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Poetry Foundation Announces Kristen Tracy Winner of 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award

Award recognizes an American poet who is at least forty years of age

Press Release – CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to announce that poet Kristen Tracy has won the 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award for her manuscript Half-Hazard. The occasional prize (last awarded in 2012) is designed to recognize an American poet at least 40-years-old who has yet to publish a first collection of poetry. Tracy’s manuscript Half-Hazard, which was previously a finalist for the Yale Younger Poet Prize and a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award and Sarabande Books’ Kathryn A. Morton Prize, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2018. Tracy will be honored at the Pegasus Awards ceremony at the Poetry Foundation on June 12.

Kristen Tracy grew up in a small Mormon farming community in Idaho. She earned an MA in American Literature from Brigham Young University, an MFA from Vermont College, and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University. Her poems have appeared in more than two dozen literary journals.

“The Poetry Foundation is proud to recognize Kristen Tracy, whose manuscript was selected from more than one thousand submissions to this year’s Emily Dickinson First Book Award contest, and to partner with Graywolf Press in publishing these distinctive poems,” said Poetry Foundation President Henry Bienen.

In describing Half-Hazard, Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, noted that it is “full of warnings and dangers, as well as wry observations, and also full of a kind of joy made sweeter by its being earned, lived, and perceived.” Shotts continued, “It’s a great honor for Graywolf to publish Tracy’s unusual and accomplished debut through our ongoing collaboration with the Poetry Foundation and the Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Discovering important new voices is at the heart of this award and the missions of both the Press and the Foundation.”

Tracy’s book, Half-Hazard, is scheduled to be published by Graywolf Press in fall of 2018. The Poetry Foundation will release a press announcement upon publication.

Student Startups Pitch For $100,000 In Capital At VentureCat Competition

Northwestern’s best, brightest and most promising student startups to compete May 24

  • Winning team will take home $35,000 in prize money “with no strings attached” 
  • 25 semifinalist teams participating in four-week pitch prep program
  • Students benefit from “system of controlled chaos” and entrepreneurial ecosystem at Northwestern

Press Release – EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern University VentureCat, the annual competition that brings together the best, brightest and most-promising student-founded startups from across the University, will take place May 24 on the Evanston campus.

“Unlike many other similar competitions, the prize money at VentureCat is non-dilutive capital, meaning there is no equity taken nor any strings attached,” said Melissa Kaufman, executive director of The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation.

Northwestern’s most promising student startup teams will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges, clearly articulating problems they are solving and their solutions. They also need to prove they have assembled the right team and have a clear go-to-market strategy. The winning team will take home $35,000 in non-dilutive prize money.

New this year, all 25 semifinalist teams are participating in a four-week-long semifinalist pitch prep program. The program includes: pitch coaching from University faculty and staff, advice from industry experts and professional graphic design support. This will level the playing field, allowing undergraduates, graduates and Ph.D. students to compete on equal footing. (See the VentureCat feature page with a video clip of The Garage’s Melissa Kaufman, offering top tips to semifinalists.)

Keynote speakers

This year’s keynote speakers are Nathan Cooper and Rebecca Sholiton, who won third place in the competition last year for Eat Pakd, a company that creates fresh, custom lunches for children and adults, delivered directly to their homes.

Eat Pakd was built at Northwestern while Cooper and Sholiton were students at the Kellogg School of Management. As student entrepreneurs, they grew their venture and incubated their startup at The Garage. Eat Pakd has since grown into a successful Chicago-based startup, offering weekly delivery of wholesome meals.

VentureCat and Chicago landscape difference compared with Silicon Valley

VentureCat also is distinguished by its organization of competitors in industry-specific tracks, which leverages the rich expertise of distinct schools from across the University in both graduate and undergraduate programs.

“Northwestern student startups span many different industries, as exemplified in VentureCat’s six distinct tracks,” Kaufman said. “Chicago, like Northwestern, thrives in a number of industries. There are also many students building physical products, whereas in Silicon Valley a lot of startups are pure software. This speaks to Chicago’s strong manufacturing roots and the evolution of new product-focused spaces like mHUB. Chicago is well positioned to thrive at the intersection of software and hardware, which has been discussed in the media lately as the “Chicago Maker-Entrepreneur.”

