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News Article | May 12, 2017
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Body farm for researchers and detectives opens near Tampa (AP) — A "body farm" where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Officials broke ground Friday on the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a five-acre patch of land north of Tampa. It's the seventh such facility in the nation and the first in Florida's subtropical environment. The oldest and most famous body farm in the U.S. is at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Officials in Florida hope their farm, to be used at first by detectives and forensic anthropologists at the nearby University of South Florida, will draw scientists from other countries and grow to be the largest in the world. "Our forensic crime scene investigators will get premium training as a result of this," said former Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. "This will enhance our training tenfold." Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF, predicts that by studying how bodies react in Florida's sweltering humidity, more evidence will be preserved and breakthroughs made in real-life-cases. The research also would benefit other countries with subtropical and tropical climates, she said. Bodies are obtained by donation. The first four will be buried next week, and in January, Kimmerle and other researchers will hold a course for detectives on exhumation. Later, other bodies will be exposed to water and buried during different seasons to determine how different factors affect decomposition and evidence. After the bodies are studied, the skeletons will be cleaned and preserved and made available for future research. "The legacy of the donations, it is forever," said Kimmerle. About 30 people have already filled out paperwork to donate their bodies to the farm when they die. Kimmerle said if someone who wants to donate dies within 200 miles of the facility, researchers will pick up the body at no cost. Anyone beyond that range would have to pay for their body to be transported to the facility. While the center is currently a field and grove of trees near the Pasco County Jail, officials eventually hope to build an indoor-outdoor training center that would include classrooms, a morgue, a training facility and evidence storage. The Florida Legislature tucked $4.3 million for the facility in this year's state budget, but it's unclear whether Gov. Rick Scott will approve the budget. Kimmerle and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said they'll also raise outside money for the project. For now, researchers are concentrating on the science. The field is named after one of the people who will be buried next week. Adam Kennedy, a 46-year-old principal at a local elementary school, died in a car wreck in January. His widow Abigail Kennedy said her husband always wanted to donate his body to science. On Friday, she spoke to a crowd at the forensics field. "There's so much bittersweet in all of this. Adam wanted to continue teaching after his death," she said. "It would be my last gift to education, he'd say. This couldn't be more perfect."


LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A scientific facility where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Colloquially known as a "body farm," the five-acre patch of land north of Tampa is the seventh in the nation and the first in Florida's subtropical environment. The oldest and most famous body farm in the U.S. is at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Officials in Florida hope their farm, to be used at first by detectives and forensic anthropologists at the nearby University of South Florida, will draw scientists from other countries and grow to be the largest in the world. "Our forensic crime scene investigators will get premium training as a result of this," said former Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. "This will enhance our training tenfold." Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF, predicts that by studying how bodies react in Florida's sweltering humidity, more evidence will be preserved and breakthroughs made in real-life-cases. The research also would benefit other countries with subtropical and tropical climates, she said. Bodies are obtained by donation. The first four will be buried next week, and in January, Kimmerle and other researchers will hold a course for detectives on exhumation. Later, other bodies will be exposed to water and buried during different seasons to determine how different factors affect decomposition and evidence. After the bodies are studied, the skeletons will be cleaned and preserved and made available for future research. "The legacy of the donations, it is forever," said Kimmerle. About 30 people have already filled out paperwork to donate their bodies to the farm when they die. Kimmerle said if someone who wants to donate dies within 200 miles of the facility, researchers will pick up the body at no cost. Anyone beyond that range would have to pay for their body to be transported to the facility. While the center is currently a field and grove of trees near the Pasco County Jail, officials eventually hope to build an indoor-outdoor training center that would include classrooms, a morgue, a training facility and evidence storage. The Florida Legislature tucked $4.3 million for the facility in this year's state budget, but it's unclear whether Gov. Rick Scott will approve the budget. Kimmerle and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said they'll also raise outside money for the project. For now, researchers are concentrating on the science. The field is named after one of the people who will be buried next week. Adam Kennedy, a 46-year-old principal at a local elementary school, died in a car wreck in January. His widow Abigail Kennedy said her husband always wanted to donate his body to science. On Friday, she spoke to a crowd at the forensics field. "There's so much bittersweet in all of this. Adam wanted to continue teaching after his death," she said. "It would be my last gift to education, he'd say. This couldn't be more perfect."


