Southill ‘putts’ community spirit to the fore

first_imgNewsLocal NewsSouthill ‘putts’ community spirit to the foreBy admin – August 18, 2011 723 Print Facebook Advertisement SOUTHILL’S Church Green has been transformed into a Mecca for golf enthusiasts, eager to hone their putting skills, and now offers an innovatively designed course for locals. For some time residents had been using the area as a mini golf course, leading to Greg Dillon of the Southill Community Centre, posing the question: “Who is the true Church Green Champion?”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up To find the answer, Greg decided to arrange a tournament at the green, by turning it into a mini pitch and putt course.“A small group of local enthusiasts decided that they would all pitch in and make this event a possibility,” Mr. Dillon told the Limerick Post.“It was all done on a voluntary basis.“The event was supported by the community centre, who provided a meeting place for the young men who came down and designed the course.“They were Gary Keogh, Brendan McNamara and John Lynch.“They then borrowed a lawnmower and marked out the course, and cut the T-off points.“Mark Doherty borrowed a device from the Rathbane Golf course for making the holes”.The O’Malley Park estate management had the grass in the large green area cut very short before the tournament.The Family Resource Centre sponsored two trophies in recognition of community development.“With all of the organisation completed, 12 players took part in the competition to determine who was the local Church Green Champion.“The event had a great following as it was widely visible from all vantage points of the community.“It was a great success because it gave locals an opportunity to bond over a common interest and was all in good humour”.The winner on the day was Mark Doherty, followed by Martin Reilly in second and John Lynch in third place.“Since the green was designed, it has encouraged more young people and parents to use the green on a daily basis,” added Greg.“This was an excellent outcome and one that was totally unforeseen.“Working on this momentum the volunteers are organising a lads and dads tournament for the end of August, with the opportunity to ‘foster’ one for those without a lad or dad”. WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Email Previous article‘Eyesore’ on southside must be developed – Cllr FahyNext articleArts notes in brief admin Linkedinlast_img read more

Cruft Laboratory goes to war

first_imgIn June 1917, barely two months after the United States entered World War I, officers at Boston’s Charlestown Navy Yard realized they had an urgent problem. With its fleet of battleships bound for war-torn Western Europe, the U.S. Navy needed to recruit more than 2,000 radio and telegraph operators to help ships communicate across enemy lines.Harvard’s Cruft High Tension Laboratory, which had been constructed two years earlier with a $50,000 gift from Harriet Cruft, was called into service. Harriet Cruft, who had inherited more than $1 million from her father, a prominent Boston merchant, donated the funds in honor of her four brothers, all Harvard graduates. To help the Navy meet the wartime demand for communications officers, Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell offered free use of the new laboratory.In collaboration with Navy brass, Cruft Laboratory Director George Washington Pierce, Ph.D. 1900, quickly launched the Navy School for Radio Electricians. Thirty-two recruits enrolled in the intensive, four-month program, which included lectures and practical training using the Cruft Laboratory’s state-of-the-art radio equipment. By early 1918, more than 5,000 naval recruits had enrolled in the program, and 400 new radio operators were graduating and entering military service each week.Officers in the Navy School for Radio Electricians assemble on the Harvard grounds, circa 1917–1918. Photo courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesThe massive number of Navy recruits quickly overran the laboratory, and they spread into residence halls, academic buildings, and temporary trailers around the present-day John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus on Oxford Street, Cambridge.In addition to its service as training ground for naval radio operators, the Cruft Laboratory was also the site of radiotelegraphy research. Pierce and other faculty and staff worked alongside Navy researchers to develop wireless controls for torpedoes and a submarine sound detection system to aid coastal defense.When the war ended, in November 1918, the Navy School for Radio Electricians was dissolved, but Pierce drew on the school’s success to launch a new, leading-edge program in electrical communication engineering.Cruft Lab gets re-enlistedLess than a quarter-century later, the United States was back at war and the Cruft Laboratory was again serving the military.By the early 1940s, the Cruft Laboratory had become a major acoustics research center, due to the pioneering work of faculty member Frederick Hunt, M.S. ’28, Ph.D. ’33. Hunt and Phillip Morse, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), launched an underwater sound laboratory at the Cruft building in the summer of 1941. After the U.S. entered the World War II, Navy officials partnered with Hunt and his team to develop a torpedo that used acoustic technology to navigate toward an underwater submarine. During the war, their research led to a number of advances in underwater acoustics and contributed to the development of sonar.Soldiers involved in a hands-on training course at Harvard’s Cruft High Tension Laboratory in the summer of 1943. Photo courtesy of the Harvard University ArchivesIn addition to offering research facilities, the Cruft Laboratory helped fulfill an urgent call to train soldiers. Shortly after World War II began, the U.S. Army contacted Harvard administrators for help training 100 officers in the use of electronic communications systems. That initial course quickly expanded, and the laboratory building was soon a training ground for officers from all branches of the military.With such high demand, the teaching staff was bolstered with engineering instructors from many other institutions. There was such an urgent need for military electronics training that courses were offered all day and night — the classrooms and lab space in the Cruft Laboratory were never empty. Over the course of the World War II, Harvard provided training for 6,254 military officers who served in Europe and the Pacific. While the military training academy was churning out new recruits, the laboratory became host to another famous wartime tenant — the Mark I computer. Howard Aiken, Ph.D. ’37, and Grace Hopper assembled the first electromechanical computer (formally called the “automatic sequence controlled calculator”) in the basement of the Cruft Laboratory in 1944. During World War II, the Mark I computer was used by the Navy to solve complex mathematical problems. The computer was also utilized by physicist John von Neumann during the Manhattan Project to calculate the potential effects of imploding the first atomic bomb. Grace Hopper, computing pioneer While at Harvard, she deftly programmed Mark I, proving its versatility, author Walter Isaacson recounts Relatedlast_img read more

