Innovation culture – Innovation Engineering Tue, 17 May 2022 14:34:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Innovation culture – Innovation Engineering 32 32 Cashmere Agency Promotes Five Senior Executives – The Hollywood Reporter Tue, 17 May 2022 14:00:36 +0000

Cashmere, the marketing company that identifies itself as a “cultural agency”, has promoted five of its senior executives following its merger with advertising and digital marketing company Media.Monks eight months ago.

Vice President of Business Development Cameron Crane was elevated to Chief Growth Officer, Vice President of Operations Joey Furutani to Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of Client Services Sandy Song to customer manager. Additionally, vice president of public relations Brianne Pins is now senior vice president, while vice president and group chief strategy officer Jesse Nicely is senior vice president of cultural strategy.

“Cultural innovation in marketing is where brands look for thought partners who can connect with different audiences and create meaning in the Culture. Cashmere was founded by culture makers and that superpower is in our DNA, which has led to huge demand in our services,” Cashmere President and Chief Creative Officer Ryan Ford said in a statement. “This exceptional group of executives has been a key driver of the success of our clients as well as our own, and their promotions uniquely position Cashmere in this next phase of expansion, alongside our merger with Media.Monks, to create a service fundamentally different offer.”

Four of the five executives promoted are longtime members of the Cashmere team: Crane (nine years old), Furutani (ten years old), Pins (15 years old) and Nicely (eight years old). Song, a 20-year veteran of global agencies, joined last year.

Crane, who helped grow Cashmere’s customer base in its brand and entertainment verticals with clients including Google, Amazon, Meta, Taco Bell and Disney, will now lead business growth, marketing and… innovation of the agency’s products and services. Previously, she worked internally at lululemon athletica and managed the Power 106 account at Emmis Communications.

Furutani previously oversaw Cashmere’s operations, resource management and interdepartmental stability. In his new role, he will lead not only key agency initiatives, organizational partnership and innovation, but also operational integration and discipline amplification with Media.Monks. He previously led marketing at Spectrum Knowledge and started his career at Nakatomi & Associates in communications.

Over the past year, Song has driven innovation and thought leadership for Cashmere and its clients and has also worked in business development and growth. While continuing to implement best practices and client services, she will also be a key player in the new Cashmere and Media.Monks entity, details of which the agency did not disclose. His career includes stints at DLA, ChiatDay, TeamOne and 180LA working with clients including Lexus, LVMH, Del Monte, PepsiCo, University of Phoenix and Taco Bell.

As the architect of the PR division of Cashmere (which was named one of the Top 100 PR News Agencies for 2022), Pins has worked with clients including Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney , Universal Pictures, Coca-Cola, Taco Bell, Google and Danon. With the new title, she will continue to expand the agency’s public relations services, particularly as they intersect with social media and culture. One of five publicists honored with Campaign US’s Female Frontier Awards this year, she spent the first five years of her career at MySpace Music, 5WPR and The Rogers Group.

Nicely scaled Cashmere’s cultural intelligence (CQ) practice, a division of the strategy department that conducts proprietary research and deep cultural dives for its brand and entertainment clients, including Taco Bell, BMW, Google, HBO, Disney and FX. He will continue to lead the agency’s cultural strategy, particularly exploring how brands can use technology in innovative ways to reach audiences and grow. As well as previously working at Dentsu, he was also editor of lifestyle publication Frank151 and co-founded Puffingtons Golf, a “cannagolf” brand.

Propose Kim’s law on physical/virtual meetings Sun, 15 May 2022 17:09:23 +0000

At least in higher education, the future is a new normal of combined physical/virtual meetings.

I’m not thinking of classes, courses, or academic programs here. We may or may not be heading towards a hyflex educational future.

But we are rushing towards the equivalent of a hyflex campus meeting culture.

In my experience, the quality of meetings in which some people are in person and others virtual is mostly lousy.

The attendees who have the worst meeting experience are invariably the virtual attendees.

Even with the best of intentions and some degree of planning, designing a meeting that works just as well when some people are in a room together and others are zooming in.

Participants in virtual meetings are missing out on the nonverbal cues that govern so many in-person meetings. When everyone is virtual, we can signal that we want to speak by muting our microphone. Conversational distribution becomes more complicated when signals must transcend physical and virtual modalities.

In most cases of “normal” campus meetings – those meetings of academic or administrative units or regular gatherings – virtual attendees will have less influence on decisions than those who can attend in person.

People on Zoom will talk less and be less likely to challenge emerging group consensus. Productive argumentation is particularly difficult in mixed physical/virtual environments.

But not always.

