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Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Food and Travel Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Purdue alumna × Stovetop stuffing

If Stove Top stuffing makes an appearance at your Thanksgiving dinner, you can thank a Purdue University alumna.

The late Ruth Siems, a 1953 home economics graduate, is credited with the invention of Stove Top stuffing. The product hit shelves in 1971 as a dish appropriate for Thanksgiving but also for everyday meals. The secret behind the dish is the dimensions of the bread crumbs, which General Foods patented in 1975. Siems is listed first among the inventors, followed by Anthony Capossela Jr., John Halligan and C. Robert Wyss.

Siems’ invention came at a time when there was a high demand in the U.S. for convenience foods. She worked on developing Stove Top stuffing while working at General Foods, and the invention quickly became a Thanksgiving staple.

Siems grew up in Evansville, Indiana, and died in 2005 in Newburgh, Indiana, according to her obituary in The New York Times. She worked at General Foods almost 35 years. Kraft Foods now owns Stove Top stuffing, which sells about 60 million boxes a year. The dish comes in a variety of flavors.

Purdue Archives and Special Collections has information about Siems’ work on food inventions as part of the Gertrude Sunderlin Papers. Sunderlin was an early foods and nutrition professor at Purdue.

About Purdue University

Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked the No. 5 Most Innovative University in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://purdue.edu/.

Ten European teams selected for the Helsinki Energy challenge

Ten European teams selected for Helsinki Energy Challenge

Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.

In the 252 teams taking part in the Helsinki Energy Challenge, there were 1,528 experts and innovators from across the globe designing potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonising the heating of Helsinki.

The ten proposals selected to advance consist of a diverse set of solutions that have significant potential for further development in the coming phase. Many of the suggested solutions are also scalable to the needs of other cities. Included in the race are several wide-ranging comprehensive solutions, some of which find new ways to combine technologies that are already in use. There are also competition entries that include entirely new technologies. Among the solutions are new approaches to heat storage and transfer, waste heat utilization, energy consumption control and consumer activation. Included are also some non-technological innovations that enable the realisation of future sustainable solutions and the combination of centralised and decentralised solutions.

“I launched the Helsinki Energy Challenge to bring the world’s best talent together to consider solutions to Helsinki’s heating challenge. The competition has sparked conversation around the topic on a global scale. It has succeeded in combining wide-ranging international expertise and ambitious problem solving, and we are certain that this collision of different competences will generate new ways of thinking in the future as well. Our challenge competition has strong international support from different organizations and from several of my fellow Mayors, and we will be working together to make sure the solutions that are created are put to use as broadly as possible. Every city must do their part in the fight against global climate change,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

The teams are interdisciplinary and international

The teams that have advanced to the final phase are each made up of 3–20 members and together include 85 experts from a diverse set of fields. The finalists include, and are primarily made up of combinations of, start-ups, large companies, research institutes and universities, as well as international consortia made up of various companies.

The finalist teams represent excellence and a credible combination of various expertise, making them capable of elevating their competing proposals to the next level in the final phase of the competition.

The finalist teams are all European. The selected teams represent organizations from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria and France. Most of the teams include experts and organizations from more than one country.

“When you consider that we received such a large number of proposals and that the competing teams included 1,528 experts from different backgrounds and countries around the world, it becomes clear that the competition includes a very wide range of different solutions. Evaluating these solutions has been more difficult than expected. However, the hard part is now behind us, and the competition is advancing to the next, even more interesting phase.Currently, the teams’ solutions are only provisional proposals, and each team will receive support and additional information to further develop their proposal in the co-creation phase. We are looking forward to seeing what the finalist teams’ final proposals will look like. They have some impressive and diverse expertise on display, so we are going in with high expectations,” says Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere.

The co-creation phase begins

The teams selected for the finals are invited to the co-creation phase, during which they will receive support for further development of their solution and additional information to enable them to tailor their idea to the context of Helsinki. At the centre of the co-creation phase is the boot camp in December.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the final competition proposals at the beginning of 2021, and the winner of the competition will be announced in March 2021. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost impact, implementation schedule and feasibility, security of supply and capacity. The City of Helsinki has committed to openly sharing the lessons and results of the competition to allow other cities to use them in their own climate work.

