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News Article | April 17, 2017
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The University of Utah has become one of the first US colleges to offer eSports scholarships. It makes it the most high-profile entry into competitive college gaming in the United States. The university is creating its own varsity eSports team to play League of Legends and compete in Riot Games' collegiate league. There are plans to expand it to more games and make money through marketing deals. ESports is already a huge industry and is expected to be one of the top five most popular sports by 2020. Collegiate eSport teams are still quite rare, but a growing number of US colleges are beginning to recognise their student gamers. The University of Utah is part of the "Power Five", the richest sports universities in America. Gamers will receive partial scholarships to start with, but once they start playing more games competitively they will be able to sign up for marketing deals. The university is hoping to eventually offer full scholarships for 35 gamers. Utah is the most high-profile US college to offer eSports scholarships, but the Universities of California and Irvine have recently built eSports arenas on their campuses. "We want other schools to join us," said A.J. Dimick, who will run the new eSports programme in Utah. "Let's move this along together." Funding for the student gamers will come from Utah's entertainment arts and engineering department, which is known as a leader in video game design. Find us on Instagram at BBCNewsbeat and follow us on Snapchat, search for bbc_newsbeat


— The “Cochlear Implants Market - Medical Devices Pipeline Assessment, 2017” report provides comprehensive information on the pipeline products with comparative analysis of the products at various stages of development. The report reviews major players involved in the pipeline product development. It also provides information about clinical trials in progress, which includes trial phase, trial status, trial start and end dates, and, the number of trials for the key Cochlear Implants pipeline products. Browse the 66 Tables and Figures, 16 Companies, Spread across 54 Pages Report Available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/contacts/discount.aspx?name=958617. Scope of the Report: Extensive coverage of the Cochlear Implants under development The report reviews details of major pipeline products which includes, product description, licensing and collaboration details and other developmental activities The report reviews the major players involved in the development of Cochlear Implants and list all their pipeline projects The coverage of pipeline products based on various stages of development ranging from Early Development to Approved / Issued stage The report provides key clinical trial data of ongoing trials specific to pipeline products Recent developments in the segment / industry Companies are mentioned: Advanced Bionics, Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Inactive), Hannover Medical School, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, Labyrinth Devices, Northwestern University, Oticon Medical AB, OtoKinetics (Inactive), Sonova Holding AG, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, The University of Utah, Trinity College Dublin, University of Michigan, University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and University of Wisconsin Madison. Place Order to This Report at http://www.reportsnreports.com/purchase.aspx?name=958617. Cochlear Implants Market- Recent Developments : Feb 20, 2017: Announcing Health Canada approval of the New HiRes Ultra Cochlear Implant 34 Nov 14, 2016: First Half Results 2016/17: Sonova with Strong Foundation for Further Growth 34 Oct 11, 2016: Sonova announces appointment of Group Vice President Retail 38 Sep 29, 2016: Cochlear launches the world's thinnest, full length perimodiolar electrode for cochlear implants 38 Sep 29, 2016: Cochlear: Retirement Of Chief Financial Officer 39 Sep 20, 2016: UNC hearing loss experts lead clinical trials of FDA-approved hearing implant 39 Sep 20, 2016: NEO Tech Offers Microelectronics Miniaturization for Medical Implantable Device OEMs 40 List of Tables Table 1: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Stage of Development Table 2: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Segment Table 3: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Territory Table 4: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Regulatory Path Table 5: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Estimated Approval Date Table 6: Cochlear Implants - Ongoing Clinical Trials Table 7: Cochlear Implants Companies - Pipeline Products by Stage of Development Table 8: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Stage of Development Table 9: Advanced Bionics LLC Pipeline Products & Ongoing Clinical Trials Overview Table 10: Hires Fidelity 120 Pediatrics - Product Status List of Figures Figure 1: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Stage of Development Figure 2: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Segment Figure 3: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Territory Figure 4: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Regulatory Path Figure 5: Cochlear Implants - Pipeline Products by Estimated Approval Date Figure 6: Cochlear Implants - Ongoing Clinical Trials Complete Table of Content is Available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/958617-cochlear-implants-medical-devices-pipeline-assessment-2017.html. About Us: ReportsnReports.com is your single source for all market research needs. Our database includes 500,000+ market research reports from over 95 leading global publishers & in-depth market research studies of over 5000 micro markets. With comprehensive information about the publishers and the industries for which they publish market research reports, we help you in your purchase decision by mapping your information needs with our huge collection of reports. For more information, please visit http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/958617-cochlear-implants-medical-devices-pipeline-assessment-2017.html


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university’s health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation. “We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.” The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. “We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.” Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed(at)continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.


