Asia Society Museum in New York Presents 'No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki'

NEW YORK,NY—(Marketwired – June 30, 2016) – No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki, co–organized by Asia Society Museum and Colby College Museum of Art, is the first retrospective of the work of Zao Wou–Ki (1920–2013) in the United States. The exhibition aims to reintroduce American audiences to the singular achievements of this pioneering Chinese–French artist, who melded eastern and western aesthetic sensibilities in his paintings, as a key figure of the post–World War II abstract expressionist movement.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki takes its title from the Chinese meaning of Wou–Ki, “without limitation,” a state of being that the artist embodied through his art. One of the first artists of the Chinese diaspora to achieve international recognition, Zao was born in Beijing and spent his formative years in Shanghai and Hangzhou, where he pursued artistic study at the China Academy of Art. In 1948, he emigrated from Shanghai to Paris, where he was championed by French intellectuals and artists and in subsequent years became a major fixture in the European art world. In the 1950s and 1960s, American museums and private collectors avidly acquired his paintings, and his work was shown in numerous exhibitions including a 1968 solo exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the last American museum show of Zao's work until now.

The importance of Zao's work derives from his singular adaption of visual characteristics of Chinese art within twentieth–century oil–painting idioms. In Zao's hands, abstraction reflected the encounter between two worlds and embraced both European modernism and Chinese metaphysical principles. His groundbreaking internationalist aesthetic marks him as a key figure of twentieth–century transculturalism.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki comprises 49 works in oil, ink, print, and watercolor, spanning more than six decades and includes loans from major institutions in the United States and in Europe. The exhibition is curated by Melissa Walt and Ankeney Weitz, Colby College Museum of Art, and Michelle Yun, Asia Society Museum. A fully illustrated catalogue, the definitive monograph in English on the artist, accompanies the exhibition. A modified version of the exhibition No: Limits: Zao Wou–Ki will be on view at Colby College Museum of Art in early 2017.

No Limits: Zao Wou–Ki is organized into three sections. The first, “Calligraphy is the Starting Point,” shows a transitional moment in Zao's work during the mid–1950s to mid–1960s. His early mastery of Chinese ink and brush techniques had led him to seek the challenges of painting in oil. But after several years in Paris, he looked back to his formative training as he shaped his artistic voice. “Paradoxically, it is to Paris that I owe my return to my [Chinese] roots,” Zao commented in 1961.

The second section of the exhibition, “To Learn is To Create,” showcases earlier works made between 1945 and 1954, a period in which Zao tapped diverse visual traditions and methods, ranging from European painters such as Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, and Paul Klee, to ancient Chinese bronze inscriptions, rubbings from Han–dynasty tomb decorations, and Tang– and Song–dynasty landscape paintings.

The third section, “A Place to Wander,” looks at his mature works across the mediums of oil, ink, and watercolor, painted between 1965 and 2007, that embrace abstraction while exploring landscape, scenery, and the forces of nature.

A number of related programs have been organized to coincide with the exhibition including a half–day symposium on Zao Wou–Ki and the legacy of international postwar abstraction on November 18, a musical exploration by three boundary–crossing artists Jen Shyu, Susie Ibarra, and Samita Sinha on October 1, a series of new feature and short Chinese films on November 3–6, and a family program on December 3.

Exhibition support

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Henry Luce Foundation, the Julis–Rabinowitz Family Art Initiative, Fondation Jean–François and Marie–Laure de Clermont–Tonnerre, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Karen Y. Wang and Kevin J. Masterson, and an anonymous donor. Research, support, and collaboration were provided by Fondation Zao Wou–Ki. We gratefully acknowledge the professional services provided by Christie's.

