Fifth Flight III destroyer named USS William Charette

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: Flight III View post tag: Arleigh Burke-class Photo: Photo: US Navy The US Navy’s fifth Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer will be named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient, Hospital Corpsman Master Chief William Charette, US Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer has announced.Charette, a native of Ludington, Michigan, joined the Navy in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the Fleet Marine Force (FMF) as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.“The actions of Hospital Corpsman William Charette will neither be forgotten or diminished,” Spencer said. “Charette put himself at extreme risk during intense combat to render aid to Marines in need. His efforts saved lives and I am honored that his legacy will live on in the future USS William Charette (DDG 130).”Charette was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions on March 27, 1953, when Chinese soldiers in North Korea attacked and overran two of three Marine hill outposts.Arleigh-Burke class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis response to sea control and power projection. Flight III destroyers will incorporate a new Advanced Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) that will replace the existing SPY-1 radar installed on the previous DDG 51 ships.The ship will be constructed at Bath Iron Works, a division of General Dynamics in Bath, Maine. The ship will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots. View post tag: USS William Charettelast_img read more

The case for (community) college

first_imgProjecting optimism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama touted the nation’s recent economic turnaround and offered ideas that could help to improve “middle-class economics” for Americans, including in higher education.Obama, J.D. ’91, proposed several initiatives, involving tax breaks for the middle and working classes and detailed a plan he had previewed earlier this month to make community college tuition-free to anyone who wants to enroll. He has long referred to community colleges as “the unsung heroes of American’s education system,” humble institutions that provide a gateway to good jobs for millions of people.Recalling the competitive advantage the country once enjoyed as a result of the education and training provided by the G.I. Bill, the president warned that the United States has sharply fallen behind other nations in ensuring that its workers have the necessary skills for the 21st-century economy.“We need to up our game. We need to do more,” Obama said during his 59-minute speech. “By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education,” he said, adding, “too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s sure not smart for our future.”According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 12.8 million students were enrolled at one of the nation’s 1,132 community colleges as of fall 2012. Sixty percent attended part-time; 17 percent were single parents; 12 percent had disabilities; and 36 percent were the first member of their family to attend college. In 2013-2014, the average annual tuition at public community colleges was $3,260, as compared with $8,890 at four-year public colleges.“Access and affordability bring college within reach for more students, expanding minds and creating opportunities,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust before the speech. “I applaud efforts to expand access to community colleges.”Faust has traveled widely in speaking about the life-changing importance of a college education. “Civil rights activist Nannie Burroughs referred to education as ‘democracy’s life insurance.’ I agree,” Faust said.Under the White House’s proposal, the federal government would provide 75 percent of the tuition for qualified students to attend community college for two years, with participating states covering the remainder. Only those students who maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and make demonstrable progress toward a degree or certificate program completion would qualify for the tuition break. Other financial aid, like Pell Grants, could then be used to pay for related expenses, such as books.The plan will be included in Obama’s forthcoming budget proposal at an estimated cost of $60 billion over 10 years, with additional costs to states that participate. The initiative is expected to face stiff opposition from the new, Republican-majority Congress, which would have to approve the funding.A running startKatie Hinde, assistant professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, said attending community college was “instrumental” in realizing her career aspirations.“I come from poverty, and I knew my parents were never going to be able to help me out with college. They emphasized learning and education and did everything they could to help support me in the absence of economic support because they didn’t have it,” she said.While attending a small, rural high school in Washington state, Hinde was accepted into “Running Start,” a state-run program similar to the one Obama has proposed, which provided her two years of free tuition at Seattle Central Community College. Hinde says it was there that she first discovered biological anthropology and earned credits that she later transferred to the University of Washington, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Those early credits provided a leg up on scholarships and fellowships, she said.“It was hugely important for me, and I was able to graduate undergrad without any debt,” which in turn allowed her to take lower-paying research posts and build vital skills without financial worry as she pursued her master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hinde is now a tenure-track professor.“I think the particular fast-track path that I’ve been on was made possible by those two free years of community college,” she said.While she supports the overarching goal behind the plan, Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. ’00, the Saris Professor of Education and Economics and the academic dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), said she needs more information before deciding whether this particular program is likely to prove worthwhile.“In some respects, I think the devil is in the details, and my opinion will depend on ultimately what’s decided. For many low-income students, community college — after financial aid — is extremely low-cost. This would take away the barrier and simplify things in a way that would increase access for them, most certainly,” she said.While the plan makes it easier for students to find the money to attend community college, Long has some concerns about its feasibility.“One, do community colleges have the capacity to take on another large group of students? We’ve seen during the last recession, as people became unemployed and they were looking for more skills, more and more people were going to the community colleges. The community colleges are already underfunded. Their faculty are already oversubscribed in terms of the courses that their teaching and services are trying to provide, so the question is whether or not they could handle this kind of potential expansion without additional resources, without additional faculty, without additional student supports, which would be really important to actually making the idea of educational attainment a reality,” Long said.“The other part of it is, for many community college students, the tuition — because it’s so cheap — isn’t really the primary cost. It’s living expenses, it’s time off from work, it’s transportation, it’s basic living expenses,” she said. “And so while this is a wonderful step in the right direction for students, for low-income workers who are facing huge challenges, there are still additional costs they’d still have to incur.”Further, whether community college credits will fully transfer or satisfy degree requirements at all state universities is an unanswered question.“I think this policy is wonderful for the consumer side, in that it’s kind of streamlining and saying it is possible for you to further your education. But on the institution side, you need the investments to help people sort and figure out what to take that might have value and that might lead to some better job or career or further education,” said Long. “It’s going to take both; it’s absolutely going to take both.” What Excellent Community Colleges Do | Harvard Graduate School of EducationJosh Wyner, author of ‘What Excellent Community Colleges Do’ examines the characteristics of high performing community colleges and how they prepare all students for success.last_img read more

