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Monthly Archives: July 2016

$130M in Research Grants and Contracts for SDSU

2015-16 was a banner year for external research funding.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 25, 2016) — Although research funding across the country is slowly beginning to rebound from a recession-borne slump, the grant environment remains highly competitive. Despite this, San Diego State University faculty continues to win significant research funding. For the 2015-16 fiscal year, SDSU secured $130 million in public and private funding, up from $120.6 million the previous fiscal year.

Faculty and staff won 707 awards last year, which fund faculty and student research, department projects and other university initiatives.

Some of the largest and most notable awards from last year include funds to support updated infrastructure for health disparities research into San Diego’s communities and beyond ($10 million endowment over 20 years); awards to look for early developmental signatures of autism in the brain ($2 million over five years); and awards to explore how the molecular properties of RNA could lead to new antibiotics ($2 million over five years).

“Funding for research and creative endeavors provides our community with opportunities to address pressing societal challenges, deepen scholarly inquiry and enrich our students’ educational and professional experiences,” said SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. “I am extraordinarily proud of the successes of our faculty, staff and students who are competing nationally to bring essential resources to our campus and our region.”

Major funders included governmental organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the California Department of Health Services and the Department of Defense, as well as non-governmental organizations such as the Price Family Charitable Fund, the Institute of International Education and the Family Resource Center Network of California.

In addition to supporting the university’s research and educational activities, the significant funding from these agencies and organizations will play a key role in SDSU’s aspiration to become a top-50 public research institution. Above all, though, the grant-winning success is a recognition of the faculty’s high caliber of expertise and creativity, said Stephen Welter, SDSU’s vice president for research and dean of graduate affairs

“This rise in funding is a reflection of the tremendous efforts of our faculty who are making important discoveries and developing real-world applications for these research advancements,” he said. “SDSU continues to make investments in research and creative activities so that our students are challenged and society is served.”

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 35,000 students. The university offers bachelor’s degrees in 94 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, 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

Nonprofit Camfed Makes Rapid Progress Toward Goal to Educate 1 Million More Girls by 2020

Release of impact numbers showcases Camfed’s success toward 

Press Release – San Francisco, CA – July 25, 2016 – Success can be counted many ways. One of those ways is by adding up the numbers to mark an impact or change. For Camfed, the Campaign for Female Education, the numbers are extraordinary.

Camfed has released their Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for 2015, detailing its continued growth and influence in the five Sub-Saharan countries in which they operate: Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Today, Camfed announced that they are not only on track to reach their initial goal, but more than a third of the way to the final total.

“Nothing is more important than unleashing the power of girls and young women through education,” said Lucy Lake, CEO of Camfed.

In late 2014, Camfed pledged, as part of the CHARGE (Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education) Initiative, to put one million more girls in Sub-Saharan Africa through secondary school by 2020. CHARGE is co-led by No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project and the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution. This pledge also coincides with the UN Global Goals on ending poverty and fighting injustice and inequality by 2030.

On track for its CHARGE pledge, Camfed surpassed their 2015 goal by more than 42 percent, totaling 389,793 girls supported to date under the commitment. Camfed’s growth and impact is being multiplied by CAMA, the organization’s 55,358 member-strong alumnae network. In line with Camfed’s goal to create a sustainable model of opportunity and community support, CAMA and community partners supported more than 60% of these girls.

“Camfed has been a leader in girls’ education and equality for more than 23 years”, said Lake. “We take our role seriously by putting our hearts and experience together for the service of girls and women. We’ve seen that providing girls with the education and skills they need, empowering them and to succeed, and to in turn support their communities, creates astounding returns on investment.”

Camfed’s programs have been recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale. Last month, Camfed Founder and President Ann Cotton spoke on a panel about global education at the White Summit on The United State of Women, declaring that, “it is our responsibility to ensure that every single girl goes to school.”

