News Article | September 1, 2016
« Researchers find vulnerabilities in cars with MirrorLink, even if disabled | Main | Baidu and NVIDIA team up on cloud-to-car platform for self-driving cars; HD maps, Level 3 control, automated parking » UQM Technologies (UQM) has secured global commercial customers as early adopters of its new full drivetrain solution, the PowerPhase DT. These early adopters include Hybrid Kinetic Group, Wuzhoulong Motors and ITL for a Yangtse full-size bus in China and ADOMANI in the US. These customers will work in close collaboration with UQM, and suppliers Pi Innovo and Eaton, to develop heavy-duty commercial and transit all-electric vehicles, enabling them to rapidly deploy vehicles to market. The PowerPhase DT will be delivered to early adopters this fall for pilot program deployment. The UQM drivetrain in the PowerPhase DT provides a greater speed and torque range than direct drive systems, allowing smaller electric motors to drive large vehicles. The new system also allows for improved packaging, greater efficiency, greater payload capacity and lower cost when compared with direct drive or single-speed drivetrain strategies. PowerPhase DT uses UQM’s current PowerPhase HD220/HD250 motor and inverter system, Eaton’s two-speed transmission and Pi Innovo’s transmission control unit, creating a fully electric drivetrain system. This allows customers in the medium- and heavy-duty EV commercial markets to achieve increased performance in areas of gradability, acceleration and efficiency. The system also addresses the need for full transmission EV systems, as enhanced performance and efficiency requirements are mandated by customer drive cycles, battery costs and stringent environmental regulations. As battery costs decrease, heavy-duty commercial and transit markets see the economic potential of electric drive vehicles compared to large diesel engines and multispeed transmissions. Fuel savings of pure electric vehicles (21 mpg equivalent) compared with traditional diesel (4 mpg) and hybrid systems (6 mpg) is enough to quickly recover the investment in an electric drive. Hybrid Kinetic Group Ltd. is a HKSE listed company with its headquarters in Hong Kong and multiple subsidiary institutions throughout the world. Major businesses of HK Group that receive the most public attention include the development, manufacturing and marketing of new energy vehicles and their key components comprising energy battery, electric motor and electric control system. Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group manufactures and exports different series buses and coaches, especially environment-friendly buses. Characterized with Wuzhoulong new energy buses as its main products, Wuzhoulong has developed more than 150 varieties of products covering all bus fields, such as hybrid buses, pure electric buses, new energy buses, diesel buses and coaches. Its sales not only covers 20 provinces and cities in China, including Hong Kong, Macau, but also overseas districts and markets, such as America, Latin America, the Middle-east, and Africa, numbering over 40 countries. California-based ADOMANI, Inc. provides school bus and medium- to heavy-duty commercial fleet operators with replacement drivetrains and new purpose built zero-emission vehicles. ITL is an independent e-drive system supplier to the entire China market. Beyond the UQM supplied propulsion systems, ITL is responsible for the supply of transmissions, vehicle control units (VCU’s), DC/DC converters and other related components along with vehicle system integration, application and certification support.
News Article | February 15, 2017
AVIE! MedSpa and Laser Center is excited to introduce the “Before and After” Visualizer for Ultherapy®, a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy to tighten and lift loose, sagging skin on the face, neck, jawline, chin, brow, and chest. This exciting new visualization technology affords patients a “sneak peak” of their Ultherapy results before they undergo the treatment. Using an actual photograph of the patient, this new technology creates a realistic depiction of a person’s unique results by providing a digitally-generated “after” image of their Ultherapy treatment. A non-surgical alternative to a facelift, FDA-cleared Ultherapy uses ultrasound imaging to target and deliver ultrasound energy directly to problem areas. Ultherapy can tighten from deep within the skin’s foundation and promote new collagen growth for added elasticity, leaving skin looking younger and firmer. The winner of PoshSEVEN’s Best of Suburbia Beauty Award in 2016, AVIE! MedSpa and Laser Center is an Ultherapy Ultra Treatment Provider, which acknowledges AVIE! for providing a high number of Ultherapy treatments with exceptional outcomes. About AVIE! MedSpa & Laser Center AVIE! MedSpa & Laser Center has been offering the latest in cosmetic medical spa treatments in a relaxing spa environment in Leesburg, VA since opening in March 2009. MedSpa Owner and Master Aesthetician, Kim Marinetto, RN, in conjunction with Medical Director Khalique Zahir, MD and their highly skilled team of nurses, nurse practitioners and aestheticians, provide specialized cosmetic and aesthetic programs so each of their clients’ needs are addressed on an individual basis with personalized follow-ups. Aesthetic treatments