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Imagine Sustainable Socially Responsible Fashion | SIMA Cinema 2016

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) of 2016 showcased a film winners series at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles that exemplified social change and storytelling from...

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Experience the Robot Revolution at CES 2016

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015

Release by CES October 18, 2015: Robots have evolved from science-fiction humanoids into intelligent autonomous machines that are revolutionizing the way consumers live, work and...

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PAC-Man Maze Race with Drones & FPV by Robotics

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015

Ctrl.Me Robotics located in Venice Beach, Ca is hyperfocused on the future of drones with custom software and hardware to further safety and innovation. As one of Los Angeles’ only...

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‘Hidden Figures’ Premiere at Raw Science Film Festival 2016

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016

Raw Science TV had it’s 3rd Annual film festival Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Fox Studios lot inside the historic Zanuck Theater. The Raw Science Film Festival honors films...

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‘Hidden Figures’ Premiere at Raw Science Film Festival 2016

‘Hidden Figures’ Premiere at Raw Science Film Festival 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Raw Science TV had it’s 3rd Annual film festival Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Fox Studios lot inside the historic Zanuck Theater. The Raw Science Film Festival honors films on science and technology worldwide with categories that include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. There were cash prizes, an Awards Ceremony with magic, brain games, and immersive virtual experiences. Awards presented included the Kip Thorne Gravity Award and the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination Prize in Speculative Media. Emcee of the event is Paul Hynek of Giant Studios (Lord of the Rings, Avatar). Keynote speakers at the event include Naveen Jain (Moon Express), Peter Samuelson (Revenge of the Nerds), Brent Bushnell (Two Two Bit Circus), Janet-Ivey Duensing, Philip Lubin (Breakthrough/Starshot Initiative), Linda Rheinstein (Space Games Federation), and special guest Kip Thorne.


My new favorite movie this year and I think this film will inspire millions of young people of this generation. The Raw Science Film Festival premiered ‘Hidden Figures‘ an incredible phenomenal untold true story that was also awarded the Peter Samuelson Star Catcher Award at the event. The brilliant women in the film are Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – African-American women working at NASA during the 60′s, who served as ‘human computers’ for one of the greatest achievements in spaceflight during the historical launch of the 1st astronaut John Glenn to orbit the earth aboard Friendship 7. These amazing women were pioneers that crossed all gender and race lines of their time. Film is coming to theaters January 6th, see trailer.


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Imagine Sustainable Socially Responsible Fashion | SIMA Cinema 2016

Imagine Sustainable Socially Responsible Fashion | SIMA Cinema 2016

Jun 6, 2016

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) of 2016 showcased a film winners series at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles that exemplified social change and storytelling from the front lines of today’s global issues. Beyond the Label by EcoDivas hosted a reception, a recycling t-shirt exchange and a film screening of ‘The True Cost‘ following with a panel discussion with sustainability fashion industry leaders about ‘who really pays the price for our clothing we wear as well as the people who make them.’ Beyond the Label provides a series of social experiment events partnered with TEDxLA with it’s theme this year ‘Imagine.’ That in mind Beyond the Label imagines a world where consumers knew the true environment, social and health costs of their fashion purchases and felt empowered to write a different story. Essentially giving people the power to #MakeShiftHappen by making educated fashion purchases.

During the reception I had the chance to meet the awesome women of Beyond the Label who are making a difference in the sustainable fashion industry: Taryn Hipwell Creator Educator Producer & CEO of EcoDivas & EP of The Beyond the Label; Jeanie You, CEO of AFU Productions and Nicole Landers, Marketing Maverick & Climate Reality Leader & Sustainability Expert.

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EcoFashionistas (left): Jeanie You; Taryn Hipwell; and Nicole Landers

Chatting with Taryn, Jeanie and Nicole of EcoDivas at the Skirball event in Los Angeles before the film screening. Hear from them what Beyond the Label is all about, their vision, goals and how they are making a difference in the fashion industry. In the audio Taryn also talks about, “I am a fan of sustainable eco-fiber Tencel by Lenzing that is made by recycling eucalyptus trees. Additionally I am also a big fan of Recover Textile Fabric which uses Pre and Post consumer waste to make new fiber…including cutting room scraps. And we are so happy to work with Marci Zaroff and Metawear Organic to create Beyond the Label T-shirts which are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Made in the USA, and Cradle to Cradle certified.”