Just this month, Camfed was recognized as a Top 500 World NGO by NGO Advisor. And earlier this year, Financial Force awarded Camfed for its use of technology to keep girls in school. Their remote and mobile technology has allowed the organization to not only track a girl’s journey through school, but to also ensure she is attending class, receiving her entitlements, and is getting involved with ‘give-back’ activities. These activities include becoming a Learner Guide, alumnae who go back to help teach and mentor in the communities where they were supported through school.

Again, the numbers tell the tale. Highlights from Camfed’s KPI impact in 2015 include:

  • School population benefiting from an improved learning environment:
    • 2,548,225 in 2015 / Cumulative total since 1993: 3,989,299
  • Number of girls and vulnerable boys supported to go to school:
    • 538,782 in 2015 / Cumulative total: 1,958,060
  • Number of children supported by CAMA and community activities:
    • 376,226 or 123,379 in 2015 / Cumulative total: 628,261
  • Businesses set up by young women:
    • 1,980 in 2015 / Cumulative total 14,812
  • Number of government partner schools
    • 5,306 in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Camfed expects to surpass their goal of supporting one million more girls through secondary school by 2020, and CAMA membership is projected to grow to more than 130,000 by 2019, further expanding the network of young women making a positive impact on the world around them.

About Camfed

Camfed is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Camfed invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantage, and where their education has transformative potential. Camfed not only supports girls and young women through school, but also on to new lives as entrepreneurs and community leaders. To complete the “virtuous cycle,” and create sustainable change, graduating students become CAMA alumnae, many of whom return to school to train and mentor new generations of students. Since 1993, Camfed’s innovative community-led education programs have benefited nearly 4 million children in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi. In 2014, Camfed was recognized by the OECD for best practice in taking development innovation to scale.

STUDY: Math Scores Improve When Teachers Are Given High-Quality Lesson Plans & Support

Gold-Standard Study From 100Kin10 and University of Chicago’s Urban Education Lab of Mathalicious Finds Cost-Effective Solution to Improving Teacher Quality, Student Outcomes

Press Release – New York — A new quantitative study finds that providing middle school math teachers with access to high-quality lesson plans and support can significantly impact student performance and teacher effectiveness. The study suggests that real-world, inquiry-based lessons paired with additional supports can elevate student outcomes at a fraction of the cost of most interventions aimed at improving teacher quality. The research was made possible by 100Kin10’s competitive randomized control trial opportunity, with a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York and conducted by the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Lab, with teaching materials designed by Mathalicious.

“There is a dearth of evidence about the most effective—and cost effective—ways to prepare and support STEM teachers,” said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, executive director and co-founder of 100Kin10. “Through a diverse suite of learning-oriented efforts, ranging from rigorous ‘gold-standard’ randomized control trials to faster-paced action research opportunities like Networked Improvement Communities, 100Kin10 is working with our network of best-in-class partners to identify and build evidence for the most promising approaches to developing excellent STEM teachers. Because we’re a highly connected network, we are then positioned to seamlessly and quickly share that knowledge with other relevant organizations.” Founded in 2011 following a call-to-action in President Obama’s State of the Union, 100Kin10 seeks to train and retain 100,000 new, excellent teachers of science, technology, engineering and math by 2021.

The study, Simplifying Teaching: A Field Experiment with Online “Off-the-Shelf” Lessons, was published this month in the National Bureau of Economic Research. It is the outcome of 100Kin10’s Research Design Competition, in which the Urban Education Lab partners with members of 100Kin10’s network of 280+ organizations to generate deep data about the most effective teacher-focused STEM education interventions, including evidence concerning for whom those interventions work, where, and why.

According to the Urban Education Lab, test scores improved on average 8.5% of a standard deviation, equivalent to reducing class size by 15% or moving a statistically average teacher into the 80th percentile. Instructors who struggle to improve student performance experienced the greatest impact on student outcomes. The study additionally found that lesson plan access and support improved student perceptions of their teachers’ instruction abilities.

