Former MPC member Danny Blanchflower to weigh Scottish independence currency and central bank questions as he joins University of Glasgow

ECONOMIST and former Monetary Policy Committee member Danny Blanchflower has highlighted his intention to examine key issues in the Scottish independence debate, such as currency options, as he takes up a role at the University of Glasgow.

Mr Blanchflower, who will continue in his post at Dartmouth College in the US and visit Scotland regularly in his new role, said he was “excited” at the prospect of working with University of Glasgow principal Sir Anton Muscatelli.

The economist, formerly a visiting professor at the University of Stirling, said he would be looking at issues around independence such as what would be involved in creating a central bank and currency options. He cited options of joining the euro, retaining the pound, or forming a currency area union with the likes of Sweden and Iceland. Mr Blanchflower, who has three grandchildren in Scotland, said: “Whichever side you are on, you have to have an answer to that.”

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He also flagged the need to “make economics understandable and adaptable”. Mr Blanchflower, who is joining the economics department at the university’s Adam Smith Business School, said: “I am literally going to come to think about Scotland.”

Noting the Scottish Government’s relatively high popularity with the electorate and its decisions to make period products free and offer free university tuition for Scots, while also touching on the nation’s support for European Union membership, he added: “I think suddenly the attractiveness of Scotland has really jumped.”

Sir Anton said: “Danny comes with an unparalleled reputation and track record, and will be a fantastic addition. As we look to the post-Covid economic recovery, it has never been more important to have well-informed economic commentary and I’m very pleased that we will benefit from Professor Blanchflower’s expertise.”

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Sara Carter, vice-principal and head of the university’s college of social sciences, said: “The Adam Smith Business School is delighted to welcome Professor Danny Blanchflower as a visiting professor. Danny is internationally renowned for his expertise in economic policy and will bring that experience to the University of Glasgow.”

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The University of Glasgow said Mr Blanchflower is “renowned for his expertise in labour economics where he has made long lasting contributions in the understanding of unemployment, wages, jobs, health and happiness and pushing the boundaries of several disciplines”.

It noted that Mr Blanchflower, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, had been made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2009, for “services to the Monetary Policy Committee and economics”.

Mr Blanchflower said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the economics department at the Adam Smith Business

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Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD of University of Michigan Joins MichBio Board of Directors

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MichBio welcomes Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD, University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan to its Board of Directors. Dr. Eniola-Adefeso was appointed to complete a term expiring in December 2022.

The Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship was awarded to an inaugural group of nine University of Michigan professors, including Dr. Eniola-Adefeso, in September 2019. The designation was recently created to recognize senior faculty who have shown a commitment to the university’s ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion through their scholarship, teaching, or service and engagement.

In addition to her role as Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso also holds joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering and serves on the steering committee of the UM Biointerfaces Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and served two years as a NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine before coming to Michigan.

As a champion for women and underrepresented minority students, Dr. Eniola-Adefeso served as co-chair of the NextProf program and founded the NextProf Pathfinder program. As graduate chair of chemical engineering, she was instrumental in recruiting a class consisting of 44 percent women and 26 percent underrepresented minorities, the most diverse Ph.D. class in the history of the department.

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso is a co-founder of Asalyxa Bio. Asalyxa Bio is a recently-founded company making progress on a treatment for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), including the variety found in COVID-19 patients.

The company’s lead program is ASX-100, a technology that delivers an anti-inflammatory agent directly to overreactive neutrophils. The arrival of ASX-100 reduces the activity of these immune cells and minimizes harm to the body from the immune overreaction that triggers what’s known as a “cytokine storm.”

“I am very happy to welcome Dr. Eniola-Adefeso to the Board,” says Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, President and CEO of MichBio. “As a leader in biomedical research and a constant champion for diversity and inclusion, I am confident that she will provide valuable strategic vision that will guide MichBio as we continue to drive bio-industry growth into the future.”

