New Caltech Dean of Graduate Studies Named

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. David Chan Credit: CaltechProfessor of Biology David Chan has been appointed the new dean of graduate studies at Caltech, effective October 1, 2020.Chan, who joined the Caltech faculty in 2000, will succeed the current graduate dean, Doug Rees, Caltech’s Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson Professor of Chemistry and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Rees is completing his five-year term in the administrative post.“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the graduate program at Caltech,” Chan says. “When I look back at my own career, I realize the transformative effect of my graduate education; it was an important period during which I was exposed to new ideas, interacted with brilliant scientists, and grew personally. Therefore, I am highly motivated to give back to graduate education, and I can’t think of a better place to do that than the world-class program at Caltech.”As graduate dean, Chan will be the principal administrator of Caltech’s graduate education program, which supports more than 1,200 students across the Institute’s six divisions and 31 graduate options. In this role, he will be responsible for leading the Dean of Graduate Studies Office and staff members, who represent graduate students’ interests across Caltech; address students’ welfare and educational concerns; support continuing and new diversity initiatives; and enforce the Institute’s rules and policies related to the academic program.“Doug Rees has been an extraordinarily thoughtful leader in the graduate dean’s office,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Kevin M. Gilmartin, who holds the Allen V.C. Davis and Lenabelle Davis Leadership Chair and is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English. “I have learned a great deal from our partnership in Student Affairs, and I know that our graduate students and graduate programs have benefitted immensely from his committed leadership.“We are all fortunate that David Chan will be stepping into this role during this particularly challenging time,” Gilmartin continues. “His commitment to our students is evident to all of us who have been involved with him and his research group through the years. As vice president for student affairs, I welcome the opportunity to work with yet another gifted faculty partner.”Chan has also served the Institute through his oversight of the Caltech-UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program, and he was recently appointed as vice chair of the faculty. He is the first member of the Division of Biology and Biological Engineering—formerly the Division of Biology—to serve as dean since this position was created in 1935, when Richard Tolman was appointed dean of the graduate school.Chan will transition into his new post at a time when Caltech’s academic program, including graduate student instruction this fall, is being offered remotely. Many incoming graduate and undergraduate students who come from other countries are prohibited from travel to the United States because of U.S. immigration policies, and have been granted the option to matriculate remotely. Furthermore, the Institute has had to reconfigure research operations and individuals’ access to laboratories for experimental research as part of its comprehensive efforts to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.“It’s obvious that we are living in challenging times,” Chan says, pointing to both the effects of the pandemic on campus research as well as a heightened focus on the Institute’s efforts to increase and support diversity. “But I am ready to build on the efforts of my predecessor to continue to navigate these issues and to help advance initiatives that will increase the presence of individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups and strengthen our program overall.” Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 47 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. 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Succa brings focus, intensity to veteran squad

first_imgIf a team is to bring its dream of winning a national championship to life, there can’t be any off days and there definitely cannot be any wasted practices.For the Wisconsin men’s soccer team, senior captain Blake Succa is the glue that holds them together; the motivator that keeps the team focused on its overall goal; and the man doing all of the little things in order to make sure the Badgers function like the well-oiled machine they have proven to be.But Succa almost wasn’t a Badger.“Honestly, when I initially heard that Wisconsin was interested in me coming here to play soccer, I only said yes just to keep my options open,” Succa said. “They weren’t high up on my list.”The Lewisberry, Pa., native ended up coming to Madison on an official visit, met with the team and coaching staff and saw what Madison was all about.“Once I saw that and took into consideration the combination of academics, athletics and the city as a whole I couldn’t say no,” Succa said.And Badger head coach John Trask is glad he didn’t.“He’s a tough kid with a great personality,” Trask said of Succa. “He makes everyone on the team better in practice and that is something you cannot replace.”Trask continued his praise of Succa by saying, “Where other players find reasons to be off the field, Blake Succa finds reasons to be on it.”A frequent starter on the back line for the Badgers, Succa gives everything he can during matches, but he knows his greatest asset to this team comes during practices.“In practice I definitely have a bit more of an edge,” Succa said. “I just try and make sure that if I see a guy not into it mentally — I have those days as well — I try and make sure that he is on the same page. I try to lead by example instead of barking at the guys, even though I do that sometimes.”Leading by example is often a characteristic of great team captains, which is why Trask named Succa the team’s fourth senior captain at the beginning of the season. Succa said he believes he has always been a type of leader on the team, but once Trask told him he had earned the official title of team captain it made him even more confident in practices and games because he now had the backing of the coach and his teammates.The decision to name Succa a captain was not just Trask’s decision, it was also the whole team’s decision.“When I went to all of the guys and asked them their opinion on naming Succa the fourth team captain, it was an easy choice,” Trask said. “There was no hesitation whatsoever from any of the guys. Some of them even said that they thought he should have been named captain the year before.”The intensity the 5-foot-11, 175-pound defender brings during practice and games is hard to match, it’s hard to question that. What is also unquestionable is the level of respect and professionalism Succa carries with him off the field and after games.That level of sportsmanship is part of the reason why Succa was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree in 2011 and why his teammates and players from opposing teams all have so much respect and admiration for Succa and his game.“In games, everybody needs to come in with the understanding that once you step in between the lines and the clock starts ticking, the guys you are playing against become the enemy,” Succa said. “You are going to battle against them, they’re going to battle against you and some trash talking will go on, but you have to understand that it’s just a game.“Once that clock hits 90 minutes, you have to shake his hand and congratulate him on a good battle.”last_img read more


