Read Full Story The Harvard Graduate Council hosts its fourth annual Harvard Leadership Conference on Saturday (March 8). With interactive sessions and a focus on attendee involvement, conference planners hope that participants will not only learn, but take an active role in the seminars.After a keynote speech and expert panels scheduled for the morning, attendees will participate in one of five parallel streams of their choice — Education Innovation, Healthcare Innovation, Internet Security & Society, Efficient Government and Climate Change Preparedness — and spend the afternoon tackling real problems within that industry.“The whole idea is to bring together students from across Harvard and give them a forum in which to engage with each other,” said Arnar Larusson, a fellow at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and co-chair of the conference. “The aim is that students are not just passively listening, but engaging and learning, developing leadership skills in real time.”The Internet Security and Society stream, for example, will mock a cyber breach that occurred in the Netherlands — one of best documented in the world. Everyone will assume a stakeholder role, interacting and managing the situation as events unfold, working towards their own specific goals.So as to not dilute the experience, the conference is capped at a few hundred participants. Certain streams are limited to far fewer people than others. According to Larusson, his model has proven successful in the past, allowing for increased value through engagement and a highly-participatory environment.From the opening remarks to the concluding networking event, the student planners are aiming for a high level of collaboration and innovation. Larusson said they selected the keynote speaker, Sidi Gomes, to match a theme of out-of-the-box, creative and collaborative thought. As Director of Architecture and Design at the Cambridge Innovation Center, Gomes is adept at designing collaborative and innovation-inducing spaces.“Innovation is the tone we want to set with the conference,” Larusson said. “We also want the conference to be a space for people to collaborate and forge bonds between the graduate schools.”— Elizabeth AndersonA limited number of tickets are still available, please visit the Harvard Graduate Council website.
Associated Press BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Emergency goaltender protocol is expected to be high on the agenda when NHL general managers open their annual March meeting Monday in Boca Raton, Florida.The recent appearance of 42-year-old Zamboni driver David Ayres in a regular-season game with playoff implications sparked new debate. GMs have discussed emergency goalies and what should happen for the past several years. It’s unclear if anything will change.No major rule changes are expected to be approved at the meeting. But offside reviews, icing and player safety are among the topics that are expected to come up. There may also be talk of in-arena medical care that was effective when Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. US-based pro sports leagues monitoring coronavirus outbreakUNDATED (AP) — Major North American professional sports leagues are talking to health officials and informing teams about the coronavirus outbreak that has led to the first reported death in the U.S.Officials from the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball say they are all consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations on a regular basis about COVID-19. Washington State reported Saturday that a man in his 50s died from the virus.Pro sports in the U.S. for now are going on as scheduled, though leagues are closely monitoring the situation. The NBA and NHL are in their regular seasons and MLB in spring training in Arizona and Florida with Opening Day less than a month way.Other countries have canceled or postponed games or held them in empty stadiums. Italy has postponed soccer matches until May. Update on the latest sports Johnson is cautiously optimistic he can contend for a seventh victory in the race after finishing fifth at Las Vegas last weekend.Among the numerous honors this weekend for the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Johnson’s wife and daughters will drop the green flag on the race.Clint Bowyer (BOY’-ur) has the pole after holding off Johnson in qualifying Saturday.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINED CANCELEDBrignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubt LA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday, reducing the number of races left for the season to seven — in Sweden and Italy. However, the international ski federation said it was yet unclear whether those races could go on amid health concerns regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Europe.The cancellation handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.She could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Questions have arisen about whether this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games, set to open on July 24, can proceed, although Japan has taken extensive measures to curb the spread of the virus. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference Saturday that Japan is at critical juncture to determine whether the country can keep the outbreak under control ahead of the Tokyo summer Olympics.With new virus cases falling to around 500 or less daily, China has sought to slowly get its economy back on track by offering loans, tax breaks and other incentives. Strict travel restrictions remain, however, and a host of cultural and sports events have been canceled.Beijing won the right to host the 2022 amid light competition, despite questions about a lack of natural snow, pollution and scarce water resources.SHAUN WHITE-NO SKATEBOARDINGShaun White says he’ll skip skateboard, stick to snow March 1, 2020 VAIL, Colo. (AP) — If the world sees Shaun White at the Olympics again, it will be in 2022, not later this year.The three-time snowboarding champ tells The Associated Press he is taking skateboarding off his plate. He won’t try to qualify for the sport’s Olympic debut, which will take place later this year in Tokyo.White was every bit as good at skateboarding as snowboarding back in the day. He thought he might try to become one of the rare athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Games. But after finishing 13th at the world championships last year, he decided he didn’t want to take away from his snowboarding career to pursue a spot in skateboarding. He says it’s still possible he’ll go for a fourth Winter gold medal two years from now in Beijing. NHL-GMS MEETING PREVIEWEmergency goalie protocol talk on tap for NHL GMs meeting In Japan, host of the Summer Olmypics, Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon was scaled back as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The race was expected to have 38,000 participants but was limited to just over 200 elite runners.Also Sunday, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that the Japan Sumo Association will hold the March 8-22 spring grand sumo tournament in Osaka with no spectators. The decision follows a similar move made by Japanese professional baseball which is holding its preseason exhibition games at empty stadiums. Japan’s domestic soccer league also canceled games through the first half of March.OLYMPICS-BEIJING 2022Beijing 2022 organizers say on-track despite virus outbreakBEIJING (AP) — Organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games say they are on track to complete all competition venues by year-end and have teams in place for test events, despite the devastating impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in the country late last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-FONTANABowyer has the pole, Jimmie Johnson to be honoredFONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson is hoping to end his career-worst winless streak of 97 races Sunday at the track where he notched his first NASCAR Cup win in 2002. It will be his final start as a full-time driver at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, the California track about 100 miles north of his hometown.
Martellus Bennett could unretire to join brother Michael on Patriots, report says NFL trade rumors: Eagles sending DE Michael Bennett to Patriots Will his brother @MartysaurusRex come out of retirement to play with @mosesbread72?It’d be great, but, it’s probably “fake news,” says Bennett. pic.twitter.com/jY5OM1FBo5— Princeton University (@Princeton) March 11, 2019Michael Bennett is reportedly headed to the Patriots, where his brother spent 2016 and part of 2017 before he retired.”There’s a lot of moving pieces to it … I get to be with one of the brightest minds in football, ever, with Bill Belichick,” Michael Bennett said. Related News Michael Bennett isn’t banking on playing with his brother next season.Bennett called the reports of Martellus Bennett coming out of retirement “fake news” while speaking at an event at Princeton University. Once reports of Michael Bennett’s move from Philadelphia to New England surfaced, media outlets noted the possibility of Martellus joining the elder Bennett.Michael and Martellus Bennett always have wanted to play together. Now that the Patriots are trading for Michael, Martellus is interested in coming out of retirement to join his brother in New England, per a source. Then would be the McCourty and Bennett Bros. in New England.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2019Michael Bennett, who is best known for his five seasons with the Seahawks’ dominating “Legion of Boom” defense, joined the Eagles last year and recorded nine sacks, 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. The 10-year-veteran has 63 career sacks and 327 tackles.Martellus, who retired in March 2018, totaled six receptions for 53 yards in his final season with the Patriots.