Harvard University continues to make progress in its commitment to diversifying its faculty, according to the annual report from the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity. Harvard’s faculty is more diverse than ever, with women making up 30 percent of tenured and tenure-track faculty and minorities making up 23 percent. Of the 84 tenured and tenure track-professors who joined Harvard this year, 42 percent are women and 36 percent are minorities.“Increasing the diversity of the Harvard faculty is front and center on the minds of all University leadership,” said Judith Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education and senior vice provost for Faculty Development and Diversity. “That certainly goes for me, in my role, but I can say it goes for the current leadership, President Faust, and Provost Garber, and also for President-elect Larry Bacow.”Changes in the composition of faculty are incremental because turnover is low. In any given year, approximately 95 percent of Harvard faculty members remain. On average, the University welcomes about 70 new faculty members a year, against a base of nearly 1,500. The University’s shift to a tenure track in the early 2000s helped drive this change, creating a pipeline for tenured professors. In addition, Schools, departments, and the University have done trainings on how to mitigate implicit bias in the search process and how to recruit faculty from a wider variety of backgrounds and institutions.“By not searching widely for talent, you’re overlooking talent,” Singer said. “It’s not an effort to just hire more women and minorities, but an effort to celebrate inclusive excellence. We are searching more widely and being more proactive about recruiting.”Tenure-track faculty members are consistently more diverse across higher education, and the reality is no different at Harvard. The share of female tenure-track faculty is now at 40 percent, up slightly from last year, while 32 percent of tenure-track faculty members are minorities.Progress is also being made among tenured faculty. Twenty-seven percent of tenured positions across the University are held by women, also up slightly from 2017. In the past 11 years, the overall size of the senior faculty has increased by 13 percent, while the number of tenured women has grown by 46 percent.Meanwhile, 20 percent of tenured faculty members are minorities, reflecting a 73 percent increase in the number of minority tenured faculty since the 2007-08 academic year. Especially notable: increases in the number of minority faculty over this time are closely split between Asian and Asian-American faculty, up 68 percent, and underrepresented minority faculty, up 82 percent.The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, which published the report, is Harvard’s central faculty affairs office, and it is devoted to the development, implementation, and evaluation of University-wide programs designed to improve faculty life and diversity.“We’ve been doing a lot of work developing programs, rolling out programs, and enhancing programs to improve the quality of life for faculty. We want all Harvard faculty to feel supported,” said Singer.Among the initiatives designed to support faculty is the ACCESS child-care program, which helps tenured, tenure-track, and senior non-ladder faculty with young children meet their family caregiving needs, so that they may also succeed in their academic careers. Over the past decade, Harvard has awarded more than $8 million in child-care scholarships to faculty, which can be used for any type of care, including non-Harvard-affiliated centers, nannies, and family day care. The University has also shifted admissions in its six child-care centers to give faculty priority, and this past year offered a spot to all faculty members who applied for one.“Competition for faculty is fierce,” Singer said. “Every other institution is trying to diversify its faculty. So we want to mitigate push factors that might cause people to leave, and we work very hard to retain people. Part of the strategy of moving to a tenure track is the hope that if we tenure from within, faculty will put down roots here, feel committed to the institution, and that in the long run they’ll be more likely to stay.”