News Article | May 12, 2017
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Body farm for researchers and detectives opens near Tampa (AP) — A scientific facility where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Colloquially known as a "body farm," the five-acre patch of land north of Tampa is the seventh in the nation and the first in Florida's subtropical environment. The oldest and most famous body farm in the U.S. is at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Officials in Florida hope their farm, to be used at first by detectives and forensic anthropologists at the nearby University of South Florida, will draw scientists from other countries and grow to be the largest in the world. "Our forensic crime scene investigators will get premium training as a result of this," said former Pasco County Sheriff Bob White. "This will enhance our training tenfold." Dr. Erin Kimmerle, a forensic anthropologist at USF, predicts that by studying how bodies react in Florida's sweltering humidity, more evidence will be preserved and breakthroughs made in real-life-cases. The research also would benefit other countries with subtropical and tropical climates, she said. Bodies are obtained by donation. The first four will be buried next week, and in January, Kimmerle and other researchers will hold a course for detectives on exhumation. Later, other bodies will be exposed to water and buried during different seasons to determine how different factors affect decomposition and evidence. After the bodies are studied, the skeletons will be cleaned and preserved and made available for future research. "The legacy of the donations, it is forever," said Kimmerle. About 30 people have already filled out paperwork to donate their bodies to the farm when they die. Kimmerle said if someone who wants to donate dies within 200 miles of the facility, researchers will pick up the body at no cost. Anyone beyond that range would have to pay for their body to be transported to the facility. While the center is currently a field and grove of trees near the Pasco County Jail, officials eventually hope to build an indoor-outdoor training center that would include classrooms, a morgue, a training facility and evidence storage. The Florida Legislature tucked $4.3 million for the facility in this year's state budget, but it's unclear whether Gov. Rick Scott will approve the budget. Kimmerle and Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said they'll also raise outside money for the project. For now, researchers are concentrating on the science. The field is named after one of the people who will be buried next week. Adam Kennedy, a 46-year-old principal at a local elementary school, died in a car wreck in January. His widow Abigail Kennedy said her husband always wanted to donate his body to science. On Friday, she spoke to a crowd at the forensics field. "There's so much bittersweet in all of this. Adam wanted to continue teaching after his death," she said. "It would be my last gift to education, he'd say. This couldn't be more perfect."


TAMPA, Fla. (May 9, 2017) -- Transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, such as Zika, occur at lower temperatures than previously thought, a recently released study co-authored by two University of South Florida researchers shows. The study, led by Stanford University and published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, found that transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika is highest at around 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Scientists had long considered 90 degrees to be the peak-transmission temperature. The finding is significant, especially as climate change causes temperatures to climb. "This means that future transmission is much more likely to occur in subtropical and even temperate areas, such as the southern United States and northern Mexico," said Jeremy Cohen, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher studying integrative biology. He and Jason Rohr, PhD, an associate professor of integrative biology, are coauthors on the study. From 2015-2016, they collected data on the incidences of dengue, chikungunya and Zika, as well as climate, gross domestic product and tourism, in Latin America and the Caribbean. Their data were used to create a model that shows the potential effects of temperatures and temperature change on the transmission of dengue, chikungunya and Zika around the world, three diseases that are mosquito-vectored and increasing in the United States. "Our findings should help to predict the areas at the greatest risk of dengue, chikungunya and Zika outbreaks," said Rohr. Temperature affects how often mosquitoes bite, the amount of time it takes for them to ingest a virus from one human and inject it into another, and their life cycle. Cohen, Rohr and other members of the research team found that mosquitos posed the greatest risk to humans at 84 degrees and risk declined in cooler and warmer temperatures. "Given that the predominant thinking was that transmission was most likely to peak at very hot temperatures, which would mostly limit the diseases to the tropics, we were certainly surprised that the model and the field data suggested that high rates of transmission could occur at lower temperatures, possibly impacting more northern regions in the future," Cohen said. Pinpointing the optimal temperature for disease transmission is critical for predicting future disease rates and how diseases will spread with climate change, and more effectively implementing mosquito-control measures, said lead author Erin Mordecai of Stanford University. "If we're predicting a 29-degree optimum and another model is predicting a 35-degree optimum, the other model will say that climate change will increase transmission," she said in a Stanford-issued media release, adding that if local temperatures are already near optimal temperature, infections may decline as temperatures rise. In addition to USF and Stanford, researchers on the study represented institutions including Virginia Tech, University of Florida, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Penn State University and University of Michigan. The study was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation -- Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease.


