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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Innocence Project Welcomes Former Police Commissioner and U.S. Attorney to its Board of Directors

Press Release – (New York, NY; January 30, 2017) – The Innocence Project welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Charles Ramsey, the recently retired Philadelphia Police Commissioner; and Audrey Strauss, formerly a U.S. Attorney and Chief Legal Officer for Alcoa, Inc.

“The Innocence Project is excited to have Ms. Strauss and Commissioner Ramsey join its board,” said Innocence Project Executive Director Madeline deLone. “Having served as the chief of two of the nation’s largest police forces, Commissioner Ramsey brings decades of invaluable experience in policing. Ms. Strauss is a long-term Innocence Project supporter who distinguished herself as a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and as an executive and Chief Legal Officer for Alcoa Inc. We are fortunate to have such talent and experience particularly as we expand our efforts to collaborate with law enforcement on adopting science and data-driven reforms to protect the innocent.”

Audrey Strauss recently retired as the Chief Legal Officer of Alcoa, Inc. where she also served as a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership team that sets strategic direction for the company. A former senior litigation partner at the law firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver and Jacobson, she also served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as chief appellate attorney, supervising the office’s criminal appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. and as Chief of the Fraud Unit. A graduate of Columbia Law School, her work has been recognized by the Federal Bar Council, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and previously served as a trustee and vice president of the Federal Bar Council. Ms. Strauss is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Lawyers’ Committee of the Innocence Project.

Charles Ramsey is the recently retired police commissioner in Philadelphia, where he served 8 years. He also served as the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for 9 years after a 30-year career with the Chicago Police Department. He was the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which was created by President Obama to strengthen community policing and trust among law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. Commissioner Ramsey was also president of both Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), an independent research organization that focuses on critical issues in policing and recommends best practices to advance professionalism in policing. While police commissioner in Philadelphia, he took steps to implement best practices to help minimize wrongful convictions.

The Innocence Project, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. It was founded by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld in 1992 as a student clinic at Cardozo School of Law. In 2004, the Innocence Project became an independent nonprofit (still closely affiliated with Cardozo). Its 18-member Board of Directors oversees a staff of approximately 80 full-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $13 million, plus additional millions in donated legal services.

To date, 349 people nationwide have been exonerated through DNA testing. The Innocence Project, which has assisted in nearly 200 exonerations and has helped to pass over a hundred laws to uncover wrongful convictions and protect the innocent.

Parliament Calls for Universal Rejection of Trump Censorship

A Public Statement from David F. Hales, Trustee of the Parliament and Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions Climate Action Task Force

Press Release – CHICAGO, IL, USA – JANUARY 27, 2017 – The Parliament of the World’s Religions, in its continuing commitment to address issues of environmental degradation and climate change, expresses its urgent concern about reports that the new United States Administration is curtailing the free flow of scientific information and restricting the related exchange of ideas on these crucial problems.

History is replete with examples of those who have attempted in vain to deny scientific facts and restrict access to scientific knowledge in order to achieve their own political agenda.

Now, the United States of America is undergoing such a time when its new President, Donald Trump, ​seems to deny the reality of human-caused climate change, while ​seeking to suppress information and research on ​the consequences of climate change for humanity and the quality of life on earth. ​There also appear to be systematic attempts to intimidate those with whom the Administration disagrees and to stifle scientific research and knowledge which is demonstrably in the interest of the public.

In light of these alarming developments, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, in keeping with its 2015 Declaration on Climate Change, concludes that it is our religious and moral imperative to oppose any actions to censor or repress scientific research, knowledge and facts. We urge religious leaders and people of all spiritual orientations to join us in strongly opposing any efforts to curtail active, peer-reviewed research or any effort to restrict access to sound science.

We call for all executive orders, White House directives and Congressional actions that will repress science, control knowledge and disrupt the free flow of public information on climate change and related data to be rescinded, and we call upon the United States Congress to enact policies that guarantee the freedom of research, and its dissemination, on these issues.

