Rita R. Colwell Impact Fund launched to support women in science

New Fund to help close the gender gap in STEM fields

IRVINGTON, NEW YORK, U.S. , May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is broadly acknowledged that to combat the major issues that humanity faces, diverse viewpoints, experiences, and expertise across all sectors of society are necessary. But, globally, this diversity is lacking in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) where fewer than 30% of researchers are women. In Japan, this number shrinks to below 20%.

To help lessen this gap, the OIST Foundation, a New York-based not-for-profit organization, in partnership with the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), launched the Rita R. Colwell Impact Fund for the Advancement of Women in Science on May 19th 2021.
This Fund will go towards fostering a culture of diversity and gender equality on the OIST campus further, nurturing women and girls interested in science in Okinawa and creating opportunities for women to advance their careers and become leaders in the field.

Dr. Rita Colwell is a distinguished microbiologist and a member of the OIST Board of Governors. Despite the numerous challenges that came with being a pioneering woman in her research, she has had an extraordinary career — completing vital work in health, water, and global infectious diseases research. In addition to being on the OIST Board, Dr. Colwell became the first woman to serve as the Director of the United States National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004, and is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Colwell said that she is deeply honored to have such an important fund bear her name.

“Diversity is critical,” Dr. Colwell emphasized. “We know that companies that have a diverse board of management are more productive and profitable. It increases the stock of opinions, recommendations, and perspectives. The strategic direction is broadened. This is how we can utilize the full talent of the human race and we need all the talent given the struggles we face — COVID-19, inequality, poverty, climate change, to name a few.”

When speaking about her own experiences, Dr. Colwell acknowledged that her career didn’t follow a straight line but that was because she was blocked at many steps along of the way. “Teachers wouldn’t write letters of recommendation for women seeking a career in science or engineering. I was told that fellowships were not to be wasted on women. Things are getting better now, but it will take generations. “

“I believe OIST is very much needed in Japan — it’s a place of wonderful diversity and excellent research. I’m very proud to be on the OIST Board, which makes a dedicated effort to recruit women scientists. I hope this fund can be used to attract many more women to OIST so their careers can be developed and nurtured.”

In the 2020 OIST student cohort, 30 of the 62 students are female, which is in stark contrast to many other Japanese universities. There is also a strong cultural diversity at OIST — 83% of PhD students and 63% of faculty were recruited from outside Japan.

Further highlighting the importance of this Fund is astronomer Dr. Yuko Kakazu, who is from Okinawa. She is now the outreach specialist at the Subaru Telescope and NAOJ Thirty Meter Telescope Project in Hawai’i and the Education Ambassador for the OIST Foundation.

“I wish a place like OIST existed when I was growing up,” she said. “When I was a student, there was this idea that women should stay at home and not leave Okinawa. There were no role models, no scientists around me. When I started my undergraduate degree, I was told by one of my professors that women weren’t meant to study physics. There were only three of us out of 200 students.”

“The situation is slowly getting better in Japan but we’re still so far behind. This Fund can be used to inspire more women to enter the STEM fields, to show them that becoming a scientist is a viable career option.”

To support the Rita R. Colwell Impact Fund for the Advancement of Women in Science, please contact:
OIST Foundation (US): oistfoundation.org | david@oistfoundation.org
OIST (Japan): groups.oist.jp/giving | donation@oist.jp

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Teens Learn to Drive Inc. to Host Vision Zero Youth Network Virtual Event

TL2D is launching their own extension to Vision Zero

Teens Learn to Drive Inc. will be hosting a virtual event for media partners.

We can't ignore driver education and achieve Vision Zero.”

— Anne Marie Hayes, President of Teens Learn to Drive Inc.

ONTARIO, CANADA, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Teens Learn to Drive (TL2D) is launching the Vision Zero Youth Network (VZYN) in order to help fill the gap in driver education. This network will provide young drivers, passengers and pedestrians with the information they need to improve their skills and make better choices on the road.

Vision Zero is an idea developed during the late 90s in Sweden. The goal is to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on roads, and Sweden has been relatively successful. But compared to Sweden, most Ontario drivers have a serious education gap when it comes to winter driving, space management, blind zones, scanning skills, etc.

