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May 6, 2021

QS announces USA University Rankings 2021 — The top colleges driving Diversity and Employability.


QS, University Rankings


QS, University Rankings

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Image Credit: Daniel Parks.


QS, University Rankings

Photo: A building at UCLA campus. Image Credit: Yoshi Huang.


LONDON, May 6, 2021 — Offering unique insight into diversity drives, research excellence, and employability enhancement, QS Quacquarelli Symonds - recognized internationally for their QS World University Rankings portfolio - released their second annual list of America’s top universities. Harvard University remains the national number-one.

The focus on Diversity provides students with information about which universities are doing most to reduce sectoral gender and racial inequities. The University of California Davis and New York University jointly lead in the Diversity indicator.

The QS USA University Rankings also prioritizes employability and teaching quality as crucial lenses to assess institutional performance.

Jack Moran, a QS Spokesperson, said: “While the overall QS World University Rankings continue to command record levels of interest, we know that the American higher education sector is wrestling with questions that do not fall within the scope of our global rankings - questions of equity, access, representation, and social justice. The QS USA University Rankings shine some independent light on those institutions that are doing most to foster the important relationship between education and social change.”

Containing more than 350 universities, this year’s QS USA Rankings is the largest yet. New York state leads as the most represented state, with 74 universities. California is the next best-performing with 38.

Public universities continue to perform strongly, with two places in this year’s top five and seven in the top 30. If you’re looking to take advantage of the benefits of studying at a public university, any of these institutions would be worth considering.

QS USA University Rankings 2021

• Top 100

  1. Harvard University — Cambridge
  2. Stanford University — Stanford
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — Cambridge
  4. University of California, Berkeley (UCB) — Berkeley
  5. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — Los Angeles
  6. Yale University — New Haven
  7. Columbia University — New York City
  8. Princeton University — Princeton
  9. New York University (NYU) — New York City
  10. University of Pennsylvania — Philadelphia
  11. University of Chicago — Chicago
  12. Cornell University — Ithaca
  13. Duke University — Durham
  14. Johns Hopkins University — Baltimore
  15. University of Southern California — Los Angeles
  16. Northwestern University — Evanston
  17. Carnegie Mellon University — Pittsburgh
  18. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — Ann Arbor
  19. Brown University — Providence
  20. Boston University — Boston
  21. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — Pasadena
  22. Emory University — Atlanta
  23. Rice University — Houston
  24. University of Washington — Seattle
  25. Washington University in St. Louis — St. Louis
  26. Georgetown University — Washington DC.
  27. University of California, San Diego (UCSD) — San Diego
  28. Vanderbilt University — Nashville
  29. The University of Texas at Austin — Austin
  30. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Champaign
  31. University of Rochester — Rochester
  32. Dartmouth College — Hanover
  33. University of North — Carolina
  34. University of California, Davis — Davis
  35. University of Florida — Gainesville
  36. Tufts University — Medford
  37. The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) — Chicago
  38. Georgia Institute of Technology — Atlanta
  39. Stony Brook University, State University of New York — Stony Brook
  40. University of Virginia — Charlottesville
  41. Case Western Reserve University — Cleveland
  42. Rutgers University-New Brunswick — New Brunswick
  43. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) — Santa Barbara
  44. Pennsylvania State University — University Park
  45. George Washington University — Ashburn
  46. University of California, Irvine — Irvine
  47. University of Notre Dame — Notre Dame
  48. University of Miami — Miami
  49. Northeastern University — Boston
  50. The Ohio State University — Columbus
  51. University at Buffalo SUNY — Buffalo
  52. University of Maryland, College Park — College Park
  53. Purdue University — West Lafayette
  54. University of Minnesota Twin Cities — Minneapolis
  55. Boston College — Newton
  56. Michigan State University — East Lansing
  57. University of Massachusetts Amherst — Amherst
  58. University of Wisconsin-Madison — Madison
  59. Syracuse University — Syracuse
  60. Lehigh University — Bethlehem
  61. University of Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh
  62. Arizona State University — Phoenix
  63. Brandeis University — Waltham
  64. Temple University — Philadelphia
  65. Texas A&M University — College Station
  66. The University of Arizona — Tucson
  67. The University of Houston — Houston
  68. Binghamton University SUNY — Binghamton
  69. Drexel University — Philadelphia
  70. North Carolina State University — Raleigh
  71. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — Troy
  72. University of Connecticut — Storrs
  73. The University of Georgia — Athens
  74. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University — Blacksburg
  75. University of New Mexico — Albuquerque
  76. Indiana University Bloomington — Bloomington
  77. Tulane University — New Orleans
  78. University of Colorado Boulder — Boulder
  79. Florida State University — Tallahassee
  80. University of South Florida — Tampa
  81. Illinois Institute of Technology — Chicago
  82. University of California, Riverside — Riverside
  83. University of California, Santa Cruz — Santa Cruz
  84. Howard University — Washington DC.
  85. University of Texas Dallas — Richardson
  86. Santa Clara University — Santa Clara
  87. Wake Forest University — Winston-Salem
  88. University of Maryland, Baltimore County — Baltimore
  89. University of Utah — Salt Lake City
  90. George Mason University — Fairfax
  91. New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) — Newark
  92. University of Massachusetts Boston — Boston
  93. University of Kansas — Lawrence
  94. University at Albany SUNY — Albany
  95. Oregon State University — Corvallis
  96. University of Delaware — Newark
  97. University of the Pacific — Stockton
  98. Rutgers University-Newark — Newark
  99. The University of Hawaii at Mānoa — Honolulu
  100. San Diego State University — San Diego
  101. University of Iowa — Iowa City
  102. The University of Oklahoma — Norman