The Parliament welcomes the support of religious leaders, spiritual communities, and all those who are moved by the following guiding words from our Interfaith Call to Action on Climate Change:

  • We are profoundly interconnected with nature, on which we depend for our existence.
  • We must respect and care for nature and all life.
  • We assert and defend the dignity and rights of every human being.
  • We must provide for the needs and well-being of all people.
  • We must act with love and compassion and for justice and fairness.
  • We are morally responsible for our chosen actions.
  • We have duties to future generations, who will bear the consequences of our action or inaction.

We, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, commit ourselves to take action and to act together, as one human community.

IRC: Decision to Suspend U.S. Refugee Resettlement is Hasty and Harmful

New Administration Should Quickly Engage to Understand Already-Strong U.S. Vetting Process

The IRC Will Continue to Provide Resettlement Support to Refugees Admitted to the United States and Humanitarian Aid to Those Who Remain Displaced in War Zones

Press Release – NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, D.C., January 27, 2017 – The International Rescue Committee (IRC) called today’s suspension of the U.S. resettlement program a “harmful and hasty” decision that would impact thousands of innocent people – mostly women and children – awaiting resettlement to the United States. This decision stalls refugees and displaced people worldwide hoping to resettle and rebuild their lives in a new country.

“America has the strongest, most successful resettlement program in the world,” said IRC President and CEO David Miliband. “Certified by successive administrations, the U.S. resettlement program makes it harder to get to the United States as a refugee than any other route. This is one of many reasons to deplore the hasty decision made today.”

The IRC encouraged the Administration to quickly engage with the real expertise in agencies like the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase their knowledge of the current resettlement vetting process, and to better understand who refugees are. Decisions regarding any new procedures should then be made based on those experts’ advice and information gathered.

“In truth, refugees are fleeing terror – they are not terrorists,” said Miliband. “And at a time when there are more refugees than ever, America must remain true to its core values. America must remain a beacon of hope.”

Before resettling to the United States, refugees undergo an in-depth process that includes up to 36 months of vetting – including biometric screening – by 12 to 15 government agencies. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence partners have a long history of safeguarding the integrity of the resettlement program, including regular reviews of protocols.

The IRC said that it will continue to provide of refugees of all faiths and nationalities with resettlement support in the United States and critical humanitarian relief in countries where the ban will take hold.

“This is no time for America to turn its back on people ready to become patriotic Americans,” said Miliband. “We call on the Administration to rethink this move and to emulate the support and generosity shown by Americans in the 29 U.S. communities in which we work.”

The Sufferfest Announces Premiere Sponsorship of Homestretch Foundation

Creator of Acclaimed Indoor Cycling Training App to Provide Athletes with Free Motor Pacing

Press Release – SINGAPORE – Jan. 23, 2016 – The Sufferfest, creator of the world’s most comprehensive indoor cycling app and training videos for individual and group use, announced today their premiere sponsorship with the Homestretch Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Tucson, Ariz., that provides free housing and training support for female cyclists, helping to relieve the financial burden that many athletes face.

“The Sufferfest has always been a tremendous supporter of women’s cycling and we strongly believe in The Homestretch Foundation’s mission,” said David McQuillen, The Sufferfest CEO. “The organization is about facilitating change, promoting equality and empowering women in the cycling community. We’re proud to be a part of that movement.”

The Homestretch Foundation was founded in 2016 by former pro cyclist, Kathryn Bertine.

Bertine saw a need to help other women cyclists achieve equality in the sport. The Homestretch Foundation provides free housing for up to ten female professional endurance athletes from December through May. Thanks to The Sufferfest, athletes will now receive free, weekly motorpacing sessions, a key element pro riders use to build race fitness, but which is often out of reach because of the cost. The Sufferfest also provides all Homestretch Foundation athletes with unlimited use of The Sufferfest Training Centre App.

Throughout the rest of the year, the foundation works to eradicate salary inequity – not just in sports, but in every occupation. Their ultimate goal is to help reduce the immediate living expenses of female athletes who have reached the same level as their male counterparts.

