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News Article | May 25, 2017
Site: www.sciencedaily.com

A team of investigators from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Guelph, Ontario, has discovered a gene that confers resistance to the important broad-spectrum antibiotic, fosfomycin. The researchers found the gene in isolates of the pathogen, Salmonella enterica, from broiler chickens. The research is published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The gene, dubbed fosA7, confers a high level of resistance to fosfomycin, which is otherwise a safe and effective agent for eliminating infections caused by multidrug resistant bacteria. (The "7" in fosA7 indicates that this is the seventh antibiotic resistant fosA gene that has been discovered.) Currently, there is only limited fosfomycin resistance among Salmonella species, said corresponding author Moussa S. Diarra, PhD, Research Scientist in Food Safety at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. But the powerful resistance the fosA7 gene confers is worrisome, said Diarra. It could spread among different Salmonella serovars (a serovar is a strain of a species), as well as other bacterial pathogen species, via horizontal gene transfer, due to increased use of fosfomycin in both clinical and veterinary settings, said Diarra. Thus, "vigilant monitoring for the spread of fosfomycin resistance in bacteria, isolated from humans and animals, is needed." With that in mind, the researchers tested the strength of the resistance the gene could confer on the closely related Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis. To do so, they cloned the gene, and inserted it into the chromosome of non-antibiotic resistant S. Enteriditis. Their worries were confirmed: the gene boosted the minimum concentration of fosfomycin required to inhibit reproduction in the microbe by more than 256-fold. These results provided strong support for the hypothesis that fosA7 is, indeed, responsible for fosfomycin resistance, and that if fosA7 were transferred to plasmids -- renegade pieces of DNA that can insert themselves into different bacteria -- it could induce a high level of resistance in the recipient bacterial strain, according to the report. The product of the fosA7 gene is an enzyme called glutathione-S-transferase. It inactivates fosfomycin by binding to it, and rupturing a molecular ring structure which is part of the antibiotic. Fosfomycin resistance genes are often present in multidrug resistant bacteria. "This could further challenge the use of fosfomycin as an alternative treatment approach against urinary tract infections caused by both multidrug resistant E. coli, and blood infections from multidrug resistant Salmonella," said Diarra. So far, the investigators have found fosA7 only on S. enterica serovar Heidelberg and three other serovars of this species. A serovar is a strain of a species. Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg -- the strain in which the researchers found fosA7 -- is among the most common causes of human salmonellosis worldwide. The rise of resistance to multiple antibiotics, particularly to extended spectrum cephalosporins in Heidelberg has limited the number of therapeutic options against this Salmonella serovar. In the current study, the investigators found this resistance gene in all of 15 Salmonella Heidelberg isolates in their collection. The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 50,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences. ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.


News Article | April 28, 2017
Site: www.beveragedaily.com

Indeed, some 450 years ago, a wild yeast strain growing on a beech tree in Patagonia somehow found its way into a cold fermentation tank in Bavaria, ultimately becoming what we now know as lager yeast. Today, Canadean estimates that lager yeast is responsible for more than 90% of the world’s two billion hectolitres of annual beer production. The canonical lager yeast, Saccharomyces pastorianus, is in fact a hybrid of the traditional ale yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the wild yeast Saccharomyces eubayanus, whereby the high fermentative power of S. cerevisiae and the cold tolerance of S. eubayanus merged to produce a hybrid yeast capable of brewing beer at cold temperatures. This striking example of species hybridization and selection paved the way for lagers to become the most popular beer worldwide. However, what’s popular with the brewing world right now is being “different.” This desire has eroded the dominance of uniform, “industrial” lagers in favor of small-batch craft beers. Given the explosion of craft brewing, brewers are now constantly in search of new and diverse ingredients with which to differentiate their products. To this end, hops, barley, and even water are now painstakingly sourced to exacting specifications to generate interesting flavors and aromas. Yeast, however, remains