SEAS grad Pratheev Sreetharan named top innovator

first_imgPratheev Sreetharan ’06, Ph.D. ’12, a pioneer in pop-up robotics, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as among the world’s top innovators under the age of 35.A panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review, published by MIT, selected him from more than 300 nominees.Sreetharan recently graduated with a doctorate in applied physics from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He also holds an undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard College.The founder and CTO at Vibrant Research worked in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory directed by Robert Wood, Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS, who himself was named a TR35 innovator in 2009.Sreetharan was honored for his co-development of a novel technique inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami that enables clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet.In addition, he played a crucial role in the creation of a millionth-scale differential to govern the flight of minuscule aerial robots that could someday be used to probe environmental hazards, forest fires, and other places too perilous for people.Sreetharan and the other TR35 winners for 2012 will be featured in the September issue of Technology Review magazine and honored at the 2012 Emerging Technologies Conference, called EmTech, to be held at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., on October 24–25. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Magic, Pelinka meet with Lakers players

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersClarkson’s conversation covered the state of the team and his own development. He started at point guard for the past two games, and he said Pelinka and Johnson talked to him about becoming more vocal. Clarkson conceded the process has been “work” since he’s “always not been the most talkative guy.” But with coach Luke Walton lamenting how the team lacks trust and communication during moments of adversity, Clarkson vowed to be more assertive than usual.“Talk and communicate; that’s where I feel like we lack sometimes because we’re young,” Clarkson said. “You feel like you’re also doing something wrong, so you don’t want to speak up. We have to step out of our comfort zone and start to do that.”The Lakers failed to do that against Houston, giving up an eight-point third-quarter deficit to balloon in the fourth quarter when the Rockets outscored them 45-26. Following the loss, Walton delivered an unprintable and undisclosed message to his players. He sounded more upbeat Thursday, noting he felt in better spirits after sleeping and having his morning coffee.Walton acknowledged sympathy for his players dealing with frequent lineup changes and the recent overhaul of the front office, but he stressed that he wants the team’s young core to have a “by committee” approach toward ensuring better effort during tough times.“We don’t have that one alpha yet or All-Star type of guy to really calm us down when adversity hits,” Walton said. “We’ll keep pointing it out and showing it on film to encourage our guys to step up and do things like that and recognize when those times are. We’ll get there.” EL SEGUNDO >> Magic Johnson watched attentively from the perch that oversees the Lakers’ practice court on Thursday, likely with many opinions the day after their latest lopsided loss, a 139-100 humiliation in Houston.Once practice was over, Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka headed to the court and shared some of their observations, conducting individual feedback sessions with D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Tarik Black, David Nwaba and Timofey Mozgov.Johnson, the president of basketball operations, and Pelinka had plenty to say to the Lakers (20-48), who go into Friday’s home game against the Milwaukee Bucks (33-34) having lost three consecutive games and 10 of 11.“It’s really cool,” Clarkson said. “It’s good for us being able to talk to them and pick their brains as well and having that open-door presence.” Throughout the process, Walton, Johnson and Pelinka said they likely will continue to provide feedback over the season’s final month. Zubac discussed his offseason plans with Pelinka and Johnson, a schedule that will include a brief rest before training extensively in Los Angeles.“It’s good to know what other people around the team think,” Zubac said. “It’s great to know what Luke thinks and what everybody on the staff thinks. That’s the way I can improve.”Mulling decisionWalton said he remains undecided what his starting lineup will be against Milwaukee after bringing Russell off the bench in the past two games. Shooting guard Nick Young, who started against Houston, is listed as probable after spraining the left ringer of his left (non-shooting) hand.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Rescuers Retrieve Swimmer