On the evening of Friday, April 28th, 56 entrepreneurs and visionaries were honored with the prestigious “USF Fast 56” award recognizing their impressive growth and spreading Bull pride across the globe as well as Tampa Bay.  Florida Wellness Medical Group is proud to announce that it has received this distinction four years in a row. “Super proud of our team to hold this honor for four consecutive years,” Dr. Edward Leonard C.E.O., class of 2002 says.  “We are humbled by the love and feedback we receive from our patients every day.  Tampa Bay wants an alternative to sick-based healthcare.  We facilitate that.” “It’s an amazing feeling,” General Manager Michael Eby, USF class of 2006, says, “to be recognized for the hard work we put in every day.  To be recognized by my alma mater means that much more.  We are honored to receive this award for our fourth year in a row and returning to the Tampa campus to receive it is always heartwarming.” The “USF Fast 56” is an exclusive group of the fastest growing Bull-owned or Bull-led businesses throughout the world.  To even be considered for the award, companies must meet rigorous goals.  This achievement not only celebrates the success of these innovators and job creators, but also and perhaps more importantly provides a forum to pass on lessons learned to the next generations for Bull entrepreneurs. Florida Wellness Medical Group is a multidisciplinary practice comprised of experienced, compassionate providers dedicated to an integrative approach that helps Floridians attain long-term health.  With five locations throughout Tampa Bay – in Carrollwood, Downtown Tampa, South Tampa, Trinity, and Zephyrhills – we offer full-spectrum Primary Care services as well as Chiropractic, Medical Acupuncture, Massage & Physical Therapies to manage chronic illnesses or to help the body heal itself after auto accidents or sports injuries.  Florida Wellness Medical Group serviced approximately 27,000 patients in 2016. Florida Wellness CEO & President Dr. Edward Leonard holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from his alma mater and is passionately dedicated to the health and wellness of the Tampa community.  A practicing Chiropractic Physician, certified in Medical Acupuncture with a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic and training from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Leonard is well-trained in the diagnosis and conservative management of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our primary care providers or chiropractors, please visit www.floridawell.com or call 813-229-2225.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute has received a $20,000 gift from Constellation Brands to purchase a new ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis machine, a state-of-the-art device that breaks up life-threatening blood clots by combining clot-dissolving medication and ultrasonic waves. The gift was facilitated by the Pepin Family Foundation. “We greatly appreciate this gift from Constellation Brands. We are also grateful to the Pepin Family Foundation for being so instrumental in procuring this gift,” said Jan Berry, Executive Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation. “As a not-for-profit hospital, we are sincerely appreciative when our community steps up with support to allow us to deliver the highest level of care to our patients.” “Constellation Brands is thrilled to support Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute,” said Lisa Boswell, Senior Vice President Southeast Business Unit for Constellation Brands. “It is truly an honor to join with Tom and Lauren Pepin, and the Pepin Family Foundation to positively impact heart health care in a manner that will make a difference in the lives of patients, their families and our communities for generations to come.” “Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute is one of the most advanced specialty digital hospitals in the Southeast and has emerged as a leader in cardiovascular care,” said Tom Pepin, President and CEO of Pepin Distributing. “With the momentum we are generating with community leaders such as our Corona partners Constellation Brands, Pepin Heart Institute will continue to set a standard in heart health care.” Ultrasound-enhanced thrombolysis is used for patients who have a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot in their lungs. A catheter is inserted in a blood vessel and directed to the area of the clot. Clot-dissolving medication is delivered through the catheter, and high-frequency ultrasound waves are emitted to help break up the clot. The device, an EkoSonic® Endovascular system with Acoustic Pulse Thrombolysis® Therapy, is the only device cleared by the FDA for the treatment of pulmonary embolism. “With the EKOS machine, we can break up a pulmonary embolism quicker and more efficiently,” said Vasco Marques, MD. “Patients who come in to our ER with chest pain and severe shortness of breath are usually discharged the next day with little to no complications. This is absolutely the best option available to help patients with pulmonary embolism.” About Constellation Brands Based in Victor, N.Y., Constellation Brands is a Fortune 500® company that believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 8,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit http://www.cbrands.com. About Pepin Family Foundation Pepin Family Foundation strives to engender a positive difference in the lives of our community’s children and families through education and health care. We aim to build a better tomorrow through lasting friendships with community partners who will help to serve the most at-risk populations of children and young adults, serving their educational needs at the Pepin Academies. Additionally, we are dedicated to the quest of eradication of heart disease through research, awareness and delivery of revolutionary patient-centered care at the Pepin Heart Institute. About Florida Hospital Tampa Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 527-bed tertiary hospital specializing in cardiovascular medicine, neuroscience, orthopaedics, women’s services, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, bariatrics, wound healing, sleep medicine and general surgery including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org. About Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, located at Florida Hospital Tampa, is a free-standing cardiovascular institute providing comprehensive cardiovascular care. Leading the way with the first accredited chest pain emergency room in Tampa Bay, the institute is among an elite few in the state of Florida chosen to perform the ground breaking Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure and was the first in Tampa to offer the Watchman procedure to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute, affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF), are exploring and conducting leading-edge research to develop breakthrough treatments long before they are available in most other hospitals. To learn more, visit http://www.FHPepinHeart.org.


CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Straightforward wireless plans that eliminate the confusion of hidden fees are now available. U.S. Cellular® has introduced new Total Plans with No Hidden Fees – no activation fees, no monthly device connection charges, no phone upgrade fees and no data overage fees. And because you can’t get more straightforward than unlimited, consumers and small businesses can now get unlimited data with U.S. Cellular for as low as $40 per line for 4 lines or just $60 per month for a single line with autopay/paperless billing enrollment. “We want to be forthright with customers by knocking out hidden fees once and for all and showing wireless users exactly what they are paying for. Our new plans allow families and small businesses to customize their plans for each individual’s needs, from 2GB of data to unlimited, all with simplified pricing and discounts,” said Grant Leech, vice president of brand management at U.S. Cellular. “We also know that in order to deliver a great wireless experience, we need to have a reliable network that keeps up with the data demands of our customers, so we provide a fast 4G LTE network that works when and where our customers need it.” U.S. Cellular’s new Total Plans with No Hidden Fees include unlimited talk and text with buckets of 2GB, 6GB and unlimited data, and they include family discounts that reward customers when they add additional lines. The data is not shared, so customers can pick the right data amounts for each person on the account. There are no data overage fees, so customers can feel confident that their wireless usage charges will be the same every month. U.S. Cellular’s unlimited offering includes video streaming, hot-spot capability and free calling to Mexico and Canada. These plans are available to new and current customers, and those purchasing new devices can take advantage of the monthly payment option that best meets their needs – from 20, 24 or 30 months. U.S. Cellular’s New Total Plans with No Hidden Fees: Taxes and charges such as USF and RCRF apply. *Auto Pay/Paperless Billing required. Unlimited data plans will stream at standard definition speeds and will automatically shift to 2G when each line reaches 22GB. 2GB and 6GB data plans will stream at high definition speeds and will automatically shift to 2G when each line reaches the plans high-speed allotment. Things we want you to know: Total Plan and Retail Installment Contract for Smartphone and basic phone purchases or Customer Service Agreement with a 2-yr. initial term (subject to a pro-rated $150 early termination fee for modems and hotspot devices and a $350 early termination fee for Tablets) required. Credit approval also required. A Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee (currently $2.02) applies; this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Additional charges, taxes, terms, conditions and coverage areas may apply and vary by plan, service and phone. Offers valid at participating locations only and cannot be combined. Kansas Customers: In areas in which U.S. Cellular receives support from the Federal Universal Service Fund, all reasonable requests for service must be met. Unresolved questions concerning services availability can be directed to the Kansas Corporation Commission Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at 1-800-662-0027. Limited time offer. Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. 4G LTE service may be provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. See uscellular.com or Associate for details. ©2017 U.S. Cellular King Street Wireless, L.P. is partnering with U.S. Cellular to deliver high-speed 4G LTE service to U.S. Cellular's customers in most of its markets. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, King Street Wireless holds 700 MHz wireless spectrum in 27 states. King Street is a recognized leader in its community through its economic development and philanthropic efforts. To learn more about King Street Wireless, visit www.kingstreetwireless.com. U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier offers coverage where the other carriers don't and a wide range of communication services that enhance consumers’ lives, increase the competitiveness of local businesses and improve the efficiency of government operations. U.S. Cellular has the Highest Wireless Network Quality Performance in the North Central Region, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study, and 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on Facebook.com/uscellular, Twitter.com/uscellular and YouTube.com/uscellularcorp.


