Posts Tagged by Health PR
|July 5, 2016||Posted by Anharris under HarrisCom News, Health, Highlight 2, Innovation, Life Science, Video|
A landmark MIT Convergence report entitled “Convergence: The Future of Human Health”– released on June 23, 2016– and a video of launch proceedings are now available online.
The Convergence report and related materials may be downloaded from http://www.convergencerevolution.net/ . The launch proceedings, held on June 24 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, are available at https://vimeo.com/album/4020692 .
The Convergence report, chaired by former MIT President Susan Hochfield, Nobel Laureate Philip Sharp and Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks, outlines progress and challenges regarding Convergence science since the group’s 2011 report, “Convergence, The Third Revolution.” The new report defines Convergence as “the merging of approaches and insights from historically distinct disciplines such as engineering, physics, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, and the life sciences” to transform biomedicine and human health.
It argues that bringing Convergence to fruition requires strategic and sustained support from government, industry and academe.
It is is available for download at: http://www.convergencerevolution.net/, along with other materials on Convergence issues.
The Convergence report draws on insights from several dozen expert participants at two workshops, as well as on input from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government. Their efforts have produced a wide range of recommendations for advancing convergence research, but the report emphasizes one critical barrier above all: the shortage of federal funding for convergence fields.
“Convergence science has advanced across many fronts, from nanotechnology to regenerative tissue,” says Sharp. “Although the promise has been recognized, the funding allocated for convergence research in biomedical science is small and needs to be expanded. In fact, there is no federal agency with the responsibility to fund convergence in biomedical research.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the primary source of research funding for biomedical science in the United States. In 2015, only 3 percent of all principal investigators funded by NIH were from departments of engineering, bioengineering, physics, biophysics, or mathematics. Accordingly, the report’s authors call for increasing NIH funding for convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency’s budget.
A video of the launch proceedings at the National Academies is available at https://vimeo.com/album/4020692 .
Harris Communications Group’s Anita Harris and Linda Grace-Kobas are pleased to have worked on the writing and editing of the report; we’re looking forward to viewing the videos–and will report back when we’ve done so! In the meantime, we hope you’ll take a look.
–Anita M. Harris, Managing Director, Harris Communications Group
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning public relations and marketing firm specializing in outreach for health, science and technology, worldwide. Located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, we’re on the pulse of some of the most exciting ideas, technologies and companies anywhere.
|June 23, 2016||Posted by Anharris under HarrisCom News, Health, Highlight 2, Innovation, Life Science, Technology|
Anita Harris and Linda Grace Kobas of the Harris Communications Group played key roles in the writing and editing of “Convergence: the Future of Health,” a report released today by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Convergence report is aimed at accelerating a “Convergence Revolution,” in which the tools, technologies, methods and insights of physical sciences, information technology and engineering are increasingly being employed in the life sciences to transform biomedicine, promising to enhance human health and well-being.
The Convergence report was chaired by Susan Hochfield, former president of MIT and a neuroscientist; Tyler Jacks, Director of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; and Nobel Prize Laureate Phillip Sharp, Institute Professor at MIT.
“It was a privilege to work with such a brilliant team on a project that holds the potential to transform biomedicine in the US,” Harris said.
The Convergence report draws on insights from several dozen expert participants at two workshops, as well as input from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government. It includes a wide range of recommendations for advancing convergence research, but emphasizes one critical barrier above all: the shortage of federal funding for convergence fields.
As Sharp explained, “Convergence science has advanced across many fronts, from nanotechnology to regenerative tissue. Although the promise has been recognized, the funding allocated for convergence research in biomedical science is small and needs to be expanded. In fact, there is no federal agency with the responsibility to fund convergence in biomedical research.”
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the primary source of research funding for biomedical science in the United States. In 2015, only 3 percent of all principal investigators funded by NIH were from departments of engineering, bioengineering, physics, biophysics, or mathematics. Accordingly, the report calls for increasing NIH funding for Convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency’s budget.
