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EdX Advisory Council Calls for Short-Term Credential Programs, Industry-Aligned Curricula

Learning platform edX recently convened the first (virtual) meeting of its MicroBachelors Program Skills Advisory Council, a group launched in early 2020 that brings together foundations, corporations and academic institutions to “solve shared challenges around reskilling and upskilling in order to address the demands of the future workplace.”  

Attendees included leaders from academic institutions offering MicroBachelors programs on edX; representatives from American Student Assistance, Walmart and Boeing (all funders of the MicroBachelors program initiative); and guests from IBM, ZipRecruiter, Raytheon and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Discussions in the meeting centered on two key areas: credentials and content. There is a real market need for short-term programs that offer immediate payoff to students and companies,” the council asserted. “It is important to foster collaboration between corporations and academic institutions to evaluate the quality and rigor of credential

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Enchanted Rock Appoints Industry Veteran as Chief Technology Officer

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New Role Oversees Growing R&D Efforts to Meet Growing Market Demand for Low Carbon Resiliency

HOUSTON, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Enchanted Rock, LLC, a leading solution provider of clean and affordable resiliency microgrids for commercial, industrial, and institutional customers, announced today the appointment of Ian Blakely as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Blakely joined Enchanted Rock in 2015 and brings over 20 years of experience in technology, investing, and strategy with 18 years in the energy industry. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer.

In the CTO role, Blakely will oversee the planning, development, and execution of corporate strategy on new technologies and associated products. Blakely will also serve as Executive Vice President of Asset Management, a liaison role working with investors to ensure that assets are built, operated, and maintained to achieve the highest long-term value.

“Ian is a proven leader in the energy industry and brings the

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Seattle Postpones Terminal 46 Cruise Port Development Due to COVID-19

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Terminal 46 is proposed for the current container area at the top of this picture – courtesy Port of Seattle


The Maritime Executive

07-28-2020 08:12:55

The Port of Seattle is canceling its request for proposal for a new cruise terminal that it had planned to develop in response to growing demand from the cruise industry. Citing the current uncertainty due to the impact of COVID-19 and the need to focus on public health the port is deferring the project but will continue work on the site development. 

“Our current focus remains on public health,” said Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck. “We continue to work with public health partners and cruise stakeholders to determine the enhanced procedures that will make our cruise passenger terminals and facilities safe for the community, passengers and crew in 2021. The last two decades

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How Covid-19 Could Give Kim Jong Un a Doomsday Weapon

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North Korea recently surprised the world by announcing it is developing a Covid-19 vaccine, joining a high-stakes race to show off its scientific chops. But experts increasingly believe the famously secretive Kim Jong Un could also have a more nefarious goal in mind: Using the humanitarian crisis to beef up his biological weapons arsenal.

North Korea “could use this legitimate vaccine aspiration as a way to enhance their biotechnology capability,” says Andrew Weber, who was assistant secretary of Defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs during the Obama administration. ”They could buy equipment from Western or Chinese sources that would be necessary for their vaccine effort, and then next year they could turn around and use it to produce biological weapons.”

The pandemic, he and other experts say, presents a unique opportunity for the regime, whose imports are normally hampered by international sanctions.

“Anything coronavirus-related is going to be

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“White Mouse in Water” – Infinitus Develops New Technology of Using Zebrafish for Health Products Screening

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GUANGZHOU, China, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, the Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) brought together experts in Beijing to evaluate the results of a collaborative R&D effort between Infinitus (China) Company Ltd. and Hangzhou Hunter Biotechnology Co., Ltd., named the Application of Zebrafish Efficacy and Safety Rapid Evaluation System in Health Food.

Growth cycle diagram of zebrafish

As part of the effort, the zebrafih were fed with fluorescent dye and photographed under a fluorescence microscope to establish a quantitative analysis method for examining and measuring the ability of health products to nourish the intestine and relieve constipation.

Attendees to the meeting agreed that this zebrafish-based efficacy and safety rapid evaluation system is an effective supplement to the existing efficacy and safety evaluation methods of mammal models, effectively improving the quality control of the ingredients that are used to produce health food and

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Vizgen to Launch Early Release Program for Proprietary Spatial Genomics Technology

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As infectious disease researchers continue to work on unraveling the many remaining mysteries of COVID-19, MERFISH serves as a powerful instrument in their toolbox for answering critical questions including what types of cells does SARS-CoV-2 infect, how are tissues damaged, and how does the body respond to the novel coronavirus.