“A system of controlled chaos” at Northwestern

VentureCat is a coordinated effort with the Kellogg School of Management, The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurial Law Center, The Garage and the Innovation and New Ventures Office (INVO). Faculty, staff and students from across the University also contribute as event organizers, volunteers and pitch coaches.

VentureCat and The Garage were developed to allow for “a system of controlled chaos,” said Alicia Löffler, executive director of INVO. They capture the projects and startups that rise to the top, showcasing nearly all the promising student ventures that may one day change the world.

“Students play a central role in our strategy to support a vibrant and distinctive entrepreneurial ecosystem,” Löffler said.

VentureCat is a game changer

For Alexei Mlodinow, a member of the SurgiNet team that competed last year, VentureCat was a game changer.

“Not only did the format force the story to be sharper for future investor presentations, it provided an early bonus of non-dilutive capital at a time when I hadn’t even finished the MBA program,” he said. “That helped us get up and running in the summer and contributed to the development of the product that is now finished and ready for preclinical trials starting next month.”

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Cherie Raymond of Amida Care Named ACAP Making a Difference Award Honorable Mention Winner for Transgender Health Care Coordination

Press Release – New York, NY — The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) named Ms. Cherie Raymond, RN and Manager of Medicaid Clinical Services at Amida Care, a 2017 Making a Difference Award Honorable Mention winner. The Making a Difference Award recognizes employees who exceed the norm in service related to advocacy, care, access, and the public good for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the vulnerable populations that these programs serve. Amida Care nominated Ms. Raymond for the award in recognition of her efforts that make a difference in the quality of life for Amida Care’s transgender members.

Ms. Raymond assists Amida Care’s members of transgender experience and their health care providers in navigating the process of gender-affirming care and surgery. Over 400 of Amida Care’s members are transgender, representing close to 7 percent of Amida Care’s total membership. Ms. Raymond’s member care coordination helps support each member’s unique health needs and goals, which includes working to address non-medical needs that may impact their health, such as housing and legal concerns. Her compassionate care coordination, cultural sensitivity, and understanding of the gender transition and gender-affirming surgery processes has enabled over 175 of Amida Care’s transgender members to receive this life-affirming care.

“Cherie Raymond stands out as a shining example of what we strive for at Amida Care: providing high quality, personalized care and going above and beyond for our members,” said Doug Wirth, President and CEO of Amida Care. “Her extraordinary service to our members of transgender experience is helping them to live their best, most authentic lives.”

“Ms. Raymond’s work to improve access to health care for transgender individuals represents the best the safety net has to offer. Amida Care’s transgender health program is a leading, widely recognized example in our industry. We couldn’t be happier to recognize Ms. Raymond’s work,” said ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray.

Ms. Raymond helped Amida Care develop NYS Medicaid compliant procedures after New York began to cover gender-affirming surgery as a benefit under Medicaid in 2015. She maintains close working relationships with Amida Care’s network of providers, from primary care and behavioral health to surgeons and post-surgery care providers. Ms. Raymond has been a registered nurse for 38 years and has delivered care all over the world, including as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique.

The transgender community is disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, with transgender women 49 times more likely to be infected with HIV compared to the general population. Ensuring that members of the transgender community who are living with HIV have access to health care gives them the chance to become virally suppressed. This makes it possible for them to live longer, healthier lives and much less likely to transmit HIV to others, which is critical to New York State’s goal of Ending AIDS as an Epidemic by the year 2020.

Brisa Guajardo, Business Development Manager for Community Health Plan of Washington, was recognized as the winner of ACAP’s 2017 Making a Difference Award. For more information, visit ACAP’s website at

Nepal Disaster Relief Shifts Focus To Long-Term Development

Projects Abroad achieves goals set for urgent disaster relief efforts in the wake of the 2015 earthquakes

Projects Abroad staff and volunteers, along with members of the Nepal Youth Foundation, welcome students and teachers to their new classroom

Press Release – NEW YORK – May 16, 2017 – The 8.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th 2015 is fixed in the memories of Nepalese people. The quake and subsequent aftershocks left devastation and a heavily scarred landscape in its wake. Everyone in Nepal was affected: vital infrastructure was destroyed, entire villages were flattened, and more than three million people were left homeless.

