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Monthly Archives: July 2017

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12 Exponential Technology Start-Ups Join Katapult Accelerator To Solve Global Challenges

Press Release – 31 July 2017, Oslo – Katapult Accelerator has selected 12 start-ups to join the accelerator programme starting today, July 31st 2017. After reviewing 1,000 impact-focused start-ups from all over the world, these 12 start-ups from a variety of fields and backgrounds all use exponential technology to solve the grand challenges of the world.

“These start-ups are helping us see how we can use exponential technologies like artificial intelligence to improve the state of the world, the environment, education, health or other fields. We selected the start-ups based on their novel approach to using exponential technologies and for their potential to become successful businesses,” says Anders H. Lier, Chairman and co-founder of Katapult Accelerator.

Katapult Accelerator welcomes the 12 start-ups to Oslo, Norway on July 31st 2017. They will follow a unique and tailored three-month programme and curriculum. Katapult will help scale their innovations by mentoring, training and providing them with valuable support. Katapult Accelerator also provides a network of additional investors that can boost the start-ups in their next phase of development, including a partnership with the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in New York City. Each start-up will also receive USD 100,000 as start-up capital.

About Katapult Accelerator

Katapult Accelerator is a global accelerator that aims to fast-track solutions to global problems within both environmental and societal domains. It supports start-ups that can address these problems with exponential technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual reality, augmented reality, and applications of the internet of things.

Innovative eMentoring Program Launches in Detroit to Support Student Growth in Reading and Writing

Press Release – DETROIT – July 31, 2017 – This summer Motor City students between third and fifth grade are connecting one-on-one with adult eMentors from around the country. This program, coordinated by Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media, and implemented in partnership with the Detroit Public Library and Matrix Human Solutions uses the new CricketTogether platform to enhance student learning in the classroom and beyond.

Students are paired with employees of multiple partner companies to read intriguing articles and exchange thoughts about the content, and life, building one-on-one virtual learning friendships in a safe, collaborative environment. Mentors provide the catalyst to build student literacy, critical thinking, and real world problem-solving skills, as well as increase students’ understanding of careers and the world beyond their classrooms.

Employees remark that their CricketTogether student pen pals help them be better parents, friends, aunts and uncles. They say they are more aware of what kids think and how they express themselves. The eMentors also said they see their own communications skills enhanced as they think more deeply about what they’re reading and how to best to communicate their ideas.

The project is funded by Sony Corporation of America, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Chromebooks for the students were provided by Google.

Libraries Without Borders saw the platform’s potential to equip other community leaders with tools to expand their impact. “It is our goal to find the great local nonprofit organizations, and to expand the efficacy of their services by equipping them with new tools,” said Allister Chang, executive director of Libraries Without Borders. “We want to support our local partners to innovate without risk. In this case, we were deeply impressed with what Matrix Human Services and the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library were already doing, and saw tremendous potential for them to expand their reach and impact by equipping them with the CricketTogether platform.”

Companies providing employee mentors are attracted to how flexible CricketTogether’s online Employee Engagement program is. It enables company employees to easily and remotely volunteer as an eMentor from anywhere, at any time. With a commitment of just a few hours per month, eMentors are making meaningful and life-changing impact as a role-model and friend, inspiring students with their unique professional and personal real-life experiences, while challenging students to change the way they see the world — and themselves.

Nina Zolt, founder of Cricket Media, said, “CricketTogether takes our mission of maximizing educational equity and teacher empowerment through digital media to a new level. Building on what we have learned from more than 20 years of experience offering students and teachers the opportunity to combine great content with access to caring adult role models, this new platform creates an environment in which students are more motivated to learn as they discover life beyond their neighborhoods, exploring potential careers and interests. This learning experience is fully digital and accessible 24/7—managed in the cloud in a manner to provide safety and security for students, along with the ability for schools and districts to scale quickly and efficiently.”