an enigma to most brewers, who tend to ignore it much like in the original German Reinheitsgebot beer purity law. But this is a mistake given yeast’s impressive biodiversity in comparison to other brewing ingredients. Indeed, due to the ease and speed of yeast propagation, the number of untapped Saccharomyces species and the inherent genetic flexibility of yeast, scientists can now develop novel, customized yeast strains to exacting specifications, all using the non-GMO techniques — screening, artificial selection and selective breeding — that are already familiar to hops and barley breeders. As with beer, the quality of yeast is only as good as its 'ingredients'; therefore, finding the right breeding stock is vital for strain development. To this end, Mother Nature is by far the most bountiful source of new biodiversity, which should come as no surprise to brewers familiar with the traditional practice of open fermentation. In this process, the inherent diversity of indigenous wild yeast is utilized to create unique beers; unfortunately, this occurs at the expense of consistency and reproducibility. However, using modern non-GMO techniques, it is possible to isolate these strains and optimize them for the brewery, all the while retaining the traits that make them interesting. How scientists optimize yeast strains for the brewery is essentially the act of domestication — akin to what ancient agriculturalists have achieved with hops and barley. Wild barley Hordeum spontaneum bears little resemblance to modern malt barley Hordeum vulgare; over the millennia of producing beer, humans have artificially selected barley with high starch content for greater ethanol yield, thin cell walls for efficient milling, and uniform water absorption for fast malting. It is believed that the domestication of S. pastorianus followed a similar pattern and occurred after the initial mating of S. cerevisiae and S. eubayanus. Since repitching has historically been the only method of directly adding yeast to wort, the S. pastorianus strains that were most suited to the brewing lagers survived and were then artificially selected (unknowingly) by being repitched into the next batch of wort. However, modern scientists don’t rely on hundreds of years of random chance to domesticate a new yeast strain. Much like the recent application of selective breeding for high α-acid hops, the selective breeding of yeast involves the directed—yet natural—merging of distinct strains. Choice parent strains are induced to form spores that are then placed together to mate and create a new hybrid yeast with the characteristics of both parents. To further refine specific traits, initial hybrids can be backcrossed to its parents. It is possible this way to produce a selectively bred strain that is similar to a parent strain, but with the addition of specific traits. The key to this entire process is a holistic understanding of what the brewer wants from their yeast; with this information and the right background biodiversity, it becomes possible to breed in any trait. Most, if not all, modern domesticated organisms are a product of selective breeding. For example, these domestication methods were used in 1919 by E.S. Salmon to develop Brewer’s Gold, the ancestor to most modern hop varieties; the “3 Cs” of hops are all hybrids of older parental varieties. Centennial hops in particular result from multiple crosses and are a mix of Brewer’s Gold, Golding, Fuggle and Bavarian varieties. While it took Salmon 15 years to develop Brewer’s Gold, the modern yeast scientist can now produce a novel strain in six to twelve months, and in a far more precise and directed manner. Today, just as Brewer’s Gold was the genesis of the modern explosion in hop varieties, the development of novel yeast strains holds even greater potential for innovation in beer making. It is now possible to create yeast strains that are unique and fully customized for a brewery and its specific requirements in terms of flavor, aroma and performance. Brewers can also “upgrade” their current yeast strains by enhancing flavor, removing defects, or optimizing brewing kinetics to streamline the brewing process. Given the impressive range of yeast’s biodiversity and the ingenuity of modern scientists, the potential of beer yeast to undergo a hop-like explosion has now moved beyond theory to become an exciting, new reality. Jason Hung, MSc., is Associate Scientific Research Writer, Zachari Turgeon, MSc., is Lead Research Scientist - Yeast Innovation, and Matthew Dahabieh, Ph.D., is Chief Science Officer at Renaissance BioScience Corp. The corresponding author can be reached at mdahabieh@renaissancebioscience.com. Renaissance BioScience Corp. of Vancouver, Canada is a global yeast innovation company and leader in yeast breeding that develops novel, differentiated and patented non-GMO yeast technologies for the food, beverage, nutraceutical, animal feed, biofuel, and pharmaceutical industries.