“We are incredibly grateful for The Sufferfest in helping our athletes take advantage of motorpacing, which is not only a key component to training, but suffering in its purest form,” said Bertine. “Since The Sufferfest has come on board to support equality for female cyclists, it has been a win-win situation for everyone in our sport.”

To learn more about The Sufferfest and its premiere sponsorship with The Homestretch Foundation, please visit or listen to the Sufferfest podcast, ‘Everybody Hurts’ and the interview with Kathryn Bertine here:

About The Sufferfest

The Sufferfest creates the world’s most comprehensive training platform for endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts, whether at home or in one of the 125 licensed Sufferlandrian Embassies located worldwide. The Sufferfest app provides access to 37 Sufferfest videos, featuring officially licensed footage from professional races like the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and UCI World Championships, 20 yoga videos, 10 training plans and the ability to connect devices like heart rate monitors, power meters and smart trainers. For further information please visit

LEED Double Platinum for SDSU Student Union

The Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union has been certified as one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the world.

Press Release – SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2017) — San Diego State University’s Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union has achieved LEED Double Platinum status, joining an elite group of energy-efficient buildings. The recognition is shared by fewer than two dozen facilities around the world. The newly earned LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance comes just two years after the student union earned LEED Platinum status for new construction.

LEED is a third-party certification for “green” buildings and stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. In order to qualify for certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, each project must follow strict LEED guidelines.

The U.S. Green Building Council lauded SDSU for a long list of items including the university’s commitment to installing energy-efficient devices and materials, using water-saving equipment and providing an overall sustainable site.

“The Aztec Student Union’s LEED Double Platinum award is a testament to what can be accomplished when students, faculty and staff work together to create a more just and sustainable future,” said Shelah Ott, Green Love commissioner for Associated Students. “This recognition isn’t just about our university or its people, it’s about using our collective voice to make the world a more habitable place for generations to come.”

The student union, which was completed in 2014, features a “green roof” that helps reflect sunlight and heat away from the building; high-efficiency LED bulbs, which contribute to saving nearly 40,000 kWh per year; solar panels, which generate nearly 16 percent of the energy the student union uses; and low-flow faucets and toilets that use 40 percent less water than what is outlined in the LEED baseline.

“SDSU is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with a sustainable place to work and study,” said Tom McCarron, vice president for business and financial affairs. “The energy-efficient upgrades and improvements in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union preserve natural resources and lower the running costs of the facility.”

A number of SDSU buildings have achieved LEED certifications in recent years. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center became the first in 2013, and was soon followed by the Children’s Center, Storm and Nasatir Halls, Zura Hall, as well as the Aztec Recreation Center.

Several other campus buildings, both under construction and existing, are currently pursuing LEED certification, including the Viejas Arena, South Campus Plaza, and the Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex.

Associated Students is on target to receive LEED certification for all of its facilities by 2020.

“LEED Double Platinum is a significant recognition of the hard work and student leadership of Associated Students,” said Stephanie Dathe, director of the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. “Our facility is now one of only a handful of buildings in the world that have achieved this level of environmental sustainability.”

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

Winners of CARE’s Scale X Design Challenge Awarded $450,000 to Scale Up Solutions to Poverty

The competition, the culmination of CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator, aims to close the gap between innovation and impact

Press Release – BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Jan. 27, 2017) — The global humanitarian organization CARE last night awarded three $150,000 grants to winners of the inaugural Scale X Design Challenge, a first-of-its-kind competition designed to help proven poverty-fighting interventions scale up fast.

The winners are:

  • Mobile Application to Secure Tenure (MAST) shortens the time, reduces the cost and simplifies the process for individuals claiming their land rights in Tanzania.
  • Krishi Utsho is a micro-franchise network of small kiosks that sell agricultural supplies and services to small-holder farmers, particularly women, in rural Bangladesh.
  • CHAT! uses technology to promote health education among women factory workers in urban Cambodia.

The challenge is the pinnacle of CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator, which combines mentorship, workshops and investment to close the gap between innovation and impact in order to transform the lives of exponentially more people, faster.

