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Month: February 2021

$33 Million Donation for Stem Cell Institute

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLorry I. Lokey, the founder of Business Wire and a regular supporter of education and science, will give $33 million to help build a laboratory for Stanford’s Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. “The important thing to me is that stem cells might not only extend life, but also improve the quality of life, as so many people suffer in their later years,” said Lokey, who will turn 80 in March. ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Lokey, who has given away much of his fortune to educational institutions, said he turned his attention to stem cells in 2001, after the Bush administration limited federal funding for stem cell research, discouraging the study of these potentially powerful cells. Lokey’s contribution to the School of Medicine — its largest single gift to date from an individual — will help launch construction of new stem cell laboratories on campus where scientists will probe the power of these elusive cells in treating conditions as diverse as cancer, stroke and diabetes. Lokey hopes the gift will be even more than $33 million, as the funds are being held in an account that is expected to grow before construction begins. The anticipated schedule for the building calls for groundbreaking in 2009, with completion in 2011. The building, to be located between Campus Drive and the Center for Clinical Sciences Research, will be the first in a series of structures that will house the Stanford Institutes of Medicine.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Ballet Dancer, 88, Makes Debut

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“An 88-year-old Cambridgeshire man has starred in his first ballet after taking up dance at the age of 79.” (BBC) Thanks to Mary and Chris for the submission! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img


Family to Adopt Dog Partner of Slain Marine Son

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“A U.S. military dog whose handler and best friend was killed in Iraq got a new assignment for the New Year — retirement with honors in Mississippi to live with the young Marine’s family.” They had lobbied hard for months to adopt the dog, whose relationship with their son was so strong, it took several Marines to pull it away so that medics could attend the soldier’s body.(CNN.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img


911 Dispatcher Honored for Helping Homeless

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore“For Toni Dukes, love isn’t delivered with a sugary sweet Hallmark card or an overpriced bouquet of red roses. It’s given in a Ziploc bag stuffed with a hat, gloves and a packet of Kleenex, and the words “From the Heart” written in black marker on the outside.” (San Francisco Chronicle) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img


Southern California Ports Clean up Polluting Trucks

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, comprising the busiest U.S. cargo complex, launched a landmark clean-air program Wednesday banning some 2,000 older trucks blamed for half the pollution spewed by the ports’ diesel haulers. (Full report at Reuters News ) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img


EPA Scraps Effort to Ease Controls on Power Plants

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSix weeks before leaving office, the Bush administration is giving up on an effort to ease restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants, a key plank of its original energy agenda and one that put the President at odds with environmentalists his entire eight years in the White House. (AP story at SFgate.com) (Photo courtesy of Sun Star) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img


Miracle Cancer Survivor Makes Wishes Come True for Sick Kids

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen Grayson Gilbert was in treatment for a rare form of pancreatic cancer, he didn’t doubt for a second that he’d be OK.Doctors disagreed.In 1995, Gilbert had been diagnosed with a cancer so rare in children that the doctors were entering uncharted territory when prescribing aggressive chemotherapy and surgery.At 22 years old, the Maryland boy survived so long, that he has proven himself right — and baffled most doctors.In January he started a charity called Inspirational Medicine, with the goal of connecting ailing children with their heroes, be they athletes, authors or artists.(READ the story in Towson Patch)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Firefighters Help Italian Newlyweds Stopped by Freak Highway Incident

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreToronto firefighters stepped in to help Italian newlyweds make their flight after an overhead sign on the Gardiner Expressway came crashing down on their rental car.Two of the firefighters at the accident scene just happen to speak Italian and heard the couple talking about how they were going to miss the next flight on their honeymoon, scheduled to depart soon for Hawaii.“Il tuo giorno fortunato,” said the hero firefighters, who whisked the couple away in their truck. “It’s your lucky day!”(WATCH the video below from City News.ca)Thanks to Deanna Belli for submitting the linkAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Mystery Donor Erects Batkid Billboard To Thank Him For Saving ‘Gotham City’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRemember the boy with leukemia who donned a batman suit last month and was treated to a day of ‘pretend crime fighting’ that involved thousands of participants in San Francisco? (See the original story here)Now someone has paid for a billboard featuring a picture of the 5-year-old Miles Scott dressed as ‘Batkid’, to thank him for “saving the city”.Patricia Wilson, executive director of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area, tweeted a photo of the huge sign near the San Francisco Bay Bridge.(READ the story from NY Daily News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


Construction Begins on New School Designed For (And By) Homeless Children

first_imgThe new facility will host a fully stocked and furnished “living room” area for both the students and their parents. Here they can prepare meals, eat dinner, and share in each other’s company, with the additional comfort of knowing they have a place where they are welcome.“Our families are in … survivor mode,” Amy Brewer, Director of Education at Positive Tomorrows, told Citylab. “Schooling is an afterthought at best. For many of our kids, if they were not at Positive Tomorrows, they would not be at school. Positive Tomorrows is able to provide a family with an array of support services that a traditional public school cannot.”LOOK: This Elementary School Classroom for Parents Has Dramatically Improved How Kids (and Adults) ThriveAdditionally, the students were able to help design the building with their own needs in mind. In an exercise Positive Tomorrows titled “Dream Big,” students were asked to submit drawings of what they wanted their new school to look like. Out of all of their requests, there were two common underlying desires amongst the homeless students: a place to spend quality time with other kids, and additional rooms to serve as their own personalized spaces.Although these requests may seem relatively simple, they indicate the students’ need for both community and consistency – two things that they rarely experience when they are having to constantly move from one shelter, couch, garage, or basement to the next.“Our kiddos have nothing that’s their own,” said Brewer. “‘If I want to do a Lego project, I can’t leave it out because where I stay tonight may not be where I stay tomorrow.’”RELATED: Café That Hires and Feeds the Homeless Has Just Built a Village for Their Rough Sleeping EmployeesThe nonprofit that just celebrated its 26th birthday has experienced great success in their work educating and supporting homeless Oklahoma families. According to an independent impact study summarized on the Positive Tomorrows website, about half of the families who received assistance from the organization have shown improvements in housing, employment, and income.Positive Tomorrows has also provided tens of thousands of free school meals, as well as health and dental checkups. With the construction of a new school building, the charity staffers are excited to help more families than ever before, knowing that they’ve been turning away 100 kids every year.“We feel a responsibility to serve more students,” said Susan Agel, Positive Tomorrows President and Principal. “We are thrilled to take this step forward today, and to move toward serving more of our community’s most vulnerable children.”YOU can also improve the tomorrows of homeless kids today with a donation –or by sharing on social media so others might donate.– Photos by MA+ ArchitectureAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis groundbreaking new school campus—which has been designed for homeless kids, by homeless kids—will soon serve as a refuge for roughly 200 underprivileged kids in Oklahoma City.Positive Tomorrows, the nonprofit organization behind the school’s creation, recently began construction on the facility with a focus on the growth and wellbeing of the students.last_img read more