University of Utah leverages Career Step's program to fill pharmacy technician shortage by covering tuition for current employees interested in a career change -- Career Step (http://www.careerstep.com/?uid=pub170215), an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university's health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation."We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system," said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. "Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system."The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017.The partnership boosts Career Step's existing relationship ( http://www.careerstep.com/ uofu?=pub170215 ) with the university's Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program."We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students," said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. "When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers."Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university's Professional Education department.To learn more about Career Step's Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/ proed/academy/ certificate/ pharm... or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780.Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace—improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com (http://www.careerstep.com/?uid=pub170215)or 1-800-246-7836.


Career Step Partners with University of Utah to Train Employees as Pharmacy Technicians University of Utah leverages Career Step’s program to fill pharmacy technician shortage by covering tuition for current employees interested in a career change. Lehi, UT, February 16, 2017 --( “We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.” The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. “We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.” Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace - improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Lehi, UT, February 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university’s health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation.“We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system,” said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. “Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system.”The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017.The partnership boosts Career Step’s existing relationship with the university’s Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program.“We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students,” said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. “When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers.”Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university’s Professional Education department.To learn more about Career Step’s Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780.About Career StepCareer Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace - improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Career Step


News Article | February 16, 2017
Site: www.24-7pressrelease.com

LEHI, UT, February 16, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and professional training, has partnered with the University of Utah to address a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians within the university's health care system. The university will offer tuition-paid Career Step training to current employees interested in becoming pharmacy technicians with the end goal of hiring them upon graduation. "We are very excited to be able to bring the University of Utah Pharmacy Department this program, which will grow and develop their employees and contribute to the overall health and success of the entire hospital system," said Dr. Denis Petersen, Director, Professional Education at the University of Utah. "Professional Education Pharmacy Tech certificate holders will have the skills needed to excel in entry and mid-level jobs in many different departments in the system." The partnership, which launched Feb. 1, involves Career Step and three groups within the renowned medical university: Professional Education at the University of Utah, University of Utah Health Care Human Resources Department and the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Through this program, the University of Utah will cover tuition for current employees and provide program participants with opportunities to fulfill the required externship within the University of Utah Health Care system. Once graduated, the students will have jobs waiting for them within the system; the university hopes to fill 60 positions by the end of 2017. The partnership boosts Career Step's existing relationship with the university's Professional Education department, which already offers six Career Step courses, including the recently augmented Pharmacy Technician program. "We have a longstanding relationship with Professional Education at the University of Utah, and they trust the quality of the education as well as the value we provide their students," said Ryan Ewer, Career Step Vice President of Academic Partnerships. "When we showed them the updated Pharmacy Technician program, they said it exceeded their expectations. Their initiative to pay for employees to train with the program speaks to its quality, and we look forward to helping the students thrive as they prepare for their exciting new careers." Career Step enhanced its Pharmacy Technician program earlier this year to meet the accreditation requirements of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This involved adding 115 hours of new curriculum and a mandatory 200-hour externship. The course can be completed in as little as six months with full-time study; students have up to 12 months to finish the program. Upon graduation, students receive a voucher to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. The University of Utah is not alone in facing a shortage of qualified pharmacy technicians. According to reports from the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2014 to 2024. Although this tuition-paid partnership is exclusive to University of Utah employees, anyone can take the Career Step Pharmacy Technician course through the university's Professional Education department. To learn more about Career Step's Pharmacy Technician program and other courses offered through the University of Utah, please visit https://continue.utah.edu/proed/academy/certificate/pharmacy-technician-training-certificate or contact the University of Utah Professional Education Department at proed@continue.utah.edu or 801-585-1780. About Career Step Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and professional training. The company has trained over 100,000 students for new careers as well as more than 100,000 healthcare professionals through its various continuing education courses. More than 150 colleges and universities nationwide have partnered with Career Step, and the company provides training for several of the largest and most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and practicing healthcare professionals alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace--improving lives, advancing careers and driving business results through education. More information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.


