The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-15T23:55:08Z Customers get deeper into discovery with the new version of JMP 2019-10-15T23:55:08Z customers-get-deeper-into-discovery-with-the-new-version-of-jmp TUCSON, AZ (Oct 14, 2019) From Pleistocene fossils to infrared technology on a mission to map the surface of a near-Earth asteroid, JMP® statistical discovery software from SAS is helping scientists, engineers and other data analysts make a difference. In JMP Pro 15, the advanced analytics version of JMP, data scientists have more predictive modeling tools than ever. Both JMP 15 and JMP Pro 15 are launched today, 30 years after the first version of the software was released. "The higher the volume of data we collect, the greater the chance we will get some signals from them that add value and build knowledge…. It can be complicated to visualize. I really like JMP for this, especially Graph Builder, which is very practical and efficient,” said Augustin Cathignol, Principal Engineer for Product Reliability and Data Science, at Lynred, which designs high-performance infrared detector technology for probes traveling deep into space. For Sherri Gust, founder and Principal Paleontologist at Cogstone, the ability to interact with data is key. “The interactivity is one of my favorite things about JMP. You can say, ‘I’d like to explore that more and then do this,’” said Gust, who is conducting research on Ice Age fossils at Rancho La Brea in California. “Our customers can explore and understand their data even more fully with JMP 15,” said John Sall, co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS and head of SAS' JMP business unit. “And they get instant graphical gratification with new visualization enhancements.” Sall marks the launches and 30th anniversary of JMP with his keynote speech “Import. Understand. Communicate” at analytics conference Discovery Summit Tucson this week.  JMP® 15 highlights ·         New column header graphs in the data table that show linked histograms for a quick view of the distribution of table variables. ·         Import wizard for importing and processing XML, JSON and PDF file formats. ·         Many enhancements to Graph Builder, including for Heatmap and Box Plot. ·         New hover label options that extend information available in graphs. ·         New Explore Patterns platform for investigating data integrity. ·         New Group Orthogonal Supersaturated Design platform for creating and analyzing designs with more factors than runs that have groups of correlated effects. ·         Publishing to JMP Live, a secure, private online portal for collaborating with analytics. JMP® Pro 15 highlights ·         Functional Data Explorer with workflow improvements to bypass intermediate table creation, reshaping and joins. ·         Structural Equation Modeling, a new predictive modeling platform, for modeling relationships among observed and unobserved variables. ·         New Support Vector Machines platform, providing another nonlinear machine learning technique. What other customers say about JMP® and JMP® Pro “The Functional Data Explorer platform has potential to significantly change the way we look at designing new products.” – Dan Fortune, Six Sigma Black Belt, Hexion “The PDF Import Wizard is breathtaking! I have complicated scanned PDFs with many tables, and the ability to manually select tables is just awesome!” – John Madden, Associate Professor of Pathology, Duke University “I could see the distribution of the data immediately in the header of the data table… users will find it powerful because they can check the structure of new data quickly and easily.” – Seonjin Kim, Senior Scientist, Samsung BioLogics “JMP is what has helped us be able to see the big picture more clearly and in real time.” – Tyler Wise, Project Analyst for Global Business Services, Diebold Nixdorf “I’ve never seen any single software application as transformative to scientific learning as JMP. With JMP you start seeing patterns and relationships in your data you never thought possible. It takes the guesswork and mystery out of statistics.” – Timothy Gardner, CEO and Founder, Riffyn, Inc. A fully functional 30-day trial of JMP is available free on the JMP website. About JMP SAS created JMP (pronounced “jump”) in 1989 to empower scientists, engineers and other data analysts to explore and analyze data visually and interactively. Since then, JMP has grown from a single product into a family of statistical discovery tools, each one tailored to meet specific needs. John Sall, SAS co-founder and Executive Vice President, leads the JMP business unit. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®.   Congratulations to Dr Megan Clark AC 2019-10-14T02:09:50Z congratulations-to-dr-megan-clark-ac The Board of the Space Industry Association of Australia extends their congratulations to Dr Megan Clark AC on receiving the prestigious award from the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of her contribution to Australian science and technology. Dr Clark has been honoured with an Australian Academy of Science medal. “The medal is awarded to a person outside the Fellowship who has, by sustained efforts in the public domain, significantly advanced the cause of science and technology in Australia or who has made a substantial contribution to the Academy,” President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor John Shine said. Chair of the SIAA, Mr Rod Drury, said “I am extremely pleased that the immense contribution of Dr Clark to science and technology in Australia has been recognised by this