Adrian Gonzalez powers Dodgers over Cardinals in Game 5

first_imgGonzalez also singled and scored the Dodgers’ first run in the second inning, finishing 3 for 4. Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis also hit home runs, and Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched seven efficient innings, retiring the final 13 batters he faced.“For him to go through those first three innings at 61 pitches and be able to throw four more clean says a lot about how he was able to settle in and get the ball to the back end of our guys,” Ellis said of Greinke.The Cardinals loaded the bases in the top of the first inning with none out, but Greinke came back to strike out Matt Adams and get Yadier Molina to hit into a double play.What could have been a quick ending to the game — and the season — turned into a minor speedbump. The Dodgers never trailed in the game.“If they’re able to score two, three, four runs there, not only does it give them a lead, it’s an emotional back-breaker for us,” Ellis said. “It actually gave us some good momentum going forward.”Added Greinke: “I was real nervous out there with that situation and trying to make a good pitch and get Adams to chase and get (Molina) into a double play.”Greinke pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, two runs, one walk and striking out four. He retired the final 13 batters he faced, then turned the ball over to Brian Wilson for a scoreless eighth inning.Gonzalez’s first homer, off Cardinals starter Joe Kelly, broke a 2-2 tie. Crawford made it 4-2 with his fourth home run of the postseason with another no-doubt blast halfway up the right-field bleachers in the fifth inning. Ellis’ first postseason home run gave the Dodgers an insurance run off Edward Mujica in the seventh.Ultimately, it didn’t matter that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez bravely played six innings before the pain of a fractured rib became too much to bear. He finished 0 for 3 with a strikeout and grounding into a double play. Neither he nor Dodgers manager Don Mattingly gave an update about Ramirez’s condition after the game. He is expected to be a game-day decision Friday. Jansen survived a pair of runs in the ninth inning that made the final score deceptively close. He ultimately struck out the side, including pinch-hitter Adron Chambers as the potential go-ahead run to end the game.Juan Uribe’s RBI single off Kelly gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Greinke helped his own cause later in the inning, driving in Yasiel Puig with an RBI single.The Cardinals got both runs back in the third inning. Matt Carpenter led off with a single and scored on Carlos Beltran’s line drive off the center-field fence. Beltran went to third base when Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier overran the ball.Matt Holliday doubled to right-center field to score Beltran and tie the score 2-2. That inning ended with another double-play groundout by Molina, who finished 0 for 4.“That was huge as well,” Ellis said. “Kept us where we needed to be. To me, those (double plays) were the two at-bats that changed the game.”Kelly gave the Dodgers fits for seven innings in Game 1. The Dodgers must have been taking notes: They collected seven hits and four runs in five innings off the Anaheim native, handing him the first postseason loss of his career.The Dodgers hit four home runs in a playoff game for just the third time ever. The last time came in Game 1 of the 1978 National League Championship Series. The Dodgers’ first baseman hit two of a team record-tying four home runs Wednesday afternoon in a 6-4 victory over the Cardinals to send the best-of-7 series back to St. Louis.The Dodgers trail 3-2, needing a win Friday behind Clayton Kershaw to keep their World Series hopes alive.“We’ve been in a tough situation since late June. Very similar to where we could have easily folded the season and not be in this situation,” Gonzalez said.“The worst team in the major leagues,” added closer Kenley Jansen.Wednesday’s win was reminiscent of the Dodgers’ midseason rally, saving their best baseball for their most desperate moments. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The 25th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s home run came and went, and the Dodgers still did not have a home run in the National League Championship Series. As Tuesday night crept up on Wednesday, with the specter of elimination looming, Adrian Gonzalez was asked if his team could erase a 3-1 deficit without hitting a ball out of the park.“Absolutely,” he said.Less than 24 hours later, Gonzalez wasn’t taking any chances.last_img read more


