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In the picture: State Secretary Stefan Muhle from the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation hands over the funding decision for the QVLS High-Tech Incubator to those responsible for the project at PTB. From left to right: Dr. Nicolas Spethmann (PTB), Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Frank Härtig (Vice President of PTB), StS Stefan Muhle, Dr. Anna Cypionka (PTB) (Photo: PTB)


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TU Delft students presented their latest hydrogen-powered racing car on the Scheveningen Pier last Tuesday. With its top speed of 300 kilometers per hour, the 'Forze IX' is expected to compete with Porsches and Lamborghinis on the Zandvoort circuit and definitively break the spell for hydrogen in the automotive industry. Racing without emissions "We want to inspire people to embrace hydrogen as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels and show that it is not inferior to conventional racing cars on the race track." That the hydrogen racer is not inferior to 'normal' cars with internal combustion engines has already been proven by the team. In 2019, the previous model earned a podium finish in the Sport Class of the Supercar Challenge at the Assen circuit, where the team left several gasoline-powered opponents behind.

Innovative students With the new car, the students are taking a giant step forward in technology. However advanced the students' design has become, the operating principle is still the same: hydrogen from the tanks is chemically reacted with oxygen in a fuel cell, creating water and electricity. That electricity is used by the car to power its electric motors. "We want to keep challenging ourselves and push the boundaries of technology" Tonnaer said. "The Forze IX has a peak power output of more than 800 hp converted, thanks in part to a dual fuel cell and a super battery that can deliver a hefty 'adrenaline shot.' That's really huge". Huge challenge The development took over two years, "an unprecedented challenge, especially in the recent period" according to the team manager. "So many team members have put their heart and soul into this project over the years. To see all that come together in this car is fantastic". The next step for the team is to continue testing all the systems so that the hydrogen racer can hit the track as soon as possible. More information Visit the website of Forze Delft for more information.

I reflect on the academic impact of HTI as part of the 1.5 generation in Latin@́ theologies, one among our generations Ñ who earned doctoral degrees momentitos after our pioneers but navigated graduate education before the acompañamiento offered by HTI.[1] With the pioneers we were invited into un conjunto, a conspiracy of prophets of a tomorrow not entirely our own.[2] Ecumenical in ways that sometimes were not conceivable in the pews of our respective iglesias, Latin@́ theologians and scholars of religion and sacred texts realized that surviving and thriving graduate programs y la vida académica necessitated communities of mutual accountability, networks of ongoing support, and the visible presence of Latin@́s as professors, administrators, deans, presidents and authors because it is hard enough to envision your place in a space without seeing your name, your face, tu gente already there among your teachers, your mentors, your sources, and your classmates.

After a quarter of a century of accompanying Latin@́s through doctoral studies, the numbers of qualified Latin@́s available for positions within the academy has surely expanded thanks in part to the tireless efforts of HTI. Within higher education, however, strategies of limited representation have not yet yielded the critical mass necessary to change most institutional cultures. In graduate theological education, Latin@́ faculty and leadership should, at the very least, proportionately reflect demographic growth in denominational and congregational life.

While certainly not comprehensive, the following bibliographic litany serves as a necessary reminder of the trajectory and wealth of sourcing cultivated by opportunities to conspire together in common spaces. The names of editors and contributing authors in this select chronological listing of books read like an HTI directory of fellows, alumni, and mentors.

Scripted within this representative selection of anthologies en y de conjunto, as well as throughout a broader swath of Latin@́ scholarship (including the HTI sponsored peer-reviewed journal Perspectivas, the HTI Dissertation Series Collection, and the annual book prize) are cuentos de las luchas, narratives of struggles contemporary and ancient; reflections on being Latin@́ in our respective faith traditions; retrievals of histories and peoples too often forgotten, ignored, displaced. Migrations, embodied biological and cultural hybridities, ambiguities of borderlands and diasporas inform biblical hermeneutics and serve as loci theologici. Popular religious practices, testimonios, coritos, ofrendas, and Via Crucis are respected as sources for and articulations of popular theologizing. Ethnographies and qualitative studies unmask realities that pastoral care is not generic and that there are legacies of healing, local wisdoms, and curanderismo that offer helpful insights into the wholeness of the human person within communities. Prophetic voices within our scholarly circle insist that both Latin@́ complicity in and victimization by the enduring and pernicious tentacles of racism, colonization, empire, sexism and heteronormativity cannot be dismissed. As Latin@́ scholars, we bring to our research ethical responsibilities to interrogate criticallý our own cultural inheritances, productions and practices, and the non-innocent histories that continue to trouble, complicate, and jeopardize our relationships and alliances.