eminent body. I commend the Academy of Science on their selection of Dr Clarke AC and businessman Peter Yates AM. Hand-Washing More Effective Than Hand Sanitiser 2019-10-10T03:34:48Z hand-washing-more-effective-than-hand-sanitiser A new study has found washing your hands under running water removes the flu virus much faster than alcohol sanitizer – suggesting hand sanitizer might not be as effective as people think when fighting against the flu. The influenza A virus (IAV) remains infectious in wet mucus from infected patients, even after being exposed to an ethanol-based disinfectant (EBD) for two full minutes, report researchers at Kyoto Profectural University of Medicine, in Japan. Fully deactivating the virus, they found, required nearly four minutes of exposure to the EBD. The secret to the viral survival was the thick consistency of sputum, the researchers found. The substance’s thick hydrogel structure kept the ethanol from reaching and deactivating the IAV. “The physical properties of mucus protect the virus from inactivation,” said physician and molecular gastroenterologist Ryohei Hirose, PhD, MD., who led the study with Takaaki Nakaya, PhD, an infectious disease researcher at the same school. “Until the mucus has completely dried, infectious IAV can remain on the hands and fingers, even after appropriate antiseptic hand rubbing.” The study suggests that a splash of hand sanitizer, quickly applied, isn’t sufficient to stop IAV. Health care providers should be particularly cautious: If they don’t adequately inactivate the virus between patients, they could enable its spread, Hirose said. The researchers first studied the physical properties of mucus and found — as they predicted — that ethanol spreads more slowly through the viscous substance than it does through saline. Then, in a clinical component, they analyzed sputum that had been collected from IAV-infected patients and dabbed on human fingers. (The goal, said Hirose, was to simulate situations in which medical staff could transmit the virus.) After two minutes of exposure to EBD, the IAV virus remained active in the mucus on the fingertips. By four minutes, however, the virus had been deactivated. Previous studies have suggested that ethanol-based disinfectants, or EBDs, are effective against IAV. The new work challenges those conclusions. Hirose suspects he knows why: Most studies on EBDs test the disinfectants on mucus that has already dried. When he and his colleagues repeated their experiments using fully dried mucus, they found that hand rubbing inactivated the virus within 30 seconds. In addition, the fingertip test used by Hirose and his colleagues may not exactly replicate the effects of hand-rubbing, which through convection might be more effective at spreading the EBD. For flu prevention, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization recommend hand hygiene practices that include using EBDs for 15-30 seconds. That’s not enough rubbing to prevent IAV transmission, said Hirose. The study wasn’t all bad news: The researchers did identify a hand hygiene strategy that works, also sanctioned by the WHO and CDC. It’s simple: Wash hands, don’t just rub them. Washing hands with antiseptic soap, they found, deactivated the virus within 30 seconds, regardless of whether the mucus remained wet or had dried. Source: mSphere. Original Post https://myosh.com/blog/2019/10/03/hand-washing-more-effective-than-hand-sanitiser/ Renewable Energy Cup Yacht Race Gathers Phenomenal Support 2019-10-08T08:29:15Z renewable-energy-cup-yacht-race-gathers-phenomenal-support The Renewable Energy Cup committee has had a successful few months ahead of their inaugural industry event, a charity yacht race with proceeds going towards Donalea Patman’s AM, organisation “For the Love of Wildlife”.   The Hon. Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy & the Environment and a vocal supporter of the Australian Renewable Energy industry has confirmed his attendance at the event.   Furthermore, the event also secured their Gold Sponsor. The committee thanks Enel Green Power for being an avid supporter of the Renewable Energy Cup from the start of the process. Hamish Wall, founder and committee member commented by saying, “Enel Green Power is a true global leader in the Renewable Energy sector and a key player involved in Australia’s transition away from fossil fuel to clean generation”. He went on to also say, “as the Gold Sponsor Enel Green Power secures the naming rights, so the event is now known as the Enel Green Power Renewable Energy Cup Yacht Race”.     Javier Blanco, Head of Enel Green Power Australia, said: “Australia’s unique biodiversity, together with its wealth of renewable energy sources, represent true assets that should be preserved and enhanced as they generate tremendous value for the country. Enel’s pursuit of a zero-carbon future shares a common path with the protection of the environment and endangered species. Through our sponsorship of the Renewable Energy Cup, Enel green Power is further underscoring its commitment to sustainability in Australia.”      The event has now been locked down with 25 companies and all available sponsorship positions have been filled, with corporate sponsors Lendlease, Pinsent Masons and KPMG, along with Canadian Solar and Signal Energy secured as silver sponsors, and Longi, Vestas, SMEC and Consolidated Power Projects coming on board as bronze sponsors.   