Harris, aided by MIT graduate and post doctoral students, wrote the sections covering education and policy; a second author, Al Hammond, a former editor at Science Magazine, wrote the scientific and technical sections. Linda Grace-Kobas, former Cornell University News Director and a member of the Harris Communications Group, served as copy editor. Kate Stoll of the MIT Washington office was the project manager.
A forum on “Convergence: the Future of Health” will be held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 24.
The report is available at http://www.convergencerevolution.net/2016-report .
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA. Managing Director Anita M. Harris is a former journalist who covered health, science and technology for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report (now the NewsHour) of PBS. Linda Grace Kobas, also a former science journalist, served for many years as the Cornell University News Director
|December 1, 2013||Posted by Anharris under Education, Events|
Honoring the Legacy of Seymour Papert
December 4, 2013
6 – 9 PM
Cambridge Innovation Center 5th Floor
1 Broadway Street, Cambridge, MA
Panel Topics & Presenters
|Legacy of Seymour Papert||
|Learning to Change to World||
Claudia Urrea and Walter Bender, OLPC movement, its impact and lessons
|The Changing World of Learning||
Evolving Learning : Gary Stager, Mitch Resnick and Meredith Hamilton
|The Role of GamesandOnline Communities||
George Newman, Danny Fain and Johnny Ronelus (One Planet Education Network) and Sandra Thaxter (Small Solutions Big Ideas)
|Demos & Break Out Meetings||Small Solutions Education Program in Kenya: Sandra Thaxter and Alan Papert
One Planet Education Network Game Demos: George Newman, Danny Fain and Johnny Ronelus
BumpBump Books: Meredith Hamilton
Anita Harris, Managing Director
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and marketing firm specializing in media relations, content marketing for clients in health, science, biotechnology, technology, education and energy. Based at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Cambridge, MA, we’re on the pulse of some of the most exciting products, ideas and services anywhere.
Do you think social media is: a) A major time sink?b)Not useful for you or your clients? c) Better left to kids?
If so, you could be: limiting your clients’ ability to communicate their stories; delaying responses in a crisis; limiting your brand and losing out on a potential profit center.
HarrisCom Group is pleased to be organizing:
ESSENTIAL SOCIAL MEDIA FOR INDEPENDENTS AND SMALL AGENCIES
A Public Relations Society of America Boston Chapter – IPN Event
Luncheon and Talk
Todd Van Hoosear
Founder of the Social Media Club of Boston and a HarrisCom Group Member
Noon-1:30 Thursday, March 28, 2013
Lincoln Public Library
3 Bedford Road (2.5 miles from 128 exit 28b (Trapelo Rd))
$10 PRSA Members; $15 Guests
Networking & Pizza
SEATING IS LIMITED. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
RSVP by 5 pm Wednesday March 20 to anita.harris @harriscom.com
Todd’s talk, ESSENTIAL SOCIAL MEDIA FOR INDEPENDENTS AND SMALL AGENCIES, will cover skills, time management tactics and new tools you need to market yourself and your clients in the interactive, online world.
Todd Van Hoosear, a recognized authority on social media, is the founder and former president of the Social Media Club of Boston; a principal at Fresh Ground; and adjunct professor at Boston University. A professional communicator and technology whiz with more than 20 years of experience in marketing and technology, he is a Fellow with the Society for New Communications Research; serves on the board of the Publicity Club of New England, and is an active PRSA member. Todd has spoken about social media and digital communications at Emerson College, Bentley College, the Yankee IABC, New England Women Business Owners, Public Relations Society of America, Mass Tech Leadership Council, NewComm Forum and the American Marketing Association–not to mention numerous social media events.
–Anita M. Harris, Principal, Harris Communications Group
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning agencies specializing strategic digital and traditional marketing for companies and organizations in health, science, technology and energy, worldwide. Based in Cambridge, MA, we’re on the pulse of some of the most innovative concepts and products– anywhere!