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All first-time Hasidic grooms prepare for their wedding night by getting blow-by-blow instructions from a rabbi. But one young man did something unique: He recorded their conversation.

The 25-minute Yiddish recording, made in Williamsburg around 2017, found its way to Frieda Vizel, a formerly Hasidic tour guide of the area. Vizel translated the lesson to English, changing just enough details to preserve the anonymity of the groom and his teacher.

“Instead of seeing Hasidic sex as abusive or as perfect and pure, this is just the experience in a very raw form,” said Vizel in a phone interview.

To me, the raw form was a revelation.

My knowledge of Hasidic sex begins and ends with the TV shows “Shtisel” and “Unorthodox.” 

“You have a hole inside you, leading to a hallway, leading to a little door,” Esty, the young woman in “Unorthodox,” is told by a “bride teacher” in advance of her wedding night. “When the man enters the hallway with his…”

“No!” Esty interjects, horrified — and scene. Esty’s experiences in the marital bed turn out to be physically painful and emotionally miserable. Ultimately — and not just because she dreads having sex with her husband — she ends up fleeing the Hasidic community.

But the real lesson taught pre-wedding night, as translated by Vizel, struck me as far more sensitive. It is still a man Hasid-splaining a woman’s feelings to another man. But the groom teacher began well before the real sex — which was the first pleasant surprise. He detailed what the groom should do in the yichud room, where traditional brides and grooms go for a bit after the wedding ceremony.

“You say to her, ‘Mazel tov, Libby!’ shaking her hand with both of yours. Okay?”

He told the groom what blessing the couple must recite. 

“As soon as you finish this with ‘Amen,’ let go of her hand, embrace her. give her a good kiss here and here. Okay? On the cheek. Not on the mouth. Okay. And as soon as you are done kissing her, you let go of her and you say: ‘Wow! Libby, your gown is BEAUTIFUL! It came out so gorgeous! It came out so stunning! Very, very nice!’”

There’s usually no sex in the yichud room — another urban myth busted. Instead, the teacher instructed his pupil to slow down and talk to his bride.

“‘Libby, how was your day?’” the teacher told the groom to ask. “‘When did you come to the wedding hall? When did you say the afternoon prayers? Were you able to sleep last night?’ But you won’t ask everything because she is going to be asking you back: ‘Yossi, How was your day?’ You’ll say how your day went, and so it’ll go one after the other.”

After the festive meal, the teacher said, Yossi is to escort Libby through the women’s side of the celebration to the men’s side, where she stops. 

“When you get to the men’s side, tell your bride, ‘Libby, be well! Enjoy the wedding, I will see you later!’” 

The lesson picked up in the apartment after the wedding. 

“Say to her, ‘Libby, please come. Let me help you take off your gown because I want you to be more comfortable.’ Then you go into the kitchen, eat a little, chat a little. Then you go get ready to go to sleep. You’ll recite the Shema and take a shower.”

After the shower, more talking.

“‘Libby, do you want me to be comfortable?’” the teacher instructed his student to say. “‘When you are comfortable, I am comfortable. Please, make yourself comfortable, the wig, whatever, but just be comfortable.’”

The rebbe continued with advice for conversation: “‘What do you think of the wedding music? What do you think of the pianist? What do you think of the singer?’ You talk about the wedding.

“After a minute, you’ll take your hand and put it on her shoulder, wrap it around her. And you tell her: ‘You know Libby, I was in here in the apartment today, and you did such a beautiful job.’ And as you say the word ‘such’ you embrace her with both arms. And you are going to give her a few deep kisses on her cheek; here two-three, there two-three. But now, FOR SURE, she returns the embrace.”

There was, in this instruction, a lot of what a therapist would call checking in. The groom’s teacher knew his pupil would be nervous. As Vizel pointed out to me, while Hasidic men may get pointers from their siblings or peers, it’s not like they have any hands-on experience. And the point the teacher kept pressing was: Speak with her. Listen to her. Take your time. 

It was all very un-”Unorthodox,” where the man swung himself on top of the shaking bride without a how-do-you-do.

“And you talk to her very sweetly,” the teacher continued. “Tell her how much you love her, and how beautiful she is, and how beautiful she looked at the wedding, you can talk to her! Tell her how beautifully she set up the apartment, and how beautiful it is set up inside, in the cabinets. You’ll take your arm off her, you’ll give her a piece of cake, give her something to drink, give her a chocolate. You eat, you schmooze. What do you talk about? You talk more about the wedding.”

Up to this point, it was all, “How to be with a partner,” and not, “What to do in bed” — and is that such terrible relationship advice for any two people? 

Eventually, after kissing the mezuzah and undressing — without looking — the two are to lie down in bed. The teacher’s description of what to do there started out, again, very un-”Unorthodox,” a kind of choreography. One step leads to another and before you know it, you’re dancing. 

“So what you’ll do is, you’ll touch only her face,” he said. “Stroke her face. Her face, her forehead. You can give her a kiss on her forehead. And you kiss her, and you stroke her face, and tell her how delicious it is, tell her how much you waited for her, tell her how much you love her, tell her how beautiful she is.

