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News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Lubbock, Texas, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The food safety experts in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences have earned a reputation worldwide for their expertise in developing safe practices to the food industry and helping developing nations to enhance and secure their food supply. The department houses the International Center for Food Industry and Excellence (ICFIE), a collaborative effort between the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the College of Human Sciences to emphasize food safety, value-added processing, nutrition and outreach and education. Texas Tech’s food safety laboratories are unmatched anywhere else in the world and the research developed there has made a difference in the quality and safety of food in all corners of the globe. That reach just stretched a little farther. Texas Tech announced on Wednesday two significant philanthropic investments from Cargill and Teys Australia to support research in meat science. Cargill will donate $750,000 to establish the Cargill Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Meat Science while Teys Australia, a partnership between the Teys family and Cargill, is making a $2 million gift to support research in meat science at Texas Tech. Both gifts represent a strategic and significant investment in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “We are grateful for the investment Cargill and Teys Australia have made to help Texas Tech University provide world-class expertise ensuring a plentiful and reliable food source,” Chancellor Robert L. Duncan said. “Philanthropy is how we advance higher education. The generosity of these gifts allows us to continue serving as global leaders in animal and food sciences.” Sustainable meat science is research that looks at the production of meat animals and the processing of those animals into high-quality, nutritious protein sources to improve the quality of life and health of global consumers using production systems that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, nutritious and affordable. By investing in Texas Tech, Teys Australia hopes to address real-world challenges that impact not only Australia but also other countries around the world. “These investments from two of the world’s agricultural leaders reflect the confidence the industry has in our research and our people,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Texas Tech University continues to increase its global profile through its education of our students and innovations in research. We are grateful to Cargill and Teys Australia for their commitment to higher education and ensuring we continue making a difference through our research.” Mark Miller, a professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech, said the investment by Cargill and Teys Australia will allow experts to work on a more global scale to develop and research issues in meat science. The gifts will enable Texas Tech to develop future leaders committed to making meat sciences sustainable on a global level. “The Cargill and Teys representatives see Texas Tech’s students, faculty and staff as world-class, and they want to partner with us as a result of the people we have in our program,” Miller said. “Establishing an endowed faculty position to focus on and address the needs of meat production sustainability on a global scale will lay the groundwork to ensure that research continues and partnerships are strengthened between students and future employers.” A family business begun in 1946, Teys provides quality beef products in Australia and has grown into the second-largest meat processor and exporter in the country. Dedicated to “Feeding People, Enriching Lives,” Teys Australia embodies an unwavering commitment to the success and sustainability of its 4,500 employees, customers, suppliers and the communities in which it operates. Teys does this by providing beef and value-added meat products in the Australian market and to customers in more than 60 countries. “Teys Australia is delighted to make this contribution to Texas Tech for the advancement of meat science, food safety and capability,” said Tom Maguire, general manager of Corporate Services for Teys Australia. “After a worldwide search, Teys has identified Texas Tech as a global leader in meat science and food safety research, and we are pleased to be able to support these efforts. “Teys Australia has been in business in Australia for 71 years and recognizes that its future success depends on its ability to adapt to rapidly changing consumer preferences, technology and global competition. The work done at Texas Tech equips our meat industry, through research and development of future talent, to best respond to this. We are pleased to contribute to these endeavors.” Cargill’s Wichita, Kansas-based North America protein business employs 28,000 people, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, and encompasses nearly 60 facilities, including primary and further processing plants, feed mills, hatcheries, an innovation center, sales offices and distribution centers.  Leveraging its expertise in research and development, innovation, food safety, animal welfare, sustainability, culinary services, consumer insights and other aspects of meat production, Cargill’s protein group is focused on delivering results that help grow its customers’ businesses. “Cargill’s long-standing collaborative relationship with the Texas Tech meat science department makes the university a perfect choice for the creation of an endowed professorship focused on improving sustainable beef production for future generations,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president and president of the company’s North America protein business. “Research tells us global demand for animal protein will continue to increase, and the beef sustainability work that will be done at Texas Tech complements our efforts as a founding member of the global, U.S. and Canadian beef sustainability roundtables. Together, we will work toward meeting the demand for sustainable beef that will come from more than 9 billion people who will populate the planet by 2050. This is a win-win situation for Texas Tech, Cargill, the beef industry, our customers and consumers around the world.” Steve Fraze, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, said today’s announcement demonstrates the worldwide reach of the meat science program. “Gifts of this magnitude for the meat science program from Teys Australia and Cargill validate our reputation both nationally and internationally for the quality of our programs, both teaching and research, we have in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University,” Fraze said. Texas Tech provides innovation, research and technology transfer across the four pillars of food security – access, availability, stability and utilization. It has performed extensive research into numerous food safety issues, including E. coli, antimicrobial drug resistance in cattle and battling Johne’s disease in dairy cattle, a disease that affects the small intestine of ruminant animals and can be fatal. Texas Tech’s food safety experts also have partnered with the Mexican meat industry to establish pathogen baselines in Mexican meat and have helped establish guidelines and develop meat nutrition in countries throughout Africa and New Zealand. The ICFIE also serves as a National Surveillance Laboratory for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Retail Meat Surveillance Program, thanks to a federal grant. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments, academia and communities, Cargill helps people and communities thrive by applying its insights and more than 150 years of experience. The company has 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, reducing environmental impact and improving communities where it has a presence.  For more information, visit the company’s website. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow us on Twitter. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/659b57db-c99c-4d05-853a-3430a2fbe3f6


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Lubbock, Texas, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The food safety experts in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences have earned a reputation worldwide for their expertise in developing safe practices to the food industry and helping developing nations to enhance and secure their food supply. The department houses the International Center for Food Industry and Excellence (ICFIE), a collaborative effort between the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the College of Human Sciences to emphasize food safety, value-added processing, nutrition and outreach and education. Texas Tech’s food safety laboratories are unmatched anywhere else in the world and the research developed there has made a difference in the quality and safety of food in all corners of the globe. That reach just stretched a little farther. Texas Tech announced on Wednesday two significant philanthropic investments from Cargill and Teys Australia to support research in meat science. Cargill will donate $750,000 to establish the Cargill Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Meat Science while Teys Australia, a partnership between the Teys family and Cargill, is making a $2 million gift to support research in meat science at Texas Tech. Both gifts represent a strategic and significant investment in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “We are grateful for the investment Cargill and Teys Australia have made to help Texas Tech University provide world-class expertise ensuring a plentiful and reliable food source,” Chancellor Robert L. Duncan said. “Philanthropy is how we advance higher education. The generosity of these gifts allows us to continue serving as global leaders in animal and food sciences.” Sustainable meat science is research that looks at the production of meat animals and the processing of those animals into high-quality, nutritious protein sources to improve the quality of life and health of global consumers using production systems that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, nutritious and affordable. By investing in Texas Tech, Teys Australia hopes to address real-world challenges that impact not only Australia but also other countries around the world. “These investments from two of the world’s agricultural leaders reflect the confidence the industry has in our research and our people,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Texas Tech University continues to increase its global profile through its education of our students and innovations in research. We are grateful to Cargill and Teys Australia for their commitment to higher education and ensuring we continue making a difference through our research.” Mark Miller, a professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech, said the investment by Cargill and Teys Australia will allow experts to work on a more global scale to develop and research issues in meat science. The gifts will enable Texas Tech to develop future leaders committed to making meat sciences sustainable on a global level. “The Cargill and Teys representatives see Texas Tech’s students, faculty and staff as world-class, and they want to partner with us as a result of the people we have in our program,” Miller said. “Establishing an endowed faculty position to focus on and address the needs of meat production sustainability on a global scale will lay the groundwork to ensure that research continues and partnerships are strengthened between students and future employers.” A family business begun in 1946, Teys provides quality beef products in Australia and has grown into the second-largest meat processor and exporter in the country. Dedicated to “Feeding People, Enriching Lives,” Teys Australia embodies an unwavering commitment to the success and sustainability of its 4,500 employees, customers, suppliers and the communities in which it operates. Teys does this by providing beef and value-added meat products in the Australian market and to customers in more than 60 countries. “Teys Australia is delighted to make this contribution to Texas Tech for the advancement of meat science, food safety and capability,” said Tom Maguire, general manager of Corporate Services for Teys Australia. “After a worldwide search, Teys has identified Texas Tech as a global leader in meat science and food safety research, and we are pleased to be able to support these efforts. “Teys Australia has been in business in Australia for 71 years and recognizes that its future success depends on its ability to adapt to rapidly changing consumer preferences, technology and global competition. The work done at Texas Tech equips our meat industry, through research and development of future talent, to best respond to this. We are pleased to contribute to these endeavors.” Cargill’s Wichita, Kansas-based North America protein business employs 28,000 people, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, and encompasses nearly 60 facilities, including primary and further processing plants, feed mills, hatcheries, an innovation center, sales offices and distribution centers.  