A panel discussion and Q&A after the film screening of ‘The True Cost’ moderated by Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV featuring Ann Wang CEO & Cofounder of online marketplace Enrou; Travis Heard VP of Finance & Strategy at Outerknown; and Katie Bond of Fair Trade LA & founder of The Peace Exchange.

Fashion Expert Sustainable Panel (left): Taryn Hipwell; Ann Wang; Katie Bond; Travis Heard

“It’s amazing to have this conversation..where an online market place that really is a curator of incredible brands that are all about providing dignified work to the makers. It’s finding incredible pieces that you can still love, express who you are, your values, your ideals but also finding a way of providing empowerment to the actual makers in people. Everything in our store has a story.”- Ann Wang, CEO & Cofounder of online marketplace Enrou

“In the documentary it says that more than 85% of garment workers are female..Have more of a compassionate connection to the clothes that you wear and that you would kind of step back and actually relate to what you wearing. Think about the person that made it and the female garment worker that made it and think about the artisan. Just connect with your clothes because we are so disconnected with our clothing, form a relationship with your clothes in a way where you are thoughtful of the earth.” – Katie Bond of Fair Trade LA & founder of The Peace Exchange

“Your iphone may cost you $700 yet you want your t-shirt to cost $’s the dispose ability of it. I think there is a disconnect between within people’s minds of what they value and what they put a greater emphasis on. When you look at the margins across technology versus the impacts of input created into a’s staggering.” – Travis Heard VP of Finance & Strategy at Outerknown





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ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank Arrives Home | California Science Center

ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank Arrives Home | California Science Center

May 23, 2016

‘ET Comes Home’ & ‘Spot the Tank’ the popular hash tags used to track ET’s whereabouts as it first began it’s journey starting at NASA’s facility dock in New Orleans, through the Panama Canal, up the west coast and finally arriving to it’s new home at the California Science Center. Incredibly the 154-foot long tank came through the streets of LA, a 16.5 mile route as crowds of people cheered as it passed by local neighborhoods inspiring the community like it’s predecessor the space shuttle Endeavour, making the same trek. ET-94 the space shuttle external tank was like the “gas tank” for the space shuttle orbiter. It carried propellants—liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen—that flowed into the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs), where it produced almost one and a half million pounds of thrust to help push the space shuttle to orbit. Read more.


I had the chance to speak to David Knight, CEO of Terbine Group & Board of Trustees California Science Center during the shuttle tank’s early stages first leaving the port of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans heading it’s way to Los Angeles. Hear him talk about his adventure filming ET’s journey passing through the Panama Canal, virtual reality, also find out about David’s three second stunt man career.

I caught up with George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic & the Spaceship Company while he was there with his family watching the space shuttle tank arrive at the California Science Center.

“It’s a terrific day, I remember when I was at NASA we were deciding where these things were going to end up and now it’s all here, so it’s a really great day. I think it’s going to be fantastic for the city of Los Angeles to have an entire shuttle stack in one place.” – George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic & the Spaceship Company

Additionally, I had the chance to meet and talk with Robert Pearlman, Contributing Writer of & Editor of CollectSpace.


“It’s wonderful seeing so many people turn out to watch a piece of space shuttle history go through the streets of LA again. It brought back a lot of memories of watching Endeavor do the same type of transfer and gave a lot of attention to a part of the space shuttle that the public might not actually know about. They might recognize it if it was in the vertical standing on the launch pad but rolling through the streets..this is probably their first time seeing an external tank by itself. Any opportunity to expose the public to space history, get them interested in space and science is a good thing in my book. ”-Robert Pearlman, Contributing Writer of & Editor of CollectSpace

In photo (middle): Lynda Oschin, Chairperson and Secretary of Ms. and Mrs. Samuel Oschin Family Foundation of the Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center currently home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.

Some behind the scenes while operations is preparing to maneuver ET-94 Space Shuttle External Tank through the backside of the California Science Center outside park area. Photo (middle): In the blue shirt is Jeffrey N. Rudolph, President and CEO of the California Science Center.