There are instances where physical/virtual meetings work well. I’ve been thinking about why this might be so, and all of that thinking has come up with something I’d like to come up with. let’s call it Kim’s Law of Physical/Virtual Meetings.

Kim’s Law states that:

The quality of a physical/virtual meeting is directly proportional to the status of the virtual participants.

If there is one or more high-ranking people attending a mixed in-person and Zoom-on-Zoom meeting, then the meeting will be great. Or at least excellent for Zoom people.

The observation is that the status prevails over the modality.

If a high-status person zooms in, the meeting micro-culture will favor remote high-status attendees.

This change to emphasize the loudest zoomed participant’s voice can also “ripple” to help all remote participants. All meeting participants will be more attentive to virtual participants.

A mixed remote/in-person meeting with big cheeses will also likely benefit from more thoughtful planning and better support at the meeting.

The more valuable participants’ perceived time, the more effort will be put into creating high-productivity meeting experiences.

What are the implications for Kim’s Law?

Should the most senior person (whatever that means in academia) always be distant in a mixed meeting?

Should everyone agree to pretend that the virtual people present at the meeting are “exactly like” the provost or a major donor?

Should those of us who are in person at a meeting prioritize the experience of our virtual colleagues?

Do you participate in mixed modality meetings?

NRN editors discuss CKE rebranding and restaurant chain revenue Fri, 13 May 2022 23:08:01 +0000

This week on the Extra Serving podcast, a product of Nation’s Restaurant News, NRN editors Holly Petre, Sam Oches, Leigh Anne Zinsmeister and Bret Thorn spoke about CKE’s upcoming rebranding efforts, which will cost a half -billion dollars.

CKE Restaurants – parent of fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s – announced a $500 million rebrand earlier this week that will focus on the exterior of its restaurants as most customers interact with the brand. outward, not inward. Stay tuned to the Extra Serving stream in the coming weeks to hear an exclusive interview with Owen Klein, Vice President of Global Culinary Innovation for CKE.

Additionally, the team discussed the restaurant’s revenue week. There were fewer earnings reports than last week, but it was still filled with financial data from laid-back companies like Shake Shack and Sweetgreen and full-service brands like First Watch and Texas Roadhouse. First Watch, as Zinsmeister pointed out on the podcast, was one of the only chains in 2021 not to raise menu prices. He raised menu prices in early 2022, which is paying off as same-store sales soared in the first quarter.

Zinsmeister also gives a recap of her recent trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she spent 24 hours fully immersed in the unique culture of quick-serve Raising Cane.

Finally, this week’s interview is Felton Jones, the head roaster at PJ’s Coffee. Thorn and Jones talked about the intricacies of coffee and the chain’s new flavor, Wedding Cake.

SpaceX COO reiterates Elon Musk’s commitment to send humans to Mars by 2029 Mon, 09 May 2022 21:00:29 +0000

“We should put people on the surface of Mars within a decade.

That’s what SpaceX’s Gwynne Shotwell claims in a new interview with CNBC. The interview, which aired May 7, 2022, reaffirms the ultimate ambition of Elon Musk’s private space company to put humans on the surface of Mars by 2029.

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What’s new – Shotwell’s latest comments come amid speculation that SpaceX may not meet its goals of sending humans to Mars in light of apparent delays in the development of its flagship rocket, Starship, and Musk’s recent distractions with Twitter. .

In the end, Musk and SpaceX stuck to his optimistic timeline for a crewed mission to Mars despite the still unproven nature of the flagship spacecraft, Starship. SpaceX needs to show that Starship is ready to fly into space and make the journey safely before it can think of a breakthrough mission to the Red Planet. While we have successfully sent machines to the surface of our planetary neighbor, no human crew has attempted to travel to Mars before.

Some designs for a future Martian city explore the idea of ​​geodomes to allow people to live on the Red Planet’s surface.Mark Stevenson/Mix Collection: Topics/Getty Images

“I think we need to make a major delivery to the surface of Mars, and then people will start thinking about it more,” Shotwell said.

“And then I think five or six years from now, people will see that it’s going to be a real place to go,” she predicts.

This timeline, combined with Musk’s desired date, predicts a human landing on Mars by 2029 and then larger-scale movement of people to Mars by the mid to late 2030s. Musk has previously said that wanted to establish a permanent city on Mars by 2050. In fact, some SpaceX insiders have said the company plans to fly to Mars from Earth over the next century to help establish several cities on the red planet.

“People on the Moon, earlier,” Shotwell says in the interview. With successive delays to NASA’s vaunted Artemis Moon program, this proposed timeline may also prove a bit ambitious.

