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NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In August 2017, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will become the second State University of New York (SUNY) institution to offer degree programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo. SUNY is the first American university in Korea and is also SUNY's first global campus outside of the United States. The FIT programs being offered in Korea are Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management―two signature curricula of the college―leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. These programs reflect the college's historical commitment to providing industry-ready graduates for the fashion industry and its related businesses. Fashion Design is one of the earliest programs ever offered by the college; the Fashion Business Management program is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States, providing students a comprehensive business curriculum focused on the fashion industry. FIT's location in Korea makes it the college's third location abroad, along with Milan and Florence, and extends the institution's global reach. The application deadline is June 30 and, after that, admission is on a rolling basis. Admitted students will earn their AAS degree at FIT at SUNY Korea and may then apply to FIT's bachelor's degree programs in New York or in Milan for Fashion Design. "FIT is delighted to be able to offer students from all over Asia―including Japan, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam―the opportunity of an FIT education in Korea," said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. "Students will be able to benefit from FIT's offerings, complete with its curriculum and faculty, on the vibrant and innovative Incheon Global Campus. All of higher education functions globally today, and it is among FIT's goals to educate students to be fluent in this environment." Classes begin on August 25, 2017, at the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, Korea's only "smart city," which is becoming Northeast Asia's economic hub. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms, a library, research labs, a sports center, auditorium, multicultural activity center, dining hall, dormitory, and guest house, among other amenities. The Incheon Global Campus is a national project established by the Korean government and Incheon Metropolitan City. SUNY Korea is the first campus to locate there. SUNY Korea was established in 2012 as the first American university in Korea through the combined effort and investment of the South Korean and U.S. governments and SUNY at Stony Brook University. About SUNY The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. Its impact in New York State and across the globe begins with 64 institutions, including research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, colleges of technology, and an online learning network. SUNY serves nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY's nearly 3 million alumni are located around the globe, each making their own unique impact. About FIT The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for more than 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Among notable alumni in fashion are Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Amsale Aberra, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Dennis Basso, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ralph Rucci, John Bartlett, and Michelle Smith. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals; international restaurant designer Tony Chi; Nina Garcia, creative director, Marie Claire; Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics; and Joe Zee, executive creative officer, Yahoo Style.


Fit4D, the leading diabetes patient support solution, announced today that its founder and CEO, David Weingard, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s annual American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference taking place in Indianapolis Friday, August 4th through Monday August 7th. The annual AADE conference brings together experts to provide a global perspective to the discussion of critical issues and new models of diabetes care. Nearly 422 million people in the world have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the World Health Organization, with a disproportionate amount affecting high-risk populations, including seniors and low-income households. Fit4D successfully combines two important elements: a CDE who is the patient’s own clinical expert delivering personalized plans that address individual barriers to self-management, along with a technology platform that facilitates scalability. Fit4D was founded by David after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 36 while training for a survival race. A veteran of numerous running and triathlon races, David committed to rebuilding his life and providing positive energy to the diabetes community while coping with the condition on a 24×7 basis. David’s personal experience receiving meaningful education and support from a CDE sparked the idea for Fit4D to leverage technology to scale patient reach in order to improve adherence and outcomes for pharmaceutical, payer and provider organizations. “I am honored to be announced as one of the keynote speakers at such a distinguished industry conference as AADE, “ said David Weingard, founder and CEO of Fit4D. “Fit4D and AADE are aligned in our mission to enrich the lives of people with diabetes. It’s always inspiring to meet so many passionate, like-minded diabetes educators and industry professionals.” Everyday, Fit4D works with diverse client organizations from pharma to payers and providers to deliver an impactful patient support offering that not only improves persistency to Rx and quality measures, but also the overall patient experience. David will be sharing his perspective on these business models, how they are implemented in real world and how CDEs can integrate into this evolving environment to deliver better outcomes for patients. Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the ability of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs), to reach and engage patients. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverage the Fit4D technology platform to engage patients with personalized plans that address the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include diabetes education, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psychosocial barriers, weight management and more. Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and Diabetes Research Institute.