The VZYN will help fill that gap by selecting ambassadors to work with police and other partners. Ambassadors will create and share road safety messages about topics that concern their regions through videos, resources, and social media.

The ambassadorship program is free to students and schools and has big benefits. Selected Ambassadors will earn their 40 Community Service hours, a $500 scholarship, and an expense-paid trip to the VZYN conference in Toronto. They will also build their skills, portfolios, resumes and networks.

For the link to join the virtual event, please email Anthony at rodr3550@mylaurier.ca.

DATE: Wednesday, May 19
Time: 1pm
Location: Via ZOOM
Hosted by: John Derringer of Q107

Anne Marie Hayes
Teens Learn to Drive Inc.
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Vision Zero Youth Network Needs Ontario High School Students

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VWEC Next Level Business Transformation COVID-19 Master Class Series Garners Success for Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

NLBT Entrepreneurs

The NLBT program was the missing link needed to take the business to the next level”

— Kelli Mumphrey, CEO MilkSpace, LLC

DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center is excited to announce the continuation of their Next Level Business Transformation (NLBT) Master Class Series this Spring. The program provides invaluable training in the areas of Management, Business Financials, Technology Tactics, Marketing Mechanics, Business and Sales Strategies. Participants received a grant, supported in establishing a line of business credit, and are aided in obtaining additional business loans as needed.

The NLBT Series has spawned several success stories since it launched in 2020. Kelli Mumphrey, a proud United States Navy veteran, is one such story. In 2018, Mumphrey created MilkSpace, LLC, a business that provided event planners with a service solution to accommodate nursing women during events. Her own experience as a nursing mother inspired her to launch the business, “I often found myself in situations where I had to resort to pumping and dumping breastmilk in public restrooms. I was so frustrated by the lack of access to convenient and sanitary spaces to express breastmilk while away from home, I was determined to create a solution for other breastfeeding mothers.” With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mumphrey had to transition her business from an in-person business to an e-commerce business offering MilkMama Sanity Kits filled with breastfeeding essentials that focus on sanitation and convenience to keep women sane and smiling while on the go. It was during this time, she enrolled in the VWEC’s NLBT program. “The NLBT program was the missing link needed to take the business to the next level. Unlike traditional coursework, the NLBT program model provided tailored training sessions applicable to my business,” Mumphrey explains. “I was able to receive essential business information in a small welcoming group setting and receive one on one feedback from industry experts. The sessions compelled me to “think outside of my box”, and “get granular” in finding the true value of my business, defining my different customer segments, developing the community impact I desired which was to serve Black women in their breastfeeding journey, and formulating a realistic sales strategy to generate revenue.” In addition to the wealth of knowledge she received, Mumphrey was also awarded a $5000 grant and assisted in establishing a business line of credit!

The NLBT program has also helped participants re-examine how to do business and continue to thrive while many businesses are closing their doors due to the pandemic. The training program proved to be a guided path to not only weather the catastrophic effects of the coronavirus outbreak, but also establish a way to even greater success for Cherron Covington, Owner and CEO of Covington’s Consulting & Services, LLC, and a military spouse. Though Covington had been in business for over 20 years, she realized she needed a more hands on approach in some aspects of her business and to get in step with the times. She explains, “The NLBT program helps businesses, no matter what stage they are in, it brought my business into the 21st century. Technology, the first class, was an amazing class. Technology was broken down like a fraction, piece by piece, and explained in laymen’s terms. Now, I have my Webroot Firewall set up, my cloud business phone number, my CRM, I am ready to go! Because of VR’s program and an email she sent to the VWEC network about the LISC grant, I applied and received a $20k grant enabling my business to purchase critical equipment and effectively conduct my first virtual training program by providing tablets and hotspots to attendees to use from home. In addition, VR encouraged everyone to apply for the Dallas B.U.I.L.D business grant, and I received an additional $3000 and via the VWEC Coffee & Contracts program I obtained my woman owned business certification with the Women Business Council, Southwest.”

