Aline Germain-Rutherford awarded grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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Aline Germain-Rutherford (Linguistics) and colleagues from the University of Toronto and York University (in Canada) and University of Grenoble (France) have been awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The University of Toronto is the lead institution on this collaborative project titled “LINguistic and Cultural DIversity REinvented (LINCDIRE): A digital environment to help learners navigate their trajectories.” The goal of this project is to create a partnership among institutions with expertise in different languages and cultures that will lead to development of a tool for language learners within the context of “plurilingualism” – a theory of language learning that stresses the value of interconnections and synergies of languages at the level of the individual.

Matthew Kimble awarded grant from NIMH

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Matthew Kimble (Psychology) has been awarded a research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health through NIH’s R15 AREA program. The grant provides three years of funding to support a project titled Neurophysiological and Behavioral Studies of Expectancy Bias in Trauma Survivors, which will use electroencephalography and eye tracking technology to better understand how psychological trauma affects how individuals look at the world. The project will involve multiple students through the life of the grant as independent study students, thesis students, and summer and regular semester research assistants. This grant represents Matt Kimble’s third NIMH funded project in this research area.

From the College Archives: Middlebury Commencement Through History

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We are thrilled to introduce a new series, From the College Archives, curated by Josh Kruskal, ’15. In the weeks of his last semester, Josh, a prized Special Collections staff member, scoured 200 years of Middlebury Kaleidoscopes in search of historic and day-to-day moments. In Josh’s inaugural post: Commencement. In his photo essays to come, look for themes such as Students and Their Dogs, Downtown Middlebury, Halloween Costumes, and many more.  Congratulations Josh, and enjoy…

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You CAN search library databases from off campus!

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You can search library databases from off campus! Just start at the library site: http://go.middlebury.edu/lib.  JSTOR, ebooks, audiobooks, Summon and all of our online journals, magazines and newspapers are there for you…no matter where you are!

When you’re off campus, links that are on library web pages (for example, Research Guides, Summon and the Journals list) will ask you to log in with Midd credentials. It’s as easy as that!

Seniors: Ask a librarian about alumni access to library databases!

Enjoy the summer!

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College Counseling Workshop June 5

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The annual College Counseling Workshop, sponsored by the Admissions Office, has been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015 of Reunion Weekend at McCardell Bicentennial Hall.  High school age children and grandchildren of Middlebury alumni, faculty and staff as well as students from Vermont high schools are invited.  Preference is given to juniors in high school. This program gives an overview of the general selective college application process and does not focus on Middlebury College.  It runs from 8:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. and covers five areas of the college application process:  1) choosing a college;  2) how to visit a college;  3) how a college admits its class;  4) financial aid;  and 5) understanding the common application–a hands on session.  Following the final presentation, individual afternoon appointments can be scheduled with Student Financial Services.

In addition, for any students who are interested specifically in Middlebury College, a group information session will be conducted at 1:30 P.M. and campus tours will be offered at 2:30 P.M.

Register Here for Info Sessions and Tours

The required registration deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.  Parents are invited to all activities.

Register Here for Workshop

Questions?  Contact Joanne Leggett   jleggett@middlebury.edu

 

The Mystery of Work/Life Balance

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You are invited to this 90 minute workshop to explore the mystery that is work/life balance.

Led by: Sara Daly, Physical Therapist, President, Waterfalls Day Spa

Tuesday June 9, 2015 in Warner 202, 9:00-10:30 or 3:00-4:30jungle4

Sara will give you the map to:

  • personal energy balancing by using The 50 Point Energy Plan
  • success techniques to create clear visions of your goals
  • staying healthy by setting priorities and limits on your energy use

Leave with a simple tool to create balance in your life, and all attendees will be entered to win a Waterfalls Day Spa gift card at the event!

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Key Survey / WorldApp Update: Message from the CEO

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Here is the message sent by the CEO of WorldApp, Inc. concerning last Friday’s Key Survey down time.  (Key Survey is a software program used to create and distribute surveys, as well as collect & analyze responses.)