The event promises to be a fun-filled day of friendly competition between industry colleagues, and is a key opportunity to celebrate the success of the Renewable Energy Industry in Australia. About Enel Green Power Enel Green Power Australia Pty Ltd, is a part of the Enel Group’s global business line Enel Green Power, and a Sydney-based owner and operator of renewable energy plants in Australia with projects both operating and under development currently in 4 Australian States. Enel Green Power is the global business line of the Enel Group dedicated to the development and operation of renewables across the world, with a presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector with a managed capacity of more than 43 GW across a generation mix that includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants.   Microba and Google Cloud use innovation and AI to level up gut microbiome testing 2019-10-03T23:39:28Z microba-and-google-cloud-use-innovation-and-ai-to-level-up-gut-microbiome-testing-1 CEO of gut health testing specialists Microba, Blake Wills, presented at the Google Cloud Summit in Sydney last week to share how working with global powerhouse Google Cloud allowed the startup to combine expert scientific knowledge with high-powered analytics and machine learning capabilities. In March this year Microba first announced it had turned to hyperscale computing from Google Cloud to expand Microba’s capabilities within Australia and overseas in the microbiome research and biotechnology fields. Since Microba launched its customer test, Microba Insight™ in June 2018, over 10,000 samples have been pushed through their proprietary bioinformatics pipeline – Metagenomic Analysis Platform (MAP™). The collaboration with Google Cloud and Partner Max Kelsen has thus far reduced storage costs by 20 per cent, allowed for computing scalability up to thousands of CPUs when processing is required and down to zero when not, moved workload storage into cloud native architecture and reduced time for sequence run processing from 48 hours to under 12 hours. Mr Wills said that working with Google Cloud allowed the company to bring the best cloud engineering talent together to optimise the use of Google Cloud services. “The use of Cloud Storage for production pipelines and data storage is recognised as an important business requirement to keep Cloud Storage costs down for a small startup that relies heavily on using 100TBs of data,” he said. “Microba has enabled thousands of customers in Australia to grasp a deeper understanding of their gut microbiome and provided diet-based interventions to make a positive change since launch. “Microba has also assisted practitioners to use new insights and world-leading research to assist in making informed decisions for patient health.” The world-leading biotech are building the world’s largest database of metagenomic gut microbiome samples and assisted health and lifestyle data using innovative technology. Microba’s Lead Bioinformatician Dr David Wood said that as the database grows, Google Cloud’s machine learning technology will be used to identify increasing numbers of significant associations between specific microorganisms and genes which can accurately predict different disease states. “Deploying artificial intelligence allows us to explore complex relationships between bacteria and human health, delivering promising leads for new diagnostic tools using the gut microbiome and AI,” he said. “Providing computing at the scale and elasticity required by Microba was an exciting challenge for Max Kelsen, by leveraging Google Cloud Platform’s particular capabilities, including specific instance sizing and high throughput networking, and Kubernetes, we achieved a state that ticks the technical requirements at the same time as delivering significant cost reductions,” CEO and Co-founder of Max Kelsen, Nicholas Therkelsen-Terry said. Colin Timm, ANZ Country Director of Google Cloud said, “Genomic data is growing significantly and we’re honoured to play a role in the work Microba and Max Kelsen are doing to accelerate breakthroughs in gut microbiome research.” Microba’s MAP™ is up for the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Award for Product Innovation in October 2019.   ENDS Brisbane-based Microba partners with UNSW Sydney’s Microbiome Research Centre to deliver world-class analysis 2019-09-23T05:54:02Z brisbane-based-microba-partners-with-unsw-sydney-s-microbiome-research-centre-to-deliver-world-class-analysis Australia’s leading gut microbiome testing specialists Microba have partnered with the Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) at UNSW to power new gut microbiome research to discover new links with disease states and potential therapeutics. The collaboration between Microba and the MRC combines world-class microbiome analysis with leading clinicians and scientists, sharing a vision to not only discover new links with disease states, but with the ultimate goal of developing new diagnostics and therapies to help patients. Launched in 2018, Microba is leading the way with next generation analysis investigating the role the gut microbiome plays in overall health. MRC held its official opening 12 August and will investigate how disturbance in the microbiome occurs and how it causes disease – a critical step in preventing it. Microba co-founder and microbiome research pioneer, Professor Phil Hugenholtz welcomed the partnership, explaining that this opportunity would enable some of Australia’s best researchers to access the best analytical tools available. “We hope that by furthering our knowledge of the gut microbiome, we will be able to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals. This collaboration allows all parties involved to contribute to this vision,” he said. “With at least half of the population complaining of a digestive issue each year, high-powered research is essential to provide diagnostics and therapeutics into the future.” The MRC is directed by UNSW Medicine Professor Emad El-Omar, a well recognised clinical gastroenterologist specialist with 20 years of gut microbiome research experience.  