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Array Technologies Steps into its Next Era of Innovation with New CEO

Jim Fusaro announced as new CEO of 29-year old Array Technologies

Press Release – MUNICH, Germany (June 19, 2018) – Leading solar tracking manufacturer, Array Technologies, introduced Jim Fusaro as the company’s new CEO at Intersolar Europe Tuesday. He will be succeeding company founder, Ron Corio. Fusaro is a senior executive with more than 30 years of technology-related experience in multinational corporations. Corio, who started the business nearly three decades ago and is known throughout the industry as the pioneer of solar tracking technology, will continue to serve in a leadership capacity as founder and board member. The announcement comes as the company embarks upon a new era of global expansion. Corio says that the decision to bring Fusaro in as CEO supports the company’s impressive growth trajectory.

“It has been an incredible journey from our humble beginnings almost three decades ago. With the long term goal to advance the worldwide adoption of clean sustainable solar energy, this is another landmark in the company’s storied evolution.” said Corio, “I am confident that Jim is the right choice to lead our next chapter, enabling us to thrive in a global environment, while maintaining Array’s commitment to innovation, engineered simplicity, advanced technology, and exceptional customer service.”

Jim Fusaro has served as a senior executive for multinational corporations including Motorola, Amkor Technology, Avnet, and global conglomerate, Honeywell. With a wealth of mechanical engineering and business experience, Fusaro has excelled in leading cross-functional teams and growing multi-billion dollar enterprises.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the CEO at Array Technologies and to make a significant impact in the global energy transition,” said Fusaro, “The next chapter at Array will expand upon the legacy it has been built upon; we will focus on technology development, innovation and business operations with a driven intention to lead the worldwide utility-scale solar market.”

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New Gibbon Genus Discovered In Ancient Chinese Tomb

New Gibbon Genus Discovered In Ancient Chinese Tomb

Press Release – Discovery of bones in burial pit reveals magnitude of human-caused extinction of primates

Scientists studying bones excavated from an ancient tomb in Shaanxi Province, central China, have discovered an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbons.

The discovery was made by scientists led by international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), while studying the contents of a burial chamber dating from around 2,300 years ago that possibly belonged to Lady Xia – grandmother to China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, the leader who ordered the building of the Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Warriors.

The tomb, first excavated in 2004, was found to contain 12 burial pits with animal remains, which included gibbon bones. Sophisticated computer modelling reveals that these ancient bones represent an entirely new genus and species of gibbon, which the team has named Junzi imperialis. Historical records reveal that Junzi probably survived until less than 300 years ago.

All of the world’s apes – chimpanzees, gorillas, orang-utans and gibbons – are threatened with extinction today due to human activities, but no ape species were thought to have become extinct as a result of historic hunting or habitat loss. However, the discovery of the recently extinct Junzi changes this, and highlights the vulnerability of gibbons in particular.

Commenting on the study, lead author Dr Samuel Turvey from ZSL’s Institute of Zoology said: “Our discovery and description of Junzi imperialis suggests that we are underestimating the impact of humans on primate diversity. These findings reveal the importance of using historical archives such as the archaeological record to inform our understanding of conservation and stress the need for greater international collaboration to protect surviving populations of gibbons in the wild.”

Eastern and Southeast Asia are currently home to some of the world’s most threatened mammals, with 73% of Asian primates being threatened, compared to 60% globally. Two species of gibbon have recently disappeared in China, and all surviving Chinese species are currently classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. The Hainan gibbon (Nomascus hainanus), a species of gibbon found on Hainan Island in southern China, is now probably the world’s rarest mammal, with only 26 surviving individuals.

Gibbons are the smallest apes and are characterised by their distinctive song and long arms – which they use for moving through the forest canopy by a form of locomotion called brachiation.

Gibbons have played an important role in Chinese culture for thousands of years, being present in ancient literature and art. However, despite probably having a venerated status, Junzi became extinct due to past human activities, likely to have included deforestation and hunting.