Support for Asia Society Museum is provided by Asia Society Global Council on Asian Arts and Culture, Asia Society Friends of Asian Arts, Arthur Ross Foundation, Sheryl and Charles R. Kaye Endowment for Contemporary Art Exhibitions, Hazen Polsky Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

About Asia Society Museum

Asia Society Museum presents a wide range of traditional, modern, and contemporary exhibitions of Asian and Asian American art, taking new approaches to familiar masterpieces and introducing under–recognized arts and artists. The Asia Society Museum Collection comprises a traditional art collection, composed of the initial bequests of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd, and a contemporary art collection focused on new media. Founded in 1956, Asia Society is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational institution headquartered in New York with state–of–the–art cultural centers and gallery spaces in Hong Kong and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

Asia Society Museum is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), New York City. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Closed on Mondays and major holidays. General admission is $12, seniors $10, students $7; free for members and persons under 16. Free admission Friday evenings, 6:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M. The Museum is closed Fridays after 6:00 P.M. in July and August.

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Seton Hall University Finance Professor Begins One-Year Appointment With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ—(Marketwired – June 30, 2016) – Frank (Hongfei) Tang, Ph.D., CFA, associate professor of finance in the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, begins a prestigious one–year appointment with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in its Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA). Known as the SEC's “think tank,” the division integrates financial economics and rigorous data analytics into the core mission of the SEC, and is involved in a range of activities, including policy–making, rule–making, enforcement, and examination.

Tang, who will be responsible for rule–making related projects, will be based at SEC headquarters in Washington, D.C., and work as part of a larger team. His appointment begins July 1, 2016.

“[Tang] will bring expertise to the Commission in the area of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). These needs are extremely difficult for DERA to staff because very few potential job candidates have the research experience and expertise as set forth in Dr. Tang's resume.”

Tang has been a faculty member at the Stillman School of Business since 2009. He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests include corporate finance, derivatives, family firms, financial accounting, investments and mutual funds.

“We are so proud of Dr. Tang's appointment and the ground–breaking research that motivated the SEC to offer him this opportunity,” said Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School. “Faculty appointments at the SEC are generally reserved for the very best academic researchers. Dr. Tang is the first Stillman faculty member who has been invited to serve, and I believe that his invitation is an affirmation of the rising prestige of the Stillman School and its faculty.”


Established in 1950, the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University maintains professional accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International. The School is also among the select group that has achieved both business and accounting accreditation, a distinction earned by less than one percent of the world's business schools. The School integrates technology, ethics, and core business skills into challenging undergraduate, graduate and unique dual–degree programs, and is committed to enriching each student's life through an ethics–centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice. Known for academic excellence, the Stillman School has received national recognition from Bloomberg Businessweek, US News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

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One of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 academic programs, Seton Hall's academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall, which embraces students of all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. Its attractive main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles by train, bus or car from New York City, offering a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. The university's nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark.

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New Book From Ayn Rand Institute Press

IRVINE, CA—(Marketwired – June 30, 2016) – The Ayn Rand Institute announces the publication of a new book, Defending Free Speech, which former Jyllands–Posten editor Flemming Rose describes as “a timely collection of excellent articles on current threats to free speech.” Edited by former constitutional lawyer Steve Simpson, ARI's director of Legal Studies, the book serves as both a warning and a call to action: defend free speech — or we will lose it.

Defending Free Speech addresses the Islamist attacks on cartoonists — and our leaders' tepid and appeasing response; the growing culture of sensitivity on America's campuses — in which students seek “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” to shield them from controversial ideas; and the intimidation from our own government — in the investigations of ExxonMobil for climate apostasy and the calls for limits on political speech. Defending Free Speech analyzes not only the threats to free speech, but also the ideas that underlie those threats, as well as the better ideas — reason, egoism, and individual rights — necessary to defend this precious right.

“It's time to admit that freedom of speech is slipping away from us,” said Steve Simpson. “If we don't understand why this is happening and how to defend the right to free speech, we will lose it.”

Harvey Silverglate, civil rights attorney and co–founder of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education describes Defending Free Speech as a “remarkable collection of essays… [that] should inspire and mobilize any friend of liberty to fight even harder for what we all must recognize is a do–or–die battle to protect the core of our civilization.”

In addition to Mr. Simpson, contributors to the book include ARI senior fellows Dr. Onkar Ghate and Elan Journo, and ARI founder Dr. Leonard Peikoff.

