Members of the Nth Power Go Hip-Hop With Mobb Deep & Jay-Z Covers [Photos/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images This January, members of The Nth Power are hosting a weekly residency, dubbed NTHFECTIOUS, featuring different themes and special guests each week to kick off 2016 with a bang. The group comprised of Nikki Glaspie, Nate Edgar and Nick Cassarino, led some all-star jams at last week’s Hip-Hop Night at The Knitting Factory. The night was packed with friends, family, old school hip-hop and new-school attitude. Incredibly special we are to have experienced Nth in this setting, and how lucky are we to have two more nights of their themed, guest-filled awesomeness. In anticipation of this upcoming week’s R&B Night, let’s relive the hip-hop one more time…Mobb Deep, ‘Shook Ones’: Featuring Nikki Glaspie (drums), Nick Cassarino (guitar), Stu Brooks (bass), @Eccussionist (drums), Nick Semrad (keys), Basil Wadjowicz (keys), Lex D Emcee (vocals), Noble (vocals), DJ Raydar Ellis (vocals), Lay Quin (saxophone) and La Mega (trumpet).Jay-Z, ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’:With special guests Stu Brooks (bass), @Eccussionist (drums), Nick Semrad (keys), Basil Wadjowicz (keys), Lex D Emcee (vocals), Mr. At (vocals), Erin Boyd (vocals), Yvey Ro (vocals), Lay Quin (saxophone), La Mega (trumpet).This upcoming Tuesday is R&B Night, which is currently billed to include Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry laying down his soulful harmonies on the organ, the one-and-only Corey Glover of Living Colour, American R&B/Soul and Gospel singer Cheryl Pepsii Riley, and Jason Murden grinding the guitar. Bringing the old school vibes to the modern day progressive soul, these artistic additions are sure to set fire to the stage! With these cats in the room, you really never know who else will show up. Additional special guests TBA.last_img read more

Man Pays Off All Overdue Lunch Fees at Hometown Elementary School

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJerry Fenton wanted to give back to his alma mater in a special way, so he opened his wallet—and his heart—to the families with overdue lunch fees.Earlier this week, Fenton walked into Grimes Elementary School of Burlington, Iowa and wrote a check for $700 – enough to pay off the current $458 debt, and to buy lunch for many struggling students in the future. “I gave them extra money in the account so that every kid at Grimes Elementary school won’t be hungry the rest of this school year,” Fenton posted on Facebook last Tuesday. “Now it’s your turn to do something good for your fellow man.”MORE: Mom Starts Packing 2 Lunches After Son Notices Student With Little Food Eating AloneThe donation helped approximately 89 kids and their parents. Most of the students don’t even know when they’re over drafted because the notice goes straight to the parents.“Wowsers! Jerry Fenton, a citizen of our community paid for all overdue lunches of all Grimes kids today!” posted the school on their Facebook page. “Jerry, you are our hero!”Feed Your Friends Some Positivity: Click To Share – Photo by Ben+Sam, CCAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Transfer students introduced to ND tradition through Welcome Weekend

