Oxford University ranked best university in the world for 5th consecutive year

first_imgOxford University’s ranking comes in a year of headlines for the university, with the Jenner Institute at the forefront of the search for a COVID-19 vaccine. “Under the current decade-old methodology, no university has ever topped the THE World University Rankings for five consecutive annual editions. Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘‘We are delighted to have consolidated our position at the top of the THE World University Rankings this year. The international standing of British Higher Education is a testament to generations of investment in education as well as to our extraordinarily talented staff and students. The COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed such a threat to higher education around the world, has also demonstrated the critical role universities play in addressing global challenges.” He said: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings deploy a comprehensive and balanced range of 13 separate performance indicators to cover world-class research universities’ core missions, across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. 29 UK institutions made the top 200, the second highest of any country after the US. China doubled its presence in the top 100 from three to six and became home to the first Asian university to ever enter the top 20. “So this year’s rankings results are a testament not only to Oxford’s enduring reputation among leading scholars globally, but also to its ability to continually innovate, publishing cutting edge research with the highest global impact across a wide range of disciplines and providing a uniquely stimulating teaching environment. Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at the Times Higher Education, praised Oxford’s unprecedented performance, pointing to the University’s international outlook as a particular area of distinction. Oxford University has been ranked the best university of the world by Times Higher Education (THE) for the fifth year in a row. The university is the first institution to have done so under THE’s current methodology. Stanford University and Harvard University finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Cambridge University, the only other British university to make the top 10, finished in ­6th place, down from 3rd last year. “Oxford excels across all of our indicators, but its international outlook scores in particular stand out against world top-ten peers in the US. That commitment to international collaboration and partnership, should be cherished and protected.”last_img read more

Infamous Stringdusters Cover The Dead, Phish, Daft Punk, MMJ, Marvin Gaye, & More [Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images [Video: Kyle Isaac]“Space” > “Tragic Life”[Video: Kyle Isaac]Check out some photos below from Jim Mimna.The Infamous Stringdusters | Ogden Theater | Denver, CO | 10/27/2017 | Photos by Jim Mimna Photo: J. Mimna [Video: Aimee Riegel]“Hitchhiker” > “Shakedown Street” In a genre deeply rooted in tradition, songwriting, and standards, bands stand out in the world of bluegrass in two ways: top-notch vocals and impeccable musicianship. With the Infamous Stringdusters, you get both. Not only are all five members virtuosic at their instrument of choice, four out of five confidently step into the role of lead vocalist and can croon and harmonize with the best of them. Kicking off a two-night run at Denver’s Ogden Theater Friday night, the five-piece powerhouse delighted a lively crowd of costume-clad fans during two-sets filled with jam-band teases, choice covers, and plenty of good old-fashioned bluegrass.Infamous Stringdusters Cover Allman Bros., Marvin Gaye, Daft Punk, MMJ, & More On Upcoming EPThe Dusters are a tight-knit group, and their improvisations are bolstered by their movement onstage. With the exception of Andy Hall’s dobro, all other members—Andy Falco on guitar, Chris Pandolfi on banjo, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, and Travis Book on upright bass—play wirelessly and parade around the entirety of the stage. One song the band will be in a tight cluster stage left, the next Pandolfi and Falco will be partnered up shredding while the rest form a triangle on the opposite side of the stage. Look away and you may come back to find the whole band intertwining in a chaotic atomic frenzy.The band released a new album at the show Friday night, a five-song compilation of covers called Undercover II, which was recorded in Boulder at the Etown radio show earlier in the year. To celebrate, they ended the first set by playing the album in its entirety. First it was The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” followed by “Golden” by My Morning Jacket. A note-for-note rendition of the Allman Brother’s instrumental classic “Jessica” followed, before Book—arguably the best voice of the bunch—took over vocals for Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On.” The album was rounded out with a Halloween-inspired take of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” that saw each member put on a space helmet akin to the ones famously worn by the French duo.Watch Members of Railroad Earth, Infamous Stringdusters, & More Perform As DrewciferThe second set played right into the hands of the jammy home-state crowd, opening with the hit “Colorado” that fell into a tease of Phish’s “Bathtub Gin,” the first of a handful of short teases that would perk the crowd’s interest. A dobro tease of the Grateful Dead’s “West LA Fadeaway” dropped into “Get It While You Can,” the Dead’s “Shakedown Street” let Falco erupt on guitar, and the climatic build of “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (more famously known as Phish’s “2001”) led into a bluegrass hoedown. The Dusters left plenty of room for their original material, “A Hard Life Makes a Good Song” was a standout, but Friday night was more about letting loose and having a little sing-a-long fun.The band will be back at the Ogden Theater tonight to close out their Denver run.[Cover Photo: Scott Seifert]Setlist: The Infamous Stringdusters | Ogden Theater | Denver, CO | 10/27/2017Set One: Canyon, Hard Life > Sirens, Back Home > Black Elk, Just Like Heaven, Golden > Jessica, What’s Going On > Get LuckySet Two: Colorado > Red Fox, Vertigo, For What It’s Worth > Let Me Know, Ring, All That I Can Take > Get It, Hitchhiker > Shakedown Street, Space > Tragic, Gravity > HC Funk > 2001 > BlockygrassJust Like Heaven[Video: Kyle Isaac]“Colorado” > “Red Fox”[Video: Kyle Isaac]“For What It’s Worth”last_img read more