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ET-94 first arriving at the California Science Center at Exposition Park Drive.



‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles’ | KCET Celebrates 50 Years

‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles’ | KCET Celebrates 50 Years

Nov 26, 2015

Watch the one hour broadcast premier starting Thanksgiving night at 7pm on KCET a documentary of ‘Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s Journey Through Los Angeles.’ This documentary chronicles the feat of engineering required to transport the retired Space Shuttle Endeavour throughout the streets of Los Angeles in 2012 when the California Science Center in Los Angeles won the bid to become the shuttle’s new home. The documentary film follows the shuttle’s final journey to its permanent home at the Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion, where it will inspire future generations of scientists, innovators, and engineers. Support and donate to KCET’s pledge drive as they celebrate their 50th year celebration of public independent television station.



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Space Fest & Journey to Space at the California Science Center

Space Fest & Journey to Space at the California Science Center

Oct 31, 2015

The Space Fest is a three-day festival at the California Science Center featuring NASA exhibits & displays, educational demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space explorations additionally kids will have the chance to meet Astronauts Garrett Reisman and Joseph Tanner. Visitors to the Space Fest will learn about current NASA research missions, future space travel and NASA involvement in enhancing aeronautics. I had the chance to attend a pre-event of Space Fest along with many students and families that day to view some of the new exhibits & space 3D IMAX movie that was launching at the event. There I met and interviewed David Knight, Board of Trustees and Kenneth Phillips, Curator for Aerospace Science at the California Science Center.


“Oct 30th – Nov 1st 10am-5pm regular museum hours is Space Fest 2015. For the 1st time we have a originally this started as Endeavour Fest and then we didn’t do it again because of the government sequester, we couldn’t get NASA. This year we are doing it as Space Fest because it’s more than just Endeavour because NASA is the Co-Producer of the event. So we have a full list of NASA exhibits, Astronauts, people from Jet Propulsion Labs, lots of hands exhibits for young people. Three times a day we are going to present my movie “Three Nights, Three Days: Endeavour’s journey through Los Angles” either Melissa Ayn Eccles or I will introduce the film then we will run the film. We replaced the soundtrack in the film, so visually it’s about the same but the soundtracks are totally new. Then myself and sometimes an Astronaut will do about a 20 minute or 30 min Q&A after the film to answer people’s questions. We have a lot of really cool NASA people giving talks between the film space so that will be a nice program. We are also opening up the new exhibit at the science center ‘Journey to Space’ the whole space adventure, it’s very kid oriented. We also have a world premiere of a new space 3D IMAX movie also called ‘Journey to Space’ which I also contributed a little bit of footage, they converted it to IMAX. It’s really cool stuff, all of that being unleashed and possibly our new special Endeavour exhibit. My friends have been developing my gift to the Science Center, maybe it will be ready for Space Fest. We have all of that going on.” – David Knight, Entrepreneur & Board of Trustees at the California Science Center

David and Kenneth Photo (left): Kenneth Phillips and David Knight

Interview with Kenneth Phillips:

QGITS: Tell us about the Space Fest this year at the California Science Center?

Kenneth Phillips: We are looking forward to having thousands of people come through. Space Fest is continuation of a tradition that we began the 1st year that Endeavour Space Shuttle went on display. It was awarded in 2011 but it had to finish out it’s flight work for NASA. Then it took a year for us to get ready for it to come here to California. We had to prep for it. So when it first came in 2012, we had a Space Fest and it was really fun people enjoyed it. So then we had another one in 2013. I think 2014 was one of those years NASA was sequestered and couldn’t do the Space Fest..remember the government shut down. So its been an annual event so its always the last of October until the 1st of November. This year there is a new exhibit that we are opening. So it’s not just a series of temporary exhibits supported by NASA and others but we are opening new 3d IMAX film “Journey to Space’ its a 3D film and Imax film and there’s new exhibition Journey to Space that has the same name that has hands on opportunities for kids to understand what its like to try survive in space. They can operate the International Space Station, feel what it’s like to actually try to use the gloves that astronauts used, there’s an experience that pretty much simulates what it’s like to feel the disorientation of being in microgravity, the floating around and the room is spinning slowly around you. So we got all that replicated. It’s pretty neat.