“Tell her how much you enjoy her. Tell her how delicious it is to be lying next to her.”

“And tell her that you only want one thing: that she should be happy. That this is your single mission in life.”

“How long will you lie with her? However long you want! A half-hour, an hour, an hour and a half. I don’t care. However long you want. Okay?”

“Now. When you feel ready, you want to go, you want to do it, what do you do?”

At this point in the transcript, there’s … an ellipsis.

Vizel herself was married at 18 years old in the Hasidic tradition, and, like all brides, first met with a bride teacher. The sex descriptions in the recording brought back traumatic memories, she said, without going into detail. 

“It was,” she said, “a very intense emotional experience.”

So Vizel couldn’t bring herself to include the real sex instructions which, she said, was “like a medical guide. ‘You spread her legs and you lift this and —” Vizel added some far more graphic terminology — “You’re done. That’s all.”

She did pick up the translation immediately after. 

The moment you feel that it is finished,” the teacher said, “you must jump out of bed. Jump out of bed. OK.”

This is because the Jewish laws of family purity dictate that any physical touch between husband and wife is forbidden after their first sexual encounter until 12 days later. Vizel explained that the groom must check the sheets for her blood, the presence of which requires a 12-day separation. 

If the sex and its immediate aftermath described by the groom teacher are far from what we think of as romantic or satisfying, Vizel said the entire translation offers some sort of corrective. 

The groom teacher, she said, has the challenge of “making sure that a couple gets off on the right start. You know, they can figure out sex, they can figure out what’s allowed later. It will be fine as long as they don’t have this terrible wedding night where they’re traumatized by not knowing if they did it right.”

She said many husbands will continue to consult with the groom teacher after the first night, and the brides with their teacher, a kallah teacher.  

Vizel translated the instructions because, judging by the questions her tour participants ask, people are fascinated by the sex lives of Hasids. I read it intently, because, well, so am I. It’s a culture at once so close and so foreign, us but not us. 

It’s also a culture, judging by this transcript, that popular culture tends to caricature. The groom’s teacher transcript shows another side, bound, maybe warped, by an antique and male-centric set of rules, but still far more nuanced than I was led to expect.

“It’s an effort to try to get  people to really give each other a real chance. That was my experience. It’s awkward and painful and beautiful,” Vizel said. “And it’s much more complicated.”

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The agreement covers exclusive localizations in Portuguese and German, allowing both parties to expand Lean Six Sigma to key markets.

EXIN, an independent examination institute focusing on competencies required in the digital world, is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Lean Six Sigma Academy (LSSA). Together the two organizations will collaborate to provide the EXIN LSSA Lean Six Sigma Certification program. The program will offer three modules: Yellow Belt, Green Belt, and Black Belt. In addition, it will be launched initially in English in Q2, with localizations in Dutch, (Brazilian) Portuguese, and German to follow. For EXIN accredited partners, early accreditation will be starting soon.

This addition to EXIN's Digital Skills Portfolio will strengthen the range of certifications in the Lean, DevOps, and Agile fields. This offering allows EXIN to provide an even wider range of relevant certifications to our community. Moreover, EXIN's strong presence in the Indian, Brazilian and German markets enables EXIN and LSSA to work together to further expand the Lean Six Sigma community.

Commenting on the added value of this partnership Suzanne Galletly, Portfolio Director at EXIN, remarks:

"We are very pleased to be able to add the Lean Six Sigma program to our portfolio, as it complements our current offerings perfectly. Lean Six Sigma can help organizations to optimize their business processes by providing a holistic approach to continuous improvement. Our partnership with LSSA will enable us to strengthen our broad portfolio of certifications and career paths related to Agile, DevOps, and Lean. These subjects are increasingly relevant in the digital context."

Michiel Buysing Damsté, CEO at EXIN, further adds:

"At EXIN, we believe that professional excellence boosts organizational performance. We support organizations and their professionals to acquire the right competencies to thrive in the digital transformation, and the Lean Six Sigma program supports this aim. EXIN has a long-standing presence in markets globally which we are very proud of. LSSA is a leading international standard for Lean Six Sigma co-developed by the University of Twente and the University of Grenoble. The program is widely adopted by leading multinationals for their staff. We look forward to this exciting new chapter in our journey to assist organizations in boosting their performance with an extended range of relevant certifications."

The LSSA Academy is enthusiastic about getting started, saying:

"The cooperation with EXIN contributes to LSSA's ambitions to create one uniform Lean Six Sigma standard across the world. By joining our efforts, we can cooperatively establish and grow the Lean Six Sigma standard globally, starting in new regions, such as India, Brazil, and Germany. We are looking forward to the prospect of expanding our certifications into these exciting new markets."

About LSSA Lean Six Sigma Academy (LSSA) is the Scheme Owner of Lean Six Sigma. LSSA has designed the body of knowledge for Lean Six Sigma training and certification because LSSA believes in one uniform and internationally recognized standard. LSSA aims to create an open, professional, and quality driven community with a network of worldwide Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) and renowned test institutions.

