News Article | May 9, 2017
Commercial UAV specialists, Draganfly Innovations Inc.- today announced the development of the new additions to their product line. Like Draganfly’s existing offerings, these new products are purpose built to save time and money for operators while improving the quality of mission critical data used within the many industries the company serves. The new handheld Universal Control System (UCS) enables the user to operate the Tango2 fixed-wing, the DraganScout ground-based robot, or any of the Draganflyer multi-rotor platforms, including the Draganflyer Commander quadcopter. The Tango2 increases commercial use cases by offering long duration flight times and the innovative design allows for lower airspeeds, which translates to lower altitudes and higher resolution. This high endurance, multi-battery small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) is capable of carrying a wide array of payloads and is ideal for tactical operations, search and rescue, agriculture, industrial inspection, surveying and mapping, and aerial 3D modeling. The DraganScout is a unique ground-based robot capable of morphing into different configurations to traverse a wide range of obstacles, including climbing stairs, to perform mission critical jobs. Draganfly’s patented folding wheel design makes this one of the most versatile robots on the market, allowing it to quickly move into position and then transforms the wheel shape to climb stairs or stand vertically. The DraganScout is ideal for public safety use, including bomb detection and tactical situations, as well as a variety of industrial inspections. “At Draganfly, we focus on continuously innovating in order to maximize the performance with every new product we launch. We’re incredibly proud of the UCS, Tango2, and DraganScout and how they can work in concert in many different operations and we believe they will further accelerate the already significant growth in commercial use of drones,” said Draganfly’s founder and president, Zenon Dragan. Draganfly’s CEO, Cameron Chell, said of the announcement, “These products signify Draganfly’s continued leadership in the commercial space. Providing our customers the ability to use one controller to operate all of their Draganfly drones creates ease and reduces costs. Further, the addition of the Tango2 fixed-wing and DraganScout ground-based robot rounds out our portfolio by having all aspects of an operation covered. Imagine the benefit of having a fleet of our drones working together to provide solutions with maximum efficiency. For example, envision a public safety operation that requires the ability to generate valuable information safely from the ground with our robot, aerial footage from our hovering quad, and wide, sweeping surveying intelligence from our fixed-wing that can loiter in the air for hours on end never missing any of the action. We think this is a huge force multiplier for our customers.” About Draganfly Innovations Inc. Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for over 19 years, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives.
News Article | May 9, 2017
As part of the partnership, Cattura Video's CaptureCast Pro recorders now support the Universal Capture Specification (UCS), a simple, XML-based format for describing video files and collections so that they can be centrally managed and streamed to any device. "We created the Universal Capture Spec to provide a simple, open format for integrating video capture solutions and video content management systems," said Eric Burns, co-founder and CEO of Panopto. "With its unique support for multi-source video, timeline events, and metadata, the UCS is a perfect match for Cattura's CaptureCast series. Our joint customers stand to benefit from a seamless integration that provides the highest-fidelity playback of multi-source lectures and presentations." "The CaptureCast Pro recorders are built to reliably record any AV configuration, from simple talking head videos to complex multi-camera events," said Justin McCutcheon, CEO of Cattura. "Due to this key partnership, our joint customers will be equipped with a video management and playback solution that boasts flexible recording options and that's built to handle the demands of multi-source, HD video streaming." About Panopto Panopto helps universities and businesses create searchable video libraries of their institutional knowledge. Since 2007, the company has been a pioneer in video content management systems, video capture software, and inside-video search technology. Today, Panopto's video platform is the largest repository of expert learning videos in the world. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Pittsburgh, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Sydney, Panopto has received industry recognition for its innovation, rapid growth, and company culture. For more information, visit www.panopto.com. About Cattura Video Cattura Video is dedicated to delivering video recording and lecture capture solutions that go beyond just hardware. CaptureCast appliances deliver multi-source video capture of up to six HD recordings simultaneously, with automatic uploads to video management services, embedded metadata, individual source captures, simultaneous recording & streaming, and more. Cattura Video is currently used in top universities, enterprise companies, and government organizations. With a dedication to open infrastructure, design, and operation, and our "White Glove" AV services bringing custom development services and more, Cattura Video delivers solutions that go beyond hardware. For more information, visit www.catturavideo.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/panopto-and-cattura-video-team-up-on-lecture-capture-and-video-content-management-300453508.html
News Article | May 24, 2017