Dr. Eniola-Adefeso becomes part of a seventeen-member Board that in late June 2020, elected Ken Massey, PhD, Director of Venture Development at Wayne State University as Chair, and Kevin McLeod, CEO of C2Dx as Vice Chair. Robert Donofrio, PhD, Vice President of Food Safety R&D at Neogen and Sandra Pennell, Controller at Vericel, were elected into non-voting Officer roles as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. For the full list of Board members visit

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MichBio is the trade association committed to driving growth in Michigan’s biosciences industry and its many sectors, including agri-biotech, food and nutrition, bio-based technologies and renewable chemicals, industrial and environmental biotech, medical devices and technologies, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare, diagnostics and research products, testing and research services, and clinical research. MichBio members include bioscience companies, academic and research institutions, bioscience service providers, and related organizations. For

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College football rankings: Penn State joins The Bottom 25 with tough game vs. Ohio State up next

25. Middle Tennessee 2-5 Are the Blue Raiders getting hot? They’ve won two of three after taking down Rice in overtime thanks to a quadruple doink . Sure, both of MTSU’s wins have come against teams you’ll find in these rankings, but a win is a win. And thanks to that influx of new teams with small sample sizes, the latest one was almost enough to escape The Bottom 25 entirely. (7) 24. Florida State 2-4 Well, so much for any momentum a decent performance against Notre Dame and a win over North Carolina might have brought. The Seminoles were worked over by Louisville 48-16 on Saturday. This week they get a Pitt team that was just smothered by Notre Dame. (18) 23. Duke 1-5 The Blue Devils had the week off but will return to action this weekend, hoping to pick up win No. 2 against Charlotte. (12) 22. Ole Miss 1-4 The Rebels became the latest team to run into the magical power of Auburn Jesus and weren’t able to overcome its mysterious presence. There are rumors that getting too close to it destroys your ability to understand math. This week the Rebels will have a winnable game against No. 8 Vanderbilt. (14) 21. Western Kentucky 2-4 This weekend, a sportsbook offered me a free $20 parlay bet, so I went with a ridiculous 11-team money line parlay. Ten of the teams I chose coasted to victory. The eleventh was Western Kentucky, and the Hilltoppers made me sweat out a 13-10 win over Chattanooga. Had they lost the game, I might have kept them at No. 1 all season on principle. I won’t lie, I kind of hope BYU takes out my frustration on them this week. (5) 20. Texas State 1-6 I’m doing my best to distance myself from statements earlier this season that Texas State was better than its record indicated. It still is, but it’s getting further and further away from being true with each passing week. Next up are the Cajuns of the Ragin’ variety. (13) 19. Penn State 0-1 If you missed The Monday After, I broke down the all-22 and crunched some numbers to prove that Penn State really messed up the end of the game against Indiana. Now, while I’m not sure they’d have been here in a normal season after that loss, it’s good enough for 2020. And with Ohio State looming, the Nittany Lions might still be here next week. (Not Ranked) 18. Syracuse 1-5 Listen, Syracuse might have lost to Clemson 47-21, but it covered the spread by a full 20 points. Sometimes it’s not about victory; it’s about maintaining the natural order of things, and that natural order says no conference game should ever have a spread in the upper 40s. Good for you for doing what’s right, Syracuse. I hope you’re rewarded with a win over Wake Forest. (9) 17. Michigan State 0-1 We finally got our answer to the question of how many turnovers
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Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty Joins National Defense University Foundation’s Board of Directors

The National Defense University (NDU) Foundation has announced the appointment of Tara Murphy Dougherty to its board of directors. Ms. Murphy Dougherty’s extensive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors will enhance the Foundation’s ongoing support of NDU, the nation’s preeminent education institution for advanced national security strategy and leadership development. As a member of the NDU Foundation Board, she will serve on the Development Committee with a focus on increasing the Foundation’s overall level of partnership, programmatic, and resource support to the esteemed university.

