Scott Baker named dean of Stiller School of Business at Champlain College

first_imgChamplain College,Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Provost and Senior Vice President for Academics Laurie Quinn has announced that Scott H. Baker (link is external)has been named Dean of the Stiller School of Business (link is external)(SSB), after successfully completing a national search process. Baker began in his new role on July 1.The Stiller School of Business (link is external)at Champlain continues the College’s 139-year-old tradition of agility and relevance by offering outstanding degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Game Production Management, International Business, Management and Innovation and Marketing. It is home to the David L. Cooperrider Center(link is external), the global Center of Excellence in Appreciative Inquiry and strengths-based organizational management.Baker was previously Associate Dean at the Stiller School of Business and a faculty member whose teaching focused on International Business and Internships. He has also developed and taught courses in Champlain’s innovative Integrated Business Experience sequence and the International Business Capstone. Baker also helped develop and co-manages the prestigious Freeman Foundation Asia Internship (link is external)grant program for the SSB, which to date has sent over 100 students to China for summer internships and cultural immersion. He joined Champlain in 2005.”I am very proud to work at an institution that truly transforms students’ lives. Every day, I get to work with inspiring faculty and staff dedicated to educating and empowering our students. We are in the business of changing students’ lives, something we take very seriously, and I see the results every year; from first-year students’ passions being discovered and pursued to fourth-year students producing value-add work for organizations and receiving in-field job offers before they graduate. Our graduates are not only prepared to lead successful careers, but they are also prepared to be actively-engaged global citizens,” Baker said. He added, “I’m very excited to continue working with students, colleagues, alumni, and external partners, in my new capacity as Dean.”Baker holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, a M.S. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College. He also has graduate studies and a certificate in conflict mediation.He brings experience in the financial sector managing corporate retirement plans for Goodyear, Pacific Bell, and Delta Airlines and has lived and studied international business and political economy in China, Mexico, Nigeria and several European nations.Baker has published articles and presented on the role of role of business in socio-economic development and conflict transformation, as well as global internships, and co-authored a book comparing political development and democratization practices between different regional organizations. He has served as an Analyst for Freedom House on political development and human rights issues and serves as an Advisory Board Member for a Nigerian non-governmental organization.He is also a board member for the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (link is external)and the Sarah Ramsey Strong Foundation and has adopted many of the principles of appreciative inquiry in his personal and professional life. Baker lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Becca, and their three children. He and his family are avid outdoor enthusiasts; when not at work, Baker may be found on a paddleboard, jogging path, mountain bike trail or ski slope.Read more about the Stiller School of Business experiential, outcome-oriented business education.(link is external)ABOUT CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE: Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain’s distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s The Best 382 Colleges: 2018 Edition. Champlain College is featured in the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” for 2018 as one of the “best and most interesting schools” in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Champlain was named one of the “Most Innovative Schools” in the North by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” and in the top 100 in the overall list of “Best Regional Universities in the North.”Source: BURLINGTON, VT (08/09/2017) Champlain College www.champlain.edu(link is external).last_img read more

Bontrager Aeolus D3 wheels

first_img Related The ‘new wind tunnel-proven’ Bontrager Aeolus D3 wheel line features a unique rim shape that reduces drag at both the front tire-leading edge and rear rim-leading edge of the wheel. According to Bontrager, this allows the D3’s exclusive rim profile to be ‘more aero than any other wheel before it’ and provide better handling than wheels with deeper rim profiles.Bontrager claims that the Aeolus D3 wheel ‘not only makes you faster, it gives you more control in a crosswind.’Pro cyclist Fabian Cancellara has switched to the new wheels stating that the Aeolus D3s are “Stiff, light, aerodynamic – I’m very happy with a wheel that can be all three at the same time. Aeolus D3 is all these things, with no compromise. This is why I prefer this wheel to any other.”Aeolus D3 is available in nine colours ‘to coordinate or clash with your bike, you choose.’www.bontrager.comlast_img read more