Through the partnership, Cbox recordings are automatically uploaded to Panopto, where they're encoded for playback on any device. The recordings are also indexed for inside-video search, enabling viewers to find and fast-forward to any word spoken or shown on-screen by presenters. The integration is based on the Universal Capture Specification (UCS), a simple, XML-based format for describing video files and collections so that they can be centrally managed and streamed to any device. With Cbox support for the UCS, multi-source recordings along with their associated metadata, such as title, description, and table of contents, can be seamlessly ingested into Panopto. This process automatically enhances video search and navigation while minimizing post-production time and costs. On-demand recordings are often available just minutes after a presentation ends. "Our Cbox family is built to capture the widest range of audiovisual equipment and presentation devices with enterprise-grade reliability," said Olivier Garbe, CEO of Winnov. "Now, with Panopto, we can provide our customers with an easy, automated workflow for managing those enriched multi-source recordings and efficiently streaming them to anyone on any device." "Panopto and Winnov share the belief that video capture and publishing should be a streamlined process that minimizes post-production costs and time to availability," said Eric Burns, co-founder and CEO of Panopto. "Through the use of the Universal Capture Spec, the multi-source recordings and extensive metadata captured by Cbox can be ingested into Panopto in full fidelity. The result is a more immersive viewing experience that goes far beyond simple, picture-in-picture video playback." About Panopto Panopto helps universities and businesses create searchable video libraries of their institutional knowledge. Since 2007, the company has been a pioneer in video content management systems, video capture software, and inside-video search technology. Today, Panopto's video platform is the largest repository of expert learning videos in the world. Headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Pittsburgh, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Sydney, Panopto has received industry recognition for its innovation, rapid growth, and company culture. For more information, visit www.panopto.com. About Winnov Winnov is the leading provider of HD lecture capture and live streaming appliances. The company's award-winning Cbox series enables anyone to create studio-grade video productions with the touch of a button or through a fully automated recording and publishing workflow. Fortune 500 companies, leading universities, and government agencies rely on Winnov appliances to capture the most engaging live and on-demand video experiences. For more information, visit www.winnov.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/panopto-and-winnov-announce-integrated-video-capture-and-management-solution-300460872.html
News Article | May 25, 2017
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 25, 2017) - Cisco ( : CSCO) -- This year, Boys Town, one of the largest nonprofit child care and healthcare organizations in the United States, celebrates 100 years of service to children and families. Boys Town is a leader in developing a model of care that helps young people grow into responsible, productive members of society, and their information technology (IT) staff believes in developing and adopting the best technology to serve their organization's mission. Boys Town is enhancing its IT foundation for the future by adopting Cisco ACI™ as its core software-defined networking (SDN) solution for the two data centers that support the Boys Town village, 12 sites across the United States, and a host of web-based programs. The Cisco® ACI infrastructure will also help Boys Town provide services to partner organizations that help in its mission to serve children and families. The village of Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, includes a fire department, a police department, a grade school, a high school, 60 family homes, and health clinics. Also included is a hospital with a nationally recognized treatment center for children with hearing and speech disorders, helping over 60,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students each year. Boys Town also offers services to families and at-risk youth across the nation as well as the Boys Town National Hotline ®, a free service open 24x7x365 days a year staffed with professionally trained Boys Town counselors that can be reached by phone, chats, text or emails. These services are all supported by Boys Town's primary data center on its main campus, and a secondary data center connected via a high-speed network, with all campus buildings connected via fiber. Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) provides infrastructure for over 600 virtual servers. The IT staff outlined clear requirements and objectives for their new data center network. Boys Town needed to support a hybrid solution for existing legacy applications and also new internally developed child welfare and medical applications that require higher levels of security, agility and mobility. The new infrastructure must support "five nines" availability, be capable of supporting future initiatives, and support an IT as a Service operating model. After months of evaluating competing solutions, they chose Cisco ACI because it was the only platform that could clearly provide everything they required. "As an IT organization, we're already competing with cloud providers to deliver services to our organization," said Jamie Pearson, Vice President of IT at Boys Town. "To compete effectively, we require rapid elasticity to move our workloads to the cloud as needed, and we require multitenancy capability so we can provide services to other organizations that help us in our mission." Boys Town engaged the services of Sirius, a national solutions integrator, to assist with the Cisco ACI installation. "Within three months from receiving the gear on the dock, we were in production and passing traffic," said Matt Welna, Senior Director, IT Operations at Boys Town. "Sirius has been a great partner, and we've been delighted to work with Sirius and Cisco to make IT