Proposals submitted in the first phase of the competition included also a large variety of other ideas and concepts that did not reach the finals but which the City of Helsinki intends to highlight during the competition process too. The 252 submissions included ideas in which solving the challenge is “gamified”, new solutions for the utilization of different heat sources, new market and business models, heat storage solutions, decentralized heat production models, new technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR), and hydrogen based solutions.

Cities have a key role – the COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Helsinki’s climate work

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and cities have a decisive role in mitigating it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Helsinki keeps investing heavily in its climate work. The climate crisis has not been cancelled and the City of Helsinki is working its way towards a carbon neutral Helsinki by 2035. At the moment, more than half of Helsinki’s direct carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating the city. This is why finding a sustainable heating solution will have a critical impact on achieving the City’s carbon neutrality goal. Currently, more than half of Helsinki’s heating energy is produced with coal, the use of which will have to stop by 2029. Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions, which is why it does not want to replace the use of coal with biomass-fired production.

Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions to heat the city in the future and to act as a platform for new and innovative solutions that also other cities around the world can benefit from. For this purpose, it opened the international Helsinki Energy Challenge competition on 27 February 2020. The competition seeks solutions through which the city can be heated sustainably in the coming decades – without coal and with as little biomass as possible. The competition’s first prize is one million euros.

10-year-old Elijah Machado wins Rolls-Royce design competition as announced by 360 MAGAZINE.

Elijah Mercado, 10, Wins Rolls-Royce Design Competition

A talented 10-year-old boy from Dallas was selected as the American winner of the Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition for children ages 16 and under. Launched in April as a way for kids to express their creativity amid the pandemic, the international Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition attracted more than 5,000 entries from more than 80 countries.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas selected Elijah Machado, 10, of Dallas from all the North American entries submitted.  Elijah described his Rolls-Royce as a vehicle that can go 800 mph and would last 5.9 million miles. “The car has rocket boosters that make the car go 1,000 mph,” said Elijah Machado. “The car will have an auto pilot button and an eject button. The car will have TVs behind the seats with video games and remotes.”

Automotive artist Stephen Selzer surprised Elijah with a custom piece of art based on his entry to the competition. Elijah also received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the luxury dealership, enjoy his first ride in a Rolls-Royce and meet with the team at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas who helped him design his dream Rolls-Royce.

“When kids were forced to stay home earlier this year as a result of the global pandemic, Rolls-Royce launched this competition to encourage and inspire the next generation,” said Heath Strayhan, general manager of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas. “It was thrilling to see kids around the world participate, especially from right here in Texas.”

Launched in April as lockdown conditions were imposed across the globe, the competition proved an instant success; so much so, the original deadline for entries was extended. Asked only to design their ‘dream Rolls-Royce of the future’, children had complete creative freedom, allowing them to develop ideas of astonishing scope, complexity and vision far beyond the realms of automotive design.

With no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain them, children were able to let their imagination run free, creating designs of extraordinary richness, creativity and diversity.

“The most important thing I’ve learned from this competition is that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to create amazing things, because our imagination is always free to fly,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “I hope the children who took part will recognize this, too, and that it will be something positive they can take from their pandemic experience.”

Gemmist haircare

Gemmist introduces innovative scalp balancing bar

“After taking a small questionnaire, this product was formulated specifically for my hair texture. The shampoo lather felt lavish and the conditioner was viscous.” 360 Magazine’s Vaughn Lowery

The science-based, personalized haircare brand, Gemmist, is proud to announce the launch of their premium, soap-free Scalp Balancing Bar. A new innovation in scalp care, this first-of-its-kind bar utilizes results-driven, vegan ingredients to help exfoliate the scalp and  hair from the roots. The bar is free of sulfates, silicones, parabens and PEGs.

