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- Fear of North Korea at an All-Time High
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- Back-to-School Tips (21 experts)
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Fear of North Korea at an All-Time High
Dr. John Huber
Mainstream Mental Health
Concern about North Korea's nuclear aspirations has reached a high of 75 percent, and nine in 10 Americans reject the idea that the communist nation should become a nuclear power, according to a new survey by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Says Dr. Huber: "Americans are afraid of Kim Jong-Un. Rightfully so -- as North Korea's leader, he is explosive and unpredictable. He has killed his own family members publicly with poison and with mortar rounds. Not exactly the kind of stability we would expect from a nuclear power. Compared to our confrontation with Russia and that nuclear threat, the U.S. and Russia had a lot to lose, so they never pulled the trigger over concerns with mutually assured destruction. With Kim Jong-Un, there is not much to lose with the sanctions placed on them and the limited resources the country has. Ultimately, the concern is real if North Korea truly has the technology to launch a nuclear ICBMs. What to do? Living your life in constant fear is not how to live. If you have children and you are openly scared, you are teaching your kids to live in fear and are taking away their childhood. If you are anxious, learn some basic relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation and deep breathing. Be aware of how your fear and anxiety affects others. Learn to accept uncertainty and that we cannot control some things. Lastly, never stop laughing. Find the humor in life and roll with it. Laughter reduces blood pressure and relieves stress. Life is too short not to laugh!"
Based in Texas, Dr. Huber is the chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a nonprofit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for more than 20 years, Dr. Huber is a clinical forensic psychologist and a practitioner with privileges at two long-term acute-care hospitals. In addition, Dr. Huber is a professor and teaches undergraduate and graduate psychology at Texas State University.
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12th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
U.S. (Ret.) Col. David Dodd
Dodd and his brigade spent 40 days in the three-state disaster area, where the military provided security, humanitarian relief support, and temporary services, including communications, transportation and medical help, until civilian services could be made available. Dodd's battalion was charged with providing the communication network for the military forces who conducted rescue operations. Says Dodd: "Communications between the military and civil authorities was critical, but the commercial communication networks were destroyed. It was difficult for Lt. Gen. Honoré to communicate quickly and consistently with police, fire and rescue first responders, and civilians working to restore power, water and emergency services. Like me, many of the soldiers from my brigade had previously deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. They were honored and excited to deploy to Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas to help American citizens."
Based in the metro Atlanta area, Dodd served 27 years in the military and was sent to five major deployments: the Panama Invasion; Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq; Operation Iraqi Freedom in Kuwait and Iraq; and, on the homefront, to New Orleans and the hurricane disaster areas following Hurricane Katrina and Tropical Storm/Hurricane Rita.
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EXPERT ROUNDUP: Back-to-School Tips (21 experts)
Saving on Back-to-School Shopping
Founder and President
"Many parents don't realize one of the simplest ways to save big on back-to-school spending is using the right credit card. The National Retail Federation released its estimate on back-to-school shopping, and parents are expected to spend an average of $687.72 on back-to-school shopping in 2017 -- for a total of $29.5 billion, an 8% increase from last year. To ease the burden of back-to-school shopping, some families are watching for sales and trying to take advantage of sales tax holidays. Using the right credit card can deliver significant cash-back or even travel rewards that parents can use to help their growing family. The right credit card could literally mean hundreds of dollars in cash-back rewards for parents."
Mettler offers three ways parents can save money on back-to-school shopping using the right credit card: 1) Cash-back credit cards offer significant sign-up bonuses. Parents need to apply for a new card and spend a certain amount during the first few months the account is open to earn the sign-up bonus. 2) Save on interest.If the budget is tight, credit cards with long 0% introductory interest periods means parents can stock up on the new supplies and clothes now and pay it off over a year without having to worry about interest charges piling up. 3) Save on spring break travel. Parents can start stockpiling miles to defray the costs of a spring break vacation now. Credit card companies are offering massive sign-up bonuses that could help cover the cost of airline tickets to see the grandparents or spring break on the beach.
CompareCards, now part of LendingTree, identified the top credit cards for parents to save money on back-to-school shopping. The full list is available at http://www.comparecards.com/blog/tips-to-save-money-on-back-to-school-shopping/
Contact: Hope Schmidt, firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting Kids Prepared Mentally to Go Back to School: The Kid Brain
Dr. Eleazar Eusebio
Department Chair, School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. Campus
"It's ineffective to send children back to school after several months off without getting them mentally ready. There are strategic ways to prepare them to get back into the rigors of school, and they involve more than just the physical aspects of buying supplies and new clothes. Children's and teens' executive functions are not fully developed, so strategies can be utilized to optimize their readiness to learn."