LSSA has developed a series of training content for each Lean Six Sigma belt, including but not limited to skill set, study books, presentations, posters, templates and test questions. These materials are used by the whole LSSA network. For more information, please visit

About EXIN We are EXIN, an independent examination institute focusing on competencies required in the digital world. We offer an end-to-end solution for certifying professionals. We are proud to be part of the Software Improvement Group (SIG), as together, we are creating a healthier digital world. While SIG focuses on assessing and certifying IT Processes and Technology, we have our focus on People. Together, we cover the trifecta of People, Process, and Technology.

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Killexams : Adedayo: Agile Technology Will Boost Firms’ Growth, Profitability


Chief Executive Officer of Zhill Systems, an information technology  consulting firm incorporated in the United States  and Nigeria, Olatunji Adedayo, speaks on the importance of emerging technologies in business growth and how organisations can leverage technology for profitability. Emma Okonji brings the excepts:

Agile technology is an evolving technology that is already disrupting the global tech space. What informed your decision to bring the technology to Nigeria, along side other emerging technologies like the cloud computing?

Zhill Systems is an information technology  (IT) consulting firm that was incorporated in the United States (US) and Nigeria to offer borderless quality services in cloud computing, tech sales, agile staffing, training, agile and digital transformation. We partner  several IT companies to provide end-to-end digital solutions that increases collaborations, productivity and profitability. Some of our partners are Zoom,, Adobe. We became a gold partner of Trend Micro and therefore can provide network, device and enterprise security solutions at competitive prices. We are also a Consulting Partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS). In the Agile space, we are accredited/authorised by some of the reputable global training, accrediting and certifying organisations, such as EXIN,, Scrum Study/VMEdu, ICAgile.

Our membership with ICAgile gives us the opportunity to promote agility across different domains and that is the reason we have brought agile leadership to Nigeria to help organisations strategise and transform in the Nigerian economy.

What are the value propositions driving the performance of Zhill Systems in the technology space?

Zhill Systems as a brand that is all about best practice, value delivery and client satisfaction. We deliver an end-to-end solution in organisational agility through certifications, training, on-site and virtual support on projects, pro-bono advisory services on business agility and seamless agile adoption. Once any individual and organisation attends our April Agile Leadership workference, they are no longer alone in their agile journey as our teams both in Nigeria and the US will avail them of endless support.

Considering the different goals of different organisations, why will you recommend Zhill Systems solutions for every Nigerian company?

Businesses are done in complex environments where there are several uncertainties and competitions. Similarly, organisations have different structures and cultures which may or may not align with current market realities. However, to meet these growing market demands successfully in a complex environment requires agile leadership that can sustain business agility. Becoming agile or undergoing agile transformation is a process and not an event hence, it is customisable to the structure and culture of the organisation, which in turn, benefits the customers, stakeholders and the delivery processes. Agile promotes simplicity, transparency, continuous planning and continuous value delivery such that organisations in various line of businesses such as sales, finance, procurement, Information Technology (IT), Human Resources (HR), manufacturing, telecommunications, oil and gas, engineering, among others,  can increase their revenue, respond faster to market demands and reduce wastages. Depending on the uniqueness of an organisation, agile has different frameworks that can be successfully adopted such as scrum, Kanban, lean, crystal, extreme programming, feature driven development, and dynamic systems development method.  Any organisation that is ready to increase the productivity of her workforce, reduce waste, increase revenue, faster delivery and meets stakeholders’ expectations must be part of the workference.

What sets Zhill Systems apart in the IT space in the global community? 

Our passion for quality, best practice and competitive pricing sets us apart. It may interest you that with the weight of all our keynote speakers, trainers and panelists, the cost of the ICP-ALP certification which would be issued at the workference is priced between $1850 – $2500 both in the UK and US. However, Zhill Systems is offering same value at an affordable price. We are not just a training firm but a problem-solving company that walks and works with our clients to accomplish their goals within their budget.

Adoption rate of new technologies appears slow in some sectors of the Nigerian economy. How will the forthcoming workshop help in addressing the challenge?

Most successful organisations across the globe are now agile and this is because businesses are conducted in complex environments where there are varying priorities, competitions, uncertainties and different value expectations. Agile has been proven over the years to have helped organisations to deliver value continuously and incrementally while increasing productivity and profitability. The best way to go in this present economy is the agile way. While Ministries, Departments aid Agencies (MDAs) of government are not exempted, a situation where both public and private sectors are agile, will impact the economy very positively and give the right signals to serious minded investors. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will rapidly grow and also compete with their global peers.

Which organisations can benefit from the agile technology?

Agile can be adopted by both private and public organisations as well as small, medium and large organisations. Agile is a mindset and belief system and anyone can be agile regardless of their background or education. Agile is not a software nor a building and it comprises  values and principles that helps teams and organisations to collaborate with customers, respond to change, deliver working solution incrementally, interact more with people and learn continuously. Agile organisations across different countries and industries have recorded tremendous growth and profitability just by planning continuously, iterating their processes, accommodating changing requirements and creating market feedback loops.