first_imgThis Welcome Weekend, Notre Dame’s transfer tradition is continued as 196 transfers arrive to begin their first year at the University. Among their predecessors are University President Fr. John Jenkins, University Provost Thomas Burish and Rudy.Beginning with Thursday night’s Welcome Mass and Dinner with Jenkins, a flurry of events awaits the transfers. Transfer Welcome Weekend captain Emma Mazurek said she is most excited for the “ND Traditions” event to take place Sunday before the all-class Grotto visit.“First, we’re going to have an ND traditions intro and teach them all of the fun things that make Notre Dame unique, and then we’re going to transition into more of a reflective time,” Mazurek said. “We’re going to have ambassadors come and share their reflections on what Notre Dame means to them, what the Notre Dame family means to them, what the Grotto trip means to them and the importance and significance of the Grotto at Notre Dame.”Events such as “ND Traditions” allow transfer students to make their transition into full-fledged Notre Dame students, while other events simply give students an opportunity to socialize and meet their new classmates. Socializing events include bowling at Strikes and Spares in South Bend, Broomball in the Compton Family Ice Arena and Domerfest.Lauren Donahue, program director for new student engagement, said in an email the events planned for Welcome Weekend seek to help diverse groups of students arriving on campus adjust to their community.“Transfer Welcome Weekend is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of all incoming students who are transferring to the University. As a group, their familiarity with the culture of Notre Dame varies. Additionally, the length of time these students attended another institution before coming to Notre Dame varies,” Donahue said. “ … I want all of our incoming students, including transfer students, to find a sense of connection and belonging at Notre Dame, and that starts with Welcome Weekend.”Anthony Bell, one of this year’s captains for Transfer Welcome Weekend who is now participating in his fourth Transfer Welcome Weekend, said the Welcome Weekend events challenged him to grow.“One thing that was really positive but also really put me out of my comfort zone was that [Welcome Weekend] was the first time I’d really gone somewhere where I knew absolutely nobody,” Bell said.  “ … You’re really thrown out of your comfort zone just trying to meet new people who are going through the same experience as you, but you feel like you’re totally out there by yourself.”This year, 196 transfer students are enrolling at the University, 42 of whom are entering Notre Dame’s 3-2 or 4-1 engineering programs. Don Bishop, associate vice president for undergraduate enrollment at Notre Dame, said 109 of the 174 “traditional” transfers come from Catholic institutions. He also said the average GPA achieved by transfer students at their former institution is a 3.88.Director of transfer enrollment Erin Camilleri said that while transfer students certainly have an impressive academic record, the Office of Admissions takes a holistic approach when considering transfer applicants.“We’re really looking for the students who — coming to Notre Dame — continue to have an excellent fit for Notre Dame admissions. They demonstrate that both in their high school profile as well as their college record,” Camilleri said. “ … We’re really looking for the students who will be academically successful, but we’re also looking for students who ‘get’ Notre Dame and are going to make Notre Dame a better place.”Bishop said this year the University is accepting 74 students from Holy Cross College via the Gateway Program, eight more than last year. Many Gateway students chose the program despite having been accepted to several top universities across the nation, Bishop said.“The Gateway students as a group … the majority would have gone to a top 30 university,” Bishop said. “They got in to other top 30 universities, and then picked the Notre Dame Gateway Program over that university. Their academic profile as a group when they came out of high school … would rank as a top 25 to top 30 college freshmen profile. So, those students are very good.”The average GPA of a transfer student’s first year at Notre Dame is about the same as a student who entered the University as a freshman, Bishop said.“At the end of their first year at Notre Dame, [transfers have] a very similar class performance program as the other students that came in as freshmen who are now in their age group,” he said. “So, they perform at an equal level … they don’t take the opportunity for granted.”But while transfer students perform academically at the same level as students who arrived at Notre Dame as freshmen, the transition to a new campus can be difficult. Bell, who transferred to the University following his freshman year, said arriving on campus led to mixed emotions.“It’s exciting because you know if you transferred to Notre Dame, you feel like that’s where you’re meant to be. You feel like you’re going home,” Bell said. “But it’s a little bit nerve-wracking because you’re starting over, and unlike it being the normal experience to start fresh as a first year, you’re doing it as a sophomore in college. There’s a lot of things that are new. It’s a weird transition in that way, because you’ve already done it before, and now you have to do it another time.”Mazurek said transfers’ delayed start to their Notre Dame career is tough on many.“Not everyone understands how difficult it is to be a transfer student,” Mazurek said. “You’re coming into a new school. It’s kind of like you’re starting your freshman year all over again, but you’re also a year behind with your other peers, a year behind with your extracurriculars, a year behind with making friends.”To manage the whirlwind of Welcome Weekend, Bell said he recommends students live in the moment and enjoy their first full moments as members of the Notre Dame community.“Put a [stop] on the stresses of moving in and getting yourself situated and really embrace the traditions and all the fun that Welcome Weekend has to offer,” he said. “It’s designed for you to meet people in your situation and for you to have fun; it’s a Notre Dame experience just as much as any football game you go to or any time you sing the Alma Mater.”Tags: Admissions, Transfer Admissions, transfer students, Transfer welcome weekend, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