“A well-designed lesson is one of the most powerful tools we have for helping teachers succeed,” said Karim Ani, founder of Mathalicious. “When teachers are supported with excellent lessons, they can focus on cultivating deeper learning among their students.” Mathalicious develops lessons for grades 6-12 in which students apply mathematical thinking to explore real-world questions. “We’re thrilled to see that teaching even a small number of Mathalicious lessons has such a powerful impact on teaching and learning, and we’re grateful to have been a part of such a rigorous study with the University of Chicago and 100Kin10.”

The study randomly assigned over 350 teachers in three VA school districts to three groups: teachers who had access to Mathalicious lesson plans only, teachers who had access to Mathalicious lesson plans and were also invited to participate in an online community that offered lesson specific support and encouraged usage, and a control group that had access to neither. Each lesson is intended to span two to four instructional days and each revolves around a guiding question (e.g. “How is wealth distributed…and how should it be?”). Teachers were provided seven lesson plans and on average implemented two or three, demonstrating impact with just a handful of lessons.

“Finding low-cost ways of boosting teacher performance and student achievement has been an enormous challenge for schools across the country,” said Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the Urban Education Lab. “This study suggests some additional resources and supports we can offer teachers in order to deliver the best educational experience possible to young people.”

“We want to foster open, experimental thinking for organizations trying to prepare and support teachers. From this study we can see that there are low-cost, effective approaches to improving instructional outcomes.” said Milgrom-Elcott.

Click here for an overview of the study.

Click here for the full NBER working paper, Simplifying Teaching: A Field Experiment with Online “Off-the-Shelf” Lessons.

Strategic Program Boosts Young Alumni Gifts, Ongoing Donations for North Carolina Central University

Press Release – DURHAM, N.C. – Increased young alumni engagement, along with a successful Every Eagle. Every Year. campaign, helped North Carolina Central University (NCCU) broaden its fundraising footprint over the past 12 months.

The university gained 555 new alumni donors, bringing the total to 3,401 alumni contributing $2,431,616 for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2016. The overall fundraising total, including gifts from corporations and philanthropic grants, was $7 million received by 6,610 donors – exceeding the campaign’s $6.5 million goal.

“North Carolina Central University’s alumni are proud and generous supporters of their alma mater,” said Dr. Debra Saunders-White, NCCU Chancellor. “They acknowledge that the NCCU experience is value added to their lives, and we are appreciative of their financial support. Our Institutional Advancement team, under the leadership of Dr. Harriet F. Davis, has done a great job in securing $7 million this year in gifts.”

Many of the new donors are relatively recent graduates, with alumni graduating in 2000 or later comprising nearly 20 percent of all contributors, according to the Division of Institutional Advancement.

NCCU alumni have responded generously to the ongoing Every Eagle. Every Year. campaign, as well to online affinity giving initiatives that take note of past participation in campus programs, such as Greek-letter organizations, academic honors, student government, colleges and schools and others.

“We recognize 2015-2016 as a year in which we turned in a solid fundraising performance and built a foundation for even greater achievements in the years to come,” Vice Chancellor Davis said.

North Carolina Central University prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Flagship programs include the sciences, technology, nursing, education, law, business and the arts. Founded in 1910 as a liberal arts college for African-Americans, NCCU remains committed to diversity in higher education. Our alumni excel in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit

Henry Schein Donates Medical Supplies In Support of Free Oral Cancer Screening Events throughout the United States

Company’s Donation to Support 77 Screening Events in 2016 and 2017 by the Oral Cancer Foundation

Press Release – MELVILLE, N.Y., July 25, 2016 – Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced today that it is donating more than $10,000 in medical supplies to the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) in support of 77 free oral cancer screening events being held throughout the United States in 2016 and 2017. Each OCF-hosted event aims to boost awareness of the disease and increase early detection.

The Company’s donation of gauze, tongue depressors, and disposable dental mirrors, facemasks, and gloves is an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global corporate social responsibility program, and continues the Company’s support of OCF’s screening events. OCF hosts the events in a range of locations, including pharmacy parking lots, health fairs, farmer’s markets, colleges, and OCF Walk/Run for Awareness events.