This level of destruction had an especially significant impact on Nepal’s children. In addition to the personal losses many suffered, the destruction and damage of schools and classrooms meant that children could not return to school, putting their education and futures in jeopardy. In the weeks following the earthquake, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad called for volunteers to support Nepal, and the Disaster Relief Project was launched in June 2015.

The primary goal of the Disaster Relief Project was to rebuild classrooms so that children could resume their education in a safe environment. Projects Abroad is extremely proud to announce that with the help of 500 volunteers from around the world, the organization achieved this goal within just 20 months.

“If we look at the numbers,” says Georgiana Poparad, Operations Manager in Nepal for Projects Abroad, “a total of 96 classrooms were built in the past twenty months. This means that our volunteers helped more than 2000 children continue their education in a place of safety. This is an incredible achievement and would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Projects Abroad volunteers. We were also able to extend our aid to more schools in the Kathmandu Valley thanks to our partnership with the Nepal Youth Foundation in mid-2016.”

In the wake of the earthquakes, the Projects Abroad Disaster Relief Project addressed immediate needs in Nepal. Now that the situation is no longer critical and the project has accomplished what Projects Abroad set out to do and benefitted thousands of children, it has been closed. As has been done in many other countries, Projects Abroad will now open a General Building Project in Nepal, which will continue the work of the Disaster Relief project, but will now focus on medium and long-term goals to support education in Nepal.

The work done on this project is important and will focus on assisting children whose education remains adversely affected by the earthquakes. “Without the assistance of Projects Abroad volunteers and staff, it will be years – possibly even decades – before all schools affected by the earthquake are rebuilt,” says Poparad. “Projects Abroad has worked in Nepal for years, and our projects have always addressed the needs of local communities and implemented vital support structures. Our new project will do the same and we will continue to support the people of Nepal in any way we can.”

Volunteers participating in the General Building Project in Nepal get involved with all aspects of construction, from digging foundations to plastering and painting. No previous experience is required as volunteers work under the supervision of an engineer, sub-engineer and a mason. The project is available year-round. For more information, please visit

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at

Stem-Cell Transplants Show Limited Benefit for Double-Hit Lymphoma Patients in Remission

Penn Study finds therapy does not make relapse less likely

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – Patients with double hit lymphoma (DHL) who undergo autologous stem-cell transplantation (autoSCT) after achieving remission are not more likely to remain in remission or live longer than patients who do not undergo autoSCT, according to a new analysis from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The study looked at long term outcomes for patients who achieved remission and, in most cases, found no clear benefit to the transplant, except potentially in patients who received standard front-line chemotherapy, who were less likely to remain in remission than those patients receiving intensive front-line chemotherapy. The findings are published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

DHL is a form of aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma characterized by genetic alterations that drive the lymphoma’s growth. This variant is associated with a poor prognosis as compared to other forms of aggressive B cell lymphomas, as patients with this disease survive only an average of two years after diagnosis. Relapses of this disease are almost always fatal, meaning that keeping patients in remission is crucial.

“A major dilemma for oncologists who treat this disease was whether or not to recommend the potentially harmful therapy of autoSCT to patients with this disease a strategy to help keep them in remission,” said Daniel J. Landsburg, MD, an assistant professor of Hematology Oncology at Penn and the study’s lead author.

Landsburg and his team looked at data on 159 patients from 19 different academic medical centers across the United States. Patients were diagnosed between 2006 and 2015, and all achieved remission following intensive front-line chemotherapy or the standard chemotherapy regimen containing rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP). Of the total patients, 62 underwent an autoSCT, while 97 did not. Landsburg noted that there were no significant differences between the patient groups at baseline.

“Our result is not explained by differences in patients’ overall health or disease features,” Landsburg said. “The transplant and non-transplant arms of this study were very well-matched.”

