CBP Finds Fruit, Vegetable Medley In Luggage

HOUSTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport discovered a medley of prohibited agriculture items over a two-day period.

This medley of fruits and vegetables are prohibited
from entering the U.S. because they are potential
carriers of harmful pests and plant diseases.

The first discovery occurred Tuesday when a couple from Vietnam was selected for a baggage exam.

During the exam, CBP agriculture specialists discovered 49 pounds of prohibited agriculture items packed inside the couple’s luggage. The items included a variety of fruits, vegetables, plant cuttings and seeds. Some of the items contained an unknown type of plant disease and insect eggs that were sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for further identification.

These animal bladders are from an un-
known species.

The second discovery occurred Wednesday when two different agriculture K9 teams alerted to a passenger’s luggage. The passenger was asked whether she had any agriculture items. After the passenger provided a negative declaration, CBP agriculture specialists conducted a baggage examination and found mangoes, durian, nursery stock, three different types of propagative seeds, pork and four unknown animal bladders.

CBP agriculture specialists work tirelessly to protect American agriculture from the spread of harmful pests and plant disease,” said CBP Port Director Charles G. Perez. “These interceptions are indicative of the work they do day in and day out.”

In both instances, the prohibited items were seized and then destroyed using steam sterilization. U.S. Fish and Wildlife detained the animal bladders for species identification.

Travelers are encouraged to visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service or CBP’s websites for information about bringing food and agriculture items into the United States.

On a typical day in 2016, CBP agriculture specialists discovered 4638 materials that required quarantine or destruction including plant, meat, animal byproduct and soil.

Mediware to Acquire Kinnser Software

Transaction expands Mediware’s offering as the leading software provider to the alternate care market
Transaction backed by TPG Capital

LENEXA, KS, May 30, 2017 – Mediware Information Systems, Inc. announced today that it has finalized an agreement to acquire Kinnser Software, Inc., the leading provider of software solutions for home health and hospice providers. The transaction, backed by TPG Capital, enables Mediware to expand its portfolio in the home health and hospice space, creating an integrated, high-growth software provider for the alternate care market. Mediware is purchasing Kinnser from Insight Venture Partners. The transaction is expected to close at the end of the second quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

“Kinnser’s intuitive platform provides Mediware with additional depth, expertise, and capabilities to strengthen our platform in the home health and hospice space,” said Thomas Mann, CEO of Mediware. “This transaction marks our next step as we continue to expand our offering as the leading, integrated supplier of software solutions for alternate care providers. With Kinnser, we add home health and hospice to our leading positions in software solutions for home IV, home medical equipment and rehabilitation providers. We are excited to work together to continue to accelerate Mediware’s growth.”

Kinnser’s software helps more than 4,000 home health, hospice, and private duty home care professionals efficiently manage and streamline workflow operations. The company’s core products, Kinnser Agency Manager and Kinnser Hospice, offer software solutions for electronic medical record keeping, revenue cycle management, financial reporting, and quality assurance. Kinnser was founded in 2003 by CEO Chris Hester.

We are committed to providing our customers with innovative solutions that support excellent care and profitable growth, making them more competitive in the rapidly changing fields of home health and hospice,” said Chris Hester, Founder and CEO of Kinnser. “This combination with Mediware enables us to expand our offerings and serve even more customers. We thank Insight Venture Partners and Georgian Partners for their partnership and look forward to our next chapter with Mediware and TPG. Personally, I am excited to continue to lead Kinnser and to partner with Mediware as we realize the exciting potential together in our businesses.”

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Chris Hester and Kinnser as the company has scaled,” said Richard Wells, Managing Director at Insight Venture Partners. “Kinnser’s impressive leadership team and employees will be a strong addition to Mediware.”

In February, TPG Capital closed its acquisition of Mediware. Mediware is a leading supplier of software as a service (“SaaS”) and other software platforms for non-acute care, human and social services, blood management and medication management. Mediware is focused on delivering high-quality solutions to meet the demands of complex workflows in demanding regulatory environments.