This initiative is launching at a time when literacy rates in Detroit are widely acknowledged to be some of the lowest in the country. Students who are not reading and writing at grade level by the end of fifth grade are less likely to catch up and realize academic and personal potential.

Many attempts to improve student literacy have missed some of the most important elements: personal connection, conversation and role models/mentors. In many schools, the focus on standardized reading tests has served as the sole criterion of literacy progress and, consequently, elementary school literacy programs have become mechanized and test-driven rather than content- and meaning-driven. Many students do not have the opportunity to pause on a point that they find interesting when reading a text to further explore the questions and ideas that may raise. Students also may not understand how their studies pertain to their future; the importance of literacy skills to higher education and future employment.

The Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media eMentoring Program began June 26 and continues through August 9. Plans are currently being developed to expand one-on-one eMentoring opportunities for hundreds of other children across Detroit.

To learn more about CricketTogether, visit

To learn more about Libraries Without Borders, visit

About Libraries Without Borders

Libraries Without Borders is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations whose mission is to expand access to informational, educational, and cultural tools for disadvantaged communities. Libraries Without Borders won the Google Impact Challenge in 2015 and the International Literacy Award from the Library of Congress in 2016.

About Cricket Media

Cricket Media, Inc. is a global education company providing award-winning content and safe and secure collaborative learning networks. Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug®, Ladybug®, Cricket® and Cobblestone™. Cricket Media promotes education equity through its free global community, ePals, and CricketTogether™, its 1:1 eMentoring program safely combining Cricket content, caring eMentors, and a powerful collaborative learning platform. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.

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Linux Academy and AWS Partner to Serve Nonprofits

AWS Certification Training Available for Teams and Individuals at No Cost for First 45 Days

Press Release – DALLAS, TX – July 31, 2017 – Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, today announced a partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide cloud certification training to the nonprofit community. Free hands-on training is available for the first 45 days after signup.

Offered exclusively to nonprofits, this partnership gives users unlimited access to Linux Academy’s entire library of AWS and cloud certification and training courses, content, and hands-on labs focused on AWS and additional technologies, like Linux and OpenStack. The training is available to nonprofit teams to test and train their IT staff, as well as to individuals to learn hands-on skills and earn certifications.

“Organizations and individuals are rushing to ensure they can handle the technologies available today on the cloud,” said Anthony James, CEO, Linux Academy. “We are excited about this new collaboration with AWS. It creates an affordable and efficient option for nonprofit organizations, which have limited budgets, to keep up with rapidly expanding technologies, as well as for people to find or progress within cloud tech careers.”

Through this partnership, nonprofit teams and individuals will have access to:

  • More than 2,500 self-paced video courses
  • 209 total hours of AWS course training
  • 438 Linux training hours
  • 105 OpenStack training hours
  • More than 60 hands-on, scenario-based labs for AWS skill building
  • Live AWS environments for practicing newly acquired skills
  • Quizzes, study guides, flash cards, study groups, and practice exams

Additionally, Linux Academy provides training for all current AWS certifications:

  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified DevOps Engineer – Professional Level
  • AWS Certified Developer – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional Level
  • AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty – Certification
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Level
  • AWS Certified Big Data Specialty – Certification

Linux Academy courses are engineered to go beyond simply preparing students for certifications. They’re designed to truly prepare students to advance in Linux and cloud careers. Course instructors and content curators are constantly creating lessons based on industry trends, new releases, and the demand of the community. Coupled with the subscription model, users are granted unlimited access to all current and future courses, as well as Linux Academy hands-on labs and various learning tools, including the Orion Papers — a companion to your journey through the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Certification prep course. This is a non-linear, visual, interactive supplement to the online content only offered by Linux Academy.

