Busy M&A firms offer most to shareholders

first_imgMonday 17 November 2014 9:03 pm Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp COMPANIES significantly under­perform the market during periods when they announce no M&A activity – either acquisitions or divestments – and even more significantly underperform companies active in announcing M&As.That is the conclusion of a report published yesterday by Intralinks, a global provider of enterprise collaboration solutions, in partnership with City University London’s Cass Business School.The study had a number of core findings: companies outperform the market the more frequently they acquire; a limited amount of divestment activity by companies leads to market outperformance; and companies deliver superior total shareholder returns with a balanced strategic M&A portfolio management programme, which includes at least one acquisition per year while simultaneously conducting one or two divestments every three years.The results fly in the face of previous research, which typically showed strong positive returns for targets and negative returns for acquirers The study examined the M&A activity of 25,000 global companies over a 20-year timeframe. Share Busy M&A firms offer most to shareholders center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Ollie Gordon last_img read more

Axa Real Estate raises €2.9bn for its ninth European debt fund

first_imgMonday 3 August 2015 8:32 pm Share Express KCS Show Comments ▼ AXA REAL Estate Investment Managers said yesterday it has raised €2.9bn (£2.04bn) for its ninth debt fund, making it one of the largest commercial real estate (CRE) senior loan funds in Europe.The asset manager said the senior debt fund CRE9 had exceeded its €2.5bn target at final close after receiving commitments from 18 institutional investors from countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.The company said it has also been awarded a separate £350m investment mandate from a major UK pension fund. As a result, its overall real estate debt platform has €11.3bn of commitments, of which €1.8bn was raised in the last six months and €9bn has already been invested.“Our latest close is testament to our strong performance and proven track record within the debt market,” the company said. whatsapp Tags: NULL Axa Real Estate raises €2.9bn for its ninth European debt fund whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comlast_img read more

Best of the Brokers for 23 September 2015

first_img whatsapp Share Best of the Brokers for 23 September 2015 Show Comments ▼ Express KCS center_img To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] cut its target price for generator hire company Aggreko from 1,675p to 1,050p, but maintained their “hold” rating. Forecasting a 14 per cent year-on-year decline in profits, analysts blamed the renewal of a large Bangladesh contract at lower terms and challenges with running in Yemen for the expected fall in profitability. The long term outlook is uncertain, but UBS argues that that Aggreko should adapt to their changing markets by developing new technology and products.PETRA DIAMONDSDespite weak demand from China hitting the diamond market, analysts at Panmure Gordon have upgraded Petra Diamonds from a “hold” to a “buy” rating. The broker believes the current weakness in Petra’s share price is unjustified and have kept their target price unchanged at 144p. Appealing to strong long term fundamentals in the diamond market and solid production growth, Panmure Gordon reiterated “buy”. rating.ECKOHCanaccord Genuity have given Eckoh a “buy” rating with a target price of 53p. The UK is a core market for the secure payments firm, responsible for 95 per cent of revenue in 2015. But a recent five year exclusivity deal with West Corporation represents a substantial opportunity for growth in the US. Analysts at Canaccord Genuity said that if Eckoh fully capitalises on the deal then US revenues have the potential to exceed 2015 UK revenues within three years. Read This NextThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Wednesday 23 September 2015 5:51 am whatsapplast_img read more

Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laois

first_img Meet the incredible Portarlington granny Grandparents are always proud of their grandchildren no matter what they do – but this Portarlington granny is especially chuffed with the exploits of five of hers.87-year-old Christina Bennett has five grandchildren who are representing Laois at various levels and codes this year.One of her grandsons, Diarmuid, lined out at full back for the Laois U-20s this year in their games against Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.Laois defeated Wicklow but losses to Kildare and Meath saw them fail to progress from the group.His younger brother Cathal is vice-captain of the Laois U-17 team where he is joined by first cousins Mikey Bennett and Daragh Galvin.The Laois U-17 team are unbeaten so far in their Leinster championship campaign.They defeated Wexford and Longford in their opening games before drawing with Carlow before the break for the exams.The U-17s face Kildare tomorrow night in Newbridge where a win will see them reach the Leinster semi finals.While Christina’s granddaughter Eva Galvin is currently gearing up for the Leinster Ladies Intermediate football final on Sunday where Laois will face Wicklow.Eva has represented Laois at all grades and has been recovering from a serious ankle injury she sustained over the winter.The forward had a huge impact on the Leinster semi final comeback win over Wexford two weeks’ ago.Eva came on at half time and scored a great goal with her first touch as Laois came back from six points down to win by one.The Bennett’s have a strong football tradition in Portarlington. Evan, who is Cathal and Diarmuid’s dad, represented Laois at all levels from minor to senior.He won two club championships with Portarlington in 1988 and 1995 – and now coaches within the club.His wife Janet is of course one half of our ‘Port Women’ duo with her sister Ashling.While Mikey father, also called Mikey, represented Portarlington too.Daragh and Eva’s dad Pat, who is originally from Dingle in Kerry, won a Munster minor title with his county in 1982.In 1985, Pat was on the West Kerry team that defeated Feale Rangers to lift the Kerry senior football championship title.Pat then moved up to Laois where he transferred to Portarlington and was also part of the victorious 1988 and 1995 teams alongside Evan.Christina is extremely proud of all of her grandchildren and is gearing up for a very big week.On Wednesday she will shout on her three grandsons in Newbridge and then on Sunday she will be off to Netwatch Cullen Park to support Eva.Daragh Galvin, Cathal Bennett and Mikey BennettEva GalvinDiarmuid BennettChristina BennettSEE ALSO – Laois footballers “just weren’t prepared” for Leinster final, council hears Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By Alan Hartnett – 26th June 2018 Home Sport GAA Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laois SportGAAGaelic Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSChristina BennettPortarlington WhatsApp Rugby Twitter Twitter Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest Community Previous articleVIDEO: Two Rosenallis men are taking the national airwaves by stormNext articleIn Pictures: King crowned as Rathdowney welcomes home its new Cathaoirleach Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Community Meet the Portarlington woman with five grandchildren representing Laoislast_img read more

Morneau to unveil changes to controversial small business tax proposals

first_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Consumer insolvencies in March spike to highest level in a year Sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, say Morneau wants to demonstrate to anxious Liberal MPs that he’s heard their concerns about his tax reform plan and is addressing them. The proposed reforms were intended to put an end to measures which the government contends have allowed wealthy individuals to use incorporation as small businesses to unfairly reduce their income tax burden. They triggered an angry backlash from doctors, lawyers, accountants, shop owners, farmers, premiers and even some Liberal backbenchers, who maintained the reforms would hurt the very middle class Canadians that the Trudeau government claims to be trying to help. The changes are expected to ensure the reforms are targeted more clearly at the wealthy. They’re also expected to address concerns that the reforms will disproportionately impact women, inhibit the ability of small business owners to save for a rainy day and make it impossible for farmers, fishers and others to pass their businesses on to their children. Morneau has acknowledged changes are required to address some of the concerns raised and to ensure there are no unintended consequences. Speaking briefly Friday outside a meeting of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, Morneau referred to Monday’s caucus briefing as “an important discussion.” He referred several times to continuing the discussion, suggesting that whatever he announces Monday won’t be the end of the story. “I’m going to continue this discussion. We’re going to talk about what we think is important and that is that we get it right,” he said. Morneau acknowledged that the government has to do a better job of reassuring middle class Canadians that they won’t be negatively impacted by the proposals. “The fact that farmers won’t be impacted, we need to make that clear. The fact that, you know, small businesses will be able to continue to invest in their business, which is what we want, and won’t be worried about passing their business to the next generation, we’re going to communicate that clearly.” As originally proposed, the plan would restrict income sprinkling, in which an incorporated business owner can transfer income to a child or spouse who is taxed at a lower rate, regardless of whether they actually do any work for the company. Read: Clamping down on income splitting It would also limit the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company and curb the ability of business owners to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are taxed at a lower rate. The proposals were unveiled in mid-July but it took about a month for the backlash to materialize. Since then, the Liberals’ popularity has taken a hit in some public opinion polls and the governing party’s backbenchers have become increasingly anxious. A number of Liberal MPs, including finance committee chair Wayne Easter, have complained about the messaging surrounding the proposals, which they say portrays small business owners as tax cheats. The Conservatives have used the furor to accuse Morneau of hypocrisy, targeting small business owners while doing nothing to deal with legal tax avoidance strategies used by large corporations like Morneau Shepell, a human resources company headed by the minister until his appointment to cabinet in 2015. That line of attack was bolstered Friday by news that for two years, Morneau failed to disclose to the federal ethics commissioner that he and his wife are partners in a private company that owns a family villa in southern France. CBC News reported that holding property through a private company is useful in avoiding inheritance taxes in France. Morneau’s ownership of the villa was disclosed but the involvement of the private company was not until last month, when CBC began to ask questions about it. Morneau called the failure to disclose the company an “administrative oversight.” “In fact, I disclosed the asset originally when the commissioner asked me to disclose all my assets. The administrative structure that I was advised to purchase the house with when I did so as a foreigner was something that we just gave information to (her) more recently, just because it was an administrative oversight.” Jocelyne Brisebois, a spokeswoman for Dawson, declined to say if the ethics commissioner is looking into the matter Under the Conflict of Interest Act, Dawson has limited power to do anything about it in any event, other than impose a fine of up to $500. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Most Black female entrepreneurs face financing hurdles: reportcenter_img Hardest hit businesses call for extension of federal wage, rent subsidies Keywords Tax planning,  Small business Joan Bryden Finance Minister Bill Morneau will unveil changes Monday aimed at mollifying the many critics of his controversial small business tax reform proposals, hoping to tamp down a political wildfire that has scorched Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. The damage control effort will begin with a special briefing early Monday morning for Liberal backbenchers, some of whom have been among the most vocal opponents of the measures. last_img read more