“The health of our mouths greatly impacts our ability to eat and drink, communicate thoughts and ideas, and express feelings for loved ones,” said Brian Hill, Founder of the Oral Cancer Foundation. “When cancer affects our mouths, it does more than take away these everyday functions, it too often takes our lives. Our screening events are designed to identify signs of oral cancer before it ever gets that far, and we thank Henry Schein for this generous donation and its continued support of oral cancer awareness and early detection efforts.”

The donation comes at a time when nearly 500,000 people worldwide are diagnosed annually with oral and oropharyngeal cancer, according to data from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s Globocan 2000 database and the World Health Organization’s Mortality Database. Of that number, between one-third and one-half lose their lives annually while many more suffer from the complications of treatment. Despite the easy accessibility to these body sites by health care providers and the overall impact early detection can have on a person’s overall health, more than two-thirds of these patients are diagnosed in advanced stages where the cancer has already spread to regional lymph nodes or beyond.

“Regular oral cancer screening events raise awareness and enhance early detection and prevention efforts, which are critical to reducing the disease’s incidence and impact,” said Steven W. Kess, Vice President of Global Professional Relations at Henry Schein. “Oral cancer is a stark reminder of the vital importance of good oral health in relation to a person’s overall health, and that’s why Henry Schein is pleased to support the Oral Cancer Foundation.”

Henry Schein’s donation continues the Company’s long-standing commitment to exploring ways of reducing the disease’s global impact. Earlier this year, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, Inc.—an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded by the Company to foster, support, and promote dental, medical, and animal health by helping to increase access to care in communities around the world—funded the Global Oral Cancer Forum. The Forum gathered many of the world’s foremost experts on oral cancer, as well as clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists, activists, public health experts, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders who are working to understand how to reduce the global oral cancer burden.

About Henry Schein Cares

Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog:

About Henry Schein, Inc.

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs nearly 19,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.

The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 110,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company’s sales reached a record $10.6 billion in 2015, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at, and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

American Residential Services Helps Women with Special Needs Feel Beautiful with National Dress Drive

ARS donates $1,000 to Best Buddies Tennessee

Press Release – MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 15, 2016 — Women and girls with special needs will attend special events in their dream dresses thanks to American Residential Services (ARS), a privately-held, Memphis based, national provider of air conditioning, heating and plumbing services. Employees from 12 service centers across the country collected more than 200 dresses in the company’s first dress drive that ended in July 2016. The dresses were donated to several organizations dedicated to helping those with special needs including, Best Buddies Tennessee, the Miss Amazing Pageant, A Night to Remember Prom, The Arc of Central Texas, and Fantastic Friends.

In addition to donating more than 80 dresses to Best Buddies Tennessee, ARS executives presented Best Buddies Area Director Kristin Litvin with a $1000 at a special ceremony at ARS headquarters. The funds are to help support the organizations efforts in the Memphis area. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual disabilities. At Best Buddy Prom, every Buddy Pair across Tennessee gets the five-star treatment and the special guests are celebrated the whole night.

“After participating in the Night to Shine Prom hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation this year, we saw a real need in this community. Our team went to work immediately, and the response was incredible,” said Chris Mellon, CMO and senior vice president of marketing at ARS. “Giving back to the communities where we work and live is a key part of our mission.”

The goal of the ARS dress drive was to decrease the pressure of finding that special dress so each woman can shine and focus on being a queen on their special night. ARS employees in Tennessee, California, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, and Texas donated gently used garments from their own closets as well as dresses donated from friends and family.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation from ARS. Your donation will change lives for people with intellectual disabilities throughout the Mid-South,” said Kristin Litvin, area director, Best Buddies, Memphis. “We cannot create meaningful change without companies like ARS, who work so closely with organizations like ours.”