QGITS: I heard that you were the one responsible for bringing Endeavour to the California Science Center?

Kenneth Phillips: It was a team effort because when I came here in 1990 I had wanted a shuttle and I figured they would retire the fleet at some point. So I went to my President Jeff Rudolph and asked if he would support me in going after it, and he said that he would, which was great. Pretty much, things got put to bed until President Bush retired the fleet in 2004 so there was kind of a long period of time where I just had to figure out what exhibits I was going to do, put on experimental galleries to do research on how people learn. So I could put together a credible proposal and content. Jeff supported me in writing the proposal. So I was tracking the orbiters and trying to assess who was likely to get an award and who wasn’t. The beginning of the game we thought that NASA would keep all of the flown orbiters and that only the enterprise which was for atmosphere test flight would be available for the rest of us. It turns out that wasn’t the case. NASA kept two essentially. The 3rd one was Endeavour and everybody was competing for it. So I got the authorization from Jeff to write the proposal and I did and submitted it. Then tracked the process had to resubmit a year later the original submission went in 2009. Then I just waited. NASA was really stone cold silent and I had no idea if whether we were going to be successful or not. They were totally poker faced about it. NASA would only answer questions through an e-mail channel that they set up. If there was back door politicking, I certainly was not involved in it, people above my pay rate may have been. Then we got the award on April 12th in 2011. I took the call from NASA Administrator Charley Bolden. He had a very bad morning that day because he had to call around the country and disappoint a lot of people. They were really beating up on him. When I asked him how he was doing he said he was not doing well because he was calling people with really bad news and that made me feel worried. But then he immediately said I have some excellent news for the California Science Center we have decided that we thought that you would really take great care of Endeavour. We had shown in the past to the Smithsonian and others that we can really take care of the national collection. So I felt that if we could show them that we took the collection seriously, and were willing to take care of it, go the extra mile to make sure we addressed all the conservation issues then maybe when it came time to decide who would get the orbiters and we would be awarded one.

It was an interesting process because up until Endeavour, all of the things in the national collection were on loan from the Smithsonian which is not the case with Endeavour. The Smithsonian declined to be the interface so they took Discovery which is the oldest orbiter of the fleet, it has the most miles and the most missions on it and said to people like me, if you want an orbiter NASA will be coming forward with a process but the Smithsonian will not get involved in it. So the award was directly from NASA to the California Science Center, which is why we own Endeavour.


Anne-Sophie Novel founder of Place to ‘B’ in Paris | COP21

Anne-Sophie Novel founder of Place to ‘B’ in Paris | COP21

Oct 29, 2015

Place to ‘B’ a headquarters for the media that aims at changing the way we talk about climate change and solutions. Just around the corner is the COP21 conference in Paris Nov 30th – Dec 11th which is one of the biggest international summits on climate change that will take place at the Paris-Le Bourget site. The conference should lead to an adoption of a universal agreement that will provide a framework for transition towards low carbon societies and economies able to withstand climate change. At the summit in Paris, Place to ‘B’ will be a available for storytellers from around the world eager to follow COP21’s negotiations on climate, with the desire to speak on these issues in many various ways, in order to make a difference. During the Climate Reality Leadership training in Miami held in September, I had the chance to meet and talk with Eco-journalist & blogger Anne-Sophie Novel founder of Place to ‘B.’ Anne is also a Doctor of Economics specializing in ecology and sustainable alternatives, social innovation and collaborative economy. A great place to ‘B’ if planning to attend COP21 in Paris, hear more from Anne about Place to ‘B’ and what it’s all about on the podcast.