Overall, 80 percent of the patients were still in remission three years later, and 87 percent were still alive. When researchers broke the patients into two groups, autoSCT and no autoSCT, they found 89 percent of autoSCT patients were still in remission at three years, as were 75 percent of patients who did not receive an autoSCT. Also at three years, 91 percent of autoSCT patients were still alive, compared to 85 percent of non-autoSCT patients. None of these differences were found to be statistically significant.

“Once these patients achieve remission, the data show they are likely to stay in remission,” Landsburg said. “In the absence of a large randomized controlled trial, which would be very challenging to carry out in this case, this is the best evidence we have, and it shows there’s no clear benefit to these patients undergoing autoSCT.”

Landsburg did point to one exception in the data, and that was in patients who underwent RCHOP, the standard front-line chemotherapy regimen. Just 56 percent of them were still in remission at three years, far lower than patients who received the more intensive front-line therapies.

“Even if patients do go into remission with RCHOP, it appears to be less durable, so in these cases, going forward with autoSCT may still make sense,” Landsburg said.

Landsburg says the next step will be to study features of patients who don’t go into remission in order to understand why their disease is resistant to therapy and if that can be overcome with different treatment strategies. He says it’s also important to try to find more effective therapies for DHL patients who relapse.

Sally Roush Appointed Interim President of San Diego State University

Press Release – (May 15, 2017) – California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White has appointed Sally Roush as interim president of San Diego State University (SDSU). Roush will begin in her position on July 1, 2017, and serve in that capacity until a new president, selected by the CSU Board of Trustees, arrives in early summer 2018.

White visited SDSU in late March to listen to campus, faculty, student and community leaders about the skills and experiences they prioritized for the interim appointee. The feedback was instrumental in guiding the selection of Roush for the interim appointment.

“I am delighted that Sally Roush has accepted my invitation to provide leadership, as she possesses the key attributes identified during my recent visit,” said White. “During a long and distinguished career of serving SDSU, including 19 years as a senior vice president, Sally always demonstrated passion and dedication for the university mission. She brings deep understanding of the academic excellence and administrative functions of the university, and I have full confidence in her ability to promote the standard of excellence SDSU has achieved under President Hirshman.”

“My time at SDSU was the highlight of my professional career,” said Roush. “I am excited to re-engage with faculty, staff, students and all members of the campus community as we work together to serve the San Diego and Imperial Valley Region.”

Adam Day, vice chair of the CSU Board of Trustees who will also lead the search for the next campus president on behalf of the trustees, applauded her appointment.

“Sally Roush has all the requisite skills, knowledge, experience and SDSU values to guide the university during the opportunities and challenges of the interim period. I couldn’t be more pleased about her selection,” said Day.

Long-time members of the SDSU campus community will be familiar with Roush who served in various capacities at the university for 31 years. Roush initially joined SDSU in 1982 as director of personnel services and held that position until 1994 when she was promoted to the position of senior vice president for business and financial affairs.

In that role, Roush had oversight over the university’s budget and financial operations, intercollegiate athletics, real estate management and development, human resources, public safety and information technology, among other areas. She served as senior vice president until her retirement from the university in 2013. Roush also led the steering committee for SDSU’s strategic plan “Building on Excellence” which will be in its final year when Roush assumes the interim role.

After retiring from SDSU, Roush was tapped to serve as interim vice chancellor/chief financial officer for the CSU Office of the Chancellor from January through April 2014. Roush has also served as a special consultant at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Sonoma State campuses.

She has remained an active part of the campus community, including advising on issues such as physical enhancements of the campus.

In March, SDSU’s current president, Elliot Hirshman, announced that after six years he would be leaving the university on July 1 after accepting the position of president at Stevenson University in Maryland.

Sessions Abandons Smart on Crime Initiative

Press Release – Statement by Casey Harden, Interim CEO of YWCA USA

“The directive issued today by Attorney General Sessions abandoning the Smart on Crime Initiative is yet another step backward for justice and community safety. For too many years, tough on crime policies, the imposition of mandatory minimum sentences, and decisions by prosecutors to charge low-level, non-violent drug offenders with crimes that carry the highest possible sentence contributed to the mass incarceration of people of color that plagues our nation. A clear consensus exists that locking up non-violent offenders undermines public safety, while at the same time negatively impacting families and communities—all at a high cost to taxpayers. While much of the public focus has been on men of color, women of color also experience the devastating impact of these ineffective policies.

