More than 100 nonprofit leaders from across the state will convene at the Vermont State House on Thursday, February 9th for the third annual Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day.Nonprofit leaders will be in Montpelier to testify at legislative committees on the work and positive impact of Vermont’s nonprofits and to demonstrate their role as a positive economic force in the state of Vermont. There will also be a brief annual report on the work of Common Good Vermont and a 2:30 p.m. meeting with Governor Peter Shumlin on challenges facing Vermont’s nonprofits sector.Confirmed speakers for the day include Speaker Shap Smith (Vermont Legislature), Mark Larson (Department of Health Access), Jessica Oski (Sirotkin & Necrason), Floyd Nease(Vermont Association for Mental Health), Jacqueline Majoros, (Vermont Legal Aid), Sheila Reed ( Voices for Vermont’s Children), Peter Gilbert (Vermont Humanities Council) and Liz Schlegel (Central Vermont Community Action Council).The agenda for the day includes: 8 ‘ 3 p.m. ‘- Registration Open/ Visit Partner Tables ‘ Room 11, Vermont State House9:00 a.m. ‘- Common Good Vermont Annual Meeting’ Room 11, Vermont State House9:15 a.m. ‘-Opening Remarks with Speaker of the House Shap Smith ‘ Room 11, Vermont State House9.25 a.m. ‘- Nonprofit Legislative Briefing with Jessica Oski (Sirotkin & Necrason) & Mark Larson (Commissioner of VT Department of Health Access) – Room 11, Vermont State House10:00 a.m. ‘- Preview of the Days’ Schedule. How to Fan out and be Effective in the Statehouse, Liz Schlegel (Central Vermont Community Action Council) ‘ Room 11, Vermont State House 10:30 a.m. ‘- Legislative Committee Visits-1:00 p.m. ‘- Devotional Reading, Peter Gilbert (VT Humanities Council) – House Chamber, Vermont State House 1:20 p.m. ‘ Secrets of Successful Advocacy with Floyd Nease (Vermont Association for Mental Health), Jacqueline Majoros, (Vermont Legal Aid), Sheila Reed ( Voices for Vermont’s Children),2:30 p.m. ‘- Meeting with Governor Peter Shumlin on Nonprofit Priorities, Room 11, Vermont State HouseMore information available at: http://bit.ly/VTNPODAY(link is external) Common Good Vermont helps Vermont nonprofits to be more effective through networking events and a vibrant online resource center: www.commongoodvt.org(link is external). Vermont Nonprofit Legislative Day 2012is supported in part by CCTV Center for Media & Democracy , Vermont Community Foundation, KSE Partners, Sign-A-Rama, The Spencer Group, Maclean, Meehan & Rice, Keybank, Fairpoint Communications, A.D. Henderson Foundation and Sovernet Communications
Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Housing Authority (BHA), Vermont’s oldest and largest municipally-chartered housing authority, announced today that it has secured additional funding for its rental assistance program, expanding BHA’s capacity to help low-income Vermonters find housing. BHA currently provides over 2,500 very low-income families in the City of Burlington and neighboring communities access to safe, affordable housing and support services, promoting self-sufficiency and vibrant neighborhoods.Competing nationally with its community partner, the Howard Center, BHA was awarded 45 additional Section 8 Vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These additional vouchers will enable BHA, working in collaboration with the Howard Center and other community organizations, to increase the number of extremely low-income non-elderly disabled individuals able to live independently within the community.BHA also received notice that it will once again receive an important grant. In partnership with Vermont CARES, BHA successfully renewed a three-year, $382,000 grant to continue assisting low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families with permanent supportive housing activities.These recent successes highlight BHA’s continued efforts to help end homelessness in the community. In explaining the impact of these achievements, Janet Green, Director of Rental Assistance, said, “BHA continually seeks opportunities to expand the amount of rental assistance resources available to support Burlington’s extremely low-income and vulnerable populations.”Executive Director Allyson Laackman, added, “Through the HUD-funded rental subsidy programs it manages, BHA provides the affordability component to the housing equation for the very low-income households in the community. Without rental assistance, affordable housing for these families would not be available.”BHA is grateful for the long-term successful partnerships it has with a number of local organizations, which provide supportive services designed to ensure residents are successful in securing and maintaining their housing. BHA is delighted to continue its work, utilizing these recent rental assistance awards in collaboration with VT CARES and the Howard Center.Source: Burlington Housing Authority 9.20.2018