Professor El-Omar is also the Editor in Chief of the highly reputable journal, Gut. “We are delighted to collaborate with Microba, a company underpinned by outstanding scientists at the cutting edge of research in the microbiome field,” he said. “Our complementary strengths will deliver real benefits to patients the world over. “The microbiome is an exciting new frontier in medicine and together we will harness its power to treat and prevent disease.” Microba’s team were pleased to host Professor El-Omar on a tour of the Microba lab when he spoke at Brisbane’s Translational Research Institute on 13 August.   ENDS Gut health testing biotech Microba up for the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Innovation Award 2019-09-23T05:46:14Z gut-health-testing-biotech-microba-up-for-the-2019-lord-mayor-s-innovation-award Brisbane-based world leaders in metagenomic testing, Microba, are among 56 finalists competing for a Lord Mayor’s Award in October this year, as a finalist in the product innovation category. Microba are one of five finalists for the 2019 Queensland Urban Utilities Award for Product Innovation for their Metagenomic Analysis Platform (MAP™) which provides quality, high-resolution analysis of the human gut microbiome. MAP™ is the company’s own proprietary sample processing and bioinformatic analysis pipeline which uses the gold standard in gut microbiome processing – metagenomic DNA sequencing – to provide a significant innovation to industry. Launched in 2018, Microba has grown rapidly in the last 14 months, with over 7,000 Australians exploring their gut bacteria, several key research projects underway with respected partners and well-known investors such as Korea’s Macrogen. CEO Blake Wills said that the company was pleased to be a finalist in the Lord Mayor’s Awards and looked forward to attending the Awards dinner to see who took out the awards for each category. “Microba is a home-grown innovative start up in Brisbane, and it’s great to see our contribution to industry and the local business community being recognised by our Lord Mayor,” he said. “MAP™ provides customers with affordable access to deep information about the gut microbiome that was previously not readily accessible. “The information we are accessing through MAP™ is advancing our understanding of how the gut microbiome influences health and will accelerate the discovery of new diagnostics and therapeutics.” Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said in his official press release that there was an incredibly strong group of finalists this year. “These businesses and individuals make a positive impact on our local economy and community, but also internationally with ground-breaking research, products and services,” he said. The Lord Mayor’s Awards will be announced on 18 October at a Gala Dinner held in Brisbane.   ENDS NASA AND AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY FORM NEW PARTNERSHIP 2019-09-22T00:00:09Z nasa-and-australian-space-agency-form-new-partnership-1 The Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) welcomes today’s announcement of a partnership between the Australian Space Agency and NASA, formalising future cooperation in space. “This is a tremendous step forward for Australia’s growing space industry, and will provide a significant injection of funding, which will underpin both jobs and growth in our space sector,” said Mr Drury CSC, Chair of the SIAA. Mr Drury went on to say “The Australian space industry has been growing steadily, as reflected in the exponential growth in our membership. Strong leadership and support from the Federal Government has accelerated this growth in the domestic space industry. A partnership with NASA will provide the next big incremental step needed to ensure continued expansion in the industry, encouraging the development of local skills and expertise and enabling a host of job opportunities for both current and future participants in the space sector, as well as motivating and encouraging our budding space enthusiasts.” We congratulate our Prime Minister the Hon Mr Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Industry Science and Technology the Hon Karen Andrews MP, and the Australian Space Agency on this key initiative which outlines and enables a path for growth for the Australian space industry. Australian Company Boasts 5.0 GPA Internationally-Accredited Space Learning Programs 2019-09-11T05:55:44Z australian-company-boasts-5-0-gpa-internationally-accredited-space-learning-programs-1 SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES – Friday 9 August 2019   ·      Australian company Actura’s California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) International Space School Study Program is a University of California (UC) approved college preparatory course and is 5.0 GPA accredited. ·        Actura’s FlipRobot Program is 5.0 GPA accredited. Australian company Actura’s programs are officially accredited and recognised internationally. The California Association for STEAM Education (CASE) International Space School Study Program is a 5.0 GPA accredited program and has been independently accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), offered through