The Band’s Visit Will Play Broadway

first_img View Comments The cast of ‘The Band’s Visit’ at the Atlantic Theater Company(Photo: Ahron R. Foster) The Band’s Visit, the new musical that has been showered with awards since its extended off-Broadway run with the Atlantic Theater Company, will play Broadway’s Barrymore Theatre this fall; tickets are now on sale. Previews will begin on October 7 with an opening night scheduled for November 9. With a book by Itamar Moses (The Fortress of Solitude, Completeness) and a score by three-time Tony nominee David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), the musical is based on Eran Kolirin’s 2007 film of the same name. David Cromer, who helmed the debut production, will repeat his duties as director for the Broadway run. Andrea Grody will serve as musical director.In The Band’s Visit, an Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways.The off-Broadway cast was led by Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk and John Cariani. The company also featured George Abud, Bill Army, Erik Liberman, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh and Alok Tewari. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced at a later date.   The Band’s Visit won top honors at the 2017 Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards and Obie Awards. The Band’s Visitcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Related Showslast_img read more

Winooski, Burlington School districts receive $3.7 million grant from Nellie Mae Foundation

first_imgWinooski and Burlington School Districts announced today that they have received a three-year, $3.7 million grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation (NMEF), the largest charitable organization in New England focused exclusively on education, to support student-centered approaches to learning. The grant will be used to develop personalized, proficiency-based learning approaches to be developed by educators in partnership with students, parents and community partners.In order to prosper as a community, we need more learners achieving at higher levels. Student-centered approaches are aimed at reshaping education to move away from the current system’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ methodology. Student-centered learning models are built around the fact that different students learn in different ways, including: being flexible about how time is used for both students and educators, including learning opportunities outside the traditional school calendar; harnessing the broader community to support and deepen learning experiences; using curriculum, instruction and assessment that promotes the skills and knowledge needed for success in college, work and life; basing advancement on demonstration of proficiency in skills and knowledge.‘We applaud this initiative in Burlington and Winooski, and appreciate the continued support of NMEF, the Tarrant Foundation, and Voices for Vermont Children,’ said Armando Vilaseca, Vermont Education Commissioner. ‘Innovations such as this are creating new models of learning for Vermont students; using flexible pathways and proficiency based strategies to create transformative learning environments.’Burlington and Winooski High Schools serve over 4,700 students, from multi-generation Vermont families to New Americans from around the world. Together with community partners Vermont Adult Learning, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Linking Learning to Life, and the Tarrant Foundation, Winooski and Burlington have undertaken this work to make sure that ALL our young people have what it takes to succeed in today’s world.  During the past year, the community participated in developing a shared vision for this initiative ‘ to ensure that every student in Burlington and Winooski will graduate from high school with the confidence, enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge to build a satisfying and sustainable future for themselves, their community, and their world.Superintendents Mary Martineau and Jeanné Collins stated that ‘this funding from NMEF will be crucial in helping us re-design education in ways that insure the success of every student, including those who face the greatest barriers.’As the lead community partner in the Winooski-Burlington Partnership for Change, Voices for Vermont’s Children will engage parents and youth from marginalized communities to help design student-centered learning reforms that ensure the success of every student. Carlen Finn, Executive Director, noted ‘This initiative supports Voices’ long-term goals of helping all Vermont children succeed, especially those who struggle because of economic and social barriers in our society. Voices brings a strong voice for community participation and engagement to this initiative.’In conjunction with the NMEF grant, the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation announced today a $200,000 gift over the next three years to support student-centered, technology-rich learning at Burlington and Winooski’s middle schools.  The funds will go to the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont as part of a research-based initiative combining deep, sustained teacher learning, technology integration, and best practices in student-centered learning to promote engagement and improve learner outcomes.‘Our Foundation has been working with the Partnership for Change since the beginning, and we are thrilled to bring these additional resources to the table,’ said Foundation director Lauren Curry.  ‘By supporting engaging, relevant, personalized learning in the critical middle school years, we believe students will be better positioned for success when they make the leap to these newly-transforming high schools.’This is not the Foundation’s first investment in the Burlington and Winooski School Districts.  It provided $100,000 for technology infrastructure in Winooski over a decade ago ‘ a grant that, according to Curry, helped spark the Foundation’s current strategic education initiative.  It’s also invested more than $200,000 to support student-centered, technology-rich learning on a 90-student team at Edmunds Middle School over the past three years.  ‘The combined challenges of more learners needing to succeed and succeed at a higher level, led us to these partners,’ said Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO of NMEF. ‘Our grant is a value-add to the momentum the district and its key stakeholders already have. We are looking forward to seeing their successes.’Grants are being made under NMEFHYPERLINK “http://www.nmefdn.org/grantmaking/Initiatives/District/(link is external)”’HYPERLINK “http://www.nmefdn.org/grantmaking/Initiatives/District/(link is external)”s District-Level Systems Change (DLSC) initiative that the Foundation is using to promote the implementation of student-centered approaches.About the Nellie Mae Education FoundationThe Nellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest charitable organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The Foundation’s initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public Understanding. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $123 million in grants. For more information, visit www.nmefoundation.org(link is external).About Winooski and Burlington School DistrictsBurlington and Winooski School Districts enroll approximately 4,700 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Students in Burlington and Winooski come from many places ‘ including multi-generational Vermont families and new Vermonters from throughout the United States and the world.  Opportunities for students include challenging advanced through foundational academic, music, arts, world languages, physical education, social-emotional development, and rich extra-curricular activities including drama and sports programs.  A number of innovative partnerships with area universities and colleges, youth centers, and local community organizations enhance student learning. For more information, visit www.wsdschools.org(link is external) and www.bsdvt.org(link is external).About Voices for Vermont’s ChildrenFor twenty-seven years, Voices for Vermont’s Children has worked on behalf of children and youth by: advocating during the Vermont Legislative session; organizing and working in state and regional coalitions; providing up-to-date information, policy briefs and fact sheets on issues important to children and youth; Co-sponsoring workshops, trainings and conferences; publishing Vermont KIDS COUNT child and family data reports, and; developing community leaders and organizing community members across the state on behalf of children and youth.  For more information, visit www.voicesforvtkids.org(link is external).About the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant FoundationThe Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation makes grants to create opportunity, help meet basic needs, and improve the lives of people in Vermont.  The Foundation pursues an aggressive spending strategy, granting double the standard amount for similarly-sized foundations.  The Foundation’s primary fields of interest are human services and education.  Between 2005-2011, the Foundation granted more than $10 million.  For more information, visit www.tarrantfoundation.org(link is external). WINOOSKI, VT ‘ February 23, 2012- Winooski and Burlington School Districtslast_img read more