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Here is also the transcription of the audio podcast:

My name is Anne-Sophie I am the founder of Place to B, the ‘B’ is for blogger but it’s dynamic. It’s also for there is no planet ‘B’ what I saw in the march in Copenhagen in 2009 for the COP15, it’s also for area ‘B’ the name of the train that is getting to Le Bouget which is a place where the negotiation of UN will take place in Paris. It’s also the ‘B’ for the Belushi’s at the Le St. Christopher’s Inn which is the place where we will stay during the two weeks of the COP21. It’s based in Gare du Nord, so its really only 20 mins from Le Bouget. We got 600 beds so people can come and sleep there and then we will organize a morning briefing to tell the participants where they can go in Paris during the day and in the evening we have a briefing as well with experts, journalist, blogger or anyone that wants to come to speak about what happened during the negotiation. We will have some special focus also with artist and other people to try to expand our week and push the message differently. We will have like a maker space for information so its more like doing cross media connection and trying to innovate a bit and then we will have some concerts, some chatter places, people are free to do what they want and if you can’t sleep there you can also come to the co-workers space. To register is and if you cannot be in Paris we got all of our events that will be livestream and you can participate online as well.

Rooms are still available for a place to stay in Paris for the negotiations at COP21.
Click here to book your place at Place to B.

Experience the Robot Revolution at CES 2016

Experience the Robot Revolution at CES 2016

Oct 18, 2015

Release by CES October 18, 2015: Robots have evolved from science-fiction humanoids into intelligent autonomous machines that are revolutionizing the way consumers live, work and play. Reflecting this evolution, the Robotics Marketplace, presented by Robotics Trends at CES 2016 will see a 71 percent growth in exhibit space over its footprint at the 2015 CES. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association, CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies and will run January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 20 exhibitors will showcase the full range of robotic technologies that are transforming the way consumers learn, do business, monitor their health and maintain their households. Major robotic companies include: Nidec Corporation, iRobot, ECOVACS Robotics, Robocare Co., Ninebot Inc., and Future Robot Co..

“Robots can increasingly move, see, hear, sense and react to the environment,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Robots will change how we approach our daily lives. We expect to see this category expand on the CES show floor, improve lives and help transform the consumer technology industry.”

Check out this cool robotics runway show from a previous CES event held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas organized by the producers of the Digital Health Summit, Living in Digital Times and Silicon Valley Robotics:

The Robotics Marketplace, presented by Robotics Trends will be located at CES Tech West within the Sands Expo. CES Tech West will also feature leading companies who are revolutionizing fitness and health, the Internet of Things, smart home and other high-growth technologies.

CES 2016 will feature more than 3,600 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies. Registration for CES 2016 is open. For more information on CES 2016, visit

About CES:

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years-the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Check out CES video highlights. Follow CES online at and on social.

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Senator Bill Nelson at Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Florida

Senator Bill Nelson at Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Florida

Oct 5, 2015

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida was one of the key speakers at Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Miami to discuss the climate crisis and for all of us to be better stewards of our planet. Bill was inspired to become an environmentalist after spending six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia. He was struck at the fragility of the earth. He told us that he looked back from the perspective of the window of a spacecraft saying, “The earth is so beautiful, it’s so colorful, it’s so alive, it’s this magnificent creation suspended in the middle of nothing and space is nothing. It goes on and on for billions of light years..I didn’t see the divisions that bedevils us here on the face of the earth, I didn’t see the political divisions, partisan divisions, racial divisions, ethnic divisions but I saw is we are all in this together as citizens of planet earth. Now that is a responsibility of us collectively as citizens of planet earth to do something about it and save this extraordinary planet called earth.” I had the opportunity to attend and hear Senator Bill Nelson speak further on this and here are some more highlights from part of his talk that he gave at Climate Reality in Miami.

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Photo: Senator Bill Nelson

“In 1998 Vice President Gore challenged NASA to create a satellite that would allow anyone to view Earth and its changing face through a continuous real-time image via the Internet. By sending a spacecraft to a point, it’s called the Lagrange point, its where the earth’s gravity stops and the suns gravity starts, that’s a million miles from earth. This spacecraft called Triana it would serve as a deep space observatory and it would give all of us a comets eye view of our planet. In 2000 when Triana was complete and it was ready to be launched but then in 2001 VP Chaney he took office and the administration put the 150 million dollar satellite on a shelf. Thankfully to the credit of NASA they took the long view and they stored the satellite so well that after revising it’s mission and adding instruments to measure space weather the newly named DSCOVR satellite launched in February this year. If you go to NASA’s website you can see almost real time refreshed every hour and a half. You can see a detailed view of the daylight side of the earth as it revolves about it axes and it goes through the seasons, you can even see the dark side of the moon. DSCOVR also provides scientist even more detailed information about the composition of the atmosphere and how it impacts us. DSCOVR has an instrument that will precisely measure the heat that is staying trapped in the atmosphere of the earth.