Angela Van, Retired Chief Warrant Army Officer 3, shares that at the beginning of 2020, she thought her business Keisha’s Kare Learning Academy, was doing well and she was headed for greater things in her personal and business life; but then came March 2020, COVID-19 the great pandemic of our time. Van explains, “March 2020, I went from 100% enrollment of my learning center to 30% enrollment for 5 months. I had to lay off my staff and was not sure if I was going to be able to survive this pandemic. Then came the Veterans Women Enterprise Center and the NLBT. “The NLBT has transformed my way of thinking about my business and how I can make it succeed throughout this pandemic. This vigorous 4 week Cohort has helped me transform my busines in the areas of technology (protecting my data, backups, creating business processes to name a few); truly understanding financial terms and their applications to my business profit and loss, cash flow, balance sheets, equity, and dividends; sales and the relevance of forecasting monthly sales goals and lead generations to expand my client base; and finally marketing with a focus on analytics and how use that data to drive business activities for the learning center.”

Small adds, “The VWEC’s slogan ‘Connecting You Is What We Do: Get Connected’ and the part of our mission statement that reads ‘ensuring access to the personal and professional resources they need to succeed’ are not superficial marketing slogans, the VWEC lives these concepts daily, and our clients reflect our efforts to keep them informed and connected. We’re not just building businesses, we’re transforming lives!”

The VWEC remains committed to putting their mission in action daily by helping Entrepreneur Women Associated with the Military (EWAM) inclusive of veterans, active duty, reservists, and female military spouses scale for success. They continue to establish strategic alliances, leverage public/private-sector opportunities, advocate for relevant research, services, and funding, while simultaneously providing on-site the personal and professional resources female veteran entrepreneurs need to succeed. For more information on upcoming Next Level Business Transformation Master Classes, visit www.veteranwomensec.org.

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Overcome, Uniquely Formulated CBD Brand, Donates 1% Of Sales To Lyme Disease Research & Education

Overcome, a uniquely formulated CBD brand tailored to support mood, joint discomfort, and fatigue, will donate 1% of sales to Lyme Disease research & education.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Although May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, Overcome donates the same percentage of their sales year round.

Overcome, a uniquely formulated CBD brand tailored to support mood, joint discomfort, and fatigue, will donate 1% of their sales to Lyme Disease research and education in 2021.

This marks the third year in a row that Overcome will donate 1% of sales towards the fight against Lyme.

“Although May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, we knew we wanted to do more than just make a token, one-time donation during a single month,” said Overcome’s Chief Executive Officer, Annie Rouse.

A former Fulbright scholar, Rouse was inspired to start Overcome after her Lyme diagnosis. After she was bitten by a tick while climbing in the Canadan Rockies, Lyme threatened to derail her fast-paced lifestyle of surfing, snowboarding, and entrepreneurship.

“Nothing fires me up like seeking out real challenges and conquering them, and overcoming Lyme is one of the biggest challenges anyone can face,” Rouse said.

Like many people with Lyme, Rouse remembers an initial rash caused by the tick bite, but didn’t realize the disease was present in the area where she’d been climbing. As a result, she wasn’t able to receive treatment until years later, after she’d developed full-on Lyme Disease symptoms.

“One of my first challenges was just being taken seriously by the medical establishment in order to get my Lyme diagnosis,” Rouse recalled. “That’s why I know it’s so important to both raise awareness about Lyme and support research into new treatments.”

Caused by tick bites, Lyme Disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control estimate that some 476,000 people are diagnosed or treated with Lyme Disease annually. In addition to the rash, typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, with joint aches and other severe symptoms potentially developing over time.

“I want everyone to know there is hope, you can make things better,” said Rouse. “The first step is always to say you can.”

About Overcome
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, Overcome is a unique brand of CBD formulated to help individuals overcome life’s greatest challenges. Overcome Every Day is an energizing, all-natural blend that combines CBD and related cannabinoids like CBDA and CBG with supportive nutrients like Vitamin D3, Curcumin and B-Complex. As a result, Overcome is uniquely designed to support mood, joint discomfort and fatigue. Find them online at overcomeveryday.com.

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Overcome LLC
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Watchdog Offers Mental Health Law Continuing Education Course Designed for Professionals

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were more than 37,000 Baker Acts involving children initiated during 2018/2019.

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were more than 37,000 Baker Acts involving children initiated during 2018/2019.

After first receiving approval to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling w

After first receiving approval to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling w

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

The headquarters for CCHR Florida are located in downtown Clearwater.

