1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Governmental Affairs Conference has begun! It’s the biggest week of the year for credit unions and we will bring you coverage every day of CUNA’s 2015 conference. Check out the links below for the latest from Day 1 at #CUNAGAC!CU Magazine: Your Foundation: Providing Impactful PhilanthropyCU Magazine: Advocacy Gives CUs, Members a United VoiceCU Magazine: Desjardins Winners Committed to Financial EducationCU Magazine: Maxwell, Herring Winners Honor Duty to ServeCU Magazine: McChrystal: Beware the Pitfalls of ‘Predictive Hubris’CUNA News Now: NEW: NCUA’s Matz calls 2015 year of reg. reliefCUNA News Now: CU advocacy efforts take center stage during 2015 GACCUNA News Now: GAC: McChrystal presents first-ever ED (Filene) TalkCUNA News Now: GAC: Small CU roundtable explores ‘Five to Thrive’ growth strategiesCUNA News Now: GAC: CUs share their ‘Unite for Good’ storiesCU Times: Metsger Encourages Industry Evolution: Onsite CoverageCU Times: NCUA writing supplemental capital rule: Onsite at GACCU Times: Kasasa Now Flying Under Own Brand: Onsite CoverageCU Times: Credit Unions Are Like Coral Reefs: Onsite Coverage
If we stay home today, we can travel tomorrow. In a message of solidarity and hope #TravelTomorrow, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) calls for the shared responsibility of travelers and the tourism sector around the world to address the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Discovering different cultures, practicing solidarity and respect, caring for the environment, continuing learning, fostering decent work, development and sustainability, creating new opportunities for all, are the core values of tourism advocated by the World Tourism Organization, and these are the main pillars of the #TravelTomorrow campaign. . “Historically, tourism has proven to be a key driver of international recovery. We must start preparing now to build the foundations for the future resilience of tourism. ”said UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. STAY HOME TODAY, #TRAVELTOMORROW The Global Tourism Crisis Committee, chaired by the UNWTO, also supported this initiative as part of the recommendations it developed to address the crisis. Among the Committee’s recommendations is the need for financial and political support for recovery measures targeted at the tourism sector, in coordination with international development organizations, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on employment, protect the most vulnerable segments of society and accelerate recovery. A digital platform has been created for resources that provide the opportunity for each individual, business or institutional user to join this initiative, offering elements such as images for social media profiles, electronic signatures, as well as relevant audio-visual content on tourism and COVID-19. This online campaign, according to the UNWTO, has had a major impact on social media and encompasses a growing number of countries, destinations and companies associated with tourism, cities, media and individuals from around the world. Countries like Germany, Morocco, Mongolia, Oman and Uruguay, as well as cities like Bogota or Vienna, have already approved the hashtag #TravelTomorrow, thus amplifying the voice of tourism united in the face of this unprecedented global challenge.
Photo courtesy of USC NewsThe Keck School of Medicine of USC is teaming up with two other universities — the University of California, Irvine and the California Institute of Technology — to develop a fully implantable brain-machine interface device that allows people with paraplegia to regain greater mobility. The initiative is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Physical Systems Frontier five-year grant of $8 million.The focal point of the research is to convert the existing technology into a version that is entirely implantable. The institutions will work together to create a device that will transmit signals to a robotic exoskeleton that then sends the pulses to the brain. The project will require the skills of all three institutions to restore the sensation and walking ability of those with spinal cord injuries. Clinical studies will then be conducted on volunteers who have previously sustained spinal cord injuries.“The restoration of walking is a very significant goal for patients after spinal cord injury,” said Charles Liu, the principal investigator at the Keck School of Medicine and director of the USC Neurorestoration Center told USC News. “New solutions are possible with the recent advances in neuroprosthetics and regenerative medicine.”Liu’s co-principal investigators on the project are Richard Andersen, the James G. Boswell professor of neuroscience at Caltech; Zoran Nenadic, professor of biomedical engineering at UCI; and An Hang Do, assistant clinical professor of neurology at UCI. The long-standing collaboration between Liu and his colleagues at Caltech and UCI will be maintained through the USC Neurorestoration Center.According to Nenadic, this study also aims to expand knowledge on the human brain’s control of walking and sensation that would give insight into how different diseases may affect mobility-related physical functions.The Cyber-Physical Systems Frontier is one of the largest programs within the organization to provide financial support for scientific initiatives that integrate computation, networking and physical processes.