at AVIE! have minimal to no downtime. Services include: CoolSculpting®, Vela® Shape III, Ultherapy®, Botox®, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm® Ultra Plux XC, Restylane®, Restylane® Silk, Restylane Lyft®, Voluma™ XC, Volbella®, Chemical Peels, MicroLaserPeels, Photo Facials, HydraFacial, Dermaplaning, Skin Tightening, Pro Fractional Skin Resurfacing, Laser Hair Removal, Professional Skin Analysis, PRP, Vitamin B12 shots, HD Brows, and Blepharoplasty by Dr. Zahir. With over 20 years of experience administering injectables, AVIE! has performed over 100,000 Botox and dermal filler treatments since 2009. AVIE! also carries physician level skin care and makeup. Consultations are complimentary, and financing is available. For more information please call 703-737-0197 or visit http://www.aviemedspa.com. About Kim Marinetto, RN & Master Aesthetician Kim Marinetto has over 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, and in the past seven years has focused her practice on cosmetic medicine, adding to her credentials a Medical Aesthetician Certification in 2006, along with additional certifications in Botox Cosmetic, Facial Fillers, Sclerotherapy, and various advanced laser systems. Kim is a Master Aesthetician in the state of Virginia. Additionally, Kim has done extensive training on laser technology and her coursework is recognized by the AMA. About Khalique Zahir, MD Dr. Khalique Zahir, Medical Director of AVIE! Medspa and Laser Center, graduated from West Virginia School of Medicine and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. Dr. Zahir practiced general surgery from 1992 – 1999 at West Virginia University and St. Mary’s Hospital, then cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center from 1999 – 2001. Dr. Zahir also holds a Virginia Medical License and a Maryland Medical License. He has written over 20 articles published in national health journals and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at VCU School of Medicine.
News Article | December 1, 2016
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is pleased to announce the launch of three new Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC) focused specifically on the development of home and office-based palliative care. Selected in 2015, the three are now open for enrollment. The launch is the latest effort by CAPC to develop the nation’s palliative care programs beyond the hospital into the community setting where people actually live. The point of community-based palliative care is to maintain a person’s life at home or place of residence by maximizing quality of life, optimizing function and providing care that supports goals and preferences. Studies show that people facing serious illness also prefer to be in their own environment. Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists, palliative care teams work together with a patient’s doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. In addition to the Palliative Care Leadership Centers, CAPC provides an online curriculum, virtual office hours with experts, webinars, videos, podcasts and an online forum targeted to integrating palliative care into community settings. CAPC also recently released Palliative Care in the Home: A Guide to Program Design – the first reference guide of its kind. The PCLC initiative provides intensive training and a full-year of mentoring to teams from hospitals, hospice, home health, medical group practices and other health care organizations. CAPC launched the PCLC initiative in 2003 to catalyze palliative care program development and growth. A demonstrably effective method for the diffusion of palliative care innovation, PCLC training reduces the opportunity costs for palliative care program startup and delivery. It also standardizes best practices for all areas of program development and growth, including business and financial planning, clinical and staffing models, measurement and staffing. The three new Palliative Care Leadership Centers focused on home and office-based palliative care are: Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, New York Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, New Mexico University of Virginia Health System (UVA), Charlottesville, Virginia They join six other long-standing PCLCs: Fairview Health System, Minneapolis, Minnesota Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, Ohio Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass, Lexington, Kentucky University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham, Alabama University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, California VCU Massey Cancer Center, Richmond, Virginia All Palliative Care Leadership Centers were selected through a highly competitive process that focused on clinical excellence, outstanding leadership, reputation and experience. "To truly meet the needs of our society's most complex and vulnerable patients, palliative care must be delivered where people facing serious illness actually live. We must expand beyond the hospital setting to reach people living at home, in nursing homes, and receiving care in their clinician's offices," said CAPC Director, Diane E. Meier, MD. “Practical how-to knowledge, intensive coaching and mentoring from experienced leaders, and support for successful program-building through the PCLC initiative results in deep organizational capacity to serve this high-need population." Older adults with multiple chronic conditions make up 66 percent of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and account for 93 percent of total Medicare expenditures. These people are at the highest risk for poor outcomes. Therefore, providers have strong incentives to make sure that patients and their families receive palliative care outside the clinical setting. About CAPC The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national, member-based organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides hospitals, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care. To learn more about CAPC, visit http://www.capc.org.