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

Tampa Bay area attorney and former Assistant Public Defender of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Carmen Miller, Esq., was the featured speaker at the seminar on mental health rights.

The mental health law currently allows for individuals of all ages, including children, to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination.

The mental health law currently allows for individuals of all ages, including children, to be taken into custody and sent for an involuntary psychiatric examination.

Delivered by an attorney, the virtual course covers the basic human rights impacted by the mental health law and is designed for mental health professionals.

If the law itself is understood and applied from the viewpoint of using the least restrictive means possible to help someone in crisis then the potential for abuse is greatly reduced.”

— Diane Stein, President CCHR Florida

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is hosting a complimentary virtual course on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 from 1:00-2:30pm. The course is delivered by attorney Carmen Miller, a former assistant public defender in the Thirteenth Circuit in Tampa, with an extensive background in dealing with Baker Acts.

Florida’s mental health law, commonly referred to as the Baker Act, allows for individuals of all ages to be taken into custody for an involuntary psychiatric examination but it is often misunderstood and misused. [1]

According to the Baker Act Reporting Center, there were more than 210,000 Baker Acts initiated during 2018/2019 across the state with over 37,000 involving children. [2]

Headlines such as “6-year-old Florida girl “traumatized” after being involuntarily sent to mental health facility” and “Florida’s flawed Baker Act rips thousands of kids from school” are all too frequent and spurred the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, to begin offering continuing education on the law. After first receiving approval to host continuing education through the Florida Bar on the Baker Act for attorneys, the move to become a provider through the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling was a logical next step. [3,4]

“The education of those given the power to initiate a Baker Act on the points of the law is vital to the protection of liberty and human rights,” states the president of CCHR Florida, Diane Stein. “If the law itself is understood and applied from the viewpoint of using the least restrictive means possible to help someone in crisis then the potential for abuse is greatly reduced.”

The virtual continuing education course is designed for Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage Family Therapists and Certified Master Social Workers and offers 3 CE credits upon completion. Those in attendance will learn the context and intentions of the mental health law as well as the basic human rights impacted by the Baker Act and its unintended consequences. To learn more or to reserve a spot for this complimentary virtual course, please call 727-442-8820.

About CCHR: Initially established by the Church of Scientology and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz in 1969, CCHR’s mission is to eradicate abuses committed under the guise of mental health and enact patient and consumer protections. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, first brought psychiatric imprisonment to wide public notice: “Thousands and thousands are seized without process of law, every week, over the ‘free world’ tortured, castrated, killed. All in the name of ‘mental health,’” he wrote in March 1969. For more information visit www.cchrflorida.org

[1] WUSF Health News Florida COMMITTED https://wfsu.org/committed/ and Baker Act Abuse – Media Stories https://www.cchrflorida.org/baker-act-abuse/
[2] Baker Act Reporting Center https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/baker-act/documents/ba_usf_annual_report_2018_2019.pdf
[3] Ibid.
[4] CCHR Continuing Education Courses https://www.cchrflorida.org/category/continuing-education/

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Abuse of Florida Involuntary Commitment Law- Baker Act

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God Has a Wife According to New Book by Edward Dodge

book cover

a history of the goddess

author edward dodge

author edward dodge

WATERVILLE, OR, USA, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — In "A History of The Goddess from the Ice Age to the Bible," Edward Dodge demonstrates that the early Hebrews were pagan, God had a wife – the Mother Goddess, Asherah – and the Bible tells the story of their divorce.

Goddess worship promoted equality for women, social justice, a spiritual connection to nature and the cycles of life, cannabis use, and sexual freedom. It also celebrated transgenders and practiced abortions. When the Goddess was thrown out by the Hebrew monotheists, with her went those ancient traditions.

"A History of The Goddess" reinterprets many familiar Bible stories and characters by showing where the Goddess appears. It also reframes the Bible by comparing it to the mythologies of neighboring cultures.

“My basic premise is the heavenly father and the earthly mother are the original gods … they’re the parents of all the other gods. When the Hebrews come along with monotheism, they say, ‘It’s going to be the heavenly father alone and we get rid of everybody else.’ The earthly mother [gets] shoved out of the way. But all the witches and whores and homosexuals and plant-drug folks that have been being persecuted for the last two thousand years are all, one way or the other, followers of the goddess. And all the indigenous people, too, who all believe in the earthly mother, they’ve all been persecuted by Christians, too.” – Edward Dodge, TrineDay: The Journey Podcast #35

"A History of The Goddess from the Ice Age to the Bible" is available at Amazon and TrineDay.com.