Laura Guy, former teacher and current pastor, enters race for Shawnee Mission West seat on board of education

first_imgLaura Guy. Photo via Living Water Christian Church.Laura Guy, a former teacher in the Olathe School District and the current pastor of Living Water Christian Church in Parkville, has filed in the race for the Shawnee Mission West representative seat on the board of education.Guy, who has lived at her house in the SM West area for 22 years and had two children graduate from the school, said she was compelled to enter the race to foster a community discussion about a number of issues facing the district, from the practices of the board of education, to the search for a new superintendent, to the establishment of equitable school boundaries.“I think there needs to be conversations about transparency, how the board of education operates, and what kind of leader we want for our next superintendent,” she said.Guy has served as pastor for the past 12 years, but started her career as a teacher. Her mother was a teacher as well, and Guy said that tradition has given her a keen interest in ensuring teachers’ views are represented in the decisions the board makes.“I think it’s really important that we get input from teachers as we make decisions,” she said. “I have a passion for making sure teachers are heard.”Guy is the third candidate to enter the race, along with 20-year incumbent Craig Denny and the district’s former bond and capital improvements supervisor Chris White.She said the district needs to think through the steps necessary to ensure the continuation of its traditions of excellence.“Shawnee Mission has had a very strong past and is currently strong,” she said, “but we’ve got to ask what does the future look like so that we can provide that next generation with the same.”last_img read more