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Govini CEO Tara Murphy Dougherty (Photo: Business Wire)

“We are proud to welcome Tara Murphy Dougherty to our Board of Directors,” said NDU Foundation Chairman of the Board, Rear Admiral Mike Manazir, USN (Ret.). “Tara’s national security expertise, combined with a keen understanding of the emerging technologies and capabilities that will be essential to NDU’s future national security leaders, make her a powerful and transformative addition to our Board.”

“Having been part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and now as CEO of Govini, an innovative data science company, Tara understands the opportunities and challenges NDU faces to accelerate cooperation and integration with the private sector on matters critical to national security,” stated James Schmeling J.D., President & CEO of the National Defense University Foundation. “We look forward to working with her as our newest Member of the NDU Foundation Board of Directors.”

Ms. Murphy Dougherty has held leadership positions in technology across industry, government, and non-profit sectors, including at Palantir Technologies and serving as Chief of Staff for Global Strategic Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She holds a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“NDU Foundation’s vision and values are inspiring. Bringing together key defense leaders to create cutting-edge learning experiences is a critical component of strengthening our country’s national security goals,” commented Ms. Murphy Dougherty. “I look forward to collaborating with such an accomplished team.”

In addition to Rear Admiral Manazir, NDU Foundation’s board of directors includes defense leaders such as Mr. Robert Spring, Esq., and Lt. General William J. Bender (Ret.) USAF.

About Govini

Govini is a decision science company whose mission is to advance U.S. competitiveness through dynamic data and machine learning.

Govini’s unique dataset and decision science platform are utilized at scale across the OSD, Joint Staff, military departments, and defense agencies to help implement core tenets of the National Defense Strategy. With Govini, DoD’s data scientists and analysts solve challenges pertaining to strategic portfolio analysis, resource analysis, industrial base assessments, science and technology surveillance, and supply chain analysis. These capabilities enable defense leaders to achieve superior innovation and modernization outcomes on shorter timelines and at a lower cost than traditional methods.

Govini has offices in Arlington, Virginia, San Francisco, California, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the National Defense University

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Syntropy Joins MITRE’s Mission to Unlock the Power of Real-World Data for Cancer Research and Treatment

Partnership on mCODE is aimed at removing barriers to standardized data, improving patient outcomes

Syntropy, a technology company specializing in healthcare data integration and collaboration solutions, today announced it is joining forces with MITRE to provide data integration support for the mCODE™ (minimal Common Oncology Data Elements) data standard. The partnership seeks to improve the overall quality and consistency of cancer data available to clinicians, patients, researchers, and other stakeholders in the fight against cancer.

Today, more than 18 million people are living with cancer globally, with thousands of additional cases diagnosed every day. While there is a vast array of data available to support oncology research and clinical care, the majority of it is contained in electronic health records (EHRs), which are not always uniform in the way they collect, analyze and store data. The lack of standardized workflows, ontologies, and integrations has significantly hindered data’s true impact and potential in oncology. Cancer centers can use Syntropy for data integration and data modeling, but they often devote significant time and resources to the process of cleaning, structuring, and linking their data.

mCODE’s core set of structured data elements for oncology establishes minimum recommended standards for the structure and content of health record information across use cases and users. Bringing a common data standard to the oncology community enables clinicians to capture critical information for downstream uses. That means any researcher or clinician can start using Syntropy’s platform to quickly connect to enriched data sets and collaborate using a standard, shared data language.

“Our work with MITRE on mCODE is a natural alliance as we are both focused on revolutionizing the oncology landscape by helping researchers unlock the value of their data,” said James Kugler, Director of Syntropy. “By working with MITRE to pair Syntropy with mCODE, we are providing a novel, industry-leading infrastructure that simplifies and accelerates collaboration-driven insights for cancer centers across the United States.”