About Linux Academy

Linux Academy redefines continuing education for today’s IT business professional. Through self-paced courses, hands-on labs, six cloud servers, personal access to expert instructors, and an ever-growing learning library, Linux Academy caters to beginners and experts alike. Courses are geared toward certifications in Linux, AWS, Google Cloud Platforms, OpenStack, DevOps, Azure, Big Data, and Containers, offering content that digs deeper to answer nuanced challenges of the latest emerging technologies. Linux Academy provides more value per dollar than any other IT training program. To enroll or to explore tools and group rates, visit:

Reef Life Restoration in TOP 17% of Global Sustainability System Entrants

The Buckminster Fuller Institute to Reef Life Restoration Foundation 28th July 2017

10th year of Fuller Challenge brings 460+ Entrants from 102 Countries

Press Release – “The Challenge Review Committee agreed that your proposal stood out as making an important contribution to the growing field of whole systems design, and we are therefore thrilled to invite Reef Life into our Catalyst Program. An offer of inclusion in this program is extended to only the top 17% of Challenge applicants that went through two rounds of intense vetting by our Review Committee this year. In a pool of over 460 submittals from over 100 countries, this is a very significant achievement. Congratulations!”

Buckminster Fuller Catalyst Program benefits are listed below and can also be viewed on our website: Catalyst Program benefits:

  • As a Catalyst Program member, your work is automatically being considered by the following partner programs: dMASS Innovations for Sustainability; the Katerva Awards; Technology Exchange Lab; the Unreasonable Institute; and Echoing Green Fellowship Programs. Additional opportunities to present work at events organized by BFI. In the past, this has included Greenbuild, Architecting the Future symposia, Black Mountain College International Conference, Cooper Union and the Institute of Sustainable Design lectures, and other international symposia on Buckminster Fuller, sustainable culture events, design conferences and social entrepreneurship gatherings.

All major press coverage of your Reef Life project in the context of the Fuller Challenge will be shared through our social media channels. Inquiries from the press about your project will be forwarded to you directly. Please feel free to write to with news of your work.

Thank you for sharing your work with us, and your inspiring commitment to answering Buckminster Fuller’s Challenge to: “make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

With deep appreciation, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge Program Team

“Reef Life Restoration is proud to announce the first placements of this new oceanic nano material matrix in projects around the world,” according to Melody Brenna. With this revolutionary technology, man can now make amends for the unrelenting destruction he has caused to our planet’s most important ecosystem … our oceans. “In a few months, this technology will be reversing decline and growing new corals and new aquacultures so that fishing, underwater exploration and even underwater mining can be minimalized or even completely countered,” Ms. Brenna states. ”Our goal is to provide this world-changing technology to public, private, and other organizations to assist them in countering the destruction of one of the earth’s most precious resources.” Ms. Brenna goes on to state that there is expected to be over $1 Trillion dollars spent in the next decade to improve aquaculture around the world. The new Patent with 59 Claims is based upon 10 nano admixtures which create hundreds, if not thousands of growth and strength compounds for oceanic infrastructure.

Melody Saunders Brenna and Dr. Konstantin Sobolev have been pioneers in producing new types of advanced cement and masonry matrices for commercial applications for over three decades. Dr. Sobolev is an internationally recognized expert in nano-particle energy and technology as it applies to mixtures and infrastructure scale applications.

The Reef Life Buckminster Fuller Challenge Submission highlights two of our youngest designers of Oceanic Innovation Systems, my son Guyon Brenna, who has been creating oceanic infrastructure since age 16 and Andy Kuhlken, 15 who began designing Mooring Stations to prevent boat anchors from damaging delicate reefs and seagrass, which fish depend upon to prosper. Andy in front, Guyon in Hawaii at the IUCN Conference Where Reef Life Presented with Global Ocean Leaders.

Reef Life MOORING Stations:

The mooring stations, acreage reefs using Kinematic Theory for deployment, clip on aquaculture farms for defunct oil rigs and oceanic wind turbines are what caught the attention of the Buckminster Fuller Judges.


The Fuller Challenge has defined an emerging field of practice – the whole-systems approach to understanding and solving the interrelated crises facing us. The entry criteria have established a new framework through which to identify and measure effective, enduring solutions to the world’s most entrenched challenges. This year BFI reaches a major milestone as we mark the 10th anniversary of this unique prize. Want to learn more? Read our 2017 Call for Proposals.