Strava confirms Annual Achievements for 2015

first_img Related Strava, the online network for athletes, has confirmed new Annual Achievements trophies for segment leaderboards and personal records.Effective from 1 January 2015, Strava users will see Annual Achievements trophies added to their profile. Cyclists and runners will now receive annual KOM [King of the Mountains], QOM [Queen of the Mountains] and CRs [Course Records] trophies.Strava members are still able to filter to view yearly leaderboards, making it easier to see progress over a year and give everyone a chance to earn a spot on a segment leaderboard.Previously earned KOM, QOM or CRs will live on as all-time records and badges of honour. They will still be viewable on profile pages or on the overall default leaderboard. All-time achievements will always supersede annual ones in segment results.New icons have been added to coincide with the Annual Achievements launch. In the segment results section of an activity, users see solid icons for all-time achievements and outlined icons for annual ones.“We know that for many of our athletes on Strava, they plan goals and track improvements a year at a time,” explained Gareth Nettleton, Director of International Marketing at Strava. “The new Annual Achievements leaderboards give priority to yearly progress and give Strava members the chance to stake their claim in 2015, while still respecting the all-time achievements of Strava members.”He added: “We’re thinking of this as honouring the world record holder in the marathon but also recognising the leaders each year.”Strava encourages members to set goals for 2015 and tackle segments sensibly and safely as outlined in Stand With Us, a few simple guidelines created to ensure that Strava’s impact is positive.Strava is the online network that connects the global community of athletes. Founded in 2009, millions of athletes have joined Strava for the competition and camaraderie found in tracking and sharing their fitness activities.Strava’s free mobile apps and website help members discover and plan workouts, record and share activities, and analyse and compare performance. Strava’s ability to connect athletes around the world makes fitness a more social experience, providing extra motivation even when training alone.www.strava.comlast_img read more

Shawnee Mission puts out call for Digital Learning Task Force volunteers

first_imgThe district administration is assembling a task force to look at implementation of the 1:1 technology initiative.A month and a half after a group of parents aired concerns about implementation of the Shawnee Mission School District’s 1:1 technology initiative to the board of education, administrators are working to assemble a task force to look at how technology can be used to support student achievement — and not distract from their learning.Superintendent Mike Fulton’s administration had committed to the group of parents during discussions this fall that it would assemble a group to look into issues surrounding use of district-issued devices in and out of the classroom. The call for volunteers that went out Thursday asks for people with a variety of backgrounds:The Shawnee Mission School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the Digital Learning Task Force. The Task Force – composed of volunteer parents, students, patrons, experts, and educators – will support and advise the continued development of digital learning across the Shawnee Mission School District. We will be selecting Task Force members with an eye toward ensuring a balanced committee with a diversity of viewpoints, including representation from Pre-K/elementary, middle, and high schools.Timeline:Follow-up communication will come in late January, 2019 with a convening in mid-February. The progress of the task force will be communicated and maintained on the District’s website including meeting agendas and information documenting the work.If interested in volunteering to serve on the Task Force, please complete the form provided via the following link.If you are not selected to serve, please know that your time and response in providing feedback is valued and will help guide the work of the task force.last_img read more

Becoming an exemplary leader: a lifelong adventure

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Deedee MyersAdventure is part of my life. I can honestly say that every day uncovers unexpected adventure. Being a mother of a large family, a CEO of a leadership consulting organization, and just completing my doctorate degree this year has been a phenomenal adventure over the last few years.Many days have been challenging. The tough days require that I go back to the foundation of what it means to be a leader and reflect on how I am living my vision of being a leader. In my professional life, there is an expected perspective of the role of leadership. I must ask myself how others see my role, what others need of me, and wonder how I can generate success for others. These and many more questions are what form the way my day is organized.There is, however another version of leadership that is foundational before the role of leadership. That is “how we lead our own lives.” During those moments of challenge and of opportunity, I remind myself to pause and assess. How am I leading my own life right now, and more importantly, how am I making a difference?Being an effective leader of self is requisite to being an exemplary leader in our professional role. Young and emerging leaders have tremendous opportunity to decide and reflect upon how they live their own lives for the sake of making a difference in the world that they want to be a part of. continue reading »last_img read more