a true innovator that supports the Boys Town mission." ACI was deployed in a multi-pod scenario, with the two Boys Town physical data centers merged into one logical data center, which makes it much simpler to accomplish tasks such as VMotioning servers between data centers on a stretch layer between the physical data centers. In addition, a routing core between the two data centers allows them to seamlessly extend layer two and layer three subnets. "ACI simplifies so many things for our IT environment overall -- it simplifies our disaster recovery plan for communication engineering, backup infrastructure for our infrastructure team, and planning active-active between my two data centers for our web infrastructure," said Matt Welna, Senior Director, IT Operations at Boys Town. "On top of that, we can use ACI microsegmentation to segment off certain business units such as the credit union, and apply contracts inside the data center in front of the electronic medical and health records to more easily restrict access." Serving the Boys Town Mission In addition to its headquarters in Omaha, Boys Town supports sites across the United States that offer family homes, in-home family services, foster care, parenting classes and behavioral health services. "Nearly every day we see the positive impact of technology -- for example, our family consultants across the U.S. who work with at-risk youth and their families rely on us every day, around the clock, to provide secure methods to access and update case information and to remotely access other Boys Town services," said Jamie Pearson, Vice President of IT at Boys Town. "With our new network we have zero downtime -- even when doing maintenance. This is a huge benefit because it means that we never have to worry about downtime for critical services at our hospital or for the text, chat and web support connected to our national suicide hotline." About Boys Town Since 1917, Boys Town's has given thousands of at-risk children the love, support and education they need to succeed. When Boys Town saves a child, the positive effects ripple through the community, making greater progress for society as a whole. Boys Town's mission is to change the way America cares for children, families, and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind, and spirit. Boys Town has facilities in not only Omaha, Nebraska, but in California, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, New England, New York, Texas and Washington DC family homes, in-home family services, foster care, parenting classes and behavioral health services. Additional Resources Learn more about Boys Town Read: Unleashing IT article on Boys Town Learn more about: Cisco ACI Learn more about: Cisco data center technology About Cisco Cisco ( : CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at thenetwork.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco. 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News Article | May 25, 2017
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nutanix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2017, ended April 30, 2017. Reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures are provided in the tables of this press release. “ We continue to execute on our strategy of building a cloud operating system that provides our customers maximum choice of hardware platforms. We recently established a partnership with IBM® to bring to market the industry’s first hyperconverged solution on Power Systems, and introduced support for HPE® ProLiant® and Cisco UCS® blade servers,” said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix. “ Our third quarter results reflect our continued focus on the Global 2000 as well as a measurable improvement in the number of larger deals in the quarter, particularly in North America.” For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, Nutanix expects: Supplementary materials to this earnings release, including the company’s third quarter fiscal 2017 investor presentation, can be found at http://ir.nutanix.com/company/financial/. All forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures contained in this section titled "Q4 Fiscal 2017 Financial Outlook" exclude stock-based compensation expense, and may also exclude, as applicable, other special items. The company has not reconciled guidance for non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP loss per share to their most directly comparable GAAP measures because such items that impact these measures are not within its control and are subject to constant change. While the actual amounts of such items will have a significant impact on the company’s non-GAAP gross margin and non-GAAP loss per share, a reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure guidance to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. Nutanix executives will discuss the company’s third quarter fiscal 2017 financial results on a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Pacific time today. To listen to the call via telephone, dial 1-877-201-0168 in the United States or 1-647-788-4901 from outside the United States. The conference ID is 12015922. This call is being webcast live and is available to all interested parties on our Investor Relations website at ir.nutanix.com. Shortly after the conclusion of the conference call, a replay of the audio webcast will be available on the Nutanix Investor Relations website. A telephonic replay will be available for one week following the conference call at 1-800-585-8367 or 1-416-621-4642, conference ID 12015922. Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Key Performance Measures To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the following non-GAAP financial and other key performance measures: billings, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP net loss, pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow. In computing these non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude certain items such as stock-based compensation and the related income tax impact, costs associated with our acquisitions (such as amortization of acquired intangible assets, revaluation of contingent consideration, income tax related impact, and other acquisition-related costs), loss on debt extinguishment, and changes in the fair value of our preferred stock warrant liability. Billings is a performance measure which our management believes provides useful information to investors because it represents the amounts under binding purchase orders received by us during a given period that have been billed, and we calculate billings by adding the change in deferred revenue between the start and end of the period to total revenue recognized in the same period. Free cash flow is a performance measure that our management believes provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after necessary capital expenditures, and we define free cash flow as net cash (used in) provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment. We use these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. Our management believes that these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain expenses and expenditures such as stock-based compensation expense that may not be indicative of our ongoing core business operating results. However, these non-GAAP financial and key performance measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Billings, non-GAAP gross margin percentage, non-GAAP net loss, pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share, and free cash flow are not substitutes for total revenue, gross profit, net loss, net loss per share, or net cash (used in) provided by operating activities, respectively. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures differently or may use other measures to evaluate their performance, all of which could reduce the usefulness of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures as tools for comparison. We urge you to review the reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures and key performance measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures included below in the tables captioned “Reconciliation of Revenue to Billings,” “ Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Profit Measures,” and “ Reconciliation of GAAP Net Cash (Used In) Provided By Operating Activities to Non-GAAP Free Cash Flow,” and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business. This press release contains express and implied forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to our competitive differentiation, our plans and expectations relating to our relationship with IBM and the deployment of our software on, and interoperability of our software with, IBM Power Systems, HPE ProLiant servers, and Cisco UCS B-Series blade servers, and anticipated future financial results, including but not limited to our guidance on estimated revenues, non-GAAP gross margin, and non-GAAP net loss per share for future fiscal periods. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, and instead are based on our current expectations, estimates, opinions and beliefs. Consequently, you should not rely on these forward-looking statements. The accuracy of such forward-looking statements depends upon future events, and involves risks, uncertainties and other factors beyond our control that may cause these statements to be inaccurate and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied by such statements, including, among others: the rapid evolution of the markets in which we compete; our ability to sustain or manage future growth effectively; factors that could result in the significant fluctuation of our future quarterly operating results, including, among other things, our revenue mix, the timing and magnitude of orders, shipments and acceptance of our solutions in any given quarter, our ability to attract new and retain existing end-customers, changes in the pricing of certain components of our solutions, and fluctuations in demand and competitive pricing pressures for our solutions; the introduction, or acceleration of adoption of, competing solutions, including public cloud infrastructure; failure to develop, or unexpected difficulties or delays in developing, new product features or technology on a timely or cost-effective basis; and other risks detailed in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 10, 2017. Additional information will also be set forth in our Form 10-Q that will be filed for the quarter ended April 30, 2017, which should be read in conjunction with these financial results. Our SEC filings are available on the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at ir.nutanix.com and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or subsequent events or circumstances. Nutanix makes infrastructure invisible, elevating IT to focus on the applications and services that power their business. The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform leverages web-scale engineering and consumer-grade design to natively converge compute, virtualization and storage into a resilient, software-defined solution with rich machine intelligence. The result is predictable performance, cloud-like infrastructure consumption, robust security, and seamless application mobility for a broad range of enterprise applications. Learn more at www.nutanix.com or follow us on Twitter @nutanix. © 2017 Nutanix, Inc. All rights reserved. Nutanix®, the Enterprise Cloud Platform™ and the Nutanix logo are trademarks of Nutanix, Inc., registered or pending registration in the United States and other countries. Hewlett Packard Enterprise®, HPE® and ProLiant® are the registered trademarks of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP and/or its affiliates. Cisco® and Cisco UCS® are the registered trademarks of Cisco Technology, Inc. IBM® and Power Systems™ are the trademarks of International Business Machines (IBM) and/or its affiliates. Nutanix is not associated with, sponsored or endorsed by HPE or Cisco. All other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).
