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September 30, 2020 – HOUSTON, TEXAS

Next Wednesday, October 7th Hemp will make another splash in Texas, this time concentrating on construction which represents a $33 Billion dollar industry in the state. Texas Hemp Harvesters Association (TXHHA) and US Hemp Building Association (USHBA) are ensuring Texas doesn’t miss out on the progressive hemp building and construction market. Hemp building materials are praised for many safety and eco-friendly characteristics such as fire resistance, air purification, moisture control, and structural integrity.

Texas is perfectly positioned to lead the US in hemp building innovations, however basic infrastructure is still needed to support manufacturing of any hemp-based product. The biggest advantage the Lone Star State has is it’s long history of large scale ag production which ensures companies wishing to produce construction materials will have a reliable input source. Anxious to get their hands on locally grown hemp, colleges, universities and research companies around the state are ramping up programs aimed at identifying blends that can be used for plastic injection molding, woven and non-woven materials, animal feed, and a host of other applications.

A joint webinar, hosted by the two non-profit associations, takes place Wednesday October 7th from 5:00 – 6:30 pm CST. Anyone can sign up to attend, open registration for the event is $15 and members of either association attend for free. Attendees will get connected with successful companies and products including hempcrete, flooring, cabinetry and insulation. Construction industry professionals will get caught up on standards, specifications and more. Register for the webinar today at!

TXHHA is a (501c 6) non-profit committed to providing insightful, actionable education, building responsible supply chains, and developing the industrial market for Texas. Find out more at

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Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha critiques Lily Mei’s record on racial justice on grounds of transparency

On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general was also criticized on transparency grounds.

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to 'listen to citizen concerns' and 'amplify' the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.”

— Justin Sha

FREMONT, CA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 / — On September 30, 2020, Kentucky’s attorney general asked to delay the release of grand jury recordings and documents involved with proceedings that failed to indict any officers for the killing of Breonna Taylor.

“The lack of transparency demonstrated in the case of Breonna Taylor occurs across the country, including in the City of Fremont,” said Justin Sha, Fremont Mayoral Candidate. “It is not about the fact that the Mayor cited her faith as a reason not to kneel. Rather, what made me uncomfortable is the fact that the Mayor stated it in such a way that it came off as an excuse—a disingenuous afterthought, one intentionally designed to placate both ‘sides.’ Her fence straddling added fuel to the fire and ultimately has invigorated those in the community who are opposed to racial justice.”

Mayor Lily Mei has been criticized by community members for talking down to protesters and playing up stereotypes in several interviews that she has done. Her administration has also been criticized for holding postmortem town halls, where residents feel like they are being talked at by city officials rather than genuinely listened to. The Fremont Police Department has reported that demonstrations in Fremont have been peaceful.

In the past four years, overall crime has increased in Fremont. Whereas Fremont saw 2417, 2755, and 2997 thefts in 2014, 2015, and 2016, after the Mayor took office, theft has increased to 3545, 3284, and 3408 in 2017, 2018, and 2019 respectively. Commercial and residential burglaries have also increased, and car break-ins have spiked.

Justin Sha supports the creation of a task force to improve community relations with the Fremont Police Department. He also supports making Fremont a safer city for all residents by prioritizing quality of life impacts, such as the spikes that Fremont has seen in commercial & residential break-ins and carjackings. If elected, Justin Sha has stated that he will engage trained health professionals to answer homelessness and public health calls.

On Fremont Mayoral Candidate Justin Sha’s Facebook Page post, Justin Sha wrote —

When seeking election, Mayor Lily Mei promised to “listen to citizen concerns” and “amplify” the people’s voice, but the Mayor continues to turn her back on that promise—time and time again.

In 2019, the Mayor’s administration destroyed decades of Fremont Police Department records before a California transparency law would have made them accessible to public scrutiny. This included documents covering decades of internal affair investigations and citizen complaints. In a KQED investigative report, the Mayor’s actions and judgment were laid bare, and the Mayor has continued to directly undermine government accountability, public safety, and community trust.