WUPPERTAL, Germany — Dec. 17, 2020 — For the first time ever, the Hochschule Darmstadt – University of Applied Sciences (h_da) in Darmstadt, Germany, has replaced its traditional on-campus welcome event for first-year students with a live broadcast on Oct. 30 — powered by Riedel’s state-of-the-art signal transport and communications technologies. Broadcast students at h_da leveraged a Riedel MediorNet real-time network, Artist digital matrix intercom system, and Bolero wireless intercom to produce the multi-location program to professional standards. “For the past 10 years, it has been our tradition to welcome new students with a big live event at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. This is not just about conveying information, but about forging an emotional bond and showcasing the size and diversity of the university,” said Martin Wünderlich-Dubsky, Media Relations Officer at h_da. “With this year’s special program, we were able to achieve all this — and more — in a safe and physically distanced manner. As a bonus, the high production value of the program meant we were able to reach a significantly larger audience.” With the coronavirus pandemic, the university saw a unique opportunity: to give broadcast students a hands-on opportunity to produce a live television program using today’s advanced remote broadcasting techniques. Enabled by distributed and fully digital workflows and home studio-based technologies, students were able to produce video and sound from multiple distributed locations. The final program consisted of an interdisciplinary crew of more than 60 student video specialists. The Riedel MediorNet infrastructure consisted of six MetroN decentralized routers, four MediorNet Compact stageboxes, and two MicroN high-density signal interface configured with the MicroN MultiViewer app. For team communications, an Artist-64 digital matrix intercom mainframe equipped with AES67 cards supported up to 20 Bolero wireless beltpacks. An RSP-2318 SmartPanel leveraged the MediorNet Control App to provide agile routing and control of audio and video signals transported across the MediorNet network. This Riedel configuration enabled the production to go live from five main locations: the main set in a café, an outdoor set, the president’s address from a 14th floor office via IT network (using the Bolero intercom in standalone mode), a set in the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and a Zoom interview with the mayor of Dieburg, Germany. “With its decentralized approach, MediorNet is ideally suited to remote productions that can enable teams to work safely while also maintaining world-class production standards. We are very happy to be able to support the next generation of broadcasters and help enable students to gain experience in a highly professional environment,” said Andreas Mohnke, Account Manager, Riedel. “At h_da, it was great to see how our products’ intuitive interfaces and ease of use enabled newcomers to perform highly challenging tasks, such as changing the configuration of the intercom matrix on the fly and during operation.” Felix Krückels, Professor of Broadcast Production and System Design, h_da, added, “Facilitated by the Riedel equipment, this was a real television program — and our student team mastered all of the challenges with extreme professionalism. Hopefully the reason for this remote production, the pandemic, won’t happen again, but at the same time, it opened up lots of new possibilities to expand our students’ real-world broadcast experience. It was great to see all the motivation and enthusiasm, and we’re all really proud of the results!”
