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Harvard Korea Institute gets boost for research

first_imgThe Korea Institute at Harvard University announced today that longtime benefactor SBS Foundation has committed to further the Institute’s research capacity with a $4 million endowed fund for students and faculty across the University.In recent years, applications by Harvard students for the Institute’s grants, scholarships, and programming increased substantially, along with enrollment in Korea-focused classes. The new SBS Foundation Research Fund will help meet that demand, expanding the University’s capacity to both generate scholarship—in fields such as history, culture, international relations, and more—and foster scholarly exchange between the United States and Korea.“This generous gift supports a new phase of growth and maturity for the Korea Institute and Korean studies at Harvard, more broadly. Building on more than 35 years of leading scholarship and scholarly interchange, the SBS Foundation’s continued support enables us to better understand the country’s history, people, and culture,” said Sun Joo Kim, director of the Korea Institute and Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History.Established in 1981 within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Korea Institute at Harvard University promotes the study of Korea and brings together faculty, students, and visiting scholars from across the University and around the world to create a leading Korean studies community at Harvard.SBS Foundation, the Seoul Broadcasting System’s philanthropic arm under the leadership of the company’s chairman, Yoon Se Young, first established a professorship in Korean studies at Harvard and an endowed fund for the Korea Institute two decades ago. This continued support combines both Chairman Yoon’s long-held gratitude for U.S. assistance during the Korean War and post-war development, as well as his commitment to further Korean studies abroad. The gift was facilitated by the Korea Foundation’s Designated Donation program.last_img read more

Panicle Hydrangeas

first_imgHydrangea paniculatas must be the showiest plant in the summer garden, and I have affection for all of them. ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ however, have captured my heart, not only in terms of their beauty, but also because of their proclivity to attract pollinators. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, we have several of the leading varieties of what we call the “panicled hydrangeas.” With 51 acres and the hydrangeas spread out, I have not paid that that much attention to any visiting pollinators. Everyone loves them against a backdrop of deep green garden foliage or combined with cottage garden plants like rudbeckias. Bees, butterflies, wasps and giant flies, however, will make you consider adding a little dazzle from ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky’ to the backyard wildlife habitat. If you are not using the panicle hydrangea, why not? They are cold-hardy and recommended from zones 3 through 8 (9). In Savannah, where we push zone 9, they do superbly. This means just about the whole country can grow them.The Hydrangea paniculata, or panicle varieties, are different than the mophead, or French, hydrangea. The leaves are smaller and the quantity of flowers is incredible. The flowers may be 6 to 15 inches long and most are held upright on the plant. You now have a staggering list of choices as far as the size, from those that are diminutive or dwarf to those reaching 10 feet.It seems not one nursery or catalog description mentions pollinators in association with the Hydrangea paniculata. Perhaps this is because most have sterile flowers. If you look at internet images, you will see that there are selections that do seem to attract pollinators. This is an important criterion with many gardeners. These selections, like ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky,’ seem to have an ample quantity of both sterile and fertile blossoms. Though the fertile blossoms are not near as showy, they make up for it in honeybees and other pollinators.Ideal growing conditions include fertile, well-drained soil with morning sun and afternoon shade. In the landscape, plant the hydrangea among other shrubs 72 to 80 inches apart in odd-numbered clusters for a terrific, eye-catching display. To plant your hydrangea, dig the hole two to three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper, so you can plant it at the same depth it is growing in the container. Apply a good layer of mulch to conserve moisture. Once established, you’ll find your panicle selection is less dependent on water than its big-leafed cousins.Soil pH does not affect the color of the flowers like it does with the blue or pink big-leafed hydrangeas. Any flowers left on the plant do provide winter texture and interest. ‘Chantilly Lace,’ ‘Pinky Winky’ and the other panicle varieties bloom on new wood, so prune in late fall or early spring. A medium pruning that removes one-third to half of the plant size gives a better structure for large blossoms and the new season ahead. Feed your hydrangea in early spring as new growth resumes.Everyone loves hydrangeas, bees and butterflies. Now, with varieties of Hydrangea paniculatas like ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ you can have them all.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the CGBG at www.coastalGeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

Announcing the 1st B2B Community for Networking, Marketing & Business Development

first_imgNetworking, Marketing & Business DevelopmentA new company promises the ability to build wealth for its members, whilst eliminating many of the downsides of traditional business development. Mybusinessadvice.co.uk commenced its web based service in December 2007 with a goal of helping small to medium sized business owners throughout the UK, whether they are growing, running or even starting a new business create the profits and lifestyle they desire.What makes the business concepts behind mybusinessadvice.co.uk so effective is that these have been tried and tested, however they havent been available before under a single umbrella, or at such an affordable cost, to provide the help and support for business owners and entrepreneurs.Mybusinessadvice.co.uk provides networking, marketing and business development facilities to build inter-business relationships, increase sales and marketing, increase efficiency and profitability and to develop the business and its owner. For only 20p a day they get:NetworkingoRaise their on-line profile and opening up new marketsoSystemise their on-line and off-line networking referralsBusiness DevelopmentoSupport with an off-line mentoring and development Buddy GroupoTraining Events and Seminars to expand essential business skillsMarketingoOpportunities to promote their latest products/servicesoCreation of alliances to develop new marketsOther AspectsoAll their business supplies/services from trusted companiesoDetailed written/video business advice from expertsoEfficiency with soon to be added “Tools” section saving time & moneyoBusiness news to stay one-step sheds of their competitionThe Managing Director and co-founder of My Business Advice Ltd is Ian Donaldson who has been running his own businesses for over 18 years and grew up in both his fathers and grandfathers manufacturing businesses so he understands the pressures involved in setting up and running a small business.last_img read more