professor of African and African American studies, and chair, Department of History of Science, Harvard UniversityFor being one of the nation’s most influential historians investigating the relationship of race, science, and medicine, and her work in clarifying the use of the concept of race as it relates to important health disparities.Robert E. Kingston, chief, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital; and professor of genetics, Harvard Medical SchoolFor contributions to understanding the role of nucleosomes in transcriptional regulations.Keith Douglas Lillemoe, chief of surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital; and W. Gerald Austen Professor, Harvard Medical SchoolFor his work as a surgical leader and educator who has enhanced patient care, surgical quality, and safety.Xihong Lin, Henry Pickering Walcott Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, professor of statistics, and coordinating director, Program in Quantitative Genomics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthFor contributions to statistics, genetics, epidemiology, and environmental health through influential and ingenious research in statistical methods and applications in whole-genome sequencing association studies, gene environment, integrative analysis, and complex observational studies.Matthew Langer Meyerson, professor of pathology, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteFor discovery of EGFR mutations in lung cancer and their ability to predict responsiveness to EGFR inhibitors, thereby helping to establish the current paradigm of precision cancer therapy.Charles Alexander Nelson III, Richard David Scott Professor of Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research, Boston Children’s Hospital; and professor of pediatrics, neuroscience, and education, Harvard Medical School and Graduate School of EducationFor pioneering research on brain development in majority world settings and revealing the powerfully detrimental effects of adversity exposure on brain development in early life.Stuart L. Schreiber, Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard UniversityFor advancing chemical biology and medicine through the discovery of small-molecule probes for signal transduction and gene regulation pathways.Arlene Sharpe, co-chair and George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical SchoolFor leadership in functional analysis of co-stimulatory and inhibitory pathways regulating T cell activation.Janey L. Wiggs, Paul Austin Chandler Professor of Ophthalmology, vice chair for clinical research in ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; associate chief, ophthalmology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; and associate member, Broad Institute of MIT and HarvardFor research and achievements in the field of ocular genetics, including the discovery of multiple genetic and environmental risk factors for glaucoma, and for developing and implementing genetic testing for inherited eye disease.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are investigating an armed home invasion in which three men posing as construction workers tied up five people and pistol-whipped one victim in Bellmore on Friday morning, authorities said.Three men wearing hard hats, construction vests and dust masks—at least one of whom was armed with a handgun—entered a home on Ellen Road at the corner of Bellmore Avenue and demanded property at 10:40 a.m., police said.The assailants tied up three construction workers who were working inside the home at the time as well as two homeowners, one of whom was struck in the head with what appeared to be a handgun, according to investigators.The suspects fled the scene after stealing various items. The man who was pistol-whipped was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for non- life threatening injuries.John F. Kennedy High School, which is two blocks away, was briefly placed on lockout while police searched the area for the suspects.Detectives are continuing the investigation.
Katie Ledecky is an 18-year old swimmer for the United States. She recently graduated from Stone-Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda Maryland. She swims the 400, 800, and 1500 meter freestyle events. She has been compared with the great Janet Evans, the last American to dominate these events.At the 2015 FINA World Championships in Russia, she will be chasing after the World Record she has set and re-set the last 3 years. She not only wins these races, but she dominates them like Evans did in her era. In her last races, she won the 400 by 10 meters, the 800 by 45 meters, and the 1500 meter by the same distance. The 1500 meter swim was the only one in which Janet Evans ever had a larger margin of victory.
But F1’s announcement came after an unnecessarily long period of uncertainty.Like all organizations, F1 had been under pressure to act as the virus spreads globally. But that pressure was amplified Thursday when McLaren Racing announced it had withdrawn from the Australian Grand Prix after a team member tested positive for coronavirus.”The team member was tested and self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and will now be treated by local healthcare authorities,” McLaren’s statement read. “The team has prepared for this eventuality and has ongoing support in place for its employee who will now enter a period of quarantine. The team is cooperating with the relevant local authorities to assist their investigations and analysis.“Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing, and Andreas Seidl, Team Principal of McLaren F1, informed Formula 1 and the FIA of the decision this evening. The decision has been taken based on a duty of care not only to McLaren F1 employees and partners, but also to the team’s competitors, Formula 1 fans and wider F1 stakeholders.”MORE: Why NBA postponed season, and what’s nextIn response, F1 issued a statement of its own:Following the outcome of the test on a member the McLaren team, Formula 1 and the FIA have been in close contact with them on their decision and have been coordinating with all the relevant authorities on the next steps. Our priority is the safety of the fans, the teams and all personnel at the race.In the context of F1’s apparently sluggish response to the coronavirus threat as its 2020 season-opener neared, its statement was not well received.Statement from the AGPC says: “The AGPC is currently in discussions with Formula 1, the FIA and the Department of Health and Human Services in relation to the broader implications of this test result.”Again, suggests not being prepared #F1— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) March 12, 2020If only this hadn’t been a completely predictable outcome to this whole thing. F1 looks ridiculous for letting it get this far. https://t.co/L5YlFGUPFe— Nate Saunders (@natesaundersF1) March 12, 2020It’s genuinely impressive that #F1 has barrelled headlong into the #AusGP knowing the stakes but appears to be absolutely unprepared for the high likelihood of a positive COVID-19 case. The sport knew the risks, yet so far there are no signs of any plan.— Michael Lamonato (@MichaelLamonato) March 12, 2020Tonight I’m so angry and disappointed in #F1. This was a scenario that many feared, and it was totally avoidable. It’s a sad day for the sport.— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) March 12, 2020This is probably how we ended up here:F1: Australia will make a decision. Not our problem.Australia: F1 will make a decision. Not our problem.FIA: F1 and Australia will make a decision. Not our problem.— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) March 12, 2020I’m an F1 and FIA apologist to rival any, but the lack of a response – and by association what appears to be a complete lack of preparation for this very situation – is beyond belief. Other team members have been told nothing so far #F1— Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1) March 12, 2020″I am really very, very surprised that we are here,” defending world-champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton said Thursday, via Racer. “I think in motorsport it’s great that we have racing, but I think it’s really shocking that we are all sitting in this room. There are so many fans here today and it seems like the rest of the world is reacting, probably a little bit late, but we have already seen this morning that (Donald) Trump has shut down the borders with Europe to the States and you are seeing the NBA being suspended, yet Formula 1 continues to go on. … The coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in the postponements and cancellations of sporting events around the world eventually altered Formula 1’s plan to run Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the 2020 F1 season, among other races.From F1’s site: “Following the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and the postponement of the races in China, Bahrain and Vietnam, Formula 1 and governing body the FIA have said they now ‘expect’ the 2020 season to begin at the end of May — though this will be regularly reviewed.” “Cash is king. I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t add much more to it. I don’t feel like I should shy away from my opinion. The fact is we are here and I just really want to be as careful as we can be in touching doors and surfaces, and I hope everyone has hand sanitizer.“For the fans, I really hope they are taking precautions. I was walking through and everything is going ahead as normal, like it is a normal day, but I don’t think it really is. I just hope all the fans stay safe and I hope we get through this weekend and we don’t have any fatalities or things in the future.”In addition to the McLaren team personnel, four Haas F1 Team members also were tested for coronavirus after displaying suspicious symptoms, but all four tests came back negative, per ESPN.