Can super-tiny droplets of water sprayed at strawberries, spinach, and lettuce kill deadly food pathogens?Philip Demokritou, associate professor of aerosol physics and director of the Laboratory for Environmental Health NanoSciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, thinks so. And if this new technology can be successfully scaled up, he says it could be a “game-changer” in the fight against toxic microorganisms, including E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimates that each year in the U.S. approximately 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from the consumption of food contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms.In a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study published in mid-February in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Demokritou and colleagues describe how nano-sized, charged water particles called Engineered Water Nanostructures (EWNS) can inactivate foodborne bacteria on both stainless steel surfaces and on the surfaces of tomatoes. They found a dose-response relationship in the study; that is, the more EWNS they used, and the longer the EWNS were in contact with the pathogens, the more the deadly bugs were destroyed. Read Full Story
BEST PLAY REVIVALFRONTRUNNERS Left: The Elephant Man — This stylized new production of Bernard Pomerance’s drama about the grotesquely disfigured John Merrick, an unlikely celebrity in Victorian England, will undoubtedly be remembered.Right: You Can’t Take It with You — Scott Ellis kept all the plates spinning in this Kaufman and Hart comedy classic about a family of New York eccentrics living a carefree life during the Great Depression. It’s poised to be remembered for both its warmth and wackiness.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:A Delicate Balance — You can’t rule our this cast of heavy-hitters in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about existential terror in the suburbs.The Heidi Chronicles — It’s possible the first-ever Broadway revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s beloved play will be remembered even though it’s closing early.Skylight — It’s a good bet nominators will give a nod to this beautifully acted revival of David Hare’s simmering pot of politics and passion.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTThis Is Our Youth — Kenneth Lonergan’s moving portrait of three aimless post-adolescents was a reminder that even wealth and privilege cannot blot out the anxiety of making adult choices. Here’s to nominators giving it a nod.ALSO POSSIBLEIt’s Only a Play, Love Letters, The Real Thing BEST DIRECTION OF A PLAYFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — Her stunning work on this acclaimed play is creative, subtle and breathtaking. This is the definition of a frontrunner.Scott Ellis, The Elephant Man — It takes sensitivity and intelligence to turn a celebrity event into a profound theatrical experience.Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall — Keeping audiences engrossed in a two-part history drama is no small feat; he will surely get a nod.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Stephen Daldry, The Audience — His stylish direction earned admiring reviews while drawing in crowds, making us all royal watchers.Stephen Daldry, Skylight — Another knockout drama with big headliners from a director who knows how to keep things understated yet emotionally intense.Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It With You — This six-time nominee took the “follow your bliss” message of this comedy to heart and turned out an irresistible soufflé of a show.Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God — A bold jump to Broadway for this off-Broadway stalwart should be appealing to nominators looking for something new and daring.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTJoe Mantello, Airline Highway — The Tony committee should honor this two-time Tony winner’s mastery in finding the authenticity, musicality and joy in this boisterous look at outcasts on the edge. After the busiest April in recent memory (do we say that every year?), it’s awards season! Now we’re obsessing over our annual Tony forecast, including frontrunners, hopefuls and a Broadway.com Shout Out to one show we hope the Tony nominators will remember. We’ll know for sure who will get picked on April 28 (when this year’s nominees are announced), but until then check out this Tony cheat sheet for the top play categories! View Comments BEST PLAYFRONTRUNNERS Left: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time — A frontrunner since it opened in October, Simon Stephens’ inventive adaptation of Mark Haddon’s bestseller centers on an autistic teen intent on solving a canine murder mystery.Right: Wolf Hall — Hilary Mantel’s epic two-play drama turned heads (pun sort of intended) on both sides of the pond. Expect this mesmerizing theatrical undertaking to snag a nom.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Airline Highway — Lisa D’Amour’s portrait of the down-and-out denizens of a seedy New Orleans motel has a shot at a spot.The Audience —Peter Morgan gives Helen Mirren another chance to shine as you-know-whom, but will nominators bow down to the play and the performance?Disgraced — Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer-winning drama was both provocative and entertaining. Don’t count it out.Hand to God — Robert Askins’ raunchy puppet comedy stands out from the crowd, but will it nab a slot in a sea of serious dramas?BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTConstellations — Nick Payne’s romantic take on the space-time continuum was unconventional, clever and profound. Here’s hoping the Tony committee remembers this show about life’s infinite possibilities.ALSO POSSIBLE:The Country House, Fish in the Dark, Living on Love, The River
Oldenburg senior Mason Garwood has been awarded for his positive attitude at work.OLDENBURG, Ind. – Oldenburg Academy senior Mason Garwood is receiving special recognition for making a positive difference at work and in the lives of senior citizens.American Senior Communities (ASC) is honoring one employee from each of its 65 locations with the “Quest for Excellence Award.”Garwood received the award in part to his commitment and dedication as the activities assistant at Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg.Mason was 16-years-old when he began working at Arbor Grove Village, an ASC-affiliated community.He said he took the job “because he needed a job” but ended up “loving his job.”Mason says he “knows the residents won’t remember him everyday but he loves putting a smile on their face.”On Mother’s Day last year, the OA senior brought roses to female staff and residents thanking them for being wonderful mothers and women.Garwood is receiving $1,000 cash and a $10,000 scholarship due to his work ethic while on the job.ASC is a collection of senior care and retirement communities.