Andrew Rannells Enters the Hamilton Kingdom 10/27

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first_img View Comments Related Shows Andrew Rannells is continuing his Broadway track record of only appearing in blockbusters as he steps into the shoes of King George in Hamilton on October 27. Rannells temporarily replaces Jonathan Groff, who is on hiatus filming the final installment of HBO’s Looking.“I feel so fortunate that I get to pop in for five weeks,” Rannells told “I get to be a little part of this huge hit musical and then see ya later for the holidays!” The Book of Mormon Tony Award nominee was last seen as the first replacement for Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a similarly short run of eight weeks. “This is my thing,” he joked. “You get me for a little bit and then I’ll peace out.”In addition to Mormon, Rannells appeared on Broadway in the, yup, smash hits Jersey Boys and Hairspray. On TV, he headlined the sitcom The New Normal and is a regular on HBO’s Girls. Films include Bachelorette and the current comedy The Intern.“[Hamilton] is such a wonderful group of people,” he added. “And Jonathan Groff is a good friend of mine so it’s been really fun to hang out with him backstage and for him to show me the ropes. I’m really just so honored that they asked me!” Rannells is expected to perform King George at the Richard Rodgers Theatre through November 29, with Groff scheduled to return on December 1.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also currently includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. from $149.00 Hamiltonlast_img

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first_imgPhilip W. Lovejoy travels frequently for his job; in fact, it’s one of the reasons he came to Harvard 16 years ago to head the travel program for the Museum of Natural History. Six years later, he assumed control of the travel program for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), a proverbial journey that culminated in this evening’s announcement naming him the new executive director of the HAA.“Harvard is a singular place,” Lovejoy said, “filled with brilliant and engaging alumni who are making a huge impact in the world. The HAA empowers our alumni to connect with one another and build the foundation of a lifelong relationship with the University. That is exciting to me, and to be selected to lead this organization is a great honor.”Lovejoy, the HAA’s longtime deputy executive director, will succeed Jack Reardon ’60 as executive director effective July 1. The news follows today’s vote of the Association’s Board of Directors.“This is a wonderful appointment,” Reardon said. “Philip has done a spectacular job as deputy executive director. He has initiated a number of new programs during his tenure, and he has built excellent relationships with our staff and with our alumni. He brings great personal strengths to this role.”In his new post, Lovejoy will oversee the HAA’s robust programming and engagement initiatives, aimed at the University’s 300,000-plus alumni around the globe. Those initiatives span College reunions and Commencement activities in Cambridge and Harvard Club events in more than 70 countries worldwide.Lovejoy’s appointment also punctuates a personal relationship with Harvard nurtured over a lifetime. “My father, Class of 1951, has been a committed friend, volunteer, and supporter of Harvard for over 60 years,” Lovejoy explained. “His love for and belief in Harvard left an indelible mark on me. Like my father, my mentor and predecessor Jack Reardon, and all our volunteers, I have an unending appreciation for Harvard, and I am energized and honored to have this thrilling opportunity to engage our alumni ever more deeply with Harvard.”Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History, described the HAA’s pivotal role in strengthening the University’s alumni community, and by extension the University itself. “For well over a century, the Harvard Alumni Association has been a vital bridge linking alumni to Harvard and Harvard to alumni,” she said. “Philip will unquestionably build on Jack’s extraordinary stewardship that enables the HAA to convene thousands of alumni to engage and connect.”Reardon, whose service to Harvard dates back nearly half a century, announced in December that he would transition from his full-time HAA duties to focus on other areas of his work, including expanding his fundraising efforts, serving on the Ivy League Policy Committee, and advising Faust and other Harvard leaders.According to a survey of several thousand Harvard alumni respondents, overwhelmingly, the alumni community thinks positively about Harvard but wants to feel even more connected to the institution. Lovejoy sees it as his mission to deepen their ties to Harvard. A key community to help him and the HAA staff accomplish that is the impressive cadre of 14,000 alumni volunteers.“Working with our HAA volunteers is among the most rewarding aspects of my role,” he said. “We all care deeply about Harvard — what it has meant to us; what it is doing for our students; and what the institution, through research, scholarship, and the work of our alumni, is doing for the world. That sentiment ripples through the vast network of HAA communities — Harvard clubs, shared-interest groups, ad hoc groups of alumni, the classes — and what our alumni do to keep it all going. It inspires me and our staff to do the best that we can to support their extraordinary work. During The Harvard Campaign, that work is more important to Harvard than ever.”Tamara Elliott Rogers’74, Harvard’s vice president for alumni affairs and development, said, “At the HAA, Philip has been committed to engaging our worldwide community of alumni through a range of programs, from lifelong learning to public-service opportunities, digital communities, and more. In partnership with Jack, Philip has been a creative driving force behind many of these initiatives. The HAA is in great hands.”HAA President Catherine A. Gellert ’93 agreed. “Philip has worked with our alumni volunteers around the globe in finding ways for them to stay connected with Harvard in their local communities. This is at the heart of the HAA’s mission.”Lovejoy’s passion for the volunteer community extends beyond Harvard, whether he’s on the road or at home in Boston, where he chairs the board of the Boston Center for the Arts.last_img

Notre Dame researcher works to develop Ebola treatment

first_imgThe recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,400 people, according to the World Health Organization. Robert Stahelin, adjunct associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said this outbreak is the largest to date, with a fatality rate of approximately 60 percent.Ebola is one of two types of viruses in the the filovirus family, Stahelin said. The other is Marburg virus.“Until recently, [filoviruses] were mostly thought to have been found in sub-Saharan Africa. So this particular outbreak is unique in the sense that it was the first in West Africa, with Liberia and Guinea and Sierra Leone,” he said. “There are five different types of Ebola that have been discovered so far. The strain in the current outbreak and probably the most well-known is called Ebola Zaire.”Stahelin said the Ebola virus circumvents the immune system as it invades human cells.“So it actually starts to halt the immune response in our bodies, which makes it more difficult to fight off the virus as it continues to replicate,” he said.Patients who have contracted the virus can begin displaying symptoms between two and 21 days after infection, Stahelin said.“A fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is common, as well as diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, which then moves into more lethargy and pain,” he said.Stahelin said doctors have been using compassionate use molecules, which are usually mixtures of antibodies that could neutralize the virus.“There hasn’t been, to date, [a Food and Drug Administration] approval for a drug to treat or prevent Ebola infection,” he said. “There are also some promising vaccines on the horizon, maybe one that could be used for health care workers, for example, before they go treat the region of the outbreak. These things are still kind of in development.”Stahelin said his research is focused on creating a drug to treat the Ebola virus, but it is still in the early stages.“We’re trying to discover the best pathways to inhibit the viral replication in our cells,” he said. “So we’re working with small molecule drugs and antiviral drugs to figure out which mixture or which drug itself would be best at neutralizing the virus’ replication.”Americans should not fear an Ebola virus outbreak in the United States, Stahelin said.“Surely the virus can be brought anywhere on an airplane or a ship or something like that,” he said. “But the chances of a large-scale or even a small-scale outbreak in our country are an extremely minimal risk at this time. Now we have the World Health Organization and the state of emergency in [West Africa]. So if we do have a case of a patient coming here, rapid isolation is implemented and we have the facilities to deal with it. So it’s not really something that’s being considered a risk at this time.”Tags: Ebola, Notre Dame, vaccinelast_img

COVID-19 Update Reports Increase In Positivity Rate, 32 New Cases

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