Legend College Preparatory. Actura’s FlipRobot Program can boast the same – with it being 5.0 GPA accredited. Official accreditation demonstrates academically-robust programs. The CASE Space School International Study Program assists students to build a profile and provides universities with evidence students are not just classroom-savvy but that they can learn in a variety of environments. CASE graduates are recognised as having completed a full semester college preparatory course. Students with these internationally-recognised preparatory courses have a competitive advantage over their peers without the same. Students can receive academic transcripts to facilitate their university applications. This is attractive to those students who aspire to demonstrate initiative and innovation to future employers or those who intend to study internationally or apply for internships. Actura is proud to boast and promote its FlipRobot “Comprehensive Robotic STEAM Learning” solution in its FlipRobot offerings as a curriculum that is also 5.0 GPA accredited. As a package, the FlipRobot learning kits in conjunction with the CASE Robotic Curriculum are designed to provide students with essential STEAM skills for their future. Being University of California approved, means public recognition from the United States of America college system. Actura’s diverse programs are broad, covering both out-of-class and in-class environments. The programs are 5.0 GPA accredited, demonstrating academic-robustness. A solid, collegial or university education in a top-tier university is an investment for a student’s entire future. This puts Actura at the forefront of being one of the leading STEAM educational learning solution providers. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. Actura continues to seek to fulfil its mission to become the most trusted STEAM education solution provider. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale.   Download Logos, Photos and Videos:   Media and Resources File Contact: Actura Australia Nerilee Chen – Marketing and Communications Specialist  Phone: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email: nerilee.chen@actura.com.au       Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au   Vaping Is Ending The Cigarette Industry 2019-09-05T19:18:14Z vaping-is-ending-the-cigarette-industry E-cigarettes were invented by business, not medicine. But as more smokers make the switch, some health experts believe we’ve finally hit on something that could eliminate smoking for good. Electronic cigarettes have become a serious threat to traditional cigarette makers. Many of you reading this article have switched away from smoking traditional cigarettes thanks to vaping, or some of your are about to make the switch and cigarette manufacturers are feeling the pinch. As people are now switching over to vaping on a daily basis the result is. A 16 per cent drop in share prices for the Marlboro manufacturer, which Altria called their “worst day in a decade”. Early last year CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer stated that “we saw the market’s sudden recognition that the cigarette industry seems to be in serious trouble, disrupted by the rise of vaping”. The cigarette industry has been falling year-on-year in sales volume for some time now, but in a very predictable manner. Generally the volume sales of cigarettes fall between 3 to 4 per cent each year, which is offset by manufacturers with a price hike. Wells Fargo Securities estimated in 2013 that sales of electronic cigarettes would surpass traditional cigarettes in 2022, but from all the information we have it looks like this could happen a lot earlier. Talking regionally, Australia had the biggest drop at 18.3 per cent. Eastern Europe was down more than ten per cent, and the European Union was down 6.7 per cent. The only gain was made in South and Southeast Asia, up 6.1 per cent. When one-third of worldwide cigarette sales are made in China, that’s not difficult to understand. If you have any questions or would like further information on vaping please send us an email or follow our upcoming articles. See How Local Company Creatively Engages Students in STEAM Effectively 2019-09-02T01:04:30Z see-how-local-company-creatively-engages-students-in-steam-effectively-1 HOUSTON, TEXAS   ·        Local company delivers creative Space School STEAM program. ·        Students are stimulated and inspired through the program’s immersive experiential activities. ·        Unique Space School program empowers youth to pursue STEAM for the future.   Students from schools around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, China and Taiwan recently took part in local company Actura’s CASE Space School program. Over 390 students participated in the fourteen-day expedition at NASA’s headquarters in Houston, Texas. The students have recently returned home engaged, invigorated and inspired by the Space School program which focuses on critical STEAM skills. Through the program’s creative design – a combination of practical and theoretical STEAM-based elements, the students have been empowered for their future success. The fourteen-day CASE Space School program includes Junior and Senior elements for students in Years 7-9 and Years 10-12. For the Juniors, among the activities, students explore NASA’s latest technologies and learn about astronaut training. They participate in practical laboratory activities and perform shark dissections and cellular analysis to understand how the human body survives in space. The Senior program focuses on leadership and