Biology Prof. Lue, Visionary in Life Sciences Pedagogy, Dies at 56 | News

In the sixteen years Gregory A. Llacer worked alongside Robert A. Lue, Llacer never knew Lue to be anything less than “an indefatigable advocate for science education,” “a blue-sky thinker,” and “a tireless humanist.”

“Rob was one of the first Harvard faculty members I got to know,” Llacer wrote in a Nov. 12 email to his staff at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, which he directs. “Even in the throes of declining health due to cancer he was fighting throughout the summer, we still were working on ideas and projects, collaborations I intend to see through.”

Lue, an innovator in life sciences education, died on Nov. 11 at 56 of a fast-moving cancer.

Lue’s footprint at Harvard stretches wide. In addition to his role as a Molecular and Cellular Biology professor of practice, he served as founding faculty director of Harvard’s online education platform, HarvardX; the first faculty

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Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh Dies at 46; Bezos Mourns Untimely Loss

(Bloomberg) — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of who revolutionized the online shoe industry and gained notoriety for his company’s unique corporate culture, has died. He was 46.

The cause of Hsieh’s death wasn’t released. Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, told news outlets that Hsieh had been injured in a house fire while visiting Connecticut. He was with family there when he died Friday night, KLAS-TV reported.

A Harvard graduate, Hsieh gained success in the dot com era. He joined Zappos in 1999 when it was called and led it for two decades. Inc. purchased the company for $1.2 billion in 2009 and Hsieh remained as chief executive officer until stepping down in August.

Tony Hsieh wearing a blue shirt: Key Speakers At The 2017 SALT Conference

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Amazon’s purchase of the company signaled Jeff Bezos was both impressed and threatened with Zappos’

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Former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh dies at 46

Tony Hsieh, the former CEO of online shoe retailer Zappos has died, the company confirmed Saturday. Hsieh retired from the Las Vegas-based company in August, after 20 years at the helm. Under his leadership, Zappos became known for its customer service and employee-focused company culture. Hsieh wrote a best-selling autobiography titled “Delivering Happiness” that detailed his philosophy.

Amazon acquired Zappos for $1.2 billion in 2009, and kept Hsieh on as CEO. He said in 2010 he had decided to sell to the e-commerce giant because Amazon recognized “the uniqueness of Zappos’s culture and Amazon’s duty to protect it. We think of Amazon as a giant consulting company that we can hire if we want—for instance, if we need help redesigning our warehouse systems.”

According to CNN, Hsieh, 46, died from injuries he suffered at a house fire in Connecticut where he was visiting family.

“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the

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Tony Hsieh, Zappos icon who helped revitalize downtown Las Vegas, dies at 46

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Tony Hsieh, CEO of, poses in the Ogden in downtown Las Vegas Thursday, June 7, 2012.

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Tony Hsieh brought Zappos, his Amazon-owned shoe company, to downtown Las Vegas in 2013. He also brought a vision of creating “the co-learning and co-working capital of the world,” investing $350 million in DTP Companies to transform the area into a modern-day tech landing spot.

The company developed Container Park to bring a central recreation and dining destination, and built the sleek Fremont9 apartments, among other developments.

“It’s just been really cool seeing the evolution of this area,” Hsieh said in 2015.

Hsieh, who unexpectedly died Friday, is being remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid to take risks, which for downtown Las Vegas resulted in a multimillion-dollar personal investment to turn the area

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Kohli, Who Shaped India’s IT Services Industry, Dies at 96

(Bloomberg) — Faqir Chand Kohli, the founding chief executive officer of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., who steered the Indian company for three decades, has died. He was 96.

logo: Signage for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is displayed outside the company's headquarters in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of India's biggest conglomerate, was replaced as Tata Sons chairman by his 78-year-old predecessor Ratan Tata at a board meeting on Oct. 24. Tata Sons said the conglomerate's board and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were concerned about a growing “trust deficit” with Mistry, which prompted the company to remove him.

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Signage for Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. is displayed outside the company’s headquarters in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Cyrus Mistry, the ousted chairman of India’s biggest conglomerate, was replaced as Tata Sons chairman by his 78-year-old predecessor Ratan Tata at a board meeting on Oct. 24. Tata Sons said the conglomerate’s board and Trustees of the Tata Trusts were concerned about a growing “trust deficit” with Mistry, which prompted the company to remove him.

