Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sinking Ship

I spent this past Sunday at what will likely be my last baseball game of the season at Fenway, with my old beat the Tampa Bay Rays taking on the fast-fading Red Sox. With the Sox’ seemingly unbeatable Wild Card lead in jeopardy, the 4-game series over the weekend was particularly important going into the final week of the season. And as I’ve come to know the Rays over the past 5 years or so of my photojournalism career, it’s that the Rays know how to win when it matters.

And they sure proved it on Sunday, teeing off on Red Sox pitching and capitalizing on several miscues throughout the game.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia can't handle an errant throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce scores on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia can't handle an errant throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce scores on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia can't handle the throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce steals second base in the second inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia can't handle the throw as Rays right fielder Matt Joyce steals second base in the second inning at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro reacts after flying out in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro reacts after flying out in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles walks off the field after flying out to end the game in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 --BOSTON -- Red Sox third baseman Mike Aviles walks off the field after flying out to end the game in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sept. 18, 2011.

There was a significant milestone during the game, though, as starting pitcher Tim Wakefield notched his 3000th inning in a Red Sox uniform. How about a little curtain call?

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield acknowledges the Fenway Park crowd after pitching his 3,000th inning for the Red Sox -- the third inning against the Rays -- on Sept. 18, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/18/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield acknowledges the Fenway Park crowd after pitching his 3,000th inning for the Red Sox -- the third inning against the Rays -- on Sept. 18, 2011.

Tea Time for Mitt

I’m always happy whenever I pick up a political assignment. Much like sports, you get tons of passionate people, sometimes doing some pretty… interesting… things. Take this Tea Party Express rally I covered for the Boston Herald a few weeks ago. Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP candidate for president Mitt Romney was scheduled to speak to some folks at a Tea Party-sponsored event in Concord, N.H., but given his record with the healthcare reform and his well-documented change of positions, there was a contingent of “Anti-Romney” protesters at the fringes.

It all made for a lively environment, to say the least.

Concord, N.H. -- A detractor of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney dressed as "Flip Romney" to express his disapproval turns to look at a Romney supporter at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- A detractor of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney dressed as "Flip Romney" to express his disapproval turns to look at a Romney supporter at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., express their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., express their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., had literature and props on hand to show their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Don and Ann Kolifath of Bedford, N.H., had literature and props on hand to show their disapproval of former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Amanda Shell, a staff member of the Freedomworks PAC, holds up a sign expressing disapproval of 2012 presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney during a press conference before a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Amanda Shell, a staff member of the Freedomworks PAC, holds up a sign expressing disapproval of 2012 presidential candidate and former Mass. governor Mitt Romney during a press conference before a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- A variety of pins were on sale at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- A variety of pins were on sale at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Supporters of former Mass. governor Mitt Romney cheer on their presidential candidate at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Supporters of former Mass. governor Mitt Romney cheer on their presidential candidate at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

Concord, N.H. -- Former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, walk to the stage at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

9/4/2011 -- CONCORD, N.H. -- Former Mass. governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, walk to the stage at a Tea Party Express rally at Rollins Park in Concord, N.H. on Sept. 4, 2011.

And here’s how the Herald ran it:

Scientific Collaboration

With the school year starting back up again, The Chronicle of Higher Education sent me out to Emmanuel College to showcase some of their scientific research and collaborations.

Up until 10 years ago, Emmanuel was a women’s college with declining enrollment. But after opening their doors for co-ed enrollment, they’ve been growing with an increasing emphasis in science. A big part of that is the college’s partnership with pharmaceutical giant Merck, which opened a facility on campus across the driveway from Emmanuel’s science building.

Here are some of the folks I met when I was taking a look at Emmanuel.

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares stacks mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)


8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

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