Dodgers’ offense goes missing in loss to Pirates

first_imgA bigger inning was thwarted in the sixth when Ellis was trapped off second base after Maeda pulled back on a sacrifice bunt attempt. The Dodgers stranded runners at first and third in the seventh inning. Then they put runners at second and third with no outs in the eighth only to have the next three hitters (Kiké Hernandez, Justin Turner and Seager) strike out against reliever Tony Watson.“Can’t strand them,” Seager said, shaking his head. “We had enough opportunities.”Most of those opportunities came after the Pirates had taken control of the game with a five-run sixth inning.McCutchen’s first home run came on a full-count curveball from Maeda in the fourth inning. It was the first hit allowed by Maeda and the game was tied, 1-1, going into the bottom of the sixth.But Maeda walked the leadoff hitter, John Jaso, on four pitches and gave up a single to Starling Marte that brought McCutchen up again with no outs.Despite the warning signs — including a significant jump in the offensive numbers of opposing hitters in Maeda’s third time through a lineup — Roberts stuck with the right-hander, hoping to get some kind of length out of a starting pitcher other than Clayton Kershaw.“I thought Kenta was throwing the ball well,” Roberts said. “You’ve gotta let each game develop itself, and something like that, there’s nothing else we can do. We’ve got to let our starters try to get outs.”Maeda got none in the sixth inning. He fell behind McCutchen again and allowed a three-run home run on a 3-1 fastball this time.“They were both situations where I fell behind in the count and he took advantage of a mistake,” Maeda said through his interpreter. “Ideally, I should have been ahead in the count but I wasn’t able to execute my gameplan.”His night was done at that point. It was the 30th time in 76 games this season a Dodgers starting pitcher left without retiring a batter in the sixth inning.“My job is to go deep into games and give my team a chance to win the game,” Maeda said. “So, yes, it is frustrating to not be able to do the job.”Joe Blanton replaced Maeda and gave up a two-run home run to Jordy Mercer later in the sixth. After the inning, Blanton took out his frustrations with an assault on the water cooler in the Dodgers’ dugout, doing more damage than the Dodgers’ hitters could on the field.“It’s hard to go out there and put up five runs every single night,” Roberts said. “But I do see us coming out of it. I really do.” PITTSBURGH >> If it’s not one thing, it’s another.Just when the gaping hole in their starting rotation threatened to take all of the Dodgers’ attention, their offense tossed in the kind of unproductive night that has been distressingly common throughout the first three months of the season.For five innings against Pirates starter Jeff Locke, the Dodgers had no baserunners. Then they stranded six in scoring position over the final four innings of a 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday night.When the Dodgers came to town, they had won a season-high six consecutive games while the Pirates had lost 13 of their previous 15 with a pair of five-game losing streaks. Those fortunes have reversed in the first half of a four-game series. Andrew McCutchen was also suffering through the worst offensive season of his career and had not hit a home run at PNC Park since May 2. He hit two off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda on Saturday, driving in four runs.“He’s one of the elite players in the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You know he’s going to come out of it at some point in time. You just hope we’re out of town when that happens.”Roberts has been saying much the same thing about his offense for most of this season, vowing that experienced players would play to their histories and the production would be there. There have been signs of that recently, with the Dodgers scoring enough to support a six-game winning streak.But they were held in Locke-down for the first five innings Saturday as the Pirates left-hander with an ERA north of 5.00 retired the first 15 Dodgers batters he faced, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles by Scott Van Slyke and A.J. Ellis put an end to that and produced the Dodgers’ only run of the game.“He was locating, keeping you off balance,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said. “He didn’t give in on hitter’s counts and we didn’t make him work hard enough the first five innings, that’s for sure.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