Under the Mayor’s leadership, crime and racism have both increased. Commercial and residential burglaries have skyrocketed, and many in our community are the victims of profiling and racially targeted crime. While I have called on our Police Chief and Mayor to disaggregate victim data by factors like race/ethnicity for over two years, our city has yet to do so. Bottom line? We need to stop claiming that Fremont is a “safe city” until we can answer the necessary follow-up—safe for who?

We live in a country where Black kids are given “the talk” by their parents. We live in a country where immigrants and minorities are afraid to talk to the police. We live in a country where public servants act in ways to avoid the ire of local police associations, resulting in decreases to transparency and accountability in government.

We can no longer stand silent as bystanders to racial discrimination. George Floyd was murdered when a police officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Yet, when the moment came, we missed it: Fremont missed the moment. On June 2, 2020, Fremont residents demonstrated for racial justice—for the simple premise that innocent people do not deserve to be murdered due to their skin color. When asked for a mere sign to show understanding of the seriousness of racial justice in America, the Mayor refused to kneel. She refused to kneel for even a moment, let alone for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

As Mayor, I will work to make Fremont a safer city. I will disaggregate victim data. I will have law enforcement officials partner with mental health specialists to address homelessness and mental health calls. And, unlike this Mayor, I will promote government accountability and transparency, and be an ally to our marginalized community at every chance I get. We will make sure that Fremont is a safer city for all our residents, both housed and unhoused. We need new vision and bold leadership to effect structural change and create a brighter future for the City of Fremont.


About Justin Sha:

Justin Sha is running for Mayor of Fremont, CA. Sha is VP of Customer Success at Droisys, a global technology company headquartered in Fremont, and he teaches business law at Ohlone College. Sha is an involved community member, serving on local nonprofit boards. He is the Chairman of Asian American Millennials for American Advancement as well as a member of the Ohlone College Foundation Board. Sha received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law.

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Prabhath Mannapperuma received a scholarship from Queen’ Commonwealth trust

head shot of Prabhath Mannapperuma

Prabhath Mannapperuma STEMUP Educational Foundation

Prabhath Mannapperuma Working with kids

KELANIYA, SRI LANKA, September 30, 2020 / — In 2019, The Queen's Commonwealth Trust has been glad to collaborate with One Young World (OYW) to offer QCT Scholarships to 53 youthful pioneers to go to the current year's OYW Summit in London from 22nd to 25th October. One Young World is the superior worldwide discussion for youthful pioneers who have exhibited a promise to affecting positive change. The yearly Summit unites youngsters from more than 190 nations, enabling them to make enduring associations and create answers for a portion of the world's most problems that are begging to be addressed. Representatives partake in four groundbreaking long stretches of talks, boards, systems administration and workshops.

This energizing organization set out to grant QCT Scholarships to 53 energetically dedicated youngsters who are driving positive change through their work in training, wellbeing, sport and nature. More than 5,000 applications were gotten one young Sri Lankan man has received this scholarship from the queen’s commonwealth trust (QCT).

Prabhath Mannapperuma was one of the few who have the ability to use their academical capacities and his human heart to take a world-changing path for him, his society, and the entire world. In OYW, he was a unique young man, with a totally unique volunteer-based organization called STEMUp.

Prabhath Mannapperuma is one of the QCT champions due to his hard-working and his strength to change the world in his own way, more specifically, Prabhath specializes in changing the educational career if many students lost between many choices and they are incapable of choosing one career that fits their passions and beliefs.

In an exponentially changing world wherein achievement requests inventiveness and development, the conventional training arrangement of which "learning" is "repetition remembrance", is supplanting steadily with the accessibility of assets at a basic snap. Be that as it may, development is as yet not an esteemed learning objective in most neighbourhood schools today.

Prabhath began STEMUP Educational Foundation with his office associates in 2016, with the mission of motivating and drawing in understudies to get keen on seeking after STEM vocations and to become pioneers and issue solvers as opposed to customers.

With an emphasis on distraught kids in country territories, Prabhath's association completes a few activities to permit kids to turn out to be more acquainted with STEM, critical thinking and configuration thinking abilities.

To mention that STEMUp is not a for-profit organization, and its main mission is to encourage students and pupils to purchase a STEM degree and provide them with the desire and passion to do so. Moreover, STEMUp is seeking to give the students the capacity to become problem-solvers and innovative.

