Scientists at Harvard University have found that a common class of freshwater invertebrate animals called bdelloid rotifers are extraordinarily resistant to ionizing radiation, surviving and continuing to reproduce after doses of gamma radiation much greater than that tolerated by any other animal species studied to date.Because free radicals such as those generated by radiation have been implicated in inflammation, cancer, and aging in higher organisms, the findings — published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Harvard’s Matthew Meselson and graduate student Eugene Gladyshev — could stimulate new lines of research into these medically important problems.“Bdelloid rotifers are far more resistant to ionizing radiation than any of the hundreds of other animal species for which radiation resistance has been examined,” says Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “They are able to recover and resume normal reproduction after receiving a dose of radiation that shatters their genomes, causing hundreds of DNA double-strand breaks which they are nevertheless able to repair.”Meselson and Gladyshev found that the bdelloid rotifers Adineta vaga and Philodina roseola remained reproductively viable after doses of radiation roughly five times greater than other classes of rotifers and other animals could endure.Such radiation resistance appears not to be the result of any special protection of DNA itself against breakage, the researchers say, but instead reflects bdelloid rotifers’ extraordinary ability to protect their DNA-repairing machinery from radiation damage.Roughly a half-millimeter in size and commonly observed under microscopes in high school biology classes, bdelloid rotifers are highly unusual in several regards: They appear to be exclusively asexual, have relatively few transposable genes, and can survive and reproduce after complete desiccation at any stage of their life cycle. Meselson and Gladyshev hypothesize that it’s this last property that explains bdelloids’ apparently unique resistance to radiation.Bdelloid rotifers have been widely studied since at least 1702, when the renowned Dutch scientist and microscopy pioneer Anton van Leeuwenhoek added water to dust retrieved from a rain gutter on his house and observed the organisms in the resulting fluid. He subsequently described the creatures in a letter to Britain’s Royal Society, which still counts an envelope of van Leeuwenhoek’s rain-gutter dust among its holdings.Meselson and Gladyshev’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Eukaryotic Genetics [email protected]
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of people flee Burma each year, escaping poverty, oppression, and civil war.The nearest escape for most is Thailand, where they experience both despair and hope. Burmese refugee, Dr. Cynthia Maung, runs a small, modest public health clinic near the border in Thailand, and is making a difference in her community by providing essential services not available to most residents of the poor region.Mothers line up with children, waiting for immunizations. In another line, couples with newborns wait for documents certifying their children were born in Thailand. The documents take the place of birth certificates Thailand refuses to issue.These people are refugees, and in the eyes of Thailand’s authorities, they do not exist.But to Dr. Cynthia Maung, they do matter. Dr. Cynthia is a Burmese physician and a refugee herself. She makes a difference for thousands of her fellow refugees in Thailand and for many more inside Burma. For example, the Burmese physician founded the Mae Tao Clinic, a safe haven where miracles happen every day.Dr. Cynthia fled Burma in 1988 following an army crackdown on those who demonstrated for democracy and justice.“I joined with the demonstration group and then when the military seized power, people started disappearing, or missing, or fled to the border. I myself also decided to come to the border to continue struggling or working for political change,” she says.In a two-room shack, she started doing amputations and delivering babies using instruments sterilized in a rice cooker. Young volunteer medics trained by Dr. Cynthia treat everything from landmine injuries to gastroenteritis.With donations from NGO’s and foreign governments, including the United States, Dr. Cynthia’s work has a reputation for a making a little money go a long way.One hundred 50 thousand people come here for treatment each year. Those who can, pay under a dollar.Dr. Cynthia lives in modest quarters next to the clinic. She could have immigrated to the West and be making a huge salary. But for Dr. Cynthia, this is a greater calling.