management skills and gives students the opportunity to manage a $600 million Mission to Mars Project and to participate in the ChallengeX project to solve real space industry problems. Both programs include presentations from inspirational guest speakers from within the space industry and NASA. The specifically-developed STEAM program aims to broaden the mind, cultivate drive and instill curiosity and the spirit of exploration in the students. The program’s foundation of key learning outcomes is the basis for its success. The program is based on Dr Tony Wagner’s (Harvard University) Seven Survival Skills - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence; Agility and Adaptability; Initiative and Entrepreneurialism; Effective Oral and Written Communication; Accessing and Analyzing Information and Curiosity and Imagination. Detailed post-tour reviews for all participating schools are currently being conducted, with the aim of ensuring the program’s quality. Surveys and results have been overwhelmingly positive so far. For example, one hundred percent of parents and students from Pittwater School responded to and recommended the Space School program.   “We are again astounded by the phenomenal success of the CASE Space School and the way that the expeditions have continued to inspire our students”. Charles Chung, CEO, Actura “I really enjoyed my experience at Space School. Everyone who talked to us inspired me and motivated me. I feel like I have come out of this experience with a more positive mindset. I also gained a lot of interest in STEAM subjects on the trip. Hearing so many incredible people tell me to follow my dreams, no matter how big they are, was really reassuring and powerful. Overall, I learned so much about STEAM and myself as a person”. Charlotte Walsh, Student, Korowa Anglican Girls’ School “Space School was a very interesting experience for me in which I learnt many ‘firsts’ about space. Doing activities so closely related to what people at NASA or other people involved in space do, as well as meeting those sorts of people, has inspired me to pursue a STEAM career, particularly one which could allow me to work in the space industry later in life”.   Timothy Hugh Barrett, Student, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore)   “The overall experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that has given my daughter the knowledge and confidence that she is capable of doing anything that she puts her mind to”.  Tania Thompson, Parent, Senior Space School “Wow! Just again a big thank you to all those involved in taking, caring for, and safely bringing back our now highly inspired, creative and more confident daughter, Lucy. Myself and my husband will never forget this trip. Oh! And just so you know, Lucy has been wearing the NASA & Space Camp T-shirts nearly every day since she’s been back! Love it!!”. Susan Barber, Parent, Junior Space School   Local company Actura has unlocked the key to inspiring our youth to reach their potential. CASE Space School’s high-impact experiential study program has resulted in students returning from the program enlivened and inspired for their future. Offering enriched STEAM activities, inspiring leadership and personal development that is not possible in an in-class learning environment, the CASE Space School is truly a unique experience. Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Actura is the exclusive global partner of the California Association for STEAM Education (CASE). Headquartered in Cupertino, California, CASE was established by educators, industry leaders and entrepreneurs to advocate excellence in STEAM education through the development and implementation of innovative in-classroom curriculum and extra-curricular education programs.   Download Logos, Photos and Videos: Media and Resources CONTACT: Name - Nerilee Chen - Marketing and Communications Specialist Phone - Office: 1300 303 402 | Mobile: 0422 071 905 Email - nerilee.chen@actura.com.au Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au SAS expands corporate social innovation programs and broadens sustainability commitment with environmental goals 2019-08-28T22:01:14Z sas-expands-corporate-social-innovation-programs-and-broadens-sustainability-commitment-with-environmental-goals Cary, NC (Aug 26, 2019) SAS’ commitment to corporate social innovation and sustainability has long been core to the company’s business approach. As a sustainability innovator recently recognized by the Business Roundtable, the analytics leader strives to use its technology to protect the planet and improve the lives of its employees and the larger global community while giving back through education initiatives. In addition to unveiling targeted environmental goals that build on past sustainability efforts, SAS expanded its Data for Good program through additional projects, ranging from fighting the opioid epidemic to helping nonprofits work smarter. SAS’ corporate social innovation initiative supports the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) to make the world a better place. The company’s sustainability initiatives promote the goals of clean energy, climate action, and sustainable cities and communities. To accomplish these objectives, SAS is committed to achieving the following environmental goals: By 2025, SAS will reduce global greenhouse emissions by 25% (2011 base year). By 2025, office buildings at SAS headquarters will improve energy efficiency by 40% (per square foot) and emissions efficiency by 50% (per square foot). All new building construction projects will earn LEED® Gold