Learn more about Musk’s plans for Mars City.

On the horizon…

Telemedicine has a lot of promise, but not until the last two years locked down most of the world and many governments shut down doctor’s offices along with everything else, telemedicine had a trial by fire. One potential benefit that seems to be holding up is the promise of closing gaps in access to care — specifically, the disparities experienced by black people in the United States trying to get primary care appointments.

In a study published May 2 in the journal Telemedicine and e-healthresearchers examine the use of telehealth in black and non-black communities in 2019 and 2020. They examined how people’s use and access to medical care has changed from the pre-pandemic era to the onset and at the end of 2020, when the United States was experiencing the lockdown and its effects on in-person care.

In total, they looked at 1,947,399 appointments and found that disparities in access to a primary care physician appointment narrowed significantly.

“We looked at the whole of 2020, not just the first half of the year when telemedicine was the only option for many people, and the gap in appointment completion between black and non-black patients s is closed,” says the study’s lead author, Krisda. Chaiyachati, assistant professor of medicine at Penn Medicine, in a statement. Chaiyachati is also the physician responsible for value-based care and innovation at Verily.

“Offering telemedicine, even if it was for a crisis, appears to have been a significant step forward in addressing longstanding inequities in access to healthcare,” he adds.

Want to go further? Read the full study.

You have to see it to believe it


It is the tattered remains of a supernova known as DEM L249.

DEM L249 is in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a Milky Way satellite galaxy that lies 160,000 light-years from Earth (the LMC may soon become a key target for the James Webb Space Telescope) . Data for this image was collected by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 instrument, according to news site ESAHubble.

T-less Internet…

5. Canada picks you up if you try to commit crimes on the Moon: The country changed its penal code to extend jurisdiction to our closest natural satellite. has more.

4. The giant landfill eating away at the Pacific Ocean is becoming a haven for wildlife: In a beautifully illustrated story for The New York TimesAnnie Roth reflects on how life persists in unlikely places.

3. The sale of electric vehicles in Europe is booming: Sales of battery-powered cars now account for 10% of the total market, according to a new report from the Association of European Automobile Manufacturers.

2. The work culture at TikTok is about as weird and unusual as TikTok itself can get: This is the inside scoop of the the wall street journal.

1. What will be on the menu in 2085? enjoy your food asked scientists and science fiction writers to make their future food predictions and let’s just say avocado toast will finally bankrupt you.

Beyond the horizon…

NASA-3 crew.Nasa

Tune in May 11 at 11:45 a.m. EST to hear NASA Crew 3 talk about their time on the International Space Station. Full details on how to view the live press conference can be found here.

It was HORIZONSa newsletter that explores today’s innovations shaping the world of tomorrow.

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Fast Company Brands That Matter Application Deadline Thu, 05 May 2022 19:50:46 +0000

Brands are increasingly an important lens through which we all experience culture. And since fast businessThe slogan of is “The Future of Business”, we wanted to reflect and recognize the brands that have the most impact in this regard. So last year, we launched Brands That Matter, an awards program rewarding businesses and nonprofits that impact business and culture in new and innovative ways.

Now, the deadline for the second annual Brands That Matter program has arrived – May 6 at 11:59 p.m. PT – so now is the perfect time to apply. The idea is to go beyond corporate vision statements or management talking points; the brands we seek have gained relevance through their cultural impact and social engagement, and their branding authentically communicates their mission and ideals.

Think your brand fits the bill? Tell us about it!

Different brands exist within the culture and influence it in different ways, and it’s not just the biggest names in consumer goods that do this. It is partly for this reason that we have expanded the program, adding 13 new categories this year. By drawing a more specific line for areas such as sports, fashion, health and wellness, finance and education, the aim is to reduce apples and oranges comparisons when examines so many different brands, and evaluates them in the context of how they count in the category in which they compete for people’s attention and loyalty.

To give your application the best shot, here’s a bit more about how to create a top-notch application and what we look for in applications.


Tell us what your customers get from you that they don’t get from anyone else in the market. What are you most proud to be known for? We want to hear about the connection you’ve made with your audience, how that relationship has evolved over the past year, and how your audience expresses support for your brand’s mission.


We want to hear about the positive impact your brand has had on your industry and on the culture in general. Tell us about the work you have done that has influenced, impacted or informed culture. This can range from pop culture, entertainment and technology to how your company’s brand mission connects to larger societal issues.


We want to give credit to the projects that exist at each stage of completion. Although we ask that entries be limited to brand actions within the last 12 months, these projects, strategies or ideas can range from conceptual to just launched to fully operational, as long as they are bold, new and innovative. . Remember that while the context of your brand’s story is important, it’s not an award for all of its accomplishments. Keep it to last year or so.