Move to amend speedy trial rule fails when Senate declines to hear it

first_img Move to amend speedy trial rule fails when Senate declines to hear it Senior EditorA bill that would have set up a statutory speedy trial system alongside the existing one in court procedural rules has died in the Florida Legislature. After it passed in the House, the Senate failed to consider the measure. HB 1517 passed the lower chamber on April 26. The bill would give prosecutors more time to bring cases to trial and would also, unlike the current rules, allow prosecutors to drop charges and refile them later.But no companion measure was filed in the Senate, and consequently the upper chamber never considered the issue in committee. It is rare for one chamber to pass a bill, even one that has cleared the other, without a companion bill being filed and at least considered in a committee. HB 1517 set out a stepped scheduled for speedy trials, beginning at 90 days for misdemeanors and going to 365 days for murder cases, and also repealed the procedural rules dealing with speedy trials, specifically Criminal Procedure Rule 3.191 and Juvenile Procedure Rule 8.090.However, in order to repeal the rules, the bill would have had to pass both chambers with a two-thirds vote. The House approval was 70-41, which meant the rule repeal would not have passed. If the bill had passed the Senate and been signed by the governor, that would have left two speedy trial systems, one in the rules and one in the statute books.Despite the likelihood of Senate inaction, there was still a lively debate on the House floor.Rep. J.C. Planas, R-Miami, called it a “well-intentioned but flawed bill” and said it dealt with procedural matters that are the purview of the Supreme Court, not the Legislature.Rep. Kevin Ambler, R-Tampa, noted that speedy trial time limits would not start until prosecutors file charges, and it would be possible for someone to spend a year in jail without seeing a judge.“Under this bill, it doesn’t matter who your lawyer is, you can sit in jail for the next year, and you cannot get your case in front of a judge,” Ambler said. “Until a formal charge in made in the case, you cannot go in front of a judge to get your case dismissed for a fraudulent arrest.“That, to me, is wrong. That is a fundamental denial of your right of liberty that you cannot even get your case in front of a judge to contest an erroneous arrest. That is the flaw of the bill.”Added Rep. Yolly Roberson, D-Miami: “Having a defendant in jail for a year until he’s charged, this is what happens in a Third World country. We are not a Third World country. The system we have works now. If someone is arrested and not charged, I think it is incumbent on the prosecutor to see the charges are filed promptly so the system can begin.”But bill co-sponsor Rep. Eric Eisnaugle, R-Orlando, said an amendment approved by the House just before the debate eliminated the year wait. (According to the final version of the bill, “If no information or indictment, or in the case of a misdemeanor by whatever document constitutes a formal charging document, has been filed within 175 days from arrest on a felony offense or within 90 days from arrest on a misdemeanor offense, the accused may file a motion. . . ”) And co-sponsor Rep. Ari Porth, D-Ft. Lauderdale, said the bill was a matter of fairness.“When a victim’s case is dismissed, when they don’t see the inside of a courtroom. . . they are victimized for a second time,” Porth said. “What an unforgivable tragedy for those who have suffered so much. This guarantees victims a right for their cases to be heard.”Eisnaugle said between 2006 and 2008, there were at least 673 criminal cases discharged because of the speedy trial rule, including three involving murder charges and three involving sexual offenses.“I think even one murder defendant walking out of jail before they ever see a jury, that’s wrong,” he said. “.. . . When a criminal defendant is discharged under the speedy trial rule, it is forever, it doesn’t matter if it’s murder. When a defendant is discharged under speedy trial, they will never be prosecuted. So this is a big deal.” Move to amend speedy trial rule fails when Senate declines to hear it May 15, 2010 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