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Of course those who are willfully blind to what is happening, it’s going to be harder for them to deny.
There are those who ban terms like ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ and by the way that has been done here in the government in the state of Florida. In fact, some state and local government employees are told to say ‘nuisance’ flooding instead of sea level rise. Ladies and gentlemen climate change isn’t a nuisance it’s a threat.

We have a battle in the Senate. We have taken 11 different votes on climate change in this year alone. Votes are undermining the clean air act, denying the science, approving dirty fuels and each of these votes comes down to politics. So my friends elections matter and so does your voice, your passion, your action. Remember awhile ago I told you about King Coal and big oil deliberately mislead decision makers, well I got some good news, just this year some of the companies are beginning to sing a different tune. Six major oil companies including BP wrote a letter to the Secretary of the UN Convention on Climate Change urging a price on carbon at the Paris negotiations. Thirteen of the largest Fortune 500 companies Coca Cola, Walmart, Google..they signed the President’s climate pledge.

Pope Francis was trained as a scientist, he was trained as a chemist, he has a scientific understanding of how human activity is impacting our environment and he is galvanizing support for action on climate change. Pope Francis issued a note to all Catholics saying we have a moral imperative to ensure a healthy environment for future generations and he has made that appeal not just to Catholics but to all of us to take care of our sacred home.

We can’t let Miami be the new Atlantis. We certainly can’t do it without a fight. Then a confluence of events also on Friday, the Chinese President Xi made a landmark commitment to cap and price greenhouse gas emissions starting in 2017. Just the year before last, Chinese emissions topped 10 trillion tons of carbon dioxide. So for China to take this action is critical to our global efforts.

We should vigorously be pursuing low carbon renewable energy sources like solar as the boat solar campaign has reminded us, a huge solar energy spill is called a nice day.” – Senator Bill Nelson of Florida

Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Florida 2015

Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Florida 2015

Sep 20, 2015

Sept 28-30, the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Florida has a unique place in time: it comes just two months before the UN climate negotiations in Paris. Citizens from around the world have been selected to join the ranks of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a committed network of thousands of leaders representing six continents and over 125 countries. Climate Reality aim’s to mobilize and equip citizen activists to join efforts to move both the state and the US towards meaningful action on climate change leading up to the 21st Conference of the Parties meeting in Paris later this year and beyond. QGITS along with many other selected individuals will attend the 3 day training to address the impacts of climate change and the opportunity to network with global leaders, learn from influential experts in climate science and sustainability, and hear from groundbreaking grassroots organizers and social activists.

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Climate Reality Leadership Corps will bring together business leaders, innovators, community leaders, academics, and many others to lend their valuable expertise to help train new Climate Reality Leaders. This training will truly be a unique event, with an agenda full of inspirational speakers and engaging sessions. The following speakers will be joining the training program to help make it a life-changing event:

Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment
 Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple,
 Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality
 Project, a nonprofit devoted to solving the climate crisis. Gore was elected to the U.S. House of
 Representatives in 1976, 1978, 1980, and 1982 and the U.S. Senate in 1984 and 1990. He
 was inaugurated as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States on January 20, 1993, and
 served eight years. He is the author of the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary and is the co-recipient, with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Ken Berlin is the President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. Ken has devoted his career to leadership on environment, energy and climate change issues. A trusted advisor to businesses, non-profits and federal and state governments, Ken has been recognized as one of the top climate change attorneys in the world and has extensive expertise on international environmental issues ranging from clean energy to biodiversity. Most recently, Ken chaired the Skadden Arps Environmental and Climate Change practices and served as the Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for the Coalition for Green Capital. He was also a leader in establishing the Climate Speakers Network. In 2012, Ken served as Chair of the Obama Energy and Environment Team.