How IoT Changes the World Of Data

first_imgThe Internet of Things (IoT) brings the promise of new possibilities, but to unlock them, organizations must change how they think about data. With the emergence of the IoT, we are seeing a new class of applications that deal with streaming data coming in from a wide array of sensors and devices across the globe. In essence, the world of IoT involves a paradigm shift from today’s static and finite data to the world of real-time applications consuming continuous and infinite data streams.  With this new model comes new demands that quickly overwhelm today’s legacy infrastructure stacks.New Demands in the Streaming World of IoTTaming the data stream: IoT data coming from a sea of global devices takes the form of streams, which are inherently different from the static data that we are used to. Streaming data is continuous and infinite, and it comes fast. It has a state, but arrives out of order, transmits multiple times, and may have large chunks missing. To take advantage of the insights contained in streaming IoT data, next-gen solutions will need to be able to navigate these distinctive characteristics to make streaming data analytics reliable, durable and consistent.Volatility to the max: The volatility challenge of big data is exponentially greater with streaming. Gone are the days of consistent, nightly batch loads. IoT data is always in motion, and its volume is in flux at any given time. Therefore, the need to auto-sense and elastically scale up and down to react to dramatic peaks and valleys within the streaming workload is critical.Infinite scale – The sheer volume of devices and exponential speed at which data is created brings an exabyte-level data scaling challenge. Before IoT, most of this data was just thrown away, but now you need a plan to process and a cost-effective way to persist, enrich and feed all of this data to your data science teams.Challenge of securing accurate real-time insights: In the world of IoT, time is the difference between acting on an insight to add business value or missing a critical opportunity. Moving to true streaming analytics engines can cut valuable minutes and seconds off of traditional mini-batch analytics approaches. Taken a step further, moving these analytics out of the cloud and onto powerful servers in the fog (the edge in some cases) can provide even more timely and accurate insights.Today’s Do-It-Yourself SolutionsIoT represents a huge opportunity for businesses, but putting it all together has been a challenge for organizations due to the demands detailed above, which traditional solutions were not designed for.  In order to achieve a semblance of ‘stream-like’ capabilities, today’s solutions resemble a patchwork quilt with disparate technologies stitched across a myriad of software venders and hardware stacks.  Early adopters have struggled with these DIY solutions which are costly, complex, and offer limited applicability.  The solutions have redundant siloes for each separate function and then complicate it further with individual data pipelines for real-time, batch, and disaster recovery.  And at the end of the day, they still don’t fully achieve their goal: actionable real-time insights. Delivering the Platform Necessary for IoT: Project NautilusAt Dell EMC, we see an opportunity to radically simplify the DIY infrastructure stack that has come to dominate IoT related platforms. That is why we engineered Project Nautilus, a real-time analytics and streaming storage solution, built from the ground up to provide the foundation for reliable streaming applications. This project combines innovative open source streaming software (Pravega), stream analytics (Apache Flink), plus Dell PowerEdge servers which seamlessly tier into our nearly bottomless unstructured data portfolio featuring Isilon & Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS). It’s not available yet—but stay tuned for this to move from project to reality as the world of IoT continues to become increasingly complex.Check out Project Nautilus here:  Dell EMC IQT Keynote.last_img read more

Clippers-Pistons preview: L.A. looks to rebound after loss to Pacers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error CLIPPERS vs. DETROITTipoff: 10 a.m. PST, Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich.TV/radio: Prime Ticket/KFWB 980, KWKW 1330Update: Off to a 1-1 start on a seven-game road trip, the Clippers’ next five games will be in a matter of eight days, but they don’t go back-to-back until Friday (Chicago) and Saturday (Toronto). … “The Pacers are arguably the best team. They’re playing the best right now,” the Clippers’ Blake Griffin said after a 106-92 loss to Indiana on Saturday. “You look to play well against teams like this.” Griffin had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. … Center DeAndre Jordan played in his 200th consecutive game, extending the longest current streak in the NBA. … J.J. Redick went 0 for 7 on 3-pointers against the Pacers … Detroit (17-23) beat the Wizards on Saturday and is 3-1 over its last four games.last_img read more