David McGlothlin named AZRE’s associate editor

first_imgAZ Big Media has named David McGlothlin as associate editor for AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine.Intro/outro music by: cdk – Sunday by cdk (c) 2016 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/cdk/53755McGlothlin graduated from the University of Arizona in May with a journalism degree. During college, he served as an editorial intern for the Tucson Weekly, features apprentice for the Arizona Daily Star as well as editor in chief and news editor for the Daily Wildcat, the UA student newspaper. Most recently McGlothlin worked as the Don Bolles fellow through the UA School of Journalism reporting on the state legislature at the Capitol for Arizona Sonora News Service.“I grew up being taught that variety is the spice of life,” said McGlothlin. “My career choice has provided me the opportunity to participate in a diverse range of experiences, which I am able to reciprocate through storytelling and writing. I’ve always liked being on the reporting side of an event or situation where I can ask the questions shared by the average reader and share the answers.”Pulling together the multiple facets of the commercial real estate industry in Arizona, AZRE: Arizona Commercial Real Estate Magazine reaches out to the largest local and national commercial real estate audience within the Grand Canyon State and beyond. AZRE covers up-to-date happenings within commercial development, brokerage, construction, investment, finance, architecture, property management, real estate law and more as it relates to Arizona. Additionally, AZRE is an active voice within the commercial industry, partnering with such organizations as NAIOP, ABA, ICSC AZ, AIA AZ and Valley Partnership.“David’s background as a Don Bolles fellow shows that he has the journalism skills to take AZRE to a new level of depth and excellence,” said AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “As a native of the Valley, David brings a lifetime of knowledge that will elevate and maintain AZRE as the authoritative voice of the commercial real estate industry in Arizona.”last_img read more

Open applications for the CIHT conference dedicated to health tourism

first_imgIn the Hotel “Omorika” in Crikvenica will November 17 and 18, 2016 maintain Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference, the fourth conference dedicated to health tourism.Crikvenica Tourist Board, in cooperation with Thalassotherapy Crikvenica, organized a gathering dedicated to health tourism for the first time in 2013, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of tourism in Crikvenica. In 2015, the forum gained additional value: in addition to the Crikvenica Tourist Board and Thalassotherapy, the Kvarner Health Tourism Cluster joined as a co-organizer, and the gathering became international and for the first time a business workshop was organized within it.In 2016, several more innovations are introduced: in order to achieve recognition, the gathering gets a permanent name – Crikvenica International Health Tourism Conference, for the first time will be two days and gets its website (ciht.com.hr) and Facebook page (CIHT Conference Crikvenica Croatia).In addition to the lectures that will be held on the first day of the conference, a B2B workshop will be organized, where domestic and foreign participants will be able to establish business contacts, exchange experiences and agree on concrete cooperation. In addition to the B2B workshop, a tour of health institutions in Kvarner is planned for the second day. The conference contributes to the application of current theoretical knowledge, knowledge and trends in practice and emphasizes the strategic importance and importance of health tourism development in Croatia, which, primarily thanks to very favorable climatic conditions and preserved natural healing factors and many reputable health institutions, nurtures a long tradition.Last year’s conference had international status for the first time, and apart from Croatia, this year’s speakers come from the USA, Germany, Poland, Great Britain and other countries.Applications for CIHT 2016 have started, via the new website: http://ciht.com.hr/registration-form/, where all news related to the conference can be followed regularly.last_img read more

Star-shaped astrocyte cells around neurons prove to be surprisingly important players in body’s clock

