Promising health news from Mississippi, Agri Incubator class announced, MId South CC partnering with NewMe, G’town receives accolade

— The girl in Jackson doctors initially claimed was “functionally cured” of HIV still appears to be in remission.  This article at ABCnews indicates that the doctors are not necessarily calling it a functional cure because “people outside the medical community misunderstood its meaning, homing in on the word ‘cure,’ Gay said.” — Germantown was named the tenth-best suburb in the nation by Movoto.  Bartlett was rated 15th. — Bioworks and Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center have launched NextFarm Agriculture Innovation Accelerator and announced 9 companies to participate:  “Five companies were selected through an application process and will spend six months receiving instruction on … Continue reading Promising health news from Mississippi, Agri Incubator class announced, MId South CC partnering with NewMe, G’town receives accolade

More research grants — this time, UTHSC

I previously have reviewed some recent funds (research, development, and other) that the University of Memphis has attracted. University of Tennessee’s Health Science Center has also drawn some research funds: 1. Samuel Dagogo-Jack received $3.1 million for pre-diabetes research. (bizjournals) 2. Wen Lin Sun received $1.4 million for his five-year study, “Cocaine Addiction: Neuropharmacological Mechanisms of Compulsive Cocaine Use.” (bizjournals) 3. UTHSC received $519,911 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for two projects:  $300,000 exploring the effect of secosteroids on skin disorders.  $219,911 to study the cost impact of dementia caregivers on healthcare. Continue reading More research grants — this time, UTHSC

Two events in first week of November — Black Girls Code, Dishcrawl

Wanted to make sure y’all were aware of a couple events coming up in the first week of November. 11/2/2013 (Saturday) — Black Girls Code CBU (Nolan) “The Memphis chapter of Black Girls CODE is hosting its fifth workshop Nov. 2 in the Nolan Engineering Building at Christian Brothers University.”  The theme is gaming, and cost is $35 (some scholarships are available).  For additional information, contact Egwuekwe at meka@lokion.com or 901.484.4203. Eventbrite for event. 11/6/2013 (Wedesday) — Dishcrawl (TBD) The theme is sliders.  “The restaurants that participants will visit, as with all Dishcrawl events, will remain a secret until 48 hours beforehand…For more information, … Continue reading Two events in first week of November — Black Girls Code, Dishcrawl

Local medical company lands $4 mill in venture funding

Congrats are in order because a local medical company, iScreen Vision, has landed $4 million in venture funding.  Per the bizjournals: “The company utilizes digital photoscreening technology and cloud technology to analyze and store images that can easily be integrated with electronic medical records systems.”   Continue reading Local medical company lands $4 mill in venture funding

U of Memphis developments

On the heels of the two announcements of academic grants totalling $2.7 mill, I knew I should compile a few of the recent university announcements: Rael Development Corp building one apartment (74 units), buying land for another for another 64 units. University building new $53 million dorms on Central (750 beds). New $3 million grant targeting jaywalking. including $1.3 million in fed funds. Continue reading U of Memphis developments

Mississippi/Arkansas Developments

I wrote  a bit ago about the new Posturecraft manufacturing facility in Plantersville.  In the past few weeks, several other projects have been announced south of the border: Teleflex building medical distribution facility in Olive Branch Feuer building automobile powertrain facility in Tunica. Metso expanding in Clarksdale for $4 million. C-Spire is building a $20 million data center in Starkville. Maple Land & Timber expanding in Baldwyn (Prentiss County) Attala Steel expanding $5 million in Kosciusko   Arkansas:  Hino Motors is expanding its automotive manufacturing facility in Marion, for $55 million, to add 200 jobs. Continue reading Mississippi/Arkansas Developments

Speaking of the bully culture of America…

When I wrote the previous post, I wasn’t even aware of recent tragedies of the past month or so.  The one I knew about was the young 17 year old in Montana who was raped by the teacher, and the dbag judge G. Todd Baugh gave the pervert (Stacey Rambold) one month in jail.  But there wasn’t mention of bullying per se in the stories, not as much as the despicable predation by Rambold and the apparent tolerance of sexual predation by Baugh. But a brief google of bully suicides revealed another recent suicide that resulted from bullying:  Rebecca Ann … Continue reading Speaking of the bully culture of America…

Manhood, character and civility vs cowardice, idiocy, hypocrisy in Sports, and in the South

Some members of an audience at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) disrupted a play about Matthew Shepard, who was essentially lynched to death because he was gay.  Most of the hecklers were male, though none were men.  Many were part of the Ole Miss football team, but not all.  Reports are some were from fraternities.  They all mocked the performers and were disrespectful of the efforts.  Insulting name-calling was also used.  I am going to go out on a limb and guess that many were minorities, whose parents feared being on the receiving end of such aggression. Let’s put … Continue reading Manhood, character and civility vs cowardice, idiocy, hypocrisy in Sports, and in the South

Forget May, September is Festival Month in Memphis!

So we all know that Memphis is pretty awesome in the springtime (it’s pretty awesome all year long).  Stirring from a relative, winter slumber, activity escalates over the months until it hits its crescendo with Memphis in May.  And then the humidity hits, and festivals give way to regular parties at several places (Peabody and Madison rooftops, Levitt Shell and Botanical Garden concerts, and monthly neighborhood parties) to keep things buzzin in the summer evenings. But do you realize what just happened this September in Memphis?  I was reading this article over at Atlantic Cities about Austin’s Weird Festival Based … Continue reading Forget May, September is Festival Month in Memphis!