News Article | May 4, 2017
Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendor Nutanix continues its march to compete with current data center virtualization leader, VMware. Originally focused on supporting vSphere and Hyper-V, Nutanix eventually launched its proprietary flavor of open source hypervisor KVM, naming it Acropolis. Nutanix has existing OEM relationships with Dell EMC and Lenovo, and recently certified Cisco UCS for their HCI platform. Without a formal OEM agreement, Nutanix offers support agreements to assure customers the solution is production ready. Like the Cisco UCS rack server, Nutanix is now certifying specific HPE rack server configurations as well. The Nutanix solution isn't an integrated platform similar to competing products. HPE's SimpliVity, for example, leverages ASIC to speed performance of storage services. To an extent, SimpliVity is tied to the hardware platform, at least for storage acceleration. Nutanix does, however, have visions of becoming a platform. SEE: Nutanix expands software footprint with HPE, Cisco, offers more pricing options (ZDNet) Early in the birth of Nutanix, the company's vision was that of a platform. However, there's a tipping point between when a solution is an application and when it is considered a platform. Today, it's safe to say that vSphere is a platform, and Nutanix is one of many partners within the vSphere ecosystem. Back at the first Nutanix user conference, NEXTConf, Nutanix CEO Dheeraj Pandey spoke on the risk of hubris in calling Nutanix's solution a platform. From my view, Nutanix's strategy involves perfecting the application layer of their solution. Nutanix slow rolled the release of their initial product, and the early product versions shipped via tightly-controlled hardware configurations. Nutanix was clear that the product and hardware platform were independent. The same view existed from the hypervisor perspective. Nutanix viewed vSphere as a platform to run the storage application component of Nutanix. By taking the application approach to HCI, Nutanix can decouple storage and management from both the hypervisor and underlying hardware. It's the decoupling that allows Nutanix to offer support for non-OEM server configurations. In the first step of the decoupling process, Nutanix introduced their hypervisor, Acropolis. As mentioned, Acropolis leverages the open-sourced KVM hypervisor. By leveraging KVM, Nutanix inherited a hardware compatibility list that includes the Linux Kernel. Nutanix has a community edition of the solution for training. There are examples of end users installing the solution on simple Intel NUC mini-PCs. If an organization is comfortable running non-OEM KVM configurations, Nutanix's support of pre-approved HPE and Cisco solutions should fit the support model. Nutanix has some growing to do when it comes to their ecosystem. Even with adding HPE rack servers, the number of server options for Nutanix remains low compared to VMware vSphere. For example, VMware's VMworld brings together storage, network, server, services, and management vendors—all of which have solutions that integrate with the vSphere platform. The customers I've spoken to like the product running on top of vSphere. The primary challenge they run into when looking migrate to Acropolis is the lack of integration with existing tools. Nutanix's offering of support for Acropolis on HPE is an example of the potential of the platform. While still relatively small, Nutanix represents an intriguing competitor to VMware. Update: Upon publication of this article, an HPE spokesperson reached out to TechRepublic with the following comment: "While it's nice that Nutanix recognizes our leadership in the server industry, there is no relationship between HPE and Nutanix. Customers looking for a supported hyperconverged solution on our DL380 are better served using our HPE SimpliVity product."
News Article | May 4, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC, May 04, 2017-- US SIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment will host its annual conference May 11 and 12 at the J.W. Marriott in Chicago, with special US SIF member programming on May 10. A New Climate for Investing in Impact will feature numerous leaders and experts addressing key issues related to sustainable, responsible and impact investing.Said Lisa Woll, US SIF CEO, who will address the opening session and speak in the closing session on What's Next: How Will the New Administration Affect Sustainable and Impact Investing, "With one in five dollars invested using one or more sustainable investment strategies, our conference provides an opportunity at a key moment for investors, companies and policymakers to explore challenges and opportunities at the start of a new administration. This year's conference features an exceptional line up of speakers who will address the expanded interest in sustainable and impact investing across the globe."Some of the issues to be explored during this year's plenary sessions include how to address climate change from the perspective of investors, policymakers and companies; how the new Administration will affect the policy priorities of impact investors; mass incarceration and the role of investors in creating resilient cities.City of Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers, who previously spoke at the US SIF 2015 conference, will provide welcoming remarks on Thursday, May 11. Treasurer Summers is responsible for the City of Chicago's $7 billion investment portfolio and will launch the Chicago Community Catalyst Fund later this year. The Catalyst Fund is a fund-of-funds that will make targeted investments in Chicago's 77 neighborhoods with an emphasis in the communities that need it most."I am thrilled to welcome US SIF and hundreds of conference attendees, leaders and experts focused on impact investing to Chicago," Treasurer Summers said. "Sustainable and responsible impact investment is key to driving the social change we need not only in Chicago, but in communities all over the country."Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy, and a multiple award winner including a MacArthur "Genius" Award and inclusion on the 2015 Time 100 Most Influential People will talk about the profound challenges in our criminal justice system and addressing mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the US.Other plenary speakers include:, Managing Director of Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress., President of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Chair of US SIF Board of Directors and Director, Manager Due Diligence and Thematic Research at Cornerstone Capital Group, Senior Vice President of Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), Managing Partner with Sustainable Insight Capital Management, Chief Executive Officer and a portfolio manager at Trillium Asset Management, President and CEO of Calvert Foundation, Managing Director of Impact Investments at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Executive Director of Benefit Chicago, Founder & CEO of Re:focus PartnersTopics to be explored in breakout sessions include:- Asset Owners and sustainable and impact investing- Infrastructure and climate change adaptation and mitigation- Shareholder advocacy in the new climate- Recent research on sustainable and responsible investing- Intentionality and articulating impact in public equity- Portfolio management and systematic risks- Access to medicine- New pathways for retail investors- Investing in rural communities and small citiesTo register for the conference or for more information please visit http://bit.ly/USSIF17 . To become a US SIF member or to learn about the benefits of membership please visit http://www.ussif.org/join is the leading voice advancing sustainable, responsible and impact investing across all asset classes. Our mission is to rapidly shift investment practices toward sustainability, focusing on long-term investment and the generation of positive social and environmental impacts. US SIF's 300+ members include investment management and advisory firms, mutual fund companies, research firms, financial planners and advisors, broker-dealers, community investing organizations, nonprofit associations, and pension funds, foundations and other asset owners.US SIF is supported in its work by the US SIF Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization that undertakes educational, research and programmatic activities to advance the mission of US SIF. Learn more at www.ussif.org For more on the annual #USSIF17 conference, follow @US_SIF on Twitter.
