For Alaskans in Paris, climate talks hit home

first_imgClimate Change | EnvironmentFor Alaskans in Paris, climate talks hit homeDecember 12, 2015 by Rachel Waldholz, APRN – Anchorage Share:Esau Sinnok, 18, of Shishmaref, with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others at the COP21 climate meeting in Paris. (Photo courtesy Arctic Youth Ambassadors)On Saturday, representatives from around the world released a climate change agreement in Paris, the result of years of negotiations – and a final two weeks of intense talks.Among the thousands of people who gathered in Paris over those two weeks to weigh in on the effort were several Alaskans.Esau Sinnok is 18, he’s from Shishmaref, and during his time in Paris, he’s been interviewed by — it feels like — just about every major news outlet in the world.“…from National Geographic… from CNN… and tomorrow I’ll be in an interview from Al Jazeera…” he said.Sinnok is one of several Alaskans in Paris, where they were greeted as messengers from the front lines of climate change — though there’s also another predictable reaction.“This old lady, French lady, asked where I was from, and I said, ‘I’m from Alaska,’ and her eyes just bulged out of her head,” Sinnok said, laughing.It was a three-day trip from Shishmaref to Anchorage to Minneapolis, and finally to Paris. Sinnok went as a Youth Ambassador for the Arctic Council, and as a representative for the Sierra Club and the Indigenous Environmental Network.He went to tell world leaders his stories from home: how his barrier island is losing ground to the sea; how ice forms later in the year, making hunting unpredictable; and, how for the first time in memory, he said, they’ve had rain in the winter.He hoped to add urgency to the talks.“I know that they’re doing their best in those meetings, but I feel like what they’re talking about won’t be in play for the next few decades,” he said. “And we need something done right now, because in 20, 25 years, Shishmaref will be under water.”Esau Sinnok at home in Shishmaref. (Photo courtesy Arctic Youth Ambassadors)Maija Katak Lukin is no stranger to press coverage, either. The Kotzebue city council member was mayor when President Obama visited this fall, bringing with him a global spotlight.Lukin was invited to Paris by the State Department, and spoke on a panel with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about what’s happening in the region around Kotzebue.“I said, you know, we don’t call it a climate change adaptation plan, we call it a survival plan,” she said.Lukin said she appreciated being able to tell her story, and it was fascinating to hear how communities from the Marshall Islands to Scandinavia are coping with a warming climate.But every once in a while, she said, someone would ask — well, why do you live there? Why not just move?“You know, it’s kind of difficult to stay diplomatic when somebody asks you, ‘Why is your life important?’” Lukin said. “Because that’s really what they’re saying.”Princess Daazhraii Johnson works with the environmental group REDOIL. Speaking via Skype from her hotel room in Paris, she said she doesn’t want her state to be known only as the forefront of global warming. Instead, with its far-flung communities and often challenging environment, she hopes Alaska can become a leader in a different way — as a laboratory for the kinds of alternative energy systems, collaboration and ingenuity that will be needed to cope with a warming world.She said, “I feel like we have the opportunity right now to really be a model for what is possible.”Share this story:last_img read more

Exclusive: WRDSMTH at The Bloc (Pics)