New Expanded HCI Options Deliver Flexibility and Choice

first_imgDell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack familyMicrosoft’s partner conference – Microsoft Inspire – is taking place this week. While it will look a little different this year, we are looking forward to virtually networking and discussing what’s coming in the year ahead. This year, Dell Technologies is announcing several new expanded platform options for the Microsoft Azure Stack portfolio that further simplify and automate management as well as provide flexibility and choice.For those of you not familiar, Dell Technologies offers two comprehensive Azure Stack solutions: Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCI and Dell EMC Integrated Systems for Azure Stack Hub. While both of these solutions fall under the Azure Stack portfolio, customers deploy them in very different scenarios. Azure Stack HCI is ideal for businesses looking to refresh, modernize and consolidate their traditional on-premises virtualization platforms, while Azure Stack Hub is ideal for businesses wanting to run Azure on-premises due to regulatory compliance, for disconnected or edge use cases, or to address data sovereignty concerns. Dell Technologies makes ordering, deploying and supporting easy by fully certifying, testing and validating all the components plus providing single source solution level support.First, what’s new with Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCIRefreshed AX nodes with enhanced lifecycle management Since its early preview, Dell Technologies have added value and driven innovation into Azure Stack HCI. To continue down that differentiated path, today we are announcing the refresh of the Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes (S2D RN) to AX nodes as the foundation for Dell EMC’s Azure Stack HCI solution. These new nodes still contain all the goodness from leveraging the industry leading PowerEdge servers as well as Hyper-V, S2D and SDN features but now enable – for the first time – clusters to be seamlessly updated to the Azure Stack HCI solutions catalog using the native OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center with zero impact to running workloads. The AX nodes will be available in three flavors – AX-640, AX-740xd and AX-6515 – to meet the needs of various use cases and locations.Additional choice and flexibility with AMDWe are also announcing, for the first time, a new Dell EMC solution based on AMD EPYC processors for Azure Stack HCI as part of the PowerEdge R6515 platform. These new all-flash AMD 1U single-socket platforms offer dual socket performance making them ideal for general purpose virtualized workloads, VDI and databases. They are available for order now as model number AX-6515 for Azure Stack HCI.Not to be missed!As Microsoft Inspire happens this week, look out for the exciting news for what is coming next with Azure Stack HCI and how Dell Technologies will be participating. For those of you attending, our resident Microsoft SME, Michael Wells, will be participating in two Ask the Experts sessions around Azure Stack HCI. The first, Ask the Experts: Intel, Microsoft and OEM Partners Share How to Grow your Business with Hybrid Cloud, hosted by Intel takes place Thursday, July 22nd from 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm ET. The second, Ask the Experts: Discover HCI, hosted by Microsoft, takes place Thursday, July 23rd from 6:45am – 7:15am.Now on to Dell EMC Integrated Solutions for Azure Stack HubGPUs now available to orderEarlier this year we announced, in conjunction with Microsoft, a private preview for GPU-accelerated ML scenarios using NVIDIA GPU’s (V100) and for remote visualization scenarios using AMD GPU’s (Mi25). These new GPU hardware configurations are now available from Dell Technologies with Microsoft software support coming later this summer. In addition to providing customers with increased performance density and workload flexibility, they come fully loaded with automated LCM capabilities and exceptional support.Extend Azure storage by expanding your on-premises data capacityAzure Stack Hub is powerful because it enables you to replicate your Azure services on-premises in a consistent manner for a true hybrid cloud experience. However, the amount of data you can extend from Azure has been limited by your Azure Hub configuration. Until now. Now, you can expand the on-premises data storage capacity of Azure Stack Hub by using integration with Dell EMC PowerScale. Dell EMC PowerScale is an optimal storage extension for Azure Stack Hub because it provides a powerful yet simple scale-out storage architecture for massive amounts of unstructured data while dramatically reducing cost and complexity.last_img read more

The Bata Shoe Museum Celebrates All That Glitters in New Exhibition

first_imgThe Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe will be on display throughout 2018.About the Bata Shoe MuseumWith an International collection of over 13,000 shoes and related artefacts, the Bata Shoe Museum celebrates 4,500 years of footwear history in four distinctive rotating galleries. In addition to our popular semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, the Museum has three galleries for changing exhibitions, ensuring that each visit to the museum offers a new experience. Currently also on view:  Fashion Victims:  The Pleasure and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century and Art & Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection. Through the creation of its innovative exhibitions, the BSM strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages.  For every shoe there’s a story.  Discover thousands at the Bata Shoe Museum. Further information is available at www.batashoemuseum.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO – The Bata Shoe Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from Around the Globe. Opening today, the exhibition features some of the Bata Shoe Museum’s most impressive and precious artifacts and explores the meanings and cultural uses of golden footwear across the globe.The gleam of gold has seduced people around the world. Treasured for its incorruptibility and remarkable shine, gold has been used ornamentally since time immemorial and as currency since at least the Bronze Age.  Gold has ornamented the powerful and adorned the divine for thousands of years. But gold for shoes? Seems improbable. Yet golden footwear has been central to expressions of status and style in numerous cultures. From royal shoes to fashionable sneakers, the gleam of golden footwear has been used to proclaim privilege and flaunt status worldwide.Curated by the BSM’s Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and comprised solely of artefacts from the BSM collection, The Gold Standard examines objects as diverse as Ancient Egypt golden funerary sandals to rare 16th century Italian chopines to contemporary gleaming gold sneakers. Together, the objects tell the story of the ongoing popularity of golden footwear and the complex history behind it. Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more