Farish A. Jenkins Jr., 72

first_imgWhether it was digging in the Canadian Arctic, providing guidance to colleagues, or spending hours producing chalkboard illustrations for the next day’s lecture, Farish A. Jenkins Jr. was deeply committed to probing the mysteries of evolutionary biology, while engaging and inspiring his students — a number of whom would become his colleagues.Jenkins, a Harvard professor of biology for more than 40 years, and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, was a mentor and friend to many. His death at age 72 on Nov. 11, brought sadness to the Harvard community and beyond.“In a University full of unique individuals, he was certainly one of a kind,” said James Hanken, Harvard professor of biology and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.Jenkins was a distinguished vertebrate paleontologist, renowned for his fieldwork, who made seminal discoveries in respiratory physiology, bird flight, and the evolution of the earliest mammals.But Jenkins was just as well known for his engaging lectures, and the advice and counsel he gave to students and colleagues.“His lectures were really performances,” said Andrew A. Biewener, Harvard professor of biology. “He was just so engaging and a true gentleman in the way he approached relationships. He was a great teacher, an outstanding scholar, and someone who was always willing to provide sound advice and guidance to his colleagues.”A.W. Crompton, a Harvard professor emeritus of biology, had a hand in bringing Jenkins to Harvard in 1971. Crompton had Jenkins as a student at Yale University and agreed with others who said Jenkins’ lectures were “high-spirited,” but no less informative, according to Crompton.“He was a fantastic teacher, and the list of students he made an impression on goes on and on,” Crompton said.Crompton said Jenkins delivered his famous “Moby Dick” lecture while wearing a peg leg, reciting lines from the book, and mimicking Captain Ahab plodding along the decks as the crew listened below.“It was his way of demonstrating the elements of human locomotion,” Crompton said. “There are those who have said about his lectures, ‘They may not remember a word he said, but they will never forget him.’ But all of this is not to say his lectures were not informative. He did take things very seriously, and he could be tough. Once he took up an opinion, he stuck to that opinion.”Jenkins was also known to spend hours producing illustrations on the chalkboard for a lecture the next day.“He was also a tremendous artist,” Hanken said, “and he even used a pencil sharpener for his chalk so he could produce these lush illustrations.”Outside of the classroom, Jenkins was famous for his work in the field, which took him across the globe to East Africa, Greenland, and the American West. His discoveries included Tiktaalik roseae, the 375 million-year-old fossil of a fishlike creature, which Jenkins and colleagues called the missing link between fish and four-legged animals.Neil Shubin, a professor at the University of Chicago, was a student of Jenkins at Harvard and would go on to spend 30 years in the field with his mentor and friend. Shubin was with Jenkins on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut Territory, Canada, when they discovered Tiktaalik roseae.“He loved discovery and relished life. We would be suffering like dogs out in the field, and he would look at you and say, ‘How lucky are we?’ He was just hilarious, and after 30 years of working in the field with him, I look back and think about there being just one funny thing after another, even though we were in extreme conditions,” Shubin said.Looking for fossils in the Arctic can be “like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Shubin said, but Jenkins was able to be a part of some amazing discoveries because of his meticulous preparation and tenacity.“He just loved fieldwork, and he was smart about it. He made his own luck,” Shubin said. “He was absolutely tenacious. There were years where we failed to find anything, but he was able to learn from those failures. And he had the great sense to know when to quit or when to stick it out.”Steve Gatesy, a Brown University professor and another student-turned-colleague, spent several seasons in the field with Jenkins.“Farish was just so amazing. He could go from standing in front of a Harvard anatomy class, wearing a white lab coat, and then the next thing you know he would be back on campus with his dapper suit. Then you would see him using the X-ray machine, with a lead robe on. And then he would be out in the field, covered in mud and carrying a rifle,” said Gatesy. “In fact, someone out in Montana who met him for the first time would have thought he was a cowboy or rancher rather than a Harvard professor. But that was Farish.”Gatesy was with Jenkins and Shubin on Ellesmere Island, and is the one who dug up the Tiktaalik.“In many ways, Farish was an old-fashioned guy, and I say that because he had an old-fashioned work ethic. He wanted to get it right, even if it took a long time, which is the opposite of today’s turn-it-out-quickly science. That is what was so refreshing about Farish,” said Gatesy. “When he would go out in the field, he would say that it’s going to take two or three years to get our bearings, then we will know where to look, and then we may get lucky.”“He was all about quality, which is so refreshing,” Gatesy added.Also known for excellent posture and impeccable attire, Jenkins left a large mark on Harvard and the world of vertebrate paleontology.He received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Princeton University, and then served several years in the Marine Corps. After the Marines, Jenkins earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Yale.He began his teaching career at Columbia University, but he went to Harvard in 1971, attracted by the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the revitalization of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Jenkins also taught anatomy in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.“That was a very high-level course, with physicians and medical research people, and almost everyone who took that course said it was probably the best course they ever had,” Crompton said.Jenkins called himself a “hybrid”: an anatomist, zoologist, and vertebrate paleontologist.“He was not just a straight paleontologist, because he did a lot with anatomy, and how living animals function, and how that relates to fossils. Because of that, he helped to change paleontology from a dull description of fossils to something that’s alive,” Crompton said.James McCarthy, Harvard professor of biological oceanography, called Jenkins “the epitome of a Harvard professor.”“He was a true gentleman with impeccable manners, and he loved Harvard. He cared deeply for his students, and he was for many of them the best teacher they would ever know. He was a superb scientist, and a model University citizen. Every pursuit received 100 percent of his effort, and he expected the same of his students and his faculty colleagues,” McCarthy said. “He enjoyed life to the fullest, whether teaching human anatomy at the Medical School, digging for fossils in Greenland, or tending his antique apple orchard on his farm in New Hampshire. Moreover, he delighted in helping others to enjoy life as he did.”Jenkins met his wife, Eleanor, while he was a student at Princeton. The two lived for several years in Arlington, and also owned that rural apple farm.In addition to his wife, Jenkins leaves a brother, Henry Edgar II of Sausalito, Calif.; a son, Henry Edgar III of Denver; a daughter, Katherine Temperance Leeds of Watertown, Mass.; and two grandchildren.last_img read more

