4
Aug

Expanding Educational Opportunity: Betsy DeVos Gives and Serves

The 21st century poses many challenges to structures once thought to be tried and true. In a world where the velocity of change continues to pick up speed, old structures, bureaucracies and institutions will fail unless they adapt to an ever-increasing tempo. Nowhere is this truer than in the education of the next generation. As industries evolve, streamline and—in some cases—die, today’s students face challenges from peers at home and competitors abroad. Guarantees of future security are no longer ironclad so thorough preparation of children and youth becomes much more urgent. Betsy DeVos was made for such a time as this.

Read more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos

Confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education in February, 2017, Betsy DeVos brings a passion to her post born of long experience as a champion for children and their parents. She is the daughter of a successful entrepreneur and a public school teacher, and she reflects both of those callings in her own life’s work. Having served as chairman of the Windquest Group, an investment management company, she understands the meaning of stewardship and the importance of prudent decision-making. Yet it is her time with the Grand Rapids, Michigan public school system that may be her primary motivator. Serving as a on-site counselor for 15 years, Ms. DeVos saw firsthand the educational disparities imposed by a one-size-fits-all system that fails its at-risk students. Helping those struggling young people has occupied her time long before she assumed her current post. Through the family foundation she led with her husband, Dick, DeVos was instrumental in founding a high school with an emphasis on aviation; spearheading a national campaign for educational choice; inaugurating a competitive festival for young artists from all over the world; and boosting research in and treatment of pediatric cancers.

This philanthropy is not the result of random selection. In many communities, needy families are deprived the excellence, challenge, encouragement and safety found in other schools, both public and private. Betsy DeVos understands how vouchers for private schooling enhance not only a student’s future prospects but also competition among institutions and districts. Through charitable giving and political activism, Betsy DeVos has aided the cause of educational reform in Florida, Louisiana, Indiana and her home state of Michigan. At the core of all of this grassroots and legislative activity is the firm conviction that the present information age will leave 20th-century educational models behind. Technology gives greater impetus to alternatives like vouchers, charter schools and homeschooling. Now a cabinet officer with the power to make even more of a difference, she is poised to champion these promising options at a national level—and on a world stage. In my opinion, her political ascendancy is timed perfectly. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

6
Mar

Mikhail Blagosklonny: An Invaluable Asset to Our Senior Citizens

Medical science has been improving and extending human lives over the years. Today, we witness continuous increase in the population of the 60-year-old by reason of the public health programs instituted for the treatment of cancer and other infectious diseases. Researches show that the number of our senior citizens will rise to 2 billion by 2. This development will definitely increase cases of chronic degenerative health associated with aging and cancer making Mikhail Blagosklonny and other medical experts on cancer and life-extension more and more indispensable.

Blagosklonny is a New York-based scientist. He specializes on aging and cancer. The world celebrated him when he came up with a theory on the likely action of TOR signaling, a protein capable of reducing aging and cancer. The TOR signaling is closely associated with rapamycin, a popular cancer drug used in curbing cancer and prolonging human lives. Blagosklonny gained prominence through his passionate advocacy in the rapmycin longevity research.

Mikhail Blagosklonny like other notable professors of oncology boasts of a sound educational background. He earned his MD and PhD in internal and experimental medicine from the prestigious First Pavlov State Medical University of St. Peterburg. He was an associate professor at New York Medical College,a senior scientist at Ordway Research Institute and now a professor of oncology at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute. His researches capitalize on cancer treatments that protect normal cell and boost anti-aging elements. View Mikhail’s profile on Loop.

Another prominent aspect of Blagosklonny life is his extensive editorial activities. With over 250 articles, cancer research reviews and book chapters, he is far from a amateur author. He writes on hyperfunction hypothesis of aging including anti-cancer approaches such as cyclotherapy and chemotherapeutic engineering. He is the founding editor and the editor-in-chief of Cell Cycle besides serving as the co-editor of Aging, Oncotarget and Oncoscience. His editorial skills has taken him far and wide being the associate editor for Cell Death and Differentiation,Cancer Biology and Therapy, International Journal of Cancer and The American Journal of Pathology.

Our senior citizens deserve the best of hands. They deserve to live long,so they can enjoy the labor of their youth, and Blagosklonny is one of the few competent hands working to make this dream a reality.

Visit ResearchGate.Net to know more about Mikhail’s latest work.