Given your background in Computer Science and Business Information Systems, how will you describe organisational behaviour in relation to the application and use of technology solutions?

Yes, I have a degree in Computer Science and Master of Science in Business Information Systems from the University of Bedfordshire in the UK, and I have a zeal for knowledge acquisition and this has earned me several professional certifications such as Project Management Professional(PMP), Agile Certified Practitioner(PMI-ACP), Certified Scrum Professional(CSP-SM), Agile Fundamentals Professional(ICP), Agile Project and Delivery Management(ICP-APM), Agile Leadership(ICP-ALP), Agile Certified Coach(ICP-ACC), Cisco Certified Network Administrator(CCNA), Certified Wireless Network Administrator(CWNA), Certified Six Sigma Green Belt(CSSGB), among others. With over fifteen years of professional experience in corporate Nigerian and American businesses, I understand organisational behaviors, structures and how to lead a successful transformation. My passion for training and coaching has helped me to impart knowledge in several thousands of professionals and undergraduates across the US, UK, Canada and Nigeria. As an Agilist, I have worked for global fortune companies in the US and supported their agile transformation, agile project management as well as helping other agile teams to get progressively better.

From my wealth of experience, I realised that organisations are interested in the application and use of new technologies, especially emerging technologies, but they need support from technology experts and that is the more reason why I am involved in training and supporting organisations with technology skills that will bring profitability and sustainability in their business.

I have consulted for dozens of startups and large organisations in agile-lean; helped them eliminate organizational wastes, deliver value faster and increase their revenue. As a co-founder of Zhill Systems, I have led the firm to become a one-stop shop for agile and digital transformation in Texas and increased their revenue in three years, a feat that I am determined to accomplish in Nigeria as well.

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Killexams : CereVasc Announces FDA Approval of Second IDE Study of the eShunt® System

US Based Pilot Study to enroll patients who develop communicating hydrocephalus following subarachnoid hemorrhage

BOSTON, Aug. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CereVasc, Inc., a privately held, clinical-stage, medical device company developing novel, minimally invasive treatments for neurological diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an investigational device exemption (IDE) application to initiate a pilot trial of the eShunt® System in patients who develop communicating hydrocephalus post aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (paSAH).

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"We are excited to receive IDE approval from FDA to conduct a second pilot study in the US of the eShunt System in patients who develop hydrocephalus following subarachnoid hemorrhage. Enrolling in parallel with our first IDE study in patients with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), this study will allow us to further examine the safety and efficacy of the eShunt System in a second etiology of hydrocephalus, both of which present a number of management challenges to physicians," said Dan Levangie, Chairman and CEO of CereVasc.

"Reports in the literature document that chronic hydrocephalus occurs in 9% to 48% of patients with paSAH. We believe we can have a beneficial impact in how these patients are treated by offering a minimally invasive alternative to current treatments," continued Levangie.

"Considering the encouraging results from our first-in-human study of the eShunt System in Argentina in patients with hydrocephalus secondary to subarachnoid hemorrhage, we are eager to study the same patient population in the US," said Adel Malek, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon and Chief of Neurovascular Surgery at Tufts Medical Center, Boston.

Details on the trial will soon be posted to

About CereVasc, Inc.

Located in Massachusetts' healthcare hub, CereVasc, Inc., is a clinical-stage, venture-funded, medical device company focused on the development of novel, minimally invasive treatments for patients with neurological diseases. Its flagship product, the eShunt System, is intended to offer the first minimally invasive treatment for communicating hydrocephalus (CH) and an improvement to the current standard of care. The eShunt device concept originated from Tufts Medical Center physicians Carl Heilman, MD, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chairman of Neurosurgery, and Adel Malek, MD, PhD, Neurosurgeon and Chief of Neurovascular Surgery. The patented eShunt System includes an endovascularly implantable cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) shunt and delivery components, which are designed to treat CH without invasive surgery. For additional information, please visit our website at

The eShunt® Device is an investigational device and not available for sale within or outside the United States.

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Killexams : Exagen Initiates Study to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Response (RADR) in Patients with RA

Exagen Inc.

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Exagen Inc. (Nasdaq: XGN), a leading provider of autoimmune testing solutions, announced today the launch of a prospective clinical study designed to validate a novel and minimally invasive genomic diagnostic test for rheumatoid arthritis using the AVISE® RADR platform. The goal of the Treatment stratIfication using Gene Expression profiling in Rheumatoid arthritis (TiGER) study is to assess whether certain biomarkers from synovial biopsies of inflamed joint tissue accurately predict response to antirheumatic medications. The TiGER study is the next step in Exagen’s process of bringing AVISE® RADR to market.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex and chronic autoimmune disease, and can cause not only debilitating joint pain and severe joint deformities, but damage to internal organs. We believe that while there are multiple treatment options available, the appropriate medication for each individual patient is found mostly through trial and error. Approximately 120,000 Americans are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis every year, with 2 million patients currently living with the disease. Total rheumatoid arthritis therapeutic spending in the United States is $30B, with 70-80% of rheumatoid arthritis patients failing to reach low disease activity, leading to $18B in wasted therapeutic spending.