This is where style meets substance. We want to see the numbers, data, and performance metrics that demonstrate how your unique approach has affected your business, industry, and product category. The key is to share not only what your brand is doing to sell more products or connect with the culture, but also metrics that prove how you’re growing revenue, winning hearts and minds, or other data that helps. to illuminate the success of your brand.

The Brands That Matter ranking will reach millions of readers, and we hope we can support the growth of positive brand innovation by celebrating the best examples. The winners will be presented in the November 2022 issue of fast business, as well as on Apply now!

Innovation Week launches creative ideas from professors and students | MUSK Tue, 03 May 2022 17:26:14 +0000

“The value of an idea lies in its use,” Thomas Edison said of the impact of innovation.

Last week’s Innovation Week at the Medical University of South Carolina built on that concept, investing more than $500,000 in new projects across the company and launching some of its hottest ideas. brightest and most innovative from faculty members and students.

In a return to a live format, MUSC’s Office of Innovation funded 25 new projects and awarded a total of $521,000. A total of 11 live sessions, two pitch sessions, three Shark Tanks and a Stress Less Bash, featuring live music, art therapy and even puppies, took place in person throughout the week. Between the downtown Charleston campus and MUSC regional hospitals, 26 videos were produced for on-demand viewing by participants.

The week’s events kicked off on Monday with the announcement of the Blue Sky Award winners. Developed through a partnership between the Office of Innovation and the Office of the Vice President Research (VPR), two winning research projects were honored at the Innovation Week kick-off event. innovation. The award recognizes innovative and promising projects that are rooted in collaboration between researchers at MUSC colleges and provides $100,000 per year for two years to help prepare the project for future funding opportunities.

The pups helped take the stress out of the innovation week. Photo by Nancy Lemon Carney

Mid-week, in conjunction with the Office of the Provost, the inaugural class of Education Innovation Advocates was announced. This group of eight will include at least one faculty member from each of the colleges and representatives from MUSC’s academic affairs and libraries. Advocates are expected to receive $3,000 for their own project to help foster a culture of innovation in their respective fields.

“The Education Innovation Advocate program is a unique and exciting opportunity for our faculty to develop innovation in education across all six colleges and the Faculty of Academic Affairs,” said Gigi Smith, Ph.D. “Advocates will have meetings with key MUSC groups on campus to promote collaboration and further support innovation in faculty education.”

Wrapping up the week, MUSC’s version of “Shark Tank” has returned to its live format after being hosted online last year and for the first time at its regional hospitals. The Charleston session saw MUSC leadership bite on three employee and faculty projects, each of which received $15,000 each on Thursday. Meanwhile, the combined Florence/Marion and Lancaster/Chester sessions each awarded $15,000 to their own top projects.

Chief Innovation Officer Jesse Goodwin said it was good to see the innovators in person this year after two years of virtual presentations, due to the pandemic, and touted the importance of innovating. “I think it’s really important to build a culture where we don’t feel stuck with problems, but a culture where we say, ‘Well, let’s look at this as an opportunity to really solve problems,'” he said. she declared. In total, more than $80,000 will be distributed to winners and other selected lands.

With the success of Innovation Week 2022 in the back view, innovators can go ahead and mark their calendars for next year, as Innovation Week 2023 is already set to return April 24-28. .

For a full list of weekly rewards, see below.

Blue Skies ($200,000) – Monday

Funded by the RVP and the Office of Innovation, each of these projects received funding of $100,000.

Donna Roberts, MD, and Jill Harvey, Ph.D.: “A Feasibility Study of Incorporating a Portable MRI into a Telemedicine Equipped Ambulance for Field Triage of Stroke Patients.”

Baerbel Rohrer, Ph.D., and Andrew Jakymiw, Ph.D.: “MtDNA Delivery Via Nanoparticles for Restoration of Tissue Homeostasis in Age-Related Macular Degeneration.”

Student Pitch ($2,500) – Monday

Sponsored by the Office of Innovation, Benjamin Ellison, James McGinnis, and Reece Blackwood, faculty advisor Adam Tanious, MD, won the student pitch contest and their “endovascular organizer” received $2,500.

COM Community Engagement Grant ($15,000) – Tuesday

Focused on a community-driven initiative, Jessica Tarleton, MD, and her team received $15,000 to fund their project called “The Lowcountry Doula Initiative”.

AI ($100,000) – Wednesday

Sponsored by AI Hub, a total of $100,000 has been awarded to the following MUSC and Clemson faculty members for their joint projects:

George Magrath, MD, (MUSC) and Feng Luo, Ph.D., (Clemson): “Computer-Assisted Classification and Screening of Retinal Optical Coherence Tomography Images.”

