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Turning Point – Continuing the Archie K. Davis Legacy

I was reminded last week that January 9th is a significant date for the state of North Carolina.  That is the day back in 1959 where, during a formal luncheon with members of The Research Triangle Committee, Archie K. Davis announced he had raised $1.425 million (equivalent to $998.783 million today) from across the xLindaBlogstate; in essence, making the dream and vision of The Research Triangle Park a reality.  These contributions paid for the land, launched the Research Triangle Institute and passed control of The Research Triangle Park to its non-profit steward and developer, the Research Triangle Foundation.

In 1958 Archie — Associated with Wachovia Bank at the time, was asked by Governor Luther Hodges to assist in raising the crucial funds to initiate the science park.  Recognizing the success of the Research Triangle would be extremely important for North Carolina’s future economic direction, he agreed on the basis that the endeavor be designed for public service rather than for private gain.  By doing so, he was able to appeal to corporations, institutions and private investors interested in serving the State.  As a result, one of the most successful public/private partnerships was born.

The vision and commitment of pioneering such a big idea obviously required passion, dedication and perseverance.   Initiated in 1956 it took years to see its fruition.   But there would have been no success without the monies raised by Archie Davis.  He called on people across our state at a time whenRTP Map 1958 our economic forecast was not optimistic.  He appealed to their sense of public service and generosity for a simple purpose:   to make North Carolina a better place to live and work (by providing a generator for economic growth).  By raising the money to facilitate the RTP vision, Archie created the turning point of the idea – from vision to reality.

More than 50 years later the Research Triangle Foundation remains focused on continuing that legacy and commitment began by Archie K. Davis, Robert M. Hanes, Governor Luther Hodges and other members of that original founding committee. Recognizing we, as stewards of the RTP, have a responsibility to the people of North Carolina to continue to ensure the Research Triangle Park remains a strong influencer and contributor to the state’s economic growth and stability, the Foundation is reassessing and redeveloping areas of the Park to ensure it remains strong, vital and relevant going forward.  And as Archie realized in 1958, gaining the support of business and community leaders will be pivotal once again in attaining those goals…

Representing another important turning point in the RTP legacy. 

For Women, By Women: But it’s Not Just About Women

hba lOGO FILEHealthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Research Triangle Park Chapter recently hosted their end of year celebration here in the RTP’s Archie K. Davis Conference Center, benefiting Susan G. Komen NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate. Attendees enjoyed food and beverages, live music, raffles and a silent auction.  But most noticeable was the spirit of camaraderie and support…from HBA who organized this wonderful event, those that donated raffle and auction items and importantly, attendees who gave their time (and money) to this worthy cause.Photo 1 - HBA - SGK EventPhoto 2 HBA - SGL Event

HBA furthers the impact and awareness of women in healthcare through networking opportunities, education and knowledge sharing and achievement recognition. For more information on HBA RTP please visit: http://www.hbanet.org/chapters/rtp

As many of us know, Susan G. Komen is a powerful force in the treatment and cure of breast cancer. sgk-logo_topBut Komen impacts much more through research, education and community health programs. The organization has invested over $800 million in research, supporting over 2200 grants dealing with basic biology, treatment and survivorship. Knowledge gained from many projects result in a better understanding of all cancers.

Closer to home, the NC Triangle Affiliate was established in 2005 and covers 29 NC counties.  Seventy-five percent of funds raised by the Affiliate are returned to the kv_komen_logo NC Triangle Parkcommunity via investments to provide life-saving education, screening, treatment and post treatment services, with the remaining  twenty-five percent of funds raised supporting national research.  Susan G. Komen is the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research, outside of the US federal government.   Our community saw $3.6 million in grants awarded locally to doctors and researchers at Duke and UNC by Susan G. Komen in 2013. For more information on the NC Triangle Affiliate of Susan G. Komen:  http://www.komennctriangle.org/

Susan G. Komen and its Affiliates and supporters are truly a testament to the power of business and community coming together to find solutions and provide benefits on both a national and local level. The RTP was founded on such vision more than 50 years ago – creating a better future for North Carolina. RTP companies, founding universities and stakeholders continue to enhance the lives of all North Carolinians and impact communities all over the world.

