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Exlterra in Hazel Park installs India's first groundwater recharge technology

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Hazel Park-based environmental technology company Exlterra announced the installation of its patented Energy-Passive Groundwater Recharge (EGRP) system at the Sushma Medicinal Ayurvedic Research Trust (SMART) EcoPark, an interactive learning space in Mumbai, India. The system has been engineered to work with the surrounding environment to increase water penetration, as part of efforts to revitalize India’s dwindling aquifers.

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Henry Ford to offer innovative cancer screenings for dense breasts

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In a first for Michigan, the Henry Ford Cancer Institute is introducing a new and advanced molecular breast imaging system to screen women with dense breast tissue, who are at an increased risk for breast cancer.

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Junk removal business moves into Waterford warehouse

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Burly Guys Junk Removal is growing fast as baby boomers downsize/move their parents and downsize their own homes. Because of this growing trend, Burly Guys recently moved into a 2,000 square-foot warehouse at 5499 Perry Drive, Suite P, in Waterford Township.

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Baker College of Auburn Hills respiratory care program achieves national "distinguished" credential

The respiratory care program at Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus has, for the third consecutive year, been recognized with the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).

Programs receiving the recognition are considered using objective criteria from the 2016 Annual Report of Current Status. The criteria includes three or more years of outcomes data; a documented student RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or greater; holding accreditation without a progress report; and meeting or exceeding CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success and positive job placement.

“Receiving this credential again underscores that our program is achieving its goals as well as our students,” said Peter W. Karsten, Ph.D., CPA, Baker College of Auburn Hills president. “Each time a Baker College respiratory care student achieves his or her goals, there is a health care employer that has hired an exceptional employee.”

Credentials for a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and/or a certified respiratory therapist (CRT) are used as the basis for licensure in the 49 states that regulate the practice of respiratory care.

Respiratory therapists work primarily in health care facilities caring for patients who have trouble breathing, such as from a chronic respiratory disease like asthma or emphysema. Patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with lung disease. Respiratory therapists also provide emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, drowning or shock.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of respiratory therapists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $58,670 in May 2016. Baker College’s Auburn Hills campus launched its respiratory care associate degree program in 2006.

For more information about Baker College programs, contact Nicole Chirco in the admissions office at nicole.chirco@baker.edu or 248.340.0600, or visit www.baker.edu.

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Founded in 1911, Baker College grants doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees, as well as certificates in diverse academic fields including applied technology, business, education, engineering, health science, information technology and social science. Baker College has on-ground campuses throughout Michigan and offers online programs that can be completed 100 percent online without ever visiting a campus. In 2016, the Online Learning Consortium recognized Baker College Online with the OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement, the highest ranking for online higher education programs. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.
 

Diagnostic biomarkers in saliva show promise in recognizing early Alzheimer's disease

Your spit may hold a clue to future brain health. Investigators at the Beaumont Research Institute, part of Beaumont Health in Michigan, are hopeful that their study involving small molecules in saliva will help identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease - a neurologic condition predicted to reach epidemic proportions worldwide by 2050.

Their study, “Diagnostic Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease as Identified in Saliva using 1H NMR-Based Metabolomics” was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 58(2) on May 16.

Investigators found salivary molecules hold promise as reliable diagnostic biomarkers.

The study exemplifies the quest by scientists to combat Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder with no cure and few reliable diagnostic tests. In the United States, Alzheimer’s is a health epidemic affecting more than 5 million Americans. Investigators seek to develop valid and reliable biomarkers, diagnosing the disease in its earliest stages before brain damage occurs and dementia begins.

Researcher Stewart Graham, Ph.D. said, “We used metabolomics, a newer technique to study molecules involved in metabolism. Our goal was to find unique patterns of molecules in the saliva of our study participants that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in the earliest stages, when treatment is considered most effective. Presently, therapies for Alzheimer’s are initiated only after a patient is diagnosed and treatments offer modest benefits.”

Metabolomics is used in medicine and biology for the study of living organisms. It measures large numbers of naturally occurring small molecules, called metabolites, present in the blood, saliva and tissues. The pattern or fingerprint of metabolites in the biological sample can be used to learn about the health of the organism.

“Our team’s study demonstrates the potential for using metabolomics and saliva for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Dr. Graham. “Given the ease and convenience of collecting saliva, the development of accurate and sensitive biomarkers would be ideal for screening those at greatest risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In fact, unlike blood or cerebrospinal fluid, saliva is one of the most noninvasive means of getting cellular samples and it’s also inexpensive.”

The study participants included 29 adults in three groups: mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and a control group. After specimens were collected, the researchers positively identified and accurately quantified 57 metabolites. Some of the observed variances in the biomarkers were significant.  From their data, they were able to make predictions as to those at most risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Said Dr. Graham, “Worldwide, the development of valid and reliable biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease is considered the No. 1 priority for most national dementia strategies. It’s a necessary first step to design prevention and early-intervention research studies.”