Kohli, who was asked to join the fledgling TCS in 1969 by then Tata Sons Ltd. Chairman Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, did his post graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining Tata group’s power unit in 1951.


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Dr. Mary Fowkes, 66, Dies; Helped Science Understand the Pandemic

Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., in Westchester County. She was 66.

Her daughter, Jackie Treatman, said the cause was a heart attack.

When Dr. Fowkes (rhymes with “pokes”) and her team began their autopsies, little was known about the novel coronavirus, which was believed to be largely a respiratory disease. The first few dozen autopsies revealed that Covid-19 affected the lungs and other vital organs, and that the virus probably traveled through the body in the endothelial cells, which line the interior of blood vessels.

“We saw very small and very microscopic blood clots in the lungs, the heart, the

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Bitcoin, Blockchain Entrepreneur Malcolm CasSelle Dies At 50

Malcolm CaSelle, a pioneering blockchain technology and Bitcoin entrepreneur, has died at age 50, according to a social media post from friend and colleague E. David Ellington.

“My younger brother, business partner, advisor and friend, Malcolm CasSelle, died in Mexico yesterday,” Ellington wrote on November 18, 2020. “Apparently, his friends said he had a stomach ache when he woke. He took some antibiotics. They came back six hours later to check on him and found him dead in his room (at their home).”

CaSelle was the CEO of BIGtoken, a data management platform that leverages blockchain technology to allow consumers to own, verify and sell their own personal data. He served as the CIO of OPSkins, a video game skin-trading platform, and as the president of Worldwide Asset Exchange (WAX), a marketplace for digital goods built on a blockchain. In a career that spanned decades, CaSelle contributed to numerous

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Edith O’Donnell, praised for belonging on ‘a Mount Rushmore’ of Dallas philanthropists, dies at 94

Edith Jones O’Donnell, who played a pivotal role in advancing educational and arts endeavors in her adopted city — so much so that one executive describes her as belonging on “a Mount Rushmore” of Dallas philanthropists — died at her home Saturday night. She was 94.

“Edith lived a purpose-driven life,” said Peter O’Donnell Jr., 96, whom she married in 1952 and with whom she shared a more than 60-year partnership in philanthropy. “She never stopped thinking about the arts and the next big thing. Her central concept was making Dallas a center for creativity.”

O’Donnell and her husband co-founded the O’Donnell Foundation in 1957, and for many years most of their gifts — which total $780 million, according to her husband’s published memoir — were anonymous.

“It was not until recently that they liked their names on anything,” said Edith O’Donnell’s close friend and fellow philanthropist, Margot Perot, the

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Masatoshi Koshiba, 94, Dies; Nobel Winner Tracked Ghostly Neutrinos

Masatoshi Koshiba was born on Sept. 19, 1926, in the coastal city of Toyohashi, in central Japan, the second child of Toshio and Hayako Koshiba. His mother died when he was 3, and his father, a military officer, married his deceased wife’s elder sister. They had two sons.

Dr. Koshiba grew up in Yokosuka, a city on Tokyo Bay, and attended an elite high school in Tokyo. He had been thinking of studying German literature at the University of Tokyo until he overheard his physics teacher, who had given him a flunking grade, denigrate his abilities.

“That statement made me furious, so I started studying physics,” Dr. Koshiba said in an oral history interview for the American Institute of Physics in 1997. “After one full month of concentrated work, I passed the physics department requirement, while the favorite student of the professor failed.”

After graduating from the university and two

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Japan Nobel laureate Koshiba who found neutrinos dies at 94

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese astrophysicist Masatoshi Koshiba, a co-winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics for confirming the existence of elementary particles called neutrinos, has died. He was 94.

Koshiba, a distinguished professor at the University of Tokyo, died at a Tokyo hospital on Thursday, the university announced Friday. It didn’t provide a cause of death.

Koshiba devised the construction of giant underground chambers to detect neutrinos, elusive particles that stream from the sun.

Neutrinos offer a unique view of the sun’s inner workings because they are produced in its heart by the same process that causes the sun to shine.

He shared the prize with two other scientists — the late Raymond Davis Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania, who also worked on neutrino detectors, and the late Italian-born scientist Riccardo Giacconi, who was cited for X-ray telescopes that provide sharper images of the universe.

Koshiba worked at

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