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To Store the Wind and Sun, Energy Startups Look to Gravity

From giant earth towers to compressed-air plants, entrepreneurs are piloting systems to make renewable energy more reliable

by David Hodari and Ed Ballard February 14, 2020

In the Alpine town of Arbedo-Castione, Switzerland, an electric-blue, 400-foot-high crane with six heads lifts a block of compacted soil into the air and carefully adds it to the top of a stack.

Later, the crane will reverse that process, generating power as gravity lowers the block back toward the ground.

Energy Vault, the company that built the contraption, believes it could help the renewable-energy industry confront its most intractable problem: storing up energy against the surges and lulls that characterize renewables like wind and solar.

These options are gaining ground as alternatives to fossil fuels, but they can’t yet be relied on to generate power around the clock. Without cheap ways of getting power when it is cloudy or calm, there is a limit to how much the grid can rely on renewables.

“What you’d like to do is power the grid 100% with zero-carbon energy, and there aren’t very many ways to generate it,” says Eric Toone, an emeritus professor of chemistry at Duke University and executive managing director at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a clean-tech venture fund that has invested in energy-storage startups.

To decarbonize the world’s power with solar and wind, storage capacity also has to grow, he says.

Researchers and entrepreneurs are attacking the challenge of storage from all angles.

Continue reading the rest of the article as WSJ.com

Are you a senior looking for healthcare experience after graduation?

Practice Operations Assistant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

***This position is best for those students graduating in 2020 and any alumni that have a long-term career interest in the public health, healthcare management, and/or prospective clinical interests (i.e. MD, NP, PA, etc. who need additional experience in the healthcare field prior to submitting applications for such degrees). The Department of Neurosurgery prides itself on providing all interested staff throughout the Department with opportunities to observe and participate in educational events and research endeavors in the individual candidate’s area of focus or interest. These opportunities are not noted in the job description, but offered to all personnel***

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform duties under moderate supervision with intermediate to advanced proficiency in administrative skills.
  • Provide routine and more complex administrative support such as: typing memos and letters, answering telephones, and taking and distributing messages.
  • Coordinate calendar and schedules including: coordinate calendars for several managers or coordinates events for department.
  • Proofread and edit manuscripts, perform library or literature searches, and help to create and edit presentation materials. Work with less direction with ability to create more advanced material.
  • Helps to prepare and edit grant applications and other related materials with less direction and more applicable knowledge of the process.
  • Perform transcription of dictated physician notes.
  • Assist with training and orienting staff as needed.
  • Provide cross coverage as needed.
  • Assist with special projects as directed.
  • Follow HIPAA guidelines for the management of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Register for the 4th annual Summit for Women in STEM

Belong. Connect. Create. Pass it on.

Saturday, April 4, 2020
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where
Mars Center for Science & Technology
Fillmore Drive, Norton, MA, 02766

Wheaton’s Fourth Annual Summit for Women in STEM brings together a powerhouse network of industry leaders, researchers, and academics with undergraduate students who represent the next generation of innovators. At a time when women represent only 24% of professionals in all STEM fields, the Summit will open new worlds to aspiring young female scientists. By connected industry leaders with up-and-coming talent, the full-day meeting creates connections, forges new relationships, builds knowledge, and matches students with inspiring role models.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to give a talk. Registration is free and will remain open until full.

One-of-a-kind opportunity to work in a Microbiology & Immunology lab at Columbia University!

Dr. Christian Schindler, parent of recent MBBC major Joseph Schindler, is once again inviting a Middlebury College student to intern in his Columbia University lab. Students interested in the opportunity may contact him directly with a cover letter, résumé, and one letter of recommendation from a science faculty member. He also shares that “there are a number of Junior Faculty in the Department who would be delighted to host Middlebury summer interns, and should reach out to them directly. They are welcome to mention my name.”

Faculty members include:

Hachung Chung

Tony (Yeufeng) Huang

Mimi (Chi-Min) Ho

Make a difference this summer through the Healthcare Administration internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Apply now on Handshake–opportunity expires February 17!

Are you seeking a summer internship opportunity where you can make a difference each day and begin your career in healthcare administration? Are you ready to join a team where everyone plays a meaningful role in the fight against cancer?