first_imgShare on Facebook Pinterest Share LinkedIn Until recently, work on biological clocks that dictate daily fluctuations in most body functions, including core body temperature and alertness, focused on neurons, those electrically excitable cells that are the divas of the central nervous system.Asked to define the body’s master clock, biologists would say it is two small spheres — the suprachiasmatic nuclei, or SCN — in the brain that consist of 20,000 neurons. They likely wouldn’t even mention the 6,000 astroglia mixed in with the neurons, said Erik Herzog, a neuroscientist in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. In a March 23 advance online publication from Current Biology, Herzog and his collaborators show that the astroglia help to set the pace of the SCN to schedule a mouse’s day.The astroglia, or astrocytes, were passed over in silence partly because they weren’t considered to be important. Often called “support cells,” they were supposed to be gap fillers or place holders. Their Latin name, after all, means “starry glue.”center_img Email Then two things happened. Scientists discovered that almost all the cells in the body keep time, with a few exceptions such as stem cells. And they also began to realize that the astrocytes do a lot more than they had thought. Among other things, they secrete and slurp neurotransmitters and help neurons form strengthened synapses to consolidate what we’ve learned. In fact, scientists began to speak of the tripartite synapse, emphasizing the role of an astrocyte in the communication between two neurons.So for a neuroscientist like Herzog, the obvious question was: What were the astrocytes doing in the SCN? Were they keeping time? And if they were keeping time, how did the astrocyte clocks interact with the neuron clocks?Herzog answered the first question in 2005 — yes, astrocytes have daily clocks — but then the research got stuck. To figure out what the astrocytes were doing in living networks of cells and in living animals, the scientists had to be able to manipulate them independently of the neurons with which they are entwined. The tools to do this simply didn’t exist.Now, Herzog’s graduate student Matt Tso, the first author on the paper, has solved the problem. The tools he devised allow astrocytes in the SCN to be independently controlled. Using his toolkit, the lab ran two experiments, altering the astrocyte clocks and monitoring the highly ritualized, daily behavior of wheel-running in mice.The scientists were surprised by the results, to be published in the April 7 print issue of Current Biology. In both experiments, tweaks to the astrocyte clocks reliably slowed the mouse’s sense of time. “We had no idea they would be that influential,” Tso said.The scientists are already planning follow-up experiments.Figuring out how and where these clocks function in the brain and body is important because their influence is ubiquitous. For his part, Herzog is already looking at the connections between circadian rhythm and brain cancer, pre-term birth, manic depression and other diseases.Astrocytes clock inA biological clock is a series of interlocking reactions that act somewhat like a biochemical hourglass. An accumulating protein eventually shuts down its own production, much as the sand eventually drains from the top half of the hourglass. But then –through the magic of feedback loops — the biochemical hourglass, in effect, turns itself over and starts again.At first, scientists were aware only of the clock in the SCN. If it is destroyed in an animal such as a rat, the rat will sleep for the same amount of time but in fits and starts instead of for long periods.But then the genes that make up the biological clock began to be found in many different kinds of cells: lung, heart, liver, and sperm. Hair cells, by the way, prefer to grow in the evening.So Herzog began to wonder about astrocytes in the SCN. Were they, too, keeping time?To find out, he coupled a bioluminescent protein to a clock gene and then isolated astrocytes in a glass dish. He found that the astrocytes brightened and dimmed rhythmically, proof that they were keeping time.The obvious next step was to look at the astrocytes not only in a glass dish but also in SCN slices and in living animals. But that turned out to be easier said than done. “We burned through two postdocs trying to get these experiments to work,” Herzog said.So it is a technical triumph that Tso was able to make the astrocytes light up when they were expressing clock genes and to add or delete clock genes in the astrocytes while leaving the neurons intact, Herzog said.As a first step, collaborator Michihiro Mieda from Kanazawa University created a “conditional reporter” that switched on a firefly luciferase whenever a clock gene was being expressed in a cell of interest. Tso delivered the tiny switch to the astrocytes inside a virus.In slices of a mouse SCN with this reporter in place, the scientists could see that the star-shaped cells were expressing the clock gene in a rhythmic pattern. This proved that astrocytes keep time in living tissue where they are interacting with one another and with neurons, as well as when they are isolated in a dish.Next, the scientists used the new gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to delete a clock gene in only the astrocytes of the SCN of living mice. They then monitored the mice for changes in the time they started running on a wheel each day.Running is an easily measured behavior that provides a reliable indication of the state of the underlying body clock. A mouse in constant darkness will start running on a wheel approximately every 23.7 hours, typically deviating by less than 10 minutes from this schedule.“When we deleted the gene in the astrocytes, we had good reason to predict the rhythm would remain unchanged,” Tso said. “When people deleted this clock gene in neurons, the animals completely lost rhythm, which suggests that the neurons are necessary to sustain a daily rhythm.”Instead, when astrocyte clock was deleted, the SCN clock ran slower. The mice climbed into their wheels one hour later than usual every day.“This was quite a surprise,” Tso said.The results of the next experiment were even more exciting for them. The scientists began with a mouse that has a mutation making its clocks run fast and then “rescued” this mutation in astrocytes but not in neurons. This meant that the astrocyte clocks were running at the normal pace but the neuron clocks were still fast.“We expected the SCN to follow the neurons’ pace. There are 10 times more neurons in the SCN than astrocytes. Why would the behavior follow the astrocytes’? ” Tso said.But that is exactly what they did. The mice with the restored astrocyte clocks climbed into their wheels two hours later than mice whose astrocytes and neurons were both fast-paced.The scientists don’t know why the astrocytes are so important or how they are communicating with neurons. But their research adds to a body of work suggesting that astrocytes, far from being place holders or gap fillers, may actually be running the show. It wouldn’t be the first time the power was behind rather than on the throne. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Feds to allow state public health labs to test for COVID-19