Both Gophers teams finish 11th in Big Ten

first_imgThe men’s golf team tied for 11th place in the Big Ten tournament with a score of 910. The team shot an 878 in the tournament, and its best score was a 287 in the second round. “We were disappointed with our showing this weekend,” head coach John Carlson said. “Jon DuToit played solid golf all three rounds, was making a lot of birdies out there. We didn’t make many birdies as a team this week, and today we compounded some birdies early with some balls in the hazard.” Sophomore Heather Ciskowski finished first among Minnesota golfers. She finished in a tie for 30th place and shot a 220 in three rounds. She started slow with a 78 on the first day, but shot a 71 in the second and third rounds. “I think I played pretty well,” Ciskowski said. “The first four holes were not my best from the first round … but overall, I enjoyed the experience.” “They gave me 100 percent, and that’s all you can ask for,” Redman said. Junior Emie Peronnin and freshman Niamh Ward tied for second place among Minnesota golfers with scores of 222. The two tied for 39th place. Sophomore Runar Arnorsson was the second-best Minnesota golfer at the tournament and shot a 225 to tie for 36th place. “We didn’t play that great,” head coach Michele Redman said. “I think there was some, in my opinion, issues with the course setup. It was set up too short, so I don’t think it showcased who the better teams were.” Both Gophers teams finish 11th in Big TenThe men’s score at the Big Ten tourney was a 910 while the women shot an 878.Joe Sulik, Daily File PhotoSenior Jon Dutoit drives the ball at the Windsong Golf Club on Sept. 13, 2015. Jack WhiteApril 25, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s golf team finished 11th in the Big Ten tournament over the weekend after taking seventh last year. Men’s team ties for 11th The Gophers’ Big Ten finish was worse than last season’s, but the team will graduate no seniors this year after losing three a year ago. Senior Jon DuToit finished first among Minnesota golfers in the last tournament of his college career, shooting a 220. He ended in 27th place.last_img read more

One critical psychological factor would tell us whether Donald Trump is conning us

first_imgBusiness Insider:With Donald Trump surging in the GOP race, the other Republican candidates are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to discredit him. In a series of interviews, Marco Rubio repeatedly called Trump a “con artist.”Business Insider’s video team recently asked psychology and science writer Maria Konnikova, author of a book about con artists, “The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It…Every Time,” what the science says about whether or not Trump really is a con artist.Read the whole story: Business Insider More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Single gene controls fish brain size and intelligence

first_imgEmail Share on Twitter Populations of guppies selected for either large or small brains, with associated differences in intelligence, were used for the first step in the study which was a complete genome analysis of differently expressed genes. There was a 10% difference in brain size between the large and small-brain guppies and from the genetic analysis, Ang-1 was identified as the only gene expressed at different levels in each replicate population. Further experiments in zebra fish by collaborator Professor Pertti Panula at Helsinki University confirmed that Ang-1 is a driver for brain size.Professor Judith Mank, UCL Biosciences, said: “We were surprised to see that only a single gene was up-regulated in the large-brained guppies. Given the complexity of the brain, we expected that the genetics would be very intricate, but this suggests that changes in brain size are underpinned by relatively simple genetic mechanisms.”The protein encoded by Ang-1 is known to play an important role in growing new blood vessels and forming new brain cells in mice, which may indicate an important role of Ang-1 in brain growth of other animals, even in humans, say the scientists behind the study.Dr Niclas Kolm, Stockholm University, said: “Other genes may be involved in brain growth in young, developing fish but no other genes were found to vary in their expression in adult fish other than Ang-1. Future studies will aim to investigate the role of Ang-1 and possibly other genes in the formation of differently sized brains in developing embryos”.Professor Mank added: “We don’t yet know if Ang-1 is important in human brain development – it isn’t on the list of genes typically studied in relation to human brain size – but as it plays a role in forming new blood vessels in humans, there may be a connection as large brains need a bigger blood supply, particularly during growth and for many brain functions. This presents us with an exciting opportunity to investigate the role of Ang-1 across different vertebrates.”The team now plans to study the age-specific genetic architecture of both brain structure and function based on new artificial selection experiments in the guppy. Share on Facebook A single gene called Angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) drives brain size and intelligence in fish according to a new study by researchers at UCL, Stockholm University and University of Helsinki.Fish with larger brains and higher intelligence had higher expression of Ang-1, and when expression levels of Ang-1 were experimentally reduced, brains shrunk. These trends were seen in two unrelated species of fish – guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and zebra fish (Danio rerio) – indicating expression of Ang-1 is important for brain growth and development in fish generally.The study, published today in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, identified the underlying genetics of natural variation in brain size and cognitive abilities in fish. Ang-1 could play an important role in the brain development of other vertebrates, including humans, but future research is required to establish this say the scientists involved.center_img LinkedIn Share Pinterestlast_img read more