Fit4D, a leading diabetes patient engagement solution, has earned a Platinum overall Impact Business Model rating (the highest rating available) by GIIRS, the Global Impact Investing Rating System. GIIRS was developed by B Lab, a non-profit dedicated to supporting for-profit companies to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. A GIIRS rating analyzes a company’s social impact performance against peers. Fit4D met the criteria for a Platinum impact rating through its commitment to empowering the lives of the nearly 29-million people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fit4D successfully combines two important elements: a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) who acts as a personal coach to deliver customized plans that address individual barriers to self-management, along with a technology platform that facilitates scalability. “We are proud to have been recognized as a company with a strong social mission by GIIRS,” said David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D. “Our CDEs work tirelessly every day to empower and motivate people with diabetes. Our mission is to improve the health of people with diabetes and we are looking to continuously scale the reach of our CDEs so that as many patients as possible can have access to expert support, enabling them to live more fully with diabetes.” “We are thrilled with the impact Fit4D is demonstrating in our communities and health system as evidenced by their Platinum business model GIIRS rating,” said Fit4D Board Member and Investor, Cody Nystrom, Managing Director SJF Ventures. “SJF is committed to investing in companies who provide meaningful societal impact and Fit4D’s adherence and engagement solution is delivering proven outcomes for patients of their pharmaceutical and payer clients.” Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the ability of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs) to reach and engage patients. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverages the Fit4D technology platform to engage patients with personalized plans that address the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include diabetes education, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psychosocial barriers, weight management and more. About Fit4D Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes and other chronic diseases worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and cost-effective personalized patient programs using a technology platform to optimize the mix of digital and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D, a Startup Health transformer company, has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and the Diabetes Research Institute. For more information, visit: http://www.fit4d.com. About B Lab and GIIRS B Lab is a US-based nonprofit dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. In pursuit of this vision, B Lab focuses on (i) developing GIIRS Ratings & Analytics, a global impact ratings system and analytics platform that drives private investment capital to high impact for-profit social enterprises, (ii) establishing social and environmental performance standards for certifying B Corporations, and (iii) promoting a new corporate form for profit-based companies providing a public benefit. For more information, visit http://www.giirs.org, http://www.bcorporation.net, and http://www.benefitcorp.net. About SJF Ventures SJF Ventures is a venture capital fund with offices in Durham, NC, New York and San Francisco. SJF has a 18-year successful record of assisting visionary and talented management teams in building industry-leading firms providing meaningful societal impact. SJF provides strong expertise and networks in the technology-enhanced services sectors of energy, infrastructure, health and education. For more information visit http://www.sjfventures.com.


Cowles J.M.,University of Minnesota | Wragg P.D.,University of Minnesota | Wright A.J.,FIT | Powers J.S.,University of Minnesota | And 2 more authors.
Global Change Biology | Year: 2016

Ecosystems worldwide are increasingly impacted by multiple drivers of environmental change, including climate warming and loss of biodiversity. We show, using a long-term factorial experiment, that plant diversity loss alters the effects of warming on productivity. Aboveground primary productivity was increased by both high plant diversity and warming, and, in concert, warming (≈1.5 °C average above and belowground warming over the growing season) and diversity caused a greater than additive increase in aboveground productivity. The aboveground warming effects increased over time, particularly at higher levels of diversity, perhaps because of warming-induced increases in legume and C4 bunch grass abundances, and facilitative feedbacks of these species on productivity. Moreover, higher plant diversity was associated with the amelioration of warming-induced environmental conditions. This led to cooler temperatures, decreased vapor pressure deficit, and increased surface soil moisture in higher diversity communities. Root biomass (0-30 cm) was likewise consistently greater at higher plant diversity and was greater with warming in monocultures and at intermediate diversity, but at high diversity warming had no detectable effect. This may be because warming increased the abundance of legumes, which have lower root : shoot ratios than the other types of plants. In addition, legumes increase soil nitrogen (N) supply, which could make N less limiting to other species and potentially decrease their investment in roots. The negative warming × diversity interaction on root mass led to an overall negative interactive effect of these two global change factors on the sum of above and belowground biomass, and thus likely on total plant carbon stores. In total, plant diversity increased the effect of warming on aboveground net productivity and moderated the effect on root mass. These divergent effects suggest that warming and changes in plant diversity are likely to have both interactive and divergent impacts on various aspects of ecosystem functioning. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