At MSK, we offer an exciting opportunity to join us for 11 weeks in our Healthcare Administration Summer Support Program. Working as either an Office Coordinator or Care Coordinator, you will have the opportunity to make a direct impact on our patients every day. We have opportunities in Manhattan, New Jersey, Westchester, and Long Island. We are:Hospital Administration ensures that all departments across the organization are working towards and achieving goals in the most efficient, effective ways possible. Hospital Administrators analyze complex issues such as:

  • Facility services
  • Budgets
  • Physician and nursing staffing
  • Relationships with other organizations
  • Policy development
  • Quality assurance & process improvement measures

You are:

  • Working towards your Bachelor’s degree, preferably entering your Junior or Senior year of college/university
  • Passionate about a career in healthcare and/or hospital administration
  • Excited to work full time between 5/27/2020 and 8/7/2020. Hours will vary between 6:00am and 10:00pm (Monday-Friday, occasional Saturdays). Flexibility between shifts is expected.
  • An effective and considerate communicator, capable of resolving how best to reach different audiences and executing communications based on that understanding

You will:

  • As a Care Coordinator, interact with patients in person during their outpatient visits, focusing on checking patients in and providing a warm welcome. 
  • As an Office Coordinator, speak to patients over the phone, focusing on relaying information on upcoming visits and providing support to a physicians practice.
  • Act as resource to patients and a liaison between the patient and the clinical team
  • Participate in networking events and seminars specifically for MSK summer students
  • Finish the program with real-life work experience in a fast-paced healthcare environment

You have:

  • Attention to detail and strong computer skills
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills
  • A strong ability to work in a team
  • Ability to handle acutely ill patients in stressful situations with a positive demeanor
  • Knowledge of medical terminology (preferred)

Can’t miss talk by CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization on March 2! Pre-Med students–put this on your calendar

“The US Health Care System: Problems and Potential Solutions” by Dr. Tim Ferris ’85, MD & CEO of Mass General Physicians Organization

Monday, March 2, 2020 MBH (BiHall) 216 4:30 PM

Dr. Timothy G. Ferris is chief executive officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Trained in internal medicine and pediatrics, Tim is a practicing primary care physician at Mass General. Prior positions include the senior vice president for population health at Partners HealthCare, medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization, and vice president for quality for the MGH Department of Pediatrics. His clinical interests include caring for medically complex patients, and home visits to the elderly. Tim led the design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes at Partners in response to novel risk-sharing contracts for Medicare, Commercial, and Medicaid populations. These programs were administered through the Center for Population Health which Tim founded through an industry partnership, touching over 1 million patients annually. The programs spanned the continuum of care, including over 5000 clinicians in primary care, specialty care, post-acute and home based services, and included novel IT based patient services, analytics, and incentives. 

Tim has played multiple roles at the national and international level, including chairing the steering committee of the National Quality Forum and participating on multiple committees at the National Academy of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services independent advisory council on physician payment policy.  Tim serves on the board of England’s National Health Service (NHS Improvement). In addition to his past National Institutes of Health and foundation grants, Tim designed a six-year Medicare demonstration project that used focused investments in patient services for complex patients that resulted in lower mortality and costs. The program received national attention and became a model for similar programs in the United States and abroad.

Tim trained at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and has co-authored more than 130 publications in the areas of health care quality measurement, risk adjustment, health disparities and health information technology.

Wonderful summer opportunity with free housing!

Yellow House Community (YHC) is a family-style intentional living community located in Middlebury. YHC was founded in 2019 and designed to provide adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with safe, residential family households, meaningful vocation, and the assistance to continue developing skills, interests, and relationships. Yellow House encourages, supports, and celebrates the unique abilities of every individual. We do so with the intention of providing a meaningful adult life for all of our participants and staff. Our culture is one of deep respect, kindness, love, and fun. YCH is inspired by the Camphill life-sharing community model.

YHC is currently pursuing licensure as a Therapeutic Community Residence (TCR), recognized by the State of Vermont. In preparation for our residential offering (Fall 2020 hopefully), we are running daytime Transition Programming for residential candidates. Programming addresses skills needed to live interdependently in the YHC intentional living community. Our participants (referred to fondly as “Friends”) have diagnoses including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder. We are seeking compassionate, energetic interns for our Summer Transition Program.

Interns will be part of this entrepreneurial effort and work alongside YHC staff to support a group of 4-10 young adults with special needs for programming and community activities including life skills, grocery shopping, cooking, household chores, art, gardening, exercising, and social engagement. Interns with collaborate with staff to design programming, organize social events, plan fieldtrips, and facilitate opportunities for YHC friends to integrate into the Middlebury community. Daytime transition programming runs from 8:30-4:00pm, Monday-Friday, with occasional evening or weekend events.

All class years (FR, SO, JR) welcome to apply. $3000 stipend in addition to housing at no additional charge.