“Today’s decision will not make our communities safer. Attorney General Sessions is making a mistake and communities of color will pay the highest price.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families each year. Learn more:

SDSU’s Class of 2017 Ready to Graduate

San Diego State University will celebrate commencement May 12-14 for more than 10,000 graduates.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (May 11, 2017) — More than 10,000 San Diego State University degree candidates have the opportunity to participate in the university’s commencement ceremonies this weekend.

SDSU will host seven separate ceremonies from May 12-14 at Viejas Arena and one ceremony on May 11 at its Imperial Valley campus.

“Commencement is the highlight of our year,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “We are proud of our graduates and all they have accomplished here at SDSU. Now they join our over 300,000 alumni who are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. We look forward to seeing how they use their education to improve our region and our broader society.”

The College of Sciences will hold the largest ceremony, honoring 1,778 degree candidates. The College of Engineering will have the most intimate ceremony, awarding 849 degrees.

Standout Students

Among the standout students from this year’s graduating class is Anachristina Morino, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering on Saturday before becoming a full-time avionic systems integration and test engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Political Science graduate Courtney Dickson, who will accept her degree on Friday during the College of Arts & Letters ceremony, will work as an intern for the U.S. State Department this summer before attending law school in Washington D.C.

On Saturday, Christopher James Walker, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, will receive his bachelor’s degree in social work with an emphasis on youth development and mentoring. In the fall, he’ll pursue his master’s degree in social work.

Commencement schedule

Thursday, May 11
Imperial Valley Campus, 7 p.m., Rollie Carrillo Quad

Friday, May 12
College of Arts and Letters, 10 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Sciences, 3 p.m., Viejas Arena

Saturday, May 13
Fowler College of Business, 8 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Health and Human Services, 1 p.m., Viejas Arena
College of Engineering, 5:30 p.m., Viejas Arena

Sunday, May 14
College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, 9 a.m., Viejas Arena
College of Education and Division of Undergraduate Studies, 2 p.m., Viejas Arena

Each ceremony will be broadcasted online. Please visit SDSU’s Commencement website for additional information.

Parking and traffic information

SDSU will provide courtesy parking during commencement ceremonies at all main parking structures and lots. Campus visitors should be advised that the university expects Viejas Arena to reach its 12,414-person capacity during several ceremonies and alternate modes of transportation to campus are encouraged.

Honorary doctorates

Three distinguished SDSU alumni will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from SDSU during the 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Andrea Skorepa (’71) will receive an honorary doctorate from the College of Arts and Letters at its May 12 commencement ceremony. Harold Brown (’59) will be recognized at the Fowler College of Business commencement ceremony on May 13, and Jack McGrory (’76) will be honored at the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts commencement ceremony on May 14.

SDSU has conferred more than 45 honorary degrees since 1963, when President John F. Kennedy received the first, a Doctor of Laws degree.

Top 10 degrees

The most popular degrees among this year’s graduates represent a wide variety of academic disciplines on campus. Here are the top 10 degrees of 2017:

No. 1: B.A., Psychology
No. 2: B.S., Criminal Justice
No. 3: B.S., Business Administration – Finance
No. 4: B.S., Kinesiology – Pre-Physical Therapy
No. 5: B.S., Business Administration – Marketing
No. 6: B.S., Business Administration – Accounting
No. 7: B.S., Mechanical Engineering
No. 8: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies
No. 9: B.A., Economics
No. 10: B.A., Communication (Liberal Arts)

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution that provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its more than 36,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, internships and mentoring, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

Hollywood Stars Come Together To Have Fun And Change Lives In NBC’s ‘Red Nose Day Special’ May 25, Capping Off Night Of Special Programming

Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Patrick Dempsey, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Paul Rudd and Dax Shepard Join Entertainment Event to Help Children in Need, Along With “This Is Us” Cast Members Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones

Paul Rudd Visits Rural Maine While Julia Roberts Visits Africa to Show How Children’s Lives Can be Changed and Saved by Red Nose Day Funds
Viewers Will Be Entertained and Invited to Make a Real Difference by Watching and Donating During Three-Hour Entertainment Event — “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” at 8 p.m., “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” at 9 p.m. and “The Red Nose Day Special” at 10 p.m.