Edward Dodge is a technology consultant and writer from Washington D.C. with degrees from Cornell University. He is a lifelong Green and an expert on renewable energy. As a hobby, he has studied the history of cannabis, which provided the origins of this book. He is available for interviews. Please contact us as shown below.

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Kaira Clan and M2M Certified Join Forces – Introduce Industry 4.0 Innovations

Fast track the rapid expansion of 5G/6G Cellular and Internet of Things (IoT)

Fast track the rapid expansion of 5G/6G Cellular and Internet of Things (IoT)

M2M Certified

M2M Certified

Kaira Clan

Kaira Clan

Kaira Clan and M2M Certified Join Forces – Introduce Industry 4.0 Innovations #iot #5g #6g #digitization #innovation #DigitalTransformation

LA JOLLA, CA, USA, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — THE FUTURE IS NOW

Kaira Clan and M2M Certified join forces to fast track the rapid expansion of 5G/6G Cellular and Internet of Things (IoT) Technologies to the world by introducing Industry 4.0 Innovations chartered to solve industrial size problems through Digital Transformation.

The longstanding bond between M2M Certified and Kaira Clan is deeply rooted in Nordic culture that was spawned back during the beginning of Nokia Mobile Phones and now with over three decades of Research & Development tenure in the Wireless Technology Industry under our belts, together we bring a vast wireless technology ecosystem/supply chain of services and solutions to market, including the largest research to business Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Network in the Nordics, assembling the best universities, scientific research organizations, digital innovation hubs, state-of-the-art R&D/test environments and company ecosystems offering the global skills and competency frameworks necessary for companies to navigate a clear path through the next industrial revolution into a Digital 4.0 World.


-17 / Universities and Research
-50 / ICT Projects per
-1200 / ICT
-16 / Growth Partnership
-51 / Shared R&D and Test Environments


Through comprehensive digitalization we can today deliver the Entire IoT solution from sensors to data analytics. Our solutions are always cyber-secured with the latest break-throughs in technology innovations and integrated directly into your existing business processes, tools and platforms all procured under one single legal business entity designed to manage industrial size projects on a global scale.


Finland established itself as a tech giant back in the day when Nokia was the front runner paving the way for mobile technology. Nokia was the haven for those with an innovative mindset and an entrepreneurial spirit. It was where they created, innovated and became experts, showing the world just how tech savvy Finland is.

After the fall of Nokia in 2011, it was this innovative, entrepreneurial mindset that saved Finland from complete and total disaster. It’s also this same mindset that has enabled Finland to once again carve out the landscape and pave a new path, leading the way through areas like Industry 4.0, IoT solutions, 5G and so much more. In fact, Oulu University is already working on 6G and the leaps & bounds orders of magnitude possibilities that will come with it.

Finland saw record highs in startups after Nokia was bought out by Microsoft. Each startup possessed their own unique differences specializing in digital solutions, products and/or services.

Most of these new companies were founded by ex Nokia workers who knew each other and enjoyed working together. It was this moment that sparked a new flame of life in Finland that allowed these startups to understand the critical importance of focusing on and building ecosystems that could work together in unison, each utilizing their own unique specialty skill-sets to deliver high quality end product solutions to clients.

By creating ecosystems, it became possible to provide tools to leverage technology, achieve high quality research and business competence that would allow these startups to compete against other larger companies across the world stage once again. By banding talents together, it was realized very quickly that Finland and its innovative mindset was still a power player in the ICT world.

With many of these new startups being established in Oulu, Finland, Oulu quickly became the epicenter and leading tech startup hub in Finland and lovingly nicknamed “Silicon Valley of Finland.” Oulu is a successful technology city with a relatively young, highly educated population and has an ingrained culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. Oulu city is a beacon of support to researchers, the academic community, information technology experts and businesses.

Many large international companies have their headquarters in Oulu or just on the outskirts of Oulu. Polar, Oura and Uros are just a few on the tip of the iceberg. Now, imagine what could happen to foreign companies if they were allowed access to this Nordic digital ecosystem by having one unified entry point?