News Article | April 21, 2017
The March for Science is set for tomorrow, when thousands are expected to descend on the National Mall in Washington DC. Hundreds of satellite marches are set to take place around the globe. Despite criticisms of the organising committee and a perceived lack of a clear message, it could be a turning point for how scientists approach government. In the days after the 2017 US presidential inauguration, resistance to the anti-science stance trumpeted during the 2016 campaign grew in online discussions on Reddit. Several people, including physiologist Jonathan Berman, proposed a march on Washington similar to the Women’s March in January. “There was this building desire among scientists to become more willing to enter into the political discussion, and we sort of got the timing right to become the fulcrum for that,” says Berman, who became one of the national organisers of the March for Science. Within a week of launching a website, the movement had gained a Twitter following of more than a million people, he says. On the morning of 22 April, environmental group the Earth Day Network will co-host a teach-in and rally near the Washington Monument, followed by the march through the streets ending at the US Capitol. To grow their grass-roots effort, Berman and his co-organisers felt it was important to secure the backing of mainstream scientific organisations. “It was clear we needed to gain their expertise and support, and begin partnering with scientific societies,” he says. His first bite was from former congressperson and physicist Rush Holt, head of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “I got this middle-of-the-night call from Rush, and it was kind of like being called into the principal’s office,” Berman says. “But he was extremely supportive of our efforts, and once we reached an understanding of our non-partisan goals, Rush helped connect us to other scientific societies.” Partners of the march now include hundreds of universities and scientific societies. These have promoted the march to their members, suggested speakers for the teach-ins on the day, and will be key to rallying people for the science cause long after the march is over, says Berman. One such group is the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which will capitalise on the gathering to train scientists and science supporters to be more politically active. Some of that energy is focusing back on the march itself, however. The march and its organisers have faced criticism for their approach to issues involving diversity of leadership and the inclusion of marginalised groups – problems that have long plagued scientific culture. Jacquelyn Gill, an ecologist at the University of Maine, tweeted that she left the organising committee last month over such issues. She said that initial resistance within the march’s leadership to issuing an internal statement that diversity and inclusion were core values had the effect of weakening the March and its goals by alienating those who stand to lose the most in the War on Science. “#ScienceMarch also represents a tragic lost opportunity to do better than science’s racist, sexist, ableist, colonialist, oppressive past,” she tweeted. But Berman believes some of these issues have been addressed. “Science has done a bad job over time of being diverse and doing all the things it should to ensure that opportunities or scientific careers are equal, and making sure that science itself benefits from all communities,” Berman admits. “I had hoped that we would instigate some of that discussion, and I think to a degree we have.” The long-term goals for the march are also a bit fuzzy – though Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the UCS, sees it as a chance to highlight the role of scientific evidence in public discussion and policy. While he admits that President Donald Trump may not be swayed by the protest, he says other elected officials and citizens will be listening. Berman says a key audience for the march is politicians themselves. But though there has been interest from US senators and members of the House of Representatives in speaking at the rally, the March for Science has not included any speaking spots for government officials. “We don’t want this to be a platform for someone to get elected by speaking at our event, says Berman.”We want this to be an opportunity to elevate the voices of actual scientists and people whose everyday lives are affected by science. We want to talk about science to the politicians.” Some have expressed concern that the march will politicise science, but Peter Frumhoff of the UCS rejects that dichotomy. He says science is inherently political because it affects policy. And besides, times have changed. “What we’re seeing in the Trump administration and Congress, the rejection of science, the rollback of funding, the efforts to roll back science-based regulations, folks are angry,” he says. “I think people are motivated like never before to speak out, and I think that’s all good.” Read more: How to protest against Trump in his expanded surveillance state; We mustn’t let a superpower turn its back on rationality
News Article | May 1, 2017