The full research can be found published in Science at the following link:

For more information on the work ZSL is doing to conserve primates, worldwide – visit

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Camfed Announces New Board Chair in the US

Education and equality champion Sally Osberg joins the Campaign for Female Education

Press Release – SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA – June 19, 2018 – Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, announced today that it has appointed Sally Osberg to become the new chair of its USA board of directors.

“Sally’s leadership, intellect, integrity and commitment to the cause we serve combine to make her the perfect chair to lead Camfed USA into the next phase of our evolution,” Ann Cotton, Founder and Trustee of Camfed said.

Sally Osberg has been a pioneer of social change with a long history of social entrepreneurship. She was the first President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, serving in that role for over 17 years. During her tenure, Sally developed platforms to engage government, business, and civil society leaders to advance large-scale structural solutions to complex problems, funding more than 100 social entrepreneurship endeavors across five continents.

She helped establish the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University, create the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, and build enduring partnerships with organizations such as TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative.

Osberg has been recognized for her leadership, including as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by The Mercury News and as a NonProfit Times Top 50 Power and Influence awardee. Currently she serves on the Advisory Council of the Elders and on the boards of the Social Progress Imperative, the New America Foundation, and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development.

“Social change is driven by dedicated people who pursue their goals in solidarity with those they serve,” Sally Osberg said. “For this reason I am proud to be working with Camfed to help provide girls with the education they deserve and the chance to transform their communities.”

Osberg has a long history partnering with Camfed. In 2005, Camfed was awarded the Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Since then, many Camfed leadership and alumnae have participated at the annual Skoll World Forum as featured speakers and guests, and Sally has played a strong advisory role in Camfed’s growth, particularly in the development of Camfed’s alumnae network, CAMA.

“We are thrilled that Sally has agreed to lead the Camfed USA Board,” said Miranda Curtis, Chair of the Board of Camfed International. “Her depth of knowledge of Camfed’s work, her own expertise and her standing in the international development community will all be huge assets as we plan Camfed’s next stage of growth.”

For more information about Camfed, visit

About Camfed:

Over the last 25 years, Camfed has supported more than 2.6 million children through school and improved the learning environment for more than 5 million children. Their successful, community-driven model is implemented at 5,745 partner schools in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. And Camfed’s alumnae organization, CAMA, now has 120,000 active leaders, entrepreneurs and philanthropists continuing to make a difference in their communities.

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Tourette Association Of America Names Amanda Talty As President And CEO

Former Executive Vice President and Interim CEO of the TAA

Amanda Talty

Press Release – (June 19, 2018 – Bayside, NY) – The Tourette Association of America (TAA), the premier national non-profit organization serving the Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Tic Disorder community, today announced that its Board of Directors has named Amanda Talty as President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2018.

“Amanda has continuously exhibited the leadership, knowledge, and passion for the mission of the organization,” said TAA Board Chair Rovena Schirling. “As President and CEO, we are confident that Amanda will continue to build upon the momentum and solid foundation that she has helped to achieve for the organization and will take the TAA to the next level of growth.”

Amanda Talty brings over a decade of experience developing and implementing strategic programs. In her previous role as Executive Vice President & Interim CEO at the Tourette Association, Amanda was responsible for executing activities that served to generate awareness and revenue and develop programming in support of the organization’s mission. The scope of her oversight included chapter services, development strategy, special events, membership, corporate and foundation engagement, individual giving and marketing.

“I am honored and grateful to the board and TAA community to be given the opportunity to lead this incredible organization that provides such crucial support to individuals struggling with Tourette Syndrome and other Tic Disorders,” said Amanda Talty. “This demonstrated belief in me is something I do not take lightly and I am committed to fulfilling our mission each and every day. In this new role at the TAA, I will continue to elevate awareness, combat ignorance and foster social acceptance of this neurological disorder that effects 1 in 100 school-aged children and countless adults.”