The remaining 120 dresses were sent to organizations throughout the country. In California, dresses were donated to A Night to Remember Prom in San Diego. It is an elegant prom experience for people with special needs. Each guest selects a dress six weeks before the event, giving volunteers time to make alterations. On the day of the event, each guest receives a makeover and a limousine ride with their host-partner to the venue where they walk down a 250 ft. red carpet with hundreds of paparazzi and fans waiting for them to sign autographs before they enter the dance.

“We appreciate ARS employees for donating dresses to A Night to Remember Prom for students with special needs. These dresses are going to make our honored guests feel like princesses on their special Prom night,” said Cheryl Shields, founder and director of a Night to Remember Prom. “We appreciate businesses, like ARS/Rescue Rooter, for partnering with us to help make dreams come true.”

UN: Narrow National Self-Interest Must Not Scupper Ban Ki-moon’s Initiative to End Refugee Crisis

  • UN talks under way to agree a Global Compact on Refugees by 2018
  • Just one week left before game-changing proposal is locked in ahead of September Summit
  • A strong outcome would give fresh hope to 20 million refugees worldwide
  • States risk historic failure by sacrificing refugees’ rights for national self-interest

With just under a week to go, a group of unlikely bedfellows including Australia, China, Egypt, India, Russia, Pakistan and the UK, among others, risk bulldozing through the only worldwide effort under way to provide concrete action to deal with the global refugee crisis affecting 20 million people, warned Amnesty International today.

By the end of July, United Nations (UN) member states meeting in New York plan to finalize the text of an agreement towards a Global Compact on Refugees to tackle the current crisis and deal with similar emergencies in future. In the coming days, states have a final chance to change their positions before an outcome document is locked in for adoption at a UN Summit in September.

“As time runs out to finalize what could and should be a game-changing agreement, so much hangs in the balance. Millions of refugees around the world are in desperate need – 86% live in low and middle-income countries often ill-equipped to host them, while many of the world’s wealthiest states host the fewest and do the least. This situation is inherently unfair,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“With more than 150 heads of state and government due to gather at the UN in September to lay the foundations for a new global framework to address this refugee crisis, we should be on the cusp of a historic breakthrough. What looms instead is possibly a shameful historic failure, with some states sacrificing refugees’ rights for selfish national interests.

“But there is still time to step back from the precipice. Together with our millions of supporters around the world, Amnesty International will let our leaders know we won’t accept failure.”

Since November 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been calling for a new approach to large movements of refugees and migrants. In May 2016 he set out some proposals in a report to the General Assembly, including for internationally agreed Compacts on refugees and migrants. A final plan will be signed off in the coming week before being adopted on 19 September, at the UN General Assembly’s first-ever high-level summit on refugees and migrants, billed as “a historic opportunity to come up with a blueprint for a better international response”.

A cornerstone of the new deal is global responsibility sharing – no country should have to take on more than its fair share and all states should recognize their common legally binding responsibilities to fulfill the human rights of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to war or persecution. But instead of responsibility sharing many states are continuing to indulge in short-sighted, and ultimately self-defeating, responsibility shifting.

Amnesty International has proposed a five-point plan for UN member states to share responsibility for hosting and assisting refugees equitably – according to their GDP, unemployment and other objective criteria.

However, governments appear to be on the cusp of rejecting the summit’s responsibility-sharing aims for a variety of reasons. Even the phrase “responsibility-sharing” is in jeopardy. And the Compact on refugees will now be deferred for two years because some states insist on giving it absolute parity with a Compact on migration.

All these excuses boil down to a lack of political will; a willingness to tolerate the entirely preventable suffering of millions of people, to keep building fences and to carry on with business as usual.

“The time for business as usual is over. With wealthy countries not doing nearly enough to host and assist refugees, the responsibility-sharing at the root of the Global Compact is an idea whose time has come. Rich and influential countries must stop making excuses and pull their weight,” said Salil Shetty.

“The international community has come together in the past to respond to refugee crises and the UN has in recent times agreed solutions to equally wide-ranging global challenges. A concrete mechanism to share responsibility could save millions from misery and death by drowning or disease, offering refugees real, safe and legal escape routes from war and persecution.”