“Over the past two decades, the treatment options available to patients with rheumatoid arthritis have greatly expanded. However, the quest for biomarkers that would indicate which medication is most effective for a given patient is still ongoing. recent advances in ultrasound technology allow physicians to biopsy an inflamed joint and obtain synovial tissue using a minimally invasive technique. I am excited to partner with Exagen on the TiGER study to identify biomarkers in synovial tissue for drug response in rheumatoid arthritis, paving the way to a new age of personalized medicine in the treatment of this debilitating disease,” said Dr. Ami Ben-Artzi, Principal Investigator of the TiGER study.

“Most patients who deal with rheumatoid arthritis often need to try a variety of medications before finding the one that works. Unfortunately, this process can take a long time. This is not only costly, but it also means that patients deal with unnecessary pain and lack of mobility,” said Ron Rocca, President and CEO of Exagen Inc. “The mission of the TiGER study is to help establish personalized medicine as the primary form of care in rheumatoid arthritis.”

About Exagen Inc.

Exagen (Nasdaq: XGN) is a leading provider of autoimmune diagnostic, prognostic, and monitoring testing solutions. Exagen is a patient focused, discovery driven organization built on the success of AVISE testing and is investing in its product pipeline to support patients throughout their autoimmune diagnosis and treatment journeys. The goal at Exagen is to assist patients, physicians, and payors by enabling precision medicine. Exagen is located in San Diego County with clinical and research and development laboratories in Vista, CA.

For more information, please visit and follow @ExagenInc on Twitter.

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Exagen cautions you that statements contained in this press release regarding matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on Exagen’s current beliefs and expectations. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the potential utility and effectiveness of Exagen’s services and testing solutions and regarding Exagen’s interpretation of clinical study results and management’s views and evaluations of the same. The inclusion of forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by Exagen that any of its plans will be achieved. real results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in Exagen’s business, including, without limitation: the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to adversely affect its business, financial condition and results of operations, including as a result of slowdown in its operations as well as those of its suppliers and courier services, impeding patient movement and interruptions to healthcare services causing a decrease in test volumes, disruptions to the supply chain of material needed for its tests causing an increase in cost per test, its sales and commercialization activities and its ability to receive specimens and perform or deliver the results from its tests, delays in reimbursement and coverage decisions from Medicare and third-party payors and in interactions with regulatory authorities, and delays in ongoing and planned clinical trials involving its tests; Exagen’s commercial success depends upon attaining and maintaining significant market acceptance of its testing products and promoted therapeutics among rheumatologists, patients, third-party payors and others in the medical community; Exagen’s ability to successfully execute on its business strategies; third party payors not providing coverage and adequate reimbursement for Exagen’s testing products or promoted therapeutics, including Exagen’s ability to collect funds due; expectations regarding its pipeline products, including the development of the AVISE RADR platform; Exagen’s ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for its testing products; regulatory developments affecting Exagen’s business; and other risks described in Exagen’s prior press releases and Exagen’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including under the heading “Risk Factors” in Exagen’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and any subsequent filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof, and Exagen undertakes no obligation to update such statements to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date hereof. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement, which is made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

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Killexams : HBCU president: How do we help students become more well-rounded? Israel could hold the key

Langston University

Perception is everything.

As the president of an HBCU, I know the importance of perception. Many people have formed opinions of our historically Black institutions without ever stepping foot on one of our campuses.

The Middle East has long been portrayed as a war zone. Dark, grainy filters obscure the true beauty and innovation of the region. If you’re not careful, thoughts of war-torn streets may cloud your judgment. Yet, as I landed in Israel, I was mystified by the holy landmarks I saw, overcome by the sense of safety I felt, and in awe of its technological and agricultural achievements.

You truly don’t know what you don’t know until you take an interest in learning.

Project Interchange, an institute of the American Jewish Committee, gave me the opportunity to learn. As we continued through Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Yafo, I began to understand the diverse cultures just within the city streets. There is such a deep sense of cultural understanding and acceptance between the differing sects of Judaism. You can see they have worked hard to thrive in a global culture.

I believe we should follow their example and pursue the ways of understanding, accepting and flourishing within cultures all over the world. As an institution of higher education, we have the unique privilege of helping our students, our future, become more well-rounded individuals. As U.S. citizens, it can be easy to see ourselves as the center of the world. Israel is about the size of New Jersey, one of the smallest states, at least in area. Yet, the technological and agricultural innovations in Israel are, in many ways, on par with or exceeding ours.

How do we help our students become more well-rounded for the future? How do we teach them about other world views and cultures? Israel could hold the key. I had the privilege of meeting with the head of Google in Israel, and I learned of their interest in having interns from HBCUs.

We have several other opportunities to explore partnering with Israel and its universities. All of the schools represented on this trip were 1890 Land-Grant HBCU institutions. Partnering with Israeli agricultural and technological schools will help us continue to be innovative on a global scale. Understanding and creating new irrigation methods for areas where water is scarce will not only help nations like Israel that see little rainfall, it can also translate into water conservation efforts within the U.S. The exchange of ideas and the lasting positive effect this could have cannot be understated.