• 101-110

• 111-120

• 121-130

• 131-140

• 141-150

• 151-160

• 161-170

• 171-180

• 181-190

• 191-200

• 201-250

• 251-300

• 301-350

— METHODOLOGY —

QS evaluated the US universities according to the following 17 metrics. They fall into four broad groupings (Employability, Diversity & Internationalisation, Learning Experience, and Research).

• Employability (24.5%)

• Employer reputation (10%)

• Alumni outcomes (10%)

• Salary after ten years (4.5%)

• Diversity & Internationalisation (25%)

• Gender pay gap (2.5%)

• Faculty gender diversity (2.5%)

• The ratio of undergraduate students receiving Pell grants (5%)

• Students’ ethnicity mix (5%)

• Number of Fulbright recipients per institution (5%)

• The proportion of international students (5%)

• Learning experience (22%)

• Average instructional expenditure per FTE (full-time equivalency) student (10%)

• Retention rate (5%)

• Pell grant student graduation rates compared with other students (3.5%)

• Student-faculty ratio (3.5%)

• Research (28.5%)

• Academic Reputation (13.5%)

• Citations per paper (7%)

• International Research Network (IRN) (5%)

• Partnerships with Employers per Faculty (3%)

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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May 5, 2021

HeiQ launches a high-tech mask featuring ground-breaking copper technology shown to deactivate the COVID-19 virus.


HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask


HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask

HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask

Photos: HeiQ MetalliQ Type IIR surgical mask with an antiviral copper coated surface that deactivates 97.79% SARS-CoV-2. (Images provided by HeiQ).



ZURICH, May 5, 2021 — HeiQ, a global leader in textile and materials innovation, has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a futuristic-looking, high-tech surgical mask that destroys all viruses and bacteria tested, up to 100% efficacy, the company announced.

HeiQ MetalliQ doesn’t only look metallic. The mask with a patented design contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapor deposition process, called HeiQ MetalliX, which converts a minute amount of copper into a vapor that deposits evenly to surround each fiber. HeiQ MetalliX is a patent-pending technology created by HeiQ’s innovation partner, Australian materials technology company, Xefco.

According to HeiQ, studies conducted by the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia (Doherty Institute) showed that fabrics treated by the HeiQ MetalliX technology significantly deactivated the infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) in as little as 5 minutes.

The testing protocol simulated the real-life interaction of aerosol droplets contaminating textile products such as face masks. Each sample was exposed to a high loading of SARS-CoV-2 followed by 5, 15, and 30 minutes incubation at room temperature before the amount of remaining infectious SARS-CoV-2 viruses was measured. The fabric samples treated with HeiQ MetalliX indicated a virus reduction of over 97.79% in five minutes, 99.95% in 15 minutes, and around 99.99% in 30 minutes, relative to the inoculum control.

“Our team of experts continues its vital work to minimize the impact of the novel coronavirus,” Dr. Julie McAuley, Senior Research Officer at the Doherty Institute, stated. “Testing the ability of different surface treatments to reduce the infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is one way that our research can help provide insights towards helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. McAuley added.

Copper is a naturally occurring element present in the earth’s crust, soil, oceans, lakes, and rivers. It is also a trace element that occurs naturally in all humans, plants, and animals. Copper has antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties demonstrated by laboratory studies. According to HeiQ, HeiQ MetalliX treated materials release copper ions which deactivate viruses and bacteria.