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From: Oleg Matsko
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:36 AM
Subject: An update on Friday’s disruption – a message from our CEO

Last Friday’s issues have been some of the most severe issues to affect WorldAPP since we launched Key Survey in 2002. As CEO, I take immense pride in serving organizations across the world in fulfilling their requirements and I feel immensely sorry and hurt that we let those customers down. As such, I feel it is only right that we be completely open, honest and transparent about what happened, and what we are doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

A few weeks ago we noticed that one of the storage components of our production environment had started to fail. This in itself doesn’t cause an immediate issue, our production environment is built with multiple layers of redundancy, and despite one of the critical elements of this environment not functioning, our applications continued to work in the manner they should, without any impact on availability. It is important though that when these issues occur, we rectify them as quickly as we can, so that should other components of our environment fail, there isn’t any impact on service.

So for the past few weeks we have been preparing our secondary storage components to take over, allowing us to complete the necessary works on the primary components. Our applications collect a lot of data, in fact the equivalent of 11,000 pages of paper an hour, and this amount of data takes a lot of time to transfer. In an absolutely emergency we can complete this transfer in about 12 hours, but as our primary setup was still stable, and the risks of transferring such a huge amount of data in a relatively short amount of time being quite high, we took our time and completed this transfer over a period of a few weeks.

This transfer was completed on Thursday evening, our secondary storage components went live without issue, and our primary storage components were taken offline to allow the required maintenance to be completed. For a few hours, everything worked fine, and then at around 08:00 EDT on Friday morning, without notice our secondary storage components failed. At the moment, the reason why they failed is still unclear, there doesn’t appear to be an obvious cause. We will work hard with our infrastructure partners, to find out why this happened – but the most important thing for us to do on Friday was to get our applications back online.

Key Survey and Form.com are incredibly large and complex applications, and restarting them isn’t a simple operation. The applications are made up of many separate modules, each relating to an area of their functionality, such as reporting, voting or our API. The effort required to restart them is large, so much so that they cannot all be restarted at once. As such, modules were restarted individually, in order of priority. Our main Key Survey and Form.com environments were operational by 15:00 EDT, with all of our reporting modules online by 21:30 EDT and specific instances of our applications for individual customers back online by 00:30 EDT on Saturday morning.

As a result of Friday’s disruption, I have instructed our teams to rebuild our storage infrastructure to include additional layers of redundancy with built in instant failover capabilities. This is no easy challenge, implementing this infrastructure and migrating all our applications will take about a week, but we should be able to complete this without additional disruption. Once these changes are implemented, we will be able to recover our systems in a matter of minutes. This is in addition to the construction of the remote disaster recovery infrastructure which is already underway and estimated to be completed early next year.

Unfortunately, until these changes have been completed, our secondary storage components could fail again, and this leaves us in a precarious position. Whilst the probability of such a failure is low, and we have taken all possible precautions to ensure it doesn’t reoccur, our teams are prepared to restore services as quickly as possible in the event of a second failure. As the amount of data that is migrated to the new infrastructure increases throughout the week, the amount of time to restore services in the event of an issue reduces. This does mean though that should a similar issue occur early this week, we could experience a similar outage as to what happened on Friday.

As mentioned, I want to be transparent about the challenges we face, and honest about what could happen while we take steps to improve our services. We will let you know as soon as this new environment is fully functional and we can be sure that such issues do not cause as much disruption as they have. In the meantime our team are working diligently to monitor and manage our applications to avoid such issues, and are prepared to restore services as quickly as possible in the event of a reoccurrence of Friday’s troubles. I can also assure you that we will investigate thoroughly what caused these components to fail, but for the time being I want to concentrate all our resources on implementing these changes and improving our service to you.

We will support you as much as we can as a result of this disruption – if there is anything WorldAPP can do to assist you from work you weren’t able to complete last week, such as building surveys, forms or reports, please let your account manager know. We’ll endeavour to accommodate as many requests as we can.

Once again I would like to reiterate my thanks for your patience and understanding, and my genuine sorrow that we have let you down. WorldAPP have been a trusted provider of survey, forms and inspection solutions for over 12 years now, and I hope my explanation of what happened, and assurances of the actions we’re taking to ensure it doesn’t happen again, go some way to rebuilding that trust.

Sincerely,
Oleg Matsko
CEO
WorldAPP, Inc.
161 Forbes Rd Ste 300, Braintree, MA, 02184, US