Leveraging its expertise in research and development, innovation, food safety, animal welfare, sustainability, culinary services, consumer insights and other aspects of meat production, Cargill’s protein group is focused on delivering results that help grow its customers’ businesses. “Cargill’s long-standing collaborative relationship with the Texas Tech meat science department makes the university a perfect choice for the creation of an endowed professorship focused on improving sustainable beef production for future generations,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president and president of the company’s North America protein business. “Research tells us global demand for animal protein will continue to increase, and the beef sustainability work that will be done at Texas Tech complements our efforts as a founding member of the global, U.S. and Canadian beef sustainability roundtables. Together, we will work toward meeting the demand for sustainable beef that will come from more than 9 billion people who will populate the planet by 2050. This is a win-win situation for Texas Tech, Cargill, the beef industry, our customers and consumers around the world.” Steve Fraze, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, said today’s announcement demonstrates the worldwide reach of the meat science program. “Gifts of this magnitude for the meat science program from Teys Australia and Cargill validate our reputation both nationally and internationally for the quality of our programs, both teaching and research, we have in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University,” Fraze said. Texas Tech provides innovation, research and technology transfer across the four pillars of food security – access, availability, stability and utilization. It has performed extensive research into numerous food safety issues, including E. coli, antimicrobial drug resistance in cattle and battling Johne’s disease in dairy cattle, a disease that affects the small intestine of ruminant animals and can be fatal. Texas Tech’s food safety experts also have partnered with the Mexican meat industry to establish pathogen baselines in Mexican meat and have helped establish guidelines and develop meat nutrition in countries throughout Africa and New Zealand. The ICFIE also serves as a National Surveillance Laboratory for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Retail Meat Surveillance Program, thanks to a federal grant. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments, academia and communities, Cargill helps people and communities thrive by applying its insights and more than 150 years of experience. The company has 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, reducing environmental impact and improving communities where it has a presence.  For more information, visit the company’s website. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow us on Twitter. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/659b57db-c99c-4d05-853a-3430a2fbe3f6


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: news.europawire.eu

In the framework of the ICERR program (International Center based on Research Reactors), a delegation of 15 experts from nine countries visited CEA facilities from April 24th to 28th. Gif-sur-Yvette, France, 09-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The delegation was received at the Saclay and Cadarache centers to discover the research facilities of the CEA covered by this IAEA program. These include the research reactors Jules Horowitz (currently under construction at the Cadarache center), Orphée, Isis, Eole and Minerve (critical mock-ups dedicated to the study of reactor cores) as well as the study laboratories LECI and LECA. The ICERR program is designed to assist IAEA member states by accelerating access to existing research reactor infrastructure to carry out nuclear research and development and scientific capacity-building. As an introduction to this visit, organized with the support of the IAEA, Anne Lazar-Sury, Director of International Relations of the CEA and Governor for France at the IAEA, expressed the wish that this visit of the CEA’s facilities would pave the way for a long-term cooperation with the countries represented. The CEA is the first organization to benefit, since 2015, from the ICERR accreditation issued by the IAEA. It has already signed several ICERR agreements with research bodies in Morocco, Tunisia and Slovenia in September 2016, Indonesia in March 2017 and Algeria in April 2017. The delegation was composed by representatives from Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Burma, Jordan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Lubbock, Texas, May 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The food safety experts in the Texas Tech University Department of Animal and Food Sciences have earned a reputation worldwide for their expertise in developing safe practices to the food industry and helping developing nations to enhance and secure their food supply. The department houses the International Center for Food Industry and Excellence (ICFIE), a collaborative effort between the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the College of Human Sciences to emphasize food safety, value-added processing, nutrition and outreach and education. Texas Tech’s food safety laboratories are unmatched anywhere else in the world and the research developed there has made a difference in the quality and safety of food in all corners of the globe. That reach just stretched a little farther. Texas Tech announced on Wednesday two significant philanthropic investments from Cargill and Teys Australia to support research in meat science. Cargill will donate $750,000 to establish the Cargill Endowed Professorship in Sustainable Meat Science while Teys Australia, a partnership between the Teys family and Cargill, is making a $2 million gift to support research in meat science at Texas Tech. Both gifts represent a strategic and significant investment in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “We are grateful for the investment Cargill and Teys Australia have made to help Texas Tech University provide world-class expertise ensuring a plentiful and reliable food source,” Chancellor Robert L. Duncan said. “Philanthropy is how we advance higher education. The generosity of these gifts allows us to continue serving as global leaders in animal and food sciences.” Sustainable meat science is research that looks at the production of meat animals and the processing of those animals into high-quality, nutritious protein sources to improve the quality of life and health of global consumers using production systems that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, nutritious and affordable. By investing in Texas Tech, Teys Australia hopes to address real-world challenges that impact not only Australia but also other countries around the world. “These investments from two of the world’s agricultural leaders reflect the confidence the industry has in our research and our people,” said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech president. “Texas Tech University continues to increase its global profile through its education of our students and innovations in research. We are grateful to Cargill and Teys Australia for their commitment to higher education and ensuring we continue making a difference through our research.” Mark Miller, a professor and San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science at Texas Tech, said the investment by Cargill and Teys Australia will allow experts to work on a more global scale to develop and research issues in meat science. The gifts will enable