The Political Declaration due to be agreed in September and the Global Compact on Refugee Responsibility Sharing which would follow in 2018 would not replace the existing protection framework enshrined in the 1951 Refugee Convention and its accompanying 1967 Protocol. Instead, they aim to build on these norms by creating a durable system for dealing with long-term refugee flows and periodic surges.

Amnesty International has long lobbied governments around the world to do more to share responsibility to fulfill refugees’ rights, and will be launching a groundbreaking global campaign on the refugee crisis in September.

The organization’s members and supporters worldwide will continue to lobby their governments to support fair and genuine responsibility-sharing that gives refugees a real chance at starting a new life in safety and dignity.

KCETLink Media Group Receives Three Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

KCET’s and LinkTV’s ARTBOUND Garners Two

KCET’s SOCAL CONNECTED Wins Best Informational Series

Press Release – Burbank, Calif. – July 23, 2016 – KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network, which includes both Southern California’s KCET public television service as well as the Link TV national satellite network, announced today that it has received three awards at the 68th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards. The awards include Best Informational Series (More Than 50% Remote) or KCET’S acclaimed news program SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET and Link TV’s shared series ARTBOUND for the ARTS category, as well as Feature Segment. The 68th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards were announced on Saturday, July 23 at the newly opened Saban Media Center at the Television Academy in North Hollywood.

The 68th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for KCETLink Media Group include:


  • SoCal Connected
    Linda Burns, Senior Producer; Alicia Clark, Segment Producer; Conor Knighton, Reporter; Cara Santa Maria, Reporter; Robert J. McDonnell, Associate Producer; Lata Pandya, Segment Producer; Derrick Shore, Producer, Reporter; Val Zavala, Anchor, Executive Producer


  • Artbound – “Borderlands
    Matthew Crotty, Producer; Juan Devis, Executive Producer; Bruce Dickson, Producer; Drew Tewksbury, Co-Producer
  • Artbound – “The Star Apartments
    Matthew Crotty, Producer; Juan Devis, Executive Producer


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit or Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Hulu, Apple TV, and Roku platforms.

Award-Winning Composer Presents Nordic Noir La: A Benefit Concert for Friends of Griffith Park

Danish Composer Jacob Groth brings the best of Nordic culture to LA’s famed Greek Theatre

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – July 22, 2016 – On September 25, renowned film composer Jacob Groth (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson) and the Danish Film Harmonics Orchestra will perform at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre along with other surprise guests, as part of Nordic Noir LA: A Benefit Concert for Friends of Griffith Park.

Produced by Groth, a leader in composing scores for the crime fiction drama genre Nordic Noir, the concert will feature a unique experience that shares the best of Nordic culture with the Los Angeles community including delectable cuisine, captivating visual art, surprise live performances and more!

Attendees can expect to be taken on a sonic journey across the stylishly dark genre with never-before-heard renditions from lauded scores like, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the TV series; ‘Dead Man Down’, ‘Unforgettable’ and ‘Skintrade’ among others. The Nordic Noir sound is defined by beautiful esoteric moods and tones cultivated through the evocative use of dark orchestral sounds and gripping music.

As a passionate supporter of urban wildlife and Griffith Park in particular, which he calls home several months a year, Groth took the initiative to create an event that leverages his musical talents and connections to benefit the local park and its inhabitants. With the Greek Theatre being located in middle of Griffith Park, there was no question that he had found the perfect setting for the altruistic endeavor.

“Performing my film-music at The Greek Theatre in Griffith Park is a dream come true for me,” says the celebrated composer. “The idea of combining this artistic vision with my passion for supporting urban wildlife and Griffith Park has been in my mind for a while now. Once I met with the Friends of Griffith Park team I knew we could make it happen and I’m extremely happy that it has finally become a reality!”