Kaira Clan, is a Project Office for digital transformation and solutions established by Janne Siltari and Tero Blomqvist. After watching Finnish ecosystems developing but failing to reach international markets, Janne and Tero both felt that now was the time to take the networks they had created through years of working in the ICT industry and use it in a way that would enable international success stories for Finnish growth companies.

Kaira Clan is established as an acting legal entity “family” that together with our clients enable the journey of building projects together. We offer our global clients access to our network of 1,200 companies each offering a wide range of digital solutions.

While Kaira Clan does not focus on certain technologies or industries but rather on the customer needs and solutions, we have our areas of expertise.

-Innovation Program (Kaira Academy)
-Innovation Center Development
-Digital ecosystems
-Smart Traffic
-Digital Twins
-Smart Cities
-Industry 4.0

To quote Janne, “There isn’t too much that we really can’t do. We use our digital ecosystem and partners like M2M Certified to collaborate and develop solutions together using the Nordic expertise that is so well known in today’s markets.”

M2M Certified was born in 2009 after its founder, Kelly Venturini spent a two-year tenure directing the M2M Device Certification business at one of the major PTCRB certification laboratories in California. It’s during this time Kelly discovered first-hand the complete lack of understanding, critical challenges, pitfalls and the myriads of mistakes companies transitioning to wireless were encountering when submitting their devices for official certification testing.

This was the lightbulb moment and the spark that flamed the opportunity that urged Kelly to leave the lab and start M2M Certified to develop a service designed specifically to guide M2M customers through the “Critical Path” obstacles in wireless design.

Now 12 years in the making and with the advent of The Internet of Things (IoT) taking the planet by storm, we have also discovered that not only do new M2M/IoT customers need help with wireless design techniques and best practices, they also need help thinking through their entire end-to-end business models/use cases to be able to go global and succeed in IoT long-term.

M2M Certified, an AT&T Approved Turnkey IoT Solutions Provider has created an elite IoT ecosystem that has assembled the brightest minds amongst the most well positioned companies in the wireless industry to form a new IoT Supply Chain of the Future!


It is said that great minds think alike and as such, it is no accident that Janne Siltari of Kaira Clan and Kelly Venturini of M2M Certified have been reunited at this point in history to continue their journey into the future of wireless together with one common goal in mind.

It just simply made sense for us to join forces to deliver together our vision of rapidly enabling Digital 4.0 transformational services to the world with a shared business philosophy of dedicating our efforts towards helping customers benefit from a wealth of combined wireless industry knowledge, capabilities and resources, says Janne & Kelly!


Kaira Clan, OY
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M2M Certified, LLC
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Crowley Imaging, Northern Micrographics Reach Agreement for Scanning Services

The Crowley Company is named preferred provider for clients of Northern Micrographics digitization services

We are grateful for the support of the library, museum and other archival communities that have entrusted us with their collections. It is a pleasure to transfer that…trust to the Crowley team.”

— Daniel Gelatt

FREDERICK, MARYLAND, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Patrick (Pat) Crowley, owner and president of The Crowley Company (Crowley), announces that the company has reached an agreement with NMT Corporation owner and president, Daniel Gelatt, to provide scanning services to the customers of its subsidiary, Northern Micrographics, when Wisconsin-based Northern Micrographics closes its doors on June 30, 2021.

“We are two firms that have had a mutual respect for each other for many years,” says Crowley. “When it comes to quality scanning services for cultural heritage preservation and records management, there are a finite number of firms in the industry that have bridged the gap between analog preservation – capturing documents and archives to some type of microfilm or microfiche – and today’s high-tech digitization efforts. I guess that’s a polite way of saying we’ve both been around for a while, but it’s proof of our shared commitment to this industry and the clients we serve.”

Adds Gelatt, “My father started Microcard Corporation, the first unit microform imaging producer in the United States, in 1947. In the 1970s, he started another firm, Northern Micrographics, to develop new microform technology. As digital image quality and digitization technologies advanced, the company grew and expanded its service lines.” He continues, “After nearly 75 years in business, we’ve decided to find new homes for the varying components of our multi-faceted business and close our doors. We are grateful for the trust our digital imaging customers have placed in us to help them preserve their heritage and it is important to us to find another team to carry on that relationship. Our arrangement with The Crowley Company accomplishes that goal.”