Xinyi Li, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stephen Ethier, Ph.D., (MUSC): “AI Drug Sensitivity Analysis of Cancer Cell Lines to Predict Targeted Drug Sensitivity in Patients.”

Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D., (Clemson/MUSC) and Rahul Rai, Ph.D., (Clemson): “AI for Segmentation by Scanning Electron Micrography”.

Fatemeh Afghah, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Mohamed Elshazly, MD, (MUSC): “AI-Based Cardiac Monitoring Systems.”

Liangjiang Wang, Ph.D., (Clemson) and Stefano Berto, Ph.D., (MUSC): “Machine Learning Models for Molecular Neuroscience Research”.

Shark Tanks ($80,000) – Wednesday and Thursday


The “Socializer, Teacher, Evaluator, Mentor (STEM) Preceptorship” project was the winner of the Florence and Marion Shark Tank divisions, and the team received $15,000 to take their idea forward. Team members included: Ashley Hudson, RN; Lathrum Johnson RN; and Michelle Thompson, RN.


The “Improving Flow by Creating a Behavioral Crisis Team” project won the Lancaster and Chester Divisions Shark Tank, and the team received $15,000 to take their idea forward. Team members included: Keia Hewitt MD; Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., RN; Scott Broome; Richard Warrin; Portia Brown; Patsy Hawkins; Kelly Cauthen; Cody Johnson, RN; and Angela Mackey.

The Lancaster and Chester divisions also selected the “Creating Nursing Workflow Efficiency Through Kanban Methodology in the ED” project to receive $5,000 in funding to advance their idea. Team members included: Camille Filoromo, Ph.D., RN,; Aruna Anand; and Janeen Rawlings RN


In Charleston, each of these three projects was chosen as the $15,000 winner:

·Clinical Care: “Automation of Claims Entry”. Project team: Dan O’Donnell, Dianna Pelay, Diane Story, Franco Cardillo, Lynn Waters, Cathy Dickey, Megan Cecutti, Patricia Jenkins, Kimberly Curry, Dan Darling, Carlton Hawkes, Pam Helms, Sabrina Holloway, Shalonda Holmes, Angela Malphrus , Cheryl McWilliams, Leanne Shattuck and Tisa Whack.

Education: “Innovative Virtual Global Health Program for Nursing Students”. Project team: Suparna Qanungo, Ph.D.; Courtney Sol; Kate Ague-Kneeland; Kezhia Newman; Madison Bynum; Rachel Nichols; Saddie Sofia; Catherine O. Durham, DNP; Sharon L. Kozachik, Ph.D., RN; Kathleen Ellis; Jessica Southern, Registered Nurse; and Dean of the College of Nursing Linda S. Weglicki, Ph.D., RN

Research: AppBuilder: A New Content Management System to Simplify Application Development, Project Team: Jessica Chandler; Tonya Hazelton; Jonathan Tindell; Bernie Jansen; Les Lenert, MD; and Kenneth Ruggiero, Ph.D.

MUSC-Siemens Joint Project Grant ($50,000)

Maria Spampinato, MD, received the co-sponsored grant from the MUSC-Siemens Photon CT project to study how CT angiography plays a key role in the noninvasive assessment of

cerebrovascular disease in acute stroke and stroke prevention. She will receive $50,000 to continue her work.

Cancer Entrepreneurship Science Award ($50,000)

Jointly funded by the Hollings Cancer Center and the Office of Innovation, Philip Howe, MD, received $50,000 to fund his research into the role that the ARIH1 protein plays in breast tumor metastasis and to study new ways to generate small molecule inhibitors.

City Council sets budget priorities for next year – Beverly Hills Courier — Beverly Hills Courier Sun, 01 May 2022 16:05:51 +0000

“The city’s vision statements can be summed up as follows: first, to offer an unparalleled quality of life; second, uniqueness and friendliness for our residents and visitors; third, we are a world-class community, offering an extraordinary environment; number four, we are a community committed to safety, innovation, sustainability and service,” explained Hunt-Coffey. “These statements guide the formation of our strategic plans, City Council priorities and budget, which include the development of departmental work plans and ongoing tasks.”

Hunt-Coffey then explained that with the retirement of the City Auditor, the City Council elected to issue a request for proposal to hire a firm to perform the internal audit services, and related priorities were moved from the municipal auditor’s office into policy and management. department. She also noted that in addition to removing two other priorities, city staff would propose that city council consider setting three new priorities during the afternoon session: Gale Yard Improvements, a relief program means-tested tenants and a recycling and recovery program for organic materials. .