Last-gasp Biraghi goal gives Mancini first competitive win

first_imgIt gives Mancini his first competitive victory since taking over as Italy coach last May, after the four-time world champions failure to qualify for the World Cup.“A new cycle has already begun,” said Mancini“We dominated the game, we had to score the first goal, it would have been unfair to finish 0-0.“All the lads are trying to do their best. It’s a good win in a very good game.”Fiorentina defender Biraghi made the sign ’13’ with his hands when he scored, as he dedicated his first goal to former Italy and Fiorentina captain Davide Astori who died of a heart attack last March.“I owe everything to him. I’m here thanks to Davide who was a mentor for me,” said Biraghi, who was called up to Italy for the first time last month at the age of 26.European champions Portugal lead the three-team group with six points from two games with Italy on four points after three games with Poland relegated to League B with one point.Mancini stuck with the same eleven he started with in last Wednesday’s 1-1 draw against the Ukraine with Federico Bernardeschi, Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Chiesa leading the attack.Nicolo Barella, 21, was chosen to start over Lorenzo Pellegrini in midfield after making his international debut in Genoa.Poland opted for the strike partnership of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik over Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek, who has scored 14 goals in ten competitive games for club and country.Italy had the best of the first half but once again demonstrated their difficulty finishing off.Jorginho rattled the bar within the first minute, with Federico Chiesa also hitting the woodwork after half an hour in the Silesian Stadium.Poland could thank Wojciech Szczesny for keeping them in the game with the under-pressure goalkeeper denying Alessandro Florenzi, Jorginho, Federico Bernardeschi and Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini in the first half.Italy had a goal disallowed after 65 minutes following a well-worked pass between Bernardeschi and Marco Verratti with Insigne offside in the box.Poland also had a couple of chances in the second half with Kamil Grosicki denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, with Arkadiusz Milik curling over.– ‘Never say die attitude’ –Roberto Mancini got his first competitive win as Italy coach. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOJust when it looked as if both sides would settle for a draw, off the last corner, substitute Kevin Lasagna, who made his international debut, steered in for the Biraghi to finish off.“It had looked as if the match was jinxed,” said Biraghi.“The minutes were going by and the ball wouldn’t go in.“When you create a lot and the ball doesn’t go in you start to get nervous, even risk losing.“Instead we stayed calm and believed until the end. This victory is thanks to the group’s never say die attitude.”The result ensures Italy stayed in the tier ahead of December’s Euro 2020 qualifying draw.Italy next host Portugal on November 17 with Poland playing in Portugal three days later.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Defender Cristiano Biraghi (L) scored his first goal for Italy. © AFP / Janek SKARZYNSKICHORZOW, Poland, Oct 15 – Cristiano Biraghi snatched a late victory to give new Italy coach Roberto Mancini his first competitive victory and keep the Azzurri’s Nations League hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Poland in their League A Group 3 clash in Chorzow on Sunday.Defender Biraghi, 26, slid in the winner two minutes into injury time for his first goal for Italy in a game his team had dominated. The defeat ensured Poland were relegated to League B.last_img read more