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Farm Finances Weaken Further Amid Uncertainty

first_imgKANSAS CITY- Farm credit conditions within the Federal Reserve’s Tenth District steadily deteriorated in the third quarter of 2019. The Kansas City Fed Report says in spite of a slight increase in the price of some agricultural goods, as well as additional support from government payments, farm income declined at a modest pace.Loan repayment rates also declined at a modest pace in the third quarter. District bankers say agricultural economic conditions were influenced by uncertainty about crop production, agricultural trade uncertainty, as well as a variety of other factors, all contributed to commodity price fluctuations. Continuing weakness in the ag sector put even more pressure on farm finances. Signs of modest increases in credit stress continued in the third quarter of 2019. Farm borrowers made additional cuts in spending in response to the continued lower-revenue environment.75 percent of bankers reported farmer working capital deteriorated at least modestly in 2019, compared with 90 percent as recently as 2016. However, farmland values continue to be a positive note in the sector. Those values remained stable and continue to provide ongoing support to an otherwise struggling economic sector.last_img read more

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Mahesh Bhupathi’s 2-year-old niece brightens up bleak times with her message to Covid-19

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter(@Maheshbhupathi)Advertisement 27zzyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5nf2jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2f5al7( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 33zpWould you ever consider trying this?😱9nkhCan your students do this? 🌚ktjRoller skating! Powered by Firework As India battles the the novel Coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued a 21-day nationwide lock down. However, even in self-isolating in their own homes, many sportspersons and celebrities have taken it to social media to spread the message of unity and positivity in these troubling times. However, the sweetest message comes from the 2-year old niece of Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi, the young girl who’s video on Twitter is taking the netizens by storm.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/Twitter(@Maheshbhupathi)On 5th April, Mahesh Bhupathi uploaded the clip on his official Twitter handle, where his young niece is seen speaking to the camera, where she says ‘Coronavirus go’. The cute video was captioned with “My 2 year old niece has had just about enough !! Yet has made us all smile all morning 😍😍 #Aleya#ABC#lockdown” Check out the clip below-Advertisement The sweet kid just wants to go to a shop for a basketball, she answered after being asked in the clip, as that isn’t possible in the current lock down. “Because the shop is closed” Bhupathi’s niece uttered in the video.Since Bhupathi tweeting it on Sunday, the video has over 31k views and 24 retweets.The former Tennis superstar joined in with other iconic figures of the Indian sporting fraternity on 5th April at 9pm to light candles and diyas to stand in solidarity with the healthcare workers battling against the COVID-19 outbreak.The former doubles world no. 1 is the first Indian ever to win a Grand Slam tournament, winning the 1997 French Open Mixed Doubles event with former Japanese tennis ace Rika Hiraki.By winning the 2006 Australian Open with the legendary Martina Hingis, Bhupathi achieved his mixed doubles Career Grand Slam, and also become the eighth male tennis player ever to attain the feat.Bhupathi also clinched two doubles gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games, along with Indian tennis hall of fame Leander Paes.The Bhupathi-Paes duo also reached the semi finals stage at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but lost against Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schüttler of Germany.A total of 4,789 positive Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in India till date, with 124 patients succumbing to death.Also read-Read which 2 Indians Shane Warne’s all-time World ODI XI has!Read why Son Heung-min will be exposed to chemical warfare during Covid-19 lockdown! Advertisementlast_img read more