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Florida Hospital Physician Group (FHPG) is pleased to announce the addition of Deborah Renelus, MD, CAQSM to the team. Dr. Renelus is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine and she provides comprehensive care for patients six years and up. Dr. Renelus earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida before completing her residency in family medicine at VCU – Fairfax Family Practice in Fairfax, Virginia. She then completed her fellowship in sports medicine at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Renelus provides a comprehensive range of care from preventative medicine, women’s health, pediatrics and acute & chronic disease management to osteoarthritis management, sports injury prevention and treatment. She also provides musculoskeletal care, concussion diagnosis and treatment as well as school and sports physicals. Florida Hospital Physician Group physicians and staff focus on compassionate, whole-person care with extensive knowledge and expertise to diagnose and treat medical conditions with a patient-focused approach. “We are very excited to have Dr. Renelus join FHPG to provide both family medicine and sports medicine services to the North Pinellas community,” shared Chris Jenkins, President of Florida Hospital Physician Group. “Having her join our group of sports medicine physicians within Florida Hospital Physician Group is very exciting and allows us bring a high level of sports medicine care to North Pinellas while continuing to meet the primary care needs of families in the area.” Dr. Renelus is located at 4705 Alternate 19, Suite B, Palm Harbor, Florida 34683, and is currently accepting new patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (727) 312-3355 or visit http://www.FHPhysicianGroup.com. About Florida Hospital Physician Group Florida Hospital Physician Group (FHPG) is a multi-specialty physician group, dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities throughout the greater Tampa Bay region with more than 130 providers operating in over 40 locations representing over 25 medical specialties. FHPG offers patients the highest level of compassionate and multidisciplinary care through a broad range of medical and surgical services, as well as direct access to five local Florida Hospitals, a Long Term Acute Care facility, imaging centers, specialty and urgent care centers, rehabilitation facilities and home care agencies located throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. 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.FHPhysicianGroup.com.
News Article | January 8, 2016
To help people who have lost their sense of taste or have difficulty monitoring what they eat, a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University is working on an artificial taste-sensing system. The design will both monitor and manage the user's diet and also potentially help modify eating behaviors. "The first app is something simple," said Richard Costanzo, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics and director of research in the Department of Otolaryngology in the School of Medicine. "Like, why not set up a detection system for something like salt, which is pretty easy to detect and may help people with hypertension." Costanzo is an expert in taste and smell, and first conceived this idea for an artificial taste-sensing system that goes inside the mouth a few years ago. His original design was a tooth with a miniaturized sensor that fits like a filling. Since then, he has brought in collaborators to bring his idea to life, including Woon-Hong Yeo, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering in the School of Engineering. Yeo specializes in flexible electronics and low-profile biosensors and has been developing the exact kind of nanotechnology-driven electronics needed for Costanzo's idea. Instead of large electrodes, a tangle of wires and bulky control stations for health monitoring, Yeo works in the miniature. He designs nano-tattoos—small, ultralight, wearable monitoring devices that feel like a second skin and move with the human body. "We miniaturize everything," he said. "Microscopes are our friends." Yeo and Costanzo received funding from the MEDARVA Research Foundation in Richmond to develop a sodium-sensing system in the oral cavity. Instead of the tooth mount of Costanzo's first design, this device is designed to be worn inside the mouth, mounted on an orthodontic retainer created by James Coffey, D.D.S., associate professor of prosthodontics in the VCU School of Dentistry. Think