Outside of the $100,000 grand prize awarded to the Fuller Challenge Winner each year, there are a number of benefits and opportunities associated with entering “socially responsible design’s highest award”. These include additional support and funding opportunities through our Catalyst Program as well as media coverage.

Initiatives representing all disciplines will be considered including architecture, urban planning, agriculture, engineering, ecology, food systems, health, sanitation, socially responsible business, energy technology, communications, education, economics, finance, information technology, and more.Winning the Fuller Challenge requires more than a stand-alone idea or innovation. BFI looks for visionary, trans-disciplinary solutions that take a whole-systems approach to problem solving.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have received a record number of entries to mark the 10th anniversary of the Fuller Challenge! We had hoped this important milestone would inspire many more people and organizations involved in whole-systems design to participate in the program, and we have not been disappointed. Our review team has started the sorting and initial vetting process, and we are humbled by the breadth and depth of vision for real and positive change reflected in this year’s pool,” said Elizabeth Thompson, Founding Director of the Fuller Challenge.

The Rainforest Solutions Project protecting Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest won the 2016 BFI Challenge. Photo by Andrew Wright.

The challenge is open to initiatives of all sorts, including nonprofit, for-profit, and individual endeavors. Entrants must show that their design is at once:

  • Visionary
  • Comprehensive
  • Anticipatory
  • Ecologically responsible
  • Replicable
  • Feasible
  • Verifiable

Buckminster Fuller Challenge founding director Elizabeth Thompson and program manager Megan Ahearn to answer some common questions about the Challenge. Here’s the behind-the-scenes truth about the review process.

What do you look for in a project, besides the seven official criteria we listed above?

Elizabeth Thompson: The projects need to present a truly integrated strategy, and by that we mean that the team has considered the interrelated domains of impact affecting the outcome of the solution. So, for example, a successful coastal restoration initiative upon which future human populations depend to survive would necessitate a vision that includes education, alternative economic development, alternative food production, potential policy change, etc.

How can an application stand out among hundreds of entries from around the world?

ET: We look for evidence of a very well thought-out vision that is deeply attuned to the complexities of the problem being addressed, coupled with a team that clearly is capable of carrying out that vision. This is a very difficult hurdle and those that cross it are few and far between! Fuller Challenge entrants address unique problems across a wide variety of disciplines, so our review team looks at a diversity of problem spaces and approaches. The standout entries are those that address problems in a way that is visionary but also realistic and achievable; comprehensive but also effective in tackling specific problems. Judges: A world-class team of experts, analysts, and the program’s seasoned review team vet entries in a rigorous process that proceeds over six months from your entry in March till late July. for Reef Life Funding for Innovators in Catalyst.

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YWCA USA: We Will Continue to Speak Out Against Racism

Press Release –


“President Trump doubled down on his plans to target communities of color, immigrant, and communities during an address to police officers on Long Island today. During his speech, he encouraged law enforcement officials to be less careful regarding the personal safety of the individuals they are arresting – a troubling directive considering police violence against communities of color is already a daily concern and many suffer injuries in custody. The President also promised ramped-up border enforcement efforts which would likely target Latinx communities, separate families, and create increased risk for survivors of domestic violence. Finally, he continued his attacks on Muslim communities with an ongoing, incorrect, and problematic narrative conflating Muslims with terrorists.”

“This race-centered aggression and lack of nuance is unacceptable from our nation’s leader. Our nation’s history of white supremacy is unacceptable. We must all work to end that legacy and build a new one focused on equity and justice for all. We are insistent that the President and his administration immediately stop reinforcing hateful attitudes and promoting oppressive policies. YWCA USA is dedicated to eliminating racism, wherever it appears and by any means necessary. As such, we will continue to speak out against race-based fearmongering and unjust public policies.”


YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more:

Robert And Laura Garrett Provide $2.65 Million Endowment For Chair For The School Of Medicine Dean

Press Release – EDISON, N.J., July 28, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, was recently appointed to the Robert C. and Laura C. Garrett Endowed Chair for the School of Medicine Dean, a $2.65 million gift in honor of her lifetime achievements in medicine and education.

Endowed chairs are among the highest honors conferred in academia and the $15 million in support of endowments at Hackensack University Medical Center reinforces its role as one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the country.

Dr. Stanton was recognized for her academic achievements, excellence in medical education and outstanding contributions to pediatric medicine, which include having consulted for the World Bank, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

“Laura and I are thrilled to create this endowment to recognize the highest standards required in a leader of our medical school,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Dr. Stanton has practiced with distinction as a physician and academic and will continue to bring the highest standards in medical education to the next generation of physicians.”

“Dr. Stanton’s commitment to the health of women and children, in the U.S. and in some of the most challenging corners of the globe, exemplifies the compassion and spirit in which this new school is created,” said Laura C. Garrett, founder of Realtime Nutrition.

The photo is from the recent Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Endowed Chair Investiture. From left: Dr. Bonita Stanton, founding dean of Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, his wife Laura C. Garrett, founder of Realtime Nutrition. (PRNewsfoto/Hackensack Meridian Health)

The new medical school – the first private medical school to open in New Jersey in 50 years – is located at the former Hoffmann-LaRoche site in Nutley and Clifton and is scheduled to welcome its first class next year.

“I am so grateful to be the first guardian of the Robert C. and Laura C. Garrett Endowed Chair for the School of Medicine Dean and for all that it stands,’‘ said Dr. Stanton. “Through my stewardship, I vow to cherish this great honor.”

Before assuming this role, Dr. Stanton served in leadership roles for 14 years at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where she had been vice dean for research for the School of Medicine from 2011-2016, chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician in chief at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan from 2002-2011. She also served as president of University Pediatrics from 2002-2012.

“Bob and Laura truly understand the magnitude of endowing an academic chair and were the first donors to make a gift supporting the medical school on this level,” said Jon Fitzgerald, president and chief development officer at the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.

Dr. Stanton lived and worked with her family in Bangladesh from 1983 to 1988 —where she served as a health consultant to the World Bank and the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, and as director of a community-based research and service program designed to help women and children in the slums of Dhaka.

An author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Stanton has served as an editor of the “Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics,” along with many other journals and books. Among many local, national and international advisory roles, she was a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center and was president of the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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Thomas P. Campbell Receives Second Getty Rothschild Fellowship

Fellowship provides housing and resources to one scholar each year

Thomas Campbell

Press Release – LOS ANGELES – The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation today announced Dr. Thomas P. Campbell as the second recipient of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship. The fellowship supports innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting, and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions. It offers art historians, museum professionals, or conservators the opportunity to research and study at both the Getty in Los Angeles and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England.

As the ninth director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2009 to 2017, Campbell pursued a groundbreaking agenda that combined scholarship with accessibility. He reinforced the Museum’s excellence in its collections, exhibitions, publications and international engagement while reimagining the visitor experience both in the galleries and via an industry-leading digital presence. During his tenure, the museum increased its audience by 40%. His project for the Getty Rothschild fellowship will focus on the changing environment in which museums are operating and the ways art and cultural heritage can be used to promote mutual understanding.

The selection process for the Getty Rothschild fellowship considers a number of criteria, including whether the applicant’s work would benefit from proximity to the Getty and Rothschild collections. Fellowships are for up to eight months, with the time split equally between the Getty and Waddesdon Manor. Campbell will be at the Getty from November 2017 to February 2018 and at Waddesdon Manor from March to June 2018. Fellows also receive a stipend during their time at both locations. The fellowship is administered by the Getty Foundation.