Press Release – UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 11, 2017 — A star-studded cast of Hollywood favorites are coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives in “The Red Nose Day Special,” airing Thursday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. The one-hour television event, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York City in support of the Red Nose Day charity campaign.

Stars joining the special include Ben Affleck, Jack Black, Orlando Bloom, Yvette Nicole Brown, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bear Grylls, Mark Hamill, Matt Iseman, DJ Khaled, Paul Rudd and Dax Shepard. The cast of NBC’s critically acclaimed drama “This Is Us” — Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson and Ron Cephas Jones — are also appearing in NBC’s third annual special to benefit Red Nose Day, which uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for kids most in need in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world.

Paul Rudd will make an appeals trip to a rural area of Maine that has been hit hard by recession. He’ll show why donations are so urgently needed and spotlight the critical programs relying on Red Nose Day funds to keep children healthy, safe and ensure they don’t go hungry.

As previously announced, Julia Roberts will spotlight the challenges faced by many children internationally as she travels to Nairobi, Kenya to visit an overcrowded hospital full of serious illnesses, most of which are entirely preventable with vaccines that cost as little as $5.

The special will also feature “Red Nose Day Actually,” the much-anticipated reunion sequel to “Love Actually,” catching up with cast members from the beloved holiday film. Previously announced cast members reprising their roles include Rowan Atkinson, Marcus Brigstocke, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Laura Linney, Martine McCutcheon, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy and Olivia Olson. Patrick Dempsey will play a new character joining the short film from “Love Actually” writer/director and Red Nose Day founder Richard Curtis.

NBC is celebrating Red Nose Day with an entire evening of special programming to support the cause, starting with “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day” at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a special 9 p.m. episode of “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” with Julia Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC’s third annual “The Red Nose Day Special” at 10 p.m. Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference and keeping kids safe, healthy and educated.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced this week that it will match up to $1 million in donations made to Red Nose Day in the U.S. using Facebook’s charitable giving tools — enabling people to double the impact of their contribution.

Red Nose Day launched in America in 2015 and, with generous support from millions of Americans, hundreds of celebrities and many outstanding partners, has raised more than $60 million in its first two years in the U.S. People across the country are encouraged to support the cause by coming together and wearing their Red Noses, organizing fundraising events, and watching and donating during the night of Red Nose Day programming on NBC. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses are on sale now exclusively at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide.

For more information, visit the Red Nose Day website at

Follow @RedNoseDayUSA on Twitter and Instagram, and on Facebook at

IWMF Names Winners of the 2017 Courage in Journalism Award and Lifetime Achievement Award

NPR’s Deborah Amos, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell among Honorees

Press Release – [WASHINGTON, DC, May 11, 2017]: — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is recognizing four outstanding woman journalists as winners of its annual Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards. Courage in Journalism Award honorees include Deborah Amos (USA), Middle East reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) News; Saniya Toiken (Kazakhstan), a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; and Hadeel al-Yamani (Yemen), the first woman to become an Al Jazeera Arabic (AJA) television correspondent in Yemen. Andrea Mitchell, a leading reporter at NBC News for nearly 40 years, who currently serves as the network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, will be recognized with the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“This year’s awardees are working in countries that largely go unreported in the United States. Often at great risk, they have managed to bring to light some of the most important global stories of our times while facing immense personal hardship and, frequently, intense threats to their personal safety,” said the IWMF’s Executive Director, Elisa Lees Muñoz. She added, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be recognizing their commitment to press freedom and the pursuit of the truth through our annual Awards.” Winners were announced at a private ceremony in Los Angeles on May 9.