“As experienced investors in software and healthcare, we have witnessed the role that innovation can play in advancing the industry’s infrastructure. Alternate care providers are continuing to see growth in patient volumes and are relying on technology as a low-cost and efficient management solution,” said Nehal Raj and Jeff Rhodes, Partners at TPG. “We partnered with Mediware because we saw a compelling opportunity to invest in a high-quality software provider that will continue to benefit from these trends. Kinnser fits well within this vision, and broadens our end-market breadth within alternate care settings. This transformative acquisition diversifies and strengthens Mediware’s business, and is a product of our focused strategy to drive both organic and inorganic growth at Mediware.”

TPG has previously invested in a number of companies in the healthcare IT sector, including Evolent Health, IMS Health and Quintiles (QuintilesIMS). The firm is an experienced investor in both the software and healthcare sectors. Select software investments include CCC Information Services, EverFi, Eze Software, Intergraph, and Vertafore. The firm’s healthcare investments include Adare Pharmaceuticals, EnvisionRx, Fenwal, Par Pharmaceutical (Endo), and Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA).

BofA Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as financial advisors to Mediware and TPG. Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel to Mediware and TPG. William Blair & Company acted as exclusive financial advisor to Kinnser and Insight Venture Partners. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP served as legal counsel to Kinnser and Insight Venture Partners.

About Mediware

Since 1980, Mediware has provided software solutions to healthcare providers and has since expanded to serve many state and federal agencies. Mediware’s solutions are perfect for high-growth, complex patient care environments that remain underserved by existing vendors. The company employs more than 650 subject matter experts who deeply understand business and care processes in highly specialized acute, non-acute, and community-based care settings and have years of experience integrating systems. Mediware’s portfolio of solutions currently includes human and social services, blood solutions, cellular therapy, homecare, medication management, rehabilitation, and respiratory therapy. For more information about Mediware products and services, visit www.Mediware.com.

About Kinnser

Software® Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results to the home health, hospice, and private duty industries. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 4,000 home health, hospice, therapy, and private duty home care providers nationwide. Every day, Kinnser helps tens of thousands of clinicians and other staff in post-acute health care to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations, and patient referrals. Learn more at www.kinnser.com.

About TPG
TPG is a leading global alternative asset firm founded in 1992 with approximately $72 billion of assets under management and offices in Austin, Beijing, Boston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Singapore. TPG’s investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes, including private equity, growth venture, real estate, credit, and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across its investment strategies and the performance of its portfolio. For more information, visit www.tpg.com.

Study identifies factors that lead to greater college success

Educational attainment is a national priority because it creates both economic and personal gains: higher incomes, better individual and family health and deeper civic engagement. U.S. college enrollments are increasing, suggesting greater educational attainment; however, national college completion rates are lagging behind other developed nations. Recent research suggests that U.S. college students could succeed if they are encouraged to develop a sense of belonging, a growth mindset and salient personal goals and values, according to a new national report co-authored by a Rice University psychology professor.

“Supporting Students’ College Success: The Role of Assessment of Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competencies” was released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and commissioned by the National Science Foundation. Fred Oswald, a professor of psychology at Rice, was a co-author of the report, which was based on a review of 49 articles targeting 61 experimental studies that examined interventions to improve educational attainment.

Across these studies, three competencies most frequently showed evidence of supporting students’ college persistence and success, as measured by grades, retention and graduation:

  • A sense of belonging, meaning that college students (particularly underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students) feel that they belong in college, fit in well and are socially integrated. Approximately 85 percent of the studies measuring students’ sense of belonging demonstrated a positive impact of belonging on students’ college GPAs.
  • A growth mindset, referring to college students’ beliefs that their own intelligence is not a fixed entity, but rather a malleable quality that college can help improve. Seventy-five percent of the studies measuring students’ growth mindset showed this characteristic had a positive impact on students’ college GPAs.
  • Personal goals and values that college students perceive to be directly linked to the achievement of a future, desired end. Approximately 83 percent of the studies measuring personal goals showed this characteristic as having a positive impact on students’ final course grades.

Oswald noted that this recent research reported some remarkable findings based on low-cost, brief writing exercises for improving these intra- and interpersonal competencies. One required students to write about the relevance of course topics to their own life or to the life of a family member or close friend. Another intervention aimed to lessen psychological perceptions of threat on campus by framing social adversity as common and transient, and used subtle attitude-change strategies to lead participants to self-generate the framing in their writing.