We will also consider faculty exchange and study abroad programs to bring American educational opportunities to Israel, and to give our students real-world experience and diversified cultural knowledge.

Much like in America, the youth in Israel are now influential within their cultures as they learn and become more involved in politics. Students from both countries would benefit greatly from learning about each other's cultures and world views. Young people in Israel still see American education as the best in the world, even though Americans continue to struggle with our own perceptions of education in our country.

I approached this experience openly, and with no preconceived notions about Israel or the visit. Yet, I was continuously blown away by the experience. This trip allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and helped me understand that there is more to the world than my perception. I would like to see that same opportunity offered to others, as well, especially our students.

Kent J. Smith Jr., president of Langston University, speaks June 5, 2012, from his office.

Kent J. Smith Jr. is the president of Langston University.

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Killexams : Breakthrough: Hebrew U Drug May Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Increase Life Expectancy

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While breakthroughs in the world of medicine and technology account for the global increase in life expectancy, improvements in quality of life for the elderly population lag far behind. Longevity without a decline in health is one of the major challenges that face the world of medicine.

A new study led by Professors Einav Gross and Shmuel Ben-Sasson of the School of Medicine at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has identified a group of molecules that enable cells to repair damaged components, making it possible for those tissues to retain proper function. The efficacy of the molecules was demonstrated on a model organism. The research team examined the effect of various therapies on longevity and quality of life, and successfully proved they can protect the organism’s cells and human cells from damage. Their findings were published in Autophagy (Distinct designer diamines promote mitophagy, and thereby enhance healthspan in C. elegans and protect human cells against oxidative damage).

Currently, a major factor in aging tissues is the reduced effectiveness of the cell’s quality-control mechanism, which leads to the accumulation of defective mitochondria. As Prof. Gross explained, “Mitochondria, the cell’s ‘power plants,’ are responsible for energy production. They can be compared to tiny electric batteries that help cells function properly. Although these ‘batteries’ wear out constantly, our cells have a sophisticated mechanism that removes defective mitochondria and replaces them with new ones.”

However, this mechanism declines with age, leading to cell dysfunction and deterioration in tissue activity. This degenerative process lies at the heart of many age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, heart failure, and sarcopenia, which are on the rise.

Gross and Ben-Sasson’s study may have far-reaching practical applications since their new technology, developed at Hebrew U., helped create innovative compounds to treat diseases that are currently incurable. The study also showed that these molecules can be used preventively.

“In the future, we hope we will be able to significantly delay the development of many age-related diseases and Excellerate people’s quality of life,” shared Ben-Sasson. Further, these compounds are user-friendly and can be taken orally.

To advance their important research and translate it into medical treatment for a variety of patients, the research team, together with Yissum, Hebrew University’s tech transfer company, established Vitalunga, a startup that is currently developing this drug.

“Ben-Sasson’s and Gross’s findings have significant value for the global aging population,” noted Itzik Goldwaser, CEO of Yissum. “As Vitalunga advances towards pre-clinical studies, they’re closer than ever to minimizing the unbearable burden that aging-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, have on individuals, their families, and our health care systems.”

Tue, 02 Aug 2022 23:58:00 -0500 David Israel en-US text/html
Killexams : If monkeypox spreads through sexual contact, is it an STD?

NEW YORK (AP) — For most of the six decades that monkeypox has been known to affect people, it was not known as a disease that spreads through sex. Now that has changed.

The current outbreak is by far the biggest involving the virus, and it’s been designated a global emergency. So far, officials say, all evidence indicates that the disease has spread mainly through networks of men who have sex with men.

“It clearly is spreading as an STI (sexually transmitted infection) at this point,” said Dr. Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

To protect the people at highest risk while trying to contain the spread, public health agencies are focusing their attention on those men — and attacking the virus based on how it’s behaving now.

On Wednesday, the head of the World Health Organization advised men at risk for monkeypox to consider reducing their sexual partners “for the moment.”

But this is a complicated outbreak that may shift in how it spreads and which population groups are most affected. There is also debate about whether monkeypox should be called a sexually transmitted disease, with some critics complaining that the term creates a stigma and could be used to vilify gay and bisexual men.

Monkeypox can spread in nonsexual ways too, and it’s not enough to use condoms or other typical measures for stopping STDs, Inglesby and other experts say.

Here’s what we know.


A sexually transmitted disease is commonly defined as one that mainly spreads through sexual contact. But some STDs can be spread in other ways, too. HIV can spread through shared needles. Syphilis can spread through kissing. A common, parasite-caused sexual infection called trichomoniasis has been found to spread through the sharing of damp, moist objects like sponges or towels.

Monkeypox has not usually spread easily among people, and experts are still trying to understand exactly how it moves from person to person. In Africa, where small outbreaks have been common for years, people have been infected through bites from rodents or small animals.