Texas Tech to develop future leaders committed to making meat sciences sustainable on a global level. “The Cargill and Teys representatives see Texas Tech’s students, faculty and staff as world-class, and they want to partner with us as a result of the people we have in our program,” Miller said. “Establishing an endowed faculty position to focus on and address the needs of meat production sustainability on a global scale will lay the groundwork to ensure that research continues and partnerships are strengthened between students and future employers.” A family business begun in 1946, Teys provides quality beef products in Australia and has grown into the second-largest meat processor and exporter in the country. Dedicated to “Feeding People, Enriching Lives,” Teys Australia embodies an unwavering commitment to the success and sustainability of its 4,500 employees, customers, suppliers and the communities in which it operates. Teys does this by providing beef and value-added meat products in the Australian market and to customers in more than 60 countries. “Teys Australia is delighted to make this contribution to Texas Tech for the advancement of meat science, food safety and capability,” said Tom Maguire, general manager of Corporate Services for Teys Australia. “After a worldwide search, Teys has identified Texas Tech as a global leader in meat science and food safety research, and we are pleased to be able to support these efforts. “Teys Australia has been in business in Australia for 71 years and recognizes that its future success depends on its ability to adapt to rapidly changing consumer preferences, technology and global competition. The work done at Texas Tech equips our meat industry, through research and development of future talent, to best respond to this. We are pleased to contribute to these endeavors.” Cargill’s Wichita, Kansas-based North America protein business employs 28,000 people, mainly in the U.S. and Canada, and encompasses nearly 60 facilities, including primary and further processing plants, feed mills, hatcheries, an innovation center, sales offices and distribution centers.  Leveraging its expertise in research and development, innovation, food safety, animal welfare, sustainability, culinary services, consumer insights and other aspects of meat production, Cargill’s protein group is focused on delivering results that help grow its customers’ businesses. “Cargill’s long-standing collaborative relationship with the Texas Tech meat science department makes the university a perfect choice for the creation of an endowed professorship focused on improving sustainable beef production for future generations,” said Brian Sikes, Cargill corporate vice president and president of the company’s North America protein business. “Research tells us global demand for animal protein will continue to increase, and the beef sustainability work that will be done at Texas Tech complements our efforts as a founding member of the global, U.S. and Canadian beef sustainability roundtables. Together, we will work toward meeting the demand for sustainable beef that will come from more than 9 billion people who will populate the planet by 2050. This is a win-win situation for Texas Tech, Cargill, the beef industry, our customers and consumers around the world.” Steve Fraze, interim dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, said today’s announcement demonstrates the worldwide reach of the meat science program. “Gifts of this magnitude for the meat science program from Teys Australia and Cargill validate our reputation both nationally and internationally for the quality of our programs, both teaching and research, we have in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech University,” Fraze said. Texas Tech provides innovation, research and technology transfer across the four pillars of food security – access, availability, stability and utilization. It has performed extensive research into numerous food safety issues, including E. coli, antimicrobial drug resistance in cattle and battling Johne’s disease in dairy cattle, a disease that affects the small intestine of ruminant animals and can be fatal. Texas Tech’s food safety experts also have partnered with the Mexican meat industry to establish pathogen baselines in Mexican meat and have helped establish guidelines and develop meat nutrition in countries throughout Africa and New Zealand. The ICFIE also serves as a National Surveillance Laboratory for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System Retail Meat Surveillance Program, thanks to a federal grant. Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments, academia and communities, Cargill helps people and communities thrive by applying its insights and more than 150 years of experience. The company has 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way, reducing environmental impact and improving communities where it has a presence.  For more information, visit the company’s website. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at Texas Tech Today Media Resources or follow us on Twitter. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/659b57db-c99c-4d05-853a-3430a2fbe3f6


News Article | May 18, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

-- Riding the success of this week's inaugural K(NO)W Identity Conference,  One World Identity (https://oneworldidentity.com/)is announcing plans to bring the event back to Washington D.C. early next year.  The conference wrapped yesterday, May 17at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Center with over 800 business leaders and experts in attendance.  Kicking off with keynote speaker Edward Snowden—whistleblower and former NSA contractor, the three-day event boasted a lineup of 150+ notable speakers including Jai Arun of IBM, David Birch of Consult Hyperion, Pascal Bouvier of Santander Innoventures, Carmi Gillon of Cytegic Cybersecurity and many more. Leading sponsors included BBVA, IBM, Trulioo and Trusona.The K(NO)W Identity Conference provided a forum for identity experts across all industries to be at the nexus of ideas and policies that will fundamentally change identity around the world.  