A weekly scalp therapy, that provides soap-free moisturizing, physical exfoliation, and stimulation to the scalp and hair follicles, the Scalp Balancing Bar transforms into a rich creamy lather when emulsified with water and instantly soothes, refreshes, and clarifies. Natural Ingredients include sugar—for gentle exfoliation; Eucalyptus Oil – to help relieve itchiness and control excess oil, Tea Tree Leaf Oil — anti-fungal and known to clear hair follicles,  Ginger Root Oil—to clarify, stimulate, purify and refresh; and Argan Oil and Shea Butter—for hydration.

“Compared to the skin on our bodies, the scalp contains more sebaceous and sweat glands as well as hair follicles, which makes it very important to take care of,” says Allison Harr, CEO and founder of Gemmist. “The Scalp Balancing Bar took over a year to develop, and we couldn’t be more excited to offer this product to our existing lineup of haircare essentials.”

Gemmist partnered with experts in soap and soap-free bar chemistry to make a product that would exfoliate and help balance the scalp by helping to remove product build-up, excess oils, and pollution with every wash —resulting in a scalp that is both soothed and refreshed. For proper usage, once a week lather the bar with water and massage directly onto the scalp. Leave on for 1-2 minutes and then rinse well. Repeat if necessary and then shampoo and condition your hair, as usual, avoiding the scalp area.

The Gemmist Scalp Balancing Bar retails for $25 and can be purchased online alongside Gemmist’s shampoo and conditioner. All Gemmist products contain salon-grade ingredients to deliver exceptional results. For more information, please visit gemmist.com.

About Gemmist

A haircare company inspired by two key pillars – science and simplicity. Personalized product recommendations of solution-oriented formulas take the guesswork out of a haircare routine. Derived from data and insights via a proprietary algorithm, Gemmist was created to deliver the perfect shampoo and conditioner for specific hair needs direct to the consumer. Gemmist, a combination of gemma, Italian for ‘jewel’ and chemist, represents the juxtaposition between the hard facets of science and the raw power of beauty through shiny, healthy hair. For more information and to take the Gemmist hair quiz to determine your formula combination, please visit gemmist.com.

McLaren and Pirelli Automobile Photo from Pirelli

Pirelli × McLaren 765LT

In exciting automobile news, Pirelli is to exclusively equip the new McLaren 765LT. The two companies have been set on a mission to deliver as much performance as possible on dry-weather for the luxury British supercar company’s fastest-ever Super Series car to lap a circuit. The P Zero Trofeo R tire was chosen as the starting point for this latest collaboration; this tire is Pirelli’s best-performing track day tire and is entirely road legal. Now, the Trofeo R has been further refined in a joint effort from Pirelli and McLaren to meet the high-performance requirements of this latest car, following some intense work from Pirelli’s renowned research and development division. For drivers who are less inclined to use their cars on track, the Pirelli P Zero tires are also available.

Speed and Safety

The new McLaren 765LT announces its sporting intentions with a 765-horsepower engine that puts out 800 Nm of torque to deliver the ultimate in performance, as well as aerodynamics that place plenty of load through the bespoke P Zero Trofeo R tires. To meet McLaren’s need for a tire that is bespoke to the 765LT, Pirelli’s engineers have worked on the structure and profile of the tires.

Another fundamental element in achieving McLaren’s objectives was the tread pattern compound. The design of the tread pattern has been designed to guarantee the best possible road holding both in a straight line and through corners, reducing braking distances and maximising lateral grip. All this extra performance from the tires, allied with the innovative capabilities of the new 765LT itself, has allowed the car to go faster round a circuit than any other car ever produced in Woking.

Collaboration Between Pirelli and McLaren

The new P Zero Trofeo R created for the McLaren 765LT represents the latest tire born out of the long collaboration between Pirelli and McLaren, which also draws on the extensive lessons learned from motorsport by both companies. Every vehicle leaves the McLaren Production Centre with its own specific Pirelli tire, tailor-made for that particular car and distinguished by a distinctive ‘MC’ marking on the sidewall. Some of these tires are additionally equipped with other Pirelli technologies such as PNCS – Pirelli Noise Cancelling System – which guarantees maximum acoustic comfort inside the car.