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STEMUP Educational Foundation
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APTech Announces ICC DevCon 2020: The Future of Color Management

ICC Devcon 2020 The Future of Color Management

ICC Devcon 2020 The Future of Color Management

RESTON, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 / — Reston, VA (September 30, 2020) —The Association for PRINT Technologies, (APTech) announces ICC DevCon 2020, the International Color Consortium Developers Conference will be held on-line as a series of six webinars during November 2020 and January 2021. DevCon2020 will include talks from international researchers, presentations from ICC members on implementing advanced colour management solutions, and an extended hands-on workshop on using iccMAX.

With the publication in 2019 of ISO 20677, ICC's next generation colour management architecture, the stage is set for a major rethink of colour management. In response to new hardware technology and new user requirements, researchers and developers have been working on colour management solutions that aim to quantify and reproduce visual appearance beyond the diffuse, 2D colorimetry supported in ICC v4. New developments are arising in the measurement and modelling of appearance, in lighting and display technology, the production of complex gonio-chromatic surface effects, combined with a move towards colour matching for individual observers instead of a 'one colour fits all' approach.

ICC DevCon 2020 will focus on these new and emerging developments and how they can be implemented in a colour managed workflow. ICC invites presentations on recent work on topics including HDR imaging, BRDF (and other directional models of appearance), colorimetric observers and illuminants, measurement and modelling of appearance, the reproduction of complex surface properties such as gonio-chromatism, fluorescence and texture. It will also focus on key application areas of the future, such as multi-colour 2D and 3D printing, cultural heritage, and web and broadcast imaging.

Participants will learn about:
● the latest research in advanced colour management topics
● recent implementations of advanced solutions in iccMAX
● how to use iccMAX in your own projects

“With this essential event held just once every two years, ICC DevCon 2020 offers attendees a tremendous opportunity to learn the very latest solutions in color management from the experts—experienced developers and users in the imaging, printing and publishing color community,” says APTech President Thayer Long. “Most importantly, in addition to the new knowledge they gain, attendees will be able help to grow their businesses armed with the skills to work more efficiently and productively,” he continued.

For complete information about ICC DevCon 2020, and to register, visit:

For a detailed listing of the event, please visit:

About the Association for PRINT Technologies (APTech)
APTech provides a forum to inspire the development of new and valuable print products. We educate, provide market research, and foster collaboration between those who create and those who make. We are the industry association that is focused entirely on the future of print. Our members are the creative minds that love to innovate, and the leaders who stand ready to build the future. We facilitate the evolution of physical experiences in our increasingly digital lives. For complete information about the association, its programs, and its member companies, visit or phone: 703.264.7200.

About the International Color Consortium (ICC)
The ICC is an organization established for the purpose of creating, promoting, and encouraging the standardization and evolution of an open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management system architecture and components. The work of the ICC shall be made available to the public and encouraged for adoption by all relevant suppliers of the “color” industry. Where appropriate, ICC documents will be forwarded to national and international standards organizations. For complete information about the ICC, visit: or

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Celebrity Dentist, Dr. Jay Grossman, Gives Thoughts On Cracked Teeth Epidemic in the U.S.

Dr. Jay Grossman

Conierge Dentistry

"The typical stress reducers are as important as ever especially when faced with a global crisis…"- Dr. Jay Grossman

LOS ANGELES, CA, US, September 30, 2020 / — A New York Times article revealed earlier this week that dentists are seeing an epidemic of cracked teeth. This peculiar increase has left some to speculate numerous reasons behind this epidemic. What’s really going on? One obvious answer as reported by the NY Times is stress. From COVID-induced nightmares to “doomsurfing” to “coronaphobia,” it’s no secret that pandemic-related anxiety is affecting our collective mental health. That stress, in turn, leads to clenching and grinding, which can damage the teeth. Dr. Jay Grossman, celebrity dentist and recent winner of the Best of Los Angeles Award – “Best Dentist – 2020” reveals his observations regarding the strange occurrences.