Mario is responsible for the design, strategic goals, and engagement programs for The Climate Reality Leadership Corps in the U.S. and abroad. Mario joined the Climate Reality Project in April of 2013 and has spearheaded trainings for over 4,000 leaders in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, South Africa, Turkey, and the U.S. His expertise in international climate policy and strategy combined with a strong background in metrics, analytics, and data drives the Leadership Corps with a data-driven engagement strategy across multiple sectors and demographics. Prior to joining The Climate Reality Project, Mario was responsible for creating a climate education program that reached more than 1.5 million students across the United States, and several sustainability and conservation programs in Australia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Peru.

Albert J. Slap is a nationally recognized environmental attorney and law professor. He is president of Coastal Risk Consulting, LLC in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, which helps communities, businesses, and governments get climate-ready and storm-safe. Over the years, Mr. Slap has used America’s environmental laws to protect public health and the environment by stopping water and air pollution, and by forcing local governments to replace aging and polluting sewer infrastructure. His citizen suits against the City of Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Miami-Dade County brought billions of dollars of investment in wastewater treatment plants to those cities. Mr. Slap served as a board member of The Nature Conservancy’s Pennsylvania chapter, director of The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program from 2004–2009, and currently serves on the organization’s Caribbean Advisory Board. Mr. Slap was the 2014 recipient of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas “Defender of the Everglades” award. Mr. Slap resides in Snowmass Village, Colorado and Aventura, FL.

Amy Burvall, VP of Academic Affairs of Edgemakers is a humanities teacher for over 20 years in several of Oahu Hawaii’s private schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology professional development programs. Amy is well known for her “History for Music Lovers” YouTube Channel, which she runs with Herb Mahelona. The channel, which has over 11 million views, features history-based parody music videos and has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and on CBC, NPR, and international blogs. Amy has presented and spoken at numerous events across the country, including TEDxHonolulu. She was named Webmaker Fellow by the Mozilla Foundation and was a featured artist in the “Art and Culture of the Web” track at Mozfest 2014 in London. Amy is a Google certified teacher and was chosen for the Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta in 2014. Amy is a firm believer in radical openness, remix, and maker culture. Her favorite themes to explore are creativity, media theory, transparency in education, and new literacies.

Many more inspiring speakers will be at Climate Reality Leadership Corps in Florida, click here for full list of speakers:

About Climate Reality Project: The Climate Reality Project is a diverse group of passionate individuals who have come together to help solve the greatest challenge of our time. We are cultural leaders, marketers, organizers, scientists, storytellers and more, and we are committed to building a better future together.

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Biosimilars –The Newest Addition to the Pharmaceutical Industry

Biosimilars –The Newest Addition to the Pharmaceutical Industry

Sep 15, 2015

Biologics are among the fastest growing sector of the pharmaceutical industry. Most drugs are small molecules, and are synthesized chemically. Biologics are different in that not only are they larger molecules such as proteins, but they require a finely tuned process to be produced from  a biological source, such as a cell line.

One popular category of biologics is monoclonal antibodies. They are like the antibodies produced by your immune system, but are made to target a specific pathway. For example, the top selling biologic adalimumab is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and several other inflammatory conditions. It works by specifically targeting a protein called tumor necrosis factor-alpha so that it cannot initiate the inflammatory response it normally does. This results in a reduction of symptoms.


Because biologics require such specialized and precise protocols to produce, they are generally very expensive. Fortunately, many biologics are coming off patent within the next few years, and a new field of pharmaceuticals has emerged—biosimilars. Biosimilars are defined by the FDA as being highly similar to the reference product, rather than being an exact copy such as with small molecule drugs. The molecules must have similar dosages, strengths, routes of use such as injection. They also undergo rigorous testing to ensure purity and effectiveness.

Why do we care about biosimilars? Because they are poised to be much cheaper than the reference products they are similar to and this offers more options to patients and doctors fighting serious illnesses. As of now there is only one biosimilar approved for use in the US, Zarxio, which is now a competitor to Neupogen. The drug is used to increase white blood cell counts in cancer patients.  It will be interesting to see how the landscape of the pharmaceutical industry changes as companies compete with biosimilar products. The market is expected to take off with estimates for 2020 ranging from 6-11 billion dollars, with competition among companies resulting in lower prices for consumers. Only time will tell.




Casey Raasumaa Rollins – Proofreader at Amgen and Columnist at QGITS. A Masters in Life Science from the University of Edinburgh. Linkedin