HeiQ Medica in Spain manufactures HeiQ MetalliQ. Here, HeiQ also conducts R&D activities for medical devices.

“You can pretty much ‘heiq’ everything to add additional functions to an everyday product. This time we up our game once again in antiviral protection, with an upgraded and premium appearance. Spring is calling. As we emerge from lock-down, we want to be extra protected and protect the others. HeiQ MetalliQ provides that extra level of confidence. Further, it gives an edgy look, making it an improved alternative to surgical masks in many ways,” said Carlo Centonze, co-founder and CEO of HeiQ Group.

Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) and listed on the London Stock Exchange, HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation, creating effective, durable, and high-performance textile technologies. HeiQ says its mission is to improve the lives of billions of people through pioneering textiles and materials innovation. With a total capacity of 35,000 tons per year, HeiQ manufactures its products in the USA, Switzerland, and Australia, supplying its specialty chemical products in over 60 countries worldwide.

Source: HeiQ

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May 4, 2021

International Jazz Day 2021 Concludes with Spectacular All-Star Global Concert Featuring Performances from Cities Across the Globe


Hosted by Michael Douglas at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Concert Caps Extraordinary 10th Anniversary Celebration Spanning More than 190 Countries.


International Jazz Day 2021

Photo: A Jazz Day Poster.


WASHINGTON, May 3, 2021 — With more than 190 countries participating, the International Jazz Day 10th Anniversary celebration concluded with a thrilling All-Star Global Concert reaching millions worldwide. Hosted by Michael Douglas and led by Herbie Hancock and musical director John Beasley, the concert brought together renowned artists from over 20 countries. It was made possible by Lead Partner Toyota, with United Airlines serving as Airline Partner.

The 2021 Global Concert featured memorable moments illustrating the unifying power of jazz. From New York, Veronica Swift and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen opened the program with “Sing,” an uplifting tribute to the positive change that music can bring to the world. Other standout performances included pianist and composer Jacob Collier in London, Beninese songstress Angélique Kidjo in Paris, Japanese pianist Junko Onishi in Tokyo, Ivan Lins in Rio De Janeiro, and vocalist/trumpeter Mandisi Dyantyis in Cape Town. Capping the remarkable presentation from Los Angeles was a sensational interpretation of “God Bless The Child” by vocalist Andra Day.

Anchored by Academy Award winner Michael Douglas from UN Headquarters in New York, the 2021 concert showcased jazz as a truly global art form. As United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres noted, “Ten years ago, we launched the very first International Jazz Day in the United Nations General Assembly Hall at the initiative of UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. With every passing year, this has been a joyous celebration - not only of music but also of freedom, diversity, and human dignity. These are the values the United Nations works to protect and promote around the world.”

UNESCO and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz presented free educational and outreach programming throughout the day. In one of the most anticipated events, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock engaged in a moving dialogue on the history and legacy of International Jazz Day.

International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities on all seven continents to honor the international art form of jazz. The event is celebrated with thousands of concerts and jazz-related programming worldwide each year on April 30, highlighting its essential role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination, and promoting human dignity.

Source: Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

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May 3, 2021

The Empire State Building to Celebrate 90 Years


New Historical Tours, Giveaways, and Other Year-Long Anniversary Celebrations Planned


Empire State Building


Empire State Building


Empire State Building

Photo: The Empire State Building as seen from the “Top of The Rock.” Image Credit: Joe Shlabotnik.


Empire State Building

ENLARGE

Photo: The Empire State Building is illuminated in red to celebrate the landing on Mars of NASA’s Perseverance rover, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in New York City. Photo Credit: (NASA/Emma Howells). [File Photo].


NEW YORK, May 01, 2021 — The World’s Most Famous Building, the Empire State Building (ESB), celebrates its 90th anniversary on May 1, 2021.

“The Empire State Building, the international icon and symbol of dreams, was a record-breaker and trendsetter 90 years ago,” said Anthony E. Malkin, chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust. “Today, she is fully modernized for the 21st century, a world leader in energy efficiency retrofits in the built environment, indoor environmental quality, and on building health practices.”

“Since we first opened our doors 90 years ago, the Empire State Building Observatory has been the must-visit for travelers from around the world,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Observatory. “We’ve welcomed everyone from the Queen of England to the Queen of Christmas (Mariah Carey) through our doors, and our most important visitors are our Observatory guests from around the world who today visit our brand new, $165 million recreation of our entire experience. With New York reopened as of July 1, we look forward to visits from our fans near and far who can safely travel to celebrate this important anniversary.”