“This afternoon we will begin the first step of our two-step process,” she said. “Each department head will be asked to provide a brief description of their priority, provide high-level accomplishments for fiscal year 21-22, and then review proposed deliverables for fiscal year 22-23. After the introduction of each priority, the municipal council will be able to ask questions of the staff. The Council may then modify or remove any priority. Finally, we are asking City Council to confirm each priority that remains on the priority list. »

Priorities for 2022-2023 were then presented by leaders from each city department – ​​community development, community services, finance, information technology, policy and management, public safety, public works and clerk – and discussed in detail. by board members.

Communautary development

Community development priorities discussed included those for 2021 – the hill development standards, the southeast task force, the evaluation of the city’s rent stabilization policy, the implementation of a seismic renovation, the development of preservation incentives and an inclusive housing study – along with new priorities for Gale Yard Improvements and a means-tested tenant assistance scheme.

Community services

Among the 2022 priorities for community services, in addition to continuing to promote arts and culture with the theme “Embrace & Celebrate Culture”, the upcoming installation “Hymn of Life: Tulips” by renowned sculptor Yayoi Kusama, implementing the City Places’ ‘Art in Public’ program and the launch of ‘Art Now’, a new initiative to activate storefronts with colorful designs in support of business recovery, is the continued exploration of the increased green space in the city, including pocket parks Additional priorities include those for 2021, such as improvements to La Cienega Park and Tennis Center and Greystone Mansion and Gardens, implementation of a departmental strategic plan and updates on the use of BHUSD facilities for city and community recreation.


The priority for funding continues to be a comprehensive review of the city’s cash flow and assets, which is expected to be completed by summer 2022.

Computer science

2022 priorities for IT include expanding the use of technology to improve the efficiency of all initiatives, such as continuing to expand public eGov and video offerings, upgrading upgrade the city’s parking systems to include smart capabilities and continue to increase the city’s cybersecurity measures.

Policy and management

Moved from the City Auditor’s department since the retirement of the City Auditor, the annual audit plan, including the integration of an audit firm and the provision of advice for a company-wide risk assessment the city, as well as a reopening of the Trust & Innovation portal are top priorities for the Department of Policy and Management. Other 2022-2023 priorities include continued property acquisition and development, small business task force, business attraction, updating the city’s five-year economic sustainability plan, reinforcement and expansion of smoking regulations, creation of evening activities in the business triangle, rental of municipal properties and parking. , promote the city, study the creation of a municipal health service and consider the creation of an office for a city attorney.

public safety

Key public safety priorities include strengthening firefighters and paramedics, information technology and policing capabilities, including further development of the Just In Case program; public awareness and education on social media; First Watch software; CCTV camera deployments; implementing a co-model for a mental health intervention team; recruitment and career development; launch of Phase 1 of a Real-Time Monitoring Center; increased intelligence-led policing efforts, including the addition of 16 license plate readers, BHPD alerting and increased use of drones; staffing and planning for future metro expansion.

Public works

Overall priorities include centralized customer relations, self-driving vehicles, community video security, La Cienega treatment facility, water business plan, metro coordination, reservoir reconstruction and water storage. water, a matrix audit of public works, separate landscape meters, the assessment of public workspaces, the Urban Forest Management Plan, increased maintenance of streets and sidewalks in the business district, supplementing the street plan and implementing a new recycling program for organic materials. Consideration for Rodeo Drive permanent bistro spaces has been put on hold, as has planning for South Santa Monica Boulevard until FY 2024-25 and the completion of the Purple Line subway station in Wilshire and Reeves. Other priorities are advancing capital investment in the city and continuing the water conservation program in response to ongoing drought relief efforts.

City Clerk

The City Clerk’s Office will continue to prioritize the Sunshine Task Force, an anti-voter fraud initiative and publicity job postings.

Impact of COVID

Hunt-Coffey concluded the session with a briefing on the tax impact of COVID. Due to a reduction in city revenue due to the pandemic, the city council previously authorized a reduction in staff by offering early retirement programs and voluntary departure programs to reduce the workforce. This resulted in budget savings for employee salaries and benefits to offset reduced revenue and help the city keep services operational. While downsizing has strained the capacity for new projects, city staff are learning innovative new ways to do more with less, such as implementing the customer call center.

Throughout fiscal years 2020 to 2022, city staff conducted a variety of activities to assist the community in the face of COVID. These activities have been absorbed into the daily workloads of each department as the pandemic becomes more rampant. Thus, the deliverables proposed for the 2022-2023 exercises for the COVID have not been elaborated because they are now part of the operational tasks of each department.