first_imgArtUncategorizedExclusive: WRDSMTH at The Bloc (Pics)Coming soon to your InstaBy Lanee Lee – May 1, 20171766ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItKnown for his Zig Ziglar-style inspirational street art, WRDSMTH’s latest installations in The Bloc (the mixed-use DTLA development at 700 S. Flower) will be revealed officially on Thursday (and we have sneak peek photos of the three new rooftop pieces below). With eight pieces total, this marks the largest permanent collection for the L.A. street artist.Four of the pieces are inside on the ground floor of the building’s southeast and southwest corners—including a collaboration with Antigirl (the heart by the “Dear LA” piece).You may have seen the fifth one by now—if not in person on the corner of Hope and 8th, then on Instagram. WRDSMTH’s “Goddess” takes up the entire corner of the building, complete with a punctuating set of Colette Miller wings.The final three are on the rooftop. Located on the 34th floor, the modern outdoor space is accessible to tenants only, and to private parties. (Keep scrolling for photos.) Meanwhile, we caught up with the artist known as WRDSMTH—he still prefers to officially keep his real name hush-hush—for some words.Photo by Steffi VictoriosoAspire to what?It’s a favorite word. Aspire to fill in the blank for whoever you are. There’s something to this being a rooftop with the word “aspire” on the top floor. And L.A. as the creative capital of the world—people aspire to a lot of things here. Aspire to good. Aspire to your dreams. Aspire to greatness. Aspire to whatever is positive for you.Photo by Steffi VictoriosoWhat were the challenges of these pieces in particular?I expected to be working on flat walls, but when I arrived two of the walls were corrugated. I’ve done one corrugated wall before, but not this deep: it skips two inches and goes two inches deep. If I painted within it, it would look distorted. So, I built my stencils to skip two inches. I didn’t know if it was going to work. I am always really critical of my work, and even I went “wow.” The experiment really turned out, especially within the environment.How do feel about your artwork being labeled “Instagrammable”?People actually interact with the walls, beyond just a backdrop for selfies. Part of the success of WRDSMTH is that we are living in a time period where we communicate with less words, by texting and emojis. So, the action of sending a photo of one of my walls to somebody is going the extra mile. It’s almost like sending a modern day Hallmark card. I’m part of that, and it’s just incredible. Like Colette’s piece on Melrose, these are destination art pieces that have the ability to make people smile or brighten their day and then they send it on, like a butterfly effect.WRDSMTH and “No Short Cuts”Photo by Steffi VictoriosoLong passages aren’t usually your thing. Why do so with “Blue Elephants”?Well, it encourages reading. And that’s a good thing. Secondly, it’s a passage from a book I wrote about making it in Hollywood. I started putting it up around town and people really resonated with it.Photo by Steffi VictoriosoHow does the passage correlate with The Bloc and DTLA?DTLA is at the heart of the city, and “Blue Elephants” celebrates the act of following your calling, trusting your talent, chasing your dream, and believing in yourself. You have to write/sing/dance what you want, instead of what’s popular, and people will respond.WRDSMTH with “Heart LA,” a collaboration with AntigirlPhoto by Steffi VictoriosoMost surprising aspect of the The Bloc installations?The “Goddess” piece. I’m amazed at how much it’s being embraced. It celebrates everything I wanted it to celebrate: the area, The Bloc, and the women’s movement.Photo by Steffi VictoriosoAre there any secret messages or hidden artwork in The Bloc?If you bring an artist to a location and let them do their thing, they might hide some pieces that the executives don’t know about. It’s big, that’s the one clue I’ll give you. RELATED: These Moody Photos of L.A. Street Art Reveal Our City’s Profound Beauty TAGSStreet ArtWRDSMTHPrevious articleThere’s a Secret Rock Climbing Wall on the Side of a Government Building DowntownNext article4 Million People Agree: L.A. Is The Place to BeLanee Lee RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORCoronavirus-Themed Murals Have Popped Up Across L.A.The Best Exhibits at Museums and Galleries in L.A. in MarchLos Angeles Has Become a Hub for a Wave of Queer Street Artistslast_img read more

C&C fails to enjoy a festive craic as fizz goes out of cider market

first_imgWednesday 14 January 2015 8:07 pm C&C fails to enjoy a festive craic as fizz goes out of cider market Show Comments ▼ IRISH cider maker C&C yesterday issued a profit warning due to poor sales in Britain in the last four months of 2014 as it pursued a failed takeover bid for pub group Spirit.The makers of ciders Magners and Bulmers, as well as Tennent’s lager, said it would advance plans to “significantly reduce costs” in England and Wales.It did not specify what this would mean, but said it aimed to return its cider business to “acceptable levels of profitability”.Sales volumes fell 9.8 per cent in the three months to November in the two reg­ions, which accounted for around a quarter of C&C’s revenues. C&C forecast operating profit of €115m (£89m) in its financial year, which ends in February, down from €127m in 2013.Sales falls in the US eased to 16.2 per cent from an average of 21 per cent in the first half of the year as competitive threats receded, it said. “While the performance during the period is… disap­p­oint­ing, the improve­ment in the US provides some encouragement,” said Good­body analyst Liam Igoe.C&C’s bid last year to buy the Spirit pub group failed after the chain was bought by Greene King for £774m.It had hoped to use Spirit’s 1,200 pubs to increase its distribution in the UK, where it has faced a number of new rivals, such as Swedish brand Koppar­berg and AB InBev’s Stella Cidre. Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comcenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar Programinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailFungus EliminatorIf You Have Toenail Fungus Try This TonightFungus EliminatorBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement Share whatsapp Express KCS last_img read more