Judge Briese wins Press ADR award At the Florida Dispute Resolution Center’s 18th Annual Conference for Mediators and Arbitrators in Orlando, the FDRC announced the establishment of an annual award honoring the work of longtime FDRC Director Sharon Press. The Annual Sharon Press Excellence in ADR Award will be bestowed to an individual who demonstrates the qualities that Press embodies: “visionary leadership, professional integrity, and unwavering devotion to the field of alternative dispute resolution.”The innaugural award went to Seventh Circuit Judge Shawn L. Briese.“In the last two decades, Judge Briese has been a champion for the profession and for professional mediators throughout the state,” said FDRC staff member Kimberly Kosch. “He is a man of honor, character, and integrity. His leadership has elevated the practice of ADR in our state and placed Florida prominently in the national spotlight. He, however, has never sought the spotlight for himself. While he has been our champion, he has done so without fanfare.”Judge Briese served as chair and vice-chair of the Mediation and Arbitration Training Committee; chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules Committee; and chair of the ADR Rules and Policy Committee. He has been a member of the Mediator Qualifications Board since the board’s creation in 1992.Kosch said Judge Briese has been involved with virtually every ADR rule, policy, and statute creation and revision since 1988. Judge Briese wins Press ADR award September 15, 2009 Regular News
March 1, 2012 Regular News Board to make appointments at its May meeting Board to make appointments at its May meeting The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its May meeting: ABA House of Delegates: Two lawyers (one under 35 delegate) to serve two-year terms commencing August 2012, at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting. Applicants must also be ABA members. Florida Legal Services, Inc. Board of Directors: Five lawyers to serve two-year terms commencing July 1. This is a 21-member board that provides judicial advocacy through co-counseling with local program attorneys and volunteer pro bono attorneys and provides legislative and administrative advocacy on policies impacting the legal rights of the poor, as well as providing civil legal assistance to indigent persons who would not otherwise have the means to obtain a lawyer. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc. Board of Directors: Five lawyers to serve three-year terms commencing July 1. This 15-member board assists the legal community in securing counseling and treatment for emotional and chemical dependency problems for lawyers. Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee: One lawyer to serve a four-year term commencing July 1. This is a 12-member committee that renders written advisory opinions to inquiring judges concerning the propriety of contemplated judicial and non-judicial conduct. Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors: One lawyer to serve a two-year term commencing July 1. This is a nine-member board of governors that develops a means of obtaining loss and expense experience in medical malpractice issues.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the “Application for Special Appointment” from the Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at(850) 561-5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than 5 p.m., Thursday, April 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.
Much of the Valley’s growth would not be possible without the partnerships and advocacy supported by nonprofit Valley Partnership.Chris AnaradianDevelopment Services Director, Town of Queen CreekIt’s Queen Creek’s time in the sun, boasts the town’s Development Services Director Chris Anaradian. Permit activity is “out of sight” and he cites his Valley Partnership involvement as a key ingredient while the town grows into its own.“The situational awareness that Queen Creek gains from Valley Partnership is essential,” says Anaradian, who sits on Valley Partnership’s Board of Directors. “Knowing the current areas of focus and growth that our private partners are focused on helps us plan and build a better government and community for all. Having a voice when new legislation and alliances are being formed helps us better prepare to fund and administer the services our customers have come to expect and deserve.”Anaradian is the former community development director and development services manager for the City of Tempe. He managed the 220-acre Tempe Town Lake and 500-acre Rio Salado Project during their initial five years. He also helped modernize multiple permitting and regulatory agencies and advocated for many developer-friendly shifts within the city, including those that precluded the Tempe light rail. Anaradian now has watched Queen Creek come through the economic recovery.“It is now Queen Creek’s time in the sun, and so many opportunities lie ahead,” says Anaradian. “Our wash and trail system is poised to unite huge swaths of our community and become a defining geographic feature of life in Queen Creek. Large tracts of undeveloped hillside residential property are into entitlement, some of the last and most majestic in the Southeast Valley.”Tim BrislinVice President, Harvard InvestmentsTim Brislin, an on-and-off member of Valley Partnership since 2004 who currently sits on the Board of Directors, has used organization’s networking opportunities to broaden Harvard Investment’s exposure and partnership options.Harvard Investments is a land investment and masterplanned community development firm.