Attorney At-Law Sworn in as Public Defender

first_imgAttorney At-Law Sworn in as Public Defender UncategorizedSeptember 13, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Attorney-at-law, Earl Witter, was today (Sept. 13) sworn in by the Governor General, His Excellency Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, as Jamaica’s second Public Defender.Professor Hall, in his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony held at King’s House, noted that Mr. Witter’s 33-year experience as a barrister, had prepared him well to assume the role as the people’s advocate.“The Office of the Public Defender is an independent one in the provision of a fair and efficient justice system. It is my hope that all of us will fully support Mr. Witter as he works to develop new paradigms and further fortify the significance of the Public Defender in national life,” the Governor General stated.Former Public Defender, Howard Hamilton, said he was pleased at the appointment of Mr. Witter. “It was in the criminal court where I was exposed to the two qualities that he possesses that assured me that he was the man for this job. The first was his total abhorrence of injustice and second was his passion for the plight of the poor,” he noted.Mr. Hamilton called for a re-examination of the role of the Public Defender, especially as it related to going to court.“The fact that the law (Public Defender Act) precludes the holder of office from going to court, I find that provision both unnecessary and uneconomical. In my report for 2004/2005, which will be tabled shortly, I have made a recommendation to Parliament that, that provision should be re-examined with a view to the holder being able to go to court in his discretion as is with the Director of Prosecution,” he pointed out.He argued that confining the “holder of the office to bringing only constitutional issues before the court is hobbling and there are far more human rights violations occurring daily that the Office cannot take to court because the law does not permit. I have also recommended in that report that, that section should be amended to enable the Office to do more”.Leader of the Opposition, Bruce Golding, also congratulated Mr. Witter, noting that, “he assumes an office of fundamental importance to the constitution of Jamaica, and an office of fundamental importance to the people of Jamaica. I trust that he sees the burden of his office, as a burden to protect the poor and vulnerable.”The new Public Defender, in his reply, said he would strive to fulfill the expectations of the public, which were to protect and enforce their rights.He added that in carrying out his work, he was expecting the support of the general public, those within his profession and all well-thinking persons, “because we are in this together”. RelatedAttorney At-Law Sworn in as Public Defender Advertisementscenter_img RelatedAttorney At-Law Sworn in as Public Defender RelatedAttorney At-Law Sworn in as Public Defenderlast_img read more