Police in Maryland are reporting that they have found the body of Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter several days after she and her 8-year-old son went missing in a canoe accident.Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean’s body was found on Monday in 25 feet of water, a little more than 2 miles south of her mother’s residence, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.According to the report, Maeve and her son where in the backyard of a waterfront home with other family members on April 2nd when the children accidently kicked a ball into the water. That’s when Maeve and her son decided to get into the canoe to grab the ball. Due to weather conditions, however, the mother and her son struggled to get the canoe back to shore. They eventually disappeared in the choppy water of the Chesapeake Bay.The canoe was later found Friday night overturned in the water, however, Maeve and her son remained missing.While, Maeve’s body has since been found, authorities are still searching for her 8-year-old son.
By Alex Mitsiopoulos |Friday, May 27The Highlands’ Memorial Day Parade will start at 1 p.m. at Huddy Park and end at Veterans Park. All are invited to the American Legion Post 143 after the parade for refreshments.325-329 Bay Ave., Highlands, highlandsborough.orgSaturday, May 28The American Legion Raritan Post 23 hosts Keyport’s Memorial Day Parade from 1 to 3 p.m.81 West Front Street, Keyport, visitkeyport.orgMonday, May 29Little Silver’s Memorial Day Parade will start at 8:30 a.m. The Red Bank Regional High School Marching Band will help lead the parade.The corner of Parker Ave. and Willow Drive, littlesilver.orgOceanport’s Annual Memorial Day Parade and Service will take place at 9:30 a.m. The service immediately following the parade will take place at Old Borough Hall.Port Au Peck Avenue, Oceanport, oceanportboro.comRumson will hold its Memorial Day Parade at 11 a.m., starting at Blackpoint Road, going along River Road, and ending in Victory Park.Blackpoint Road, Rumson, rumsonnj.govShrewsbury’s Annual Memorial Day Observance will occur at 10 a.m. at Patriot Isle.Shrewsbury Ave. and Broad St. (Route 35), Shrewsbury, shrewsburyboro.comTeam members from Hackensack Meridian Health, who are also members of the armed services, reflect during a moment of silence at the Memorial Day ceremony at Jersey Shore University Medical Center on May 24.Sea Bright will hold a Memorial Day Service starting at 11 a.m. at the Sea Bright United Methodist Church. Mayor Dina Long, council members, as well as the police and fire departments, will contribute to this year’s service.1104 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright, seabrightnj.orgMiddletown’s Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Bayshore Middle School. From Bayshore the parade will move along Leonardville Road and eventually end at the American Legion post home on Highway 36.834 Leonardville Rd., Leonardo, middletownnj.orgThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Memorial Day Ceremony will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be the guest speaker. There will also be a presentation of wreaths, and music by Sandra Ward. During the ceremony, the NJVVMF will award scholarships to high school seniors Paige Huff, Atlantic Highlands, and Caroline Waksmunski, Monroe Township. An “In Memory” program will also be held to honor former veterans Kenneth Felci of Middletown, George Goebel of Atco, Dean Hoagland of Lambertville, Lawrence Schnitzer of Red Bank, and Richard Vance of Landing. In recognition of Memorial Day, select merchandise and memberships will be 20 percent off at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Gift Shop through June 3.1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, njvvmf.orgThe Borough of Red Bank and the Red Bank Elks will be hosting the annual Memorial Day Service on at 11 a.m. at the Veteran’s Monument. The service will include a guest speaker, musical performances, and the placing of wreaths.51 Monmouth St., Red Bank, redbanknj.org The Township of Colts Neck will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start at Township Hall and will end at Memorial Park. Following the ceremony, participants are encouraged to join in the picnic at the Colts Neck Fire Department, Fire House #2, on Conover Road.124 Cedar Drive, Colts Neck, colts-neck.nj.usFair Haven’s Annual Memorial Day Parade will take place from 9 to 1:30 a.m. at Knollwood School. The parade will feature patriotic anthems, a benediction, reading of names, and more.224 Hance Rd., Fair Haven, fairhavennj.orgThis article originally appeared in the May 25-June 1, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times