“When we live here, we are not only treating illnesses, we can also educate young people who can go back and work in their community and who are very willing to promote the health activities in their village. So it is a very good opportunity for young people to give education and to give more hope,” she says.The clinic trains volunteer medics who fan out into the ethnic Karen and other isolated areas of Burma. Some of the volunteers are former patients who, once desperate for help, are now the ones helping. It is they who embody Dr. Cynthia’s vision.The Burmese physician says young people should be taught “not to feel as victims.” Instead, she says, they should see themselves as “people who can change or improve the situation.”Dr. Cynthia is reviled by Burma’s military government. To the generals, she is a terrorist and an insurgent. To the thousands she treats and trains, she is a saint.Part of VOA’s new Making a Difference series. Each week, VOA introduces a different individual – famous or lesser-known – working to help others. See the video to this story on VOA’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA flexible solar cell that could provide cheap energy for everyone has been awarded a prize worth nearly a million dollars. The Millennium Technology Prize, which recognises “technological innovation that is significantly improving the quality of human life”, was awarded to inventor Michael Grätzel in Switzerland last week. Grätzel said his solar cells have many benefits and could, for example, soon be helping people in developing countries to connect to the Internet. “I was in Tanzania last year and everyone has a mobile phone; but there’s no grid to charge them,” he said. (READ more at SciDev.net)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCanadian Jennifer O’Connor is celebrating her 40th birthday this year by completing 40 charitable acts. Her actions are inspiring others to do good in their communities around the world.The married mother of three has learned some lovely lessons along the way — how people strive through struggles, how small acts of kindness can comfort, and how good it feels to give. “Honestly, I think that the amazing thing about this project is. . . I’m realizing that with every single act, I’m getting back as much as people are receiving from me.”Her blog chronicles her journey so far, at forty4change.(READ the story in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald)Thanks to Krista Hall Juurlink for posting the link on our Facebook Page!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Vermont Business Magazine The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday released a final rule improving how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for delivering better patient care. Medicare is moving away from paying for each service a physician provides towards a system that rewards physicians for coordinating with each other. Accountable Care Organizations, including OneCare Vermont, are a major part of that transition, rewarding providers that deliver high-quality, efficient, and coordinated care for patients. In other words, ACOs are intended to provide better care at a lower cost. Already, the Medicare Shared Savings Program(link is external) includes over 430 Accountable Care Organizations in 49 states and the District of Columbia serving over 7.7 million Medicare beneficiaries. Medicare bases Accountable Care Organizations’ payments on a variety of factors, including whether the Accountable Care Organization can deliver high-quality care at a reasonable cost. The final rule should help more Accountable Care Organizations successfully participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program by improving the shared savings payment methodology and providing a new participation option for certain Accountable Care Organizations to move to the more advanced tracks of the program.The University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock created OneCare Vermont to coordinate the health care of approximately 42,000 of Vermont’s 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries.”Today’s changes will encourage more physicians to improve patient care by joining Accountable Care Organizations, while also refining how the program measures success, so that current participants are better rewarded for quality,” said CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. “These new flexibilities are based on significant input from participants and will help physicians prepare for the new Quality Payment Program(link is external), part of bipartisan legislation Congress passed last year repealing the failed Sustainable Growth Rate.”This final rule changes how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations by basing one of the payment factors on whether the Accountable Care Organization is able to deliver high-quality care at a lower cost compared to other providers in their region. This change recognizes that health cost trends vary in communities across the country and will give Accountable Care Organizations more opportunities to be successful. In addition, the rule provides a smoother and quicker transition to the more advanced tracks for certain Accountable Care Organizations by allowing an extra year under their first agreement before the organization takes on financial risk.By improving the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Accountable Care Organizations will have more opportunities to provide high quality care while reducing costs. The early results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model show