Spelman College names the Center for Innovation and the Arts after President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D. Fri, 29 Apr 2022 23:40:00 +0000

At the heart of the new center will be the College’s state-of-the-art Innovation Lab. Recently named the Arthur M. Blank Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the lab is open to all liberal arts disciplines at the College.

For the past six years, the tech-rich lab has hosted award-winning interdisciplinary creative projects and an incubator of exciting new ventures.

The Arthur Blank Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab will also host the Center for Black Entrepreneurship’s extracurricular activities.

The first new university facility in spelman In almost 25 years, the CI&A will also be the first building located outside the spelman gates and will serve as what the College calls its “entrance porch”, opening the campus to the Westside community of the Atlanta University Center.

“The rapid convergence of art, technology and entrepreneurship, with the liberal arts and sciences, is beginning to bring new solutions to old challenges,” said Marie Schmidt-CampbellPh.D., President of Spelman College. “This new facility will be a dynamic, state-of-the-art learning environment that will encourage disciplinary mastery of the arts and help stimulate investment and foster the growth of the local economy. The space will also provide the community with opportunities to discover the arts and innovation on our campus.”

The concept of the Center for Innovation and the Arts began before Dr. Campbell’s tenure as President when she was asked to consult with the College on how to create integration between campus arts programs.

After coming out of retirement to assume the role of President in 2015, Dr. Campbell announced the formation of a [email protected] Steering Committee, led by Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D., Chair of the Arts Division.

Shortly thereafter, the College announced five new arts major and minor programs, including documentary filmmaking, art history, and curatorial studies, and hired new faculty to lead arts programs.

Internationally renowned architecture firm Studio Gang was selected for its collaborative design approach and its alignment with the College’s vision.

“Design was born out of a desire to support collaboration, innovation and the creative process, giving spelman inspiring women and state-of-the-art spaces to experiment and develop their work on the upper floors, and establish a welcoming and active ground floor where they can share their creations with the wider community,” said Jeanne Gang, founding partner of Studio Gang. “Architecturally, the center resonates with the historic campus through its earthy color, while visually creating a lightness through the use of lattice-like sun shades that protect against overheating while simultaneously expressing its more carbon footprint. lightweight that is consistent with the College’s environmental leadership.”

With an expected completion date of 2024, the fully funded project $86 million the development will host cutting-edge collaborative programs including The Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab, Center for Black Entrepreneurship, The Spelman Museum of Art.

To learn more about the Center, visit To view architectural renderings, visit

Spelman programs housed at the Center for Innovation and the Arts

Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab

The heart of the new building will be the Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab, co-directed by Jerry Volcydoctorate and Phillip Thompson.

Formerly known as the Spelman Innovation Lab, the space is a campus-wide resource for entrepreneurial ideation, unconventional research, experimental pedagogy, and exploratory play. In addition to state-of-the-art technological tools, the Lab will work in close collaboration with the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE) and the minor in entrepreneurship of by Spelman Department of Economics to provide a host of rich extracurricular activities.

Popular programs, like Spelpreneur, will live in the dynamic lab where budding entrepreneurs and innovators from multiple disciplines will work together to create new ideas to solve old problems.

Center for Black Entrepreneurship

Powered by a two-year contract $10 million anchor grant from Bank of America and developed by the Black Economic Alliance Foundation, Spelman Collegeand Morehouse Collegethe Center for Black Entrepreneurship, is the first ever academic center of its kind to produce, train and support a new generation of black entrepreneurial talent.

AUC Art History and Curatorial Studies Collective

Future curators, art historians, museum professionals and artists all gather at the Atlanta University Center The history of art + Collective of curatorial studies. Housed within the Department of Art and Visual Culture in Spelman Collegethis innovative program aims to shape the future of the art world and position Atlanta University Center as the main incubator of African-American professionals in these fields.

IMB Center for Quantum Computing

According to a 2021 Pew Research Center report, black workers make up just 9% of all STEM jobs in the United States – a number that has remained stable since 2016. In an effort to change STEM statistics among African-American women American, Spelman College recently joined the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center Southeast Region. With by Spelman members, the center now includes 24 HBCUs across the United States and six schools in the Southeast region. The Center for Quantum Computing will focus on quantum hardware, education, and basic research.