level certification. SAS will add 50% more charging stations at our headquarters by 2020 and continue to explore ways to support electric vehicle infrastructure. SAS will continue to use analytics to improve operational efficiencies and invest in the highest-efficiency smart technologies, renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and environmentally friendly practices across its operations. SAS will develop goals and report progress against science-based targets in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. “Caring for our people, our communities and our planet is simply the right thing to do,” said SAS CEO Jim Goodnight. “Our commitment to social responsibility continues to evolve and expand as we witness the power of connecting analytics and advocacy. By applying our time, technology and expertise toward a social purpose, we’re creating a more sustainable future.” Environmental leadership To foster a sustainable workplace and encourage employee creativity, SAS prioritizes creating environmentally friendly workplaces. From energy conservation and solar projects to “green” buildings, waste reduction and recycling, the company is committed to reducing its environmental footprint. Recent achievements include increasing solar production to more than 4 million kilowatt hours annually, using solar to power nearly half its newest building, harvesting the first honey crop from its headquarters beehives and adding more than 90 free on-site charging stations for electric vehicles. Making a difference in the world SAS has always been motivated by challenges to use its technology to create a brighter future for all. As part of SAS’ efforts to support the UN SDGs, the company is helping to bring these global issues into the classroom with the free GatherIQ™ app. Educators and parents can download the app to help students learn more about the goals, unlock donations for nonprofits working toward the goals and explore global issues through interactive data visualizations, quizzes and other multimedia activities. As the global leader in analytics dedicated to helping the greater good, SAS also continues investing in Data for Good projects by applying cutting-edge technology and expertise to help solve some of society’s biggest challenges, such as poverty, health, human rights, education and the environment. SAS is committed to empowering the next generation of innovators through its continued philanthropic focus on education. SAS provides free digital tools, resources and apps to nearly 4.5 million teachers and students. For higher education and adult learners, downloads and registrations of SAS University Edition and SAS OnDemand for Academics grew more than 30% in 2018 to approximately 1.7 million. More than 300,000 people registered for free e-learning courses in statistics and programming. Visit the SAS Corporate Social Responsibility site and learn what makes SAS a corporate sustainability leader. About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Oz Medicann Granted Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabis Research Licences 2019-08-19T23:39:01Z oz-medicann-granted-medicinal-cannabis-and-cannabis-research-licences The Office of Drug Control (ODC has announced the approval of Oz Medicann Pty Ltd licence for both Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabis Research. With these licences, Oz Medicann forges ahead with its evidence-based research across the whole cycle from seed to patient.  This exciting development will allow the group to continue pioneering as an Australian medicinal cannabis healthcare company. Enabling the further delivery of best-in-class research to develop novel genetics and designer-strains leading to the production of world-class Australian made products that support and benefit Australian and global patients. Oz Medicann Group Founder and CEO, John Leith recognises this development as a significant milestone that supports the company’s vision to be a leading Australian cultivator and scientific research partner. “We are delighted to receive our Medicinal Cannabis Licence and Cannabis Research Licence from the Office of Drug Control (ODC). This enables Oz Medicann to expand our considerable research efforts and advance the science of medicinal cannabis even further,” Leith said. The Oz Medicann core strategy is to improve patient access to medicinal cannabis and develop effective medicinal cannabis solutions to treat a variety of conditions. To achieve this, Oz Medicann has established a number of strategic partnerships with universities and research institutions and has partnership agreements in place with licenced medicinal cannabis manufactures. “Securing our ODC Medicinal Cannabis Cultivation and Cannabis Research licences allows Oz Medicann to realise our vision to become a leading patient-centred Medicinal Cannabis Healthcare company and advance our mission to deliver evidence-based research, improved solutions and better patient access to medicinal cannabis,” Leith added. The Oz Medicann Group is excited about the next stage of development and working with our partners to make a difference in the Australian Medicinal Cannabis Industry  Australian Company Provide NASA’s Space Center Houston with a Robotic Learning Solution as part of the Space Center University Program – as the 50th Year Anniversary of NASA Space Exploration is Commemorated 2019-08-01T22:47:29Z australian-company-provide-nasa-s-space-center-houston-with-a-robotic-learning-solution-as-part-of-the-space-center-university-program-as-the-50th-year-anniversary-of-nasa-space-exploration-is-commemorated