Vice President of VEVA Sound, Casey Taylor, feature for 360 Magazine

VEVA Sound × Music Collaboration

Why it’s more important than ever that musicians get credit for their work

By Casey Taylor Vice President of VEVA Sound

If you have the hobby of collecting records, then you’ve probably spent time perusing album liners; you’ve learned all about who played drums on or who produced each track on an album. There was a time when even non-audiophiles would appreciate the collective talent which brought a piece to fruition.

The most valuable asset any person in the entertainment industry can have is a platform. As with everything, the more things change the more they stay the same. Now, everyone has the ability to promote their work on social channels. Fans follow producers, musicians, or engineers on social platforms and have the opportunity to be exposed to their work on projects outside of the mainstream.

But what happens when someone hears a new song in a playlist and wants to know more about it? Streaming platforms are rolling out features which allow listeners to view complete creator credits. This is important because someone might find that a certain producer made music with other artists they would enjoy. And as the producer, he/she/they may bring more value to a production as more and more people follow their work.

In order to have your credits included wherever music is distributed, it’s important to understand how credits are collected. The best way to ensure that your credits are accurate, is to collect them as the music is being created – to keep accurate records of everyone who worked on a project. That’s why we developed VEVA Collect – to empower creators to Collect While You Create™.

Of course, the added benefit to accurate credits is that they are the only way to get paid for your work on any song or recording. But what about the work that you do on projects that may not experience large-scale commercial success? It’s equally important. The bottom line: no matter what work you do, you should make sure you get credit for your work.

As the technological landscape changes, the way that people find music is going to transform as well. It’s hard to remember the time before streaming platform recommendations when you had to listen to terrestrial radio or buy compilation albums (any of my 90s friends remember NOW That’s What I Call Music!?). Coming soon are the days when we will be able to say “Hey Siri, play every song where Shelly Fairchild sang background,” or “Alexa, play every song Reid Shippen has mixed.”

Every evolution in the way music is consumed is driven by data. As important as your follower count and engagement numbers, make sure you’re listed in the credits, so that the community can continue to find you in new ways.

About Casey Taylor

Casey Taylor is Vice President at VEVA Sound. Leading teams in London, New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles, Casey has productized validation, verification, and archival services to expand VEVA Sound’s reach into live recordings, legacy collections, and back-catalogs. His initiatives have contributed to future-proofing the work of artists from Johnny Cash to Jason Isbell; Garth Brooks to Taylor Swift. For nearly 20 years, since his first job as a PA on a local television show, Casey has worked in all facets of the industry spanning multiple disciplines. He has seen firsthand the importance of creatives getting credit for their work: whether it’s a fiddle player on a regionally known album, or an artist on the Billboard Hot 100. Casey is a member of the Music Business Association and a contributor to the MusicBiz Metadata Summit. He also leads the Advisory Committee for VEVA Collect, VEVA Sound’s newest cloud-based platform for music creators everywhere.

Saint Motel Share Official Music Video for “Preach”

Watch the music video HERE.

Elektra recording group Saint Motel have shared the official video for their latest single ‘Preach.’  Directed by frontman A/J Jackson and longtime collaborator Mario Contini, the video brings the infectious track to life, highlighted by Jackson himself performing choreographed dance moves alongside the LA Roller Girls. Saint Motel embraces pandemic chic culture featuring couture personal protective equipment. Watch the video here. The track is available at all DSPs and streaming services here, and appears on the band’s forthcoming THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK: PART 2, due for release September 18th and serves as the second installment of their three-part album, THE ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK.

