Read Full Story An online research seminar series launched by Dana-Farber faculty is engaging a large audience to participate in interactive sessions with leading scientists during the pandemic-caused shutdown of in-person events.Sponsored by the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Connect: Science series aims to bring together faculty, trainees, and laboratory staff by offering four seminars each week through the Zoom remote conference service. The initial talk was given by Nobel laureate William Kaelin Jr. on March 23.An average of 1,500 people are participating in the seminars, which begin at noon every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, according to David Weinstock and Kornelia Polyak who organized the series.“As it became apparent we were headed toward an Institute lockdown, Dr. Polyak and I began contemplating how to keep our trainees, staff scientists, and colleagues engaged,” said Weinstock. “We thought that a seminar series that involved leaders in cancer biology and immunology would attract a large audience, and we reasoned that many of those leaders would be eager to participate and contribute to the scientific community during this unprecedented period of separation.”Weinstock said that with the aid of Deborah Goff, Rich Oakley, and their staff at DF/HCC, they had a website and a calendar running within a few hours. The organizers then asked the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be a partner and advertise the lectures through their large database of scientists around the world.“The questions from the audience have been thought-provoking and the feedback about the series has been extremely positive,” said Weinstock.
View Comments LeFou and Gaston are not going to like the sound of this. On March 3, Alabama’s Henagar Drive-In Theatre posted on Facebook, announcing that they will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at their theater due to the film featuring Disney’s first homosexual character. As previously reported, the film’s director, Bill Condon, recently confirmed that the character LeFou, played by Tony nominee Josh Gad, is gay.”It is with great sorrow that I have to tell our customers that we will not be showing Beauty and the Beast at the Henagar Drive-In when it comes out,” the Facebook post reads. “When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand. We all make choices and I am making mine. For those that do not know Beauty and the Beast is ‘premiering’ their first homosexual character. The producer also says at the end of the movie ‘there will be a surprise for same-sex couples.'””If we can not take our 11-year-old grand daughter and eight-year-old grandson to see a movie, we have no business watching it. If I can’t sit through a movie with God or Jesus sitting by me then we have no business showing it,” the post continues. “I know there will be some that do not agree with this decision. That’s fine. We are first and foremost Christians. We will not compromise on what the Bible teaches. We will continue to show family oriented films so you can feel free to come watch wholesome movies without worrying about sex, nudity, homosexuality and foul language. Thank you for your support!”The highly anticipated live-action re-make arrives in (most) theaters on March 17.Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle (played by Emma Watson), who learns to look beyond the Beast’s (played by Dan Stevens) exterior and accept him for who he truly is. On that note, let’s watch Gad perform a clip of “Gaston” again. Josh Gad as LeFou in ‘Beauty and the Beast'(LeFou photo by Disney/Collage by Broadway.com)
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