Prior to joining the Tourette Association of America, Amanda served as Senior Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross on Long Island where she facilitated over $1 million in new revenue within the first year. Her development experience encompasses organizations big and small, public and private and she is passionate about bringing values to life through philanthropy. Amanda received her BA in Sociology and Communications from Hofstra University and her MPA from Baruch College. Her greatest achievement and source of pride are her two children.

About Tourette Syndrome and Tics

Tourette Syndrome is part of a spectrum of hereditary, childhood-onset, neurodevelopmental conditions referred to as Tic Disorders. These conditions affect both children and adults, causing them to make sudden, uncontrollable movements and/or sounds called tics (e.g. head bobbing, arm jerking, shoulder shrugging and grunting). Non-tic features, such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning difficulties, often develop in affected individuals. Symptoms in Tic Disorders can range from mild to severe and, in some cases, can be self-injurious, debilitating and markedly reduce quality of life.

While some treatments are available for people with TS and other Tic Disorders, approaches to care are inconsistent, medications are often ineffective and there is no cure.

About the Tourette Association of America

Founded in 1972, the TAA is dedicated to making life better for all individuals affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. The premier nationwide organization serving this community, the Association works to raise awareness, advance research and provide on-going support. The TAA directs a network of 32 Chapters and support groups across the country. For more information on Tourette and Tic Disorders, call 1-888-4-TOURET and visit us at, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Honored as a National Treasure

National Trust for Historic Preservation Joins New Effort to Reimagine Home’s Future

Press Release – Washington, D.C. – The childhood home of Nina Simone, Civil Rights icon and revolutionary musician and singer, was named a National Treasure today by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust will bring its nearly 70 years of expertise to develop and implement a new use for this now-vacant and deteriorating yet nationally-significant property, purchased recently by four African American artists to maintain Simone’s legacy. This campaign will be undertaken through the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, an initiative with the Ford Foundation and actress Phylicia Rashad to uncover and uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community.

“Nina Simone’s distinctive voice and social critique in the mid-20th century was unlike anything America had ever heard before,” said Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “And while her musical and social justice legacy burns bright, her childhood home has been neglected. We’re delighted to work with the home’s new owners and the local community to chart a new future for the property that will honor her tremendous contributions to American society and inspire new generations of artists and activists to engage with her legacy.”

Born Eunice Waymon in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, it was here she taught herself the piano at age 3, performed in public for the first time at the neighborhood church where her mother preached, and where she experienced the constraints placed on black females in the rural Jim Crow South—a theme that would deeply inform her music and political activism. In recent years, the three-room, 660-square foot clapboard pier and beam house had fallen in disrepair. The vacant property was put on the market in 2016. Alarmed by the condition of the home and the risk of losing this connection to Nina Simone entirely, four African American visual artists—conceptual artist and painter Adam Pendleton, the sculptor and painter Rashid Johnson, the collagist and filmmaker Ellen Gallagher, and the abstract painter Julie Mehretu—purchased the property in 2017.

“Last year, my fellow artists and I felt an urgent need to rescue Nina Simone’s childhood home—a need sprung from a place of political activism as well as civic duty,” said artist Adam Pendleton. “A figure like Nina Simone—an African American woman from a small town in North Carolina who became the musical voice of the Civil Rights Movement—is extraordinarily relevant to artists working today. She constantly expressed her commitment to the democratic values our country espouses by demanding that we live up to them. We are honored to partner with the National Trust to further protect her legacy.”

Working in partnership with the property owners, the local community, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and World Monuments Fund, the National Trust will seek new protections, evaluate preservation needs, and conduct market and feasibility studies to develop a sustainable new use for the home that was once a symbol of Simone’s parents’ middle-class success.

“The artistic and social impacts of Nina Simone reach every corner of the world, and her birthplace is an important symbol of that legacy,” said Joshua David, president and CEO, World Monuments Fund. “We are proud to join forces with the National Trust and other partners to underscore the global cultural significance of the Nina Simone House and help ensure it can become a beacon for future generations.”