“Harvard is laser focused on executing its vision and plans for its masterplanned communities in Mesa, Queen Creek/San Tan Valley, the West Valley and in Prescott,” Brislin says. “Our Mesa project, Cadence at Gateway, is very exciting and we are making great progress on our first residential phase, as well as getting traction on our retail and high density residential components much earlier than anticipated.”In 2007, Brislin welcomed his first son and ended his “five-year job interview” with Harvard Investments.“In both cases I was at the starting line staring at a wide open track. Today, in addition to my wonderful wife and two boys, and thanks to Harvard’s long standing market reputation, the faith of our partners and hard work, we built a high quality portfolio of assets that we will harvest for years to come.”What many don’t know about Harvard is that its Canadian parent company, The Hill Companies, is a major commercial developer of office and retail, Brislin says. The company has expansion plans to include industrial, office and multi-family assets.“Our current planning efforts are highly focused on demographic trends locally and nationally and how we plan our communities for the long-term based on who are buyers are, what products they want and what type of community they will embrace,” Brislin says. “There are shifts going on that affect all aspects of the real estate development business.”Kristina LockeMarketing/Business Development Manager, Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc.Looking for the latest news on the golf tournament? Kristina Locke sits on the committee for two-year member Hoskin Ryan Consultants, Inc. Locke comes to Valley Partnership with more than a decade of marketing, advertising and business development achievements for Hoskin Ryan and its clients.Hoskin Ryan finished off 2013 with four new clients. Locke is confident being a member of Valley Partnership will lead to meeting more potential clients.“It does take a little while for people to get to know you and trust your firm,” she says. “We have formed great relationships and were educated on many different industry trends.”One particular trend is healthcare. In 2013, Valley Partnership held a healthcare Friday Morning Breakfast attended by 250 members with speakers from Banner Health, Dignity and smaller medical office building develpers.Jenifer Davis LuntPartner, Davis EnterprisesDavis Enterprises joined Valley Partnership last January — a big step for the closely held family business. Though Davis is one of the smaller development companies in the Valley and has a long history in the Valley, it has been a two-year sponsor of the organization. Davis Enterprises is actively involved in the identification, acquisition, development and management of real estate properties in Arizona.Jenifer Davis Lunt became managing partner following an award-addled tenure at CBRE, where she became the first female at the Phoenix office named “Rookie of the Year,” for selling more than 100 properties totally more than $675M in value and 2.5MSF. In 2005, Davis Lunt was named CBRE’s No. 1 Investment Broker. The following year, her father retired from Davis Enterprises and named her partner and principal of a business her grandfather started.“We are most proud of contributions Davis has made to the revitalization of Central Phoenix including the SWC of 7th Ave & McDowell, 4700 N. Central and Melrose Marketplace,” Davis Lunt says. The company is looking forward to the redevelopment of 21st Avenue and Deer Valley Road and 1015 S. Rural Rd., near ASU’s main campus.Along those lines, Davis Lunt says a trend or issue she would like to see addressed by Valley Partnership is how the City of Phoenix can become more pedestrian, rail and bike dependent to allow for more retail and housing development in the urban core.Retired Lt. Col. Rusty MitchellDirector of Luke Air Force Base Community Initiatives TeamRusty Mitchell, director of Luke Air Force Base Community Initiatives Team, has been an ex-officio board member at Valley Partnership since 2005 and is the primary liason between the Air Force base, nine municipalities, Maricpa County and state officials.“(Valley Partnership) has enabled me to network with major developers and discuss development issues in areas that we conduct flight operations,” he says. “This communication enables developers and landowners to be better informed of state statutes for compatible land use before they obligate time and money to a particular project.”The partnership has been mutually beneficial. Before retiring, Mitchell served 22 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot. It is through his community involvement and history with the Air Force that Mitchell has managed to bring enduring economic development to the base and Arizona.“The over-whelming community support of the mission of Luke AFB has been recognized by the senior leadership of the Air Force and was a significant contributing factor in its selection as the largest F-35 training base and the recipient of an eventual 144 F-35’s,” he says.The selection of Luke to be the primary pilot training center for the nation’s most advanced fighter will ensure the existence of Luke AFB for many decades to come, Mitchell says.“Not only is Luke critical in the nation’s defense, producing the world’s greatest fighter pilots, but the fact that it contributes approximately $2B to the state’s economy every year will continue to infuse the state with much needed economic power.”