Companies announce new Zika vaccine initiatives

first_imgTwo vaccine makers, Sanofi Pasteur and NewLink Genetics, today announced efforts to develop vaccines against Zika virus infection that will springboard off existing technologies.In related news, Honduras yesterday declared a national emergency over an expanding Zika virus infection outbreak, while Thailand confirmed its first locally acquired case.Building on flavivirus vaccine experienceSanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, based in Lyon, France, already has licensed vaccines for dengue, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis, which, like Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, are mosquito-borne diseases caused by flaviviruses, the company said in a news release.Sanofi officials emphasized the company’s dengue vaccine, which was approved for use in Mexico and Brazil in December. “Sanofi Pasteur’s expertise and established R&D and industrial infrastructure for the newly licensed vaccine for dengue, Dengvaxia, can be rapidly leveraged to help understand the spread of ZIKV and potentially speed identification of a vaccine candidate for further clinical development,” the company said in the release.”Our invaluable collaborations with scientific and public health experts, both globally and in the regions affected by the outbreaks of ZIKV, together with the mobilization of our best experts will expedite efforts to research and develop a vaccine for this disease,” said John Shiver, PhD, global research and development director of Sanofi Pasteur.Several groups, mostly small biotech companies, have announced plans to develop a vaccine. The closest prospect thus far could be from a consortium that includes Inovio Pharmaceuticals of Plymouth Meeting, Pa., which hopes to have a candidate ready by year’s end, Reuters reported today.Yesterday, however, Tony Fauci, MD, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said researchers have two key prospects that won’t be available for several years. And STAT News reported late last week that some experts are predicting it will take from 5 to 15 years for a vaccine to reach people’s arms after regulatory approval.Drug-development initiativeMeanwhile, Ames, Iowa–based NewLink Genetics Corporation, which helped develop the leading Ebola vaccine candidate, said it is using experience gained with other flaviviruses to move rapidly on a Zika vaccine candidate, the company said in a press release.”NewLink Genetics is committed to developing a vaccine solution to the tragedy of the Zika virus disease,” said Thomas P. Monath, MD, CEO and chief scientific officer of NewLink’s Infectious Disease Division. “Our R&D group has decades of experience in developing successful vaccines against closely-related flaviviruses, which we will leverage to accelerate our Zika vaccine program.””Our team gained considerable experience during the Ebola crisis collaborating with national and international partners in a rapidly evolving public health environment,” said Charles J. Link, MD, CEO and chief scientific officer of NewLink Genetics.Latest in Honduras, ThailandIn related news, Honduras has declared a state of national emergency after recording 3,649 suspected Zika cases in less than 3 months, the New York Times reported yesterday.Honduran Health Minister Yolani Batres is urging people to eliminate breeding grounds for the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the leading species that spreads Zika virus. The government has activated its risk management system to coordinate preventive measures, the story said.And Thailand officials said today that a man has contracted the virus without traveling abroad, its first local case. The man, 22, is thought to have caught the same strain as that causing thousands of cases in South and Central America, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.The virus was confirmed by blood tests, said Air Vice-Marshall Santi Srisermpoke, director of Bangkok’s Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital. The man had a fever, rash, and eye redness.”It’s not a new disease in Thailand … we had the first confirmed case in 2012. Since then we have an average of not more than five cases yearly,” said Amnuay Gajeena, MD, director-general of the Disease Control Department of Thailand’s Public Health Ministry. He was referring to imported, not locally acquired cases.”There is no need to panic … we have never had an epidemic of the Zika virus in Thailand all of the cases were one-offs.”In January 2014, a Eurosurveillance report detailed a Zika case in a German traveler who likely contracted the disease in Thailand.See also:Feb 2 Sanofi Pasteur news releaseFeb 2 Reuters reportJan 29 STAT News storyFeb 2 NewLink press releaseFeb 1 New York Times articleFeb 2 AFP storyJan 30, 2014, Eurosurveillance reportlast_img read more