Remaining on the cutting edge of innovation, Saint Motel make history as “the first band to open their own virtual world” powered by Mozilla Hubs. On Monday night, the quartet’s New World launch welcomed fans to the virtual space where Jackson performed a live acoustic set. In this 3D VR chatroom enabled for all headsets and browsers, audiences can enter an exclusive, immersive environment to engage directly with the band through virtual meet-and-greets and intimate, live performances, consume exclusive video content, and much more. Additionally, it doubles as a space for fans to congregate and get to know each other as well. Saint Motel’s New World upholds what has become a tradition of engaging with groundbreaking technology for the guys. Visit www.saintmotel.com/newworld to explore the New World. In 2016, they dropped their Elektra full length debut saintmotelevision as the first-ever Virtual Reality album and first-ever Augmented Reality album and accompanied the record with the free Saintmotelevision app.

PART 1 was heralded by the infectious lead single ‘Van Horn.’ Known for their cinematic aesthetic, the band brought the western-themed official music video for track  directed by Saint Motel frontman A/J Jackson to life with an inventive performance on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Earlier this year, the band sold out their entire North American headline tour in support of PART 1, culminating with hometown finale in Los Angeles, days before the country went into quarantine due to COVID-19.

In recent months, Saint Motel has made a concerted effort to mobilize their fans to join them on a pair of philanthropic causes through special, limited edition merchandise. With blood donations needed now more than ever, the band has partnered with The American Red Cross to offer a Just My Blood Type enamel pin, available for free to those who donate blood. Named for their breakout hit ‘Just My Type,’ the pins are also available for purchase with 100% of net profits going to The American Red Cross. Likewise, Saint Motel has joined with the National Independent Venue Association’s #SaveOurStages campaign to ask Congress to provide aid to their network of nearly 2,000 independent live music venues across the country, many of which the band has performed, that have been 100% shut down with zero revenue due to the pandemic. All profits from a special Saint Motel X Save Our Stages tour t-shirt will go directly to NIVA’s efforts. Both items are available in the Saint Motel Gift Shop.

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Merilee Kern on Q-Reel Tech

By Merilee A. Kern, MBA

Recent reports indicate there are over 5.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide, representing a full 64 percent increase from the same time period in 2018—and the second consecutive record growth year in the zero-emissions transport market. With this progression comes commensurate concern over inadequate public EV charging infrastructure. So, it’s not surprising that the Department of Energy (DOE) indicates drivers do more than 80 percent of their EV automobile charging at home. However, even amid the extreme conveniences of doing so at-home, a multitude of safety, technological and affordability problems persist.

As one case in point, the DOE underscores a problem for Level 1 or 2 EVSE home charging, advising that consumers “should store the charging cord securely so it is not damaged,” indicating possible scenarios that may put charging cables and cords at risk of suffering abuse like “being run over by a car.” Other more ominous reports indicate that drivers charging vehicles at home are taking dangerous risks relating to electrocution and fire like “‘daisy-chaining’—using multiple extension leads plugged into one another—to reach their car.”

That report also highlights a survey among electric vehicle owners—including both all-electric and hybrids—finding that the vast majority (a whopping 74 percent) of respondents admit to using “domestic multi-socket extension leads, not suitable for outdoor use, to charge from the mains in their home. This is despite almost nine out of 10 respondents admitting they were aware these should not be used outdoors.” It goes on to reveal that “over half of electric vehicle users who charge using an extension lead, meanwhile, said they had left cables running to their vehicle in the rain.” 

Explosion and the leakage of electrolyte chemicals from batteries are among other reported EV charging perils beyond electrocution and fire. Further exacerbating fears, GreenCarReports.com published eye-opening revelations that “not every home charging station on sale in the U.S. has received third-party safety certification,” and that “many charging stations sold on Amazon are not safety tested,” according to a recent investigation by Charged EVs.

These and other serious consumer hazards, coupled with a desire to generally maximize the convenience and efficacy around home EV charging, have inspired extreme innovation from Q-Reel—a smart-charging company that’s developed the world’s first semi-automatic AC charging station for EVs. Q-Reel is poised to offer global consumers intuitive and effortless charging at home with a first-of-its-kind automated ejection system ensuring a hassle-free, hands-free charging experience. This in conjunction with the associated user-friendly smartphone app and built-in camera function, allowing users to monitor their EV inside and out with a simple swipe of a button.