The struggles faced by generations of Latin@́ scholars in the academy cannot be underestimated. Among the obstacles to student and faculty success were limited opportunities for publication, dismissal of Latin@́ focused research as parochial, and biases against Spanish in fulfillment of modern language requirements in graduate studies. These attitudes, practices, and policies hampered both the production and availability of sources. Coupled with the fallacy that Latin@́s do not write in English, the consequences included a lack of diverse resourcing of courses and programs in higher education as well as in the preparation of pastoral leaders.

Through various venues promoting Latin@́ scholarship, HTI participates in the steady stream of Latin@́ theologians, biblical interpreters, and scholars of religion who create spaces in what has otherwise been too often experienced as impenetrable and even toxic environments. Nurtured en la lucha was a dynamic sense of agency and urgency to redress this absence of scholarship accomplished latinamente. In 1980, the pioneering ecumenical and bilingual journal Apuntes was established under the aegis of what was then called the Mexican American Program of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.[8] In 1993, the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) launched the peer-reviewed Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology. In 1998 HTI began publishing Perspectivas, an Occasional Papers series that evolved into a peer-reviewed journal. All three journals continue as respected online publications not only resourcing academy and church but pushing the edges of latinidad while providing credible and necessary spaces for faculty to participate in peer-reviewed publishing.

Through these ventures, HTI partakes in efforts that support Latin@́ faculty success yet also challenge static notions of la vida académica. En conjunto with scholars particularly from underrepresented communities, the HTI network is part of a trend questioning and expanding what qualifies scholarship, publication, and service as criteria for promotions and tenure especially in a virtual age accelerated by a global pandemic.

Twenty-five years of accomplishments among las luchas, of surviving against the odds, of building tomorrows not entirely our own deserves a fiesta. HTI participates in and was brought into existence from the creative swirls of larger intersecting motions, moments and movements stirring in and among Latin@́s within the USA and Puerto Rico. For well over forty years our Latin@́ presence has disrupted academy and church by demonstrating that particularity in theologizing and hermeneutics is not a mark of exclusion. Construction and deconstruction of identities en lo cotidiano, at borders, on hyphens, and @ (at) all sorts of places indicate both agency and an ethic of situating interpreters and contextualizing research.

Maung Myo Tu, the third of six siblings, was born on 14 July 1847 to the future King Mindon and his consort Nanda Dewi, the first Queen of the Northern Gilded Chamber (later the second Queen of the Northern Apartment).[4] After his father ascended the throne, he received the title of Thado Minhtin and was granted the appanage of Mekkhaya[5] (a town on the western bank of the mouth of the Zawgyi River in Kyaukse District) on 26 August 1853.[6] At that point he became known as the Prince (or Myoza) of Mekkhaya (an equivalent position to a duke).

On 15 November 1863, King Mindon married his son to the Pin Princess, but the marriage was not consummated;[8] this led to dissatisfaction on her part and a later divorce. The Prince of Mekkhaya had six concubines at the time of his marriage: Maiseit Khin Lay (Khin Nan Yin), Malun Khin Lay (Khin Myo Nwe), Tayoketan Khin Lay, Khin Thit, Khin Mi Mi and Khin Khin, the last being his favourite.[9]

He led the defense services in their successful suppression of the Myingun Myinkhondaing rebellion. King Mindon praised his actions by saying, "The hti and the throne are yours, my son," leading to widespread expectations that he would be the future crown prince.[10] This fell through in 1874 when Amyint administrator Maung Gyi attended on him, breaking the king's rule against relationships between the adult princes and government employees.[11] 041b061a72

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