PubMed | University of Minnesota and FIT
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Global change biology | Year: 2016

Ecosystems worldwide are increasingly impacted by multiple drivers of environmental change, including climate warming and loss of biodiversity. We show, using a long-term factorial experiment, that plant diversity loss alters the effects of warming on productivity. Aboveground primary productivity was increased by both high plant diversity and warming, and, in concert, warming (1.5 C average above and belowground warming over the growing season) and diversity caused a greater than additive increase in aboveground productivity. The aboveground warming effects increased over time, particularly at higher levels of diversity, perhaps because of warming-induced increases in legume and C4 bunch grass abundances, and facilitative feedbacks of these species on productivity. Moreover, higher plant diversity was associated with the amelioration of warming-induced environmental conditions. This led to cooler temperatures, decreased vapor pressure deficit, and increased surface soil moisture in higher diversity communities. Root biomass (0-30 cm) was likewise consistently greater at higher plant diversity and was greater with warming in monocultures and at intermediate diversity, but at high diversity warming had no detectable effect. This may be because warming increased the abundance of legumes, which have lower root : shoot ratios than the other types of plants. In addition, legumes increase soil nitrogen (N) supply, which could make N less limiting to other species and potentially decrease their investment in roots. The negative warming diversity interaction on root mass led to an overall negative interactive effect of these two global change factors on the sum of above and belowground biomass, and thus likely on total plant carbon stores. In total, plant diversity increased the effect of warming on aboveground net productivity and moderated the effect on root mass. These divergent effects suggest that warming and changes in plant diversity are likely to have both interactive and divergent impacts on various aspects of ecosystem functioning.