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Quick start powers Leafs past Border Bruins

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThree players, including Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon, had two points to lead the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Thursday night in the Boundary City.Wheeldon, with two helpers, Joel Stewart and Cameron Dobransky, all paced the Leaf attack with respective two-point evenings.Nelson, leading 1-0 after the first period on a goal by team captain Taylor O’Neil, increased the margin to 3-0 early in the second. Dobransky, unassisted, and defenceman Raymond Reimer on a power player, scored for Nelson before Zachary Thompson beat Marcus Beesley in the Leaf nets to give the home side some life.However, that life was short lived as Stewart scored less than two minutes later to restore the three-goal margin.In the third Yan Kalahsnikov made the score 4-2.However, the Leafs tightened up the defensive screws on the Bruins for the remainder of the frame despite being out shot 12-3.Evan J. Moir scored an insurance marker into an empty net to seal the victory. Artsiom Kalahsnikov completed the scoring on the power play for Grand Forks.Nelson out shot the Bruins in the contest 33-27, including a 30-15 margin in the first two periods.Nelson returns home for a two-game home stand this weekend.BLUELINES: Tonight, former Leafs Landon Andrusiak and Dane Rupert once again skate on the NDCC Arena ice as the Kelowna Chiefs invade the Heritage City. Andrusiak leads the 20-18-1-2 Chiefs, second in the Okanagan Division, in scoring and is tied for 14th overall in league scoring with 46 points. The team moved from Chase during the off season. . . .Saturday Nelson hosts Ryon Sookro and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks. . . .Leaf sniper Dustin Johnson had his five-game point streak snapped. The former BCHL star had points every game since arriving from Victoria of the Tier II Junior A league. Johnson has 10 points in six games. . . .Gavin Currie, rehabbing his injured shoulder, still leads the Leafs in scoring with 43 points in 33 games. . . .Leaf defenceman Blake Arcuri was back in the lineup after spending time on the injured list. [email protected]last_img read more

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Bout two goes Saturday at Selkirk College

first_imgThe second bout of the West Kootenay Roller Derby season is ready to kick off Saturday at the Selkirk College Gymnasium.The doubleheader begins at 5 p.m. with the Dam City Rollers up against the Rossland/Trail Roller Girls. At 7 p.m. Salmo’s Babes of Brutality meet South Slocan’s Valley Vendettas.For more details go to http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/2013/04/may-11th-double-header-castlegar/last_img

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Red Dog, Innkeepers, Jackson’s Hole crowned champs

first_imgHowever, Oso Negro gave the champs everything they could handle, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to force overtime.After two 10-minute extra time periods settled nothing, the teams took to the dot shot for penalties to decide the championship squad.In the Men’s Masters final, Jackson’s Hole used their experience to shut down the high-flying Bia Boro squad.Jackson’s scored early to grab a 1-0 lead.A mix up in communication in the Jackson’s defence gift-wrapped the tying goal for Bia Boro.The game remained tied through halftime intermission and well into the second half before Jackson’s Hole scored the winner.The goal came after Jackson’s keeper Tad Lake stopped a penalty shot after a Bia Boro player was hauled down in the penalty area.Bia Boro made a final push to find the equalizer, however, the Jackson’s Hole defence stood tall to secure the upset victory. There was plenty of drama at the Lakeside Pitch this weekend as the Nelson Adult Soccer Leagues decided the top teams to conclude the outdoor season.Red Dog concluded a wire-to-wire season Sunday by edging Yom Chi Ninjas 4-1 to capture the Nelson Star Ladies League.Meanwhile, Hume Innkeepers needed penalties to outlast Oso Negro Saturday evening in the Mallard’s Men’s Open League.In the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League, Jackson’s Hole scored the upset, knocking off regular season champion Bia Boro 2-1 to capture bragging rights Sunday afternoon at Lakeside.Red Dog entered the playoffs after finishing in top spot during the regular season.Red Dog then defeated Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 in the semi-finals before knocking off second-place Yom Chi Ninjas.In the Mallard’s Men’s Open, the Innkeepers completed the season without a loss as the defending champs edged out third-place finishers Oso Negro.last_img read more