Richard Mandella6113101121%$755,946 Mario Gutierrez10591599%$474,512 Elvis Trujillo21424302111%$1,414,490 Hector Palma3275222%$187,240 Felipe Valdez8412121314%$383,041 Mike Smith10421211520%$2,320,631 Steven Miyadi4195422%$261,780 Jerry Hollendorfer15729202418%$3,215,322 -30- Steve Knapp3772319%$281,140 Ron Ellis60134922%$464,540 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BOLO ON SCHEDULE FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYBack on a regular training schedule after a helter skelter regimen dictated by inclement weather prior to the San Felipe Stakes on March 7 in which he finished an encouraging third behind unbeaten winner Dortmund, Bolo is coming up to Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and a rematch with Dortmund in fine fettle.“He’s back on his regular training program and it looks like there’s a lot of pace,” said Carla Gaines, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of Temple City for Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc., and Earle I. Mack.“On paper, the race looks good for a horse with his style. He’s got tactical speed and he’s very ratable. He’ll pretty much sit wherever you want him to in the race, so that’s good.”The field for the 78th Santa Anita Derby: Dortmund, Martin Garcia, 3-5; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Cross the Line, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Bolo, Mike Smith, 4-1; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1.In other Santa Anita Derby news:Dennis O’Neill and brother Doug, trainer of outsider Bad Read Sanchez, who has not raced in eight months: “Obviously,” said Dennis, “the idea is to have him hit the board. It’s a very, very tough race, but the horse is doing really good, he’s training great, he’s finally healthy, and we did it a couple years ago.“We were 43-1 when I’ll Have Another won the Lewis in 2012 and we’re hoping we’re 40 or 50 to one tomorrow and shock the world.”Added Doug: “We were doing the math. He’s just short of 12 miles in works the last few months, so he’s got a lot of foundation underneath him. He’s going to be fresh, of course, but not overly hot. If he’s going to have any chance to go a mile and an eighth against these kinds of horses, he’s got to relax early.”Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on California Derby winner Cross the Line, 15-1 on Jon White’s morning line:“He’s coming up to a peak race and we’ll have no excuses. He’s looked good going over the track; it looks like he likes it. He’s been schooled in the gate, schooled in the paddock. This is a big test, but he’s prepared. We’ll find out a lot Saturday.”Bob Baffert will be seeking to add to his Santa Anita Derby record of six wins, having captured it previously with Cavonnier (1996), Indian Charlie (1998), General Challenge (1999), Point Given (2001), Pioneerof the Nile (2009) and Midnight Interlude (2011).The first 15,000 THOROUGHBREDS members in attendance at Santa Anita Saturday will be offered free an exclusive 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day T-shirt while supplies last. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Gates open at 10 a.m.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. Victor Espinoza16831332418%$2,035,826 Fernando Perez1881624219%$787,678 Drayden Van Dyke20123252411%$1,434,597 Joseph Talamo23924274110%$1,688,978 Jeff Bonde3592426%$342,840 Thomas Proctor5086316%$563,628 Tyler Baze29639373313%$2,283,534 FINISH LINES: Agent Tony Matos reports that Corey Nakatani visited with Dr. James Tibone yesterday and got word that he could resume riding in two weeks. Nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, the 44-year-old Nakatani suffered a broken left collarbone in a riding mishap March 15 . . . Sunland Derby winner Firing Line worked four furlongs under Gary Stevens in 48 seconds flat as the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher prepares for the Kentucky Derby on May 2. “He went on the steady side and really relaxed, which is good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said. “I think we’ll probably do our last work here and then ship him (to Churchill Downs).” . . . As stated yesterday, Millie Ball has joined Santa Anita’s simulcast broadcast team and will be sharing her insights throughout the current meet along with Michelle Yu and Jon White . . . Omar Figueroa is the 6-1 favorite among jockeys to capture their division of tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby Day 5K run. Jesus Camacho (9-5 against men) and Jennifer Cirillo (3-1 vs. women) are the picks among employees. Martin Garcia13026161620%$1,856,310 Martin Pedroza16716252210%$720,234 Richard Baltas781613721%$676,035 NO DEFECTION FOR HAVANNA BELLE IN PROVIDENCIA Havanna Belle is ready for her close up in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.An Irish-bred daughter of Teofilo trained by Phil D’Amato for owner Michael House, Havanna Belle finished sixth in her U.S. debut in the restricted Sweet Life Stakes on Feb. 14, but was beaten less than four lengths despite hopping at the start of the race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf. It was her first start in nearly four months.The nine furlongs of the Providencia should be well within her comfort zone. “She needed her last race,” D’Amato said. “She’s just crying to go longer. I think this is more her trip. Rafael (Bejarano) breezed her on the grass last time and loved her.