Washington University School of Law Brings non-U.S.-Trained Lawyers Together for a High-Impact Learning Experience in the U.S.

ST. LOUIS, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Washington University in St. Louis School of Law recently welcomed students enrolled in its online Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law program to their first immersion. The online program, @WashULaw, offers immersions that give students the chance to gain real-world experience as well as network in person with classmates and faculty. Students spent two weeks exploring the legal centers of St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information on the LL.M. in U.S. Law program, please visit http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu/llm/overview/.

@WashULaw students in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.
@WashULaw students in front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

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@WashULaw U.S. Immersion Program

Students traveled to the U.S. to meet classmates and distinguished law school faculty with whom they have been building deep relationships during live, weekly online classes. The immersion schedule included:

  • St. Louis, Missouri, campus immersion: Students began their immersion at Washington University in St. Louis and toured the campus, observed live court hearings and visited the historic Old St. Louis Courthouse.
  • Washington, D.C., legal and government immersion: Students participated in workshops, attended events, met with Washington University Law alumni and toured key institutions of the U.S. legal system, including the Capitol Building, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Supreme Court. They also had the opportunity to meet high-level professionals including a U.S. senator and attorneys from the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy and Communication Center.
  • New York City immersion: Students concluded their U.S. immersion in New York City where they toured law firms and the United Nations headquarters.
  • The program’s next immersion will take place in January 2015 in St. Louis.

“The immersion provides the rare opportunity for these international lawyers to connect and network in person with the university, their professors and classmates and see firsthand the U.S. legal system at work,” says Washington University School of Law Associate Dean Michael (Mike) Koby. “The immersion program demonstrates the law school’s commitment to offering our students the best possible experience in our online LL.M. program.”

Students attending the LL.M. immersion are foreign-trained lawyers who come from diverse backgrounds and who have educational and legal work experience ranging from intellectual property rights to refugee dispute resolution to mergers and acquisitions. The immersion is designed to complement the academics of the program, offering students the chance to experience facets of the U.S. legal system they study in class. Students who attended the immersion represent Brazil, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Japan, Pakistan and Sudan.

“The @WashULaw program has taught me to think differently, not just in my work as a legal professional but in other aspects of my life as well. I’ve completed two classes toward my degree and apply the knowledge I’ve learned on a daily basis,” says Ayman Hamdy, @WashULaw student and executive legal director of Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC.

@WashULaw: Live, Online Classes

  • Washington University School of Law’s online LL.M. in U.S. Law program features live, online classes taught by university faculty. Students have access to high-quality, immersive course content they can access at any time.
  • Course work includes highly produced, engaging video content that allows students and faculty to interact and share feedback and comments in real time.

@WashULaw programs are delivered in partnership with 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), a leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions that enable leading nonprofit colleges and universities to deliver high-quality degree programs online.

For more information on the LL.M. in U.S. Law program, please visit http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu/llm/overview/ or follow the program on Twitter at @WashULaw.

About Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
Washington University School of Law offers students an outstanding legal education in an intellectually challenging and collegial environment. With faculty members recognized for excellent teaching and scholarship, a student body among the most selective in the country and an increasingly global and diverse community, the school strives to prepare graduates for the quickly evolving legal and business environment. The school’s online program, @WashULaw, which includes master’s degree programs and a Legal English course, is an example of its efforts to innovate using technology and new teaching methods in its mission to be the best place in the United States to learn to be a lawyer.

About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)
Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality education to qualified students anywhere. Our cloud-based software-as-a-service platform provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate their students. Our mission is to enable the education our clients provide to reach its highest potential so students can reach theirs. To learn more, go to 2U.com.

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Cryoport and DHL Partner to Provide Cryogenic Logistics Solutions for Life Sciences and Healthcare Clients

LAKE FOREST, Calif., July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Cryoport, Inc. (OTC BB: CYRX) (“the Company”), the leading provider of advanced cryogenic logistics solutions, partners with LifeConEx, a part of DHL Global Forwarding, to enhance and supplement DHL’s cold chain logistics offerings including DHL Express’ Medical Express to its life sciences and healthcare customers with Cryoport’s comprehensive cryogenic logistics solutions.

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With these new services, DHL is now offering advanced cryogenic logistics solutions as well as the best-in-class solution for shipping temperature-sensitive products and biological materials in a cryogenic state to its life sciences and healthcare customers.