that in 2014, Accountable Care Organizations had a combined total net program savings of $411 million while also achieving quality improvements and enhancements in patient and caregiver satisfaction. We look forward to learning about the 2015 results later this summer.Today’s changes build on that progress, so that more patients benefit from coordinated care and Medicare pays for what works to help doctors, nurses, and other clinicians focus on the quality of care, not the quantity of services. Today’s announcement is part of the Administration’s broader strategy to improve the health care system by paying providers for what works, unlocking health care data, and finding new ways to coordinate and integrate care to improve quality. In March 2016, the Administration estimated that it met the ambitious goal(link is external) – eleven months ahead of schedule – of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality and value through alternative payment models by 2016. The Administration’s next goal is tying 50 percent of Medicare payments to alternative payment models by 2018. The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network(link is external) established in 2015 continues to align efforts between government, private sector payers, employers, providers, and consumers to broadly scale these gains in better care, smarter spending, and healthier people. A fact sheet with more information about the final rule is available at: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2016-Fact-sheets-items/2016-06-06.html(link is external)For more information on the Medicare Shared Savings Program, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/sharedsavingsprogram/index.html(link is external) Source: CMS 6.6.16
Series will cover topics such as building resiliency, employee compensation, managing performance, and organizational restructuring during COVID-19Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) in partnership with Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence is pleased to offer a 5-part leadership development seminar series to assist leaders at all levels of Vermont companies and organizations.VBSR is a business association with over 700 members who work to foster a business ethic that sets a high standard within the business community for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of our citizens.“We are excited to partner with VBSR to offer this leadership webinar series as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 experience” said Karin Tierney, Director of Strategic HR Services for Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence. “Working together and sharing our experiences is how we will determine the new best practices to provide dynamic and exceptional leadership during this uniquely challenging time.”The series will feature Karin Tierney and Maribeth Spellman as presenters. Spellman is Director of Workforce Engagement for Hickok & Boardman HR Intelligence and formerly Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources for the State of Vermont, where she was responsible for providing the full range of HR services to a workforce of over 8,000 employees. Tierney brings over 20 years in Human Resources as a specialist, generalist and strategic business partner, having worked in higher education, state government, and manufacturing.“VBSR’s COVID-19 webinar series has attracted over 1,500 registrants.” said Roxanne Vought, VBSR’s Executive Director. “We look forward to partnering with Hickok & Boardman as we provide our members with a comprehensive, people-first approach to leadership development during this time.”VBSR Members and Non-Members can register for one webinar or the whole 5-part webinar series at:https://vbsr.org/event/vbsr-seminar-series-building-leadership-resiliency-for-the-post-covid-marathon-that-lies-ahead/(link is external)Webinar Series Schedule:Leadership in a Time of Uncertainty and Change – Building ResilienceTuesday, May 19, 20201:00 pm – 2:30 pmCOVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on our organizations. As we move beyond the initial crisis, leaders report feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, and unsure about how to navigate the next phase and the changing nature of work. In this webinar, we will explore how leveraging emotional intelligence, building resilience, and using principles of change management will help you personally and professionally to lead calmly and effectively during times of crisis, change, and uncertainty.Best Practices for Effectively Communicating with Employeesin Times of Change and UncertaintyTuesday, June 9, 20201:00 pm – 2:30 pmEffective and meaningful employee communication is not the same in times of crisis, change, and uncertainty. The COVID-19 global health crisis has affected how most organizations get work done through their employees. Organizations have had to rethink and redefine their internal processes, work arrangement policies, travel policies and guidelines, supply chain, and communications plans. We will explore how effective leaders are making adjustments to when and how they communicate with their employees