“She should be fit and ready to run a much better race this time.”The field for the Providencia: Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Ol’ Fashion Gal, 12-1; Miss Boom Boom, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Entrechat, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Jaded Glory, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Frosty Friday, Mike Smith, 6-1; Prize Exhibit, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Lady Zuzu, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Sister of Mercy, Fernando Perez, 30-1.Show Stealer was scratched. Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Gary Stevens9717141818%$1,534,578 Edwin Maldonado11715111413%$528,154 Tiago Pereira1201691513%$490,982 Michael Pender4978614%$202,620 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Eddie Truman2071235%$278,590 Mark Casse57106818%$797,378 VEHICULAR TRAFFIC REROUTED ON DERBY DAYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day Saturday are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 & 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE. MACHOWSKY EYES DOUBLE IN EVENING JEWEL Mike Machowsky is looking for a repeat victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies bred or sired in California.The 49-year-old trainer sent out Rovenna to win the race last year and has the speedy Bad Ju Ju set go in the 6 ½ furlong sprint on Saturday.“We’ve had this race picked out for her the last few months,” Machowsky said. “She doesn’t have to be on the lead. She’s trained off horses in the mornings, and she’s a pretty talented little filly.”Bad Ju Ju is a daughter of Desert Code owned and bred by Machowsky’s Lo Hi Racing Stable and Dick Barton. She was off slow from the rail in her debut in which she finished fifth last Nov. 7 at Del Mar, but won her next two starts on the front end under Kayla Star, who rides in the Evening Jewel.The field for the Evening Jewel: Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Niassa, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Desert Thief, Agapito Delgadillo, 12-1; Ashley’s Sassy, Mike Smith, 8-1; Bad Ju Ju, Kayla Star, 4-1; Can Can Babe, Elvis Trujillo, 20-1; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 50-1; Alwazabridesmaid, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Jenna’s Faith, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Grand Yodeler, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Princess Bertrando, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; and Easter Fever, Victor Espinoza, 8-1. Flavien Prat13715161711%$794,124 Santiago Gonzalez13017152013%$749,934 Philip D’Amato7016121123%$725,650 Peter Eurton8315131418%$856,006 Mark Glatt7914151218%$606,382 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Rafael Bejarano26165363525%$2,960,866 ULTRA SOUND TOMORROW FOR JUVENILE WINNER TEXAS REDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and his trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux will be on the outside looking in at Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, a race Desormeaux had resolutely on his radar screen until abscess issues with the colt’s right front foot ended those plans.“I would have liked to been part of the Santa Anita Derby festivities but the horse is still here at Santa Anita and his status hasn’t changed much,” said Desormeaux, who has handled the disappointment of missing the Triple Crown candidly and forthrightly.“He’ll have a thorough examination and then we’ll decide if we’re going to send him off to the farm again, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.“He’s doing great, his legs look great. We’re going to do an ultra sound tomorrow to make sure things are progressing nicely, and as long as they are, he’s going to remain here. If the doc thinks the horse might benefit more by going to the farm, then we’ll do that, but in my estimation, he’ll be staying here.”NEWCOMER STELLAR WIND FAVORED IN SANTA ANITA OAKSIn only her second start for John Sadler since a recent private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC, Stellar Wind seeks Grade I status when she runs in Saturday’s $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s doing well,” Sadler said of the daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. “She’s trained steadily and everything’s gone perfect. This is a step up in class but we’re looking forward to it. She’s doing great.” The field for the Santa Anita Oaks: Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Glory, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith, 4-1; Singing