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Post-War Truth and Justice Still Elusive in Bougainville

Buildings gutted and scarred by the Bougainville civil war are still visible in the main central town of Arawa. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

Buildings gutted and scarred by the Bougainville civil war are still visible in the main central town of Arawa. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS

By Catherine Wilson
ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Jun 30 2016 (IPS)

Almost every family in the islands of Bougainville, an autonomous region of about 300,000 people in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has a story to tell of death and suffering during the decade long civil war (1989-1998), known as ‘the Crisis.’

Yet fifteen years after the 2001 peace agreement, there is no accurate information about the scale of atrocities which occurred to inform ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts being supported by the government and international donors. Now members of civil society and grassroots communities are concerned that lack of truth telling and transitional justice is hindering durable reconciliation.

“I believe there should be a truth telling program here and I think the timing is right,” Helen Hakena, Director of the Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency, a local non-government organisation, told IPS.

“It is nearly twenty years [since the conflict] and some people have moved on with their lives, while there are others who have just cut off all sense of belonging because they are still hurting.”

Bernard Unabali, Catholic Bishop of Bougainville, concurs. “Truth is absolutely necessary, there is no doubt it is an absolutely necessary thing for peace and justice,” he declared.“People have been accused of killing others during the Crisis and that has carried on in the form of recent killings.” — Rosemary Dekaung

In these tropical rainforest covered islands it is estimated that around 20,000 people, or 10 percent of the population at the time, lost their lives and 60,000 were displaced as the Papua New Guinean military and armed revolutionary groups fought for territorial control. The conflict erupted in 1989 after indigenous landowners, outraged at loss of customary land, environmental devastation and socioeconomic inequality associated with the Rio Tinto majority-owned Panguna copper mine in Central Bougainville, launched a successful campaign to shut it down.

“There is a lot to be done on truth telling. When we talk about the Crisis-related problems our ideas are all mangled together and we are just talking on the surface, not really uprooting what is beneath, what really happened,” said Barbara Tanne, Executive Officer of the Bougainville Women’s Federation in the capital, Buka.

Judicial and non-judicial forms of truth and justice are widely perceived by experts as essential for post-war reconciliation. The wisdom is that if a violent past is left unaddressed, trauma, social divisions and mistrust will remain and fester into further forms of conflict.

Failure to address wartime abuses in Bougainville is considered a factor in resurgent payback and sorcery-related violence, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reports. A study of 1,743 people in Bougainville published last year by the UNDP revealed that one in five men had engaged in sorcery-related violence, while one in two men and one in four women had been witnesses.

Rosemary Dekaung believes that recent witchcraft killings in her rural community of Domakungwida, Central Bougainville, have their origins in the Crisis.

“People have been accused of killing others during the Crisis and that has carried on in the form of recent killings,” she said.

Stephanie Elizah, the Bougainville Government’s Acting Director of Peace, said that transitional justice is a sensitive topic with the ex-combatants due to the partial amnesty period which was agreed to apply only to the period of 1988 to 1995. However, she admits that many reconciliations taking place are not addressing the extent of grievances.

“From feedback from communities that have gone through reconciliation we know that it has not truly addressed a lot of the issues that individuals have….the victims, the perpetrators, those who have been involved in some form of injustice to the next human being; some of them have been allowed to just go and be forgotten,” Elizah said.

International law endorses the rights of any person who has suffered atrocities to know the truth of events, to know the fate and whereabouts of disappeared relatives and see justice done.

In 2014 the Bougainville Government introduced a new missing persons policy, which aims to assist families locate and retrieve the remains of loved ones who disappeared during the Crisis, but excludes compensation or bringing perpetrators to justice.

It is yet to be implemented with three years to go before Bougainville plans a referendum on Independence in 2019.

“A truth commission must be established so people can tell the truth before they make their choice for the political future of Bougainville. Because when we decide our choice, problems associated with the conflict must be addressed,” Alex Amon Jr, President of the Suir Youth Federation, North Bougainville, declared.

Hakena believes there are repercussions if transitional justice doesn’t occur.