to show appreciation, ask for assistance, deliver tough news, and steer the business through stormy waters.This workshop has been approved for 1.25 credits by HRCI and SHRM.Managing Performance for Remote EmployeesTuesday, June 23, 20201:00 pm – 2:30 pmCOVID-19 is forcing everyone to be more flexible. Employees are stretching to fill new roles while working remotely, some for which they’ve never been trained. Leaders are having to constantly adapt to shifting priorities, navigate new health and family concerns, and manage new remote work arrangements. Most performance review processes are no longer adequate or useful. Join us to explore how to effectively support and evaluate the performance of your remote employees.Reviewing Employee Compensation Programs During COVID-19Tuesday, July 14, 20201:00 pm – 2:30 pmWhat is the right thing to do about employee compensation during this global public health crisis? Every organization is going to be a little different. In this webinar we will discuss options for how to use incentive pay for front-line and essential employees, or “hot jobs.” We will explore how to be gentle when reducing pay or using furloughs to generate cost savings, when it can’t be avoided. We will also review pay compression, pay equity, and the value of periodically benchmarking your positions against credible market data.Organizational Restructuring During COVID-19Tuesday, July 28, 20201:00 pm – 2:30 pmOrganizations are shifting and adjusting as we navigate through this global public health crisis. As our new work paradigm becomes clear and more consistent, business leaders are faced with difficult decisions when positions and employees are no longer needed. While the talent market has changed since before COVID-19, your Employer Brand is still key to attracting, engaging, and retaining the best talent. How you treat employees as they leave your organization is as important as how you onboard new employees. It tells a very important story about employee experience. Join us to discuss how to lead with compassion if you have to lay-off or furlough employees.As COVID-19 develops, VBSR will continue to share resources and best practices from its membership, and offer webinars supporting its members and the community at large. Learn more at https://vbsr.org/vbsr-resources/planning-preparing-for-covid-19/(link is external)VBSR is a statewide, non-profit business association with a mission to advance a business ethic that values people and planet as much as profit. Through economic development, education, public influence, and networking, VBSR strives to help 700 members set a high standard for protecting the natural, human, and economic environments of the state’s residents, while remaining profitable. Learn more or join the cause at www.vbsr.org(link is external).
HITS Triathlon Series, operated by HITS Endurance, has announced its newest partnership with sports apparel business Safetti USA. As part of this new partnership, Safetti USA becomes the Official Performance Wear Sponsor of the HITS Triathlon Series.Safetti USA prides itself on producing ‘the most innovative, high quality, fit, form and functional items available to endurance athletes.’ Safetti notes that its state-of-the-art products include a wide range of clothing and apparel created by athletes for athletes who enjoy an active lifestyle.“Our new partnership with the HITS Triathlon series is an exciting opportunity to offer quality, performance enhancing triathlon gear,” said Lina Sierra, for Safetti USA. She added, “Our performance gear is tested in the real world by real athletes for HITS participants of any age to enjoy.”As a result of the partnership, custom HITS Triathlon Series gear can be purchased by athletes including race tops, shorts and skinsuits. Athletes can use the code HITS10 to receive a 10% discount. The complete HITS Triathlon Series collection by Safetti USA is available online at HitsTriatlonSeries.com; orders can be shipped or made available for pick up at any HITS event across the US. Select items will also be available for purchase at HITS events in the official merchandise kiosk.“Safetti USA is an iconic endurance brand and we’re proud to partner with them to offer branded HITS gear to athletes, spectators and staff,” said HITS President and CEO Tom Struzzieri. “As HITS Triathlon Series continues to grow, this partnership is another way to bring the ‘distance for everyone!’ concept to the masses.”The fourth year of HITS Triathlon Series national race calendar is well underway with two quickly approaching East Coast races: the first in Hague (Lake George), New York, on 27-28 June, is followed by Kingston, New York, on 11 July.The 2015 season continues on 15-16 August in Waconia, Minnesota, then on 7-8 November in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and will wrap up in Palm Springs, California, at the annual HITS Championship on 5-6 December.In 2013, HITS unveiled its umbrella company, HITS Endurance, which organizes all HITS Triathlon Series, as well as HITS Running Festivals. HITS Inc is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating ‘high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations.’www.safetti.uswww.HitsTriatlonSeries.comwww.HITSEndurance.com Related