first_imgAs many as 40 state public health labs could begin testing for the COVID-19 virus using parts of the test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as early as this week, according to the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).”As of now: @CDCgov & @US_FDA developed a new protocol using 2 of 3 components of original test kit. Many public health labs are able to use the original kit w/out problem component to begin testing as soon as this week,” APHL said on its Twitter feed.Earlier this month, the CDC’s rollout of test kits was delayed after problems were found with some the kits’ reagent. The APHL wrote a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Feb 24, asking the agency for enforcement discretion to allow state and local public health labs the ability to create a laboratory-developed test for the detection of the novel coronavirus.On Twitter, the APHL said its scientists were in talks all day yesterday with the FDA and CDC to figure out a way to allow labs to use functioning tests.California patient not tested for daysTesting capacity across the United States was called into doubt yesterday when officials at the University of California Davis said the latest patient diagnosed in California was not tested for COVID-19 for several days because the person did not have a travel history to China or contact with a case-patient.The patient may represent the first US case involving community spread of COVID-19.According to a statement from UC Davis Medical Center, where the patient is being treated, the test was requested immediately upon the patient’s admittance on Feb 19.”We requested COVID-19 testing by the CDC, since neither Sacramento County nor the California Department of Public Health is doing testing for coronavirus at this time. Since the patient did not fit the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not immediately administered. UC Davis Health does not control the testing process,” the hospital said.”Sunday (Feb. 23), the CDC ordered COVID-19 testing of the patient, and the patient was put on airborne precautions and strict contact precautions, because of our concerns about the patient’s condition.”But all California hospitals might not be prepared to protect their workers. According to a survey of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United released earlier this week, only 31% of nurses said employers have made personal protective equipment available to them. And only 13% of the roughly 3,000 nurses asked said they had a patient isolation plan in place, and only 46% said the had been given COVID-19 information.Pence names Birx as response coordinatorThe CDC confirmed the California case late yesterday, just minutes after President Donald Trump concluded a televised address to the nation concerning COVID-19. During the address, Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the federal effort to control the virus.Today, the New York Times reported that health officials on the president’s coronavirus task force said that all COVID-19 messaging must now be approved by the Office of the Vice President.”Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, one of the country’s leading experts on viruses and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told associates that the White House had instructed him not to say anything else without clearance,” the Times reported.Today, Pence named Deborah L. Birx, MD, the director of the United States effort to combat HIV and AIDS, to serve as the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House.Nebraskans asked to self-reportYesterday the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced a new plan, which asks Nebraskans to self-report to a public health online system any travel to China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, in the past 14 days.”It is very possible that we could see travel-related COVID-19 cases in Nebraska residents,” the DHHS said.Finally, Novavax announced yesterday it has started testing COVID-19 vaccine candidates in animal models in the hopes of identifying a candidate to be used in human testing as early as this spring.The vaccine candidates were developed with the company’s recombinant protein nanoparticle technology platform and Matrix-M adjuvant.”Now that the protein has been expressed stably in our baculovirus system, we aim to identify the optimal candidate and scale up production of sufficient vaccine for preliminary clinical trials. We are now well-positioned to advance the COVID-19 vaccine candidate to Phase I clinical testing in May or June,” said Stanley C. Erck, MBA, president and CEO of Novavax.See also:Feb 12 CIDRAP News story “Glitch delays COVID-19 tests for states as first evacuees cleared”last_img read more