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Lastlook: The Glitterati

first_imgWhat happens when you combine jewel craft with perfect timing? You get this Bvlgari high jewellery timepiece which is uber sexy and sleek. The timepiece makes a shimmering style statement for those who like to wear their heart on their wrist. Its artistic coils wrap themselves around the owner’s wrist,,What happens when you combine jewel craft with perfect timing? You get this Bvlgari high jewellery timepiece which is uber sexy and sleek. The timepiece makes a shimmering style statement for those who like to wear their heart on their wrist. Its artistic coils wrap themselves around the owner’s wrist, asserting their hold over them. The serpent motif has inspired countless designs for the brand in its 127-year history and is once again used in this haute joallerie collection to create brilliant magic. The snake stands for immortality and infinity and the design of the piece incorporates these characteristics, giving it a fluid look and feel. The watch is inconspicuous or ‘secret’ and at first glance the piece looks like nothing more than a dazzling piece of jewellery with impeccable craftsmanship. The eyes of the snake are created using inlaid celestine or malachite and the sleek head has a dial studded with pave diamonds. The gems used are of the highest quality and the timepiece is set with 172 diamonds and has a white gold case which weighs 40 grams. The coiled bracelet is set with an additional 386 diamonds and 388 emeralds and the quartz movement the timepiece sports has been customised for the brand. The glittering serpent symbolises wisdom and a contemporary design language has been used by Bvlgari to showcase its slithering form with elan. The Bvlgari Serpenti high jewellery collection is available in boutiques across India.Price: Rs 1.2 crorelast_img read more

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‘Successful’ Dubai stint for 3rd-place Mighty Sports, says coach Charles Tiu

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom showed flashes of his all-around game with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and a block.“The fact that he can still play basketball, run up and down at his age, that’s already a big achievement for himself and I’m really happy for him,” said Tiu. “Just the fact that he’s been an inspiration to all of us and be part of his comeback, we wish him the best wherever he may end up. He’s been a good player with great attitude for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Paul George, Russell Westbrook rally Thunder past Rockets ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMighty Sports Philippines salvaged third place after repeating over Lebanon’s Homenetmen, 91-76, in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship Saturday night at Shabab Al Ahli Club gymnasium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.Although the team failed to go all the way after losing in the knockout semifinals, the bronze-medal finish was enough to satisfy head coach Charles Tiu.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “Overall, I think the stint was a successful campaign,” said Tiu.The Philippine side started the tournament at 5-0 before running into a perennial champion Al-Riyadi of Lebanon in the semis in a game where Mighty Sports nearly stole after coming back from 18 points down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReinforcements Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris had been carrying much of the load for Mighty Sports throughout the tournament but in the final game, it was Jett Manuel, who led the way.Manuel, the former Barangay Ginebra guard, scored a team-high 19 points while Morris and Brownlee added 11 and 10 points, respectively. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Video: Penn State DT Anthony Zettel Tackled A Tree To The Ground

first_imgPenn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.STATE COLLEGE, PA – OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel is a large (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) man. He’s plenty strong too. After all, you don’t earn first team All-Big Ten honors in the trenches by being weak, and you definitely can’t tackle trees to the ground with your bare hands without some serious strength.Yes, that’s right, Zettel brought a tree down with a perfect form tackle. It was captured on video by his teammate Jordan Dudas, and it is a pretty ridiculous sight. If we had to guess, that tree was definitely loose before Zettel sacked it. Still, to a.) be moved to attempt that in the first place and b.) be physically willing and able to do it is impressive enough. Big Ten linemen, quarterbacks and running backs should beware Zettel next fall.last_img read more

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