Attendees dove into critical topics such as biometrics, blockchain, identity access management, fraud prevention and identity verification."As new technologies appear and mature every day, IBM is committed to helping organizations explore how they can use them to innovate and transform business applications,"said Jai Arun, Program Director, Blockchain and Identity Solutions, IBM. "At the K(NO)W Identity Conference, we saw how some of the leading minds in the identity verification space are applying innovations such as blockchain for highly secure, trusted and consumer-friendly solutions that have the potential to shape how we manage and verify identity moving forward."The fully immersive event, featured the world's best event technology connecting attendees both digitally and physically. BBVA held the finals for the identity category of the Open Talent Competition at the conference, giving dozens of startups the opportunity to compete for funding and valuable mentorship from the global Spanish bank."Identity is a hot topic in financial services, and we see it as one of the keys of our own digital transformation,"said BBVA Head of Open Innovation Marisol Menendez. "K(NO)W Identity brings together an active and engaged audience that understands the power of identity. Combining that influential audience and the BBVA Open Talent Identity competition was an opportunity we could not pass up."The BBVA Open Talent Competition sought for innovative identity companies that would help BBVA achieve the goal of transforming the world of banking. Amongst ten startups, this year's winner was SnapSwap, a Luxembourg based startup offering fully automated remote customer onboarding for financial institutions. SnapSwap brought home 30,000 euros and an invite to the Open Talent Global Summit and Immersion Week held in October 2017 at the BBVA Group headquarters in Madrid. BBVA Open Talent has grown to offer more fintech startups around the world the chance to compete and win competitions focused in seven key areas."We are very grateful to the BBVA team for the invitation, and the chance to showcase our product and be on stage with all of the other great startups here," added Denis Kiselev, CEO of SnapSwap.On Tuesday, the K(NO)W Nodes Awards recognized and celebrated the most compelling startups, individuals, and identity innovations of the year.This year's winners included:• Identity Leadership – Timothy Ruff (Evernym)• Identity Government Leadership – Niall McCann (United Nations Development Program)• Rising Innovator – Robin Tombs (Yoti Ltd.)• CEO of the Year - Emma Lindley (Innovate Identity)• Investor of the Year - Liron Gitig (FTV Capital)• Greatest Social Impact Through Identity  - Onfido• Greatest Social Impact Through Identity Non-Profit - OpenID Foundation• Best New Startup - Civic• Overall Startup - Confirm.io• Trailblazer - ID.MeThe K(NO)W Identity Conference came on the heels of a global ransomware cyber-attack, discussed by Snowden in his keynote speech. The attack highlighted the need for increased immediacy in spurring innovation and enacting change within the space."We created the K(NO)W Identity Conference with the goal of creating dialog that we didn't see happening between the pioneers solving today's identity challenges " said Travis Jarae, Co-Founder and CEO of One World Identity. "We could not be more thrilled with the result of this year's event, and look forward to topping it next year."The premier global event for the identity industry, the K(NO)W Identity Conference brings together the innovators, regulators and policy-makers shaping the future ofidentity. From payments, biometrics and FinTech to access management and anti-fraud,the identity industry is at the core of conducting business in the internet era. The 2017K(NO)W Identity Conference was held May 15-17, 2017 at the Ronald Reagan Buildingand International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. featuring 150+ speakers, 300+companies and over 1,500 attendees.The hub for all things identity, One World Identity aims to foster communication, open standards and innovation among the companies and professionals of the identity industry.Visit us at www.oneworldidentity.com for the latest in identity news, events, opinion and research coverage.


CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Third Federal Savings and Loan Chairman and CEO Marc A. Stefanski received the 2017 Theodore J. Horvath Award from Rainey Institute in recognition of his dedication and commitment to Cleveland’s youth and families. The award was presented May 4, 2017, at Rainey’s annual benefit dinner, Glissando, at Cleveland’s Ariel International Center. “I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Stefanski said. “This recognition is a testament to the talented, dedicated associates who help to make our work in the community so meaningful. I also salute Rainey Institute, whose mission to change lives through the power of arts education is making a difference every day.” Under Stefanski’s leadership, Third Federal and its foundation have contributed time to reading and tutoring programs, and have provided financial support to school programs and community projects. This support includes a $5 million grant to establish a community health education center focused on addressing health disparities and delivering quality health care and outreach to Cleveland neighborhoods. It also includes multi-million dollar grants to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and community partners in the Broadway P-16 Program to establish in-school and out of schools programs to improve literacy, health, safety and family stability in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhood; and for the Community Service Scholarship Award at Cleveland Central Catholic High School. Stefanski and his five children also started “Rhonda’s Kiss,” a foundation in memory of his late wife Rhonda, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2014. “Rhonda’s Kiss” raises money to increase cancer screenings in urban communities and to provide a safety net to those who struggle financially to continue their treatment. Third Federal Savings and Loan Association is a leading provider of savings and mortgage products, and operates under the values of love, trust, respect, a commitment to excellence and fun. Founded in Cleveland in 1938 as a mutual association by Ben and Gerome Stefanski, Third Federal’s mission is to help people achieve the dream of home ownership and financial security. It became part of a public company in 2007 and celebrated its 75th anniversary in May, 2013. Third Federal, which lends in 21 states and the District of Columbia, is dedicated to serving consumers with competitive rates and outstanding service. Third Federal, an equal housing lender, has 21 full service branches in Northeast Ohio, eight lending offices in Central and Southern Ohio, and 17 full service branches throughout Florida. As of March 31, 2017, the Company’s assets totaled $13.4 billion. For more information, visit thirdfederal.com. Rainey Institute is dedicated to positive growth for Cleveland’s youth through education and participation in the performing and visual arts. Rainey offers programs in music, dance, drama, and visual arts to children of all ages through an afterschool program, group classes and private lessons, performing groups, preschool programs, a teen leadership group, and a summer camp. Founded in 1904 as a settlement house providing social services to immigrants in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood, Rainey has remained an anchor in this community for more than a century. Rainey serves around 2,000 children annually, keeping children engaged in positive, enriching arts activities and away from gangs, drugs, crime, teenage pregnancy and other urban challenges. For more information, visit www.raineyinstitute.org.