Kitty, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; Luminance, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 9-5; and Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 8-1.She’s a Big Winner was scratched. Mike Puype100915139%$463,286 James Cassidy68981213%$382,890 Bob Baffert9723161324%$1,894,852 BOLO SHOULD FANCY PACE IN SANTA ANITA DERBYDESORMEAUX OUTSIDE LOOKING IN WITH TEXAS REDSTELLAR WIND CHOICE IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA OAKSSPEEDY BAD JU JU SET FOR EVENING JEWEL STAKESHAVANNA BELLE READY FOR BEST IN PROVIDENCIA Kent Desormeaux19033332317%$1,914,290 Doug O’Neill16422162313%$1,018,420 Brice Blanc5572413%$299,930 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won (Current Through Thursday, April 2) Peter Miller14627271618%$1,352,936 John Sadler12717181713%$1,056,534
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It’s not “evolution,” it’s “biological changes over time,” asserts Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. But sometimes good intentions can make both sides of a dispute upset, reports MSNBC News. Pro-evolutionists think the state is trying to water down the teaching of evolution, and anti-evolutionists think changing the word does not change the meaning. Cox explained that the suggestion does not alter textbooks or forbid teachers from using the E word. No one seems to like the idea, however. Former President Jimmy Carter was incensed: “As a Christian, a trained engineer and scientist, and a professor at Emory University, I am embarrassed by Superintendent Kathy Cox’s attempt to censor and distort the education of Georgia’s students.” A Democratic Congressman thought the move was throwing a bone to the conservatives, but a Republican reacted negatively for different reasons: “It’s stupid. It’s like teaching gravity without using the word gravity.” The suggestion appeared in a draft of a revised science curriculum, to be debated in public hearings and voted on by the Georgia school board in May.In the cartoon strip Hagar the Horrible, the Viking marauder once warned his shipboard cook, the milktoast born loser Lucky Eddie, that the crew was so sick of fish balls for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that if he didn’t come up with a new recipe he would be tossed overboard. Later, with a look of triumph, he lifted the cover on his latest concoction. “What’s that?” the curious crew members inquired disdainfully. Lucky Eddie proudly announced, “fish cubes!” (Last frame deleted due to violence.) The problem with evolution is not the E word itself. It’s the content associated with the word. When Darwin wrote The Origin of Species, the word evolution was not even in vogue; most called it “transformism” or common descent. The issue is, do we want students to be taught a philosophy (naturalism) as science? Do we want them hearing one side of a very controversial idea, that humans evolved from bacteria, an idea not only lacking proof but contrary to the best established scientific laws? Then teach the controversy about the concept of evolution rather than try to remove controversy through euphemism and appeasement. The only thing dumber in this story than Cox’s proposal is President Carter’s reaction to it. If he really were embarrassed by the censorship and distortion going on in Georgia public schools, he would advocate the overthrow of the Darwin Party’s totalitarian regime that forbids debate over evolution. And if he were a true Christian or scientist or both, he would be incensed at science falsely so called.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt is no secret that times have been tough for the dairy industry — so tough that change is inevitable. Some dairies have shut their doors. Others have grown larger or found a niche and specialized. MVP Dairy in Mercer County has reinvented the dairy supply chain.The jaw-dropping facility right on U.S. 33 has garnered plenty of attention in the last few months. The new dairy is home to nearly 4,500 cows that live in 6 freestall barns built for optimum cow comfort. The cows are milked in a state-of-the-art carousel milking parlor that is open for the public to see, first-hand, the origins of their dairy products from the soil to the grocery store.The impressive operation is a partnership between McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms and a close collaboration with the Danone facility in nearby Minster, the largest yogurt-making plant in the U.S., which produces leading brands such as Activia, Danimals, Dannon, Light & Fit and Oikos. Between 350,000 to 360,000 pounds of milk per day is produced at MVP Dairy. The milk is Non-GMO Project Verified for Danone North America and it all makes the 18-mile trip to begin the process of yogurt making