of it as a Fitbit for the mouth. In the case of the Fitbit, the technology measures acceleration and translates that information into data such as distance, steps and calories burned. It also will encourage you to move if you've been idle too long. For the sodium-sensing device, the technology measures the concentration of sodium ions coming in through the mouth and transmits the data to a smartphone or other monitoring system. Once the sodium threshold is reached for the day, the user is alerted. So if an elderly woman with hypertension is eating potato chips (while wearing the taste-sensing retainer), and she reaches her sodium maximum for the day, she will get an alert so she knows to stop eating sodium. "This is a serious problem, hypertension—diabetes is another problem but that's more sugar related—and right now there are no devices out there that are bionically monitoring this information, feeding back this information, or beeping and saying, 'Hey, you've had enough,'" Costanzo said. He believes it could also teach people to modify their eating behavior in the way that other biofeedback apps do, again like the Fitbit. The app with feedback alert system is being developed through a collaboration with Wei Cheng, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science in the VCU School of Engineering, and the Websmith Group in Richmond. The sodium-sensing system starts with a microcircuit pattern that Yeo designed on the computer with illustration software. There are then more than 50 steps in the microfabrication process that took Yeo a year to devise. The final sensor consists of a copper membrane circuit that's 200 nanometers thick (that's 100 times thinner than a strand of human hair), a data-processing chip that converts the analog data from the sensors into digital data, and a Bluetooth chip that transmits the digital data to a wireless receiver or smartphone. All of it fits onto a thin piece of flexible elastomer slightly thicker than a Band-Aid measuring about 2 by 1 inches. "The advantage is that it can be bendable and stretchable without fracturing the material so we can put it on pretty much any surface," Yeo said. He'll work with the retainer mount for now, but he mentions the possibility of the sensor simply being glued to the roof of the mouth. Yeo will eventually expand the taste sensor to include the other four tastes: sour, sweet, bitter and umami. "I'm working on the sodium sensor and trying to add a pH sensor for sour, and the three other tastes will come later," Yeo said. "Umami is the hardest." Eventually, Costanzo and Yeo want to connect their sensor with the body. Much like a cochlear implant stimulates cochlear nerves to help a deaf person hear again, an internal taste implant would receive data from the food molecules coming in and then stimulate the appropriate nerves to create a perception of that taste. "We're approaching an era in the next couple decades where we will be interfacing with the brain and our perceptions with electronic devices," Costanzo said. "Maybe we can even trick our brains into liking broccoli."
News Article | April 8, 2016
Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging technology has been licensed to the firm Ricardo with the intent for the technology to be commercialized, according to recent reports. The royalty-bearing technology license gives Ricardo the right to tweak/design, manufacture, and supply, Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) systems for automotive manufacturer clients. Support of the technical/engineering type will apparently be provided by Qualcomm subsidiaries. The CEO of Ricardo, Dave Shemmans, commented: “Wireless charging is a potentially very promising enabler for more widespread adoption of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with consequent environmental benefits. I am extremely pleased, therefore, that through the agreement announced today, Ricardo is now able to engineer solutions based on Qualcomm Halo technology, as an integral part of our own portfolio of low and zero emission vehicle and transportation technologies.” Qualcomm Halo uses high-power, resonant magnetic inductive wireless energy transfer and supports a relatively wide air gap between base charging unit (BCU) and vehicle charging unit (VCU). The charging pad’s multi-coil design (“Double “D” Quadrature”) delivers high energy-transfer efficiency and high power — 3.3 kW, 6.6 kW, or 20 kW — even if the pads are misaligned. The high degree of tolerance in both the vertical (z) and lateral (x,y) planes means drivers do not have to park accurately or need complex and expensive on-board alignment systems. Power is converted to Direct Current (DC) by the on-board controller and used to charge the vehicle’s batteries. Halo multi-coil technology delivers magnetic interoperability across single coil, solenoid & multi-coil vehicle pads and supports various air gaps. Ricardo is apparently banking on wireless charging technologies enabling the wider/faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) than would otherwise be the case — thereby making the technology a winning bet. Drive an electric car? Complete one of our short surveys for our next electric car report. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter. James Ayre 's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.