News Article | November 22, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

(SALT LAKE CITY)--The University of Utah College of Pharmacy's Anticonvulsant Drug Development (ADD) Program has been awarded a five-year $19.5 million contract renewal with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to test drugs to treat epilepsy, and the major focus of the project is to address needs that affect millions of people worldwide -identify novel investigational compounds to prevent the development of epilepsy or to treat refractory, or drug-resistant, epilepsy. The ADD program began in 1975 and since then has tested the vast majority of drugs used to control seizures in patients with epilepsy, helping millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, almost one-third of the estimated 50 million people with the disorder has refractory, or unresponsive, epilepsy that isn't adequately controlled by medications currently available. The contract renewal, awarded through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to the U Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, represents a shift in the mission to identify new therapies, according to ADD Director Karen S. Wilcox, Ph.D., professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology and principal investigator of the contract. "We're proud that over the past 41 years, the ADD program has played a key role in identifying and characterizing many of the drugs now available to treat patients with epilepsy and to control their seizures," Wilcox says. "Now, we're looking for drugs that can modify or prevent the disease, particularly in those patients either with refractory epilepsy or at risk for developing epilepsy following a brain injury." Epilepsy is a group of neurological disorders characterized by a tendency for repeated seizures over time. It occurs when permanent changes in the brain result in abnormal or excessive neuronal activity in the brain. An estimated 2.9 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide have active epilepsy, according the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. There is no cure for epilepsy and the mainstay of treatment is anti-seizure medications. ADD is a long-standing program dedicated to testing drugs to treat epilepsy. It has received continuous funding from NINDS' Epilepsy Therapy Screening Program (ETSP) (formerly known as the Anticonvulsant Screening Program) since its founding in 1974. In collaboration, the ETSP and the ADD Program have evaluated more than 32,000 compounds. ADD received the contract in a competitive bidding process. The renewal of the contractual relationship between the NINDS and the University of Utah reflects the ongoing commitment of the NIH and the ETSP to finding and developing novel therapies for epilepsy and represents a unique partnership between government, industry, and academia. "The NIH-NINDS ETSP is pleased to continue the productive relationship with the University of Utah," says Dr. John Kehne, a Program Director at NINDS and head of the ETSP. "These and other efforts supported by the NINDS will help to discover new pharmacotherapies to address the unmet medical needs of people living with epilepsy." In addition to its focus on evaluating potential candidate drugs for the treatment of therapy-resistant epilepsy, the mission of the ADD Program includes efforts to identify novel therapies for different types of epilepsy. The program also serves as a base for innovative basic research that sheds new light on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and provides a unique training environment for students, research fellows, and visiting scientists. Currently, the ADD program employ18 researchers, technicians, and staff. Cameron S. Metcalf, Ph.D is associate director and a co-Investigator of the contract and Peter J. West, Ph.D., and Misty D. Smith, Ph.D, research assistant professors of pharmacology and toxicology, are also co-investigators on the contract renewal. Although there currently is no cure for epilepsy, Wilcox, who previously served as a co-Investigator of ADD before taking over as PI in 2016, believes that can be changed. "The brain has remarkable plasticity throughout a person's life," she says. "If we learn enough about neuroscience and the details of how the brain works, it's very possible to find a cure."