Helmed by a team of Dutch entrepreneurs and engineers, the soon-to-launch Q-Reel solution presents an array of key features and benefits that will result in extreme lifestyle enhancements for EV owners. Highlights include:

    • Enhanced Safety & Equipment Integrity: Retractable cables best ensure that they will not suffer damage or abuse when not in use, while also protecting these parts from rain, humidity and other external elements. Q-Reel also reduces risk of electrocution and fire, thus upholding homeowner and property safety, since the fully third-party safety tested and certified system serves as an appropriate power source. It eliminates any cause to use the main home electricity source with or without extension cords/leads (or a daisy chain thereof)—especially those wires not suited for outside environments. Additionally, the flat cable inside the Q-Reel has enough cooling surface to prevent it from overheating and comes with a thermometer to regulate its temperature.    
    • Power-Assisted Operation: Q-Reel takes care of the ‘heavy lifting’ with regards to cable weight with its innovative automated ejection system that disconnects the plug from the car inlet and automatically retracts the cable directly back to the charging station to ensure hassle-free operation.
    • Effortless Charging: Simply grab the plug and connect it to the vehicle charging port and Q-Reel will take care of the rest. Thanks to a proprietary, leading-edge automatic ejection technology, it’s ready to go when you need it.
    • App-Based Monitoring and Control: Q-Reel works with an intuitive mobile app (iOS and Android) that lets users personalize charging time preferences at the swipe of a button. In addition to optimizing the charge process, users can also use the app interface to view live footage from Q-Reel’s built-in camera right from a smartphone.
    • Customizable Display: Q-Reel features a customizable display that offers various personalization options. This makes it possible to add a house number, corporate logo or any other design, if desired.

“In pioneering a superior EV experience from the consumer’s perspective, Q-Reel intends to markedly stimulate widespread EV ownership and adaptation worldwide by easing and enhancing key home charger marketplace concerns relating to safety, usability and affordability,” said Astrid Peters, CEO of Q-Reel. “In removing distinct obstacles around the often complicated and time-consuming traditional charging processes, we aim to help EV drivers everywhere charge their automobiles at their own home, without effort. Doing so will help lower the barrier-to-entry threshold, prompting more people to actually start driving electric.”

Founded in 2020 by a team of Dutch entrepreneurs and engineers, Q-Reel designs, develops and manufactures intelligent charging solutions for electric vehicles for both domestic and business use. With its at-home semi-automatic AC charging station, the company is on track to revolutionize the global EV charging landscape.

Sources:

https://thedriven.io/2019/02/13/there-are-now-5-6-million-electric-cars-on-the-road-up-64-from-last-year/

https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/charging-home

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/may/30/electric-vehicle-drivers-at-risk-by-charging-from-home-mains-supply

https://www.electrocuted.com/2016/11/28/electrocution-hazards-electric-cars/

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1108817_electric-car-charging-station-safety-what-you-need-to-know 

https://chargedevs.com/features/amazon-evse-safety/ 

About Merilee Kern

Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all B2B and B2C categories. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living TV show. As a prolific business and consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme—also delving into the minds behind the brands. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. 

Follow Merilee Kern: www.TheLuxeList.comwww.SavvyLiving.tv | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIN.

 

TATRAS × FILA

Italian-born label TATRAS is set to release a new collection in collaboration with the popular sports brand FILA.
The TATRAS brand offers top-level quality and sophisticated fashion pieces.
Now, TATRAS is releasing collaboration items with sportswear brand FILA, popular amongst all generations for its usability in daily life.
The partnership has produced a selection of items featuring an accent of a large tricolor TATRAS logo that embraces the symbol of FILA.

The collection seamlessly combines luxury and sport, showcasing the innovation and quality that TATRAS and FILA are known for, and presenting a new creative vision.


TATRAS and FILA are announcing their collection in two stages: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.