News Article | November 30, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Fit4D, a New York City-based health technology company, announced today that former Prudential Healthcare President, Sam Havens, and Susan Duffy, former McCann Healthcare President, have joined its Board of Strategic Advisors. Both Sam and Susan will advise Fit4D as it continues to deliver on its mission of empowering people with diabetes. Fit4D has demonstrated success in improving the health of people with diabetes through its technology-enabled services. The appointment of both Sam and Susan demonstrates Fit4D’s commitment to further accelerate its growth through its pharmaceutical, payer and provider distribution channels. “Sam has years of healthcare experience, beginning at Prudential and then leading and advising 15 payer and health IT companies,” said David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D. “We are excited to have him join the Fit4D team as we scale patient volumes within regional and national health plans. Susan’s experience delivering impactful solutions to pharmaceutical clients will support our continued innovation in diabetes and non-diabetes market segments. Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the reach of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs), allowing them to manage a patient population more than five times larger than traditional inpatient settings. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverage the proprietary technology platform to engage patients with a personalized plan that addresses the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include basic education about the condition, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psychosocial barriers and more. “I am honored to join the Fit4D Board of Advisors,” said Sam Havens, former Prudential Healthcare President and board member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and TelaDoc. “I am tremendously excited to make an impact guiding the growth of the company as it continues to leverage its technology platform in the market.” “Fit4D is an innovative health IT company,” said Susan Duffy, former President of McCann Healthcare. “I’m thrilled to join the team and help expand their reach so they can help more people through their expert health coaching.” Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and Diabetes Research Institute.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Fit4D, a New York City-based health technology company, announced today that Jeff Becker, J.D., founding partner at Epstein Becker & Green, will join its Board of Directors. Fit4D has demonstrated success in improving the health of people with diabetes through its technology-enabled services. By appointing Mr. Becker to the board, Fit4D demonstrates its continued commitment to bring industry thought leaders into its team to further accelerate its growth through its pharmaceutical, payer and provider clients. Jeff Becker co-founded Epstein Becker & Green in 1973 and provides strategic advice and legal guidance to a wide range of health care organizations. Mr. Becker was selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America (1995 to 2017) and selected as one of the leading health care attorneys in New York by Chambers USA. “We are honored to have Jeff Becker join the Fit4D board,” said David Weingard, CEO of Fit4D. “Today’s healthcare landscape is complex and Jeff’s business and legal acumen is critical to successfully navigating this landscape while achieving our business and social mission." “I am tremendously excited to join the Fit4D team and support the company improving the health of people with diabetes. Fit4D’s technology-enabled services deliver innovation and measurable value to its clients and I look forward to contributing to the company’s ongoing success,” said Jeff Becker. Fit4D is a technology-enabled health coaching solution that scales the reach of expert certified diabetes educators (CDEs), allowing them to manage a patient population more than five times larger than traditional inpatient settings. Fit4D clients include pharmaceutical companies with a branded drug or device seeking to improve initiation and adherence, and payers looking to improve health outcomes and quality measures. The company’s team of CDEs across the country leverage the Fit4D technology platform to engage patients with a personalized plan that addresses the individual barriers one faces when learning to self-manage the condition. Coaching topics include diabetes education, tips and tactics to initiate therapy and improve medication adherence, the importance of preventive care, nutrition, exercise, advice to overcome psycho-social barriers and more. About Fit4D Fit4D’s mission is to improve the lives of people living with diabetes worldwide. Fit4D delivers scalable and effective patient programs through an optimized mix of its technology platform and human-based touch points. The Fit4D clinical team of certified diabetes educators (CDEs) is comprised of dietitians, exercise physiologists, nurses, and social workers, who are passionate about empowering people with diabetes to live rich, healthy and fulfilling lives. Fit4D’s Fortune 500 clients include pharmaceutical, payer, provider and wellness companies. Fit4D has also engaged in numerous joint initiatives with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and the Diabetes Research Institute.


Oda T.,Fukuoka Institute of Technology | Barolli A.,Seikei University | Xhafa F.,University of Barcelona | Barolli L.,FIT | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing | Year: 2013

Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs) have become an important networking infrastructure for providing cost-efficient broadband wireless connectivity. WMNs are showing their applicability in deployment of medical, transport and surveillance applications in urban areas, metropolitan, neighboring communities and municipal area networks. In this paper, we deal with connectivity and coverage problem of WMN. Because these problems are known to be NP-Hard, we propose and implement a system based on Genetic Algorithms (GAs). We evaluate the performance of the proposed system by different scenarios using different metrics such as client distribution, crossover rate, mutation rate, coverage area and giant component. The simulation results show that for 32 × 32 and 64 × 64 grid area, Linear Ranking is good selection operator and offers the best network connectivity and user coverage. © 2012 Springer-Verlag.


Martinez G.,FIT | Val L.,FIT
Proceedings of the 2014 Latin American Computing Conference, CLEI 2014 | Year: 2014

This paper presents the development of a distributed computing framework based on standard web technologies. The workload is specified as Javascript code, split into pieces served via HTTP and executed by web workers inside the clients' web browser. Initially developed to run genetic algorithms in a parallel fashion, our implementation has been generalized into a system powerful enough to run any kind of computationally intensive work. It allows running a distributed algorithm in a huge number of different devices. There are no special software requirements since every modern platform with a powerful CPU and a network connection has at least one web browser available. The tests show tasks can be run in web browsers in a secure and efficient manner. We show the great portability and performance achieved using a simple test bed problem. © 2014 IEEE.