Scott Pechacek, Northern Micrographic’s vice president of Sales and Marketing and a company veteran of 17 years, will join the Crowley Digitization Services team from his Minnesota office following Northern Micrographics’ closure.

Notes Crowley, “We’re looking forward to serving Northern’s clients and to having Scott on board. Scott knows our industry, he understands our markets and he’s well-respected for his ethics and customer service. Having him as part of the Crowley team will not only smooth the transition for Northern Micrographic customers that choose to use Crowley for their collection digitization, it will open doors for other mutual opportunities.”

Gelatt agrees. “I’m pleased to see that the relationship between Scott and our clients will continue. It has been an honor to partner with so many wonderful people. We are grateful for the support of the library, museum and other archival communities that have entrusted us with their collections. It is a pleasure to transfer that support and trust to the Crowley team.”


About The Crowley Company
The Crowley Company is a world leader in digital scanning technologies manufacture and resale and provides an extensive number of digital document and film conversion services to the library, academic, publishing, commercial, government and archive sectors.

About Northern Micrographics
Northern Micrographics, a component of NMT Corporation, has partnered with clients in library, academic, commercial, and industrial markets to provide award winning preservation imaging services. The firm has digitized a variety of object types including bound and disbound volumes, photos, maps, microfilm, and microfiche. The firm will close its doors June 30, 2021.

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The Crowley Company
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Renowned Nephrologist Dr. Munavvar Izhar Discusses the Impact of COVID-19 on the Kidneys

CHICAGO, IL, UNITED STATES, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — As the nation and the world begin to grapple with another surge of COVID-19, Dr. Munavvar Izhar discusses the short and long-term implications of the impact that COVID-19 has on the kidneys.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar mentions that Covid 19 has caused an unprecedented number of deaths and has become a public health emergency to be tackled on a war footing. COVID-19 disease is caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronaviruses-2 virus which enters cells by binding with the host angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 and CD147 protein. It not only affects the lung or the kidney but affects multiple organs and is fatal as well at times. Munavvar Izhar emphasizes that:-

Among COVID-19 patients admitted to a hospital, hypertension, diabetes, and obesity are the most common comorbidities. The associated comorbidities increase the mortality in Covid 19 disease.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar has analyzed the published Renal data on Covid 19. Initial reports from China revealed a low incidence (5%-10%) of acute kidney injury (AKI), subsequent articles documented a far greater incidence of AKI in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 as much as up to 40%. A good 40-50% of these 40% patients end up in ICU and may need mechanical ventilation.

Munavvar Izhar also says that Acute tubular injury, cytokine storm induced systemic inflammatory response, endothelial injury and dysfunction are the main mechanisms of AKI. In addition, direct viral invasion of tubules, lymphocytic infiltration, and complement-mediated (C5b- 9) related injury is also seen.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar says Urinalysis suggested causes other than acute tubular injury. Significant and Nephrotic range proteinuria is also present in some patients with the extensive viruses found in their kidneys. In general, Munavvar Izhar says that kidney biopsies have shown varied histopathology, including acute glomerulonephritis and acute tubular injury.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar also mentions that patients with Covid ARF have an increased tendency to require dialysis support. Sometimes the demand for this is so high in a hospital that shorter, temporizing dialysis sessions may be needed for equitable health resource distribution.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar mentions that the Evaluation and treatment of AKI in COVID-19 patients are similar to the AKI in non–COVID-19 patients, with supportive measures being the cornerstone of management. Munavvar Izhar says that Hyperkalemia is common in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, likely due to high cell turnover similar to a hypercatabolic state and reduced kidney function. Approximately 19% of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 associated AKI will require dialysis support. Dr. Munavvar Izhar mentions that during the pandemic and the consequent surge in patients requiring dialysis support, several challenges have led to reduced dialysis capacity, including nursing staff shortages, personal protective equipment shortages during the initial phases, and shortages of dialysis machines and supplies. Given the possibility of a limited supply of dialysis during a pandemic surge, the use of potassium binders in addition to other temporizing measures may help delay dialysis necessity. Munavvar Izhar said.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar emphasizes that the patients receiving in-center Hemodialysis are at a particularly higher risk for contracting SARS-CoV-2 infection due to frequent health care encounters. He also mentions that patients with kidney failure are less likely to have classic COVID-19 symptoms compared with patients with and without CKD. Interestingly, they were more likely to present with altered mental status, highlighting the need for vigilant screening given the concern for “silent spread.”