CAPE TOWN, South Africa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in the region. The draft regulations, which are open for public consultation until 19 May 2017, highlight the progress South Africa is making in enabling affordable Internet through dynamic spectrum access. These draft regulations – which the DSA fully welcomes - and technologies will be discussed at the DSA Global Summit, taking place in Cape Town between 9 to 11 May 2017, where a whole host of leading industry figures and regulators from around the world have been announced to speak, including the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “In the past, exclusive licenses for specific frequency bands and specific purposes dominated spectrum allocation policy and regulations,” said Pakamile Kayakethu Pongwana, CEO of ICASA. “While these models are good for monetizing the spectrum and for coordination between multiple services and operators to avoid interference, they often result in underutilization of spectrum. In the last decade, however, governments and regulators around the world have embraced the concept of ‘spectrum commons’ as another way to bring citizens innovation on new wireless technologies.” The event will open on 9 May with a full day regulator workshop on spectrum sharing and dynamic spectrum access. Alongside ICASA, other regulators in attendance will include Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), Agência Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Ministry of Communications for Argentina and Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL). Day one of the Global Summit will be opened with keynote addresses from Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, and ICASA CEO, Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, followed by panel sessions on spectrum sharing and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) through dynamic access technologies. The latter panel will feature Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, where he leads research on dynamic spectrum access. His perspective on how to connect underserved populations in emerging economies will add another dimension to the panel, which also includes Facebook, University of Strathclyde, and VistaLifeSciences Inc. A panel session on closing the digital divide will address financial challenges associated with large-scale network deployments, with speakers including: Mr. Alexander Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Mr. Chikioke Egejuru, Investment Analysis, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Lumko Mtimde, CEO, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) and will be moderated by Mr. Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corporation. Other confirmed speakers on day one include Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who will join the panel on Wi-Fi for the 5G World. On the final day of the Summit, Ira will start with a keynote address, before joining the Regulator Leadership Summit later in the day. ICASA CEO Pongwana will return to speak on day two of the Summit to speak on a panel titled Creating Opportunities for Deployment, which will be moderated by Emeritus Executive Director of the DSA, Prof. H Sama Nwana. The panel will bring together policy makers to discuss challenges and solutions to establishing regulatory frameworks for enabling investment in infrastructure – something that is crucial to bridging the digital divide in South Africa, and around the world. Other speakers confirmed on the agenda include representatives from: Facebook, Adaptrum Inc., C3 Limited, the Communications Authority of Kenya, Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) and New American Foundation. Platinum sponsors of this year’s event include Microsoft and Nominet. Gold sponsors include Adaptrum Inc. and MBC, while MedyaCity is a Silver sponsor. To secure your place at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa (9-11 May 2017), visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dynamic-spectrum-alliance-2017-global-summit-tickets-28614617090. To view the full Summit agenda, visit: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/agenda/. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. For further information about the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, or follow @dynamicspectrum on Twitter. Alternatively join the Alliance on Facebook or LinkedIn.


Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ICASA, OPIC, IFC, Microsoft Corporation, HP Enterprise, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and more set to speak at leading spectrum sharing conference Cape Town, South Africa, 20 April 2017: With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in the region. The draft regulations, which are open for public consultation until 19 May 2017, highlight the progress South Africa is making in enabling affordable Internet through dynamic spectrum access. These draft regulations – which the DSA fully welcomes - and technologies will be discussed at the DSA Global Summit, taking place in Cape Town between 9 to 11 May 2017, where a whole host of leading industry figures and regulators from around the world have been announced to speak, including the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). “In the past, exclusive licenses for specific frequency bands and specific purposes dominated spectrum allocation policy and regulations,” said Pakamile Kayakethu Pongwana, CEO of ICASA. “While these models are good for monetizing the spectrum and for coordination between multiple services and operators to avoid interference, they often result in underutilization of spectrum. In the last decade, however, governments and regulators around the world have embraced the concept of ‘spectrum commons’ as another way to bring citizens innovation on new wireless technologies.” The event will open on 9 May with a full day regulator workshop on spectrum sharing and dynamic spectrum access. Alongside ICASA, other regulators in attendance will include Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), Agência Nacional del Espectro (ANE), the Ministry of Communications for Argentina and Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (ANATEL). Day one of the Global Summit will be opened with keynote addresses from Kalpak Gude, President of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, and ICASA CEO, Pakamile Kayalethu Pongwana, followed by panel sessions on spectrum sharing and enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) through dynamic access technologies. The latter panel will feature Dr. F. Mekuria, Chief Research Scientist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) South Africa, where he leads research on dynamic spectrum access. His perspective on how to connect underserved populations in emerging economies will add another dimension to the panel, which also includes Facebook, University of Strathclyde, and VistaLifeSciences Inc. A panel session on closing the digital divide will address financial challenges associated with large-scale network deployments, with speakers including: Mr. Alexander Hadden, Director, Structured Finance & Insurance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC); Mr. Chikioke Egejuru, Investment Analysis, International Finance Corporation; Mr. Lumko Mtimde, CEO, the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA) and will be moderated by Mr. Frank McCosker, General Manager, Affordable Access & Smart Financing, Microsoft Corporation. Other confirmed speakers on day one include Ira Keltz, Deputy Chief of Policy and Rules Division, Office of Engineering and Technology, US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), who will join the panel on Wi-Fi for the 5G World. On the final day of the Summit, Ira will start with a keynote address, before joining the Regulator Leadership Summit later in the day. ICASA CEO Pongwana will return to speak on day two of the Summit to speak on a panel titled Creating Opportunities for Deployment, which will be moderated by Emeritus Executive Director of the DSA, Prof. H Sama Nwana. The panel will bring together policy makers to discuss challenges and solutions to establishing regulatory frameworks for enabling investment in infrastructure – something that is crucial to bridging the digital divide in South Africa, and around the world. Other speakers confirmed on the agenda include representatives from: Facebook, Adaptrum Inc., C3 Limited, the Communications Authority of Kenya, Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company) and New American Foundation. Platinum sponsors of this year’s event include Microsoft and Nominet. Gold sponsors include Adaptrum Inc. and MBC, while MedyaCity is a Silver sponsor. To secure your place at the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit in Cape Town, South Africa (9-11 May 2017), visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dynamic-spectrum-alliance-2017-global-summit-tickets-28614617090. To view the full Summit agenda, visit: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/agenda/. About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. For further information about the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/, or follow @dynamicspectrum on Twitter. Alternatively join the Alliance on Facebook or LinkedIn. Media Contact For all media enquiries, please contact Sian Borrill by emailing sian.borrill@proactive-pr.com.