The Public International Law Practice focuses on international disputes, treaty interpretation, and global investment protection and represents clients in the negotiation, enforcement, and implementation of international agreements. The practice group adds to the capabilities of the firm's renowned litigation, international arbitration and public policy services for clients in a wide array of industries. While at the State Department, Mr. Pearsall led a team of lawyers who represented the United States in investor-state and state-to-state disputes. His team successfully defended a $15 billion North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 11 claim brought by TransCanada in connection with the Keystone XL Pipeline. Mr. Pearsall successfully defended the US in a NAFTA Chapter 11 claim brought by Canadian pharmaceutical company Apotex and in a state-to-state case brought by Ecuador under the US-Ecuador bilateral investment treaty. He also oversaw several important submissions on behalf of the US that clarified key treaty obligations, perhaps most notably in the groundbreaking Eli Lily v. Canada NAFTA Chapter 11 dispute. Mr. Pearsall was the lead lawyer for the US on several significant cross-border infrastructure project permitting reviews, including the Keystone XL Pipeline.  He participated in the negotiation for the US of several major trade and investment agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Mauritius Convention and the bilateral investment treaty with China. He also served as the lead negotiator on several multilateral treaties relating to ocean and fisheries issues. "We are thrilled to have Patrick on board, as he will enhance our capacity in the important investor-state sphere of international arbitrations.  In his eight years at the State Department he took a leadership role in many high-stakes public international law arbitrations, projects and agreements and is deeply familiar with the process and the players on a global basis," said New York Partner Richard F. Ziegler, co-chair of the firm's International Arbitration Practice. Charlie Lightfoot, International Arbitration Practice co-chair and London office managing partner, added, "Patrick brings a sought-after dimension to the sophisticated representation we already offer clients in their cross-border matters. He has negotiated the treaties that currently govern some international arbitrations.  In addition to his role in investor-state disputes, Patrick will also be a key player in our international commercial arbitration practice." "Jenner & Block's reputation in international arbitration and public policy, along with its values of professional excellence and public service, make it an ideal firm for me to further develop my practice," said Mr. Pearsall. "I am excited for this new chapter in my career and I look forward to working with the firm's highly regarded lawyers across practices." The Global Arbitration Review/Who's Who Legal identified Mr. Pearsall as a "Future Leader (Under 45)" earlier this year.  He served as the US delegate to the International Court of Arbitration's (ICC) Task Force on Arbitration with States or State-Owned Entities and served on its Special Drafting Committee for revisions of the 2012 ICC Rules. He is a steering committee member of the International Bar Association's Sub-Committee on Investor State Arbitration.  Mr. Pearsall also has published articles and papers on both commercial and investor-state arbitration, and is a frequent speaker at conferences on cross-border dispute resolution and international investment issues.  Mr. Pearsall is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center on public international law dispute resolution and investment arbitration; he has also lectured on international arbitration at Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, and Yale Law School, among others. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Pearsall was a lawyer in in private practice in New York. He served as a law clerk for the ICC in Paris after a judicial externship for the Hon. Sonya Sotomayor in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Pearsall earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School, serving as head articles editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law and senior editor for the American Review of International Arbitration. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia College. In addition to Mr. Pearsall, Jenner & Block has hired five lawyers into the partnership from government since January, including Ian Gershengorn (DC, September 2017 start), David Bitkower (DC), Kali Bracey (DC), Brandon Fox (LA), and Howard Symons (DC). The firm has a long tradition of its lawyers moving between private law and government service. ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK'S PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW PRACTICE Jenner & Block's Public International Law Practice provides counsel on international disputes, treaty interpretation, and global investment protection. The practice offers pre-dispute strategies for resolving matters prior to litigation or arbitration, and representation in negotiations between sovereigns and private entities.  We also represent clients in the enforcement and implementation of international agreements, both investment and commercial, and have successfully served as counsel to both sovereign states and claimants in disputes under the rules of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), International Court of Arbitration (ICC), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). In addition to providing clients with strategic counsel on all aspects of international disputes and negotiations, our lawyers work seamlessly with the firm's other practice groups, providing insight into how international law affects trade, commerce and public policy, both domestically and abroad. ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK'S INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION PRACTICE Jenner & Block's lawyers frequently act for parties in international commercial arbitrations seated in Europe, North America and Asia, both ad hoc and administered by numerous arbitral institutions. The firm uses best-in-class legal analysis, skillful advocacy and decades of international and domestic experience to obtain successful outcomes for our clients in arbitrations worldwide.  Chambers USA has said of the practice, "Market sources admire this terrific disputes team: 'It quickly identifies the weakness in the other party's case and goes after it to win.'"  In 2015, the practice was ranked as a "Tier 1" practice, nationally, by U.S. News-Best Lawyers, in its annual ranking of more than 9,600 law firms across the country. Our lawyers have particular experience advising in relation to disputes in the financial services, real estate, energy and resources, construction, defense, telecommunications, automotive, healthcare and life sciences/pharmaceutical sectors.  Our international arbitration lawyers have acted in cross-border commercial and investment arbitrations administered by institutions, including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Court of Arbitrations (ICC), International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), American Arbitration Association/ International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA/ICDR) and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC). ABOUT JENNER & BLOCK Jenner & Block (www.jenner.com) is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.  The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions.  Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors.  In 2016, The American Lawyer named Jenner & Block to the A-List, which recognizes the top 20 US law firms.  The American Lawyer also recognized the firm as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States six of the past nine years; the firm has been ranked among the top 10 in this category every year since 1990. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-chief-of-investment-arbitration-joins-jenner--block-and-chairs-new-public-international-law-practice-300462256.html