NPR: Facebook’s mission “to make the world more open and connected” is a familiar refrain among company leaders. But the latest research shows connecting 1.1 billion users around the world may come at a psychological cost.A new University of Michigan study on college-aged adults finds that the more they used Facebook, the worse they felt. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, found Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction.“There’s a huge amount of interest … because Facebook is so widespread,” says research co-author John Jonides, a University of Michigan cognitive neuroscientist. “With something like half a billion people who use Facebook every day, understanding the consequences of that use on our well being is of critical importance.”Researchers tested the variables of happiness and satisfaction in real time on 82 participants. The researchers text-messaged them five times a day for two weeks to examine how Facebook use influenced how they felt. Participants responded to questions about loneliness, anxiety and general emotional well-being.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >
The New York Times:The author of “The Language Instinct,” “The Blank Slate” and, most recently, “The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” has never gotten in trouble for reading a book. “Just for writing them.”What books are currently on your night stand?“How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust,” by Dan McMillan. “Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found,” by Frances Larson. “Ascent of the A-Word: A_ism, the First Sixty Years,” by Geoffrey Nunberg. “The Enlightenment,” by Anthony Pagden. “Two Cultures? The Significance of C. P. Snow,” by F. R. Leavis.What was the last truly great book you read? With the serene confidence that only a brilliant theoretical physicist can get away with, David Deutsch’s “The Beginning of Infinity” defends the unfashionable view that the Enlightenment inaugurated an era of unlimited intellectual and moral progress. The key is the human mind’s infinite combinatorial power, embedded in a culture that allows conjectures about the world (including the social and political world) to be tested and criticized.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Share Email Share on Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Share on Twitter New research suggests that Instagram is saturated with images depicting very lean and very muscular men. The study, which appears in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, found that posts depicting this type of body tend to receive more responses.“I have always been very interested in body image and how people think about their own body, because I personally believe that the ‘relationship’ between us and our bodies is often underestimated — especially for and by men,” said study author Thomas Gultzow (@ThomasGultzow), a PhD candidate at the Care and Public Health Research Institute in the Netherlands.“Realizing that social media is regularly used by a large proportion of the world population and that the information that is presented there could strongly affect our relationship with our own body, I believed that it was important to see how people used social media to communicate about body types. And once I started looking in the literature, it quickly became clear that men are underrepresented in this type of research, and then the idea of working specifically on this population really quickly arose.” The researchers used a social media mining tool and searched a sample of influential male fitness accounts to collect a random sample of 1,000 fitness-related Instagram posts depicting men. They found that the majority of images showed muscular and lean white men.Most of the posts showed men with low body fat, while only a small fraction depicted men with high body fat. Sixty-two percent of posts showed men with low body fat and 41% showed high muscularity, whereas only 6% showed men with high body fat and 17% showed low muscularity. Men with both low body fat and high muscularity (35%) represented the largest group with a specific body type.“Social media seems very skewed in terms of presenting people’s bodies. You are much more likely to see the ‘classic adonis’ on Instagram than on the street. In fact, social media messages showing such men with more muscles and less fat were also engaged with more, resulting in more likes and comments,” Gultzow told PsyPost.“Users may think that you have to look like this. If you feel your own body does not compare to that ideal, this may lead to negative feelings or unhealthy behaviors, such as extreme dieting or using unhealthy supplements. So, what I would like to say to anyone who is using Instagram: be aware of this skewed reality, this is not real life!”But the positive and negative consequences of the predominance of muscular and lean bodies on Instagram is still unclear. Future research is needed to examine whether this type of content motivates men to become physical active themselves or whether it increases men’s body dissatisfaction. “Based on Albert Bandura’s Social Cognitive Theory, body image pictures on Instagram may, through positive modeling, help to counteract the obesity epidemic, with the portrayals leading men to lead more healthy lifestyles. On the negative side, the skewed images may lead to male body dissatisfaction, depression and eating disorders. We can use this knowledge to educate our patients about the false sense of reality often portrayed on social media,” said Brenda K. Wiederhold, the editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.