The items that were launched on June 5th, as Vol. 1, consist of a cap and a t-shirt, which are the protagonists of the upcoming season.
Vol. 1 items are available on sale at TATRAS corners in department stores in Japan, and exclusively for Italy at the TATRAS Milanese flagship store in Via della Spiga 3, as well as on its online retail stores. Furthermore, a hoodie and shoes will be released as Vol. 2 in the middle of July.

About TATRAS
Founded in 2006 by Masanaka Sakao, TATRAS first established awareness by proposing a new idea of modern luxury in the international market with a core focus on their now-signature high-end down jacket.
With over 13 years of experience in the industry, TATRAS prides itself on simple sophistication with high attention to detail, producing garments that combine both technical innovation and an impeccable level of craftsmanship. The TATRAS brand has positioned itself as a luxury product in today’s market with its collections offering a perfect combination of essential yet minimal designs and practically refined garments.

About FILA
FILA was born in Viera, Italy in 1911. Italian orthodox pedigree, Italian style, passion, creativity, and Italian spirit are the origins of FILA which have been carried until today.
Rather than competition and challenges to break new records, FILA interacts with sport with an intention to enjoy watching and participating in everyday life.

Texas A&M Innovation Plaza

Texas A&M System Brands Buildings at Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Texas Medical Center

The five-acre mixed-use Texas A&M Innovation Plaza in Houston will be home to the Engineering Medicine program and more.

The Texas A&M University System has announced Discovery Tower, Life Tower and Horizon Tower as the names of the three buildings that comprise Texas A&M Innovation Plaza, its landmark 5-acre campus in Houston, Texas, at the prominent intersection of Holcombe Boulevard and Main Street near the Texas Medical Center (TMC). This campus sets a new standard for collaboration in engineering, medicine, research and education and is the first all-new mixed-use campus for the Texas A&M System in Houston.

The Texas A&M University System initiated the new campus by acquiring and renovating an 18-story office building at 1020 Holcombe Blvd. to be the home for EnMed, a unique two-degree program that provides students the chance to earn a master’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and a medical degree from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Opening later this year, this building supports EnMed and an expanded array of Texas A&M’s engineering, research, innovation, medical and life science programs that are reflected in the newly announced brand: Discovery Tower.

Complementing the academic, research, discovery and innovation missions of the EnMed Building, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza will provide a welcoming, secure and vibrant experience to the campus population and visitors alike, with generous green spaces and lifestyle amenities not commonly found in the TMC area.

With groundbreaking scheduled in late 2020, the System’s public-private partnership (P3) developer is bringing additional investment of $401 million to fulfill unmet needs in the area with two complementary towers totaling an additional 1.9 million square feet.

“EnMed is just the first example of innovation that Texas A&M System intends to bring to the Texas A&M Innovation Plaza,” said Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp. “We are excited to have such a visible location in the Texas Medical Center.”

Scheduled to be complete in June 2022, Life Tower is a 19-story, 714-bed student housing tower will overlook a scenic plaza flanked by a large garage with retail and dining at grade with convenient, affordable parking for 2,714 vehicles. Texas A&M medical students and Prairie View A&M University nursing students will be given priority for housing, but students from other institutions could fill open slots, if available.

Scheduled to deliver in January 2024 is Horizon Tower, a 17-story, 485,000 square-foot integrated building that will be built atop the 13-story parking structure. With generous, efficient floorplates and robust building technologies, Horizon Tower will be ideally suited to life sciences, clinical, biomedical, technology and office uses.

Accessible via Main Street, Holcombe Boulevard and Fannin Street, Texas A&M Innovation Plaza is also adjacent to the METRO TMC Station, providing convenient connectivity via bus and light rail service to the TMC, Museum District and Downtown Houston.

The developer for the P3 projects is Medistar Corporation, a long-time Houston-based developer. Infrastructure investment firm American Triple I Partners, founded by Texas A&M alum Henry Cisneros, is part of the financing team.

About The Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation with a budget of $6.3 billion. The System is a statewide network of 11 universities; a comprehensive health science center; eight state agencies, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management; and the RELLIS Campus. The Texas A&M System educates more than 151,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceeded $1 billion in FY 2019 and helped drive the state’s economy.