News Article | April 1, 2016
« SAE International publishes two standards for vehicle-to-vehicle communications | Main | Borgward picks SAP, LG and Bosch as strategic partners in electric mobility; PHEVs and EVs » Ricardo has licensed Qualcomm Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology to commercialize WEVC systems for Plug-In Hybrid (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs). (Earlier post.) Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm has granted to Ricardo a royalty-bearing technology license to develop, make and supply WEVC systems for automobile manufacturers. Qualcomm subsidiaries will provide technical expertise and engineering support. Qualcomm Halo uses high-power, resonant magnetic inductive wireless energy transfer and supports a relatively wide air gap between base charging unit (BCU) and vehicle charging unit (VCU). The charging pad’s multi-coil design (“Double “D” Quadrature”) delivers high energy-transfer efficiency and high power—3.3 kW, 6.6 kW or 20 kW—even if the pads are misaligned. The high degree of tolerance in both the vertical (z) and lateral (x,y) planes means drivers do not have to park accurately or need complex and expensive on-board alignment systems. Power is converted to Direct Current (DC) by the on-board controller and used to charge the vehicle’s batteries. Halo multi-coil technology delivers magnetic interoperability across single coil, solenoid & multi-coil vehicle pads and supports various air gaps. Ricardo sees WEVC as an enabling technology for automakers to drive mass adoption of EV/PHEVs by simplifying the charging challenge. Ricardo views Qualcomm Halo technology as an advanced WEVC solution that has the potential to encourage more widespread adoption of EVs, meeting the requirements of automakers and drivers for simple and convenient EV charging. Ricardo said that working with Qualcomm will enable it to design and build WEVC systems that meet automakers’ requirements for wireless charging today and in the future, as demand becomes more prevalent for higher power, faster charging, different deployment methods such as buried charging pads, and for WEVC systems which charge SUVs, taxis and autonomous vehicles. Wireless charging is a potentially very promising enabler for more widespread adoption of pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with consequent environmental benefits. I am extremely pleased, therefore, that through the agreement announced today, Ricardo is now able to engineer solutions based on Qualcomm Halo technology, as an integral part of our own portfolio of low and zero emission vehicle and transportation technologies. Ricardo will benefit from comprehensive engineering support provided by Qualcomm subsidiaries which aims to enhance their ability to develop commercially viable and technically advanced WEVC systems and will support the future design of evolving WEVC systems. Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology has been developed with a focus on cost and package optimization, power, interoperability, and co-existence with vehicles systems. An advanced technology pipeline delivers ongoing improvements, supporting standardized and interoperable WEVC technology suitable for stationary and, eventually, dynamic charging.
News Article | November 1, 2016
Receive press releases from The Wright Scoop: By Email Glen Allen, VA based The Wright Scoop Sylvia Hoehns Wright, challenges Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association to communicate eco-sustainability of their products and services. Richmond, VA, November 01, 2016 --( Wright Scoop’s Challenge - As a workshop instructor for the National League of Cities conference held in Washington DC, when Wright challenged conference attendees – congressmen, city mayors, county managers, city/county planners and educators - to identify "greening" in their communities, she did not anticipate the response. No one could identify their community’s eco-leaders, a response that should be viewed as a wake-up call for USA Industries as a whole. So, through gathering Industry data through interviews, distribution of an Industry survey and interactive columns, Wright researched and launched a book – The ABCs of Greening Communications – which explores the relationship of planet, people, and profit as critical factors which impact products and services, not simply eco-sustainable but leading edge branded images more easily identified by consumers. Having taught communications for the Virginia Community College (VCC) system, Wright dedicated her published works to the "late" Leonard O. Morrow, PhD, retired botanist and horticulturist. Morrow a former dean of horticulture for VCC describes her research, “As a former educator, I’ve observed as Wright emphasizes, an image – brand must be relevant, avoid loss of market share through attrition, while placing emphasis on eco, greening, aspects of the product or service provided." Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (CVNLA)– The goal of CVNLA members is to work together to provide the best in horticultural products, services, and education for Central Virginia. Specifically, CVNLA strives to provide activities intended to enhance the efficient and economic progress of the industry and apprise the public of its scope and character. Scheduled November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and held at 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA during a members and guests meeting Wright will challenge attendees to communicate the eco-sustainability of their products and services. To learn more about the organization or RSVP for their November meeting, phone 804-640-6849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit web site www.cvnla.org. About the Wright Scoop - A former career strategies columnist for the Greater Richmond Partnership’s Work magazine, Wright has broaden the scope of her communications research to include arts/literary and the Green Industry. As a communications personality, she has appeared on WTVR Channel 6 TV, FM 97.3 Inspiration Corner, WCVE PBS Richmond Channel 23 TV and Channel 35 TV Author’s