As Americans age, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is rising dramatically. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2050, it’s estimated the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease will triple to about 15-16 million.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia affecting a person’s ability to think, communicate and function. It greatly impacts their relationships, their independence and lifestyle. The condition’s toll not only affects millions of Americans, but in 2017, it could cost the nation $259 billion.

The Beaumont Research Institute study was partly funded by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

The eight investigators are now seeking additional funding to conduct a larger, three-year study with significantly more participants to validate the pilot study. Seven of the researchers are with the Beaumont Research Institute; Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; and one is with the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
 

Oakland University to offer Master's in Systems Engineering degree

Oakland University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is now offering a Master’s in Systems Engineering program with a focus on systems integration.
 
“Our department has a strong history in systems engineering, and with this master’s program we are looking to serve mechanical, electrical and other engineers involved in product design and development,” said Robert Van Til, Ph.D., chair and Pawley professor of lean studies in the Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) Department.
 
“There has always been a demand for Systems Engineers in Southeast Michigan, primarily from the automobile and defense industries,” Van Til added. “But with the growing interest in connected vehicles and other connected products, the demand for Systems Engineers is expanding rapidly in all industries.”
 
Systems Engineering is the most difficult job for companies to fill with an estimated 1,388 annual job openings in the Southeast Michigan region between 2016 and 2026, according to a Connected Mobility Industry’s Skills Needs Assessment Project (SNAP) report issued by the Oakland County Executive and the Oakland County Workforce Development Board in March 2017.
 
“With the rapid advances in connected and autonomous vehicles, the need for skilled Systems Engineers is unprecedented,” said Tracey Stanyer, senior systems engineer at ESG Automotive Inc. “Graduates with the skill set to synthesize across engineering disciplines and guide the overall engineering process will have employers beating down their door with job offers.”
 
The Oakland University program is open to engineers with a degree in any field of engineering, including mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. No preliminary or make-up courses are required.
 
“Where other engineering disciplines concentrate on the specifics of a system, Systems Engineers focus on the integration of all of these aspects into a coherent and effective system,” said Vijit Pandey, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the ISE Department.
 
While the program is built around a core of the courses listed below, the flexible nature of the course requirements allows students to tailor the program to meet their career needs:
 
• Foundation of Systems Engineering I
 
• Foundation of Systems Engineering II
 
• Engineering Project Management
 
• Product Lifecycle Management
 
• Engineering Decision Analysis
 
“The Systems Engineering M.S. educates engineers to serve as the primary interface between management, customers, suppliers and specialty engineers in the systems development process,” Pandey said.
 
Students may enter the program at any time of the year and begin their classes in either September, January or May due to the flexible nature of the course requirements.
 
“Many engineers working full-time will enroll in the Systems Engineering M.S. program on a part-time basis since all courses are offered in the evening, and some courses are also available online,” Van Til said.
 
For more information about the program, including course requirements, visit the Master’s in Systems Engineering website.

Inventor is helping to get 5 million people back on their feet

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When Katy Olesnavage was a little girl, she was fascinated by her mom's work as a physical therapist.

The 27-year-old Ferndale High graduate learned early on about the challenges people face when they lose a limb and about navigating the world in a wheelchair or on crutches.

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Search is on for the 2017 Free Press Top Workplaces

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Is your company one of the best places to work in Michigan?

The nominations are open for the 2017 Free Press Top Workplaces competition. Public and private companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, with more than 50 employees, are eligible. Nominations will be accepted through June 16.

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City Club Apartments launches global property management company

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Farmington Hills-based City Club Apartments (CCA) announced it will begin managing its $2 billion, 10,000-unit apartment and penthouse portfolio.

The first five of its 30 properties includes Ann Arbor City Apartments, Central West End Apartments in St. Louis, Plaza Club City Apartments in Kansas City, 800 Tower City Apartments in Louisville, and CCA, CBD in Cincinnati.    

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BorgWarner develops key technology for hybrid and electric vehicles

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Aurburn Hills-based automotive supplier BorgWarner announced the development of a high-voltage temperature coefficient (PTC) cabin heater as a waste heat independent heating solution for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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Doctoral student wins Best Full Paper Award at national cyber security conference

Ahmad Mansour, a Computer Science and Informatics Ph.D. candidate at Oakland University, recently won the award for Best Full Paper at the 12thannual Cyber and Information Security Research Conference held at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. 
 
His paper, entitled “Multi-Asymmetric Cryptographic RSA Scheme,” proposed a multicast, one-to-many, cryptographic scheme that secures online communication between one sender and multiple receivers.
 
“Existing solutions for multi-asymmetric RSA schemes have limitations. They either require to trust all receivers or need to make some sort of agreements beforehand,” Mansour explained. “The proposed scheme addressed these limitations. Unlike normal cryptographic systems, this scheme allows the sender to send different information to multiple receivers, and each receiver is only able to get the message intended for him.”
 