“Standing for something one believes in often requires great courage in the face of harsh criticism and judgement,” said her daughter, Lisa Simone. “My mother chose to be an outspoken warrior for that which she believed in. Her birthplace now being named a National Treasure is confirmation that no effort put forth, with true authenticity, goes unnoticed. As her only child, it brings me great joy to see my mother, Dr. Nina Simone, honored and remembered as mightily as she lived.”

The National Treasure dedication will be celebrated in Tryon, North Carolina on June 19, featuring guided tours of the home, remarks by representatives from the Trust and the ownership group, and culminating with a free live concert. More information can be found at:

To access the audio recording from today’s telepress conference, please go here.

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 2018 IWitness Video Challenge Winners

– Fifth Annual IWitness Video Challenge Inspires Students to Take Action to Counter Hate, Bias and Intolerance Nationwide –

Press Release – Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 18, 2018) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education – and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the winners of the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge. A group of Chicago, Ill. students have inspired their classmates and community to embrace each other’s unique differences, specifically as it relates to the challenges of American immigrant communities. This year’s first-place winners of the short video contest, which invited students to be inspired by testimony of survivors of genocides and mass atrocities to make a positive contribution to their communities, are FanXuan Peng, Israel Gomez, Jennifer Tegegne, and Yannie Wang of Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago Public Schools). The team will be generously donating their $5,000 grand prize to Northside’s “DREAMers & Allies Club” to be put towards educational initiatives and programming related to immigration.

Initiated by USC Shoah Foundation in 2013 and designed to provide actionable ways to promote empathy and empowerment while also challenging bias and intolerance, the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge encouraged students to make a change in communities nationwide. To participate in the contest, students first listened to the testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. They then completed a research-based and standards-aligned activity, which inspired the development of community action projects to counter hate. To enter the Challenge, students were required to document their experiences in video essays for submission. This year’s winning video essay starts with the testimonies of two Holocaust survivors, Herman Cohn and Liesl Loeb, who immigrated to the United States as children.

“Following our reflection on the IWitness testimonies, we were propelled to improve our school community by helping immigrants avoid experiencing fear and discrimination,” said FanXuan Peng, Northside College Prep student and IWitness Video Challenge winning team member. “The perception of America shouldn’t be of a divided country between natives and immigrants, but rather a melting pot where different ethnicities have endured some form of discrimination yet have thrived.”

After viewing the testimonies, FanXuan, Israel, Jennifer, and Yannie were inspired to create a project that brings awareness of the ongoing struggle immigrant students and their families face, and tackles the important topic of discrimination in modern society.

The winning “Stronger Than Hate” project showcases an “immigration timeline” that connects historical experiences of bias, intolerance, and marginalization from one community to another, with the overall goal of demonstrating how discrimination is a collective struggle rather than a personal one. The project ultimately underscores how impacted communities have managed to lead fulfilling and successful lives after migrating to the United States.

“The students from Northside focused on the timely subjects of immigration and discrimination with great sensitivity,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman. “I was particularly impressed with how inclusive their work was by demonstrating that any group can be marginalized.”

This year’s contest, the fifth annual, offers prizes for scholarships and additional money for educators and schools. In all, $10,000 in prizes are being awarded courtesy of Ford Motor Co., which sponsors the event as part of its commitment to innovative educational outreach. The contest was open to middle and high school students across the U.S. and in Canada, with the exception of Quebec.

Also helping to make this year’s challenge successful was the Institute’s partner Discovery Education, which administered the Challenge, and helped maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide.

In addition to splitting a $5,000 college scholarship, the winning students have secured a $2,500 grant for their school to be used to improve their community. Their teacher, Charles Milbert, will receive a $1,000 grant to help cultivate tolerance and empathy among the student body.