“It is happening now. Elderly people are passing on their negative experiences to their sons, who have not experienced that, and who will continue to hate the perpetrator’s family. Years later some of these kids will not know why they hate those people and there will be repercussions,” she elaborated.

The government is planning a review of its peace and security framework this year during which there will be an opportunity to explore people’s views on transitional justice, Elizah said.

The benefits of establishing a truth commission include a state-endorsed public platform for everyone to have their stories heard, give testimony of human rights abuses for possible further investigation and for recommendations to be made on legal and institutional reforms.

At the grassroots, people also point to the immense potential of implementing more widely customary processes of truth telling that have been used for generations.

“We do have traditional ceremonies where everybody comes together, the perpetrators and the victims and all others who are affected and they will thrash and throw out everything. That is very much like a truth commission, where, in the end, they say this is what we did,” Rosemary Moses at the Bougainville Women’s Federation in Arawa said.

Unabali agreed that durable peace should be built first on traditional truth telling mechanisms, which had widespread legitimacy in the minds of individuals and communities, even if a truth commission was also considered.

Avaya Networking and Inocybe Set a New Benchmark for Scalability to Support Internet of Things

BILLERICA, MA—(Marketwired – June 29, 2016) – Avaya today announced it has blown through what's considered the 'normal' limits of scalability for an open, standards–based SDN architecture. Along with Inocybe Technologies, a pure–play OpenDaylight company, Avaya has successfully demonstrated that its SDN Fx™ network architecture can support up to 168,000 devices.

The live test, completed in the company's Billerica labs, offers positive implications for the future of Internet of Things (IoT) deployments for businesses and organizations: According to Gartner, businesses will have more than 7 billion IoT devices connected by 2020; however, current limits on scalability, security and manageability present challenges for many industries, such as healthcare, financial services, and industrial controls. More devices increase management complexity and pose possible threat entry points for unauthorized access that can wreak havoc with critical network functions and data.

Using the Avaya SDN Fx architecture and its Open Network Adapter (ONA), the test demonstrated that scalability, security and manageability can successfully coexist within an open, standards–based environment that also offers the flexibility and interoperability needed for the future of IoT. This demonstration is based on deployments of Avaya SDN Fx Healthcare solution in preparation for expansions to 10,000's of devices.

Neela Jacques, Executive Director of the OpenDaylight Project said,

“To our knowledge, this is the largest scaling ODL architecture being implemented in the market today. Avaya and Inocybe's approach demonstrates OpenDaylight's capabilities and maturity as a scalable networking and IoT platform.”

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Inocybe's commercial turn–key OpenDaylight platform runs the SDN control of Avaya's SDN Fx IoT architecture and offers the following management capabilities:

  • Advanced network segmentation to reduce catastrophic breaches.
  • Automate more secure on–boarding of new devices.
  • Manage inventory of thousands of devices.
  • Assign flow priority by device and traffic type.

The Avaya IoT architecture is designed in three levels to enable maximum scalability, security and manageability:

  • First, an individual ODL instance is enabled to support up to 660 multi–protocol (Openflow and NetConf) virtual switches — in this case, the Avaya ONA. Each edge switch port connects to a virtual switch (the ONA) that connects to an IoT device to be managed.
  • Second, multiple paired instances of Avaya's ODL controller act as a cluster behind a load balancer, provided by KEMP Technologies, which allows the cluster to be viewed as a single entity by IoT devices.[255 limit x 660 = 168,300]
  • Third, a distributed main–memory database and messaging bus allows the SDN solution to provide real–time data replication and consistency across different applications and services for a single control path failover; thus, creating a highly available environment where IoT devices can reconnect to ODL in a near transparent fashion.