Institute for the Study of Gender Identity and Social Justice

Through the grant from the Mellon Foundation, the new institute will provide intensive faculty training and summer workshops on ways to integrate gender and sexuality studies across disciplines. The goal of the institute, which will be managed by the Spelman Women’s Research and Resource Center, is to expose students and faculty to scholarship that challenges the way they see and know the world.

the Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts

A vital resource for spelman community and beyond since opening in 1996, The Spelman College The National Gallery plays an important role in encouraging the intellectual growth and development of students. Working in collaboration with departments such as Art and Visual Culture, Anthropology and Sociology, African Diaspora and Global Program, Women’s Studies, English and many more, the museum reinforces learning pedagogical, integrates object-based learning into the curriculum, and promotes lifelong, interdisciplinary engagement with the visual arts.

The Museum has a growing reputation for showcasing bold, daring, mission-driven projects and is expanding the art offering in Atlanta, the region and beyond. Although the Museum is a place of teaching and learning, it is open to the public and welcomes audiences beyond the spelman community

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WuXi Advanced Therapies and A*STAR Announce Partnership to Advance Cell and Gene Therapy in the Asia-Pacific Region Thu, 28 Apr 2022 09:09:00 +0000

TESSA™ technology is a novel, scalable, transfection-free manufacturing process for adeno-associated virus (AAV) and represents a major advancement in AAV manufacturing by improving AAV yields and particle quality. TESSA™ technology produces far more AAV than plasmid-based manufacturing, generating enough material to meet the growing healthcare demands for patients suffering from cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

As part of this collaboration, WuXi ATU will provide the materials, equipment, funding and training needed to further develop and commercialize TESSA™ technology in Singapore. BTI will bring its research expertise, facilities and access to its network of partners to support WuXi ATU in its research and development in cell and gene therapy in Singapore.

“We are delighted to launch this collaboration with that of Singapore Renowned Institute of Bioprocess Technology,” said David Chang, CEO of WuXi Advanced Therapies. “We hope that working together to develop and commercialize TESSA™ technology will be the first step in a long-term partnership.”

Doctor Koh Boon TongExecutive Director of A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute, added, “With BTI’s extensive experience in bioprocess science and engineering, we are delighted to collaborate with WuXi ATU in the area of ​​cell and gene therapy. progress and pursue R&D together. This is an important step. toward that of Singapore objective of being an innovative R&D center in biotherapeutic bioprocesses.”

About WuXi Advanced Therapies (WuXi ATU)

As the Advanced Therapies Business Unit of WuXi AppTec, WuXi Advanced Therapies is a Contract Trial, Development, and Manufacturing Organization (CTDMO) that provides integrated platforms to transform the discovery, development, testing, manufacturing and the commercialization of cell and gene therapies. Our services and solutions accelerate time to market and support customer programs worldwide. For more information, please visit

About WuXi AppTec

As a global company with operations across Asia, Europeand North America, WuXi AppTec provides a broad portfolio of R&D and manufacturing services that enable the global pharmaceutical and healthcare industry to advance discovery and deliver breakthrough treatments to patients. With its unique business models, WuXi AppTec’s end-to-end integrated services include CRDMO (Contract Research, Development and Manufacturing Organization) drug chemistry, biology discovery, preclinical testing and clinical research services, therapeutics cell and gene CTDMO (Contract Testing, Development and Manufacturing Organization), helping customers improve the productivity of advanced healthcare products through cost-effective and efficient solutions. WuXi AppTec received an AA ESG rating from MSCI in 2021 and its self-service platform empowers more than 5,800 employees in more than 30 countries to improve the health of those in need – and realize the vision that ” every medicine can be made and every disease can be treated.” Please visit:

About A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute

The Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) is a research institute under A*STAR. Founded in 1990, BTI positions itself as that of Singapore mainstay of research and development for the biomanufacturing sector. BTI’s core capabilities span the entire bioprocess value chain, largely comprising product innovation, cell line development, media development, downstream processing, process development and scaling, and analytical science and technology. Through strategic partnerships and application-driven research, BTI seeks to create value and impact product markets, including biologics, cell and gene therapy, exosomes, vaccines, engineered tissues, process analysis technologies and cell culture systems. For more information about BTI, visit

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is that of Singapore leading public sector R&D agency. Through open innovation, we collaborate with our partners in the public and private sectors for the benefit of the economy and society. As a science and technology organization, A*STAR bridges the gap between academia and industry. Our research creates economic growth and jobs for Singapore, and improves lives by improving societal outcomes in healthcare, urban living and sustainability. A*STAR plays a key role in developing scientific talent and leaders for the research community and industry at large. A*STAR’s R&D activities extend from biomedical sciences to physical sciences and engineering, with research entities mainly located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis. For current news, visit

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Innovation as a Services Market Size, Outlook and Forecast Tue, 26 Apr 2022 00:41:06 +0000

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