But in May, cases began emerging in Europe, the United States and elsewhere that showed a clear pattern of infection through intimate contact with an infected person, like many other sexually transmitted diseases.

The public health workers who respond to outbreaks play a large role how they are framed. Much of the work on monkeypox has been done by professionals who operate sexual health clinics or specialize in STDs.

Indeed, the U.S. government’s response needs to be led by people with that expertise, said David C. Harvey, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors.

“The STD field has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in these areas developed over decades fighting various outbreaks and diseases affecting the very communities … we’re seeing monkeypox taking a toll on today,” Harvey said in a statement.


WHO officials said last week that 99% of all the monkeypox cases beyond Africa were in men and that of those, 98% involved men who have sex with men. Experts suspect that monkeypox outbreaks in Europe and North America were ignited by sex at two raves in Belgium and Spain.

The statistics are the same for cases reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As in Europe, cases have emerged in other groups too, including at least 13 people who were female at birth and at least two children.

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study of hundreds of monkeypox infections in 16 countries. It found that the suspected means of transmission in 95% of the cases was sexual close contact, as reported by doctors. The researchers noted that it was impossible to confirm sexual transmission.

That idea seemed to be further supported by the finding that most of the men had lesions in the genital or anal areas or in the mouth — areas of sexual contact, the researchers said.


While there is broad agreement among health officials that monkeypox is being transmitted during sexual encounters, some experts debate whether it should be called an STD. They worry that the term unfairly stigmatizes and that it could undermine efforts to identify infections and tame the outbreak.

When a disease is defined as a sexually transmitted infection that mainly affects men who have sex with men, many people may begin to think of it as “a gay disease” that poses no risk to them, said Jason Farley, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

That’s what happened in the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, which contributed to the spread of HIV to other groups. Farley said.

“We learn nothing from our history,” said Farley, who is gay.

The WHO recommendation that at-risk men limit their sexual partners is sensible public health advice, he said. But it also amplifies “the message that this is a gay disease,” he said.

“This is the fine line between having a public health approach that focuses on the epidemiology of now, compared to the likelihood of the continued emergence of new cases in” the general community, he said.

“Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection,” he said. “It is an infection that can be transmitted with sexual contact.”


Some researchers have found evidence of the monkeypox virus in semen. A study in Spain found monkeypox virus DNA in the semen of some infected men, as well as in saliva and other body fluids. But the study didn’t answer whether the virus actually has spread through semen.

Sorting that out could affect the understanding of not only how men spread the infection, but also how long they might be contagious. Evidence of some other viruses — like Ebola and Zika — has been found in the semen of some men months after they were thought to be fully recovered.

Meanwhile, scientists believe the primary route of transmission during the current outbreak has been skin-to-skin contact during sexual encounters with someone who has symptoms. In that respect, it’s similar to herpes, some experts noted.

The virus also may spread through saliva and respiratory droplets during prolonged, face-to-face contact, such as during kissing and cuddling — a kind of spread that can occur outside of sex.

Researchers are exploring how often, and in what situations, that kind of spread might happen, said Christopher Mores, a professor of global health at George Washington University.

“We would do ourselves a disservice to try and exclude anything from the realm of possibility at this point,” he said.

Officials also say people can catch monkeypox from touching items that previously touched an infected person’s rash or body fluids, such as towels or bedsheets. That is thought to explain the infections of the U.S. children.


It’s important to understand exactly how monkeypox spreads in order to give people the information they need to protect themselves, health officials say.

That said, health officials believe those who are currently at the highest risk are gay or bisexual men who have sex with multiple partners. That understanding has shaped much of the work to contain the outbreak, including prioritization of the supply of vaccines and treatments.

The government has been shipping a monkeypox vaccine, but the supply is limited. So far it’s only been recommended as a post-exposure treatment or for people who have had multiple sex partners in the past two weeks in a place where monkeypox cases have been reported.

The vaccine is new, and officials are trying to gather data on exactly how well it works.


Associated Press Writer Jamey Keaten in Geneva contributed to this report.


The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

Thu, 28 Jul 2022 06:35:00 -0500 en-US text/html
Killexams : ELLM Alumni Association Management Committee

Michelle Montero Lemoine, Chair (Class 2019)
Michelle is an experienced lawyer in financing operations, capital markets, investment funds, derivative instruments and alternative investments. She has completed Level 1 of the international certification for alternative investments analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), and holds an Executive LL.M of London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is currently senior structuring professional in the London office of a Swiss private markets asset manager. Before, she was senior associate in Lazo & De Romaña Abogados (2017-2019) and legal advisor of the investment process in several private pension funds in Peru (2012-2017). She was also co-director of the diversity committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Peru and member of the mentoring committee of Women in the Profession (WIP).

Josh Newton, Vice Chair (Class 2021)
Josh is a lawyer and partner at Best & Krieger LLP in Bend, Oregon, United States. Josh’s practice concentrates on complex dispute resolution with an emphasis on natural resource and environmental disputes and indigenous rights. He focuses on issues affecting the lands, waters, and culture of the western United States. Josh received his LLM degree from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2021.