Now in its 28th year, the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards celebrate women journalists who set themselves apart through extraordinary bravery. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors one woman who has set new standards for journalists and encourages future generations of reporters to find their voices. These winners join the recently named honorees of the IWMF’s 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards – Stephanie Sinclair, Louisa Gouliamaki and Nicole Tung – in demonstrating the capacity, perseverance, and empathy women journalists bring to their craft – and the barriers they must overcome along the way.

Courage in Journalism Award Winners

Deborah Amos | USA

Middle East Correspondent, NPR News; Twitter @deborahamos

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News; her reports can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. A seasoned journalist with nearly 40 years of experience working from conflict zones, Amos covered such world-changing events as the Tiananmen Square massacre, the first Gulf War, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the “Arab Spring” series of popular revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. She witnessed the successful revolution in Eastern Europe amid the fall of the Soviet Union. Amos has reported on an ongoing basis from Syria, covering the country’s violent and protracted crisis. She has worked from numerous front lines; she was kidnapped in Somalia and detained in the Balkans and Iran, among other dangers.

Saniya Toiken | Kazakhstan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Saniya Toiken is a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Kazakhstan, where journalists are routinely threatened, beaten, or killed because of their work. Toiken has been reporting on workers’ rights, government corruption, and a variety of social and political stories in Kazakhstan and across the Central Asian states, where dictatorial regimes do everything to silence independent media. Toiken has been repeatedly harassed and threatened for her work. She has been a target of government scrutiny since at least 2010, when she was run off the road after traveling to cover oil and gas workers’ rights. In 2012, Toiken was evicted from her apartment due to false claims made against her in retaliation for reporting on Kazakh security authorities. Her family and friends have also been harassed.

Hadeel al-Yamani | Yemen

Al Jazeera Arabic

Hadeel al-Yamani is the first woman to become an Al Jazeera Arabic (AJA) television correspondent in Yemen, a country that routinely ranks in the bottom tier for women’s rights around the world. What makes this even more remarkable is the fact that al-Yamani came into her own as journalist during a period of extreme upheaval, as she works from the front lines of Yemen’s brutal conflict. She is always the only woman present, microphone in hand, wearing body armor that covers her abaya and hijab as she brings news to the world of a crisis that is often forgotten. In this grueling and dangerous job, al-Yamani covers the humanitarian issues that affect Yemen’s most vulnerable. As al-Yamani has become more accepted as a war correspondent in Yemen, she has paved the way for other women journalists in the country to make their voices heard.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Andrea Mitchell | USA

Chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC News, Twitter @mitchellreports

Andrea Mitchell has been a leading reporter at NBC News for nearly 40 years, and is currently the network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports”. She has extensive experience as a political reporter, and as a lead correspondent for numerous presidential campaigns and administrations, including seven presidents. Mitchell has closely covered the complex U.S.-Cuban relationship for decades and led network coverage of the historic thaw with the island country, beginning in 2014. Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC News have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti. Among her many accolades, she has been honored with the Matrix Award, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Leonard Zeidenberg Award.

About the Courage in Journalism Awards (Link)

Since its inception in 1990, IWMF has honored more than 100 women journalists from 56 countries as part of its Courage in Journalism Awards program. The 2017 award winners will be recognized in person at ceremonies to be emceed by Cynthia McFadden (NBC News) and Norah O’Donnell (CBS News) in New York on October 18, 2017; by Judy Woodruff (PBS NewsHour) in Washington, DC on October 23, 2017; and by Willow Bay (USC Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication) in Los Angeles on October 25, 2017.

Funds raised at the events sustain IWMF programs and grants that empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry, including direct support for the IWMF’s Emergency Fund, which supports female journalists in crisis.

More information on the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards and a complete list of past winners can be found here. Follow event announcements on social media via #IWMFcourage.

About the IWMF

Since 1990, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) has worked to unleash the potential of women journalists as champions of press freedom to transform the global news media. We seek to ensure that women journalists worldwide are fully supported, protected, recognized and rewarded for their vital contributions at all levels of the news media. As a result, consumers will increase their demand for news with a diversity of voices, stories and perspectives as a cornerstone of democracy and free expression. Through our programs and grants, we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

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