Barbara Kennedy’s Week

first_imgI am a Fellow and Geography Tutor at St Hugh’s; also the Wine Steward; and for some of my time, responsible for coordinating the recruitment of overseas students. This involves, in particular, setting up interviews in the Far East and North America for the 500 or more potential undergraduates who apply from those areas. First Week saw a mix of these responsibilities. On Tuesday and Friday, I was basically a Geographer, attending a seminar and a staff meeting; giving are vision class; and seeing a Second Year about his Dissertation. For the rest of the week – fitted around three lunchtime wine tastings – I was dealing with matters at the Admissions Office, starting with a staff meeting there. There are three major strands to the Admissions work at this time of year. First, revising all our websites and our printed literature, which includes material for Second BAs as well as ordinary undergraduate applicants. (This October, we shall hold Second BA interviews in New Delhi, for the first time, probably jointly with Cambridge.) We produce special web pages for applicants from the six interview centres including downloadable application forms . We have also developed an ‘Introduction to Oxford’ presentation, with a text in Chinese and English, which we feel will give brief but helpful overview of the University, for both graduate and undergraduate applicants from the Far East. Second, I have to assemble group of interviewers for the teams which, this year, will (SARS permitting) represent all the undergraduate Colleges in New Delhi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Beijing, Vancouver and New York. The Far East circuit involves a lawyer, an economist, an engineer and – this year, for Beijing – a mathematician. North America needs a linguist, a bioscientist and, for Second BAs in particular, another lawyer. I have to try and cajole people to come and then set up briefing meetings. This year, when all subjects are publicizing their selection criteria, we shall need consider how best to organise our interview report forms as well as our usual task of selecting passages for interviewees to read. Finally, I let the travel agents know what the itineraries will be. For this autumn, there will be nine travelling, only three of whom will be on precisely the same flights. Anything involving admissions is a non-stop operation and the emails are warming up especially from North America). It quite tricky to ‘explain the Oxford admissions process’ in a brief but clear fashion to overseas’ applicants: fortunately, my colleagues in the Oxford Colleges Admissions Office field a lot of straightforward queries. So it was a varied week. And having three offices can be a bit of a nuisance. But the walking is good for me. Barbara Kennedy is International Recruitment Officer for the University.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Obituary Of Oliver “Ollie” Dill

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Memorial Contributions may be made to USI Children’s Learning Center, 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN 47712. FAMILYAndrew Dill, FatherJamie Dill, MotherOwen Dill, BrotherJames E Martin, GrandfatherCharlene Martin, GrandmotherTom Dill, GrandfatherTamara Dill, GrandmotherCharley Dill, GrandmotherChris Martin, UncleDan Martin, UncleEric Dill (Heather Southworth), UncleAmanda Smith (Steve), Auntmany cousins, extended family and friendscenter_img Obituary Of Oliver “Ollie” DillOliver “Ollie” Dill, 3, Evansville, IN passed away on July 9, 2019. He was born on June 2, 2016 in Providence, RI to Dr. Andrew and Jamie (Martin) Dill.He loved playing with his brother, Owen and cousin, Anniston. Ollie enjoyed reading and playing in the sandbox and water tables at USI Children’s Learning Center, where he loved the ladies. He had a love for food, especially, turkey, mashed potatoes and mac-n-cheese. Ollie was known for being a practical joker. He had a love for animals and enjoyed going to the zoo.Oliver is preceded in death by his grandmother, Charley Dill.He is survived by his parents; brother, Owen Dill; grandparents, James E. (Charlene) Martin and Tom (Tamara) Dill; aunts and uncles, Chris Martin, Dan Martin, Eric Dill (Heather Southworth) and Amanda Smith (Steve); and many other cousins, extended family and friends.Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday July 17, 2019 at Alexander East Chapel officiated by Celebrant Carrie Hatchett. Friends may visit Tuesday 3-7pm and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Alexander Memorial Park.last_img read more

The Apache Hadoop project took off in enterprises

The Apache Hadoop project took off in enterprises

first_imgThe Apache Hadoop project took off in enterprises over a fairly short period of time. Four or five years ago, Hadoop was just becoming a “thing” for enterprise data processing and experimentation. MapReduce was at the heart of that thing, and Spark was still only a research project at the University of California at Berkeley. Soon after, though, if you were doing “Big Data,” you were using Hadoop.Spark wasn’t even an Apache project when Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR were already in full business swing in 2013 with Hadoop offerings. Only two years ago did it graduate to be a top-level project.Today, Spark is a part of most Big Data conversations, as is evidenced by how many vendors are offering integrations, or are planning them in the near future. Large enterprises, such as Toyota, Palantir, Netflix and Goldman Sachs, are embracing the technology.(Related: A detailed look at Spark 1.6) Is this uptake at the expense of Hadoop? That’s a larger question, but to begin with, it’s become clear that Spark is replacing MapReduce. Anand Venugopal, head of product for StreamAnalytix at Impetus Technologies, said he believes this is the case.“The MapReduce computing paradigm is likely going to get replaced by Spark as the distributed compute model overall for any workload,” he said. “There’s one metric I use [when deciding what to support], which is, what is the number of customers that tell us ‘We don’t want to talk until you have Spark?’ That same metric is used for any technology: Is there a critical mass of customers who have a seriously broad decision-making body in the enterprise customer that has committed itself to a particular enterprise technology?”He went on to state that this critical mass currently exists in Spark, and that his company’s streaming analytics platform is bringing support online in the first quarter of 2016.Ajay Anand, vice president of products for Kyvos Insights, said, “Most customers expect to see Spark support in the road map, and we are definitely embracing it along with Hadoop. From my perspective, we look at what is the problem we’re looking to solve, and what is the right technology that is mature enough to help us solve that problem.”last_img read more