Omar Salem, General Secretary (Class 2021)
Omar Salem is a Managing Associate at Linklaters specialising in financial regulation and public advocacy. He provides advice on complex regulatory matters, transactions and investigations, as well as on legal aspects of reputation management. His clients include banks, brokers, asset managers, private equity houses, payment service providers, funds, trading and clearing platforms, mortgage lenders and consumer credit providers. Prior to his legal career, Omar worked at the Young Foundation, where he carried out research on responding to the financial crisis and co-founded the UpRising Leadership Programme, which works to develop young leaders from diverse backgrounds. Omar also worked in Parliament as senior researcher to Emily Thornberry MP, who is currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Trade. Omar has an LLB from the University of Law and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. Omar tweets at @FinRegLawyer and his LinkedIn profile is here.

Carmen Martorano, Membership Secretary (Class 2021)
Carmen is an Italian qualified lawyer admitted to the Italian Bar in 2016, a Registered European Lawyer in England and Wales since 2018 and a Registered Foreign Lawyer since 2021. She is experienced in commercial and regulatory laws related to Life Sciences industries (among others, pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, chemicals, food& beverage laws and regulations, e-health). Before moving into the Life sciences industry, she has worked for lending companies as CEO, member of the board and legal counsel  and for investment funds as legal counsel. On 2018, she attended courses in Private Equity and Project Finance at London Business School. She held lectures at Luiss Guido Carly University and published articles related to the digital innovation and regulations. 

Committee Members

Patricia Brister, Committee Member (Class 2020)
Trish Brister has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Alberta since 1988, practicing in the areas of construction, services, energy, general corporate/commercial and commercial real estate law.  She has done a significant amount of transactional work in acquisitions and divestitures in addition to training a broad range of front line workers, directors and executives in contract risk management.  Her past work experience includes private practice in a multi-national law firm as well as acting as in-house counsel for multi-national energy and construction companies.
    Trish is a Graduate of the London School of Economics (LL.M 2020), the University of Victoria (LL.B  1987) and McGill University (B.Comm 1983 with Distinction) and holds certifications from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D 2018) and the Family Enterprise Exchange (FEA 2018).
    Trish is active in the not-for-profit sector, having held board positions recently while working on governance and risk management committees.  She is currently involved in mental health research focused on entrepreneurs.

Olga Bezhentseva, Committee Member (Class 2022 – expected)

Verônica Barros, Committee Member (Class 2020)
Verônica is an attorney with an LL.M in Regulating Innovation, Communication and Technology from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and has completed an Executive Program in Digital Law at INSPER/SP.  After some years working as city attorney and as a lawyer at the Brazilian Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES), she came back to the private sector to work with consultancy in the areas of digital and personal data protection law, public policies and information security. She holds an EXIN certification in data protection, and is a sitting member of the Science, Technology, and Innovation Commission and of Privacy and Data Protection Commission, both of the Brazilian Bar Association - São Paulo Chapter (OAB/SP).

Advisory Members

Dimos Adamos

Pietro Del Bufalo, General Secretary (Class 2019)
Pietro is an Italian qualified lawyer, admitted to the bar of Rome in 2005. He has worked for the Italian association of fund managers (Assogestioni) from 2001 to 2005 and for the law firm Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) from 2005 to 2010. His professional practice focused on financial regulation and compliance matters, specifically for investment and pension funds, and asset managers. In 2010 he moved to the Principality of Monaco to work as legal counsel for a single family office.

Pinar Basdan Cetinel (Class 2017) 
Pınar is a qualified lawyer in Turkey and currently the Chief Legal Officer at one of the country's investment banks, Nurolbank. Prior to Nurolbank, Pınar worked as partner in one of the leading law firms active in banking & finance and corporate matters. She is a graduate of Master of Laws from the LSE, 2017 and she holds a Bachelor of Laws from Galatasaray University, 2005. Pınar's broad legal practice includes corporate law, contract law, banking law and capital markets matters.  She has been involved in highlight structured finance transactions (including first local covered-bonds and asset-guaranteed bonds programs in Turkey in 2011). Pınar's past work experience also includes foreign associate role at Mayer Brown LLP, in 2008. She is a member of Istanbul Bar and she volunteers for Spina Bifida Association in Turkey and animal rights.  

Dr Marizah Minhat (Class 2018) 
Marizah is an Associate Professor in Finance and Economics at the University of Bradford, UK. She graduated with LL.M (Financial Law and Regulation) from the LSE. She holds an MSc in Banking and Finance and a PhD from the University of Stirling, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Lincoln University, New Zealand. As a professionally qualified accountant, she is a Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA), Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CA ANZ), and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She is also a committee member of ICAEW Scotland and Tech Sub-Group Lead. Marizah has served in various roles within higher education institutions in the UK with stints in Hong Kong and Singapore. Prior to her academic career, she gained corporate experience in energy industry during her years with a Malaysia’s publicly listed government-linked company, as well as a stint in retail financial industry. She has published in Finance, Economics and Human Rights journals, and wider media. 

Giuseppe Pinelli 

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