R13.5bn in tax relief on the cards

first_imgHe said that in order to improve the equity of the income tax system and broaden the tax base, the treatment of travel allowances would be reformed. This meant that the “deemed kilometre method” for deducting travel expenses would be repealed with effect from 1 March. “For pre-retirement lump sum withdrawals from retirement savings, the first R22 500 will be tax-free,” he said. “This concession will allow taxpayers significant tax relief in instances where circumstances beyond their control force them to make use of their retirement savings due to involuntary unemployment,” he said. Gordhan said the draft laws contain the tax proposals announced in the February 2009 Budget Speech by previous finance minister Trevor Manuel, and elaborated on in the 2009 Budget Review. Gordhan said that, given concerns about the plight of workers losing jobs in the economic crisis, the draft laws propose that withdrawal from retirement funds on retrenchment will qualify for the R300 000 exemption. Gordhan said other important amendments related to the taxation of lump sum withdrawals from retirement savings before retirement and on retrenchment, especially in the current economic environment. “A significant simplification of the tax treatment of lump-sum payments from retirement savings upon retirement, and pre-retirement lump sum withdrawals, will be implemented as from this year. “For individuals, the most important amendment was the adjustment to the personal income tax thresholds, which resulted in tax relief for individuals estimated at R13.5-billion,” he said. 2 September 2009 “This amendment will eliminate an unintended subsidy for commuting by car,” he said.center_img Retrenchment In addition, and to limit potential abuse, all lump-sum withdrawals and payments will be aggregated over the life of the taxpayer, meaning that once the tax-free portion has been used, it cannot be used again; subsequent lump sums will be taxed at higher marginal rates. Source: BuaNews For technical reasons, he said, the amendments are split into two Bills – a money Bill (under section 77 of the Constitution) and an ordinary (or section 75) Bill. The 2009 Taxation Law Amendment Bills will result in South Africans receiving tax relief of R13.5-billion, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in Pretoria this week. The marginal tax rates on larger lump sums range from 18% to 36% for lump sums in excess of R900 000. In the case of a lump sum upon retirement, the first R300 000 is tax-free, and the marginal tax rates also range from 18% to 36% for lump sums above R900 000. Retirement savings Gordhan said that, in a bid to encourage people to preserve their retirement savings for the time they actually retire, the law provides for a more generous tax-free amount upon retirement.last_img read more


Corn residue breakdown

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By James J. Hoorman, Hoorman Soil Health ServicesFarmers often struggle to get corn residue to breakdown. Many environmental and soil conditions can affect residue breakdown including air and soil temperature, moisture, oxygen, biological activity, and farming practices. Tillage and the addition of fall nitrogen after harvest are common practices that farmers use to speed up residue breakdown. Many farmers feel that the GMO (genetically modified) corn residue is also much slower to break down. Integrated Crop Management at Iowa State University (Madhi Al-Kaisi) conducted a 3-year trial to test these ideas. GMO versus Non-GMO corn with tillageResearchers used both Bt (Bacteria thuringiensis) and Non Bt or Non-GMO corn varieties and evaluated three tillage systems: deep tillage, strip till, and no-till systems for three years, in the field and under controlled laboratory conditions. After 12 months in the field, they found no significant differences between Bt and non Bt corn and no differences between tillage system in corn residue break down. The common thought was that tillage would break the corn residue up into smaller pieces and incorporate the corn residue into the soil profile, and it was assumed that these actions allowed the crop residue to break down faster; which appears to be a false assumption. Nitrogen fertilizer applicationResearchers applied three rates of nitrogen (0, 30, and 60 pounds) to corn residues using 32% UAN at the end of harvest and evaluated decomposition using nylon mesh bags that where evaluated every three months for one year. Corn residue breakdown increased with time with less corn residue after each measurement but again there was no difference observed due to nitrogen application. It was thought that since corn residue has a high carbon to nitrogen ratio, adding a little extra nitrogen would assist in corn residue break down. The authors state: “The results show that applying N application to facilitate corn residue decomposition is not effective.” If GMO (Bt) versus non-GMO (no Bt), tillage, and nitrogen fertilizer are not major factors in corn residue breakdown, what is the explanation? Researchers found that soil moisture (moisture at field capacity) and warm temperatures (above 50 degrees F) are essential factors for microbial activity and residue decomposition. Researchers tested this in the lab and found that at 32 degrees F, the rate of corn residue breakdown was similar to field conditions, but at 90 degrees F and higher temperatures, the residue breakdown was much faster. Microbial levels double for every 10 degree F increase in temperature. Since this is a biological process, practices that increase soil microbial and biological activity greatly increase residue breakdown.To increase crop yields, farmers have recently adopted several practices that may slow down crop residue decomposition. Late maturing corn varieties are often harvested later in the growing season, when soil temperatures are declining, resulting in slower corn residue breakdown. Fungicides and certain herbicides may depress microbial populations. The majority of fungi decompose the lignin and the hard-to-digest soil organic matter found in corn residue. Fungi dominate in slightly acid soils and undisturbed soils (Lavell & Spain, 2005). Fungi are essential in starting the decomposition cycle so that other soil microbes can then process the crop residues into plant available and useable products.To increase corn residue breakdown, farmers have several options. First, consider using a slightly shorter maturing corn variety so that corn may be harvested earlier and the crop residue has more time to decompose when soil temperatures are warmer. Second, review your fungicide and herbicide program to see if these products are having a negative impact on soil biology and soil health. Third, consider planting a cover crop, which greatly enhances soil microbial activity and should enhance crop residue breakdown. Cover crops create a “micro-environment” in the soil where all types microbes thrive and changes the soil environment for both temperature and moisture. Fourth, consider strip-tilling soybean stubble because the undisturbed soil may allow fungi levels to rebound, although this may be a slow process. Strip-tilling soybean stubble ahead of corn planting dries out soil (0.5-1.0 of water lost with tillage) and warms up the soil, which may increase microbial activity ahead of corn harvest. Environmentally, tillage increases soil erosion and fall nitrogen applications have water quality risks, and neither appears to help with corn residue breakdown.last_img read more