London’s craft beer mapped: Where to find the capital’s best craft, independent and micro breweries

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Is the FDA approving drugs faster than ever? No, as the data show

first_img @damiangarde Politics By Damian Garde Nov. 16, 2017 Reprints [email protected] STAT Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Damian Garde What is it? Tags cancerdrug developmentpolicySTAT+ Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr.center_img What’s included? About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Is the FDA approving drugs faster than ever? No, as the data show Log In | Learn More With each breathless announcement and triumphant press release, it seems clear that the Food and Drug Administration is approving new drugs at a record pace under Dr. Scott Gottlieb.But we wanted to put that appearance to the test. So we gathered more than five years of approval data from Evaluate Pharma, covering more than 200 first-time drug approvals. And it turns out, the FDA has actually been reliably speedy under multiple administrations, consistently OK’ing drugs ahead of schedule. National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. GET STARTEDlast_img read more

What to expect from ‘Modernizing the FDA’s Data Strategy’ meeting

first_img Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. Leave this field empty if you’re human: These include: How do we handle the challenge of moving from static datasets to streaming datasets? How can we ensure data privacy and protection? How can a new data strategy help the FDA and the industry facilitate private and secure interactions with the global marketplace and other regulatory agencies?Legacy systems are hindering innovationAnother challenge facing the industry is entrenched legacy systems on the part of both the FDA and pharma companies. It is expensive and time-consuming to integrate the antiquated systems with newer technologies. The pace of innovation is requiring a fundamental restructuring of underlying tech stacks as well as the FDA’s data strategy approach.To ease this difficulty and ensure future compatibility, the FDA and pharma companies around the world will need to agree on tech integration and further advancements, with the FDA following in pharma’s footprints, since the industry is already taking strides to digitally transform and modernize its data strategy.What will the FDA ultimately do?While it’s impossible to predict the future — few saw the looming Covid-19 pandemic in early January — it’s safe to predict three ways the FDA will likely focus its data strategy after the public meeting.The first involves the technological underpinnings of the agency itself. The on-premises, license-based software model is dying out, making way instead for flexible, nimble cloud architectures. This shift would open the door to further data handling possibilities, like analysis of streaming data.The second is a move to software as a service and cloud-based model that will enable the FDA to access data on a much deeper level. Traditionally, the agency has been limited to relatively simple queries on static databases. The creation of a data lake depends on the elasticity of the computing infrastructure, since it stores massive volumes of both structured and unstructured data. Given the FDA’s mandate, you can bet that the FDA will need more of a data ocean than a data lake. FDA [email protected] After being called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the FDA’s public meeting to discuss data strategy, an issue that is vital to the future of health care in the United States, is being held — virtually, of course — on Tuesday, June 30.Like many regulatory bodies, the FDA innovates at a far slower pace than the private sector. This lag time has made it difficult for the FDA to develop a technology strategy that remains relevant from inception of a new drug to deployment.This wasn’t always the case. Looking back to the mid-1990s, the FDA was a technological pioneer, putting in place the first systems that let pharma companies electronically report adverse effects. This new technology allowed the FDA to monitor the safety and efficacy of products.advertisement By Joe Rymsza June 29, 2020 Reprints First OpinionWhat to expect from ‘Modernizing the FDA’s Data Strategy’ meeting FDA unveils new plan to modernize its technology — and make more efficient use of data center_img Joe Rymsza Please enter a valid email address. The third way involves a different approach to data analysis. The movement to data lakes makes it possible to analyze data in entirely new ways. Rather than static queries that seek to define parameters, agency staff will have access to advanced data tools that provide graph-based, intelligent querying that grows and evolves through machine learning and artificial intelligence. The question will no longer be “What are the adverse effects of this drug?” but rather, “Tell me the factors that influence the likelihood an individual patient will experience adverse effects from this drug.”These three changes represent a fundamental change in the way the FDA manages, monitors, and uses data.Securing the pharmaceutical data of millions of peopleData security should be top of mind for companies and regulators in the pharmaceutical sphere. The FDA needs to establish direct links with pharma companies to collect data, and those companies in turn have connections to each of their suppliers and trading partners. With that many links in the chain, the agency must carefully evaluate every pharma company’s security to comply with privacy regulations. It should also determine protocols to be followed after a data intrusion and the course for remediation.There will also be many implications for the agency when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and other similar regulations come into play. Privacy must be paramount as the data modernization strategy progresses. Legacy systems will need to interface securely with pharma companies around the world, obtaining the data necessary to perform queries while simultaneously maintaining spotless data privacy.The long road aheadThis first public meeting — others haven’t yet been announced but are likely to happen — won’t yield immediate improvements. It may take several years to formalize and implement a new strategy. It will be worth waiting for: Long-term results of this initiative will be a regulatory body and industry that will work together more synergistically, leveraging technology to extract data and relevant insights that will improve the way drugs and innovative therapies are developed, tested, introduced, commercialized and regulated for the betterment of all.Joe Rymsza is the vice president of global pharmacovigilance and regulatory technology at IQVIA. About the Author Reprints Related: The reason for the agency’s slowdown? Health care data is compounding faster than ever before, having grown 878% since 2016 and expected to continue to grow exponentially. The pharmaceutical and medical device industries are seriously exploring — and quickly adopting — new technologies to cope with the resulting unprecedented level of data complexity. This meeting will hopefully set the FDA on course to catch up and more effectively work with industry in the technology era.What will the meeting address?The meeting will focus on three main areas of discussion: standards and policy; data security, privacy, and management; and data strategies and data sharing. Attendees have been invited to help guide the FDA’s response to a host of challenges facing the pharma industry today.advertisement Tags government agenciesHealth ITlast_img read more