A $1,000 scholarship went to second-place winners Anthony McArdle, Kristian Morris, Shawnee Cranfill and Trenton Grace of Northern High School in Dillburg, Pa. (Northern York County School District). Their “Northern High School Pen Pal Project” aided students in leveraging the power of the pen to celebrate each other’s similarities instead of one another’s differences. After uniting project participants, students felt more connected and enjoyed getting to know students they otherwise may not have met. A $500 scholarship also went to Bernadette Carney, Emma Foursha, Kiera Songhurst, and Rebecca Bornstein from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Moorestown, N.J. for their project “Acceptance,” which encouraged students to anonymously reveal their struggles and work together to publicly accept and celebrate their differences.

“Discovery Education’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation connects students with powerful ways to promote equality and challenge bias through immersive, peer-to-peer educational experiences that motivate them to build a better future, said Discovery Education Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Lori McFarling. “We congratulate this year’s IWitness Video Challenge winners for underscoring that discrimination and intolerance is not a personal struggle, but rather a collective one, and we applaud their thoughtful approach to discouraging bigotry in all its forms.”

The contest is based on one the more than 200 activities found in IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s free educational website. The website brings the human stories from the Institute’s Visual History Archive – the world’s largest repository of testimony from survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides – to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia learning activities.

Last year’s winners inspired their fellow classmates to celebrate their diverse identities with a project called, “Who Are You? Embracing Identity in Our Community.” Previous winners wrote kind notes to every student in their school, while the first winner documented her determination to stand up for undocumented workers after being moved by testimonies of Holocaust survivors who described their struggles being undocumented immigrants themselves.

“I have observed growth, development and an enhanced understanding of the importance of human rights and advocacy after encouraging my students to participate in the IWitness Video Challenge,” said Karen Wells from Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. “For many students, participating in the experience is transformative and has proven to be a catalyst for stronger relationships within our school community.”

For more information, visit the IWitness Video Challenge website.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To read the full press release and for IWitness Video Challenge images, visit HERE.

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Dr. Mary Pulido Elected to National Board of The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

Pulido has served as President of APSAC’s New York State chapter since 2014 and as Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) since 2001

Press Release – New York, NY – June 12, 2018 – Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D., Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (The NYSPCC) and a tireless advocate for the rights of children, has been elected to the National Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She currently serves as President of the New York State chapter of the organization, in addition to her executive role at The NYSPCC.

“I am honored to join the dedicated children’s rights team on APSAC’s national board,” Dr. Pulido says. “This is a great opportunity to weigh in on national issues impacting child abuse treatment and prevention at an organization that works day and night to improve society’s response to the neglect of its children. Protecting children from harm is on all of us, and APSAC and The NYSPCC work tirelessly to right these unfathomable wrongs.”

ASPAC, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit, national organization focused on meeting the needs of professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families. The organization promotes effective interdisciplinary approaches to identification, intervention, treatment, and prevention of child maltreatment, and achieves its mission in a number of ways — most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasize theoretically sound, evidence-based principles.

As Executive Director at The NYSPCC, Dr. Pulido oversees all program activities, which include a variety of best-practice counseling, educational, and legal services. Established in 1875 as the first child protection agency in the world, The NYSPCC laid the groundwork and assumed the main role in the protective investigation, removal, and placement of abused and neglected children when no other organization was willing. Since its incorporation 140 years ago, The NYSPCC has investigated more than 650,000 cases on behalf of over 2,000,000 children. The NYSPCC has also educated over 50,000 professionals who work with children on how to identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Pulido has over three decades of practice addressing the needs of fragile families and abused and neglected children. She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Hunter College and in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. In 2010, Dr. Pulido was honored to be named “Outstanding Professional” by APSAC.

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SDSU, San Diego Zoo Partner to Study Impact of Coastal Toxins on California Condor

Despite successful conservation efforts at large, condors living along the coast are less successful than their inland cousins.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 12, 2018) – A portrait of a California condor, one of the world’s largest flying birds, hangs opposite the desk of Nathan Dodder. The image is a constant reminder of the threatened bird that the San Diego State University analytical chemist is working to help save.