News Article | February 23, 2017
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The Institutes are saddened to announce the passing of Lawrence “Larry” G. Brandon, former president and chief operating officer of The Institutes and as a Senior Trustee of The Institutes’ Board of Trustees, on February 20, 2017. Brandon held degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and Temple University, as well as earned The Institutes’ Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®), Associate in Management (AIM™) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM™) designations. Starting his career as an underwriting trainee at USF&G, Brandon was ultimately promoted to vice president. While in this role, he established a relationship with The Institutes as a grader of exams. In 1974, Brandon began working full time at The Institutes, serving as director of planning and development. He eventually ascended to president and chief operating officer, roles he assumed until his retirement in 2001. Brandon continued to support and contribute to The Institutes even after retirement, serving on The Institutes’ Board of Trustees until 2006. Throughout his career, Brandon authored several books, including Sound a Clear Call: Unveiling the Future of the Insurance Industry, Let the Trumpet Resound: The Insurance Industry in the 21st Century and Pathway to Progress: Life and Leadership in the 21st Century. He also received several honors, including the Franklin Award for outstanding achievement in and contributions to the insurance industry. In its 100th year anniversary edition of Leader’s Edge, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) named Brandon as a “game changer,” honoring him for his work in shaping the insurance business and its leaders. “Larry Brandon was indeed a game changer in the industry that we serve,” said Peter L. Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes. “I am honored to have known him not only as a mentor, but as a friend. He was an integral part of my career and greatly influenced how I approach my role in the industry today. He will be greatly missed.” A Funeral Mass for Larry Brandon will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Brandon family has requested that memorial donations be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Church or the Brandywine Valley SPCA. About The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group As the industry’s trusted and respected knowledge leader, The Institutes are committed to meeting the evolving professional development needs of the risk management and insurance industry. We prepare people to fulfill their professional and ethical responsibilities by offering innovative educational research, networking, and career resources. Our offerings include the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU®) designation program, associate designation programs, introductory and foundation programs, online courses, continuing education courses, leadership education, custom solutions and assessment tools. CPCU is a registered trademark of The Institutes. AIM and ARM are trademarks of The Institutes. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index® for the fourth quarter of 2016, registered 3.81 on a 5-point scale (with 5 indicating high confidence and 1 indicating low confidence). This quarter’s index measurement edged lower from the previous quarter’s index reading of 3.88. This is the 52nd consecutive quarterly survey and research report and, thus, provides unique quantitative and qualitative trend data and analysis on the confidence of Silicon Valley venture capitalists in the future high-growth entrepreneurial environment. Mark Cannice, Ph.D., department chair, and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation with the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Management, authors the research study each quarter. In the new report Professor Cannice writes, “Continuing concerns over political uncertainty restrained sentiment despite an outlook for rapid innovation and a more welcoming exit environment in 2017.” For example, Ajay Chopra of Trinity Ventures advised, “We are at the start of a massive innovation cycle driven by artificial intelligence (AI) that will have as broad an impact on multiple industries as mobile and cloud computing.” John Malloy of BlueRun Ventures added, “Some of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy, such as transportation and healthcare are in the early stages of what promises to be decades long transformations that will drive almost insatiable demand for innovation in AI, ML, robotics, and computer vision, and will require significant shifts in fundamental network architectures.” However, caution persisted around aspects of the entrepreneurial environment. Dag Syrrist of Vision Capital wrote, “a combination of political and international instability in the U.S. and abroad will likely cause market volatility, with great uncertainty before the new administration’s actual policies get unveiled…” Additionally, other VC respondent indicated, “…new administration creates a significantly higher risk of a major disaster (political, military, economic) that will appear as a one off event, but for which the foundation is currently being laid.” “The political uncertainty that the nation and its industries are currently experiencing would at first appear to deflate the present value of going concerns and new ventures,” wrote Cannice concluding the report. To review the complete report, please visit http://www.usfca.edu/management/svvcci


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Robert C. Merton, recipient of the 1997 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for a new method to determine the value of derivatives, will speak at the University of San Francisco (USF) on Thurs., Feb. 23. Dr. Merton’s speech, “Can Financial Innovation Change our Future?”, will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with USF Finance Professor Ludwig Chincarini. Credited for translating finance science into practice, Merton’s research focuses on finance theory, including lifecycle and retirement finance, optimal portfolio selection, capital asset pricing, pricing of derivative securities, credit risk, loan guarantees, financial innovation, the dynamics of institutional change, and improving the methods of measuring and managing macro-financial systemic risk. He is University Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, and was the George Fisher Baker Professor of Business Administration (1988–98) and the John and Natty McArthur University Professor (1998–2010) at Harvard Business School. After receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1970, Merton served on the finance faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management until 1988. He is currently Resident Scientist at Dimensional Holdings, Inc., where he is the creator of Managed DC, a global integrated retirement-funding solution system that addresses the deficiencies associated with traditional defined-benefit and defined-contribution pension plans. Prior to earning his PhD from MIT, Merton received a BS in engineering mathematics from Columbia University, and a MS in applied mathematics from California Institute of Technology. He has also received honorary degrees from 14 universities. He is past president of the American Finance Association, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Merton’s talk is part of the university’s Silk Speakers Series, created by USF alumnus and investment expert Jeff Silk and his wife Naomi, to bring international thought leaders to campus for insights on business, finance, and global issues. Journalists interested in covering the Feb. 23 event at USF must register by contacting Anne-Marie Devine Tasto at (415) 422-2697 or abdevine(at)usfca(dot)edu. Only registered media will be admitted. About the University of San Francisco The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit usfca.edu.

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