With these interventions, GPAs have been shown impressively to improve not only in the class where the intervention was given, but many semesters beyond, Oswald said. Furthermore, the interventions show the largest benefits accrue in student groups that are at greatest risk for academic failure. Oswald thus noted that these interventions have promise but deserve further intensive research to assure these interventions can impact student success in the future, in other college settings.

Oswald said measures of intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies should be held to rigorous development procedures and statistical standards, just like the SAT, ACT, MCAT, LSAT and other standardized tests of cognitive competencies.

Many current assessments of these competencies fall short in providing solid statistical evidence supporting their reliability and validity,” Oswald said. “It is important to investigate these measures carefully, for example, because students can differ in how they interpret the meaning of rating scales, or sometimes they feel pressured to present themselves in the best light.”

He and his co-authors recommend further research in partnership with higher education institutions to build on the report’s findings and to find reliable ways to track these intra- and interpersonal characteristics that can lead to increased college completion.

The report was funded by the National Science Foundation and is available online at www.nap.edu/catalog/24697/supporting-students-college-success-the-role-of-assessment-of-intrapersonal. The study was sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Joe K. Longley of Austin elected State Bar of Texas President-elect in runoff election

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AUSTIN — Texas attorneys elected Joe K. Longley, an Austin solo practitioner, as State Bar of Texas president-elect in a runoff election that ended Thursday.

Longley received 53.41 percent of the 30,138 votes cast while opponent Chad Baruch of Dallas received 46.59 percent. Longley will serve as president of the State Bar of Texas from June 2018 to June 2019.

Longley has been prolific throughout his legal career in helping pass laws that benefit lawyers and their clients. 

In 1973, Longley co-authored and nurtured the passage of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, together with the private remedies sections of Article 21.21 (now Chapter 541) of the Texas Insurance Code. Since then, he has co-authored Chapters 542 (prompt pay) and 544 (unfair discrimination) of the Insurance Code, the Texas Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Texas Home Solicitation Act, and landlord-tenant protections.

Longley has authored numerous seminar papers, taught insurance law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, the District 9 Grievance Committee, and as chair of the State Bar Consumer Law Section, now called the Consumer and Commercial Law Section. In 2011, he received the State Bar Insurance Law Section’s Insurance Legend Award.

Longley and his wife, Maggie, have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Other runoff results:
State Bar Board of Directors:

For the District 4, Place 4 seat: Dinesh H. Singhal received 53.39 percent of 5,671 votes cast, winning the seat over Cynthia Owens, who garnered 46.61 percent of the vote. Both Singhal and Owens are from Houston.
Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors:

In District 8, Place 1, Meagan T. Harding received 50.31 percent of the 819 votes cast, while Katherine “Katie” Fillmore earned 49.69 percent. Both Fillmore and Harding are from Austin.

In District 9, Matthew L. Czimskey of Waco received 57.73 percent of the 97 votes cast, and Savannah Stroud of Killeen received 42.27 percent.

The initial election took place April 3-May 2 and a runoff election was held May 11-25 for races in which no candidate received a majority of the votes. Detailed election results are available at texasbar.com/election.

Media note: A high-resolution photo of Longley is available upon request.

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The Texas Young Lawyers Association, organized in 1930, is commonly referred to as the “public service arm” of the State Bar of Texas. TYLA’s primary purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas lawyers 36 years old or younger or in their first five years of practice, regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA. For more information, visit tyla.org.

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Carlyle and EOG Resources Announce $400 Million Drilling Partnership

New York, NY – Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group L.P. (NASDAQ: CG) and EOG Resources, Inc. (NYSE: EOG) have entered into a definitive agreement to fund the development of EOG’s oil and gas assets in Ellis County, Oklahoma.  As part of the joint venture, Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund II L.P. will fund up to $400 million for the development program over four years.  After certain performance hurdles are achieved in the program, Carlyle’s working interests will largely revert to EOG.

The Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Group has 20 investment professionals based in New York and Houston and is dedicated to providing growth and refinancing capital to projects and companies in the energy sector through its two funds Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund, L.P. and Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities Fund II, L.P., which have combined assets of approximately $4 billion.