Along with SDSU environmental scientist Eunha Hoh and colleagues at the San Diego Zoo, Dodder recently received funding from California Sea Grant to study environmental toxins found along the coast that could impact the condor’s reproductive success.

The California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is one of the most famous success stories in species conservation. By the late 1980s, condors’ eggshells had become dangerously thin, owing largely to human-caused factors. The agricultural pesticide DDT—now banned, but used widely for decades—as well as condors consuming animals that had been shot with lead pellets were leading causes for eggshell thinning. Once a common sight over California skies, the number of wild condors remaining dropped to just 22 in 1987.

That same year, a federally sponsored conservation program rounded up the remaining condors and began a captive breeding program headquartered San Diego Wild Animal Park (today known as the Safari Park) and the Los Angeles Zoo. As the condors bred, some were reintroduced into the wild. Most were released in California and Arizona, and a few were eventually released in Baja California, Mexico. Today, their numbers have rebounded to more than 440 known California condors in the wild or living in captivity.

In recent years, however, conservationists noticed a worrying trend: Condors living in coastal environments, such as near Big Sur, California, had fewer successful egg hatchings than condors living further inland.

“As many as 40 percent coastal-living California condor breeding pairs showed evidence of eggshell thinning,” Dodder explained.

Researchers have hypothesized that the coastal condors’ diet might partly explain why.

California condors are scavengers that primarily subsist on carrion, the decaying flesh of dead animals. For coastal condors, that means a large part of their diet is made up of dead marine mammals—sea lions, dolphins and seals, for examples—that wash ashore.

Because California’s coastal waters are a hot bed of environmental toxicity due to industrial runoff and wastewater and storm water discharge, these toxins build up in the food web and become concentrated in top predators like marine mammals. If the condors are ingesting dangerous, concentrated levels of environmental toxins in coastal carrion, researchers worry it could be the reason why coastal condors’ eggshells are thinner and their reproductive success is lower.

To find out whether that’s the case, Dodder and Hoh, along with San Diego Zoo conservationists Christopher Tubbs and Ignacio Vilchis are scanning the chemical compositions of dead marine mammals found up and down the California and Baja California coasts, looking specifically for high concentrations of contaminants known to be toxic. They will then compare those results to chemical analyses of blood sampled from dozens of California condors living in both inland and coastal environments, looking for tell-tale matches.

“We’re zeroing in on fewer than a dozen highly concentrated contaminants that are abundant in both marine mammals and condors,” Dodder said.

Early results point to one potential toxic troublemaker: a compound known as tris (4-chlorophenyl) methanol, or TCPM, that has been found in high concentrations in both marine mammal carcasses and condors. More research will be needed to determine whether TCPM is indeed playing a harmful role in condor reproduction, as well as what other contaminants might be involved.

The research is funded by a two-year, $257,000 grant from California Sea Grant, a program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The funding will also support training and research experience for an SDSU graduate student.

In addition to simply identifying harmful coastal contaminants that may be holding back California condor conservation efforts, researchers are also interested in whether Baja California should receive an increased share of the reintroduced condors. Less industrial hunting and agriculture occurs on the peninsula, explained Hoh, meaning condors there are probably exposed to less lead and pesticides.

“But because marine mammals migrate up and down the coast, a big unknown is whether the toxicity of marine mammals would be the same in Baja California as it is along the California coast, negating the other benefits,” Hoh said.

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Hatch Appoints Utahn Jeremy Keele to Commission on Social Impact Partnerships

Press Release – Washington, DC – Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the senior Republican and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, announced his decision to appoint Jeremy Keele of Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as a member of the Commission on Social Impact Partnerships. The commission, created by the Social Impact Partnership to Pay for Results Act (SIPPRA), was originally introduced in the Senate by Hatch and became law in February. The commission will assist the Treasury Secretary in supporting innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors to address critical social challenges.