“The global community has made great strides over the past couple of decades in cutting extreme poverty by half,” said Michelle Nunn, CARE president and CEO. “But it’s not nearly enough. If an innovation is breakthrough in its ability to help people lift themselves out of poverty, we want to replicate that success across entire countries, regions and, in some cases, the world. But you can’t just wave a magic want and say ‘scale.’ It takes great forethought, intention and investment. In other words, scale comes by design. And that’s what Scale X Design is about.”

Leading social entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives and development practitioners convened at New Lab in Brooklyn, N.Y., for collaborative workshops and a final “Pitch Night,” — moderated by Fast Company staff writer J.J. McCorvey — where teams presented their ideas to a panel of expert judges and an audience, both virtual and actual. Judging the competition were Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO, FEED, which creates products that engage consumers in the fight against world hunger; David Belt, co-founder and CEO, New Lab, a multidisciplinary design and technology center; and Dr. Hazem Fahmy, country director for CARE in Egypt. But they weren’t the only ones judging. CARE broadcast “Pitch Night” via Facebook Live, offering viewers a chance to participate by voting online for their own favorite program.

Whatever the favorites, all teams shared a common goal: to accelerate their program’s impact in a world that, despite significant gains over the past 25 years, finds more than 800 million people in extreme poverty.

Representing 30 countries, from Uganda and Malawi to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the first Accelerator cohort of 15 teams competed first in Atlanta — home to CARE’s headquarters — where judges selected five teams to advance to the Challenge in New York. In addition to the winners, the two other finalists were: Journeys of Transformation, which empowers couples in Rwanda to improve communication, positively transform the balance of power between husbands and wives, and reduce the incidents of intimate partner violence; and Chomoka, which digitizes the CARE Village Savings & Loan Association model through a mobile app that allows VSLA members in Tanzania to access formal banking services, manage their account and gain advisory support.

“CARE was founded on an innovation — the original CARE Package that delivered life-saving food and supplies to World War II survivors — so it makes sense that, more than 70 years later, we showcase innovation as key to deepening our impact today,” said Dar Vanderbeck, CARE’s chief innovation officer and leader of the Accelerator initiative “We are inspired and motivated by the results and overall experience of Scale X Design, and we feel it addresses a significant problem in the humanitarian and development sector — long years and even decades it takes effective programs to reach scale.”

Although the first Scale X Design Accelerator and Challenge featured only CARE projects, the long-term vision is to engage a wide range of participants in order to elevate and fund the development sector’s most promising, proven programs, regardless of who has designed and implemented them. The private sector uses accelerators to move ideas to meaningful scale quickly. CARE has adopted this method – like human-centered design, prototyping and lean startup techniques – to more rapidly scale up existing programs that are already successful, but that lack the means to grow exponentially.

About CARE

Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That’s why women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education and health, create economic opportunity, respond to emergencies and confront hunger. Last year CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world. To learn more, visit

About the Scale X Design Accelerator

CARE’s Scale X Design Accelerator is a first-of-its-kind platform that draws on private sector examples to rapidly design, test and learn, iterate and implement the most promising, proven ideas. Collaborating with social entrepreneurs, investors, corporate executives, development practitioners and community leaders, the Accelerator identifies and cultivates innovations with high propensity for growth. Building on CARE’s strong tradition of evolving to meet critical humanitarian needs, the inaugural Scale X Design Accelerator will serve as a catalyst for multiplying impact, in the same generous spirit that ignited a global movement more than 70 years ago when CARE delivered the first of more than 100 million CARE Packages to survivors of World War II and other families around the world.

New JANM Exhibition to Feature Original Executive Order Authorizing WWII Incarceration of Japanese Americans, on Loan From National Archives

Press Release – LOS ANGELES–From Feb. 18 to Aug. 13, 2017, the Japanese American National Museum will present Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, a new exhibition that commemorates the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066, which led to the tragic and unlawful incarceration of 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry during World War II. For the first three months of the exhibition, original documents from the National Archives never before displayed in the Western United States will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. Instructions to All Persons is funded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, just a little more than two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Shortly after, a series of Civilian Exclusion Orders were publicly posted all along the West Coast of the United States, notifying persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal. “Instructions to All Persons of Japanese Ancestry” were the infamous words seen at the top of the posters. Historic examples of these documents and others of the period, along with documentary videos, will form the substance of the exhibition. Contemporary artworks by Wendy Maruyama and Mike Saijo will be featured as well.