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About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $162 billion of assets under management across 287 investment vehicles as of March 31, 2017. Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Investment Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, real estate, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,550 people in 31 offices across six continents.  

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About EOG Resources, Inc.

EOG Resources, Inc. is one of the largest independent (non-integrated) crude oil and natural gas companies in the United States with proved reserves in the United States, Trinidad, the United Kingdom and China. EOG Resources, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is traded under the ticker symbol „EOG.” To learn more about EOG, visit the website at www.eogresources.com.

Realtors Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017

WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun led a panel discussion about the economic forces shaping commercial real estate markets; the panelists agreed that the market has improved and that continued growth in the economy will further drive activity, but difficulties remain regarding availability of financing for smaller commercial properties.

George Ratiu, NAR director of quantitative and commercial research, said that increased trade and the rise of e-commerce has boosted rents in the industrial and warehouse sector. “During a time of transformation in consumer shopping habit, vacancy rates will still continue to see a gradual decline in warehousing and strong rent growth will continue,” he said.

Unemployment has declined to 4.4 percent and consumer confidence is at its highest point in 15 years. As the economy improves, the commercial real estate market has continued to improve as well, said Yun. “A rising interest rate environment is likely to halt commercial price growth or even cause a minor decline; that outlook is supported by the expanding economy and the over 2 million jobs gained in the past year,” he said.

Looking at the global market, Ratiu explained that global commercial investors have hit the pause button on investments, which in the first quarter of 2017 decreased nearly 20 percent year-over-year; however, certain U.S. markets are seeing good global cash flow with $76 billion flowing to the U.S. “Overall global investments are down, while the San Francisco, Dallas, Charlotte, Houston and Baltimore markets have experienced large sales volume gains,” he said.

With the blip in overall global investments in the first quarter, international buyers are likely to play a greater role in the U.S. market this year. “Over the past five years, a near majority of Realtors® experienced an increase in the number of international clients. We expect international buying activity to grow in 2017, which will have an overall positive impact on the commercial market’s gradual recovery,” said Yun.

One major hurdle that continues to affect the market is the lack of available financing to small commercial real estate investors, due in large part to regulatory uncertainty.

“Realtors® are seeing evidence of markets being impacted by regulators’ increased scrutiny of banks’ balance sheet allocations to commercial real estate loans,” said Ratiu. “Considering that 64 percent of Realtor® clients get their financing from banks, this is likely to impact deal flow as lending conditions tightened in 37 percent of Realtors®’ markets, a four percent increase from last year.”

John Worth, senior vice president of research and investor outreach at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, discussed the performance of commercial real estate investment and its status among other investment sectors. “Real estate investment is currently the best performing asset class. Strong returns and the level of new commercial supply we are seeing today is making up for a lot of missing sectors, following the economic downturn. The first quarter of this year saw a slight decrease, but 2017 is experiencing an overall healthy trend,” he said.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

Warren named associate VP of development

Kathi Dantley Warren, currently the senior executive director of development for Duke Cancer Institute, has been named associate vice president of development at Rice University, effective July 10.

Kathi Dantley Warren

With more than 17 years of experience at higher education and medical institutions, Warren will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of individual fundraising programs and also oversee various departments within the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, including gift planning, major gifts, school-based fundraising and annual giving.

All of us at Rice are incredibly excited that Kathi will be joining the Development and Alumni Relations team,” said Vice President Darrow Zeidenstein. “Educated as a scientist, Kathi brings incredible smarts and a wealth of development experience from her work at Cornell and Duke, two of the best development programs in the country. I have zero doubt that both faculty and staff will enjoy working with Kathi as we seek to secure resources to enhance Rice’s mission.”

In her development role with one of the original eight comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute, Warren transformed the fundraising program from a yearly $18 million enterprise to a $30 million enterprise and successfully completed a $200 million campaign.

Before joining the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke Health in Durham, N.C., in 2014, Warren served as assistant dean for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University’s College of Engineering, where she created its first alumni affairs and development strategic plan and alumni engagement plan. Over a four-year period she increased annual revenues by 245 percent – from $22.7 million to more than $56 million – and helped achieve the second-best fundraising year in the college’s history. Through philanthropy she also enabled the college to create and endow several new programs, including an engineering leadership program and teaching excellence institute.