For this clean energy and transport news roundup, we’ve got stories about a solar install at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a potential low-income solar settlement, Underwriters Laboratory buys a renewables engineering firm, Indian and Egyptian renewable energy projects, electric car market penetration, a Tesla hearse, a 72 kWh electric utility vehicle, Chevrolet’s fuel cell truck, 3D-printed tiny electric cars, and more. [CleanTechnica isn’t the only Important Media site to cover clean energy & transport news, and if you’re looking for more stories on electric mobility, bicycles, solar and wind energy, and other related issues, we’ve got them at sites such as Solar Love, CleanTechies, Planetsave, Bikocity, Gas2, and EV Obsession. We also host a large cleantech group on LinkedIn, called CleanTechies Around The World.] The Brooklyn Navy Yard dates back to 1801. Today, the Yard is a thriving industrial park with more than 300 businesses that employ more than 7,000 people. Its Building 92 has been an exhibition and employment center since 2011. It celebrates the Yard’s past, present and future and its role as a national model for sustainable urban industry and job creation. This week, New York mayor Bill De Blasio was on hand to dedicate a new solar installation atop Building 293. Consisting of 3,152 panels, the array will generate more than 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, electricity that will help power the businesses that call the Naval Yard home. In a press announcement, GRID Alternatives Colorado, an affiliate of the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, today announced its support for a comprehensive utility settlement being considered by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week to address significant state energy policy issues and increase access to solar power for Colorado’s most underserved communities. UL (Underwriters Laboratory) has acquired an renewable energy engineering services and support firm: “UL and AWS Truepower have a shared mission and complementary businesses. As the market for renewable energy increases and demands a full life cycle service offering for renewable energy projects, the combined portfolios enable us to capture additional business globally.” Engineering, procurement and construction contractor BELECTRIC recently announced that it secured a contract to set up 104 MW solar power capacity in the southern Indian state of Telangana. The projects are owned by a consortium of Spain-based Solarpack and US-based Think Energy Partners. The National Energy Administration (NEA) of China has published its draft version of proposed 2017 feed-in tariff (FiT) levels for ground mount and distributed generation PV power plants. The lowered tariffs represent significant cuts to both sectors and overall curtailment of installations. The cities of Austin, Texas and Boulder, Colorado have been awarded gold status by SolSmart for their commitment to solar energy. Austin has streamlined the application and permitting process for rooftop solar energy systems. It has pioneered a new online application process that is easy for consumers to navigate and shortens the time it take to complete the process. Boulder, Colorado has also earned gold status because of its support for solar, including tax rebates for solar installations and grants for solar panels that are installed on buildings occupied by non-profit organizations and at affordable housing sites. In yet another move aimed at giving relief to the renewable energy project developers, the Indian government is looking to implement additional measures to ensure utilities acquire electricity from renewable energy projects. GE set to soon commission part of 200 MW Indian wind project: GE Renewable Energy stated that it completed erection of 30 units of 1.7-103 wind energy turbines at Aspari I wind energy park in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The total capacity of 51 MW is part of the planned 200 MW wind energy park being developed by Mytrah Energy, one of the leading independent power producers in India’s renewable energy sector. Eni plans to develop 420 MW of renewable energy projects in Egypt: Italian oil and gas company Eni has announced plans to develop a portfolio of renewable energy projects in Egypt, starting with a 50 MW solar PV power plant. The first project of a 50 MW solar PV will be built in Sinai, near Eni’s Abu Rudeis facilities. The project will be jointly developed by Petrobel, an equal joint venture between Eni-owned IEOC and state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) under fast-track mode. Right now in the United States, electric cars account for about 1% of all new car sales. In other words, there is a long way to go yet before electric cars go mainstream — maybe as much as a decade or more. But don’t despair. Attitudes are beginning to change. At the Paris auto show this week, the buzz is all about electric cars. In Norway, more than 25% of all new cars are electric. China is pushing hard to get more electric cars on its roads. Last week at the 2016 IAA mobility show in Hanover, Germany, Nissan took the wraps off its Navara EnGuard concept designed specifically for emergency workers. The concept is based on a lightly modified version of the Nissan NP300 Navara, a mid-size pickup truck sold in markets outside the U.S. It features two portable battery packs. The Nikola Zero UTV reportedly features a 72 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, 4 electric motors (520 horsepower + 476 lb-feet of torque), and a price tag of $37,000. The range is reportedly between “100 and 200 miles.” The University of Utah, in partnership with Salt Lake City and Utah Clean Energy, has brought back the “U Drive Electric” program — which provides discounts on various electric vehicle models to interested university community members, going by information posted on the university’s website recently. Working with the U.S. Army Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Chevrolet has built a heavily modified Colorado pickup called the ZH2 that will soon undergo field testing. Looking like a younger, beefier brother to the the venerable HUMVEE, the Colorado ZH2 features a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that offers several advantages in military use. The testing will focus on “near-silent operation,” “reduced acoustic and thermal signatures,” “high wheel torque at all speeds,” “low fuel consumption across operating range,” and “water by-product for field uses.” Tork now accepting deposits for its T6X electric motorcycle: This stylish electric motorcycle has a top speed of 60 miles per hour and a range of 60 miles. Better yet, it can be recharged to 80% of capacity in just an hour. Best of all, it has an advanced electronics package called TIROS, which stands for Tork Intuitive Response Operating System. Current Formula One champion Mercedes has signed an option with Formula E Operations Ltd. to join the open wheel electric racing series starting with Season 5. The third season will kick off this month in Hong Kong. Beginning in 2018, the series will expand to 12 teams from the current limit of 10. According to the option agreement, Mercedes may choose to be one of the twelve entries for the 2018-19 season. With the Tesla Model S P100D having now been available for a while, it shouldn’t be surprising that racing videos featuring the electric supercar have begun to pop up on the internet. An interesting one, showing a P100D do 0–60 miles per hour in just 2.54 seconds at the Palm Beach International Raceway (in the hands of Drag Times) seems worth posting. Notably, the P100D also managed to best a Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 in a drag race — another big notch in the belt for the Model S. In Japan, Honda is using 3D printing to make highly customizable vehicles to suit the particular needs of individual customers. At this year’s CEATEC show in Tokyo, the Japanese company is showcasing an all electric Micro Commuter car with a body made of 3D printed panels. The body pieces took nearly a month to be printed by a Stratsys printer. The Dutch stretch car builder RemetzCar has revealed the “Tesla Hearse” — a modified Tesla Model S intended to bring you to your final resting place. Perhaps autonomously. “We are on the cusp of one of the most dramatic transformations in the history of transportation,” he stated. “When it comes to the future of technology, our policy leaves plenty of room for leadership to come in and help us continue to raise the bar on safety. It’s exhilarating to see what’s happening here at ITIC and in other places like Detroit and Silicon Valley.” Buy a cool T-shirt or mug in the CleanTechnica store!   Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.eurekalert.org