MIDLAND, MI, February 17, 2017-- Bernard J. Meister has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Bernard J. Meister was born to Benjamin and Gertrude Meister in February, 1941 in Maynard, Massachusetts. He attended Maynard public schools and graduated as valedictorian in 1958. He entered Worchester Polytechnic Institute in 1958 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1962. Bernie then entered Cornell University, studied chemical engineering and polymers and wrote his thesis on the breakup of jets into droplets for immiscible liquid systems. He obtained his PhD in 1966.In April 1966 Dr. Meister joined the Dow Chemical Company in the Corporate Research Lab in Midland, Michigan. He started in the rheology lab measuring high shear rate normal stresses in elastic liquids, and using the data to help formulate a viscoelastic constitutive equation that could be used to simulate polymer processing equipment. He then used the constitutive equation he developed to simulate the injection molding of polystyrene cups. In 1972 Bernie married Janet White and had now transferred to the styrenics research lab and he began working on the simulation of the polystyrene polymerization process. He used the kinetic equations of chain initiation, chain propagation, chain termination and chain transfer to predict the amount of polystyrene produced with time and its molecular weight and molecular weight distribution. This computer program was used to guide the development of a new process for a new polystyrene with high molecular weight and low oligomers at high production rates. This was accomplished, the production plant was built and started up on prime product in 1976. The molecular simulation was installed on the plant and started up concurrently with the process. Dr. Meister then added rubberized feed, two phase polymerization and grafting to the program so high impact polystyrene products could be developed in the same way. Also styrene acrylonitrile copolymerization was added for the development of mass ABS products. This made it possible for the researchers and manufacturers to run off line simulations to modify plant conditions and develop new products.The large number of successes and cost savings attributed to the molecular kinetics program led to the promotion of Dr. Meister to Associate Scientist in 1983. Also in that year, he was named Chemical Engineer of the Year by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. On becoming a scientist, there is less time spent on individual products and more time on guiding people and project development and technical review of projects in other locations. One project he guided was the development of a new high impact polystyrene process that provided more grafting. During this time he also refocused on a product design program that could lead to a similar success to the polymerization programs. The focus was on entangling and disentangling molecules and how it was affected by the velocity fields in processing equipment. Bernie was promoted to Research Scientist in 1992 and retired in 1999. He continued to take on projects for Dow part time under contract until 2005. Throughout his lengthy Dow career, he wrote over 100 Dow reports and also contributed his knowledge to many articles in professional journals. Dr. Meister maintains his membership with AIChE, ACS, SPE, Sigma Xi, and the Society of Rheology.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


CAMBRIDGE, MA and INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwired - February 09, 2017) - Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis today announced that HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society), an international not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT), will award its 2016 Book of the Year Award to Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems. Edited by Brian E. Dixon, PhD, FHIMSS, an Associate Professor at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Research Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, the book was published in March 2016 by Elsevier's Academic Press imprint. Health Information Exchange confronts the opportunities and challenges associated with the electronic exchange of data and information across the complex network of hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and other entities involved in providing health care. While the last decade has witnessed tremendous growth in the proliferation of IT in health care, many find it complicated and frustrating to connect those systems in a way that delivers high quality, patient-centered care. Described as a "timely response to a critical need within the health system" by Charles E. Christian, FHIMSS, CHCIO, the Vice President for Technology and Engagement at the Indiana Health Information Exchange who nominated it for the award, the book chronicles the need for and progress towards interoperability among health information systems as well as the methods and tools necessary to enable seamless, nationwide exchange of health information no matter where a patient receives care. Experts and accomplished practitioners contributed to the book's chapters and its several case studies that detail how leading organizations are moving the needle with respect to health care delivery and outcomes. The HIMSS Book of the Year Award honors a book that offers outstanding practical guidance and/or strategic insight for healthcare information and management systems professionals. JoAnn W. Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, the Vice President of Professional Development for HIMSS North America summarizes the merits of the book this way: "Not only does Dr. Dixon offer foundational knowledge on Health Information Exchange (HIE) that covers the broad areas of technology, governance, and policy but also he provides in-depth case studies that serve to connect learners to real-world applications. This combination is critical to ensuring that stakeholders across all disciplines understand the latest applications of HIE that positively impact care delivery." Editor Brian E. Dixon, PhD, FHIMSS, teaches and conducts research in the area of public health informatics, which applies information and computer science to improve population health monitoring as well as outcomes. Prior to joining the faculty at IUPUI, Dr. Dixon was an accomplished computer programmer as well as IT project manager who developed and implemented technologies that are now used by more than 100 hospitals and 20,000 physicians to exchange data necessary for caring for individual patients as well as monitoring the health of Indiana communities via the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Dr. Dixon has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and serves on multiple advisory boards for governmental and non-profit organizations who seek to use information technology to improve care delivery and health outcomes. Dr. Dixon was named to the "Forty Under 40" list in 2014 by the Indianapolis Business Journal and an Outstanding Investigator by the Regenstrief Institute's Center for Biomedical Informatics. He was named a HIMSS Fellow in 2012. The award will be presented to Dr. Dixon at the HIMSS Awards Gala, on February 21, 2017 at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. The gala is one of the premier events held during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, from February 19-23, at the Orange County Convention Center. About the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI seeks to cultivate innovative, interdisciplinary, community engaged education, research and service and prepare leaders in public health and health care. The school has over 500 students enrolled in its three undergraduate, four master's and four doctoral education programs related to public health and health administration. Pending approval, the school will offer the nation's first bachelor of science degree in health data science. The school further has numerous active research collaborations with local and state health departments in Indiana as well as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). About Elsevier Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions -- among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey -- and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com


News Article | February 27, 2017
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The research organization, LPRC, monitored a field test of the DiSa Digital Safety USA Point-of-sale Activation (PoSA) Proof-of-Concept. Protecting high-theft, openly-displayed merchandise in stores just got easier. The research organization LPRC monitored a field test of the Point-of-Sale Activation (PoSA) Proof-of-Concept and has issued their findings. ·   Sales of PoSA-protected products were higher than control groups ·   Return rates for PoSA-protected products were lower than unprotected products ·   The LPRC scientific study validates that the DiSa PoSA solution appears scalable, drives sales and reduces returns on protected products DiSa Digital Safety USA (DBA “DiSa”), is a US-based asset protection solution provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of DiSa Limited – Singapore, that specializes in research and development of cutting-edge Retail PoSA asset protection solutions, is pleased to announce that the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) has published results of the Walmart Proof-of-Concept with DiSa’s Point-of-Sale Activation (PoSA) solution. The LPRC research publication is the culmination of a two-year collaboration with the world’s largest retailer. The results were announced at the recent LPRC Retailer Summit (hosted by Target Stores) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The exclusive content is now available for LPRC’s membership of 40 retail chains. DiSa PoSA benefit denial solution protected consumer electronics products allowing a true open sell environment. This ground-breaking test and scientific study also indicates the DiSa Asset Protection process is a scalable solution that will help retailers drive sales, while enhancing the in-store guest experience by allowing highly desirable products to be sold in a true open format. The LPRC Research study targeted: Consumers, Retail Sales Associates, Store Management and Asset Protection team members. The results included a Q&A survey with each stakeholder, and was done independent of both Walmart and DiSa. The Research Scientist Team was given unfettered access to all needed stakeholder groups. Key take-a-ways include the consumer engagement with “open-sell” product labeled with the PoSA logo, the guest experience at the check-out; including self-checkout (SCO) and the sales growth resulting from the proof-of-concept test. The exclusive content was distributed to LPRC membership at the LPRC PoSA BD Summit and presented to the retailers in this session. 