Contact: Lisa Riley, email@example.com
Making Healthy Food Choices
Dr. Jyotsna Sharman
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Registered Dietitian
"We all know that food is fuel, but food really is more than just energy -- it has the nutrients that kids need to grow and build strong bones and muscles. However, not many people may know that it also has the nutrients to enhance their intelligence. It is also imperative that parents and caregivers act as gatekeepers to control the type and availability of foods and offer healthful choices to the kids when they are young. This will lay the foundation for their long-lasting healthy relationship with food and also long-lasting healthy dietary practices, the benefits of which they will reap in their adult age and elderly years."
Dr. Sharman is available to share tips on how families and children can enter the new school year by making healthy food choices. Some examples of tips she can share are: 1) Shop smart -- inspire kids to be healthy by involving them in healthful shopping, checking food labels, picking up new vegetables to try and helping in food preparation at home. 2) Kids need to concentrate and learn in school, and the critical nutrients that especially help them with this are iron-rich foods such as whole grain cereals, oatmeal, raisins and protein-rich foods such as egg whites, peanut butter, lean meats and yogurt. 3) Lunch should include lean protein, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. It may be a good idea to get foods ready the night before. Avoid pre-packaged foods that are typically high in fat and added sugars. 4) For mid-afternoon snacks, quick, low-calorie, high-nutrient foods -- such as low-fat milk with crackers, smoothies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or cheese wraps -- can sustain kids' energy levels for the afternoon and evening activities. 5) Use dinnertime to set a good example, nourish the kids and enhance family bonding. Parents should involve kids in age-appropriate kitchen tasks.
Contact: Chad Osborne, firstname.lastname@example.org
School Sleep Schedules
Charles Shubin, M.D.
Mercy Family Health
"Children need to get enough sleep. With the variability of summer sleeping schedules, a school sleep schedule should be started at least a week, maybe two, before school starts."
Dr. Shubin is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Health, a not-for-profit federally qualified health center (FQHC) providing primary care, children's health and women's health services to the Baltimore community. He has served on the Governor's Council on Child Abuse and Neglect and the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, the latter as chairman. He is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is assistant professor of pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In the past, Dr. Shubin has served as chief of pediatrics for the U.S. Public Health Service in Baltimore and as assistant professor of pediatrics/medical director, Comprehensive Child Care Clinic, at Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. He has also been the "school doctor" at Baltimore's Polytechnic Institute high school for 30 years, providing consultation to the school through the Guidance Department. Dr. Shubin often takes his medical students with him to Poly to provide them with "real world" experience; most recently, Poly named Dr. Shubin to their school "Hall of Fame." Dr. Shubin is a recognized expert and has appeared on such national media outlets as ABC's Good Morning America, ABC's World News Tonight, the NBC Today Show, the national FOX Report, PBS, the Associated Press and many national parenting magazines, newspapers and journals.
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Transition to Middle School
University of Richmond Assistant Professor of Education
"Middle school is an exciting and sometimes scary time for children and for their parents and guardians. Parents must continue to be involved in their children's lives, to offer a constant and positive adult presence. Parents should also enjoy and encourage that fabulous middle school sense of humor. Teachers know how funny and insightful middle schoolers are – that's why they teach middle school."
Cassada recommends the following advice for parents of rising middle schoolers: 1) Communicate with teachers: Students will now have several teachers instead of one or two, which means they will need to learn to thrive with various personalities and expectations. Parents will need to adapt as well and should be purposeful about setting a routine, establishing priorities and communicating with teachers. 2) Stay involved: Don't back off now assuming your middle schooler is "grown." He or she is not. Middle schoolers still need a nurturing and constant parental presence. 3) Be patient and listen: During middle school years, your children will be in a different place physically, emotionally and socially. Your child needs to know that he or she makes you proud and can talk to you about the constant change and challenge of adolescence.
Prior to her role in higher education, Dr. Cassada served as a classroom teacher, senior teacher, assistant principal and principal in Hanover County, Va.