IIROC tackles growing cyber risk with mandatory reporting rule

first_imgEffective immediately, firms must report cybersecurity incidents within three days and provide the regulator with a detailed incident report within 30 days.In a notice detailing the new requirements, IIROC noted that “cyber risks have continued to evolve and present a more urgent threat of harm to investors, market participants and dealers.”At the same time, it said that “dealers are increasing their collection of data and reliance on complex information systems. This development highlights the importance of timely information sharing to mitigate cyber risk.”The self-regulatory organization said that the new reporting requirements will enable it to “better support firms experiencing an incident and to alert other firms to known issues and potential risks.”IIROC first proposed mandatory reporting in April 2018, and has since revised its initial proposal to clarify the differences between the two required reports (within three and 30 days) and to provide assurance that information about cyber incidents will be shared anonymously.“Mandatory reporting of cybersecurity incidents will allow IIROC to analyze the information received for any trends, insights or intelligence,” said Irene Winel, senior vice president, member regulation and strategy, at IIROC.“This reporting will help us to improve the industry’s cybersecurity preparedness and protect the integrity of Canada’s capital markets, thereby contributing to investors’ confidence in the industry,” she said. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP SEC charges five in US$2-billion crypto trading scheme Related news James Langton Regulators issue new reporting guidance on systems outages Advisor exams uncover cybersecurity deficiencies: NASAA Investment dealers must now report cybersecurity breaches to regulators within three days, under new requirements designed to enhance the investment industry’s cyber defences.The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has adopted rule changes that introduce mandatory cybersecurity reporting requirements for all IIROC-regulated firms. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Cybersecurity,  RegulationCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada last_img read more