With mCODE, clinicians can capture and commonly define key data points for patients throughout clinical workflows and at every patient interaction. This helps facilitate research and collaboration to improve future care, leading to better therapies, reduced costs and enhanced outcomes overall. Through the support of the mCODE standard, Syntropy will now offer even greater user-friendly insight and data transparency for researchers and cancer centers. Syntropy, which provides a holistic view of organizations’ complete data landscape, will help users more easily interpret collected data by combining scattered data silos and integrating them under a common ontology aligned with mCODE. Syntropy will also streamline administrative, clinical and research collaborations by providing transparency into the uses of institutional data under granular access controls.

Dr. Jay Schnitzer, MITRE’s chief medical and technology officer, said, “With less than six percent of cancer patients participating in clinical trials and the majority of information collected by EHR systems incompatible, high-quality data for cancer research is severely lacking. By outlining common, foundational data elements, the promise of mCODE is to accelerate interoperable data exchange and enable critical care- and

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College football top 25 scores, overreactions, Week 8: Justin Fields officially joins the Heisman race

It’s late October and I’m still not sure what normal feels like. The Big Ten is back — as is the Mountain West — and college football feels more … complete. That’s true. It feels like the season is more of a reality. But there’s another reality, too. The reason the Big Ten started this late is because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and all signs points to our country heading in the wrong direction and straight into yet another wave of the virus. That backdrop combined with the Big Ten’s return has created a complex juxtaposition and it’s hard to have enough bandwidth for all of it. 

But college football’s more fulfilling schedule is still a good thing. The return of the Big Ten was eventful and being able to dive into all of it is what makes this so fun. While there were more games on Saturday than there have been at any other point in 2020, the Big Ten took front and center for this week’s overreactions. So let’s get to them. 

The Trevor Lawrence-Justin Fields race is on

Indeed, college football’s season feels more complete with the Big Ten making its debut this weekend. But, really, the drama is in the much-anticipated Heisman race between Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. In a 52-17 throttling of Nebraska, Fields was nearly perfect: 20-of-21 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards and a score. Despite the blowout, Nebraska’s defense didn’t play terribly; Ohio State is just that gifted. Fields delivered on his much-anticipated first game back and it’s now officially time to add him to the Heisman fold with Lawrence and Alabama quarterback Mac Jones. Fields and Lawrence are going to jockey for which one should be the top pick in next spring’s draft, too. Game on. 

Forty-nine points is not the most No. 18 Michigan has scored under coach Jim Harbaugh, but it almost feels like it. Saturday’s 49-24 win over No. 21 Minnesota was the most fun watching a Wolverines offense in a good, long while. A lot of that has to do with quarterback Joe Milton. The Michigan coaching staff raved about Milton in the offseason and the initial returns look the big, athletic, strong-armed quarterback has the steak, not just sizzle. Milton was an efficient 15-of-22 passing for 225 yards and a touchdown while connecting with nine different pass-catchers. He also added 52 yards rushing and another score. There was nothing too flashy; offensive coordinator Josh Gattis did a nice job of keeping everything within reach for Milton. There were plenty of moving pockets and opportunities for Milton to show off his athleticism. There were also moments of clear brilliance. Milton would make a “wow” throw or show off deceptive speed for a player his size. He’s a weapon, even if Michigan didn’t completely unleash him. There’s a missing piece component to his game that could take Michigan to another level — which is important given

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Kamala Harris Joins CJ McCollum’s ‘ReMaking America’ to Talk Police, Education | Bleacher Report

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, guards Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) as he drives in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum hosted a roundtable-style discussion with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

The conversation aired as a PlayersTV episode of “ReMaking America,” and Kamala Harris posted it on her YouTube page Tuesday:

McCollum is a journalism graduate from Lehigh University and hosted the conversation that touched on a number of topics, including NBA players using their platform to push for change, systemic racism, the need for police reform, education and challenges the country is facing with the election approaching.

Sarah Todd of the Desert News noted Mitchell asked Harris what plan she and presidential nominee Joe Biden have for concerns about educational equality, pointing out “there’s no reason a kid in the Bronx shouldn’t receive the same education, because of where he goes to school, as a kid in Connecticut.”