Read the blog: Avaya Software–Defined Networking 1.0: Doing It Differently


“Clients often come to us because their current technologies do not support the innovation and flexibility they need. What the Avaya project has demonstrated is that OpenDaylight is the right platform to build a robust IoT security and management platform.”
Mathieu Lemay, CEO, Inocybe Technologies

“It's one thing to connect thousands of devices to a network; it's another to make sure there's the security and manageability required by businesses. This is beyond connections, but eliminating the compromise between large scale deployments, security, and management. Based on our test, businesses can be confident that ODL is a solid, practical foundation for SDN deployments intended to support the future of IoT.”
—Liam Kiely, vice president, Avaya Networking

About Avaya

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world–class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible on–premises and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non–Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Environment enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. The Avaya fabric–based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit

About Inocybe Technologies

Inocybe Technologies Inc. is the number one pure–play OpenDaylight company, delivering all the software, services, training and support needed for running OpenDaylight. Among the top five companies worldwide in contributing open source software to OpenDaylight, Inocybe has helped build and deploy 12% of Global OpenDaylight deployments. Inocybe Technologies is privately held and has been a pioneer in user empowered networking research since 2005. For additional information follow us @inocybetech or visit:

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STAR-CCM+ v11.04 emöglicht Ingenieuren, wichtige Designentscheidungen schneller und mit Zuversicht zu treffen

NEW YORK, NY und LONDON, GROSSBRITANNIEN—(Marketwired – 29. Juni 2016) – CD–adapco, ein globaler Anbieter von Software für multidisziplinäre Ingenieursimulationsanwendungen und Designuntersuchungen, gab heute die Freigabe der Version STAR–CCM+® v11.04 bekannt, seiner branchenführenden Simulationslösung für Ingenieuranwendungen. Diese Version soll es Ingenieuren unterschiedlicher Branchen ermöglichen, wichtige Designentscheidungen schnell und vertrauensvoll treffen zu können, und zwar durch neue Modellierfunktionen, verbesserte Simulationsabläufe und eine Verkürzung der Time–to–Solution überhaupt.

„STAR–CCM+ v11.04 bleibt darauf ausgerichtet, Ingenieure effektiver zu machen und ihnen zu ermöglichen, bessere Designs zu entdecken, und zwar schneller,” sagte Jean–Claude Ercolanelli, Senior VP of Product Management von CD–adapco. „Diese Version weitet die Anwendungsbreite auch in Branchen wie Turbomaschinen, Marine, Öl und Gas, Luftfahrt, Landtransporte und Elektromaschinen aus.”

Am 14. Juni gab Siemens bekannt, dass STAR–CCM+ Teil seines Simcenterâ„¢ –Portfolios ist, einer umfassenden Suite von Simulations– und Testlösungen für Predictive Engineering Analytics [Prognosefunktionen]. Zweck von Simcenter ist, Unternehmen bei der Entwicklung digitaler Zwillinge zu helfen, die das Verhalten von Produkten unter realen Bedingungen prognostizieren können und komplexe Ingenenieursherausforderungen angehen.

„Wir sind begeistert und stolz, STAR–CCM+ nun als Teil des Simcenter–Portfolios zu haben”, sagte Ercolanelli. „Siemens baut eine leistungsstarke Suite von Simulations– und Testlösungen auf, die unsere Mission fördert, unseren Kunden zu ermöglichen, die Produktleistung über den gesamten Produktlebenszyklus hinweg früher und genauer vorherzusagen. Unser ständiges Bestreben, zielgerichtete Softwareversionen herauszubringen, führt – in Kombination mit dem Simcenter–Portfolio – zu leistungsstärkeren und innovativeren Produkten.”

STAR–CCM+ v11.04 hat viele neue Funktionen, die aufgrund von Ideen aufgenommen wurden, die auf IdeaStorm, dem Innovationsforum von CD–adapco für Kunden, eingestellt wurden. Dazu gehören:

  • Erweiterte Multiphasen–Simulationsfähigkeiten für Turbomaschinen–Kunden für Anwendungen wie Pumpen und Feuchtgaskompressoren.
  • Erhöhte Genauigkeit und schnellere Time–to–Solution für Kunden in den Bereichen Marine und Gas mit einem neuen Wave–Forcing–Modell und automatischer Zeitschritt–Adjustierung für vorübergehende Läufe.
  • Reduzierte Time–to–Solution für Luftfahrt– und Bodentransport–Kunden durch die Ermöglichung von stationären Flüssigfilmsimulationen, wo erforderlich, für Anwendungen wie Wassermanagement und Flugzeugvereisung.
  • Gesteigerte Flexibilität und erhöhter Bedienkomfort für Bodentransport– und Elektronik–Kunden bei der Modellierung konjugierter Wärmeübertragung von Verbundlaminatstrukturen.
  • Einführung von 3D–Finite–Elemente–Elektromagnetik, was die Multiphysik–Plattform von STAR–CCM+ weiter auf die Modellierung elektromagnetischer Probleme für Anwendungen wie Elektromaschinen, Transformatoren und Plasmageräten ausweitet.

Über CD–adapco

CD–adapco (– ist ein weltweit tätiges Unternehmen für Ingenieursimulationen mit einer einzigartigen Vision für Multidisciplinary Design eXploration (MDX). Ingenieursimulation bietet den zuverlässigsten Informationsfluss in den Designprozess, der Innovationen vorantreibt und die Kosten für Produktentwicklungen senkt. Simulationstools von CD–adapco, angeführt vom Flaggschiffprodukt STAR–CCM+®, ermöglichen Kunden, bessere Designs schneller zu erkennen. Die Lösungen des Unternehmens decken eine große Bandbreite von Ingenieurdisziplinen ab, einschließlich Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Computational Solid Mechanics (CSM), Wärmeübertragung, Partikeldynamik, reaktive Strömungen, Elektrochemie, Akustik und Rheology. In den letzten drei Geschäftsjahren hat CD–adapco seinen Umsatz – zu konstanten Wechselkursen – um durchschnittlich über 12 % jährlich gesteigert. CD–adapco beschäftigt über 900 Fachkräfte, die an 40 strategischen Standorten auf der ganzen Welt arbeiten.

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Preventable Child Deaths Not Always Linked to Poorest Countries: UNICEF

Millions of children still die before reaching their fifth birthday every year, according to the 2016 State of The World’s Children Report released here Tuesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The report, which is released annually, shows that a country’s income does not always determine progress in child mortality. Many poorer countries are outpacing their richer neighbours […]

FACS Selects Conga as a Technology Partner in State Child Protection Infrastructure Overhaul

DENVER, CO and SEATTLE, WA and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM—(Marketwired – Jun 28, 2016) – Conga, the provider of a suite of acceleration solutions for managing data, document generation, reports and contracts leveraging Salesforce data, announced today that it has been selected as a technology partner by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services [FaCS] as it overhauls its child protection IT infrastructure. This $100 million program will enable FaCS to build and deliver the ChildStory platform, a collaborative child–centric information technology system that integrates networks, data, documentation, and support groups to provide the best possible care for children in need. This ensures that families, case workers, carers, and service providers have access to the information and resources they need to work together to keep each and every child safe.

Salesforce was selected, along with Conga and CloudSense, after an in–depth evaluation process, which included an implementation planning study in which the partners worked closely with FaCS staff to design a customized solution to address their unique needs.

ChildStory will leverage Conga Composer, Conga's core document generation solution, to streamline and automate the data–driven creation, merging, and delivery of child profiles and case documentation. Composer will not only greatly reduce the countless hours case workers spend assembling and processing critical documentation, it will also ensure its accuracy by eliminating manual entry and merging of multiple data sources. 

“We are extremely proud to be a part of this important initiative,” said Jarrod Hunt, Conga APAC Operations Manager. ”It is imperative that any and all resources be employed to help maintain the safety of our children. Working directly with FaCS staff, we recognised the complexity of the tasks they perform on a daily basis, their immediate needs, and how we could best contribute. By replacing time–consuming manual document development processes with fast and easy implementation solutions, we can help free up case workers and support groups to focus on the primary objective of ChildStory — tending to our children in need and their families,” said Hunt.

“Sharing information is a key element of good casework and ChildStory will be developed in a way that allows this information to be available to make the best possible decisions,” said ChildStory Program Director Greg Wells. ”This is a fantastic opportunity to use innovative design and technology to improve how we provide child protection services and make the most of the skills the sector has.”