Through May 21, the original Executive Order 9066, including the page bearing Roosevelt’s signature, will be on loan from the National Archives. In addition, Presidential Proclamation 2537, a key precursor to Executive Order 9066 that required individuals from the enemy countries of Germany, Italy, and Japan to register with the United States Department of Justice, will be displayed, also on loan from the National Archives. After May 21, replicas will be on display for the duration of the exhibition. Executive Order 9066 was most recently displayed in Washington, D.C., in 2013; prior to that it was on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 1987 and 1988.

Instructions to All Persons is intended to engage visitors in critical discussions of the Japanese American incarceration experience and its continuing relevance today. It aims to examine the social impact of language and encourage viewers to contemplate the lessons of the past, as well as to compare World War II experiences with current events.

“Instructions to All Persons is an important exhibition that looks back at pivotal actions by the American government that led to tragic outcomes for Japanese Americans during World War II, while at the same time demonstrating how the lessons of that shameful chapter of history are powerfully meaningful in our world today and how without vigilance that grave injustice could happen again,” said Ann Burroughs, interim president and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum. “This is an exhibition that everyone who cares about civil rights, democracy, and justice needs to see.”

“This historic anniversary is an opportunity to remember the unconscionable indignity our country imposed on Americans because of the color of their skin and their ancestry, and it is an important reminder to all of us that we must never repeat these injustices,” said Eli Broad, founder of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation. “These original documents are critical to share with a generation that has only learned of the Japanese American incarceration through history books. We are pleased to support this exhibition and hope this is the catalyst for an important dialogue, especially with young people, about human rights and dignity.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Japanese American National Museum to bring these historic documents to Los Angeles, where their history and social impact was so deeply experienced, and to this museum, on the very spot where Japanese Americans’ belongings were stored when they were interned,” said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. “These are two of the hundreds of thousands of documents held by the National Archives relating to Japanese American internment–from the original Executive Order 9066, to camp photos by Dorothea Lange, to records of interned individuals and families, to the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, in which the government admitted a wrong, and acted to compensate those who suffered from this unjust order.”

In addition to the two- and three-dimensional artifacts and artworks, the museum has partnered with East West Players, the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, for a limited number of special performances that will take place in the Instructions galleries. Each performance will be made up of three vignettes that use Japanese American, Muslim American, and Native American stories to explore civil rights and threats to those rights. Performances are slated for March 4, April 1, and April 8, all at 12:30 p.m. Performances are included with museum admission. No RSVP is necessary. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Beginning March 24, the museum will additionally offer Moving Day, a public art piece in which reproductions of approximately 80 exclusion orders will be projected on the exterior of JANM’s historic building located at 369 E. 1st Street, from sundown to midnight. Projections will coincide with the date of the orders’ issuance. The historic building, located across the plaza from JANM’s current Pavilion building, was itself a designated reporting location for the Japanese Americans in 1942; many were able to store their belongings in the building during their incarceration. Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.

For more information about Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, visit


Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station
Through April 9, 2017
This special display tells the true stories of those targeted as dangerous enemy aliens and imprisoned in the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, located in the Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, by the U.S. Department of Justice during World War II. Photographs, letters and diaries bring the experiences of imprisoned Japanese, German and Italian immigrants and Japanese Peruvians to life. This project was organized by the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition; funded, in part, by a grant from the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program; and sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center.

Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Incorporating hundreds of objects, documents and photographs collected by JANM, this exhibition chronicles 130 years of Japanese American history, from the early days of the Issei pioneers through the World War II incarceration to the present.

About the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Established in 1985, the Japanese American National Museum promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Since opening to the public, JANM has presented over 70 exhibitions onsite and traveled 17 of its exhibitions to locations around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution and the Ellis Island Museum in the United States, and several leading cultural museums in Japan and South America.