News Article | October 29, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

Expanding its executive team by adding four new positions to its senior team, FIT4MOM - the world’s largest wellness company with programs exclusively and thoughtfully designed for moms - continues its impressive growth. Following months of consulting with the company and seeing strong advancements financially and culturally, Ash Robinson has been hired as chief executive officer. In a new position to the company, Whitney Benjamin has been hired as senior director of content and product, while Farel Bischoff Hruska has been promoted to global fitness director and Erin Rymsa has been promoted to vice president of franchise operations. Entering its 15th year in business, FIT4MOM’s chief founding mom Lisa Druxman realized it was time to evolve the business and her role. That in order for the company to reach its mission of serving one million moms, she needed a CEO and senior team who understood the market space of the modern mom, how to reach her and how to successfully scale the business. Druxman is evolving her role to focus on developing FIT4MOM’s expanding instructor and franchise teams, developing new product lines and direct to consumer verticals, and touring the company’s various locations throughout the country. “This company strives to be a leader for working mothers so we can create positive change in our society for all modern families,” said Druxman. “Thanks in huge part to Ash’s leadership and our new team, we have a work environment that is inclusive of motherhood and the talent we are able to attract, keep and engage is priceless as a result.” As CEO, Robinson brings a perfect blend of franchise business ownership and COO experience, having grown her own 50-unit franchise brand which was acquired by Kidville in 2009, where she was brought on to lead the company. While Robinson was COO for Kidville, Inc, she provided executive leadership of its franchise division, supporting the overall growth of the consumer brand, and inspired a culture of collaboration and results. The company was rooted in early childhood education and marketing to moms in the same stage of life as FIT4MOM clients. “I want to amplify FIT4MOM’s mission and Lisa’s vision,” said Robinson. “I want women who work here and invest here as franchisees to earn more with their hustle hours, yet do so with ease and grace. I want to own the conversation on mom's well being online and in our local communities. I want to preserve the organic goodness of this brand, while showing the world that FIT4MOM is the Hero of Motherhood, which is the real core of the brand our community of franchisees and instructors have created.” The talent at the helm of FIT4MOM is rounded out with newly named global fitness director Hruska, who has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years and is one of the most accredited and experienced trainers in the prenatal and postnatal industry. She has been with FIT4MOM since the beginning, and leads the development and training of the company’s 3,000+ instructors. Also a veteran to the team, but in a new role, is VP of franchise operations Rymsa. She brings more than 15 years of experience in program development and training in the private and public sector and will oversee all franchisee initiatives from their onboarding to their ongoing success and training, while managing operations for the entire company. Benjamin, a wellness marketing industry veteran, has been hired to the new position of senior director of content and product, where she oversees all aspects of FIT4MOM’s product and service offerings, in addition to branding and marketing. Benjamin is helping to shape how the story of FIT4MOM is told and ensuring the company’s products and programs truly deliver on making mamas healthier and happier. To join the FIT4MOM village, visit http://www.fit4mom.com and learn more about the fitness programs offered, how to become an instructor or how to start a franchise. About FIT4MOM Founded in 2001, FIT4MOM is the world’s largest wellness company with programs exclusively and thoughtfully designed for moms. When mama joins the FIT4MOM village she truly learns to take care of herself through fitness and nutrition, often for the first time. She can mentally and physically prepare for motherhood in FIT4BABY, regain her fitness with her babe(s) by her side in Stroller Strides or Stroller Barre, or push herself through high intensity interval and nutrition training in Body Back. In more than 1,300 locations nationwide, FIT4MOM has built a real village of fitness professionals that nurture the total wellness of mothers. Equipping moms with the tools of self-care and connectedness, allowing her to find her own strength in motherhood, and evolve in the family and career of her choosing. With FIT4MOM women discover their greatest inner and physical strength, connect with like-minded mamas, and find a sisterhood in motherhood that is greatly lacking in today’s modern world. For more information visit http://www.fit4mom.com or become a fan at Facebook.com/CORPFIT4MOM.

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