Contact: Sunni Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org
Anti-Bullying, Mindfulness in Kids
Director, New Mission Ventures
Committee for Children, Seattle
"With the growing complexity and velocity of modern life, it's never been more important for children to learn the social and emotional skills necessary to navigate school, family, friendships and planning for the future. When children learn to manage their own emotions and behaviors and can develop positive relationships with others, they not only set themselves up for success but they also contribute to a healthy and productive society."
Doces is available to discuss anti-bullying, social and emotional learning, and mindfulness in kids. She is an expert in developing and implementing solutions to help us raise more mindful, empathetic and socially and emotionally competent children. A former Seattle Public Schools teacher and school counselor, Doces works with a number of national and state level youth initiatives, serves on the Washington State legislative anti-bullying work group, and advises organizations like Sesame Workshop and the Born This Way Foundation. She holds a BA from Vassar College and a master of education degree from Western Washington University. She has made numerous television, radio, conference and panel appearances, and has been quoted in a variety of print publications.
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Tips for College and High-School Students
Osta offers these tips for college and high-school students: "1) Avoid spending big money on what's cool with supplies. It's easy to get caught up with getting the expensive notebooks. Just get a plain notebook and put your favorite stickers on it. It helps start conversations, and you may have a new friend look at the stickers and realize you have a lot in common. 2) Being organized is crucial. Your day is busy, so be prepared. 3) Make the most out of orientation day. Have a plan. Map out your classes and strategize your best way to get to them. Network with your teachers -- get their emails and introduce yourself. Sending an email to them before the first day of school will impress them. 4) Brand your look. Know what looks good on you, and then choose colors that make you feel at the top of your game. Don't kid yourself -- students judge you within the first 20 seconds they see you. Put some thought into your wardrobe. Recycle what you can and update the other items. 5) Make a habit of picking your clothes out the night before. This makes mornings easier to deal with. 6) Don't get caught up with too many activities. It can throw off time studying and some much needed rest. 7) Sleep preparation: Prepare your sleep pattern to get back in the swing of things (I use three alarms) to prepare for the 5 a.m. wake-up. All-night studying is not good.
Osta is a sought-after pop culture/social commentator booked to share her "keep it real" view. This engaging millennial radio and talk show host has been landing her own interviews with the world's notable superstars, athletes, and newsmakers on and off the red carpet since age 11.
Contact: Ryan McCormick, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meredith Sinclair, M.Ed.
Sinclair can share back-to-school tips covering a range of topics, from routines to the importance of play, family communication, and fun DIY activities. Some examples: 1) Set your morning rush to music. Create a playlist of songs for your kids to use as cues for what to do as the morning progresses: one happy song that lets them know it's time to rise and shine, and then a series of others, each signaling when it's time to get dressed, pack that backpack, brush their teeth or get ready to hit the road. This little trick takes the job of nagging away from you (yeah!) and makes the music do more of the dirty work. 2) Plan for play breaks during homework time. Homework can be the bane of both kids' and their parents' existence. One way to lighten the mood and tension level when third-grade math has got everyone in a tizzy is to stop, hop and roll -- in other words, take a play break! Even 10-15 minutes of play, like a round of freeze dance or dribbling a ball, can reduce stress, calm everyone down, boost moods and get your child (and you) ready to get back to it again. 3) Disconnect to reconnect during carpool. As unpopular as it might be at first, creating a "no phone zone" during trips to and from school and extracurricular activities is an investment in free-flowing and fun communication with your kids. All that time commuting provides solid minutes to reconnect during your busy days. Make it fun for everyone by keeping joke and riddle books in your glove compartment, letting them be the DJ, taking turns picking songs for the road, or playing a simple game like "20 questions," "would you rather" or "yellow car." 4) Have a school day "dress rehearsal." The first day of school is a big deal for most kids -- it's the "big show," so to speak. And before every big show, there are usually a few full-on dress rehearsals, right? One way to calm first-day jitters is to do a fun-filled run-through. Pick a morning when you don't have a lot going on, prepare the night before for the big show by packing a lunch, loading up the backpack with some fun toys, and then set the alarm clock for their typical school-morning wake-up. The next day do what you would normally do on a school morning. Have breakfast, wash up, get dressed and grab your gear. But, instead of heading off to school, go for an early morning playground romp to celebrate their perfect (or semi-perfect) school-day dress rehearsal. Even better, you're already packed up and ready to enjoy the day at the park.