Implementation of ChildStory and its partner integrations has already begun and will continue to develop in the coming months and years.

For more information on ChildStory, please visit

To learn more about Conga, please visit

About Conga
Since 2006, Conga has been the go–to application provider for Salesforce users who want to optimise their CRM investment and accelerate their sales cycle. The Conga Suite of products, which includes Composer, the #1 paid for application on the Salesforce AppExchange, increases the value of the Sales Cloud by simplifying and automating data, documents, contracts and reporting.

As a Salesforce Platinum Partner with industry–recognised products and support, Conga has rapidly built a base of more than 150,000 users, in 45+ countries, across all industries. Thousands of customers rely on Conga daily to manage and simplify critical business processes, including leading companies like Hilton Worldwide, Sony, Expedia, Schumacher Group and CBRE. 

The company is privately–held and based in Colorado with global operations in the UK and Australia. Learn more at or follow Conga on Twitter: @CongaMerge.

NCCN Publishes New Patient Education Resources About Myelodysplastic Syndromes

FORT WASHINGTON, PA—(Marketwired – June 28, 2016) – Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are the result of genetic alterations that cause blood stem cells to become abnormal, rendering bone marrow unable to create new, mature blood cells for release into the body. It is estimated that up to 15,000 new cases of MDS are diagnosed in the United States each year and that up to 75,000 Americans are living with MDS.[1]

To provide insight on MDS for patients and caregivers, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published the NCCN Guidelines for Patients® and NCCN Quick Guide™ for MDS. These resources are provided through funding from the NCCN Foundation® and, in part, through generous sponsorship from the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF).

“NCCN Foundation thanks the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation for their generous sponsorship of the NCCN Guidelines for Patients: MDS,” said Marcie R. Reeder, MPH, Executive Director, NCCN Foundation. “Access to these new, easy–to–understand resources empowers patients to ask important questions and make well–informed decisions about their cancer care.”

“We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with NCCN to develop this valuable patient resource,” said Kathleen Weis, CEO of AAMDSIF. “Education has always been a key component of our mission, and we are proud to have contributed to the creation of these important guidelines for MDS patients and their families.”

NCCN Guidelines for Patients, patient–friendly translations of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), are easy–to–understand resources based on the same clinical practice guidelines used by health care professionals around the world to determine the best way to treat a patient with cancer. Each resource features unbiased expert guidance from the nation's leading cancer centers designed to help people living with cancer talk with their physicians about the best treatment options for their disease. These resources are available free of charge at Print versions are available to order on

NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets — one–page summaries of key points in the patient guidelines — are written in plain language and include patient–friendly elements, such as questions to ask your doctor, a glossary of terms, and medical illustrations of anatomy, tests, and treatments. NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ sheets DO NOT replace the expertise and clinical judgment of the clinician.

NCCN currently offers NCCN Guidelines for Patients for the following: Breast, Colon, Esophageal, Kidney, Non–Small Cell Lung, Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate Cancers; Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL); Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults; Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL); Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML); Hodgkin Lymphoma; Lung Cancer Screening; Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; MDS; Melanoma; Multiple Myeloma; Non–Hodgkin's Lymphomas; and Soft Tissue Sarcoma.

To download the NCCN Guidelines for Patients and NCCN Quick Guide™ for MDS, visit

About NCCN Foundation

Through philanthropy, the NCCN Foundation® empowers people through knowledge and advances the mission of NCCN to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care, so that patients can live better lives. Visit

About Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

AAMDSIF is the world's leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and related bone marrow failure diseases. It also funds scientific research and provides health professionals, patients and families with free educational programs.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not–for–profit alliance of 27 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high–quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision–makers.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Omaha, NE; Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland, OH; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana–Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Jacksonville, FL, and Rochester, MN; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes–Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, WI; Vanderbilt–Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT.

Clinicians, visit Patients and caregivers, visit Media, visit

[1] Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). AAMDSIF Home. Accessed June 20, 2016.

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