A recent study estimates that 10% of dialysis patients have had COVID-19, Munavvar Izhar said. The demands placed on hospitals and medical professionals across the country are far greater than the public knows, according to Dr. Munavvar Izhar. “We are running out of resources. We don’t have enough dialysis equipment to meet the needs of our patients, and to make matters worse, we don’t have enough nurses who have the expertise to be able to provide this type of specialized care to critically ill patients.”, Dr. Munavvar Izhar said.

Munavvar Izhar says that In a statement issued by the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), a notable number of people who are treated for COVID-19 in hospitals are discharged needing ongoing treatment for kidney disease. “The statistics in regard to the number of people we now have in this country who will require ongoing treatment for kidney disease following hospitalization for COVID-19 is staggering. This is a scathing consequence of this pandemic that we will be facing in the years to come says Munavvar Izhar.

Dr. Munavvar Izhar says that “As of now, none of us in the medical community can say how many people who develop kidney damage after contracting COVID-19 will see the restoration of their kidney function. Some patients have done well, and their kidneys were restored, whereas other patients are struggling. He recommends that people should do what is necessary to protect themselves from this virus. People should wear masks, stay away from inside gatherings, wash their hands, get fully vaccinated and follow the advice of their physicians and public health officials.”, Dr. Munavvar Izhar said.

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PuzzQuest Introduces 'Venice Chariot' – Their Newest Release of Unique 1000-Piece Puzzles

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This is Venice the way you should remember it, for its beauty and romance abound,”

— Photographer, Founder and CEO of PuzzQuest, George Gill

PETERBOROUGH, ON, CANADA, May 17, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — PuzzQuest, a creative jigsaw puzzle company that launched in December 2020, is excited to announce its latest puzzle release, Venice Chariot, inspired by the romance and beauty of Venice. PuzzQuest offers unique, high-quality puzzles from original works of art.

Venice Chariot, the newest release from PuzzQuest, is a complex composition with over 40 layers. Photographer and PuzzQuest Founder and CEO George Gill was inspired by his love for travel and the romance of Venice for this stunning 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Your chariot awaits.

“This is Venice the way you should remember it, for its beauty and romance abound,” Gill said.

PuzzQuest seeks out unknown artists and hidden gems and turns their work of art into creative puzzles, allowing unknown but passionate creators to share their works of art worldwide. PuzzQuest was born out of a love of art, from painting to photography, sculpture, and design. Being surrounded by art adds pleasure to daily life.

Quality is a priority, and PuzzQuest makes every effort to ensure that every puzzle is made with the highest quality and workmanship. Sturdy pieces, a beautiful finish, and intricate details set PuzzQuest puzzles apart. Every PuzzQuest jigsaw puzzle is manufactured using premium quality, environment-friendly recycled paper, handcrafted cutting dies, and a proprietary manufacturing process that creates minimal puzzle dust in the box. The UV oil varnish protective coating on every die-cut 2mm industry-leading thickness piece gives the puzzle a soothing well-constructed feel while protecting your finished work from the elements.

We're excited to share that PuzzQuest now offers three stunning puzzles. Venice Chariot, Conformity, a celebration of the natural beauty we all possess, and Stroll, a walk in the streets with love in the air. All orders ship free to the continental United States and Canada and include a bonus poster with the puzzle’s image to assist in solving as well as a bonus screensaver of the artwork for your phone and computer.

Plus, PuzzQuest does more than just sell puzzles. Its goal is to help develop art and art communities. For every puzzle sold, a percentage goes directly back to the contributing artist to help them continue their work. PuzzQuest also supports art charities worldwide to help inspire new artists to flourish.

“Every PuzzQuest puzzle is a work of art, worthy of hanging when completed. I love that we support unknown artists both from a financial perspective as well as getting their name out there,” said Gill. “Together, we are helping artists all over the world. PuzzQuest is all about the creativity in all of us!”

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