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EV Challenge – Charging Students with Growth

cropped-cropped-EVC-Logo1Recently the Research Triangle Park’s Archie K. Davis Conference Center hosted the EV Challenge Benefit which provided attendees with a first-hand look at the exciting educational opportunities provided through this inspiring program.  Started seventeen years ago, the mission of the EV Challenge is to energize high school students about engineering through a real world electric vehicle program.EV Challenge 3

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While building full-size plug-in vehicles students gain knowledge not only in engineering disciplines but learn about environmental impact, engage community support and improve public speaking skills along the way.

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The program has literally changed lives.  Research indicates:

  • 84% of students become more confident in their ability to learn science.
  • 68% of students become higher performers in their science class.
  • 34% of students are more likely to pursue a career in engineering.
  •  30% of students are more likely to pursue a career in science.

Currently serving high schools in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, West Virginia and Iowa, EV Challenge would like to expand for a national reach, providing more teachers across the country with the materials and support needed to conduct a year-long program.

The RTP Conference Center is proud to host the EV Challenge event annually.  Like the EV Challenge program, the Research Triangle Park was built on the belief that strength in education, partnerships, community support and commitment can produce positive and far-reaching benefits.  To learn more about the EV Challenge and ways you can support this organization, please contact: info@evchallengekids.org or 415-710-1566.

 

Fidelity Investments® – Living Up to Its Name

Fidelity Investments® celebrated the official opening of its beautiful LEED certified Research Triangle Park campus last Thursday located at New Millennium Way.  While the ceremony included well-known government officials and high-profile business leaders, the real focus was on the giving nature of Fidelity staffers and their ongoing investment in the community.

Fidelity not only brings thousands of jobs to North Carolina, it brings an impressive commitment to the community and state through its voluntary educational support.  This was evidenced at the close of their ceremony where over 300 Fidelity employees were called to “Board that Bus” by Governor McCrory, Mayor Bell and Fidelity executives, 

to take part in the firm’s signature “School Transformation Day” at Lowe’s Grove Middle School, recently designated a STEM magnet school.  Volunteers worked with students and teachers that day, completing seven identified projects to transform the school into a “School of Technology”.

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“…This kind of teamwork and community investment makes Fidelity a welcome and valuable asset to our state,” stated Governor McCrory.

“Fidelity’s sizeable investment in our Research Triangle Park campus reflects our commitment to North Carolina and the important role the state  plays in allowing us to help our customers achieve their financial goals,” said  Ronald P. O’Hanley, President, Fidelity Asset Management.  “Our ability to deliver exceptional value for our customers depends on a talented and motivated work force, which is why we are so pleased with the quality of people who have joined our team here.”

We are fortunate to have such neighbors here in the RTP with such strong community focus and vision who do so much for others by investing in public-private partnerships such as these.

Art in the Park – A Modern View (Point)

The Research Triangle Park Is introducing an exciting new Partnership with CAM Raleigh!  This program not only brings beautiful contemporary works of art to The RTP Headquarters lobby and Conference Center, but offers benefits to all RTP employees and their families through discounted memberships!

As a non-collecting museum, CAM is dedicated to presenting innovative, emerging artistic approaches and relevant works of contemporary art and design – providing a fresh and ever-changing viewpoint.  CAM’s focus, combined with their collaborative spirit and educational platform and programs make them an ideal partner for The RTP.

With close to 40,000 knowledge workers The RTP is made up of creative, innovative thinkers that change the way we live – and like CAM, perhaps the way we look at life.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is mysterious – the fundamental emotion which starts at the cradle of true art and true science.”

