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Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Equifax senior financial officer, Ken
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Congresswoman Ann Wagner and Equifax senior financial officer, Ken Marshall cut the ribbon at the new Equifax Earth City facility on April 24, 2014.
Apr 24, 2014   17:27
Photo Release -- Equifax Workforce Solutions Celebrates Growing St. Louis Presence

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Apr 24, 2014   16:46
Tour De Plastics

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  Teaching Social Skills Means Assessing Them, Too
Apr 24, 2014   16:36
Teaching Social Skills Means Assessing Them, Too Research is showing more and more positive effects of social-emotional learning (SEL), making it an imperative part of school curriculum. But just like math and reading programs, it's important to assess whether students are truly learning what they're being taught. Seattle nonprofit Committee for Children, creators of the research-based Second Step SEL program, is now partnering with publishers Apperson, Inc. and Pride Surveys to bring schools dependable tools they can use to evaluate what their students are learning in the Second Step program. Apperson, a trusted provider of performance assessment measures since 1955, is releasing the K-5: Apperson SEL + Compass Online Assessment System. It allows educators to automatically score and track changes in social-emotional competencies at the individual, class, and school level using the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment: Second Step Edition (DESSA-SSE), a 36-item behavior rating system for K-5 students. Bill Apperson, Board Chairman at Apperson, Inc, feels the partnership is a natural fit: "Combining the Second Step program with Devereux's DESSA-SSE assessment solves a critical need to drive social and emotional growth in school-age children and measure their progress longitudinally. We are thrilled to publish the DESSA-SSE and partner with Committee for Children to offer this valuable assessment tool to Second Step schools." Founded in 1982, Pride Surveys has a strong track record of measuring behavior on many crucial issues that can affect student learning, such as drug and alcohol use, family, discipline, and school climate. In keeping with that tradition, Pride has created the Social, Emotional, and Bullying Behavior Survey (SEBBS) for use in middle schools. With the SEBBS, educators can assess their students' pre- and post-knowledge and skills gained from the Second Step middle school program. Designed to establish baseline data and track improvements, this survey asks questions aligned with curriculum objectives. It's a clear outcome of the two organizations' objectives, says Jay Gleaton, CEO of Pride Surveys: "Pride Surveys is proud to partner with Committee for Children on our newest survey. We are excited that we could work together to help both organizations make a difference in education." Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of Committee for Children, says that the benefit of these partnerships will be felt most by educators as well as the students and families they serve. "We are excited to join forces with both of these stellar organizations, to shed light on the progress Second Step students are making in key social and emotional domains. Because the Second Step program is the national leader in evidence-based social-emotional programming, while Apperson and Pride are equally strong players in in the student assessment field, this partnership stands to make SEL a much more visible and valuable aspect of a well-rounded education; one that prepares children for success in school, the future workplace, and life." About Committee for Children  continued...

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Apr 24, 2014   16:26
Turn a Rental into a Home ... with the Help of Plastics