Dried fruit diary goes digital

first_imgDried fruit diary goes digital The Hon David Littleproud MPMinister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency ManagementA traceability grant has been awarded to Dried Fruits Australia to digitise the dried grape industry spray diary.Project is one of 14 to receive funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Traceability Grants ProgramNational industry body Dried Fruits Australia has received a $30,000 Australian Government traceability grant to digitise the dried grape industry spray diary.Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the grant would provide an opportunity to modernise an important part of the dried grape industry.“The Dried Fruits Australia Industry Spray Diary will assist producers to monitor their own chemical usage. It will also provide them with timely information on which chemicals can be used, when they can be used and changes to Maximum Residue Limits (MRL),” Minister Littleproud said.“This grant will be used to create real-time traceability in the Australian dried fruits supply chain.“Ensuring compliance with MRL is important for access to international markets. This project will assist producers to log their chemical usage more efficiently and to maintain awareness of MRL for export markets.“Not only will the digital spray diary make life simpler for producers, but it will also assist in securing the industry’s supply chain between producers, processors and marketers.“We know that consumers in Australia and internationally want greater transparency and real time advice about the origin and safety of product in the modern digital marketplace.“Whether it’s through developing block-chain technology to assist with food safety, an app to track kangaroo meat harvesting, or a DNA database to combat illegal logging, these round two projects will give Aussie exporters the competitive edge.”Ann Mansell, Dried Fruits Australia’s, Chief Executive Officer said: “We thank the Australian Government for this grant and look forward to delivering this project for our industry.”For more details on the 14 successful round two projects visit the Traceability Grants Program website here.Fast Facts:The Traceability Grants Program supports industry projects that will enhance our agricultural supply chain traceability systems, including developing and trialing technologies that digitise information flow.The program also aims to provide an advantage for our exporters and to increase opportunities to export Australian commodities.The program is part of the Australian Government’s Modernising Agricultural Trade agenda to support the target of a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030.The Australian Government is investing $7 million from 2019-20 through to the end of 2022-23 in projects under the Traceability Grants. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Aussie, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, commodities, DNA, Emergency, Emergency Management, Fast Facts, Food Safety, Government, grants program, industry, supply chain, technologylast_img read more

Two CU-Boulder Scientists Elected To Prestigious National Academies

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 1, 2007 Two University of Colorado at Boulder physics professors have been elected to two of the most prestigious national academies for scientists. CU-Boulder physics Professor Noel Clark was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and Deborah Jin, an adjoint associate professor of physics at CU-Boulder and a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Clark was one of 72 new members elected to the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1863 and considered one of the highest honors for an American scientist or engineer. He was the only Colorado scientist elected in 2007. Clark joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1977 and is director of the Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center at CU-Boulder. Funded by a $6 million National Science Foundation grant, the center brings together faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from physics, chemistry and engineering to develop novel liquid crystal science and applications. Much of Clark’s research has focused on the physics and applications of ferroelectric liquid crystals. Most notably, Clark is credited with developing electro-optic light valves in the mid-1980s. The groundbreaking devices use a ferroelectric liquid crystal between closely spaced glass plates and do all the things liquid crystals do, but much faster. Clark has held Guggenheim and Humboldt fellowships and is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He won the American Physical Society’s 2006 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize in recognition of his work in liquid crystals. Jin was one of 203 new fellows elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences along with former Vice President Al Gore, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The AAAS was founded in 1780. Jin received her doctorate in physics from the University of Chicago in 1995. She spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and NIST, before being named a NIST physicist and an assistant adjoint professor at CU-Boulder in 1997. In 2003, Jin and CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher Markus Greiner and graduate student Cindy Regal coaxed atoms into the first “fermionic condensate,” a new form of matter that may help physicists unlock mysteries of high-temperature superconductivity. That same year Jin was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant,” for her research achievements. She is a JILA fellow and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. CU-Boulder’s department of physics is part of the College of Arts and Sciences.last_img read more

CU-Boulder announces ‘Our Space. Our Future.’