Albert Einstein 

So please stop in the next time you are in the neighborhood and see some beautiful photographs presently on display by Andrew Moore, Jeff Liao and others.  We will be rotating our displayed pieces regularly to introduce new works and will publish updates on our website.  Stay tuned for RTP community events involving some of these magnificent works as well as other engaging artistic viewpoints!

Learn more about CAM  Raleigh and available programs and exhibitions at camraleigh.org.

For RTP membership discount information please contact your RTP HR Dept. or conferencecenter@rtp.org

                           

Leadership Lessons Learned

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”

                                                          John F. Kennedy

In this changing economic business environment it is more important than ever for companies to optimize their resources and operate more efficiently.  Nurturing and training good leaders to manage and protect your brand is crucial.  This was the focus last Thursday at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center located in the RTP Headquarters.   Led by renowned training expert, Dr. Bauback Yeganeh, RTP company managers learned how to hone their leadership skills in the first of three events focused on leadership.

The first session – Intentional Leadership – examined practices and routines that may have worked well in the past but need to be reviewed and updated to reach new personal and professional goals.  “Being aware of accumulated work routines and how they may help and/or hinder performance is the first step to practicing specific mind-management techniques that enable us to be intentional in the actions that impact our organizations and lives,” stated Dr. Yeganeh.

There was plenty of lively discussion and group interaction as participants explored ways of utilizing different leadership tools in addressing their own personal business challenges, replacing “automatic” thoughts and reactions with behaviors that would more positively enable their desired outcome.  Participants were also given “Intentional Leader Practices” to assist in mindfully developing productive reactions and outcomes based on different result scenarios.

There are two more sessions planned in this series:

  • Intelligent Communication – February 28th
  • Developing Others at Work – March 28th

Both sessions are offered at no charge to RTP employees by the Research Triangle Foundation through the Archie K. Davis Conference Center located in the RTP Headquarters at 12 Davis Drive, from 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm with a reception following.

Space is limited.  This offer is only available to RTP employees, verified with a RTP email address.

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Electric Vehicles Spark a Positive Charge in Teens

EV (Electric Vehicle) Challenge has been teaching the principles of electric vehicle design and construction since 1995.  A program of the non-profit, Raleigh-based, Electric Vehicle Coalition, EV Challenge provides high school students with hands-on training in designing, building and operating electric vehicles.   We currently have 18 high schools here in North Carolina building electric cars.    http://www.EVChallengeKids.org

I had the opportunity to hear what both students and high school teachers had to say about participation in the program at a meeting held in the RTP Conference Center recently.  While not only for engineering-bound students, the program relies on the engineering discipline, STEM subjects and collaboration.

Both teachers and students praised the program for its problem-solving focus, hands-on learning environment and team-building spirit.  Students cited the program as inspirational and felt it impacted their choice for college – particularly steering them towards engineering in some cases.   “Not all will become engineers but all can have an engineering spirit,” stated one teacher.   All agreed, citing that engineering is a mindset that applies across all learning applications, creating better problem-solvers.

Not only does this program introduce high school students to academic choices and opportunities in higher education it also strives to instill an awareness and connectivity with the environment through cleaner cars and educating the public.  Students compete in events showcasing their vehicles and practicing their public speaking skills.

Clearly this program is about much more than clean energy… Students designing solutions that address current real-world problems which influence and educate for a better tomorrow…What could be more sustainable?

RTP – The Story Starts Here

Beginning October 26th, more than 400 science journalists will be gathering in the Research Triangle Region to attend the ScienceWriters 2012 Conference.  The agenda begins at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters located at 12 Davis Drive with a welcome reception, Park tours and a chance to learn about the history, companies and R&D in the RTP.   