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  Actress Anjelica Huston's Words Greet Scientists As They Ponder Deadly Lung Disease Affecting Horses, Dogs, Cats, Humans
Apr 24, 2014   13:43
Actress Anjelica Huston's Words Greet Scientists As They Ponder Deadly Lung Disease Affecting Horses, Dogs, Cats, Humans Actress Anjelica Huston's words will greet researchers from around the globe when they meet later this week to better understand Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). The lung disease has no FDA approved treatments and is killing horses, including thoroughbred horses, and other domestic animals, just as it's claiming an increasing number of human lives. The scientists are hoping the animals will hold a key to finding desperately needed treatments faster for both. Huston, a lifetime horse enthusiast and advocate, wrote a passionate letter encouraging the work at this breakthrough meeting and challenging scientists to move the field of PF research forward. "I am very intrigued and interested in the comparative work you are doing to bridge this gap between horses, other domestic animals and humans with pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that affects and claims lives without lifesaving treatment options," Huston wrote. "Thank you for your dedication to work that will help to better understand and ultimately eradicate fibrosis across species. I hope this meeting will lead you to the breakthroughs you need to cure this devastating disease and will lead to the adoption of a new comparative approach that will produce progress and save lives in so many others." Human lung disease researchers and veterinarians will meet for the "Fibrosis Across Species" workshop being convened by the Westie Foundation of America (WFA) and hosted by the University of Louisville's Medical Center and its Equine Center April 27-29 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY just days prior to the running of the world famous Kentucky Derby. This unusual combination of human and veterinary scientists is tasked with creating a roadmap for comparative research in PF. Comparative research - or research that compares human disease to similar diseases in animals - has been used successfully in the treatment of cancer and, in fact, there is a comparative research division at the National Cancer Institute. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a little known lung disease among most of the public, yet the disease claims as many human lives each year as breast cancer. In addition to horses, the disease is also known to affect cats, and dogs, especially terrier breeds of dog like the West Highland White Terrier (WHWT). There are no approved drugs for the disease in the United States, though a drug has been approved in Japan, the European Union and Canada. "We are concerned about the growing incidence and prevalence of Pulmonary Fibrosis and realize that research done the customary way has limitations," said Jesse Roman, M.D., a human PF researcher and Chair of Medicine at the University of Louisville and a leader of the meeting. "Studying animals, in particular horses and dogs, may allow us to better understand the underlying causes of this lung disease and how to best tackle finding life-saving treatments for all affected species." "We are pleased to convene this stellar team of scientists who will review and compare fibrotic disease in animals and humans and pave the way for major discovery," said Bebe Pinter, CEO of the Westie Foundation of America. The "Fibrosis Across Species" meeting will build on the success of a 2007 meeting, also convened by the WFA,that brought together human and veterinary scientists to discuss similarities between the WHWT and human forms of PF. The scientific paper from the 2007 meeting was published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society [to view the abstract, visit: http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1513/AnnalsATS.201309-321ST#.U03HQ0Jk5UQ]. The paper identifies similarities across species and makes strong suggestions for a path forward. One of the experts' recommendations is the convening of a meeting that fits the mold of the Fibrosis Across Species meeting. Many of the key researchers in that meeting will be leading the Louisville meeting along with key advocacy organizations, along with the WFA. Together with Pinter, Dr. Roman is working with other key scientists and PF experts to convene the meeting that include Kevin Brown, M.D. and Amy Olson, M.D., of National Jewish Health in Denver; Dennis E. Doherty, M.D., of the University of Kentucky Medical Center and the Lexington Veteran's Administration hospital; Patricia Olson, D.V.M., Ph.D.; Andrew M. Tager, M.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Kay McGuire, D.V.M., vice president, health of the Westie Foundation of America's Board of Directors; Tim Capps, of the University of Louisville's Equine Division; Kurt Williams, D.V.M., of Michigan State; Kentucky-based advocate Angie Wingfield, Teresa Barnes, a PF advocate who developed the FAS meeting, vice president of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and member of the Westie Foundation of America Board of Directors and advocate Dolly Kervitsky, RCP,CCRC of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Sponsors for the meeting include: InterMune, Inc., Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Biogen Idec, Inc., Genentech, Inc., The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, The Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome Network, The West Highland White Terrier Club of America, The West Highland White Terrier Club of Southeast Texas, Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Houston, Skyehigh Westies, The Shamrock Westie Family and individual donors including Westie Foundation of America Past President Wayne Kompare and Roberta Macabee. For a full agenda for the meeting and to learn more, please visit www.westiefoundation.org.  continued...

  HudsonMOD teams up with Vintage Elite on Exclusive Philanthropic Lifestyle Membership Events
Apr 24, 2014   11:50
HudsonMOD teams up with Vintage Elite on Exclusive Philanthropic Lifestyle Membership Events HudsonMOD, the premier luxury lifestyle magazine for ultra-affluent Northern New Jersey and Manhattan readers, continues to expand its strong presence and influence across the region's high-net worth community with an exclusive media partnership with the renowned Vintage Yachting Club and their Vintage Elite lifestyle events.  continued...

  CrowdVested Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Retail Project in Atlanta
Apr 24, 2014   11:30
CrowdVested Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Retail Project in Atlanta CrowdVested, a crowdfunding platform for commercial real estate, in conjunction with Atlanta-based developer Paces Properties, today is launching its first campaign. The project will be the first real estate equity crowdfunding offering in the Southeast open to both accredited and non-accredited investors.  continued...

The new Epicureanist Chicken Roaster is the first to feature handles, a pour spout, room for vegetables, and a center cylinder for wine or beer. This unique ceramic roaster makes it possible to prepare a succulent wine (or beer) infused chicken - with vegetables - in less than two hours.
The new Epicureanist Chicken Roaster is the first to feature handles, a pour spout, room for vegetables, and a center cylinder for wine or beer. This unique ceramic roaster makes it possible to prepare a succulent wine (or beer) infused chicken - with vegetables - in less than two hours.
Apr 24, 2014   11:22
Effortlessly Prepare a Wine Infused Chicken with the New Epicureanist Chicken Roaster

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Apr 24, 2014   08:30
Bank Customers Report a Decline in Positive Customer Experiences for First Time in Three Years, Largely Driven by Gen Y

Source:   Capgemini Financial Services

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