DHL Global Forwarding currently has 45 Certified Life Sciences stations around the world and they have stated that they will end the year with 65 integrated stations.  These forwarding stations as well as dedicated life sciences warehouses and clinical trial depots will now be able to rely on Cryoport for cryogenic shipping.  Cryoport believes this is an important element of DHL’s strategy to increase their business in temperature-controlled shipping.  As DHL’s research has reported, the worldwide shipping volume in the cold chain tripled from $56 billion in 2004 to $167 billion in 2013.  As life sciences products become more complex the need for Cryoport’s solutions becomes more strategic.

Integral parts of this new service include the Cryoport Express® Shippers that use a dry vapor liquid nitrogen technology, providing 10 days of holding time at minus 150 degrees C, under dynamic shipping conditions combined with temperature monitoring throughout the shipping process. Cryoport’s solutions offer a superior, more reliable alternative to dry ice, which needs to be re-iced every few days creating conditions for temperature excursions. This is of particular importance for the shipments of fragile biomaterials.  In addition, Cryoport solutions are also more economical and less hazardous than liquid nitrogen.

“As the life sciences industry continues to transform and evolve to meet growing demands for reliable frozen shipping solutions, we are thrilled to be combining forces with Cryoport,” stated David Y. Bang, CEO of LifeConEx. “We are especially impressed with Cryoport’s ability to maintain and monitor customers’ highly sensitive biologic materials in a temperature-controlled, cryogenic environment, throughout the entire shipment process. Our uniquely combined solution alleviates the concerns of damaged or lost materials, given the access to its temperature monitoring system, which records the chain of condition throughout each shipment.”

Jerrell Shelton, Chief Executive Officer of Cryoport, stated, “This partnership with DHL is an important step in furthering our reach into the life sciences total addressable market. Our solutions were very well received at 14th annual DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Global Conference in Shanghai, China, where our solution and its benefits were presented to DHL’s life sciences and healthcare attendees. As a pioneer for logistics solutions and a leader in cold chain solutions for life sciences, DHL stands at the forefront of delivering advanced temperature-controlled solutions to every segment of the ever-growing life sciences community. We are proud to support the DHL strategy in life sciences as they move forward and advance their offerings on a global basis.”

About Cryoport, Inc.

Cryoport provides leading edge cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through the combination of purpose-built proprietary packaging, advanced information technology and highly skilled logistics expertise which manages the entire cold chain logistics process. Cryoport Express® liquid nitrogen dry vapor shippers are validated to maintain a constant -150 degrees C temperature for a 10-plus day dynamic shipment duration, and its Cryoportal™ Logistics Management Platform assists in managing the entire logistics process, including initial order input, document preparation, customs clearance, courier management, shipment tracking, issue resolution, and delivery. Cryoport’s total turnkey logistics solutions offer reliability, cost effectiveness, and convenience, while the use of recyclable and reusable components provides a “green” and environmentally friendly solution. Cryoport service options include recording the “chain of condition” and “chain of custody” for all shipments thereby meeting the exacting requirements for scientific work and for regulatory purposes. For more information visit www.cryoport.com.

To download Cryoport’s investor relations app, which offers access to SEC documents, press releases, videos, audiocasts and more, please visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cryoport-investor-relations/id878258991?ls=1&mt=8 to download on your iPhone and iPad or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.theirapp.cryoport for your Android mobile device.

About LifeConEx

LifeConEx, DHL’s temperature management specialist, enables clients of all sizes to transport temperature-sensitive products globally in the most optimal and efficient way possible. It combines proprietary technologies, such as LifeTrack and in-transit sensors, with expert analysts, advisors and auditors to deliver end-to-end visibility, monitoring and management of cold chain.  By maintaining partnerships with leading handlers and having specialists located worldwide covering +165 countries, LifeConEx helps its clients mitigate risk, seek out more efficient channels and meet the most intensive regulatory standards.  For more information about LifeConEx, visit www.lifeconex.com.

About DHL

DHL  The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and “The Logistics company for the world”. DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

Forward Looking Statements 
Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Cryoport, Inc.’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with the effect of changing economic conditions, trends in the products markets, variations in the company’s cash flow, market acceptance risks, and technical development risks. The company’s business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in the company’s SEC reports including, but not limited to, the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2014. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Cryoport, Inc. disclaims any obligation, and does not undertake to update or revise, any forward-looking statements in this press release.