Is Episodic Content the Future of Long-Form Documentary Filmmaking?

first_imgEpisodic nonfiction has risen greatly in popularity over the last five years. Is it a simple trend or is the format here to stay?Top image via Ken BurnsLong-form episodic documentary content is not a new concept. Ken Burns has been creating this content for years and you can easily find examples of it most anywhere. However, what has changed is the way in which episodic nonfiction film is consumed. Another noteworthy change: The platforms it’s consumed on. These new-age episodic nonfiction films are now being binge-watched on Netflix and becoming items of pop culture. Creation of this long-form episodic nonfiction content is becoming widespread and the results are being consumed more aggressively and frequently. As filmmakers, this is a method of filmmaking that we need to explore more as a viable method of storytelling.Image via PBSWithin these last couple of years, we’ve seen Netflix jump on the bandwagon of episodic nonfiction with Last Chance U, Making a Murderer, Chef’s Table, and Cooked. The company has now become a leader in providing this content and has also helped facilitate its higher demand. So with the successes of Netflix and these films, does it mean that episodic content will be the future of documentary filmmaking?Who’s Noticing this Trend?Image via NetflixThis style of nonfiction content has really been gaining steam over the last couple of years. It’s been noticed to the point that independent filmmakers have now begun to receive support in this creative process. The Sundance Institute noticed this rise in episodic content and its potential for content and its creators. To support these content creators, the Institute launched the Episodic Storytelling Lab. At these labs, they help content creators develop their concepts and give year-round creative support. This is what Sundance said about the episodic format: Over the past five years, we have witnessed explosive growth of opportunities for writers developing episodic content for cable and online platforms. Audiences and critics have embraced the bold vision and complex characters that thrive in cable drama and comedy. And the internet has become a place for artists to experiment with new forms of content creation and for audiences to explore new modes of content consumption.What Are Documentary Filmmakers Saying About the Format?Image via NetflixOne of the success stories of this form of content is Last Chance U. The director, Greg Whiteley, has spoken very highly about the episodic format of documentary filmmaking. In an interview with Indiewire, the director was asked his thoughts on the episodic format and if it was something he would continually pursue. Occasionally, there will be a subject where, “That feels like 90 minutes to me,” or, “That feels like 60 minutes to me.” But, to have this as an option, and historically the high watermark for filmmaking was a feature length film, I think that’s going to change. I think the high watermark for storytelling in a cinematic way will be in this long-form way.Variety recently came out with their Oscar shortlist for documentary films. ESPN’s five-part documentary O.J.: Made in America makes the list as a potential winner.Episodic nonfiction film may be the wave of the future. As content creators, it’s a platform that we may see ourselves utilizing more in the future of our work.Do you see yourself pursuing episodic non-fiction content? Why or why not? What do you think some of the challenges may be? Let us know in the the comments below.last_img read more


La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more