within hours of leaving the cows. MVP’s milk accounts for nearly 10% of the milk processed in Minster. Danone-Minster also receives milk from nearly 40 other dairies within 100 miles of the plant.The project got its start with the intersection of the vision of two families working several states away from each other. VanTilburg Farms has a rich history in the Mercer County area. In addition to grain farming, the VanTilburg family business has grown and evolved into an agricultural service provider in northwestern Ohio, specializing in multiple services including cover crops and custom fertilizer and chemical application, poultry litter, soil sampling and trucking. Other business ventures include a commercial grain elevator, crop insurance business, trucking division and an excavation company.“Five years ago our family was looking to diversify. We were grain farmers and riding the roller coaster of the commodity markets up and down. We’d been doing a lot of value addedKyle VanTilburg, co-owner of MVP dairy, welcomes guests to the farm.cover crops and sustainability practices. We wanted to find a way to get some financial benefit from doing those practices. We researched some projects and came across the Dannon pledge and realized the things they were looking for from their dairy farmers we were already doing on the farm side, but we didn’t know anything about dairy farming,” said Kyle VanTilburg, co-owner of MVP dairy. “We started researching dairy farming and happened to meet up with the McCarty family. They were in Ohio actually looking at building or buying a dairy. We decided to partner up. We vetted each other for a while and decided to build a new facility close to our land base. That is how we got to where we are today.”The McCarty family has been milking for four generations. They operate dairies across the country in Beaver City, Neb.; Bird City, Kan.; Rexford, Kan.; Scott City, Kan.; and now MVP Dairy. The McCarty family built a relationship with Danone through their work with dairy and the VanTilbergs had the land base and conservation practices in place near the Minster plant, so they decided it made sense to team up to serve the Minster production facility.“Dannon is a very important part of the project. What they want to see is from the soil to the yogurt cup now and we can provide that transparency all the way through the food chain and that is really what the partnership is all about. We want to provide a quality product from the soil to a cup of yogurt,” VanTilburg said. “We are in a unique situation witThe cows are at ease in the impressive free-stall facilities at MVP.h this partnership. We provide non-GMO milk to Dannon for their non-GMO line of products. This was a new product line they added to the Danone Minster plant. With that scenario we are a cost plus operation, so we basically absorb those highs and lows all the time. [The McCarty family] already had a partnership like this with Dannon and they brought that to the table. We were able to negotiate off of that existing contract that they had. We miss out on the highs, but we also miss out on those lows. We wanted to figure out a way to avoid the big fluctuations in the market.”The facilities were designed with the latest technology to maximize animal comfort and minimize environmental impacts.“We are looking at a 4,500 freestall dairy facility, an 80-stall rotary, six free-stall barns, a milking parlor, and a learning center. The total construction was around 14 months,” said Jetse Boersma with Homan, Inc. that helped design and construct the facility. “They are milking 4,000 cows a day, around 600 cows an hour, three times a day. We all had the same vision, but it took a little different design. We started with the first floor, the second floor is offices and the beginning of the learning center, and the third floor is the viewing area. We needed a little more height in the building to make sure we had enough room for the viewing area for the public. The parlor is pretty standard.”The visitor-friendly facilities are designed to reduce odor and runoff by carefully managing the manure.