Sinclair is the author of "Well Played: The Ultimate Guide to Awakening Your Family's Playful Spirit" and Juicy Juice 100% Family Time expert. A former elementary school teacher with a master's degree in education, she is passionate about improving people's lives by spreading the importance of play.
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How to Be Successful in School
David and Jonah Stillman
David Stillman, along with this son Jonah, is the co-author of the new book, "Gen Z @Work." The Stillmans are working with Post-it Brand, which recently commissioned a study to learn more about Generation Zers' study habits to better set them up for success. They found that Generation Z is not so digital after all. In fact, 85% of Gen Z say they learn best when they use both digital and non-digital tools; 57% believe the top barrier to reaching more of their goals is being too easily distracted with TV or social media (57%); and 89% have forgotten to do a task or missed a deadline specifically because they didn't write it down.
David and Jonah Stillman are available for interviews on how to be successful in school, including best studying practices, and how to set goals and achieve them. David Stillman is also co-author of the bestsellers "When Generations Collide" and "The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace." He has contributed to TIME magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today, and has been featured as a generational expert on CNN, CNBC and the Today Show. Jonah Stillman is the youngest speaker on the national lecture circuit. He has already shared his insights on Gen Z with MSNBC, CBS, Fox, Fast Company and with companies in a variety of industries.
Contact: Tori Bailey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mistakes Parents Make When Saving or Paying for College
My College Planning Team
Schacht is founder of My College Planning Team, a Naperville, Ill.-based organization that brings together experts from both the academic and financial services communities who work in coordination to help families find the right college for the right price. Schacht has more than 40 years of experience in marketing, management and business leadership. As founder of My College Planning Team, Schacht brings a creative edge in helping families reduce the cost of their children's education. He and his extensive professional network are committed to providing high value at affordable prices to middle-income families struggling to pay for college.
Contact: Joanne Levine, JoannePR@aol.com
Barbara A. Gaines, M.D.
Director, Trauma and Injury Prevention
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Dr. Gaines is available to address many topics for back-to-school safety for kids and families, including: driver safety, school bus safety, playground safety, and walking-to-school safety. She has been with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC since 2000. She is the director of the Benedum Pediatric Trauma and Injury Prevention Programs and serves as a pediatric surgeon with Children's Hospital, which is a Level I Trauma Center. Dr. Gaines is principal investigator of the Injury Prevention Program. She serves as professor of pediatric surgery and clinical director of pediatric general and thoracic surgery with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is triple board certified in pediatric surgery, general surgery and surgical critical care. In addition to her trauma responsibilities, she is also the program director for the Pediatric Surgery Training Program, an advanced training program for surgical trainees, and is actively involved in teaching medical students, surgery residents, and pediatric surgery fellows. She has recently begun a six-year appointment to the appeals panel for surgery with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). She also is one year into her two-year term as secretary/treasurer with the Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Directors (APSTD). Her academic and community outreach interests include outcomes and quality of life after pediatric injury and prevention of childhood injury.
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A College Student's First Assignment: Take Care of Your Health
Dr. Steven Radi
Medical Director, Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling
State University of New York at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo)
Paying attention to health matters now can greatly benefit new and returning college students heading to campuses this fall. Dr. Steven Radi has been the SUNY Geneseo campus physician for 15 years and has these tips for students to have a healthy, productive year: 1) Make sure your physical exam is up to date with your primary care provider. 2) Immunizations should be done according to the CDC/ACIP schedule. Be aware of additional state recommendations for immunizations. 3) Have a yearly eye exam. 4) Have dental exams and cleanings every 6-12 months. 5) Young women should have a yearly gynecological exam if they are sexually active, on a birth control method or are at least 21 years old. 6) Carefully manage your prescription medications to ensure an adequate supply to start the year. Transfer prescriptions to a local pharmacy for refills, if needed. Parents must be aware of potential prescribing issues if their student is on a medication controlled by federal and state regulations. 7) Have a supply of over-the-counter medications for pain and fever, allergies, etc., to start the year. 8) For students with a history of allergy, always have an epinephrine autoinjector. 9) Bring personal protective equipment to school such as helmets for bike riding and appropriate pads for sports. 10) Bring at least an SPF 30 sunblock to protect the skin from the sun. 11) Be sure to review your health insurance policy for coverage in the region you are attending school.