Review. She is published by The Office, Data Management, Your Computer Career, Green Profit and Today’s Garden Center magazines, Richmond Times Dispatch and Mid-Atlantic Grower newspapers, and VA BBB & Information Executive newsletters; and has blog for Build Green TV and VA’s Plant More Plants program. A graduate in BS Management of Communication Systems at VA Commonwealth University (VCU) and participate in MS Special Studies at VCU, Wright is a graduate of the VA Natural Resource Leadership Institute program sponsored by UVA and VA Tech. To view details of her publications, visit Sylvia’s book store, Side Bar: The ABCs of Greening Communications ISBN9781329991101, Copyright Sylvia Hoehns Wright (Standard Copyright License), Edition First Edition, Publisher LuLu.com, Published March 30, 2016 Language Richmond, VA, November 01, 2016 --( PR.com )-- The Wright Scoop – Sylvia Hoehns Wright, challenges Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (CVNLA) to communicate the eco-sustainability of their products and services. Supplied by some of the best Industry marketers, Wright's research provides a step-by-step process which outlines strategies proven to avoid loss of market share while placing emphasis on "how to" communicate eco-sustainability of products and services.Wright Scoop’s Challenge -As a workshop instructor for the National League of Cities conference held in Washington DC, when Wright challenged conference attendees – congressmen, city mayors, county managers, city/county planners and educators - to identify "greening" in their communities, she did not anticipate the response. No one could identify their community’s eco-leaders, a response that should be viewed as a wake-up call for USA Industries as a whole. So, through gathering Industry data through interviews, distribution of an Industry survey and interactive columns, Wright researched and launched a book – The ABCs of Greening Communications – which explores the relationship of planet, people, and profit as critical factors which impact products and services, not simply eco-sustainable but leading edge branded images more easily identified by consumers.Having taught communications for the Virginia Community College (VCC) system, Wright dedicated her published works to the "late" Leonard O. Morrow, PhD, retired botanist and horticulturist. Morrow a former dean of horticulture for VCC describes her research, “As a former educator, I’ve observed as Wright emphasizes, an image – brand must be relevant, avoid loss of market share through attrition, while placing emphasis on eco, greening, aspects of the product or service provided."Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (CVNLA)–The goal of CVNLA members is to work together to provide the best in horticultural products, services, and education for Central Virginia. Specifically, CVNLA strives to provide activities intended to enhance the efficient and economic progress of the industry and apprise the public of its scope and character. Scheduled November 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and held at 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA during a members and guests meeting Wright will challenge attendees to communicate the eco-sustainability of their products and services. To learn more about the organization or RSVP for their November meeting, phone 804-640-6849 or email email@example.com or visit web site www.cvnla.org.About the Wright Scoop -A former career strategies columnist for the Greater Richmond Partnership’s Work magazine, Wright has broaden the scope of her communications research to include arts/literary and the Green Industry. As a communications personality, she has appeared on WTVR Channel 6 TV, FM 97.3 Inspiration Corner, WCVE PBS Richmond Channel 23 TV and Channel 35 TV Author’s Review. She is published by The Office, Data Management, Your Computer Career, Green Profit and Today’s Garden Center magazines, Richmond Times Dispatch and Mid-Atlantic Grower newspapers, and VA BBB & Information Executive newsletters; and has blog for Build Green TV and VA’s Plant More Plants program.A graduate in BS Management of Communication Systems at VA Commonwealth University (VCU) and participate in MS Special Studies at VCU, Wright is a graduate of the VA Natural Resource Leadership Institute program sponsored by UVA and VA Tech. To view details of her publications, visit Sylvia’s book store, http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/syhwright or web site www.TheWrightScoop.com .Side Bar: The ABCs of Greening Communications ISBN9781329991101, Copyright Sylvia Hoehns Wright (Standard Copyright License), Edition First Edition, Publisher LuLu.com, Published March 30, 2016 Language Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from The Wright Scoop
News Article | December 13, 2016
Undergraduate researchers in Vonesh's Amphibian Landscape Ecology class, through VCU Biology in the College of Humanities and Sciences, have worked to ensure that these and other amphibian species can continue to be heard on spring nights. Students from the ecology class teamed with peer researchers at 11 other universities across the country in a semesterlong project, "Toads, Roads and Nodes," which investigated land use impacts on amphibians in the United States. This is the second year the class had undertaken the project, and it has produced further findings on the dangers of roadways to frogs. Vonesh stressed that this and similar studies are essential to the protection of amphibians, the survival of which play a role in maintaining functioning ecosystems, on which people rely. Globally, there are more than 7,000 known amphibian species. Nearly one-third are extinct. "Amphibians are both important prey and predators in food webs. They can be indicators of environmental degradation, like pollution, that may be of concern for human health," Vonesh said. "They have served and modeled systems across multiple fields of scientific research, and have been the source of natural chemicals with important medical properties." The most recent cadre of researchers investigated how close roads across the Eastern