After expressing how important the issue is to her, Harris said, “Part of what the problem is that we fund public schools based on the tax base of that community. That’s completely upside down. That doesn’t make any sense. That means that the schools that are getting the lowest funding are in the communities that have the highest need.”

She described a plan that would triple funding for low-income schools and teacher salaries in such areas while providing more counselors for students as well.

Lindsey Wisniewski of NBC Sports Northwest noted McCollum also touched on the importance of the issue, which follows since he wore the words “Education Reform” on the back of his jersey at the Walt Disney World Resort bubble.

Wisniewski shared more of Harris’ comments on the subject:

“We need to address undiagnosed and untreated trauma—poverty is trauma-inducing. If you’ve not addressed the trauma, that child cannot go to school the next day and take full capacity of what is there. That’s why I say that it’s really important to include in our push for more funding for public education, that piece of it that’s about counselors in schools, and all the support so that your mother can teach, and other people can help the child.”

The discussion also turned to the fight against systemic racism and police brutality, which was notable because of how prevalent the topic was during the NBA’s restart inside the bubble.

“There are so many Breonnas and George Floyds, we all know that,” Harris said. “The thing that has made this issue much more in the public sphere is smartphones. So now people are seeing what we’ve been knowing forever, but maybe didn’t have witnesses. So, having leadership that speaks the truth about it and then what do we do in terms of reforms…”

A number of NBA players joined the worldwide protests following the police killing of Floyd and then continued to use their platforms once the season restarted.

They did so by displaying messages on the backs of their jerseys, kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and using

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Amy Hunter Joins Caleres as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Caleres (NYSE: CAL), a diverse portfolio of consumer-driven footwear brands, today announced Amy Hunter will join the company as Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, effective October 21. Hunter will help drive the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategy development and organization, including overseeing the company’s affirmative action plans.

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Amy Hunter, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Photo: Business Wire)

Hunter will also guide the organization in its efforts around the focus on recruitment of diverse candidates, heightening the expectations around development of diverse Associates and increasing the slate of diverse candidates for open positions with leadership accountability. She will also lead the assessment of current programs, partnerships and activities to identify opportunities in the company’s community support.

“Earlier this year we made a commitment to our Associates, partners and customers around several initiatives to recharge our DE&I efforts. This included refining our diversity statement to use as a guide in everything we do, identifying and activating an inclusion and diversity advisory council, providing mandatory unconscious bias training for all Associates and hiring a senior-level executive who could focus on these initiatives,” said Diane Sullivan, CEO, president and chairman of Caleres. “We were fortunate to find Amy and her extensive experience, tremendous expertise and proven track record of success will be essential as we move forward with our efforts. We look forward to her leadership as we seek to elevate our focus and accelerate our initiatives in the most meaningful way possible.”

Prior to joining Caleres, Hunter was responsible for leading global Diversity & Inclusion for Boeing Defense and Space, as well as corporate groups. Some of her many accomplishments include leading international women’s initiatives, consulting with the executive team on development and implementation of diversity strategies and initiatives, managing the company’s Business Resource Groups (BRGs) and creating racial equity tools and resources. Prior to Boeing, Amy led the diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives for BJC Healthcare’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital including supporting “Forward Through Ferguson” initiatives within the region. She was instrumental in focusing on addressing healthcare disparities in the region. In addition, Hunter was the Chief Diversity Officer for the YWCA Metro St. Louis, and held various roles of increasing responsibility with Edward Jones, Monsanto and Bank of America. Hunter has presented and spoken around the world and has presented three TEDx talks with the most popular being Lucky Zip Codes.

Hunter holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and is currently in their School of Education doctoral program focusing on Social Justice. She is an active St. Louis diversity leader who has tirelessly served the community with various organizations including her current position on the board of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

About Caleres
Caleres is the home of today’s most coveted footwear brands and represents a diverse portfolio spanning all of life’s styles and experiences. Every shoe tells a story and Caleres has

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