“Men are still somewhat underrepresented in body image research, so we often draw conclusions based on studies that include either only women or just a handful of men. I think it would be really relevant to conduct in-depth studies in which men are shown images of different body types and also asked about their experiences and emotions. That way, we can study the effect these images have on men; that information could possibly be used to help men,” Gultzow said.“I conducted this research as part of my scientific internship as finale part of my M.Sc. in ‘Health Education and Promotion’ and, fortunately, I was working with a great international team (Dr. Jeanine P.D. Guidry from the Robertson School of Media and Culture in Virginia, and Dr. Francine Schneider and Dr. Ciska Hoving from Maastricht University in the Netherlands), that combined expertise in health communication, digital health and the intersection between health and social media and they saw the need in this too and so we quickly started working on this topic,” he added.“Nowadays, I am conducting research regarding another health communication topic: mainly how we can use digital solutions to help people that want to quit smoking to make an informed decision regarding smoking cessation. However, I am still really interested in social media and how it influences us and our health, so I am always trying to fit this interest into my current work somehow. For example, Dr. Guidry and I are currently running a project about how Instagram users communicate about HIV.”The study, “Male Body Image Portrayals on Instagram“, was authored by Thomas Gultzow, Jeanine P.D. Guidry, Francine Schneider, and Ciska Hoving.
Dec 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A second seasonal influenza vaccine made by Novartis was approved recently by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the company said some doses may reach the market this flu season.The FDA on Nov 27 announced its approval of the injectable vaccine, called AgriFlu, for use in patients age 18 and older. It is made in Siena, Italy, and comes in single-dose, pre-filled syringes with no preservative, the agency said. The vaccine is not intended to provide protection against the pandemic H1N1 virus.Novartis spokesman Paul Newman told CIDRAP News that some doses of the vaccine will be supplied to the United States this winter, but it will be available primarily for the 2010-11 season. He said he couldn’t estimate how many doses would be distributed this season, as quantities will depend on yields and quality testing.The egg-based vaccine will be supplied only in a formulation free of thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, Newman said.The FDA said it used its accelerated approval pathway in evaluating the vaccine. In the FDA announcement, Karen Midthun, MD, acting director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, called the approval of AgriFlu “an important step in adding to the production capacity to enhance the supply of vaccine for the United States for future influenza seasons.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that this year’s seasonal flu vaccine supply will reach about 115 million doses, but distribution has been slowed by the pandemic H1N1 vaccine campaign. CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said today that the estimate does not include any doses of AgriFlu.Novartis already markets the seasonal flu vaccine Fluvirin, which is approved by the FDA for people age 4 and older. Commenting on the reasons for seeking US approval of AgriFlu, Newman said by e-mail, “To ensure adequate seasonal flu vaccine supply, Novartis is diversifying our manufacturing platform for, and in, the US. AgriFlu is made in Siena, Italy, and Fluvirin in Liverpool, UK, so Novartis is now able to supply the US market with vaccines produced at two different facilities.”More than 97 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed in other countries over the past 20 years, including some in Europe, where the vaccine goes by the name Agrippal, Newman reported.He said the vaccine was tested only in adults in connection with the application for US licensing, but a development program for children and adolescents is under way. The European version of the vaccine is used in children from the age of 6 months, he reported.The FDA said common side effects in clinical studies of the vaccine included pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, headache, muscle aches, and malaise. People with severe allergies to chicken eggs should not receive the vaccine, the agency noted.Newman said the name AgriFlu is partly derived from “grippe,” an older name for influenza.Besides Novartis, manufacturers supplying seasonal flu vaccines in the United States are CSL Limited (Afluria), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Biologicals (Fluarix), ID Biomedical Corp. (a unit of GSK) (FluLaval), Sanofi Pasteur (Fluzone), and MedImmune Inc. (FluMist).See also: Nov 27 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm192148.htm