White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to speak Sept. 25 | Vanderbilt News

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon CT. The University of Tennessee system and Vanderbilt University are co-hosting the webinar, with Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development Stacey Patterson (UT-system) and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan (VU) providing opening remarks and moderating a question-and-answer session with Droegemeier.

The presentation by Droegemeier, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” is open to faculty, students, postdocs and staff. It will be live-streamed, and registration is required.

Droegemeier will provide an update on the many activities undertaken by OSTP and others during the past several months, providing examples of risks to research security that can harm the enterprise as well as an update on steps being

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PETVIVO HOLDINGS, INC. HIRES DR. DAVID B MASTERS AS DIRECTOR OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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Billionaire David Shaw Pours Money Into 3 “Strong Buy” Stocks

Are the tides turning on Wall Street? Stocks fell in the past three trading sessions, as investors abandoned the tech heavyweights that have been at the forefront of the market’s remarkable charge forward. What’s behind the sell-off? Sky-high valuations reminiscent of the dot-com era have sparked fears of a tech bubble. To this end, investors are wondering if this pullback is just a correction, or if it is the start of a larger drawdown.In times like these, the legends can offer some guidance. We are referring to the people that transformed the way we play the investing game, namely David Shaw.A former Columbia University computer-science professor, Shaw founded the D. E. Shaw group at a small bookstore in New York City in 1988. Starting out with six employees and $28 million in capital, he pioneered a new investing approach,

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CAE Announces Stacey Sparks as Senior Director of Content Design and Development

Council for Aid to Education, Inc. (CAE), a leading provider of performance-based educational assessments measuring 21st century skills, as well as custom assessments, today announced the appointment of Stacey Sparks to senior director of content design and development. In this role, Sparks will lead content development for the services division and manage content experts and CAE’s production team.

“We are thrilled about Stacey guiding the design and development of performance-based assessments and custom solutions for our clients,” said Bob Yayac, president and CEO of CAE. “Great content is critical to effective assessments and her in-depth knowledge and experience in assessment, coupled with her outstanding writing and editing skills, strengthen our mission.”

Sparks has worked closely with clients including state departments of education, large urban school districts, multi-state consortia, and educational publishers to design and develop K-12 assessments, both formative and summative; digital and print curriculum materials; and professional development

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Congregation Beth Israel Welcomes New Education Director

Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains has welcomed Aviva Tilles as its new Director of Congregational Learning. Aviva will be responsible for directing Congregation Beth Israel’s religious school, as well as overseeing its high school program, youth groups, and adult education, providing a comprehensive approach to the synagogue’s commitment to life-long learning. Congregation Beth Israel’s religious school will be offering in-person instruction as well as a remote learning track for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year, beginning Sunday, October 18.

Aviva Tilles comes to Congregation Beth Israel with more than two decades of experience working in the Jewish world, both as a teacher and administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Aviva’s passion for Jewish education and her involvement with United Synagogue Youth (USY), the youth movement affiliated with Conservative Judaism, can be traced back

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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11 | Vanderbilt News

By Jenna Somers and Jane Hirtle

Margaret Martonosi (photo by David Kelly Crow)

Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT hosted by Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. Faculty, students and staff are invited to register to attend the presentation and take part in an open discussion and Q&A session about CISE and its key focus areas, including cyberinfrastructure, computing and communication, computer and network systems and information and intelligent systems, as well as funding opportunities and NSF future directions in these areas.

Register for the event here. >>

“I am pleased to welcome my close colleague Dr. Margaret Martonosi to Vanderbilt,” said Raghavan, who serves as a member of the advisory boards for the CISE Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. “Margaret

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as New Director of Music Education

Kristine holds a Master’s degree in violin performance and dual Bachelor degrees in Music and Premedical Studies.

The Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as New Director of Music Education
The Santa Barbara Symphony has announced Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as its new Director of Music Education. Each year, the Symphony provides over 10,000 children in Santa Barbara County with high quality, equal-access music education through its Music Education Center: a continuum of connected programs designed to support and engage students at every step along their musical journey by fostering collaboration, confidence, and community, while empowering them to be at their best through music. While all programming has gone virtual in response to the pandemic, through partnerships and generous community support, the Music Education Center is moving ahead and looking towards next season.

“During this unprecedented time, the disparities in education are becoming more apparent, and our mission to provide music education to the community is more important now than it has ever been,” shared

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