Contact: David Irwin, Irwin@geneseo.edu
Back-to-School Organization Tips
Reich, author of "Secrets of an Organized Mom," shares the following suggestions: 1) Two weeks before school starts, stock up on notebooks, lined paper, pencils, and highlighters. 2) Reinstate the school night schedule a week early. Have your child go to sleep and wake up close to the time of a typical school day, so s/he can ease into the first night and morning. 3) Schedule all doctor, dentist, and haircut appointments before school starts, so your child isn't due when school is in full swing. 4) Minimize morning commotion by packing backpacks the night before and leaving them in a designated spot. 5) Plan carpools before school starts, so you're prepared for the logistics of transporting your children to and from activities. 6) Edit your children's clothing before buying anything new for the school year. Check your stash of hand me downs and any winter jackets from the prior year before buying anything new. 7) Don't be afraid to say no -- to heading the school bake sale, play dates your child doesn't want, and activities that are simply inconvenient. Volunteer if you'd like, but choose what you'll enjoy and what won't overtax you. For example, by volunteering to plan the parents' night out, you can ensure that its location and date work for you, and you're not roped into a year-long commitment."
Contact: Amy Grossman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Returning to Learning After Concussion
Associate Professor of School Psychology
University of Dayton
Davies is an expert on how parents and schools can work together to help a student safely return to learning after a concussion. She is author of "Managing Concussions in Schools: A Guide to Recognition, Response, and Leadership." She's also the founder and coordinator of the National Association of School Psychologists Traumatic Brain Injury Interest Group.
More info: https://academicminute.org/2017/03/susan-davies-university-of-dayton-concussions-in-the-classroom/
Contact: Meagan Pant, email@example.com
Ruth M. Brocato, M.D.
Lutherville Personal Physicians
Mercy Medical Center
Brocato is available to discuss: backpack safety concerns; stress management; transition stresses; importance of adequate sleep, particularly with the transition from summer to school; and adolescents and driving. She is a primary care provider specializing in family medicine at Mercy Personal Physicians at Lutherville, one of Mercy Medical Center's several Community Physician Sites. Dr. Brocato received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, and completed her residence at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Brocato provides primary care services for patients ages 14 and up. She serves multigenerational families from the neighborhoods and communities of Hereford, Parkton, Towson, Lutherville, Timonium, Cockeysville, Hunt Valley and Northern Baltimore County. Dr. Brocato's specialty in family medicine allows her to provide a variety of comprehensive care options for her patients, from wellness visits to acute illness. She believes in taking care of the entire family and the entire person, offering well-child visits, sports physicals for adolescents and screenings for adults. She focuses her care on health prevention and lifestyle changes, including routine immunizations and diet and weight management.
Contact: Dan Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Back-to-School With Mindfulness
Founder and CEO
Cardoza can discuss how parents can create a mindful back-to-school transition for their children, tools for parents to support teacher self-care, why back-to-school is the best time to start a mindfulness practice. She is an experienced yoga and mindfulness educator in the education space. As the founder of Yoga Foster, a national nonprofit that empowers educators with yoga training for the classroom, Cardoza has helped thousands of teachers create a more mindful learning environment. Her work has been featured in Forbes, SELF Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and PAPER Magazine. She is a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
Contact: Lisa Weinert, email@example.com
Excessive Sweating Among Students
Dr. David M. Pariser, MD, FACP, FAAD
Professor, Department of Dermatology
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Based in Norfolk, Va., Dr. Pariser is an expert on hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). He is an active dermatologist and a founding board member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS). He is a professor in the Department of Dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, where he is also the senior physician with Pariser Dermatology Specialists, Ltd., a private group practice of 12 dermatologists, seven physician assistants and one nurse practitioner. Dr. Pariser has been an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) fellow since 1977 and was elected 2009-2010 president of the AAD, which represents more than 16,000 member physicians worldwide and is the most influential dermatologic society in the U.S. Additionally, Dr. Pariser is an internationally renowned speaker on a variety of dermatologic issues, has participated in over 350 funded clinical trials, and has led the authorship of four textbooks and more than 300 scientific publications in medical literature. In March 2017, Dr. Pariser was awarded the American Academy of Dermatology's highest honor, its Gold Medal for exceptional service to and impact on the future of dermatology. The Gold Medal is a highly selective, prestigious award and recognizes Dr. Pariser's outstanding contributions to the science and teaching of cutaneous medicine. Dr. Pariser has treated hundreds of hyperhidrosis patients and has lectured about the mechanism, diagnosis, and treatment of hyperhidrosis at numerous professional education forums on behalf of the IHHS, the AAD, and other dermatological associations. He is the consummate researcher and is continuously pursuing new treatment methods that will improve the quality of life of his patients. Dr. Pariser feels that, in his 40 years of practice, the patients who have given him the most inspiration are the hyperhidrosis sufferers whose lives he has been able to improve.