The current Professor at UCLA College of Dentistry, NYU College of Dentistry, and a former Professor at Western University College of Dental Medicine states, “The incidence of cracked teeth has grown exponentially during this pandemic, as reported in the New York Times and as validated in my own experience in my private practice. These times are very stressful on many people and as a result of stress many people grind and clench their teeth, which is known to crack teeth.”

Dr. Jay Grossman reminds folks the importance of being aware of this “para function”, and if you’re grinding, to get yourself fitted for a custom night guard at your dental office.

The NY Times article reveals that an unprecedented number of Americans are suddenly working from home, often wherever they can cobble together a makeshift workstation: on the sofa, perched on a barstool, tucked into a corner of the kitchen counter. The awkward body positions that ensue can cause us to hunch our shoulders forward, curving the spine into something resembling a C-shape. If you’re wondering why a dentist cares about ergonomics, the simple truth is that poor posture during the day can translate into a grinding problem at night. Dr. Jay Grossman concludes by reinstating the importance of a rested body during these changing times and difficult year. He states, “The typical stress reducers are as important as ever especially when faced with a global crisis; exercise yoga meditation and giving gratitude all help in reducing clenching and grinding as well as to help ensure a deeper and better night's sleep."

Dr. Jay Grossman ( has a concierge dental practice in Brentwood, CA since 1991 with several specialists offering "continuity of care", all specialties under one roof. He is a graduate of NYU College of Dentistry as well as a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Dental Corps. He is a current Professor at UCLA College of Dentistry, Professor at NYU College of Dentistry and a former Professor at Western University College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Grossman is a speaker on the national stage, and the founder of Homeless Not Toothless, an organization that has donated over $5 – Million in free dental care to over 60,000 homeless Veterans and foster children.

Dr. Jay Grossman and his Concierge Dentistry team’s goal has always been simple, to deliver the finest dental care available. Using state-of-the-art dental technology, they provide modern imaging capabilities that allow their patients to clearly see the reasons for procedures and the intended results. They recognize that patients are individuals with different goals and needs, and they strive to provide a soothing and educational environment where extraordinary results are realized.

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President of Florida Human Rights Organization Is Honored as Bay News’ 9 Everyday Hero

Christopher King, President of United for Human Rights Florida chapter, on stage receiving his award

The Executive Director of UHR Florida with Chris King, the President of UHR Florida

With a united effort, the goal of eradicating social injustices, human trafficking and more can be accomplished here in our own backyard.”

— Christopher King

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 / — Christopher King, who was appointed as President of United for Human Rights’ Florida Chapter in November of 2019, was honored as the Bay News 9’s Everyday Hero on Monday morning, the 25th of September, for his dedication towards ending human trafficking and helping youth in the Tampa Bay area.

In King’s acceptance speech at United for Human Rights’ Volunteer Recognition Awards Banquet in November he said: “With a united effort, the goal of eradicating social injustices, human trafficking and more can be accomplished here in our own backyard.”

Since November, Chris King has tirelessly worked at doing just that. He has delivered seminars to students at schools across Pasco and Hillsborough counties; he’s also taken the entire Pinellas County Job Corps student body through the Youth for Human Rights curriculum; and just last month he delivered civil rights training to 400 Raymond James staff.

After an anonymous citizen of Tampa Bay submitted King for the nomination, Bay News 9 contacted him for an interview and surprised him with the award.

The interview featured King’s work as the Founder of The Gentlemen’s Course, a co-ed, non-profit organization that teaches youth proper etiquette and attire, as well as anti-human trafficking efforts and signs of human trafficking to look out for. The feature also covered his involvement with United for Human Rights as its Florida chapter President, leading the movement of human rights education for all of the Tampa Bay area.

For more information contact the Executive Director of United for Human Rights Florida, Cristian Vargas, at (727) 467-6960, or email him at Follow on social media: Facebook and Instagram @HumanRightsFL. Learn more about The Gentlemen’s Course on their website:

About United for Human Rights’ Florida chapter:

United for Human Rights is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its purpose is to teach youth their human rights and create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. United for Human Rights is one of eight humanitarian programs the Church of Scientology supports. It was Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard who said, “Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”

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United for Human Rights annual Awards Banquet

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Pivot Energy Donates $50,000 to Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation to Create First Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund

Colorado's largest community solar developer providing more than clean energy to local communities

PUEBLO, COLORADO, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 / — Pivot Energy, Colorado’s largest community solar developer, announced today that it will award $50,000 to the Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation (PHEF) to create southern Colorado’s first Renewable Energy Scholarship Fund. The fund is anticipated to support as many as 20 local students pursue continued education and future careers in the renewable energy industry.