“I’m thrilled to name Jeremy Keele to this commission,” Hatch said. “His wealth of experience will be invaluable to the Treasury Secretary and other commission members as they work to focus federal spending on programs that deliver real results for the people who need it most. As the former Sorenson Impact Center president and CEO and an advisor to Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Jeremy has helped to develop many early pay-for-results projects in Utah and around the globe. I know he will be a great asset to this commission, and he will represent Utah’s interests well. I’m glad he will be part of the team working to make sure this new law is a success.”

“I’m honored to be appointed to this commission, and I applaud Senator Hatch for his leadership on this important, bipartisan issue,” Keele said. “This new fund has the potential to help scale local programs that are measurably improving lives in communities around the country, and I look forward to serving in this role and furthering this work.”


SIPPRA supports innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors to address critical social challenges. This new law represents a major step toward focusing federal spending on social programs that produce results. Under this law, states will identify a key social challenge they want to address, work to achieve an agreed-upon result, and then receive payment if a rigorous, independent evaluation shows they achieved the outcome. A total of $100 million is provided for these projects, which can be used to pay states that achieve results, as well as to help states develop proposals for funding under this act.

SIPPRA creates a nine-member “Commission on Social Impact Partnerships” to assist the Treasury Secretary in administering this law, and individuals serving on this commission will assist the Secretary of the Treasury in reviewing applications for funding, make recommendations regarding funding of projects, and provide other assistance and support to the secretary related to this law.

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Inaugural Grunin Prize for Social Entrepreneurship Awarded at NYU Law

Press Release – NEW YORK, June 6—At a ceremony at NYU School of Law yesterday evening, a project submitted by the law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) was named winner of the inaugural Grunin Prize for social entrepreneurship. The prize recognizes the variety and impact of lawyers’ participation in the ways in which business, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, is increasingly advancing the goals of sustainability and human development. The award ceremony took place at the 2018 conference of NYU Law’s Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, co-organized with the Impact Investing Legal Working Group.

The winning project is a new investment product called “Performance Aligned Stock.” Designed to create an equity structure for socially responsible enterprises, Performance Aligned Stock allows investment without entrepreneurs being forced into an untimely exit, thereby preserving their company’s impact mission. WBD has already closed a Performance Aligned Stock transaction on behalf of Relevée, a woman-run artisanal jewelry manufacturer in India that uses ethically sourced gems and precious metals and employs women as artisans and goldsmiths, paying them a transformative middle-class wage. Members of the Grunin Prize-winning team are WBD attorneys Pamela Rothenberg, Alex Park, and Howard Solodky, Director of Impact Strategies Mark Newberg, and Ron Boehm from Boma Investments, John Berger from Relevee and Andy Lower from ADAP Capital. More information about the project and the team is available on WBD’s website.

Established in 2017 with a generous endowment from NYU Law graduates Jay Grunin ’67 and Linda Kalmanowitz Grunin ’67, and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, the Grunin Center is dedicated to accelerating the effective participation and enhancing the community of lawyers and legal institutions engaged in social entrepreneurship and impact investing. The Center does this through education, knowledge dissemination, and field-building collaborations, and it partners with Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs.

“More than two years ago, when Linda and I first proposed to NYU Law the idea of a Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, little did we comprehend the magnitude of lawyer involvement in this space,” Jay Grunin said. “Their worldwide contributions in both the public and private arenas, as so demonstrably shown in the process of selecting the winner of this year’s inaugural Grunin Prize from such an astonishing list of nominees, more than reaffirms the need for an international Center of this kind and makes us very proud to be able to say that we were present at the creation.” The Grunin Foundation is dedicated to increasing community involvement and economic development opportunities through the arts, healthcare, and education.

“An extraordinary legal community of practice is emerging in the fields of social entrepreneurship and impact investing as evident by our six Grunin Prize finalists,” said Deborah Burand, associate professor of clinical law and co-director of the Grunin Center. “The award of the Grunin Prize celebrates a remarkable achievement that members of this legal community are making toward developing innovative, scalable, and social entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”

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