Contact: Merilee Kern, firstname.lastname@example.org or +1-858-577-0206
Excessive Sweating Problems in Students
Angela Ballard, RN, EMT
As a registered nurse and emergency medical technician, Ballard is a medical professional advocating for the International Hyperhidrosis Society (www.SweatHelp.org), the only independent, non-profit, global organization committed to helping improve quality-of-life for hyperhidrosis sufferers through support; public awareness; up-to-date, balanced treatment information; advocacy; research; healthcare provider education; and helpful products.
Contact: Merilee Kern, email@example.com
Excessive Sweating Problems in Students
Lisa J Pieretti, MBA
Executive Director, Co-Founder
International Hyperhidrosis Society
As executive director, Pieretti is responsible for establishing the organization's mission and leading the execution of goal-supporting initiatives. IHHS' top priorities include: promoting awareness of hyperhidrosis, enabling better access to treatments, and encouraging and facilitating more research into this medical condition. Pieretti also oversees the marketing activities of the IHHS, including fundraising, public relations, publication and patient education development, and partnership development with organizations such as the American Academy of Dermatology, the Canadian Dermatology Association, and the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. In addition to being involved in all operational functions of the organization, Pieretti also drives the significant physician education efforts of the Society. She also provides invaluable support to hyperhidrosis sufferers and spearheads primary and secondary research. Through the enrichment of the IHHS website, Pieretti has created a true online global support community. There are currently more than 50,000 people signed-up to receive the News Blog alerts and over 1,200 physicians registered in its Physician Finder. The website is one of the most popular among those seeking hyperhidrosis information and support and annually boasts tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Indeed, under Pieretti's management, the IHHS has garnered worldwide media attention, which has led to growing consumer and physician awareness of the devastating effects of excessive sweating. Pieretti's unwavering dedication to those who suffer from the effects of hyperhidrosis is reflected in the integrity of the organization's initiatives and the continuous action and care provided by IHHS.
Contact: Merilee Kern, firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Learning and Women in EdTech
Chief Operating Officer
EdPlus at Arizona State University
Lommel can speak to online learning growth, back-to-school as a time for high enrollment, and what it is like to be a women in education-technology, as well as key trends in online services that are shifting from an assessment based mind-set to a world of lifelong learners that will see far greater reach, impact and student success. She believes it is the responsibility of institutions to re-imagine how to serve students and how higher education can layer in the integration of learning into practical applications. Knowing that not all students have the same preparation and experiences, higher education should leverage technologies, tools and service methodologies to help students outside the classroom. She can also speak to how universities partnering with emerging platforms and redefining old service models to offer accessibility to a greater number of students.
As chief operating officer of ASU Online, Lommel's areas of responsibility include strategy, conception, and operationalization of online programs, services and new ventures. This includes ensuring ASU Online's programs are rigorous, scalable and, ultimately, promote student retention and graduation. Her particular strengths include business process redesign and leadership of diverse teams in the development system design and decision-making process. She is an expert on emerging technologies and is constantly seeking innovative ways to find strategies that promote student engagement and success, integrated experiences and administrative efficiencies at an enterprise level.
Contact: Andrea Dunn (Puskar), email@example.com
Importance of Maintaining a Regular Sleep Schedule
Dr. Sujay Kansagra
Sleep Health Consultant
One of the most efficient ways to ensure children are healthy and successful in school is through sleep. With homework, extracurricular activities and everything else on our kids' busy schedules, there are simply not enough hours in the day, and sleep is the first to take the hit. Dr. Kansagra can speak to a plethora of sleep topics, including the importance of having and maintaining a regular sleep schedule and the corresponding success in students. According to Dr. Kansagra, children who sleep better learn better. Unlike adults, kids who don't get a full night's rest often become hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive. Sleep is also vital for memory retention and cognitive performance.
Contact: Meagan Lewellyn, firstname.lastname@example.org
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