HOUSTON, TEXAS – July-August 2019 • Australian company Actura collaborate with NASA’s Space Center Houston. • Australian students immerse in most innovative STEAM program at NASA. • Momentous time as humanity celebrates 50 years of the moon landing. In a collaboration between Actura and NASA’s Space Center Houston, Actura’s FlipRobot Solution was implemented at Space Center University (Space U) for the first time. Australian Space School students were fortunate to be the first to engage in this program. This comes at a momentous time in history, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of manned spaceflight in mid-July, which symbolises human exploration and success. The collaboration between Actura and Space Center Houston represents a unique union with Actura’s FlipRobot Solution module designed specifically for the Space U Program; a five-day program designed to engage students in immersive STEAM-related activities that promote teamwork, problem-solving and engineering solutions to space exploration.  Actura’s bespoke design FlipRobot Solution included the chance for Australian students from the CASE Space School International Study Program to engage in robotic education learning activities. In total, thirty-seven lucky CASE Space School students from Year 10 to 12 were involved in the program. The objective of the FlipRobot rover challenge that the students engaged in was to simulate building a rover module to collect samples from a Mars landscape in the shortest amount of time. Students designed, implemented and built a rover using multiple available configuration options. They also learnt how to apply different sensor technologies to help the rover traverse through simulated martian terrain intelligently. In addition, they used blockly and script programming to code the rover to complete different tasks.  CASE Space School is the leading international study program in Australia.  Mirroring Australia and NASA’s partnership, and also as a timely reminder of our involvement, this week also marks the commemoration of 50 years since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins first made their historic successful landing on the moon in 1969. This symbolises a momentous occasion in history for manned space exploration and the spirit of entrepreneurialism that the landing on the moon embodies.  “We are delighted to be collaborating with Space Center Houston on robotic learning applications. We share a commitment to provide interactive, engaging and exciting STEAM programs underpinned by the foundations of the Seven Survival Skills by Dr Tony Wagner. This helps develop students’ interest in the areas of STEAM, leading students to utilize STEAM skills after high school. A new and renewed interest in these subjects will prepare young people for leading occupations of the future”, says Actura’s David Sunton, Vice President for Marketing and Product Management. Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston Vice President of Education, adds: “We look forward to collaborating with CASE on delivering hands-on robotic opportunities for CASE Space School students as part of their Space University program”. This July sees an Australian company’s robotic learning solution implemented at NASA, providing Australian students with the opportunity to participate the most innovative STEAM learning program in space and robotics, as we also celebrate 50 years of manned spaceflight.  Established in Australia in 2014, Actura provides the leading STEAM learning solution comprising of in-class to out-of-class solutions. Our FlipRobot range provides the ultimate robotic STEAM learning solution for the in-class environment. For the out-of-class solution, the CASE Space School International Study program aims to deliver the best STEAM experience at the most inspiring organisation, NASA. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei and with further international expansion on the horizon, Actura seeks to achieve its mission on a global scale.  Company Name: Actura Australia Company Address: Sydney Office - Suite 2B, Level 2, 802 Pacific Highway, Gordon, NSW, 2072 Phone Number: 1300 303 402 Email Address: media@actura.com.au Website Address: http://www.actura.com.au Man on the Moon - 50 years on 2019-07-16T01:07:22Z man-on-the-moon-50-years-on At 12.56 pm on 21 July 1969 Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) a truly momentous event occurred when Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the Moon. According to history, this significant achievement for mankind was enabled by nearly 400,000 scientists, technicians and engineers drawn from more than 20,000 companies and universities across the globe. “The Space Industry Association of Australia is proud to have many members who are involved in various endeavours that enable and support ongoing space activities. I am sure that many of our members have been inspired to pursue careers in space as a direct result of man landing on the moon 50 years ago” said Mr Drury CSC, Chair of the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA). The diverse membership of the SIAA includes organisations undertaking a wide range of space related activities, including education, research, development, design, production, operations and sustainment. The SIAA capability database provides a comprehensive source of information about many and varied space activity being undertaken across Australia. The SIAA hopes that all Australians will be able to celebrate the anniversary in some way – a listing of celebration activities is available on our website.