News Article | May 26, 2017
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"When you look through the Magnum archive, you cannot help but feel a mixture of jubilation and vertigo. The vast collection of images and information amassed over the seven decades since the creation of the cooperative—the great events of the day, together with the commonplace facts and deeds of everyday life, the laughter, the violence, moments of magic or of symbolic significance, and even representations of abstract thought—potentially it contains all the histories of the world," says Chéroux. "Magnum Manifesto points to how vast the exploitable fields covered by the collection are. It offers a small reconstruction of the entire range of human experience and shows that Magnum is a world in itself." The exhibition is organized into three main parts: Magnum Manifesto features group and individual projects and includes more than 250 prints and 300 projected photographs, as well as more than 130 objects—books, magazines, videos, and rarely-seen archival documents. Among many others, it incorporates the work of Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell and Robert Capa, Chim, Raymond Depardon, Bieke Depoorter, Elliott Erwitt, Martine Franck, Leonard Freed, Paul Fusco, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Burt Glinn, Jim Goldberg, Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Susan Meiselas, Wayne Miller, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Eugene W. Smith, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Dennis Stock, Mikhael Subotzky, and Alex Webb. The exhibition is a co-production between ICP and Magnum Photos. The accompanying catalogue, published by Thames & Hudson, showcases more than 510 photographs (230 in color) and features essays by Chéroux and Bouveresse as well as a timeline of Magnum Photos' history. Also on view as of May 26, to coincide with the opening of Magnum Manifesto, is Unwavering Vision #2—the latest incarnation of the interactive multimedia installation by Alan Govenar, Jean-Michel Sanchez, and Julien Roger, produced by Documentary Arts in association with on-situ. Installed in the free public space at the ICP Museum, the engaging piece now offers a specially designed filter to look at 1485 Magnum images from ICP's permanent collection. This multimedia installation builds on Unwavering Vision #1 and includes 3668 images of social change, as well as new audio segments, videos, and biographies. Clément Chéroux is a photo-historian with a Ph.D in art history. Since January 2017, he has been the senior curator for photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. From 2007 to 2016, he was curator and then chief curator for photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. As an author or editor, he has published thirty books about photography, including L'Expérience photographique d'August Strindberg (1994), Fautographie, petite histoire de l'erreur photographique (2003), Diplopie, l'image photographique à l'ère des médias globalisés : essai sur le 11 septembre 2001 (2009), Vernaculaires, essais d'histoire de la photographie (2013), and Avant l'avant-garde, du jeu en photographie (2015). He has curated over thirty exhibitions, including Mémoire des camps. Photographies des camps de concentration et d'extermination nazis, 1933–1999 (2001), The Perfect Medium. Photography and the Occult (2004), La Subversion des images : surréalisme, photographie, film (2009), Shoot! Existential Photography (2010), Henri Cartier-Bresson (2014), Paparazzi ! Photographes, stars et artistes (2014), and Walker Evans (2017). Clara Bouveresse is a photography historian. She holds a Ph.D in art history from Paris 1 Panthéon–Sorbonne University. Her doctoral thesis explored the evolution of Magnum Photos since its creation in 1947. She is the author of Histoire de l'agence Magnum (Flammarion) and co-author of Magnum Manifesto (Thames & Hudson). From 2014 to 2015, she was a Georges Lurcy fellow at Columbia University, New York. Pauline Vermare is an associate curator at the International Center of Photography, New York (ICP). Before joining ICP, Pauline worked at MoMA on the exhibition and publication Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century. From 2003 to 2009, she was the head of communications and exhibitions production at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. From 2001 to 2002, she worked at Magnum Photos' Paris office. As a curator, Pauline has been part of ICP's exhibition department since 2010 and worked on the production of numerous ICP shows and publications, including The Mexican Suitcase, Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best, Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche, Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, Capa in Color, ¡CUBA, CUBA!, and Public, Private, Secret. She holds a Masters of International Relations from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and a Masters in Japanese Language and Civilization (Langues'O). In 1947, four photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour, toasted the founding of what would become the world's most influential artist collective over a celebratory magnum of champagne in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Over the past 70 years, 92 photographers have contributed to the story of Magnum, and today 49 photographer members continue to chronicle the world, interpreting its people, events, and issues through visual storytelling. Magnum Photos remains an artists' cooperative of great diversity and distinction, owned by its photographer members, and it represents some of the world's most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist, and storyteller. The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of "concerned photography"—the creation of socially and politically minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world—and the center's mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change. Visit icp.org/concerned to learn more. ICP's presentation of Magnum Manifesto is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/icp-presents-magnum-manifesto-300464604.html


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announced today the appointment of Carol Pierce to the role of director in KBRA’s insurance group with a focus on captives, reinsurers, and alternative capital providers. Pierce joins KBRA’s analytic team after thirteen years with Munich Reinsurance America, where she was responsible for market, competitor, and client analysis, initially for the specialty-markets division and more recently for the reinsurance division. Prior to Munich Re, Pierce worked at A.M. Best, where she managed the team responsible for expanding ratings among captive insurers. Carol has held various underwriting and product development positions with several major insurance companies during her more than thirty years in the insurance industry. Pierce is a former member of the board of directors of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) and the International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE). She has been an active member of the Captive Insurance Company Association (CICA) and was a past recipient of the VCIA Captive Crusader Award. Additionally, Pierce has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored a variety of articles. Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) and has earned the Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designation. “We are excited to have Carol on our analytic team. Her unique expertise, keen understanding of the alternative risk market, overall industry knowledge, and analytic skillset are tremendous assets to our credit-ratings team as well as the markets we serve,” said Andrew Edelsberg, managing director in the insurance group. KBRA is registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO). In addition, KBRA is recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) as a Credit Rating Provider (CRP).