Watch a cyclist get a ticket for ignoring a stop sign

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada It is stated in the law that a bicycle is in fact a “motor vehicle”, and must adhere to the rules of the road, including stop signs. While bicycles do ride in something of a grey zone when it comes to motor vehicle licensing and registration, they still must follow the laws of the vehicles that they share the pavement with.RELATED advertisement However invincible bicycles in this province seem to think they are, there is no arguing with physics. If a vehicle was to ignore the same stop sign travelling perpendicular to the bicycle, this could have been a much different story. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Ontario Provincial Police pulled over a cyclist near Caledon for running through a stop sign without stopping, proving that bicycles must follow traffic laws just like the rest of us.In the clip, the cyclist appears to move out of the way of the officer, initially not realizing that he is being pulled over for an infraction, even pointing at themselves in disbelief. The cyclist was issued a $110 ticket, but no demerits. See More Videoscenter_img RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesOntarioToronto & GTACaledonCrimeCyclingFlexOntario Lorraine Explains: Bike lanes won’t kill you — and they’ll save others First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Judgy-Pants: Mowing Down a Cyclist EditionIn the video there don’t appear to be a ton of people around, so it could be said that it was relatively low risk for the cyclist to ignore the stop sign, but there are plenty of times where this kind of carelessness by cyclists has ended in tragedy. Trending Videoslast_img read more

Aspiring Astronaut Among CU Students to Receive Science Scholarships Nov. 17

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 13, 2008 Ryan Kobrick, a University of Colorado at Boulder doctoral candidate, has had the dream of being an astronaut since he was a kid. He is now working toward that dream while studying the abrasive nature of lunar dust, with the goal of helping scientists design better, safer and more durable spacesuits and spacecraft.Kobrick is one of 33 science, engineering and medical students from CU-Boulder and other Colorado schools who will receive a total of $165,000 in scholarships at the Colorado chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students Foundation’s annual scholar luncheon on Monday, Nov. 17, at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus.Each year the foundation awards scholarships to U.S. citizens who demonstrate strong character, excellence in their work and financial need. Foundation members have awarded more than $66 million and funded more than 12,000 scholarships since the foundation’s inception.”The ARCS Foundation-Colorado chapter is all ladies and all volunteer,” said Val Peterson, president of the ARCS Foundation’s Colorado chapter. “We raise money for science scholarships for four recipient schools — CU-Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and UC Denver. In this time of shrinking resources and an increased need for doctors, scientists and engineers, the ARCS Foundation is needed now more than ever to keep our country strong.”Dr. Michael Bristow is the ARCS Foundation Colorado chapter’s “Honoree of the Year” for 2008-09 in recognition of his contributions to the scientific community. Bristow, a professor of medicine and co-director of the Colorado Cardiovascular Institute at the UC Denver School of Medicine, is being honored for his instrumental work in explaining key molecular mechanisms underlying heart failure and the use of beta-blockers for its treatment. He also is a founder of Myogen Inc., a company formed by CU faculty to research and treat heart failure.The ARCS Foundation was created in 1958 after the Sputnik launch. The national women’s organization is fully operated by volunteers, so all of the donations raised for scholarships go directly to scholarships, according to Peterson.The following are CU-Boulder students who will receive ARCS Foundation scholarships for 2008-09 and the degrees and areas of study they are pursuing:o Ryan Kobrick is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering sciences. He is studying the abrasive nature of lunar dust, specifically the fundamentals of abrasive wear. A better understanding of abrasive wear will help scientists design better and safer spacesuits, spacecraft and robotics, allowing for longer space missions.o Kyle Lampe is working toward a doctorate in chemical engineering. His research is in tissue engineering, and his thesis project is to develop polymer-based hydrogel and drug delivery systems in order to tissue engineer the re-creation of the nigrostriatal pathway, the area of the brain primarily affected by Parkinson’s disease. He wants to be a professor and continue his research in the tissue-engineering field.o Kyle Landgraf is working on a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biophysics. His research involves understanding chemical signals within cells so researchers can design new therapeutic strategies for treating diseases where cell malfunction is prevalent. He plans to pursue a research career in biochemical engineering.o Lisa Mayhew is working toward a doctorate in geological sciences. Her research focuses on helping the understanding of the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the potential for life on other planets like Mars. Specifically, she studies microorganisms that survive in extreme conditions associated with volcanic environments to understand the relationship between the geochemistry of these environments and the metabolic capabilities of the microorganisms.o Jonathan Metts is working on a doctorate in aerospace engineering. His research involves designing a spacesuit that would have radiators built into it, allowing for long-term exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond. Current spacesuits use water as a coolant, an approach that will not work on Mars. He plans to work as a research engineer either for NASA, a national laboratory or a private company in the space industry.o Colby Stoddard is pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry. His research is focused on identifying antibiotic targets by determining the three-dimensional structure of RNA molecules that are only found inside bacteria. Understanding the structure of these RNAs will allow the design of novel antibiotics to create a new line of defense against infectious disease. He wants to find a job where he can use his biochemistry background to create new metabolic pathways in bacteria so that industrial chemicals can be produced in a more sustainable and feasible manner.o Will Wieder is working on a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology. His research focuses on nutrient and carbon cycling in tropical forests, and includes experiments to determine how species composition and precipitation may impact soil processes like respiration. He plans to work in academia teaching and conducting research.A short video featuring CU-Boulder ARCS scholar Ryan Kobrick is available on the CU-Boulder news Web site at more information about the Colorado chapter of the ARCS Foundation or to make a donation visit read more