“It gave me great joy to see the legacy that this created,” Warren said. “Faculty and students are benefiting from those programs that were the result of a partnership with donors and institutional leadership.”

Warren has an M.A. in cell and molecular biology and microbiology from Duke University and a B.A. in biology from Hampton University. She found herself drawn to the development profession after thinking about how she had been impacted as the recipient of an undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship. She learned more about the profession that made that scholarship and fellowship possible and became a development associate at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she worked her way up to associate director of development.

She met a refugee from an African country at a University of Maryland scholarship event for donors and recipients and kept in touch with him. After graduating, the refugee got a job at the United Nations and then returned to his home country to try to assist people there, but none of that would have happened if he had not received the scholarship. “That was hugely impactful,” Warren said. “The scholarship changed not only his life, but the lives of others.” She said experiences like this helped her to find meaning in the development profession. “It’s very rewarding,” she said.

Warren’s career in development includes more than 10 years of leading teams during fundraising campaigns of more than $1 billion. She said the best institutions find a way to blend the scientific tenets of fundraising with “the art of cultivating meaningful, lifelong relationships with an institution,” and Rice’s ability to do that was a key factor in her decision to join the university’s development team.

“Rice has an excellent story to tell and a visionary leader in President David Leebron,” Warren said. She noted that Rice’s prestige as a research institution, its liberal arts programs, its residential college system and its unique landscape in an urban setting are “very compelling and really engender not just investments but partnerships with donors” and can lead to “transformational gifts.”

Originally from Alexandria, Va., Warren said she is excited to come to Rice and to make a home in Texas for her family, which includes her husband, Stephen; her 11-year-old son, Bennett; and Pearl, a Piston terrier who is “the sweetest dog on the planet.” Warren is an avid sports enthusiast who likes to run, lift weights and play basketball with her son. She also enjoys cooking and acrylic painting.

Destructivist artist Raphael Montanez Ortiz to receive UCLA Medal

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, a Puerto Rican American pioneer of the 1960s Destructivist art movement, and founder of the first Latino museum in the United States, will receive the UCLA Medal from Chancellor Block in a special ceremony June 8 celebrating Chicano art and culture in Los Angeles.

Hosted by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures and the Chicano Studies Research Center, the event coincides with a week of activity for the artist, including the opening of a career retrospective at LAXART in Hollywood and the opening of the group exhibition “Home — So Different, So Appealing” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Ortiz, 83, is the longest-practicing artist in the LACMA exhibition, which features work by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists since 1957 on the topic of “home.” The exhibit is co-curated by Chon Noriega, director of the Chicano Studies Research Center, and co-organized by the resource center in collaborations with LACMA and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Materials from the Raphael Montañez Ortiz Papers, which are part of Chicano Studies Research Center’s library will be on display at the event, along with selections from other the center’s archival collections.

In 1957 Ortiz created his first major work of art, which is now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum,” Noriega said. “His continued achievements in art, education and social justice merit recognition. For him to receive the UCLA Medal at the same time his work is on display at LACMA and LAXART is a great tribute to the artist, who, despite having made a tremendous impact on world art and American popular culture, has been largely overlooked in contemporary art history.”

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“Terrace Mattress Destruction” for the Destruction in Art Symposium. London, England, 1966.

Born in 1934, Ortiz grew up on the lower eastside of Manhattan with a commitment to social and cultural equity. In late 1950s he pursed formal art training at Pratt Institute, and by the 1960s became a pioneer of Destructivist art. Ortiz’s practice involved destroying household objects, including pianos, and creating sculpture from the detritus. At the time, his was one of the few non-white voices recognized in contemporary art grappling with the effects of global conflict, rampant consumerism and the threat of nuclear war. His conceptual practice drew from Latino, indigenous and non-Western cultures to merge ritual with archaeology as a way of reconciling rational thought with the brain’s primal impulses.