News Article | February 15, 2017
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February 13, 2017 -- A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health reports on the health of American women who were deployed to Vietnam for either military or civilian service. The results show that 48 percent of career military women were very happy compared to 38 percent of women in the general population, and of better than average physical and mental health. The study is the first study to describe the experiences of civilian women deployed to a warzone, compare them to those of military women and match the patterns of general health and happiness for women deployed to Vietnam with a representative sample of their peers. Findings are published online in the journal Social Science & Medicine--Population Health. In addition to positive aspects of service, adverse effects were also noted. Women who served less than 10 years in the military were more likely to report their Vietnam experience as "highly stressful" (28 percent) compared to career military women who served more than 20 years (12 percent) and civilian women (13 percent). They cited such stressors as poor living and working conditions, exposure to the consequences of war, physical threat, negative interpersonal experiences (including rape and sexual harassment), and drug and alcohol problems. About 265,000 women served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam Era, with as many as 11,000 deployed to Vietnam but not formally assigned combat roles. Nonetheless, they were deployed to combat zones where they experienced warzone stressors and hostile fire. "Our results suggest that a military career--which by military rules in force during the Vietnam era, precluded a woman from typical wife and mother roles--afforded women a meaningful experience that continued to positively impact their emotional well-being, even decades after the war," said Jeanne Mager Stellman, PhD, professor emerita of Health Policy and Management and senior author. Career military women who never had children also reported being happier than the average American woman. "Women who volunteered and went to Vietnam in the 1960s may have done so as a way of breaking away from the traditional roles assigned to women in the United States during that time, and they seem to have continued on a different trajectory in post-war years," said Dr. Stellman. Collaborating with the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, Dr. Stellman and colleagues at the VA National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine also compared civilian women, primarily American Red Cross workers, to military women and studied how warzone experiences, exposure to casualties and sexual harassment, affected their current health. They also compared the deployed women to women of comparable age in the General Social Survey, a widely used representative study of Americans. Both military and civilian women who served in Vietnam, regardless of whether they continued to make the military their career, were less likely to have married or have had children than women from the general population. Deployment to Vietnam for both military and civilian women had other positive aspects. Many women reported satisfaction from their work with the wounded troops and civilians in Vietnam. Those who served as nurses, in particular, commented that they were given much more responsibility in their positions while in Vietnam than they would have had in a similar civilian job in the U. S. An earlier paper by Dr. Stellman and the Boston-VA based group evaluated the psychological well-being of approximately 1,300 female military personnel, Red Cross workers, and others deployed to Vietnam. "Our new study underscores the benefits of a military career for those women who chose it," noted Dr. Stellman. "Entering military service or volunteering for civilian activities in a warzone offered an opportunity for talented women to establish careers, and rise to high ranks and achieve positions that would be impossible in the civilian world. In addition, career military women in general, lived in a supportive community that was knowledgeable and sympathetic to their work. What we learned from this study can help to improve the experiences and well-being of current and future generations of female military personnel," noted Dr. Stellman. Co-authors include Anica Pless Kaiser and Eve H. Davison, Veteran Affairs A National Center for PTSD, Veteran Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine; Avron Spiro III, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine; Daniel H. Kabat, Mailman School of Public Health, now Gold Health Strategies, Inc. The study was supported by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS-VA-5124-98-001), National Institute on Aging (R24-AG039343), and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (IK2 RX001832-01A2. Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation and the world. The Mailman School is the third largest recipient of NIH grants among schools of public health. Its over 450 multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health, health policy, climate change & health, and public health preparedness. It is a leader in public health education with over 1,300 graduate students from more than 40 nations pursuing a variety of master's and doctoral degree programs. The Mailman School is also home to numerous world-renowned research centers including ICAP (formerly the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs) and the Center for Infection and Immunity. 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