61% of the 549 consumers surveyed rated the PoSA solution favorable. The favorable report shows PoSA can drive sales and enhance the guest experience on the sales floor and at checkout. It also showed lower return rates. Only 2.6% of protected product stolen, none were activated and none were returned. To obtain the full report, please send your contact information (name, company name, phone number and email address) to sales@digital-safety.us. “Sell More and Lose Less with DiSa!” The LPRC is an industry group comprised of leading retailers, solution providers and scientists centered at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The LPRC conducts research to develop crime and loss prevention/control solutions that improve the performance of its members and the retail industry. Currently, the LPRC has over 90 members and is chaired by Dr. Read Hayes. The group conducts academic studies based in classroom and in live retail stores. The LPRC was founded in 2001 and is currently in its 15th year of operation. Key retail members range from Sterling Jewelers, Rite Aid to Home Depot, Walmart and Best Buy. The LPRC is home to 13 industry Working Groups with focus on various issues facing omni-channel retailers. LPRC belongs to various industry affiliations including but not limited to: LP Magazine, National Retail Federation, Retail Industry Leaders Association, LP Foundation and FMI (Food Marketing Institute). The DiSa PoSA solution, the world’s first entirely digital asset protection solution, is a digital lock applied to consumer electronic products during manufacturing. Each device is assigned a unique activation code. The digital lock prevents theft by rendering the devices inoperable from the point-of-production to the point-of-sale at retail stores. The device remains locked until the legitimate buyer activates the device using a one-time activation code that is printed on the retail sales receipt. Once activated, the device remains permanently unlocked and fully functional. DiSa offers full support to manufacturers, retailers and consumers through 24/7 phone support, Web support and App support. The DiSa solution is a low-cost solution that increases efficiencies both in the supply chain and in the retail store. With DiSa, retailers will be able to increase sales by merchandising product on the sales floor without fear of theft (no more product hiding in the backroom where it cannot be sold). Retailers will be able to merchandise more quickly; as they will not have to apply current asset protection (AP) standards such as “keeper boxes,” “spider wraps,” or other inefficient standards. These current standards cost the retailers both: 1) employee productivity and 2) heavy internal costs from purchasing and repurchasing standards. DiSa is designed to simplify the omni-channel retailer and manages a wide variety of transaction types in omni-channel retailing including 1) traditional brick transactions, including a full gift box experience, 2) E-commerce transactions where DiSa will protect the purchase to the customer’s door (no more mail theft or theft from a delivery vehicle), 3) Buy Online, Pickup in Store (BOPIS) and same day pickup in store. DiSa Digital Safety USA (DBA “DiSa”), is a US-based asset protection solution provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of DiSa Limited - Singapore that specializes in research and development of cutting-edge Retail security solutions. DiSa Digital Safety PTE LTD is a Singapore-based PoSA solution provider and wholly-owned subsidiary of DiSa Limited that specializes in research and development of cutting-edge Retail security solutions. More information is available at www.digital-safety.us and www.digital-safety.sg.


News Article | March 3, 2017
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SINGAPORE, March 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the success of their Global Deep Learning Series, RE.WORK is pleased to announce its 11th Global Deep Learning Summit in Singapore. Taking place on 27-28 April 2017, it will be the second edition held in Asia. The event will host 30 extraordinary speakers, amongst whom are representatives from Google, P&G, DeepMind and Facebook. RE.WORK will bring together more than 200 AI pioneers, leading technologists and innovators to explore the latest advancements in the deep learning. Why You Should Attend The two-day summit presents a unique networking opportunity with business leaders, influential academics and revolutionary startups. Ian Goodfellow, Research Scientist from OpenAI, spoke on his previous experience from the Deep Learning Summit San Francisco 2017, "I had the opportunity to meet with the head of a prominent venture capital firm and found startups that would like me as their technical advisor. As a speaker, I brought my research to a wider audience. It was a great event!". Each participant - speaker, attendee or panellist, brings invaluable insight to the summit and takes away much more. Held concurrently will be the Deep Learning in Finance Summit. Notable speakers in attendance are representatives from HSBC, BNP Paribas, AXA, NTUC Income and Societe Generale. Topics on the agenda will include financial forecasting, algorithmic trading, and robo-advisors. Early Bird passes for both events are on sale and available until Friday, 10th March. Attendees also gain access to post-event content: presentation slides, video recordings and exclusive interviews on RE.WORK's dedicated video hub. Can't attend? On-demand content is also available. Register or find out more here for the Deep Learning Summit, Singapore or here for the Deep Learning in Finance Summit, Singapore. For further enquiries, please email hello@re-work.co . RE.WORK is an event organising company that brings together breakthrough technology, cutting-edge science and innovative entrepreneurship which shape the future of business and society. RE.WORK events showcase opportunities of exponentially accelerating technologies to positively disrupt the world. Regular attendees at RE.WORK summits include: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Baidu. Find out more about their events here or follow them on Twitter at @teamrework and @reworkdl.