JANM is located at 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. General admission is $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for members and children under age five. Admission is free to everyone on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from noon to 8 p.m. General admission prices and free admission times may not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Closed Monday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information visit or call 213.625.0414.

About the Broad Foundations

The Broad Foundations, which include The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and The Broad Art Foundation, were established to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. For more information, visit

About the National Archives

The National Archives is an independent Federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and online at

Miami Cancer Institute Opens Its Doors

Comprehensive cancer center and clinical research facility will be Florida’s only member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance and the first in South Florida to offer proton therapy

Press Release – MIAMI, FL – January 26, 2017 – Today, the $430 million, 445,000-square-foot Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida, has officially opened its doors. In addition, after a year-long review and collaboration process, Miami Cancer Institute has become the third full member, and the only member in Florida, of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative designed to collaboratively guide community providers toward state-of-the-art cancer care.

Miami Cancer Institute features a unique, hybrid academic-community cancer center model backed by 30 years of Baptist Health’s expertise in cancer care. The facility, located on the Baptist Hospital campus, consolidates many outpatient clinical services, clinical research, and technology platforms under one roof. The Institute is home to one of the most comprehensive and advanced radiation oncology programs in the world, including South Florida’s first proton therapy center, one of under two dozen proton therapy centers in the nation, which will open later this year. The precision of proton therapy allows doctors to target cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue and vital organs.

“Miami Cancer Institute brings new treatment options, cutting-edge technology and pioneering clinical research to South Florida, including access to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s world-renowned clinical trials and standards of care,” said Michael J. Zinner, M.D., Founding CEO and Executive Medical Director of Miami Cancer Institute. “This collaboration – when combined with our team of preeminent cancer experts working together to develop the best care plans for each patient – establishes Miami Cancer Institute as the region’s premier, hybrid academic-community cancer center.”

“We are proud and privileged to open the doors of Miami Cancer Institute for our community,” said Brian E. Keeley, President and CEO of Baptist Health South Florida. “We thank the hundreds of people who have worked tirelessly to build this world-class destination cancer center here in South Florida. This historic milestone is not just one for Baptist Health to celebrate, but one for our entire community as we come together in the fight against cancer.”

As an MSK Cancer Alliance member, Miami Cancer Institute will share educational resources with MSK and other members, which include Connecticut’s Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute. The dynamic and forward-thinking relationship will enhance the Institute’s clinical research capabilities as well as its delivery of world-class, evidence-based cancer care. There are three key ways patients receiving care at Miami Cancer Institute directly benefit from this unique relationship:

  • Adoption of MSK standards of care into everyday practice. By keeping up to date with the latest innovations, Miami Cancer Institute clinical experts make treatment decisions for their patients based on the best and most current evidence available.
  • Integrated learning. Oncologists from both institutions regularly meet to discuss challenging cases and identify the best course of treatment for patients.
  • Access to key MSK clinical trials. Cancer clinical trials can give patients the opportunity to receive drugs or therapies years before they are available anywhere else. Plans are under way to open several MSK trials at Miami Cancer Institute as early as this month. Opening these MSK trials helps speed up the data-collection process so investigational therapies can be approved faster and become available sooner to even more patients.

“For more than a century, Memorial Sloan Kettering has relentlessly sought to eradicate cancer through scientific discovery and exceptional, patient-focused care,” said Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and CEO of MSK. “This goal will only be realized through collaborative sharing of knowledge and best practices with like-minded partners, such as Miami Cancer Institute, while learning from them as well. This new model of collaboration will continue to evolve but will always benefit patients first and foremost by making the highest-quality cancer care widely accessible.”

The Institute’s clinical research building is expected to open later this year. It will house the Center for Genomic Medicine, where researchers will study the tumors of individual patients at the molecular level and create personalized treatments that interrupt the cancer cells’ ability to multiply. These targeted therapies are among the most effective and promising treatments under development.