Feb. 10, 2017 -- The University of Utah has awarded formal recognition to the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS), the first academic center in the world dedicated to discovering, developing, communicating and applying knowledge pertaining to the quality of the night skies. The CDSS is an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research group based in the College of Architecture and Planning at the U. The consortium of over 25 university, industry, community and governmental partners will research the global issue of light pollution, and the public health, economic and environmental impacts of the so-called "disappearing dark." "The importance of this issue reaches far beyond Utah's borders. The consortium addresses the global issue: how to preserve dark skies and reduce the planet's seemingly relentless increase, with multiple impacts, in light pollution," remarks Stephen Goldsmith, co-director of CDSS and associate professor of city and metropolitan planning at the U. "The related trans-disciplinary subjects of research, both abundant and complex, make the consortium a critically important resource for communities in the developed and developing world." A member of CDSS, the Natural History Museum of Utah recently earned a new International Dark-Sky Association Lighting Design Award, making the museum Utah's first dark sky-designed public building. The museum is located at the University of Utah and housed in the Rio Tinto Center, nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. "We so appreciate receiving this recognition for our dark-sky lighting design. The museum was conceived as an extension of the natural environment with integrated architecture, site and exhibitions," said Sarah George, executive director of the Natural History Museum of Utah. "From the start of design, we knew we wanted our lighting to have minimal impact on our site, and today it is a great place to set up telescopes and stargaze in the city." "The Wasatch Range is a national laboratory. You have light from the metropolitan area in the front, but the backside is really dark. It's like a night and day comparison," says Dave Kieda, dean of graduate studies and professor of physics and astronomy at the U, and co-director of the CDSS. "There's a philosophical aspect to the night sky. Faced with the beauty of it all, you ask those big science questions to understand the world around you." Utah is uniquely positioned to host studies of the dark sky. The vast tracts of public land and concentration of national parks and monuments provide substantial night skies unpolluted by man-made light that represent a boon of research opportunities. The consortium's official status has already spurred international collaborations; the CDSS will partner with the leading international research group, ALAN (Artificial Light at Night,) to host the largest global conference to date examining the many aspects and impacts of artificial light. The ALAN conference will convene at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in November 2018. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) has designated more International Dark-Sky places in Utah than in any other state, province or country in the world, making the state a leader in preserving the night skies. The opportunity to view the Milky Way galaxy draws dreamers and dollars to Utah and its gateway communities, says Janet Muir, head of the Ogden Valley Chapter of the IDA, and co-founder of the CDSS. The celestial sprawl is only visible in deeply dark skies, a resource that is slowly disappearing from the developed world. Light pollution blocks the view of the Milky Way for nearly 80 percent of North Americans. "Fewer than one percent of us are astronomers, but 99 percent have a strong cultural relationship to the dark sky," says Muir. "This is the first cross disciplinary center that studies not only the science, but the culture of dark skies." "One of the crises of our time is a crisis of imagination. We used to look up and ask, 'Who am I?' Instead of looking up, we're looking down at our phones, looking for constellations in our apps. Preserving the dark skies allows us to reconnect with our milky way," says Goldsmith. Find this release and a full list of consortium members at https:/


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: www.prnewswire.com

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical innovation workers and anyone interested in lifescience product development will benefit from a new University of Utah program to help navigate and develop products in the lifescience field. The University of Utah David Eccles...

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