Campbell says of his selection for the fellowship:

“I am honored to be named a Getty/Rothschild fellow and to be given the opportunity to devote the coming year to examine, first, the fundamental question of where the cultural sector is heading as it responds to various geo-political, economic and digital challenges. And second, the related question of how we can use art and culture as a gateway to promote understanding in an ever-more connected but ever-more divided world.”

The inaugural recipient of the fellowship was Dr. David Saunders, a foremost expert in the area of conservation science who worked on museum and gallery lighting during the fellowship.

In 2014, Lord Jacob Rothschild received the Getty Medal for his contributions to the practice, understanding, and support of the arts.

Additional biographical information about Thomas Campbell can be found here.

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NBA’s Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg to Host the Athletes vs. Cancer 4th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA – July 27th, 2017 — NBA’s Matt Barnes announced today details for his charity Athletes vs. Cancer’s 4th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. Co-hosted by Snoop Dogg, this year’s event will feature celebrities and athletes, including members of the NBA Final’s championship team, The Golden State Warriors, and will be played at John Burroughs High School Memorial Field in Burbank, CA on August 6th.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017, an estimated 1,688,780 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and 600,920 will die of cancer. Athletes vs. Cancer aims to provide support services and inspire hope to those affected by cancer and encourage and educate disadvantaged communities and motivate people to get regular cancer screenings.

When asked about this year’s event motivation, UCLA alumni Matt Barnes said, “I’d like to start a scholarship program for kids and young adults who beat cancer and would like to go to college or further their education. Often these survivors must interrupt their studies and cannot work to save money for college or participate in extracurricular activities.”

This year’s event proceeds will be donated to various cancer organizations around the Los Angeles area. “In November, to celebrate my Mother’s life, we will announce the official scholarship fund. We are also in the process of producing several mobile pop-up cancer screening and educational events around the country.” Barnes explained.

The event, produced by Stacey Ruiz Events, will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 7-12. Kids under the age of six get in for FREE! Event gates and the Family Fun Zone open at 5:00PM. Kickoff begins at 6:30PM.

Some of the confirmed celebrity participants include: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Aaron Gordon, DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young, Jordan Clarkson, Zack Randolph, Chris Paul, Willie Cauley Stein, Deandre Jordan, JaVale McGee, rapper The Game, musician Chris Brown and Karen Civil. Celebrities scheduled to attend are subject to change and additional names will be updated and announced upon confirmation.

Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite and a limited amount of tickets will be available at the entrance for $20. Please click here for more ticket information.

For additional information on how you can support, donate or become a sponsor for the Athletes vs. Cancer 4th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game, please contact or visit

About Athletes vs. Cancer

Athletes vs. Cancer is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to save lives in the fight against cancer, and find a cure. In 2008, Matt Barnes launched Athletes vs. Cancer worldwide, with a focus to educate and bring cancer awareness to communities, and motivate people to get regular cancer screenings. Created in memory of Barnes’ mother, Ann Barnes, who passed away 26 days after being diagnosed with four types of cancer in November of 2007, Athletes vs. Cancer provides support, gives hope and improves the quality of life for individuals and families that have been affected by cancer.

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Insure Pro Awarded $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue Through Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award

Call for Community Support to Help Increase Total Donation to $10,000

Press Release – DRAPER, Utah (July 27, 2017) — Insure Pro has earned a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The award includes $5,000 to use towards its community work with Utah County Search and Rescue, which is committed to serving the visitors and citizens of Utah County by providing rescue services at no cost.

This year, Safeco is offering agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, the principal broker for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue will have their stories featured on with a chance to raise an additional $5,000. If the story is shared from at least 50 times on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, the total donation will increase to $10,000. Help them reach their goal by sharing their story at

“We are excited to offer agents the ability to raise even more funds through social media sharing, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer in their communities,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen program recognizes agents who are committed to making a difference in their local communities, and we want to encourage them to directly support the local charities where they see the most need.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen awards focus on nonprofits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Insure Pro was selected for a Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Utah County Search and Rescue.