Student life: Competitive spirit drives CU grad to launch real estate company while in school

first_img Published: Dec. 17, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CU-Boulder senior Leah Canfield approaches learning with the same competitive spirit that gained her recognition as a successful ski racer. Creating the most out of a short amount of time is a strategy that has benefited Canfield in several facets: skiing, school and in co-founding a real estate investment company. Canfield, a finance major from Breckenridge, is set to graduate Dec. 20 after taking three years off from school to pursue a career in professional ski racing. Her path changed due to several injuries, and she decided to pursue a degree from CU-Boulder after reading a handful of personal finance textbooks.“I started reading about how to create wealth for yourself and really became interested in the real estate part of it,” Canfield said. “Because it has a long gestation period, it allows for a lot of personal freedom.”She is grateful for resources gained throughout her career at CU-Boulder and believes that her experiences at CU helped shape her interest in business.“I’m so happy I decided to come to CU,” she said. “So many classes have changed my perspective and have given me opportunities moving forward.”Once her interest in real estate developed, Canfield got involved with the International Real Estate Competition, where she and five of her peers earned a second place award, behind Singapore.  “I gained the confidence to take an idea and be able to present it to a group of professionals,” she said.Being able to present ideas to professionals is especially crucial for Canfield in building her business. Just a year into her education at CU, Canfield and her boyfriend founded Atlas Property Investment, a real estate investment company that has grown rapidly. In less than two years Canfield has developed an impressive real estate portfolio.“We were really interested in the cash flow,” she said. “We started researching, and it took us a while to pull the trigger, but once we got our first place we just kept going.”After learning the ropes of today’s real estate system, Canfield focuses on raising funds on a project-by-project deal in order to both please investors and expand her business futher.“After I graduate, the biggest goal will be putting together a proposal for our current investors to raise funds,” Canfield said. “They can keep their money with us for a number of years and we can invest it with a little more autonomy.”Launching a business is no small feat, but Canfield believes her dedicated professors eased the process and provided her with professional industry knowledge.“I had great professors who were so committed to their classes and to their students,” Canfield said. “I went in with lots of questions on how to raise money…they’ve been a huge support system.”Among several, Canfield recognizes Leeds School of Business professor Curtis Sears as playing a distinct influence on her due to his involvement with the real estate investment team.“He was always available for anything that I needed,” said Canfield.As she looks towards a bright future as a business owner, her advice to current students is to stay active, engaged and to decide what kind of learning style works best in the beginning.“I’m really thoughtful about how I choose to study and I try to organize myself. When I study for finals, I have to make sure to make it to the gym at least five days a week,” Canfield said.In addition to adopting an intentional scheduling approach, Canfield emphasizes some of the things that helped her the most.“It’s so important to take advantage of office hours, pay attention in class and ask questions,” she said.Canfield is being recognized as the Leeds School of Business “Outstanding Graduate” for the fall semester.last_img read more