Miami Cancer Institute expects to draw a significant number of patients from outside the United States and will attract leading medical and business professionals to South Florida for conferences, symposia and other events. The Hilton Miami-Dadeland – a 184-room, full-service hotel and conference center – is due to open on the west end of the Baptist Hospital campus in late 2018 and will be an essential component to serving out-of-town patients and guests visiting the Cancer Institute.

“Even in its infancy, Miami Cancer Institute has transformed cancer care in South Florida,” said Dr. Zinner. “As it matures, the Institute is well-poised to serve as the catalyst for making South Florida a true, world-class medical destination that benefits patients and the community at large – here, and around the globe.”

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About Miami Cancer Institute

Baptist Health South Florida is developing Miami Cancer Institute into a destination cancer center known for its leading clinical care, exceptional patient experience, advanced clinical research and state-of-the-art technology – including the first proton therapy center in South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. To accelerate its mission of hope, caring and innovation, Miami Cancer Institute has joined the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a meaningful relationship that enables patients with cancer access to potential breakthrough therapies in South Florida. For more information, visit

Miami Cancer Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with seven hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Doctors Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), nearly 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence. The not-for-profit, faith-based Baptist Health has approximately 16,000 employees and 2,300 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

About the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

The Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance is an initiative designed to collaboratively guide community providers toward state-of-the-art cancer care. Its overarching goal is to improve the lives of cancer patients through dynamic partnerships with local care providers. Members include Connecticut-based Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Health Network Cancer Institute in Pennsylvania, and Miami Cancer Institute, part of Baptist Health South Florida. For more information about the MSK Cancer Alliance, go to

Kenneth Rainin Foundation Awards Three Public Art Grants

The Rainin Foundation grants $400,000 through its new Open Spaces Program; Funds support temporary, place-based projects that engage communities in Oakland and San Francisco.

Press Release – OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Kenneth Rainin Foundation announced today that three new public art projects will receive a total of $400,000 in the inaugural round of the Foundation’s Open Spaces Program. The grants support nonprofit organizations and artists to partner to create temporary place-based works in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, showcase artistic experimentation and energize public spaces.

Shelley Trott, the Rainin Foundation’s Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures, said, “We recognize that temporary public art enables artists to be bigger and bolder in their experiments. We are excited to support this diverse set of place-based works and the critical issues they seek to explore.”

The selected public art projects feature a spectrum of artistic practices, geographic locations and issues:

  • Remedies: From the Farm, to the Kitchen, to the Table, to the Streets ­– People’s Kitchen Collective and AIR-SF will host a free meal for up to 500 people in West Oakland in spring 2018 as the culmination of a series of community events celebrating the shared struggle, resilience and healing remedies of people of color.
  • Mutual Air Society – The Exploratorium & Rosten Woo will design a network of specially designed bells that will respond to carbon fluctuations in the air, creating a shared soundscape across Oakland. Residents will be the stewards to individual bells that collectively give presence to the air and climate. Over six months, starting in spring 2018, this public sculpture will create a data set that can be used by climate scientists and public health researchers.
  • Picture Bayview – Zaccho Dance Theatre, Joanna Haigood, Mary Ellen Strom, Walter Kitundu, and Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology will produce this large scale multimedia community art project in summer 2018. This interdisciplinary site-specific work will focus on the dreams and aspirations of residents of Bayview-Hunter’s Point in San Francisco, as the neighborhood enters a period of economic and demographic transformation.

These projects, selected from a pool of 12 finalists, were recommended by a panel of field experts. The jury included Kevin Chen, Bay Area curator, writer and visual artist; Taraneh Hemami, Iranian-American visual artist and arts educator based in San Francisco; and Irene Tsatsos, Gallery Director and Chief Curator at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

In a joint statement, the jury said, “We were impressed by the wide range of artistic disciplines and concerns represented in the finalist projects—a testament to the diversity of the Bay Area and the openness of this program in considering new forms of public art. We were particularly excited to select projects with deep community engagement processes and original approaches to addressing timely social justice issues. We look forward to experiencing the works, and are proud to support such visionary ideas.”