and Central U.S. must be to wetlands and forested areas to affect multiple species of frogs. Researchers found the impact of roads on amphibians varies widely across regions, even among those with similar frog species. Both investigations have been published in peer-reviewed journals—the latest project was featured in Diversity and Distributions this year. The paper provided three undergraduates—Miranda Foster, Joseph Neale and Nate Stearret—the opportunity to be published in peer reviewed scientific literature. The students were mentored by Ph.D. student Julie Charbonnier. The initial study, conducted in 2013, is one of the first distributed undergraduate research projects in the country. David Marsh, Ph.D., a professor of biology at Washington & Lee University, developed the projects, funded by the National Science Foundation's Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science program and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Vonesh said the findings have the potential to be used by ecologists to facilitate amphibian conservation. "Not surprisingly, perhaps, we see that the effects of nearby large roads might be the most important to focus on. But there are management options available to us to address this if society chooses to," Vonesh said. "For example, corridors or tunnels for small animals under roads might address this kind of road effect." In order to form observations, researchers merged information from databases detailing geography, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands inventory, with data from call surveys conducted by citizen scientists across the Eastern United States for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program. The students were able to quantify what percentage of land surrounding NAAMP survey sites was devoted to agriculture, wetland, forest, agriculture and development. Students found roads are sometimes huge barriers between two distinct types of land areas that frogs need to survive. "We tend to think about [amphibians] being around aquatic habitats, but they use those habitats to breed and often use the upland habitats for the rest of their lives. Roads and barriers between these two spaces can stop them from completing their life cycle," Vonesh said. Researchers also found the closeness of roadways to amphibian habitats in the Northeast had a more negative impact on amphibian numbers than in many other regions. Vonesh said this could be because of the use of road salts in those areas, which often run off into wetlands. In April 2014, student representatives from each institution traveled to the NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California, to combine data and proof the research to be submitted to a conservation biology journal. Joey Neale, a VCU graduate who attended the conference, said he jumped at the opportunity to partake in real-world research. "The most valuable component of the class was my first experience participating in a real experiment that contributed to building upon our understanding of science," Neale said. "The most enjoyable part was meeting representatives from the other schools participating in the study and seeing our efforts come together to answer questions that our work alone would not have answered."
News Article | February 15, 2017
Tribble Insurance Agency, a family owned and operated firm offering asset protection and financial planning services to the eastern Virginia region, is inaugurating a charity event to honor Chad Phillip Dermyer, a local police trooper who was shot and killed serving his community. While on duty last year, Chad Phillip Dermyer and his fellow officers were conducting routine stops of suspects when one of them, a violent career criminal, suddenly produced a handgun and opened fire. Officer Dermyer was critically wounded and rushed to the VCU Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Trooper Dermyer was 37 years old and is survived by his wife and two young children. “Make no mistake, trooper Dermyer was a hero who gave his life in the highest form of service, and this charity event will help support his family while honoring his memory,” says Trip Tribble, owner and executive manager of the Tribble Insurance Agency. To broadcast updates on the charity event and gather support from local communities, Tribble and his team are making connections with readers over social media platforms and an email bulletin system. Further efforts to generate publicity for the event will include a feature story scheduled for publication in “Our Hometown,” a monthly online periodical produced by Tribble Insurance: http://tribbleinsuranceagency.com/Our-Hometown-Magazine_39. The charity event honoring officer Dermyer marks the 10th charitable cause supported by the Tribble Agency over the last year and a half. As members of the national charity support network “Agents of Change,” Tribble and his team are committed to hosting additional charity events for nonprofits in the eastern Virginia region on a bimonthly basis. All those who wish to know more about the charity event honoring fallen officer Dermyer, and those who wish to take action and be part of the event, are invited by the Tribble Insurance team to visit the following page: http://tribbleinsuranceagency.com/Honoring-a-Fallen-Hero_30_community_cause. Readers interested in learning more about other charitable endeavors undertaken by the Tribble Insurance Agency can bookmark the firm’s list of Community Causes here: http://tribbleinsuranceagency.com/community-cause?page=1. As a Personal Finance Representative in Ashland, agency owner Trip Tribble knows many local families. His knowledge and understanding of the people in his community ensures that clients of Tribble Insurance Agency are provided with an outstanding level of service. Trip and his team look forward to helping families protect the things that are most important - family, home, car and more. Tribble Insurance Agency also offers clients a preparation strategy for achieving their financial goals. To contact an expert at Tribble Insurance Agency, visit http://tribbleinsuranceagency.com/ or call (804) 550-0900.