Cryoport Contacts: 
Todd Fromer / Garth Russell
tfromer@kcsa.com / grussell@kcsa.com 
P: +1-212-682-6300

Training volcano scientists from around the world to predict, respond to eruptions

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Disaster trainingTraining volcano scientists from around the world to predict, respond to eruptions

Published 16 July 2014

Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in eleven countries visited the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory earlier this month to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes. The International Training Program in Volcano Hazards Monitoring is designed to assist scientists from other nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes and reducing the risks from eruptions.

An uncommon undersea volcanic eruption // Source: hljtv.com

Scientists and technicians who work at volcano observatories in eleven countries visited the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory earlier this month to learn techniques for monitoring active volcanoes.

The International Training Program in Volcano Hazards Monitoring is designed to assist scientists from other nations in attaining self-sufficiency in monitoring volcanoes and reducing the risks from eruptions. Field exercises on Kilauea and Mauna Loa Volcanoes allow students to observe and operate a variety of instruments, and classroom instruction at the Observatory provides students the opportunity to interpret data, as well as plan a monitoring network for their home volcanoes. U.S. scientists are providing training on monitoring methods, data analysis and interpretation, and volcanic hazard assessment, and participants are taught about the use and maintenance of volcano monitoring instruments. Participants learn about forecasting events, responding rapidly during volcanic crises, and how to work with governing officials and the news media to save lives and property.

A USGS release reports that the annual program, organized by the Center for the Study of Active Volcanoes at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, with support from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and the joint USGSU.S. Agency for International Development Volcano Disaster Assistance Program, has been training foreign scientists for twenty-four years. This year’s class included sixteen volcano scientists from Chile, Colombia Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Italy, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.

“Hawaiian volcanoes offer an excellent teaching opportunity because our volcanoes are relatively accessible, they’re active, and USGS staff scientists can teach while actually monitoring volcanic activity,” said the USGS’s HVO Scientist-in-Charge, Jim Kauahikaua. “The small investment we make in training international scientists now goes a long way toward mitigating large volcanic disasters in the future.”

“Providing training in volcano hazards assessment and monitoring is by far the most cost effective strategy for reducing losses and saving lives for those developing nations exposed to high volcanic hazards risks,” said CSAV director Donald Thomas. “The goal of our course is to provide our trainees with an understanding of the technologies that can be applied to an assessment of volcanic threats as well as how to interface with their respective communities to increase awareness of how to respond to those threats.”

“The training program directly benefits the United States, through international exchange of knowledge concerning volcanic eruptions, and it serves as an important element in our country’s humanitarian assistance and science diplomacy programs around the world,” said the USGS’s VDAP chief, John Pallister.

The international participants learn to use both traditional geological tools and the latest technology. To anticipate the future behavior of a volcano, basic geologic mapping brings an understanding of what a volcano is capable of doing, how frequently it has erupted in the past, and what kind of rocks, and ash it produces. Using Geographic Information Systems, the students learn to predict lava flow paths, conduct a vulnerability assessment, and tabulate the predicted costs associated with the damage from a lava flow. Participants are trained in the emerging field of infrasound monitoring, which is critical for rapidly detecting volcanic explosions and rift zone eruptions, as well as basic seismological fundamentals, and a survey of pre-eruptive seismic swarms at various volcanoes around the world. Monitoring and modeling deformation of a volcano focuses on different techniques from traditional leveling methods to GPS and satellite-based radar.

The release notes that providing critical training to international scientists began at HVO, leading to the creation of CSAV to continue the legacy. Since 1990, almost 200 scientists and civil workers from twenty-nine countries have received training in volcano monitoring methods through CSAV. USGS’s HVO continues to provide instructors and field experiences for the courses, and VDAP has a long-term partnership with CSAV, providing instructors and co-sponsoring participants from countries around the world.

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Tata Housing Expands its Presence in NCR Luxury Space

DELHI, India, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

~ Announces first of its kind gated community Villa development at Sohna Road ~ 

Tata Housing Development Company, India’s fastest growing real estate developer in the luxury space strengthened its presence in the high-end luxury segment in NCR by launching its 4th project Arabella. Strategically located immediately off the Sohna Haryana Highway, Arabella is inspired by the Aravallis and has been aesthetically designed as an extension to the lush green surroundings.