Scott, who is on the board of directors and serves as Quartermaster, is truly dedicated to the mission of the rescue team; in addition to handling inventory, he spends over 200 hours per year responding to emergencies and helping train other volunteers—mostly on his weekends.

Throughout 2017, Safeco will select a total of 23 independent agents for the awards and donate up to $230,000 to the nonprofits they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.

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Glowing Tumor Technology Helps Surgeons Remove Hidden Cancer Cells

Combining intraoperative imaging with PET scans helps surgeons identify malignant nodules

Press Release – PHILADELPHIA – Surgeons were able to identify and remove a greater number of cancerous nodules from lung cancer patients when combining intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) – through the use of a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow during surgery – with preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The study from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania (ACC) is the first to show how effective the combination of IMI with the tumor-glowing agent can be when combined with traditional PET imaging. Researchers published their findings today in Annals of Surgery.

“Surgically removing tumors still leads to the best outcomes in cancer patients, and this study shows intraoperative molecular imaging can improve the surgeries themselves,” said the study’s lead author Jarrod D. Predina, MD, MS, a post-doctoral research fellow in the Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory and the ACC’s Center for Precision Surgery. “The more we can improve surgeries, the better the outcomes for these patients will be.”

Pulmonary nodules are small growths in the lung. Doctors discover them in about 250,000 Americans each year. In 80,000 of those patients, the nodules are suspicious enough to warrant surgery. PET scans are standard before these procedures, and studies have shown they can detect malignancies in the nodules 90 percent of the time. But research has also shown these scans have limitations. They can’t usually show tumors smaller than a centimeter. They also can’t distinguish between cancerous growths and benign inflammatory diseases like infections. And importantly, scans taken before surgery don’t give surgeons real-time guidance once the procedure begins.

In order to get live imaging during surgery, Penn researchers used a near-infrared contrast agent called OTL38 that makes tumor cells glow. In past studies, they’ve shown it can detect malignant nodules as small as three millimeters – roughly one-third of the length of a shirt button.

For this study, they combined PET imaging and IMI for 50 patients having surgery to remove lung nodules. All of the patients underwent a pre-operative PET scan within 30 days of their procedure. These scans identified a total of 66 nodules.

During the operation, IMI identified 60 of the 66 previously known nodules, or 91 percent. In addition, doctors used IMI to identify nine additional nodules that were undetected by the PET scan or by traditional intraoperative monitoring.

Between PET and IMI, a total of 75 nodules were identified. Researchers found that PET was accurate in determining if nodules were cancerous in 51 of them (68 percent). By comparison, IMI alone was accurate in 68 cases (91 percent).

IMI further improved diagnostics in 30 percent of the patients evaluated with this approach. In about 10 percent of patients, IMI helped surgeons find cancer that would have otherwise been missed by standard imaging like CT or PET.

“This shows the contrast agent is allowing us to remove more cancer from the patient than we would have with PET imaging alone,” said the study’s senior author Sunil Singhal, MD, the William Maul Measey Associate Professor in Surgical Research and director of the ACC’s Center for Precision Surgery.

Singhal is quick to point out that this study does not devalue the role of PET scans.

“PET imaging still has an important role to play in developing treatment plans for patients, but given its limitations, it’s clear that IMI with this contrast agent can improve the picture surgeons are seeing,” Singhal said. “That’s especially true when you’re talking about nodules that are only a centimeter or smaller.”

Researchers also say this study lays the groundwork for future research involving OTL38. They’re currently evaluating this technology in a formal, multi-center trial that will be the first Phase II study of molecular imaging in the United States. They’re also exploring the effectiveness of additional contrast agents, some of which they expect to be available in clinic within a few months. They will also keep track of these patients to find out if these improved surgeries help patients live longer. These cancers also come back within five years in 25 to 30 percent of cases, so they hope to show these procedures lower that recurrence rate.

The study was supported by the American Philosophical Society, the National Institutes of Health (1F32CA210409, R01 CA193556), and the Association for Academic Surgery Foundation.

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