The two organizations have also committed to set up educational site tours at local community solar projects or in a classroom setting as a means of inspiring and educating students about careers in renewable energy.

“PHEF looks forward to working with Pivot Energy in the coming months to structure an impactful scholarship program to provide an equal balance of quality and quantity,” said Janelle Quick, Executive Director of PHEF. “We believe career exploration will be an important first step to help our local students find direction for their future education.”

Pivot has been active in southern Colorado, partnering with the Black Hills Energy to develop 2.5 megawatts of clean solar energy for the region. The partnership with PHEF is the first of several other donations Pivot plans to make within the local Colorado communities that host solar projects the company has developed.

“Pivot is absolutely thrilled to partner with PHEF and Black Hills Energy to create new opportunities for the students in southern Colorado to explore a career in renewable energy,” said Jon Sullivan, Senior Vice President of Project Development for Pivot. “As a certified B-Corporation, we strive to support the communities we work in with more than just clean energy.”

Students interested in applying for one of the scholarships can complete an application starting January 1, 2021 at the PHEF website: Pivot, PHEF, and Black Hills Energy will work together to schedule site tours and discuss different career tracks in the renewable industry.

About Pivot Energy
Pivot Energy is a Denver-based solar energy company that is focused on helping accelerate the rapid transition taking place in the energy industry to a more decentralized and cleaner approach to power generation. Pivot offers a distributed energy platform that includes a range of services and software aimed at serving the full commercial solar ecosystem, including retail customers, project developers, system operators, utilities, and financiers. The company develops, finances, builds, and manages community and commercial solar projects around the country. Pivot operates on a triple bottom line basis, measuring success by the positive impact to people, planet, and profit. Learn more at

About Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation
PHEF helps students turn their educational dreams into goals and those goals into reality by providing scholarships for higher education to students in need from all backgrounds from Pueblo and Southern Colorado to assist them in achieving lifelong success. Visit:

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FREE Online Health Education Program About Clinical Research Set for October 1st

International Organizations, Nonprofit Advocates and Local Partners Providing Education and Information on Clinical Research and Role in Health Care

PHILADELPHIA, PA, USA, September 30, 2020 / — Following decades of distrust and misinformation about clinical research and its role in the development of treatments and healthcare, a unique consortium of health educators are coming together on October 1 for a free event to educate the public about clinical research participation.

AWARE for All is a free program that aims to educate and empower the public in making informed decisions about clinical research. Led by the nonprofit, the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), and supported by local research teams, advocacy groups, and a consortium of biopharmaceutical and service provider companies, the free online health education event about clinical research will be held Thursday, Oct 1. The event is open to the public and will take place from 4-6pm EDT via a secure online platform.

CISCRP's AWARE for All Philadelphia program comes at a critically important time when public interest in learning about clinical trials is high and the need for study volunteers in all disease conditions – including COVID-19 clinical trials -has increased sharply. In addition, the importance of diversity and inclusion in clinical trials has intensified given the under-representation of minority patients in clinical research and the disproportionately high incidence and severity of COVID-19 cases among minority communities.

"We're really encouraging the general public to attend this important event," said Joan Chambers, Senior Director at CISCRP. "The program will answer a lot of key questions that the public wants to know about the clinical trials process, what to expect as a study volunteer, and the benefits and risks of participation."

The AWARE for All online program on October 1 will feature Dr. Jonathan Jackson from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School as the keynote speaker. It will include a panel discussion among patients and researchers sharing their real experiences in clinical research. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, participate in two health exercises, and visit a virtual educational health fair connecting with local and national community health advocates and researchers. A virtual theater will also be available presenting educational videos.

"Clinical research awareness is vital to the success of clinical trials," added Dr. Jonathan Jackson, Ph.D., Director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center. "The success of clinical trials also depends on including a diverse and inclusive group of people representative of those who may receive the new therapy if it is approved for use."