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Designed by renowned architects Perkins Eastman, USA., Arabella is built across approximately 35 Acres and offers 3, 4 and 5 BHK villas right in the heart of Gurgaon – Sohna Road. Designed with the theme of Aravalli ridge and view of the ridges, Arabella is a Villa development with around 150 villas of typologies. The location and orientation of villas on the site integrates with the central open green spaces via the backyard or is inward looking; adapted to the traditional design of courtyards. The private lifts, outdoor pools, roof top landscaped entertainment areas, solar hot water heating, VRV air-conditioning, form a part of the everyday lifestyle of India’s aspirational Urban Elites.

Commenting on the launch of this project, Tata Housing spokesperson said: “The last decade has witnessed a substantial increase in demand for super-luxury residences which have expansive living spaces and extremely sophisticated design and specifications by the new class of wealthy consumers, popularly known as Urban Elites, who have formed an egalitarian social change. With Arabella, Tata Housing is giving a golden opportunity to their consumers to own their dream villas and experience the mesmerizing views of Aravalli Hills.

Tata Housing Spokesperson further added:  “This will be a one of a kind development at Sohna road offering a different proposition for the new age luxury seekers.” 

As the project is inspired by Aravallis, every little detail has been given utmost importance. The project also accommodates a natural lake, a rock garden and a neighbourhood farm, which helps the residents make a direct connection with the natural surroundings.

The development is located immediately off the Sohna Haryana Highway and is well nestled between lush greens farmlands on 3 sides and a dense green buffer planned along the entire highway. The site has beautiful distant panoramic views of the Aravallis and the masterplan has been sensitively designed as an extension to the lush green surroundings of this unique geographical setting.

http://tatahousing.in/arabella/

Contact: 180030048282

Landis+Gyr and RWE sign Smart Meter Deal for Poland

ZUG, Switzerland, July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, will deliver smart meter products and software solutions to energy utility RWE in Poland for installation in residential buildings located in the city of Warsaw. Deliveries are due to start in September, with system installation scheduled for the end of 2014.

“We are proud to have been selected by RWE for this inaugural smart metering deployment in Poland,” said Andreas Umbach, Landis+Gyr’s President and CEO, “RWE’s vision of enhanced grid functionality is a great match with Landis+Gyr’s experience and capabilities.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Landis+Gyr will deliver its Gridstream™ end-to-end solution, including 50,000 smart meters and Gridstream™ AIM software to RWE in Poland. The system will have an interface to RWE’s existing IT infrastructure, and is designed to support its asset management needs, as well as its billing services. A four year service contract is also included in the contract terms.

RWE operates a number of companies in Poland, including RWE Polska and RWE Stoen Operator. RWE Polska, together with RWE East, is responsible for supporting the development of the Group in Poland. RWE Stoen Operator manages the Warsaw power network.

“Implementation of the smart grid concept in the area of our operation will essentially improve the level of energy efficiency of the system as a whole,” says Agnieszka Nosal, Board Member of RWE Stoen Operator and also responsible for AMI investments. “It will also allow for the development of distributed generation which is to play a major role in the future energy market.  Investment in AMI will bring many benefits to end-consumers, providing them with access to actual consumption data, as well as enabling the utility to rapidly identify any interference in the network. The introduction of flexible product sales tailored to the lifestyle needs of individual customers will also come in the future.”

“This is a significant milestone for Landis+Gyr,” says Andrzej Szymanski, Country Manager of Landis+Gyr Poland, “RWE is a trusted customer and we are delighted to contribute to the development of smart metering in Poland with this project in Warsaw.”

Between 2014 and 2019, RWE foresees that 25 percent of its investments will go into smart infrastructure, which totals 420 million Polish Zloty (approximately 100 million Euros). In the first stage of the project, which is due to be complete by the end of 2014, RWE will install 25,000 smart meters in residential buildings in Warsaw; full project completion is scheduled for December 2015. RWE will also invest in its network, overhead high voltage lines, as well as in medium voltage cable lines in urban areas.

There has been rapid smart metering development in Poland in recent years. The signing of a declaration in June 2009 by the Polish National Energy Conservation Agency as well as the country’s three largest consumer organizations each called for the introduction of smart metering in Poland to increase energy efficiency for individual, institutional and industrial customers.

About Landis+Gyr
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid.  With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,500 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.