Lending veterans a hand

first_img Harvard affirms, deepens commitment to veterans Related Service to country and community has long been a tradition at Harvard.And, President Larry Bacow told a gathering of veterans on campus last weekend, “there is no higher public service than to serve one’s country in uniform, and each and every one of you exemplifies that.”Bacow spoke to the newly formed Harvard Undergraduate Veterans Association at a reception and barbeque at Loeb Hall, organized by the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization (HVAO). The groups are working to bring together veterans enrolled in different parts of the University and integrate them with the wider community.“Everyone comes from different branches of the military, so their services were different. But they all wanted to serve in some way, so they all share that drive,” said Steve Petraeus, co-director of the HUVA, an Army veteran and third-year J.D.-M.B.A. student.Bacow noted the University has had a longstanding relationship with the military, reaching back to the Revolutionary War when George Washington quartered his troops at Massachusetts Hall. That tie has undergone an evolution in recent decades, however. Referring to turmoil on campus over recruiting in the 1970s, Bacow said, “Fortunately we live in different times today.” At present, he said, “We are doing quite well. But there is still more to do, and we are going to do it.”Harvard has increased efforts in recent years to recruit veterans, working with the Defense Department and conducting outreach via community college centers for former members of the military. The number of veterans enrolled as Harvard undergraduates is up this semester, with a total of 10 first-years and transfers entering this fall, compared with just six last year. In addition, Harvard now has 63 ROTC students including 25 first-years, doubling last year’s number.,The University also partnered with Service to School’s VetLink program in 2017, which helps veterans gain admission to the best possible colleges. The group was funded for its first year by Harvard veteran alumni.To ensure veterans thrive on campus, Petraeus said, the student and alumni groups need to give them a little support.“It can be a unique challenge to come back to an academic environment after years in the military,” he said. “We have fighter pilots who’ve been out for 13 years, so they could use a social organization. In the military you know the rules and you know exactly how the hierarchy works. Back in the academic world there are new questions, like how to talk to professors and what to call them, and how to talk to your classmates about life experiences they might not know about.”Having veterans on campus is worth the effort, though, as it enriches the educational experience for all, said Col. Everett Spain, who received a doctorate of business administration from Harvard Business School in 2014. The veterans and ROTC students, the HVAO president said, “add a lot of diversity and experience to the Harvard community, and a ‘service to others’ spirit. We still have a lot more to do to fully integrate Harvard with the military, but the momentum is now underway.” Ready for takeoff Memorial Church ceremony includes announcement of partnership with Service to School An Air Force major completes his Ph.D. and becomes a new parent — all in three years Tom Reardon ’68 couldn’t agree more. Reardon spent a year in Vietnam after graduating from Harvard. Decades later he formed the HVAO, the inspiration coming from an article in The Boston Globe. “There was a little controversy about the fellow in change of the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans. He said that when he was in Vietnam, there was nobody from Harvard or MIT in his foxhole. I wrote that he should get on the Red Line and go to Memorial Hall,” built to honor the fallen Harvard classmates who fought for the Union during the Civil War.The HVAO officially formed as an organization in 2006. “As a group we’ve lobbied and educated the administration, and worked closely with Harvard College,” said Reardon. “It’s our mission to honor the war dead and to build what I call Harvard’s military community across the campus, and that includes the alumni across the School — a number that’s potentially thousands.”last_img read more