first_imgUPDATE August 11The swimmer, identified as 18-year old Kevin C. Searfoss of Rockaway, died at Monmouth Medical Center at 11 p.m., according to Sea Bright Patrolman Daniel Chernavsky.Original story: SEA BRIGHT, August 10 – A young adult male was pulled from the rough ocean water Monday morning and rushed to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.The man, who has not yet been identified by authorities, had a faint pulse when lifeguards retrieved him, said Sea Bright Councilman Jack Keeler.Ira Fields, who frequents the stretch of beach between Driftwood Beach Club and the town of Monmouth Beach,  was there when a group of young men arrived at the unguarded beach this morning at the 1500 block of Sea Bright and quickly jumped in.“Seven to eight kids ran into the water,” said Fields. “They were waist deep in the water. After a minute I heard someone call ‘Help! Help!’ so my wife called 911. I got my binoculars out but I couldn’t see a body anywhere. It was disturbing.”Nearby, Driftwood Cabana Club’s head lifeguard heard the desperate call.“I ran down the beach 400 yards and then I dove into the ocean and pulled him in,” said Tyler Schick. The young man he rescued seemed okay, but attention immediately turned to another missing person of the group.Other lifeguards and rescuers from Sea Bright Fire Rescue and Ocean Rescue squads poured onto the beach for adjacent areas, formed a line united by a rope, and began combing the ocean floor for the missing man in a coordinated effort.After about 20 long minutes, the man’s limp body was retrieved from the ocean by Mike Hudson, the captain of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue. CPR was administered, and a pulse was detected.“It was scary. I was tired. It was exhausting,” said Jenna Kowitski, a lifeguard at Driftwood who participated in the rescue.All along the beachfront,  red flags were flying to warn swimmers of the dangerous rip current conditions today.“We’re trying to warn people to stay put in front of lifeguards. This was an unguarded beach,” Hudson said. As private land, it is not part of the Sea Bright Municipal Beach area, officials said.John Gomez, who also witnessed the rescue, joined many others on the Sea Bright Fire Rescue Facebook page in congratulating the volunteers for their professionalism. “I was able to watch this and have to say – you guys did an amazing job. Your professionalism, focus and passion are exemplary!” he wrote.– Reported by Heather Nelson and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more

Leafs living through a nightmare season

first_imgNelson has lost five straight and 12 of 14 games dating back to October 31.In other words, November was a nightmare of the worst kind.And December hasn’t started out much better with four consecutive defeats.And the upcoming schedule isn’t very kind to the Leafs — in Fruitvale Friday to face the Murdoch Division-leading Nitehawks before returning home Saturday against the Osoyoos Coyotes, who just happen to lead the Okanagan Division with a 21-5-0-0-1 record.Revolving door keeps revolvingAs with any losing team there are changes.The latest to be shown the door are forwards Brendan Smith and Nick Novin.McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.Also sent packing was forward Tyler Garcia, traded, McLellan said, to a junior team in the United States.Leafs captain, Rayce Miller, is also not with the Leafs at this time.However, Miller is back home in Arizona to nurse a bad back that has been plaguing the former 27-goal scorer for most of the season.Injuries continue to haunt the LeafsMcLellan said his club is starting to see some players return to the lineup.Back on defence is Dash Thompson along with Andy Fitzpatrick on the forward line — both have been sorely missed in the lineup.However, defenceman Max Daerendinger and forward Austin Lindsay remain on the IR with Lindsay back home seeing a specialist for an injury that happened against Summerland Steam. Ever have one of those days when you wake up, get out of bed and kick the bedpost with your foot?Then bang your head into the door to the bathroom you thought was open.Walking into the kitchen you trip over the cat and drive your knee into the kitchen cabinet.When you get to work the boss gives you an ear full even before the first cup of coffee is finished.Now multiply that feeling ten-fold and you have a clear indication what life is like inside the Nelson Leafs dressing room.What could go wrong is going wrong as the once-mighty, and proud, Heritage City franchise.“Internally, we’re fine,” confessed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Dave McLellan when asked about the mood of the club.“It’s a old cliché, but I thought we were the better team the other night (in Grand Forks). We just had an untimely goal that hurt us.”“We need to get healthier,” McLellan added. “We’ve got guys coming off the shelf . . . we’ve got new guys in the lineup that don’t know our system who cost us a goal.”For those keeping score at home Nelson watched a 3-1 lead vanish faster than the lear jet in a David Copperfield magic show to Grand Forks in a 4-3 loss to the Border Bruins.What’s worse is the Leafs, which have toyed with the Bruins for years, are now on the other end of the Yo-Yo.The woes of the Green and White have been well documented.last_img read more