A model of the proposed public art project for the Merriam Marketplace was shown to the city council Monday night.Chicago has “The Bean” and soon Merriam will have “Planting the Seeds.”The next piece of Merriam place-making art was approved by the Merriam City Council Monday night. The new public art project will be placed at the Merriam Marketplace and consist of three pieces of highly polished stainless steel that are “playing off the notion of a seed that is germinating,” according to the city’s public art consultant James Martin.The three pieces will be round spheres about 7-feet high with a sprout at the top which reaches 21-feet high. The base spheres will be highly reflective much like the surface of “Cloud Gate” (the real name for “The Bean”) which has become the number one tourist attraction in Chicago. Martin predicted the sculpture will attract a lot of attention in Merriam and said it would be quite effective at night with lights coming up from the ground.Martin, a Merriam resident who is an art consultant, curator and educator, said the final proposals were taken from a starting pool of 125 qualified artists. Three finalists were invited to make their pitch to the arts committee last month.“I was very excited to see this,” Martin said. “The committee was unanimous.”“I think this is really a strong piece of place-making art,” said City Administrator Phil Lammers.Christopher Weed Sculpture from Colorado is the selected proposal. Weed has a number of public art projects placed around Colorado. Martin said Weed is a veteran and took to heart the Flags 4 Freedom event at the Marketplace along with the auto show that is held there each year.The city has planned five pieces of place-making art at $100,000 each year over the five years. The first completed piece was dedicated last week at the corner of Johnson and Merriam Drives.That piece, Martin said, reflected the history of Merriam. The new work will stand independently but relate to the Marketplace, Martin said.Council members asked several practical questions about maintenance and placement of the pieces. Lammers said discussions about footings and how the grass around the pieces will be handled are still under way. The distance between each of the pieces also has not been determined yet.The artist’s rendering of the seedlings sitting at the Merriam Marketplace.
Candidates running for Overland Park city council participated in the Shawnee Mission Post’s forum at the Central Resource Library Thursday.Overland Park council candidates talk tax incentives, listening to residents, crime prevention. Overland Park residents packed the room for our forum for the city council candidates at the Johnson County Central Resource Library on Thursday. If you missed the event, you can check out video here. Topics included: preparing for the possible loss of revenue to “dark store theory”; the use of tax incentives; organized citizen groups opposing projects; and addressing crime in northern Overland Park.Broadmoor construction in Mission resuming soon after relocating telecommunication lines. During the contractor’s initial work last week on the Broadmoor reconstruction project, some telecommunication lines were discovered that were in conflict with the new stormwater infrastructure being constructed. The telecommunications lines have been relocated to avoid conflict, and construction was expected to resume this week. The work will include installation of new stormwater infrastructure and then removals of old pavement and sidewalk. The first phase of work involves the eastern two lanes of Broadmoor Street. Traffic will be one-way and southbound during this phase. Businesses along Broadmoor will remain open during construction.Lenexa’s We Care Committee hosting bandage drive during July. The city of Lenexa’s We Care Committee is hosting a bandage drive through the end of July for Noah’s Bandage Project, a local organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research and provides colorful bandages for young patients during their treatments. To participate, donors can pick up a box of cool, colorful bandages and drop them off at any of these locations:Ad Astra Pool front desk, 8265 Maurer RoadIndian Trails Aquatic Center front desk, 8801 Greenway LaneFlat Rock Creek Pool front desk, 13120 W. 103rd St.Rec Center lobby, 17201 W. 87th St. ParkwayCity Hall lobby, 17101 W. 87th St. ParkwayPolice Department lobby, 12500 W. 87th St. ParkwaySenior Center, 13425 Walnut St.Fire Station #1, 9620 Pflumm RoadShawnee municipal court collecting school supplies for fines. During this year’s back to school season, the city of Shawnee’s municipal court is offering the opportunity for people with fines or warrant fees to pay a portion of what they owe in school supplies. For two weeks only, anyone with a ticket that is not a DUI may pay a portion of their fines and/or warrant fees with school supplies, and a portion of their fines and/or warrant fees will be credited. For more information on how to participate, visit the city of Shawnee’s website.