Paulette McDaniels is one clinical research participant and encourages others to do their own research before they decide about joining a clinical trial. She also mentioned you learn more about your own health and body in a clinical research study, and that can help inform the study. "You have to know your own body, so you are aware when a change or something is happening, and you bring it back to your doctor. This is team effort. If you aren't working with your doctors on the team that's doing the study, nobody is going to get anywhere," says McDaniels.

As an African American woman, McDaniels also sees it as her job to help inform medical outcomes for other minorities. "My job as the patient in the study is to actively participate in the research so we an affect everyone for the better," she says.

In addition to broad clinical research topics, some program material and exhibitors will also provide health and clinical trial information specific to the greater Philadelphia area.

One virtual health fair exhibitor is a local Philadelphia organization seeking to better inform clinical research with systematically collected, anecdotal data about what works for various diseases and conditions. Maria Picone is the founder of Trend Community, a digital analytics company that analyzes social media conversations for health outcomes. After her daughter was born with a rare disease with secondary conditions to manage, Picone became interested in medical research. "We're learning what people are doing to manage their diseases, what they need to support their health better, and then report that to help develop new and better treatment options," says Picone.

Supporters of this event include Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Drexel University College of Medicine, Greenphire, Lazarex Cancer Foundation, National Alliance on Mental Health – Montgomery County chapter, Allergy & Asthma Network, Fox Chase Cancer Center, TREND Community and the AWARE Industry Consortium.

The public is encouraged to register to attend AWARE for All Philadelphia by visiting the Eventbrite page. Please call 877-633-4376 or visit for more information.

The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public and patients as partners in the clinical research process. CISCRP provides free education and outreach to the general public and patient communities. Visit for more information or to participate in CISCRP's educational initiatives. For additional questions about AWARE for All, contact or call 877-633-4376.

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Shawn Rana Discusses Inspiration and Career Development


Shawn Rana Gives Insight into his Career and Journey

DES MOINES , IOWA, UNITED STATES, September 30, 2020 / — Shawn Rana, a seasoned career executive and consultant based in Manitoba, spoke on the topic of inspiration and career development in a recent interview with Kivo Daily.

Drawing from his 26 years of career success, Rana provided expert insights to support others along their professional journeys.

To begin, Shawn Rana shared exactly how he got started in his industry, manufacturing, fertilizers, oil and gas, and agrichemicals, and how he developed a successful executive career through which he served as the president and CEO of various companies, founding and leading multi-billion-dollar companies from the ground up.

“I was recruited right out of university by one of the largest fertilizer producers in Canada. I joined the company as a project engineer and then was promoted to a process engineer. I really knew this was a great industry, and I wanted to stick with it,” said Rana.

When asked about books or people that have positively influenced his life, Rana said that The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a classic that remains his favorite and continues to inspire him to this day.

On the topic of finding novelty and drive to avoid stagnation, Shawn Rana stressed the importance of having hobbies, engaging in continued education, and not being afraid to try something new.

“I like to always be reading a book, learning new things, and studying new things, working on my car, or doing repairs to things. Do not be afraid to try something different and take a chance. Know the consequences, the upside, and the downside, but always be willing to keep an open mind,” he said.

As for his best words of professional wisdom, Rana expressed that knowing who you are and what you want in life is the ultimate key to success.

“Always have in the back of your mind what you want to do and what type of person you want to be, and you will get there. It may take some time but having your goals in the back of your mind always, you will subconsciously be doing things to achieve your goals,” said Rana. “You may not even know it, slowly but surely, you will reach that goal.”

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About Shawn Rana

Shawn Rana achieved his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has since developed an impressive 26-year career in the field of manufacturing, fertilizers, oil and gas, and agrichemicals. Rana has held numerous roles, ranging from plant manager and engineering/projects manager all the way to president and CEO of different companies in the fertilizer industry. Throughout his executive career, Shawn has held leadership positions at Fortigen LLC; Iowa Fertilizer Company; Austin Powder Company; and Agrium. He has been responsible for founding and leading multi-billion-dollar companies from the ground up.