News Article | March 3, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.co.uk

Following the success of their Global Deep Learning Series, RE•WORK is pleased to announce its 11th Global Deep Learning Summit in Singapore. Taking place on 27-28 April 2017, it will be the second edition held in Asia. The event will host 30 extraordinary speakers, amongst whom are representatives from Google, P&G, DeepMind and Facebook. RE•WORK will bring together more than 200 AI pioneers, leading technologists and innovators to explore the latest advancements in the deep learning. Why You Should Attend The two-day summit presents a unique networking opportunity with business leaders, influential academics and revolutionary startups. Ian Goodfellow, Research Scientist from OpenAI, spoke on his previous experience from the Deep Learning Summit San Francisco 2017, "I had the opportunity to meet with the head of a prominent venture capital firm and found startups that would like me as their technical advisor. As a speaker, I brought my research to a wider audience. It was a great event!". Each participant - speaker, attendee or panellist, brings invaluable insight to the summit and takes away much more. Held concurrently will be the Deep Learning in Finance Summit. Notable speakers in attendance are representatives from HSBC, BNP Paribas, AXA, NTUC Income and Societe Generale. Topics on the agenda will include financial forecasting, algorithmic trading, and robo-advisors. Early Bird passes for both events are on sale and available until Friday, 10th March. Attendees also gain access to post-event content: presentation slides, video recordings and exclusive interviews on RE•WORK's dedicated video hub. Can't attend? On-demand content is also available. Register or find out more here for the Deep Learning Summit, Singapore or here for the Deep Learning in Finance Summit, Singapore. For further enquiries, please email hello@re-work.co . RE•WORK is an event organising company that brings together breakthrough technology, cutting-edge science and innovative entrepreneurship which shape the future of business and society. RE•WORK events showcase opportunities of exponentially accelerating technologies to positively disrupt the world. Regular attendees at RE•WORK summits include: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Amazon, and Baidu. Find out more about their events here or follow them on Twitter at @teamrework and @reworkdl.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Professor Vijay Madisetti of Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Arshdeep Bahga (former Research Scientist at Georgia Tech) release a new textbook on "Blockchain Applications: A Hands-On Approach", published by VP Technologies, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia, USA and available on Amazon.com The services and manufacturing sectors provide employment to millions of professionals. These sectors are highly automated, and driven by sophisticated business processes forming an integral part of the digital economy. While the applications themselves may be distributed over the Internet in time and space, the core business, regulatory, and financial aspects of the digital economy are still centralized, with the need for centralized agencies (such as banks, customs authorities, and tax agencies) to authenticate and settle payments and transactions. These centralized services often are manual, difficult to automate, and represent a bottleneck to facilitating a frictionless digital economy. The next revolutionary step in the services and manufacturing economy of the future is the development of automated distributed applications that do not depend on these traditional centralized agencies for controlling, facilitating and settling multi-party transactions that may themselves be subject to complex contractual constraints. The blockchain technology is an integral part of these next steps that promises a smart new world of automation of complex services and manufacturing processes. Blockchain is a distributed and public ledger that maintains records of all the transactions on a blockchain network comprising suppliers of products and services and consumers. With the blockchain's ability to establish trust in a peer-to-peer network through a distributed consensus mechanism rather than relying on a powerful centralized authority, the technology is seen by the industry experts as one of the greatest innovations since the invention of the Internet.  As per Santander, blockchain technologies can reduce annual costs for financial firms by $20b by streamlining processes and improving efficiency. In addition, investment and spending on blockchain technology is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 52% through 2019. The new textbook, "Blockchain Applications", by Arshdeep Bahga and Vijay Madisetti, attempts to provide a solid foundation in the areas of financial and regulation technologies, business analytics, Internet of Things, and cryptocurrency, in a manner that can be taught in colleges and universities to students who have completed at least one course in programming languages. The book is also written for use within industries in the FinTech and RegTech space that may be interested in rolling out products and services that utilize this new area of technology. Through extensive use of examples and case studies, with full code support, the book allows students to learn through doing. The book proposes a blockchain stack comprising a decentralized computation platform, a decentralized messaging platform, and a decentralized storage platform. A specific realization of the blockchain stack based on the Ethereum blockchain platform is described. A design methodology for decentralized applications (Dapps) and associated patterns for smart contracts are described. Then detailed examples of smart contracts and Dapps and tested case studies describe implementation of blockchain applications using these tools and frameworks (including Ethereum, Solidity, Whisper, Swarm, Geth, PyEthApp, TestRPC, Mist Ethereum Wallet, MetaMask, Web3 JavaScript API and Truffle). This new book is available from Amazon.com (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996025553/ ) and other major online distribution channels, and a website is available for instructors and students (http://www.hands-on-books-series.com/ ).  Instructors at colleges can request an evaluation copy on this website.

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