Bay Area tech worker awarded $10M after being shot by deputy in Tahoe

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California county has paid nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis two years ago when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Placer County paid Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9 million to settle the lawsuit the family filed after a deputy shot him twice on Jan. 14, 2018, inside a North Lake Tahoe rental cabin where Kolb and his teenage son were vacationing, Kolb said.

“There’s a measure of relief in not having to go through this and not having to put my family through any more legal challenges. But I would trade all the money plus interest to have my old life back, to not have gone through this and put my family through this, to have full use of my body. No amount of

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Technion Harvey prize in science awarded to Israeli, American professors

Technion’s Harvey prize in Chemical Engineering and Medical Sciences for 2019-2020, one of its most prestigious awards, went to Professor Joseph DeSimone of Stanford University and Professor Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University, according to a Wednesday press release from the university.

DeSimone won the award after making significant contributions in materials science, chemistry, polymer science, nanomedicine and 3D printing. The professor also made important breakthroughs in the use of supercritical carbon dioxide to produce fluoropolymers, which has many medical applications. DeSimone has published more than 350 articles in scientific journals, and has over 200 patents to his name. Likewise, DeSimone is credited with creating important innovations in the field of precision medicine, such as the particle replication in non-wetting templates and in medical technology, including the continuous liquid interface production. 

In 2016, DeSimone was recognized by US President Barack Obama for his achievements and leadership in innovative technology. 


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Education Notebook: Science fairs awarded $30K grant from AEP Foundation | Local News

The regional fair partnered with Appalachian Power Co. in 2019, which provided the ability to send a third regional project to the international fair.

“In looking for a little bit more of a long-term partner, they suggested that we work together to put in a grant application with the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Levy, who credits the Appalachian Power with making the connection.

“This is really going to help secure that in the future, for us to continue to send three projects to that international fair locally, and it’s also going to help support students going to international fair from the state fair as well,” he said.

Expenses sometimes limit the state fair from sending a full slate of five projects, Levy said, so “the donation from the AEP Foundation helps ensure that we can send a full group.”

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its operating

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ESRF and UCL scientists awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant

ESRF and UCL scientists awarded Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant
for human organ imaging project

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has awarded $1 million to an imaging research project led by three researchers, among them Prof Peter Lee and Rebecca Shipley from UCL (University College London), and ESRF scientist Dr Paul Tafforeau, as part of a world-wide call to advance deep tissue imaging.

The project, named “Anatomical to cellular synchrotron imaging of the whole human body”, promises to develop a transformational X-ray tomography technology that will enable the scanning of a whole human body with unprecedented resolution of 25 microns, thinner than a human hair – tens of times the resolution of a CT scanner. Further, it can then zoom into local areas with cellular-level imaging, or one micron – over 100x better resolution than a CT scanner. This imaging project is based on the recent Extremely Brilliant Source (EBS)

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General Dynamics Information Technology Awarded $241 Million Multi-Cloud Contract by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

General Dynamics Information Technology Awarded $241 Million Multi-Cloud Contract by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

General Dynamics Information Technology Awarded $241 Million Multi-Cloud Contract by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

GDIT selected to evolve one of the largest public clouds in the federal government

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FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 25, 2020

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE:GD), announced today it has been awarded a new contract by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide cloud services and software tools. The Cloud Products and Tool (CPT) task order holds a total estimated value of $241 million, on a one-year base period with three one-year options.

GDIT will procure cloud services and implement a mature multi-cloud environment designed to deliver critical healthcare services to tens of

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MP Materials Awarded Technology Investment Agreement with the Department of Defense

MOUNTAIN PASS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MP Materials Corp. (the “Company”) (“MP Materials”) (NYSE: MP), the largest rare earth materials producer in the Western Hemisphere, has been awarded a Defense Production Act Title III technology investment agreement (the “TIA”) to establish domestic processing for separated light rare earth elements. Under the TIA, the Department of Defense (the “DoD”) will contribute $9.6 million towards MP Materials’ Stage II optimization efforts.

MP Materials is the only North American rare earths producer with the ability to source and process these critical components, including light rare earths, in the U.S. These elements are fundamental to numerous defense and commercial applications, including magnets used in electric vehicle drivetrain motors and precision guided munitions. Given its importance to many advanced technologies, the market for separated rare earth elements is expected to see significant growth.

“Our mission is to restore the full rare earth supply chain to the

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University of Dayton sociologist awarded Science & Technology Policy fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science : University of Dayton, Ohio

By Dave Larsen

A University of Dayton sociologist is working to reduce gender-based violence around the world through a competitive fellowship program that places scientists in U.S. federal government policy positions.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded Jamie L. Small, assistant professor in the UD Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, a 2020-21 Science & Technology Policy fellowship (STPF). She is one of 284 highly trained scientists and engineers who will spend a year serving professionally in federal agencies and congressional offices, where they learn first-hand about federal policymaking and implementation.

“Particularly in this age of COVID-19, we are proud and grateful to usher in the 48th class of Science & Technology Policy fellows,” said Jennifer Pearl, STPF director. “The present state of the world demands a strong link between science and policy.”

In September, Small started her position at the U.S. Agency for International Development

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Houston Companies Awarded Top Honors at Premier Life Science Venture Capital Conference

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Life science investors, leaders and innovators from around the world gathered virtually to discuss the pandemic, medical technology and the future of the industry at the Texas Life Science Forum.

The forum, co-hosted by BioHouston and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is one of the premier life science venture capital conferences in the U.S. It featured pitches by 40 companies developing innovative solutions in medical devices, digital health, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and therapeutics. The presenting companies — about half of which are Houston-based — have already raised more than $275 million in funding.

Starling Medical won the Michael E. DeBakey Memorial Life Science Award, established by BioHouston in honor of the groundbreaking Houston cardiovascular surgeon. The Houston digital health device company is revolutionizing severe bladder dysfunction management with artificial intelligence.

Ten other entries were chosen by investors as the Rice Alliance Most Promising Life Science Companies,

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FADU Technology Awarded Best of Show – Most Innovative Flash Memory Startup

FADU introduced its next-generation DELTA storage solutions at FMS20 for NVMe 1.4/PCIe Gen4 x 4 performance for OEM and Hyperscale Data Center Storage

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FADU Technology is a fabless startup developing advanced flash storage technology to meet the ever-increasing data storage demands placed on OEM and hyperscale data centers. The company announced that the Best of Show judging panel of the Flash Memory Summit 2020 selected FADU for the Best of Show – Most Innovative Memory Startup award.

The Flash Memory Summit, the World’s leading storage industry conference and exposition, recognized FADU’s FC4121 Flash Controller and DELTA SSDs as exciting products from a promising Flash Memory startup.

“SSD controllers are the heartbeat for delivering a high performance of storage products and the future of IT infrastructure requires a quality of service (QoS) to meet the extreme data demands placed on on-premise and

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IZEA Awarded Significant Military Contract

Orlando, Florida, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IZEA Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: IZEA), the premier provider of influencer marketing technology, data, and services for the world’s leading brands, announced today that it has secured a mid six-figure contract with a branch of the U.S. military. The contract represents the largest award IZEA has received from a federal agency to date, following a string of successful influencer marketing campaigns for a variety of state and local government agencies.

Earlier this year IZEA was awarded a campaign by the Commonwealth of Kentucky to drive awareness and education about the benefits of wearing a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. IZEA utilized influencers to combat common misperceptions about masks as well as address and overcome the ideological positions put forth by those who oppose wearing masks, an ongoing challenge for states across the country.

“We are excited to see our

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