Ortiz’s mixed-media art practice, which includes painting, recycled films, sculpture, music, installation, performance and computer art, quickly drew international attention. But the artist, who served in the military during the Korean War, was particularly interested in affecting change at home. In the late 1960s, he integrated Latino artists into the Art Workers’ Coalition protesting the exclusionary practices of major museums in New York City. As a way of countering racial inequality in the arts, and committed to the idea that art is fundamental to the human experience, in 1969 he founded the first Latino art museum in the United States: El Museo del Barrio, in East Harlem, New York. Ortiz’s mission for the still-active museum was to represent an underserved Latino community, and to do so as a contribution to world art and culture.

“Dr. Ortiz’s work embodies the diversity and global reach of American culture and art,” said David Yoo, vice provost for the Institute of American Cultures at UCLA. “It’s a pleasure to see this acknowledgement of Ortiz’s achievements but also of the long-term presence and mainstream impact of Latinos in U.S. and world art.”

Undergirding Ortiz’s work is his interest in neo-Freudian psychoanalysis. His destruction performances at the “Destruction in Art Symposium” in London in 1966 became the inspiration for “primal therapy,” which is known for its use of the “primal scream,” developed by Arthur Janov, who received two degrees from UCLA, including his masters in psychiatric social works in 1948, and adopted by, among others, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In the 1980s, Ortiz developed innovative computer and digital art, while he has engaged with such topics as pre-emptive war, the environment and childhood trauma. He pursued these ideas through academic research as well, and in 1982 he received his doctorate in education from Columbia University Teacher’s College. Today Ortiz is a distinguished professor of visual arts at Rutgers University.

“In addition to having this incredible history, Ortiz is now influencing a new generation of artists seeking both political and spiritual relevance in the world,” Noriega said. “UCLA will play a part in their success, as artists as well as students and scholars will soon be able to access an extensive collection of Ortiz’s papers and ephemera at the Chicano Studies Research Center.”

Active in the arts and education for 60 years, Ortiz’s work is included in major museum permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum. Work from a destruction performance at the 2017 LA Art Show was recently acquired by Chicano Studies Research Center community partner the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park. The exhibition “Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Shred Your Worries and Other Destructions,” which includes photographs, video, and papers from his archival collection, is on view in 144 Haines Hall through the summer.

7 Jones School professors recognized with teaching honors

Seven members of the Jones Graduate School of Business faculty were recognized for their excellence in teaching at the school’s May 12 investiture ceremony at Tudor Fieldhouse. Honorees were chosen by the Rice MBA alumni group as well as by students from the Jones School’s three MBA programs.

Hajo Adam, assistant professor of management, received the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Full-Time MBA Award for Teaching Excellence. Adam joined the Rice faculty in 2012, and his teaching interests include negotiation, organizational behavior, culture and conflict.

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Evening Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to Brian Akins, assistant professor of accounting, and Alan Crane, assistant professor of finance. Akins’ research focuses on financial reporting quality and the impact of accounting in debt and equity market settings; Crane’s focuses on the role institutions play in financial policy decisions of firms and the investment performance of those institutions.

Prashant Kale, associate professor of strategic management, was honored with the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Professionals Weekend Award for Teaching Excellence. A member of the faculty since 2007, Kale teaches the Core Strategy Course in the full-time, professional and executive MBA programs and has also taught electives on managing strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and health care strategy.

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business MBA for Executives Award for Teaching Excellence was presented to Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance, and Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology, professor of psychology and professor of management. Grullon specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance; Hebl’s research focuses on workplace discrimination and the barriers stigmatized individuals face in social interactions, the hiring process, business settings and the medical community.

Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing, received the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mittal’s teaching interests include marketing research, customer-focused strategy and advanced marketing research.

For more information about Jones School faculty and their teaching and research, go to https://business.rice.edu/faculty-and-research.

Unconventional students at Rice 2017: Brian Barr

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Brian Barr, a Brown College senior majoring in chemical engineering, has a passion for bikes and design. He found organizations that fueled his interests through Rice Bikes, a student-run business, and Data Design Co_, a product design firm creating data-inspired home goods.

“I’ve always been a creative individual, but I don’t think I realized how that intersected with other areas of my life until I got here,” said Barr. “Rice expanded my world view— you end up in a different place than when you came in.”

After graduation, Barr will join Incoming Venture for America, a fellowship program that places recent graduates at startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems.

People I talked with said that the smartest people they know went to Rice and had a great time and that felt like a pretty ringing endorsement,” Barr said.

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!

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