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UC Berkeley and Bitmark launch Autonomy app as part of the school's COVID-19 Safe Campus Initiative

Autonomy will be released publicly to the city of Berkeley

Bitmark's digital rights protocol allows study participants to control their personal data.

Autonomy may help participants stay engaged by keeping them informed about the community around them without sacrificing personal privacy.”

— Shelley Facente

BERKELEY, CA, USA, September 30, 2020 / — As part of UC Berkeley's Safe Campus Initiative, the university and Bitmark Inc. have partnered to launch Autonomy, a public health app that helps users understand how their local community is managing with COVID-19. In the process, Autonomy enables participants to control their rights to personal data submitted to the app, creating a safe privacy-first environment in which participants always opt-in.

The Safe Campus initiative is UC Berkeley's program to establish a system to keep the campus and surrounding communities safe to facilitate the eventual ramp-up of on-campus activities at the university. The study is led by a team of researchers at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health—in partnership with University Health Services; the Innovative Genomics Institute; the Division of Computing, Data Science and Society; and the City of Berkeley health department.

Shelley Facente, the lead graduate student researcher for the Berkeley Safe Campus Initiative, said, "We are excited to make Autonomy available as an optional companion app for the initiative. Autonomy may help participants stay engaged by keeping them informed about the community around them without sacrificing personal privacy."

Safe Campus is estimating the incidence of new infections of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19); discovering who seems more likely to develop infection and why; developing strategies for how best to mitigate this risk; and allowing the campus to create effective systems to track potential infections. The ultimate goal of the study is to learn how to effectively prevent and control ongoing transmission as the school ramps up on-campus activities.

The Autonomy app completes the engagement loop for study participants: they contribute symptom and behavior data to the study and receive feedback through aggregated study data from the app. Autonomy also lets participants rate and review COVID-19 safety practices among local restaurants, café's, bookstores, and other shops.

"Everyone understands that sharing private health information at an aggregate level can help stop the spread of COVID-19. However, sacrificing personal privacy should never be part of the bargain. UC Berkeley was the perfect partner with whom to launch Autonomy because of their care for individuals' rights. We are excited to not only be part of this initiative with a world-class institution, but to also activate the local community in helping everyone get better in this pandemic," said Sean Moss-Pultz, Bitmark CEO and co-founder.

After the study concludes on September 30th, the app will be opened to all Berkeley residents and accessible as a web app on all Google Android and Apple iPhone devices, giving everyone access to the world-class public-health technology pioneered by UC Berkeley and Bitmark. Try here.

Headquartered in Taiwan, Bitmark started Autonomy after seeing the country respond successfully to COVID-19 through trusted collaboration between the local government and its citizens. Bitmark sought to bring this model of public health to the rest of the world and is launching Autonomy first with UC Berkeley to strengthen the collaboration between the university and its students, faculty, and staff.

The app, including its privacy and data practices, was fully reviewed and approved by UC Berkeley's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects. Using Bitmark's digital rights protocol, participants can read, export, and delete their data from the Autonomy app at any time. Participants control their rights in Autonomy without the need of third parties acting as gatekeepers, including Bitmark Inc. – Bitmark's rights protocol operates decentralized through blockchain.

About UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley is a top-ranked public research university, and the oldest campus of the University of California system. It is known for everything from its Nobel Prize-winning faculty (8 of the current faculty members have this prestigious honor) to its role in birthing the Free Speech Movement to its commitment to a diverse student body, with 23% of incoming freshmen being first generation college students.

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About Bitmark

Bitmark's mission is to make data control accessible to everyone. Working across essential services of public health, life sciences, entertainment, and digital identity, Bitmark makes tools for individuals and organizations that extend the Bitmark rights protocol to their specific needs. Premiere institutions partnering with Bitmark include UC Berkeley, Pfizer, and KKBOX. Selected as a Top 100 Technology Pioneer in 2020 by the World Economic Forum, Bitmark is co-founded by serial entrepreneur Sean Moss-Pultz and backed by leading international institutional investors and the government of Taiwan.

Autonomy will be released publicly to the city of Berkeley on September 30th:

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Michael Nguyen
Bitmark Inc.
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Source: EIN Presswire