Friends of Griffith Park a non-profit 501(c)(3) is a charitable organization that promotes the enlightened stewardship of Griffith Park so it can survive beyond the 21st century. It works tirelessly to champion wildlife connectivity in fragmented habitats. Friends of Griffith Park’s mission is to conserve its essence and­ its irreplaceable environment and the history it enfolds.

“We are thrilled to join forces with world-class talent Jacob Groth for this incredible benefit concert,” says Gerry Hans, President of Friends of Griffith Park. “We hope this incredible night of music and culture will inspire and incite others to join our cause and become more active caretakers of our beloved park and its endangered biodiversity.”

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. The Greek Theatre is located at 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles CA 90027. Regular admission tickets are available for $40 – $85 each and VIP tickets are available at $200 per pair. Our VIP guests will enjoy complimentary Nordic cuisine and beverages at a VIP reception.

Wildlife supporters, music fans and local residents are all invited to come and enjoy a spectacular night of culture, music, education and fun! The event is sponsored by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), National Wildlife Foundation, Danish Arts Council, KODA (Danish Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Living Out Loud Magazine, Musik Forlaegerne, DJBFA and ROSA (Musical-political organization that supports Danish music through grants from the Music Act) and The Greek theatre.


Danish composer Jacob Groth is the music mastermind behind “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, ”The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” and “The Girl Who Played With Fire”, the critically acclaimed movies of The Millennium Trilogy, based upon the world wide bestselling crime novels by Swedish writer, Stieg Larsson. With the release of the Millennium movies Groth successfully transitioned from the intimacy of the Nordic film and TV screen to the international cinematic scope. In Hollywood Jacob released the feature film “Dead Man Down” as well as 33 episodes of CBS network TV series “Unforgettable.”

Groth is a five-time EMMY winner; a recipient of the ASCAP Award in 2012 for best score (“Unforgettable” – Sony), and has received numerous other accolades. His music exudes a special haunting atmosphere that captivates audiences on and off the screen. Jacob Groth’s scores are rich in Nordic cool and full of melodic grace and alluring enigmas.

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National Philanthropic Trust Donors Recommend $626 Million in Grants to Charities since July 2015

26,168 Grants from NPT Donor-Advised Fund Accounts to 10,897 Charities around the Globe

Press Release – JENKINTOWN, PA – National Philanthropic Trust (NPT), the largest national, independent donor-advised fund sponsor in the US, issued 26,168 donor-recommended grants totaling more than $626 million in mission-critical funding to charities in fiscal year 2016.

“NPT and our donors have been supporting charities of all sizes and missions for 20 years,” said Eileen Heisman, president and CEO of National Philanthropic Trust, which marked its 20th anniversary on July 10, 2016. “Over the past fiscal year, our donors recommended grants that furthered pediatric cancer research, supported employment opportunities for our nation’s veterans, built a no-kill animal shelter and improved access to clean water in developing countries. We are proud to partner with inspiring and innovative donors, their families, corporations and others to tackle major challenges around the globe.”

From July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, NPT donors supported 10,897 US and internationally-based charities with 26,168 grants totaling $626 million.

NPT ranks as one of the Top 25 largest grantmaking institutions in the US and accepts a wide range of assets as charitable donations. In the last 20 years, NPT has raised more than $6.2 billion in liquid and illiquid asset charitable contributions and has made more than 148,000 grants exceeding $3.6 billion to charities.

About National Philanthropic Trust

Founded in 1996, NPT is the largest national, independent charitable sponsor of donor-advised funds and ranks as one of the Top 25 largest grantmaking institutions in the US. NPT currently manages $2.9 billion in charitable assets. NPT is the trustee of NPT Charitable Asset Trust which specializes in converting illiquid donations like appreciated securities, real estate and art into mission critical charitable funding; Every November, NPT publishes the Donor-Advised Fund Report, the industry’s authority on the state of DAF giving. Earlier in 2016, NPT launched, the most comprehensive digital exhibition detailing the last 500 years in philanthropy. Visit for more.

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