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado Boulder today announced Our Space. Our Future., a universitywide Grand Challenge to build on the university’s strengths in aerospace-enabled science and technology to address some of the world’s most pressing problems.Through Our Space. Our Future., the university will make strategic investments over a number of years to transform the landscape of space exploration and find pathways to address significant issues our planet faces, such as a changing environment, increasing populations and limited resources.“For 50 years, CU-Boulder has been a leader in the Earth and space sciences,” said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “With this Grand Challenge we will expand the university’s existing expertise in Earth, space and social sciences. Grand Challenge researchers will develop solutions in collaboration with government and industry partners to effectively and rapidly address the pace and pattern of changes in the resources and environment of our planet.”DiStefano added that the Grand Challenge is not something CU-Boulder can accomplish on its own. “I’m inviting local, regional and state communities and industry partners to join us in this important endeavor.”Through Our Space. Our Future., CU-Boulder will work with government and industry partners to create: An integrated scientific and engineering alliance throughout the Front Range, which will lead the nation in the exploration of space. An environment in which academia, industry and government work together to solve problems of national and international importance. Increased federal and commercial partnerships engaged in CU-Boulder Earth and space exploration efforts. New pathways for educating and training students to meet the national needs in emerging Earth and space exploration businesses.To launch the challenge, CU-Boulder will invest $4 million this year into two core research initiatives, Earth Lab and the Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing Initiative (IRISS), plus more than a dozen other projects that focus on space and Earth exploration in education and training, philosophy, art and media.Earth Lab will harness big data observations of Earth from space and integrate them to answer outstanding questions about the pace and pattern of environmental change. “For our initial projects, we’re tackling issues close to home, including how can we better adapt to fires, floods and droughts—sources of key vulnerabilities to Colorado’s environment and livelihood,” said Jennifer Balch, an assistant professor of geography and principal investigator for Earth Lab.At the core of Earth Lab is the development of an analytics hub, which will be a state-of-the-art computing facility leveraging existing cyber infrastructure investments with analytics specialists who will assist researchers and students along the discovery pathway—from data integration and management to analysis and visualization.The multi-disciplinary IRISS team, led by principal investigator Brian Argrow, a professor of aerospace engineering sciences, will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to enhance data collection from the ground, in the atmosphere and from space.One application is already improving drought prediction in Colorado by coupling large-scale satellite observations with high-precision measurements of soil moisture content collected from low-flying UAS.The team will also use UAS to collect on-site atmospheric data before tornado supercells form and during tornado formation. “The long-term goal is to contribute to the national effort to significantly increase tornado warning time and accuracy,” Argrow said.A month of space and Earth science-related activities on campus will kick off Our Space. Our Future. Starting in mid-September, Boulder campus departments and cultural institutions will host over 20 events and exhibits including talks by space sciences professionals, space films hosted by the International Film Series, art installations, displays of student space-related research pods and a scavenger hunt on campus for a Mars rover model named Destiny.The first event of the month is a talk by Frank Buzzard, a retired space shuttle and International Space Station chief engineer, titled “How space exploration has benefitted you.” His talk is from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the UMC Gallery. On Friday, Sept. 18, a talk by Bill Nye the Science Guy will be simulcast live from Denver from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Fiske Planetarium.Details on the Grand Challenge initiatives and all of the planned events can be found at www.colorado.edu/grandchallenges.Contact: Malinda Miller-Huey, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Published: Sept. 14, 2015 last_img read more

Class of 2020: Marcus Vazquez

first_imgPublished: May 4, 2020 Architecture major and Colorado native Marcus Vazquez knew he wanted to make a difference in the world, and that he could do it through architecture. “Constantly a source of joy, optimism, and always ensures people feel included. He is someone who creates a space for his peers to thrive and always made the DMC a space that connected people. Marcus is a student that defines what makes the ENVD community so great.” –AnonymousAlways take opportunities when it presents itself. Create goals (long term or short), if you know where you are going, then you will know how to get there!I was inspired to come into ENVD because I believe that I could make a difference in the world and I knew that I could do that with architecture. Previously, I was an integrative physiology major and I transferred because I wanted to make my ideas become a reality, and I believed ENVD could help me pursue that goal.I’ll miss the community at ENVD. I loved being a part of such an amazing group of peers and professors. I’m going to miss sneaking out of my studio to say a quick hello to my friends. I am also going to miss the late nights (sometimes all-nighters) with my peers–so many laughs were shared even when it got hard.Perhaps my favorite memory would be the Gala my first year at ENVD. It was so much fun to be with everyone, sharing laughs, dancing, and getting to meet new people. Furthermore, to see what amazing work students were doing and recognizing/celebrating those who work hard!After I graduate I plan to go into graduate school for architecture. Because of current circumstances, I will be taking a year off and working for a firm in California. I will be applying to UCLA, USC, and SCI-Arch. I hope to specialize in creating better health facilities, as I have always had a passion for medicine. Categories:Grad Featureslast_img read more