• Brand-New Offerings for Visitors

To mark 90 years, the Empire State Building will kick off a wealth of new offerings, with more announcements throughout the year-long festivities.

• A Reimagined Guest Experience

Since its construction, the Empire State Building has taken pride in its status as the World’s Most Famous Building - an international symbol of technology, imagination, and ambition. Recent renovations and a reimagined visitor experience serve as examples for other buildings and attractions across the globe.

“Over the past 90 years, the Empire State Building has been the undisputed landmark of the New York City skyline, with its iconic tower lights that shine as a symbol of hope, strength, and perseverance,” said Mr. Malkin. “We will continue to innovate and push boundaries in technology, sustainability, and tourism to ensure that the Empire State Building remains America’s Favorite Building for the next 90 years as well.”

The Empire State Building, “The World’s Most Famous Building,” is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. Empire State Realty Trust, Inc owns it. The $165 million reimagination of the Empire State Building Observatory Experience creates an all-new experience with a dedicated guest entrance, an interactive museum with nine galleries, and a redesigned 102nd Floor Observatory with floor-to-ceiling windows. The journey to the world-famous 86th Floor Observatory, the only 360-degree, open-air Observatory with views of New York and beyond, orients visitors for their entire New York City experience and covers everything from the building’s iconic history to its current place in pop culture. Officially opened on May 1, 1931, and now celebrating its 90th anniversary year, the Empire State Building welcomes more than 4 million annual visitors from around the world.

Source: Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

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May 1, 2021

United Way Worldwide Announces Launch of India COVID-19 Relief Fund


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United Way Worldwide

Photo: Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide (center) with Student United Way Award Winners (L-R): Alicia Meyer, Campus Adviser of the Year, Montana State University; Krystal Draper, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; Hoa Bui, President of Student United Way at the University of California Riverside; Caasi Algazi, Founder of Student United Way at the University of California Riverside; and Elizabeth Collins, Student Leader of the Year, Montana State University. United Way Community Leaders Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. May 2, 2012.

Students on more than 60 campuses across the United States are improving their local communities. This powerful force is known as Student United Way, the student voice of the worldwide United Way movement. Image Credit: Neil Parekh. [File Photo]


ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 01, 2021 — United Way Worldwide today announced that it had established a relief fund for United Way India to provide immediate assistance in containing the coronavirus and responding to the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The India COVID-19 Relief Fund will provide immediate help in medical equipment for hospitals, including oxygen supplies, ventilators, beds, Bipap Machines, and more. The Fund will also supply hygiene and food kits for communities to prevent further spread of the virus.

As India experiences the world’s worst outbreak, United Way India will distribute donations from the Fund to support the most acutely impacted in the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi NCR, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, and Bihar.

Just this week, India reported the most significant single-day spike of new COVID-19 cases at 379,000 and more than 200,000 deaths, 3,000 occurring in the past 24 hours alone. These numbers have overwhelmed the healthcare system, particularly in highly populated cities, devastating the most vulnerable population.

“The resurgence of the COVID-19 virus and the devastating impact on India’s healthcare system highlights that the fight against the pandemic is far from over and shows how vulnerable communities are still at risk,” said Neeraj Mehta, Interim President and CEO, United Way Worldwide. “I am heartened by the work of the United Way India network and am confident that we can provide much-needed critical support to alleviate the suffering of marginalized populations.”

Over the past year, the United Way India network of seven local United Ways has supported more than five million people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and provided infrastructure enhancement to more than 100 hospitals. The United Way India network has raised and distributed $60 million in relief funds to more than 60 cities throughout India.

Through the work of 100,000 volunteers, United Way has distributed over 291,951 food kits and served more than 555,886 hot meals. Additionally, the United Way India network has provided 146 hospitals with infrastructure reinforcements, including additional beds, oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and medical supplies. It has also distributed 804,154 N-95 & 3-Ply masks and 346,104 personal protection equipment (PPE) kits.

Response efforts are led locally by United Ways in the cities of Baroda, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kolkata.

United Way said it fights for every person’s health, education, and financial stability in every community.”With global reach and local impact, we’re making life better for 48 million people annually. United Way is the world’s largest privately-funded nonprofit, working in 95% of U.S. communities and 40 countries and territories. That’s why we’re the mission of choice for 2.5 million volunteers, 7.7 million donors, and 45,000 corporate partners. In the wake of COVID-19, we’re helping people stay in their homes, stock their pantries, and protect their lives and livelihoods. And we’re working to build resilient, equitable communities,” United Way elaborated.

Source: United Way Worldwide

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