News and Notes David J. Akins of Dean Mead in Orlando was recently re-elected to the board of directors, and elected first vice president, of the Central Florida Estate Planning Council. Adria Maria Jensen with Abel Band in Bradenton has been elected to the board of directors of Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc. Fred Springer of Bryant Miller Olive in Tallahassee recently led a panel discussion, “Public-Private Partnerships: Managing Risks, Unlocking Rewards,” at the Annual State and Local Procurement Law Symposium in Austin, Texas, sponsored by the ABA Section of Public Contract Law. William R. Lane, Jr., of Holland & Knight in Tampa received the 2008 Legacy Award from the Hillsborough County Chapter of the American Red Cross for his “professional contribution toward promoting charitable planned giving in the community.” Daniel P. Fernandez of Tampa recently presented “The Tampa Bay Water Wars: Turning Lemons into Lemonade” at the ABA’s Eastern Water Resources Conference. Robert Zarco of Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito in Miami moderated an industry issues panel at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Benjamin R. Hanan of Abel Band in Sarasota has been appointed to the board of directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, while the firm’s William P. Cox has been elected to the board of directors of the Sarasota Manatee Manufacturers Association. Stephen Charpentier with Childress & Charpentier in Merritt Island has been appointed to the 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and has been nominated to serve on the District Board of Trustees for Brevard Community College. Douglas A. Cherry of Sarasota appeared as a guest on the local Education Channel television network program “Law and Sarasota.” Cherry discussed intellectual property, technology practice, and board certification. Samuel King and Anthony Sos, attorneys with the Orlando law firm Dellecker, Wilson, King, McKenna & Ruffier, served as faculty presenters for the National Business Institute’s seminar “Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims” in Orlando. Janet L. Brown of Boehm, Brown, Fischer, Harwood, Kelly and Scheihing in Orlando has been appointed to the board of trustees for Cottey College, a women’s college in Nevada, MO. Daniel J. Santaniello and Paul Jones of Luks Santaniello Perez Petrillo & Gold were the guest speakers on an A.M. Best Company’s Insurance Law Pod Cast about the liability of rental car companies when accidents cause injuries or death. E. John Wagner II spoke at the ABA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., concerning advanced structuring techniques for tax-deferred real estate transactions, including 1031 exchanges. Michael H. Rosen of Saxon, Gilmore, Carraway, Gibbons, Lash & Wilcox in Tampa presented “Defending the Housing Authority in Eminent Domain Proceedings” at the Spring Conference of the Housing and Development Law Institute in Washington, D.C. Christine D. Hanley of Christine D. Hanley & Associates in West Palm Beach presented “Employment Law,” at a workshop for human resources professionals, as well as “In the Matter of Risk, What is Important are the Questions,” a workshop at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Conference in San Francisco. Joshua A. Whitman of Milton, Leach, Whitman, D’Andrea & Milton in Jacksonville has been granted membership into The International Society of Barristers, an honor society of trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy.Eleventh Circuit State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle received the Dade County Bar Association’s Robert L. Shevin Public Service Award. David L. Glazer of Behar, Gutt & Glazer in Aventura lectured on VA benefits, guardianship, and elder law issues to the FICPA Gold Coast Chapter Roundtable Meeting. Stephen D. Moore, Jr., with Smith Hulsey & Busey in Jacksonville has been appointed to the board of directors of St. Andrew’s Lighthouse, an organization that provides temporary, low-cost housing to patients and families receiving medical care away from their homes. John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin in Clearwater recently presented “Supplement Security Income and Veterans Administration Benefits” at the Fundamentals of Elder Law II seminar in Tampa. Judge Eugene J. Fierro received the Dade County Bar Association’s 2008 Richard C. Milstein Excellence Award. Norman Leopold, of Leopold Korn Leopold & Snyder in Aventura was presented with the City of Aventura Distinguished Citizen Award. Leopold is treasurer for the Union for Reform Judaism and served five years as chair of the Aventura Hospital. Christopher S. Duke of Schwarzberg Spector Duke & Rogers presented “Employment Law for the Medical Group Manager: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure,” at the annual conference of the Florida Medical Group Management Association in Orlando in May. Orestes Perez of Luks Santaniello Perez Petrillo & Gold recently spoke on the Florida insurance adjuster code of ethics to claims professionals in Central Florida. June 15, 2008 News and Notes June 15, 2008 News & Notes