Hoag Physicians Selected to Teach Unique Breast Conserving Operative Technique at National Meeting for The American Society of Breast Surgeons Newport Beach, CA, May 01, 2017 --( This prestigious opportunity allowed Drs. Silverstein and Savalia to discuss and teach the Split Reduction, an operative technique developed and perfected at Hoag, for surgeons across the nation. Combining the principles of oncologic surgery with the techniques of plastic surgery, this technique alters the incision site on a patient’s breast to accommodate tumors that other oncologists said could not be removed without a mastectomy. “Hoag is the most advanced place in the world for saving breasts for patients who are told they need a mastectomy,” Dr. Silverstein said. “Women have so many treatment options, including lumpectomies and oncoplastic surgery to remove cancerous tumors while achieving optimal cosmetic and oncologic results. It is surprising that mastectomy is still the default surgical option for breast cancer treatment,” Dr. Savalia added. In addition, five research poster presentations were presented at the national meeting by Hoag faculty and USC/Hoag Breast Fellows on the following topics: A Comparison of Margin Width in DCIS Patients Treated with Breast Conserving Surgery Plus Whole Breast Radiation Therapy. Data supported the Consensus Guideline: 2 mm is an appropriate minimal margin width for patients with DCIS patients treated with breast conserving therapy plus whole breast radiation therapy. Analysis of data found a higher local recurrence rate with narrow surgical margins (< 2mm margins) at 31% compared with the adequately excised group (≥ 2mm margins) at 11%. Authors: Sadia Khan, DO, Program Advisor Hoag Breast Center, Melvin J. Silverstein, MD, Hoag Breast Center Medical Director and the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery, et al Excision alone for low risk Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) using University of Southern California/Van Nuys Prognostic Index (USC/VNPI). Findings confirm reports that whole breast radiation therapy (WBRT) may be safely omitted in patients with low-risk DCIS. Established the UCS/VNPI algorithm that quantifies five measurable prognostic factors (tumor size, margin width, nuclear grade, age and comedonecrosis) and aids in predicting local recurrence in conservatively treated patients. Authors: Nicole Zaremba, MD (2017 Muzzy Family Endowed Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at Hoag), et al Outcome After Local Invasive Recurrence: The Impact of Original Diagnosis of DCIS Versus Invasive Cancer. Found that patients with an original diagnosis of invasive breast cancer have higher probability of developing an invasive local recurrence when compared to patients with an original diagnosis of DCIS (42% versus 12%). Authors: Julie Wecsler, MD (USC/Hoag Breast Fellow), et al Four-Year Results of a Single Site X-Ray IORT Trial for Early Breast Cancer. Studied intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) as a safe alternative to whole breast radiation (WBRT) for low-risk breast cancer patients. Found the rate of local ipsilateral breast tumor events is somewhat higher than those reported in WBRT patients but lower than those described in patients treated with excision alone. Authors: Melinda Epstein, Ph.D., et al Intraductal Papillomas: To Excise or Not Excise Authors: Sayee Kiran, MD (USC/Hoag Breast Fellow), et al This research was presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. Joining the Hoag Breast team at the national meeting was the winner of the 2017 International Scholarship in Breast Surgery Juan Cossa, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Clinics Hospital of Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr. Cossa was selected by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) and chose to visit Hoag when given the opportunity to study at any cancer hospital in the United States. “It was an honor to have Dr. Cossa join our team and have the opportunity to teach him about oncoplastic surgery,” said Dr. Silverstein. “Hoag continues to pioneer innovative medical and surgical advancements and it’s a privilege to be able to share that knowledge with surgeons around the world.” Newport Beach, CA, May 01, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Melvin J. Silverstein, M.D., Hoag Breast Center Medical Director and the Gross Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and Nirav Savalia, M.D., Director of Oncoplastic and Aesthetic Breast Surgery at Hoag, were among the faculty selected by the American Society of Breast Surgeons to teach the Annual Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course at the national meeting held this year in Las Vegas on April 26-30, 2017.This prestigious opportunity allowed Drs. Silverstein and Savalia to discuss and teach the Split Reduction, an operative technique developed and perfected at Hoag, for surgeons across the nation. Combining the principles of oncologic surgery with the techniques of plastic surgery, this technique alters the incision site on a patient’s breast to accommodate tumors that other oncologists said could not be removed without a mastectomy.“Hoag is the most advanced place in the world for saving breasts for patients who are told they need a mastectomy,” Dr. Silverstein said.“Women have so many treatment options, including lumpectomies and oncoplastic surgery to remove cancerous tumors while achieving optimal cosmetic and oncologic results. It is surprising that mastectomy is still the default surgical option for breast cancer treatment,” Dr. Savalia added.In addition, five research poster presentations were presented at the national meeting by Hoag faculty and USC/Hoag Breast Fellows on the following topics:A Comparison of Margin Width in DCIS Patients Treated with Breast Conserving Surgery Plus Whole Breast Radiation Therapy. Data supported the Consensus Guideline: 2 mm is an appropriate minimal margin width for patients with DCIS patients treated with breast conserving therapy plus whole breast radiation therapy. Analysis of data found a higher local recurrence rate with narrow surgical margins ( Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
