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IUPUI professor among IU faculty named most influential by National Jurist magazine

IUPUI professor among IU faculty named most influential by National Jurist magazine

INDIANAPOLIS — An IUPUI professor is one of two Indiana University faculty members named to a list of the 25 most influential people in legal education by National Jurist magazine.

Randall T. Shepard, distinguished visiting professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and visiting professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, also part of the IUPUI campus, is No. 21 on the annual list.

Van Hollen Meets with Student Leaders from Montgomery County

Van Hollen Meets with Student Leaders from Montgomery County

This week Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen met with student leaders from Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District in his office on Capitol Hill to speak with them about the importance of public service and to congratulate them on being awarded recognition in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Congressional Awards program.

PETA Alerts Police Nationwide to Dangers of Leaving K9 Officers in Hot Cars

PETA Alerts Police Nationwide to Dangers of Leaving K9 Officers in Hot Cars

Group Pushes Installation of State-of-the-Art Monitors to Save Lives

For Immediate Release:
June 20, 2013

Contact:
Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. — PETA has sent an urgent letter to 500 police agencies across the country alerting them to the perils of leaving K9 officers in unattended patrol cars during warm weather. Included with the letter—which points out that in 2012 alone there were numerous news reports of heat-related deaths of K9 officers—is a poster that shows a police officer and his K9 partner standing next to a squad car and reads, “Please Remember: Hot Cars Kill.” The poster goes on to explain how the temperature inside a parked vehicle can shoot sky-high within minutes and that a dog trapped inside can endure an agonizing and terrifying death. PETA recommends that all K9 unit cars be equipped with the latest heat-monitoring systems, which can page the police officer—and even open a door—if the vehicle shuts off or the air-conditioning system malfunctions.

“We depend on our partners to keep us safe and they depend on us to keep them safe,” says Kevin Johnson, national president of the United States Police Canine Association. “Please, take a few minutes to remember your partner and do not leave them behind.”

In one 2012 incident cited by PETA, a police lieutenant in Georgia discovered his K9 partner, Sasha, dead in his patrol car. Before dying from heat exhaustion, Sasha clawed through the seats, bit through the seatbelts, and tore off the rearview mirror in a desperate attempt to escape. Just this week—and also in Georgia—a K9 officer named Spartacus was found dead from heatstroke in his handler’s car.

Every year, PETA receives reports of dogs who have died after being left alone in a car on a warm day—even when the windows are left slightly open or the car is parked in the shade. Dogs can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and sustain brain damage as a result. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90 degrees, and the inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees in minutes. Symptoms of heatstroke include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, a dark tongue, vomiting, and lack of coordination.

PETA’s letter to the police departments is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Private Company Sales Continue to Grow, GDP Expected to Follow, But What about Unemployment?

Private Company Sales Continue to Grow, GDP Expected to Follow, But What about Unemployment?

Private Company Sales Continue to Grow, GDP Expected to Follow, But What about Unemployment?

April 26, 2012–According to data released today by Sageworks, privately held companies in the United States saw average sales growth of 8.3 percent in the 12-month period ending in April 2012. That’s up slightly from the 2011 growth rate of around 8.2 percent, and up significantly from the low in 2009, when sales declined by an average of almost 6 percent. Since private companies drive over 50 percent of GDP, the increase in average revenue growth bodes well for the first quarter real GDP estimate being released tomorrow.

Financial Metric 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Last 12 Months
Private Company Sales Growth* 6.15% 3.60% -5.75% 4.76% 8.19% 8.29%
U.S. Real GDP Growth 1.90% -0.30% -3.50% 3.00% 1.70% n/a

*Source: Sageworks, a financial information company

While private company sales and U.S. GDP have been growing consecutively for over two years, another important economic indicator, the national unemployment rate, now at 8.2 percent, has not improved at a similar rate.

Brian Hamilton, CEO of Sageworks and a noted expert on privately held companies explained, “In reviewing the numbers, the fear now is that we may be running out of runway before the onset of another recession. We will not be surprised to see continued growth in GDP given the fact that privately held companies continue to grow at a healthy rate. However, what is becoming slightly concerning is that the unemployment rate is not decreasing at a fast enough rate. In general, if you look over a long period of time, the average expansionary cycle is approximately 4 years and the average recessionary period is one year. Historically, it has taken approximately 12 to 20 months for unemployment to fall in an expansion to roughly pre-recession levels. Right now, we are into the 34th month of the recovery, and, yet, unemployment remains too high. If we don’t get employment up, we may be bumping into the next recession, during which time we cannot expect job growth.”

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Now Available

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Now Available

  Innovative Shadow and Highlight Recovery and Enhanced Digital       Photography Workflows Mark A Milestone Release SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced the       availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and       Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow       solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import,       manage, enhance and […]

Michael Schirmer Appointed Faculty Chair of Business at Peirce College

Michael Schirmer Appointed Faculty Chair of Business at Peirce College

One of the first business schools in the United States plans       development of cutting edge programs to meet employer needs in the       Greater Philadelphia region PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Peirce       College, Philadelphia’s leading private, non-profit, four-year       accredited institution for working adult learners, announced the       appointment of Michael Schirmer as Faculty Chair of Business. Schirmer       will oversee the College’s […]