Dubbed a meeting for “science writers, by science writers,” this conference will take place October 26-30 and will be based at the Raleigh Convention Center.  The program includes workshops, briefings and visits to area universities.   Plenty of social events are planned as well.   The NASW (National Association of Science Writers) Science in Society Awards Gala is scheduled  Saturday night at the beautiful new Nature Research Center.  And if you are in downtown Raleigh on Sunday night you may see a few attendees dressed in costumes roaming the streets attending the SCONC (Science Communicators of NC) Halloween party!  

It is fitting that this event should kick-off in the RTP…The Park is the largest research park in the U.S. and is recognized around the world for its critical mass of pioneering research.  The RTP is honored to be part of this event.  Our own story began with a quest for scientific research and it is that same quest that drives Park companies today.

Durham Gets Creative with Food to Benefit Thousands!

The second annual Creative Food Drive (CFD) in Durham is underway and is being hosted this year by MHAworks to raise food and awareness benefiting Housing for New Hope and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.  Like last year, registered teams will compete to build structures from donated food at the event on September 22nd taking place at Rigsbee North (Motorco and Full Steam).  Roughly 500 people are expected to turn out for the competition which will include live music, games and local food and drink vendors.  Click here for more info.

“It’s a great way for the Durham community to learn about our branch in the city and to provide meals for families who may need our help,” said Linda Fisher, Special Events and Food Drive Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern Carolina.   Last year the event raised over 8,160 meals for the Food Bank. 

The Research Triangle Park is throwing its creativity into the competition this year.  The RTP team is kicking off its donation drive on Thursday, August 16th at the RTP Headquarters (12 Davis Drive) with a Creative Food Drive-In Breakfast!   The first 150 participants who bring in two non-perishable food items between 7:30 am and 9:00 am qualify for a free breakfast sandwich and coffee — all without leaving their vehicle.  So stop in and help us make Thursday’s breakfast the most important meal of the day!

Our region is known for creativity and innovation as demonstrated with efforts like  CFD…What a great way to involve the community to benefit so many! 

 

 

GlaxoSmithKline’s Scientific Contribution to the 2012 Olympic Games

(Did you know….)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is the Official Laboratory Services Provider for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games through its Global Headquarters in London.   GSK employees developed procedures and set up equipment for a 24-hour drug-testing laboratory which is the size of seven tennis courts located in Harlow, about 28 miles from London.    Actual testing will be done by 150 scientists under the direction of Professor David Cowan of King’s College, London.  It is reported more tests will be carried out at this year’s Games than at any other Olympic event. 

Here’s a Short List of Numbers for a Long List of Results:

    • Lab will run tests 24/7
    • Over 240 prohibited substances will be tested for
    • Shortest test turnaround will be 24 hours
    • Up to 400 samples will be tested every day
    • Up to 6250 samples will be tested during Games
    • Up to 50 percent of all competing athletes will be tested including every Olympic medalist

      GSK Chief Executive, Andrew Witty, said, “We are immensely proud to be a partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and want to celebrate the role we play in bringing science to the Games…As the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company, we will bring our expertise to running a world class laboratory that will carry out more anti-doping tests than ever before at an Olympics, making London 2012 the cleanest possible Games.”

Marlon Devonish, Olympic gold medalist said, “Winning an Olympic medal is the best feeling in the world and as an athlete it’s so important to know that anyone who stands on the podium has got there through their own hard work and dedication, not by doping.  The work done by GlaxoSmithKline, LOCOG and King’s to provide the London 2012 anti-doping programme helps to give athletes the assurance that the Games will be fair and athletes are competing clean.”

Celebrating their involvement in the Games, GSK displays signage on the side of their headquarters in London.  The sign, which is 41m wide sits on the side of GSK’s building annex to the M4 and A4 in Brentford and welcomes millions of people to London.   More than 78,000 people will see the sign every day from their cars as they drive in and out of London. 

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Including  their presence in the Research Triangle Park and London, Glaxo currently employs approximately 97,000 employees in more than 100 countries.

GSK - Ensuring fair competition through science …Truly a world-class contribution and commitment!