News Article | May 6, 2017
Paris (AFP) - For the first time since Donald Trump's ascent to the White House, UN negotiators gather next week to draft rules to take forward the climate-rescue Paris Agreement he has threatened to abandon. The mid-year round of haggling in Bonn is meant to begin work on a crucial rulebook for signatories of the pact. But it risks being sidetracked by mounting uncertainty over the world's number two carbon polluter, with Trump at its helm. "This was supposed to be a highly technical and uneventful meeting to flesh out some of the details in the Paris Agreement. But, obviously, the speculation coming out of Washington is now at the top of our minds," the Maldives environment and energy minister, Thoriq Ibrahim, told AFP. He chairs the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a key negotiating bloc in the UN climate forum which will meet from May 8-18. The deal was sealed at the 21st so-called "Conference of Parties" (COP 21) in the French capital in December 2015, after years of haggling. A diplomatic push led by Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and China's Xi Jinping, saw 195 countries and the EU bloc -- 196 parties in total -- OK the deal to the popping of champagne corks. Palestine has also since joined. The agreement sets the goal of limiting average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels -- and 1.5 C if possible. This will be done by curbing planet-warming greenhouse-gas emissions from burning oil, coal and gas -- an objective to which countries have pledged voluntary, nationally-determined "contributions". Scientists project that on current pledges, Earth is on track for warming of around 3C -- a scenario that would doom the planet to potentially catastrophic droughts, floods, and rising seas. Widely hailed as the last chance to stave off worst-case-scenario global warming, the Paris pact was savaged by Trump during his presidential campaign. He called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by China, and promised to "cancel" the deal as president. With the rest of the world on tenterhooks ever since, Trump has said he will make his decision before the next G7 meeting on May 26-27 in Sicily. "The question of whether this creates a difficult backdrop for the negotiations is clearly a 'yes'," said Paula Caballero, who heads the climate programme at the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI). A State Department official confirmed a US delegation will travel to Bonn, though a "much smaller" one than in recent years. "We are focused on ensuring that decisions are not taken at these meetings that would prejudice our future policy, undermine the competitiveness of US businesses, or hamper our broader objective of advancing US economic growth and prosperity," said the official, asked about the negotiators' brief. Some fear a US withdrawal from the agreement would dampen enthusiasm for ramping up national emissions-cutting targets, required to bring them in line with the 2C target. "I can see some countries... saying: 'Well, why should we do more if the US is doing less?'," said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a veteran observer of the climate negotiations. The Trump administration has already proposed slashing funds for the UN's climate convention, which hosts the negotiations; for the UN climate science panel; and for the Green Climate Fund that helps poor countries combat global warming. There has been a chorus of appeals from business leaders, politicians and NGOs for the US not to abandon the agreement. Much of the pressure is at home, where businesses, majors and governors have pledged to pursue a clean energy track with or without Trump. Observers say the momentum, politically at least, is unstoppable. At the last COP, held in Marrakesh in November, news of Trump's election served to spur countries into reaffirming their commitment to the pact. "International leadership on climate is more diffuse than before, and other countries are stepping up to lead both within and outside of negotiations," said Caballero -- pointing at major polluters China and India cutting back on coal. In fact, the US may stand to lose the most -- in both political and economic influence. "It would leave America behind while other countries are benefiting from the huge economic opportunities of a transition to cleaner economies," said Caballero. Negotiators in Bonn, while attempting to take the pulse of the US delegation, must make progress on the "rulebook" which has an adoption deadline of end-2018. The guide must clarify what kind of information countries include when they report on emissions, for example, and what counts as a contribution to climate finance. The next COP, chaired by Fiji, will be held in Bonn in November.