“These are flush barns. The floors are on a 2% slope. From the back of the barn to the front of the barn is a 12-foot difference. We recycle all of the manure. It goes through separators. The water gets pumped into tanks and that recycled water is used to flush the barns,” Boersma said. “This was one of the more tricky designs we have ever done. It was a challenge but it was fun. The whole permitting process took 9 months before we could start moving dirt. We started with the feed area and worked our way up to the parlor and the freestall barns. They have every technology that is available right now in this facility.”The farm uses sand bedding that is reclaimed and reused as bedding. The manure and bedding is flushed from barns using recycled water multiple times per day. Using a four-step process, sand bedding is separated from the manure and reused, which removes approximately 15% of the manure volume.The processed manure moves to settling basins where 60% of the remaining solids settle and are then removed as nutrient-dense slurry. The remaining liquid flows into an anaerobic treatment cell, resulting in water with little to no odor. About 50% of this water is recycled daily for flushing of the barns. The remaining wastewater is reused for irrigation on no-till crop ground with rotations including cover crops, so there is always a growing crop on the land. The solids are variable-rate applied to area crops according to soil tests.The barns on the farm are tunnel ventilated to aid wind speed and cooling for the animals, with exhaust out the back of the buildings. The sides of the barns are constructed with a transparent polycarbonate siding that allows natural light in, benefitting the cows and reducing pests.MVP Dairy works with top experts in animal nutrition and well-being, with all McCarty Family Farms locations already having earned certification by Validus, an independent firm with the most stringent requirements for socially-responsible, scientifically-based, economically-viable and long-term solutions for dairy animal care. To help ensure the strictest animal welfare standards are followed, cameras monitored by a third party company for compliance review are installed throughout the dairy.“We are constantly striving to provide our cows with first-class care,” said Ken McCarty, co-owner of MVP Dairy.” “We know our cows’ well-being and sustainable farming practices bring value to the foods produced by Danone that are made with our milk so it’s important that we continue to push ourselves to do even better.”And, that philosophy especially applies when times are tough for the dairy industry.
The Match Cut is a timeless video editing technique that adds rhythm, flow, and style to any project. Let’s explore this eye-catching storytelling method.Top image via Sony PicturesThe match cut: Merging two separate scenes into a single seemingly fluid shot. It’s one of the most visually satisfying cuts available to filmmakers. It requires foresight, top-notch camera work, and an editor who knows what they’re doing. Celia Gomez recently released a supercut of films that have nailed the eye-catching match cut.The match cut is an extremely effective edit due to the rapid pacing that throws viewers into an entirely different scene in the blink of an eye. Super-fast-paced movies, like anything David Fincher makes or last year’s The Big Short, rely on these cuts to keep the film flying through space and time. The characters or objects in motion usually move from one end of the frame to the next as the edit happens mid-motion. Take this fun little match cut from The Graduate. It’s about as seamless as they come.Via MGMThe match cut is an excellent way to demonstrate your ability to plan and have a clear distinct vision for your work. Knowing how you will edit your video while you’re shooting is key when dealing with this type of work. Perhaps one of the most famous match cuts ever is in Lawrence of Arabia.Although the image isn’t technically the same, the idea of removing a small light source like a match and immediately replacing it with a shot of another light source (the sun) is pretty magnificent. The audio editing is crucial as well; without the sound of him blowing the match out, the silence of the sunrise wouldn’t be as effective.Some uses of this technique can imply a greater meaning or metaphor to your story, like the Psycho transition in the video above (her life escaping down the drain). But on a basic level, match cuts are an excellent way to change time and location in a way that feels stylish and effortless.Follow In These Editing FootstepsOne of the best filmmakers working today, Edgar Wright, makes use of this technique in order to amplify the comedy in his films. Working perfectly with his insanely fast-paced tones, every scene flows together in a rapid comedic burst of energy. This video essay released by Every Frame a Painting explains why this type of editing is crucial to today’s audience.For more video editing tips and tricks, check out these previous explorations into editing styles and methods:8 Essential Cuts Every Editor Should KnowCutting CommercialsCutting on the Blink: Editing Tips from Walter Murch12 Video Editing Cuts for Cutting a Documentary3 Stages of Editing a Corporate VideoThe Secrets to Using a Dissolve Transition Effectively What are some of your favorite examples of match cuts? Share in the comments below!