“Vizgen’s MERFISH technology undoubtedly will emerge as the next-gen platform for high-resolution spatial biology,” said Dr. David R. Walt, Cofounder of Vizgen; Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Core Faculty, Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering, Harvard University; HHMI Professor. “It enables comprehensive transcriptomics combined with proteomics and has both whole tissue and subcellular resolution. It checks all the boxes.”

The technology was developed in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaowei Zhuang, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and David B. Arnold Professor of Science at Harvard

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Connecticut launches $43.5M initiative to boost access to internet and technology as schools prepare for possibility of continued online learning

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As Connecticut school districts prepare for the possibility of reopening this fall with online and hybrid learning programs, Gov. Ned Lamont Tuesday announced a $43.5 million initiative to boost access to internet and technology for students and families in need.

“To me this is the Brown v. Board of Education of our generation,” Lamont said at a news conference in Waterbury, referencing the landmark case in which the Supreme Court ruled against racial segregation in public schools. “Separate but equal back in the ’50s is the digital divide of the 21st century.”

The state will will draw the money from its portion of the federal CARES Act, the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Twenty-two million will be used to purchase 50,000 laptops, $15 million will be used to improve home internet connectivity for 60,000 students and $4.5 million will go

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ASE Technology Holding Joins Apple’s Supplier Clean Energy Program

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ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. (ASE. TAIEX: 3711, NYSE: ASX), announced today that it has joined the Apple Supplier Clean Energy Program. As a leading semiconductor packaging, test and system service provider, ASE is focused on cutting edge manufacturing technologies including System-in-Package (SiP), Heterogeneous Integration (HI), 3D IC, MEMS and sensor, and systems integration that form the backbone of many electronic devices. Semiconductor manufacturing is an energy intensive industry, and ASE is taking bold steps to improve its energy efficiency and steadily shift to greener production.

ASE is supportive of industry efforts to advance the use of clean energy within the supply chain and is pleased to join the Apple Supplier Clean Energy Program which is focused on transitioning suppliers to clean, renewable energy. By participating in the program, ASE can augment its current approaches to clean energy by tapping into the leadership and resources established by Apple.

The most

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How Moderna’s Patent Challenge Loss Could Impact Coronavirus Vaccine Program

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Moderna Inc (NASDAQ: MRNA) shares came under significant selling pressure Thursday afternoon following an adverse patent ruling, and the stock is adding to the losses in Friday’s session. 

Moderna Loses Patent Challenge: In an ongoing legal dispute, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled against Moderna’s challenge to the patentability of Arbutus Biopharma Corp’s (NASDAQ: ABUS) ABUS’069 patent.

The ‘069 patent covers liquid nanoparticle formulations, or LNPs, meant for nucleic acid delivery, which is used by Moderna in its vaccine candidates.

The patent describes the composition of nucleic acid-lipid particles and the ranges in which the different lipid particle components can be combined for effective delivery of nucleic acid sequence payload.

Moderna holds four non-exclusive viral vaccine sublicenses of Arbutus-issued LNP delivery technology. Each one allows for the use of pre-April 15, 2010 LNP patent families and is limited to a specific viral target, Chardan analyst Keay Nakae said in

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mIQroTech joins Chevron Technology Venture Catalyst Program

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TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–mIQroTech Incorporated is joining the Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) Catalyst Program to enable further development of their smart sensors and artificial intelligence technology.

The mIQroTech technology applies artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT) technology to predict pipeline leaks. The sensor system is not dependent upon leak-detection resources such as radioactive materials, welding, or pipeline tapping. Monitoring is reported efficiently in a dashboard accessed by phone, tablet, or computer.

The CTV Catalyst Program was launched in 2017 to accelerate the maturation of early stage companies that have technology beneficial to the energy industry.

Catalyst program participation will allow mIQroTech to progress through key milestones focused on technology testing and validation. mIQroTech received earlier investments from Plug and Play, Ocean Capital, Republic, and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, among others.

“Our goal is to deliver a transformative change to the global oil and gas industry,” said founder

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