In addition to funding new projects, the Open Spaces Program aims to bolster the public art field in the San Francisco Bay Area by building the capacity of local artists through professional development opportunities. In September 2016, the Rainin Foundation hosted a symposium that brought together local and national artists to investigate the shifting field of public artistic practice. Watch videos of the symposium presentations here.

“The Foundation is eager to see this first round of projects come to fruition,” said Trott. “We look forward to evolving our Open Spaces Program and continuing to create opportunities for emerging and established artists to pursue innovative and timely public art projects.”

Applications for the next Open Spaces Program grant cycle open in June 26, 2017. Visit the Rainin Foundation website for more information.

About the Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Kenneth Rainin Foundation is a family foundation that collaborates with creative thinkers in the Arts, Education and Health. At the Rainin Foundation, we believe in taking smart risks to achieve breakthroughs. We support visionary artists in the Bay Area, create opportunities for Oakland’s youngest learners, and fund researchers on the forefront of scientific discoveries. Since 2009, the Foundation has awarded over $20 million in funding to support small to mid-size arts organizations in the Bay Area that are pushing the boundaries of creative expression. More at


Making an IMPACT: Niagara University Transforms Its Approach to Service Learning

Press Release – NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Niagara University – the only Western New York college or university that has been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since 2006 – is strategically transforming its approach to service learning and student engagement in the community.

The Catholic and Vincentian university’s flagship service program, Learn and Serve Niagara, was established in 1994 through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Its success prompted Niagara University to make the program a permanent fixture. Data illustrates that NU students currently perform 1,000 hours of service to the community every week through Learn and Serve Niagara.

Moving forward, Niagara University’s service learning program will be known as IMPACT, a rebrand that reflects its measured approach to instilling a model of collective impact that creates systemic change through project-based experiential learning. The transformation of Learn and Serve allows for a more comprehensive and individualized service program, which places more emphasis on professional and personal growth versus a model that highlights hours of service.

Back Row: Christian Hoffman, communications and development manager for Community Missions of Niagara Frontier; the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president emeritus of Niagara University; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; and William Bradberry, chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Commission Inc. Seated: Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute; Patricia Wrobel, executive director for external relations for IMPACT; and Dominic Hannon, a communication studies major at NU.

At the heart of IMPACT’s mission is the advancement of the culture of civic and community engagement that exists at NU through closer alignment with the university’s Vincentian mission and Strategic Vision Commitments. Application of the model will accentuate career preparation and workforce development through service.

Operationally, broader integration of civic and community engagement into the university’s academic curricula will leverage the expertise of NU professors and strengthen the mentor-mentee relationship between faculty and students. The interdisciplinary focus on addressing identified community shortfalls is designed to foster systemic change in the Western New York region and beyond.

“The IMPACT model will provide our students with a deeper understanding of Niagara University’s Catholic and Vincentian mission to serve those most in need and the importance of lifelong civic engagement,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “With St. Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian mission as our inspirations, students, working side by side with faculty and administrators, will learn how to identify problems, take action and see themselves as agents of change, thus mobilizing a 21st century workforce that is prepared to recognize and address long-term community needs. That is ‘The Power of Niagara University.'”

The IMPACT model requires students to construct projects that they will implement over the course of their academic careers, and that make quantifiable differences in areas of community need. The phases of progression include freshman discovery, sophomore planning, junior implementation, and senior reflection and assessment.

Projects will focus on regional needs that are identified annually by program administrators in consultation with community stakeholders. However, students will not be restricted from undertaking service projects in their hometowns or that are of special interest to their respective academic program or area of study.

To ensure long-term commitment, alumni will also be surveyed on the status of the impact that they are making in their communities after graduation.

Niagara draws inspiration from St. Vincent de Paul, who organized his contemporaries to respond compassionately to people’s basic needs. Continuing this tradition, Niagara has a long history of serving the local, regional and global communities.

For its dedication to service learning, Niagara University has been included on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception, and recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement. In addition, national publications like U.S. News and World Report annually praise the efforts that the university’s students and employees make on behalf of those in need.

To learn more about Niagara University, please go to

Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.

As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

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