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Making an art of science

March 1, 2021 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgEditor’s note: This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.For Kevin Shee, a lifelong love of dancing and four years of intense focus on that art won’t end with his graduation from Harvard this spring. It will take a back seat, though, to a newer love: that of a scientist conducting research on cancer.Shee, who lives in Winthrop House, is a molecular and cellular biology concentrator. He plans to take a few weeks off after graduating and then begin a two-year job as a cancer researcher at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT laboratory of Todd Golub, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.When Shee’s two-year contract is up, he plans on pursuing additional studies in graduate school, perhaps medical school. Though he entered Harvard with pre-med aspirations, in the four years since, he has become enamored with research.But Shee is sure he’ll continue dancing. Before coming to Harvard, he danced with the Crockett-Deane Ballet, based near his home in Sacramento, Calif.Shee is the older of two children in his family, both dancers. His parents always encouraged them to pursue art, Shee said, so that was important to him when he visited Harvard for the first time and saw a dance performance. Since then, he has danced with the Harvard Ballet Company, the Asian American Dance Troupe, and the Harvard Dance Program.Though he was urged to audition for jobs as a dancer after Commencement, Shee is a bit philosophical about the choice presented to him.“Dance is not something you need to do on a professional basis to really do it, and really enjoy it,” Shee said. “The act of expressing myself through dance is very fulfilling for me. Doing it as an extracurricular, but to a full extent, is more than I had hoped for.”Though he expects to continue taking dance lessons in Boston, Shee loves science too. Shee was interested in science in high school, but it was only in college that he was able to delve more fully into biology and become intrigued by both its complexity and its potential to do good.“There are a lot of things in the field of biology that I had no idea about. I found there was so much more to be discovered and so much more I needed to learn to make a mark in the field,” Shee said. “The more I learned, the more I realized there’s a lot to be done.”Shee has some personal motivation as well, since cancer has touched his family. A cousin died of liver cancer while Shee was at Harvard, and his mother is a breast cancer survivor.“This research has a lot to offer the world,” Shee said.Though many people think art and science are opposite disciplines, Shee doesn’t think that’s the case. The further he delves into biology, the more he sees the beauty of how it’s put together and understands that intuition and feeling, important to the dancer, are also important to the scientist.“They seem mutually exclusive, but they’re really not,” Shee said.For students just entering Harvard, Shee recommends they find something that excites them enough to spend the time it will take to excel in it.“It’s really important to find a passion, something to give your day to,” Shee said.last_img read more

VEDA loan capacity increased

January 1, 2021 | tdpedrwj | No Comments

first_imgVERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (VEDA)SEES ITS VERMONT SBA 504 CORPORATION LOAN PROGRAM CAPACITY INCREASEDCongressional Action Increases Lending Authority of NationsSBA-Certified Development Corporations Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Economic Development Authoritys Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program — Vermonts only statewide SBA-authorized Certified Development Corporation (CDC) — will now be able to loan up to $4 million in SBA 504 funds to certain small manufacturing projects, a new category of lending established under the program. Limits for other qualifying business projects were increased as well, from $1 million to $1.5 million for regular 504 loans, and from $1.3 million to $2 million for loans that meet a public policy goal. The changes are a result of recent Congressional approval of provisions governing the 504 Loan Program through the FY05 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which has been signed into law. This is terrific news for Vermonts manufacturing community, in particular, said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley, noting that certain small manufacturers have been specified in the new provisions as being eligible for 504 loans of up to $4 million. Many other types of businesses in Vermont will benefit from additional expanded loan limits under the new law, as well — especially in a rising rate environment, Bradley said. SBA 504 funds are a federally-guaranteed source of fixed-rate, long-term, low-interest funding, and as such, are vital to Vermonts jobs creation and business expansion efforts. Under the SBA 504 Loan Program, which is funded through fee income from borrowers, lenders and CDCs, the U.S. Small Business Administration provides a 100 percent guaranty of a debenture, or pool of debentures, that is sold to investors. Once sold, a CDC then loans those funds to the borrower as a 504 loan. SBA 504 funding is a good deal for borrowers and bankers alike, Bradley explained, not only because of the long-term, below-market rates it offers, but also because the debt is subordinated to first-position mortgaging by a participating bank in an approved project. Its win-win, all the way around. VEDA was recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2004 for the Authoritys work on a national scale as a high-performing CDC. Darcy Carter, Acting Director of the SBA Vermont District Office, noted that in the prior year, VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program processed loans totaling almost $7 million, giving Vermont the biggest percentage increase in SBA 504 volume anywhere in the country. For more information about VEDAs Vermont SBA 504 Corporation Loan Program, interested parties should call 802-828-5627, or visit VEDAs website at www.veda.org(link is external). VEDA is a public instrumentality of the State of Vermont, created by the General Assembly in 1974. Its mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. In its 30-year history, VEDA has made financing commitments of over $1 billion.last_img read more