The paper has been published in the Journal of the ACM, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Computing Machinery. It was co-authored by Richard Bassous, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science and Informatics at Oakland University, along with Andrew Davis from University of Michigan – Flint, Matthew Wagner from Missouri University of Science and Technology, Professor Huirong Fu at Oakland University, and Professor Ye Zhu at Cleveland State University.
 
The research was performed under the supervision of Professor Fu, a professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department and director of OU’s Center of Cyber Security, and is partially supported by the National Science Foundation.
 
Mansour came to Oakland in 2015 after earning a bachelor’s degree from Yarmouk University in Jordan and a master’s degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology, both in Computer Science.
 
His research interests lie in the areas of Data Security, more specifically Cryptography (ECC and RSA), Steganography, and Network security, as well as their applications. His other areas of interest are Data Compression and Human Computation. His current research focuses on Multi-Asymmetric Cryptography, Multi-Symmetric Cryptography, and Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANETs) security and privacy.
 
To learn more about OU’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, visit the website.

Free or low-cost business classes offered in May & June at the Oakland County One Stop Shop

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for assistance are encouraged to attend high-value, low- or no-cost business workshops offered by experts at Oakland County One Stop Sh?op Business Center.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, west of Telegraph, in Waterford. For pre-registration and a location map, visit www.AdvantageOakland.com/businessworkshops? or call 248-858-0783.

May Workshops:

WalkIn-StartUp Small Business Counseling in Novi
May 4 Novi  | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
June 1 Novi | 9:30 a.m. – Noon | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Novi Civic Center - Community Development Center Room, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi
?Whether you opened a business or you’re thinking about it, the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center has resources to help you. This program provides you with confidential small business counseling. You receive one-on-one advice from an experienced business consultant – with no appointment necessary. Counselors offer direct answers to startup questions, suggest next steps and provide guidance on business planning tools. These high value services are FREE. Walk-in sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each session is limited to 15 minutes.

CEED Lending Small Business Loan Orientation
May 10  | 9-11 a.m.
June 14 | 9-11 a.m.

Have a need for alternative financing for your business? Is your business located in Oakland County? Consider learning more about the CEED Lending Small Business Loan Program. Discover how to apply for and obtain a small business loan. If you are interested in alternative financing for your Oakland County small business, then the CEED Lending Small Business Orientation is for you. CEED Lending is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Starting a Business
May 11  | 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
June 15 | 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

?Thinking about starting a business? This workshop is designed for individuals who are at the beginning stages of starting a business. It will help aspiring entrepreneurs assess their abilities to lead and manage a company as well as evaluate market and sales potential for their products and services. Topics like startup costs, financing options and business planning are introduced, along with the necessary steps to getting started. If you are ready to start your business this workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required

Women’s Business Enterprise Certification Orientation (WBE)
?May 24 | 9 a.m. -11 a.m.

?Attention Women Entrepreneurs: Consider becoming a Certified Women Owned Business. Learn about the process and benefits of joining the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). WBE certification benefits include: Access to procurement opportunities with major national companies who are looking to do business with women and minority owned companies. If you are ready to take your business to the next level, this workshop is for you.
Cost: $25 per person | Registration Required??? 

Team SBA Financing Roundtable
May 24 | 9 a.m.-noon

?Need the inside scoop on how to obtain a business loan? Attend the Team SBA Financing Roundtable to find out how banks evaluate your application. Learn how to improve your chances for a business loan and how SBA loan guarantee programs can help you get financing. This workshop is best suited to those with good credit, a solid business idea and funds of their own to invest in the business. If you want to improve your chances of obtaining a business loan, then this workshop is for you.
Note: Because the SBA does not provide loan guarantees to real estate investment firms, including purchasing and rehabbing houses for resale, this type of financing is not discussed at the roundtable.
?Cost: Free | Registration Required?

Market Research Basics
?June 13 | 9-11:30 a.m.

?Are you ready to grow your business? Our Market Research Basics workshop helps you discover ways to find your ideal customers, identify your competitors, perform competit?ive analysis, identify new site locations, target direct mail campaigns, reveal untapped markets and expand to new and appropriate markets. If you are ready to grow your business, the Market Research Basics workshop is for you.
Cost: Free | Registration Required?

Social Media for Business Growth
June 21 | 9-11:30 a.m.

?LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are becoming essential tools for marketing your business in this post phonebook era. Instructor Terry Bean, founder of Networked Inc., and Motor City Connect, will take you through the tools and rules of marketing via social media. You will learn what works, what to avoid and how to utilize LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to grow your network, engage prospects and generate profit for your business. This workshop is designed to use social media tools for profit and will cover:
  • Three Things You MUST do to Find Success on Each Platform
  • How to Use Status Updates That Gain Attention
  • Ways to Manage Priorities So You’re Not Stuck in an Endless Loop
  • How to Make Posting Simpler
  • The Fastest Way to Grow Your Audience
  • Which 2-3 Platforms Are Best for You
Cost: $40 per person | Registration Required?

Nexteer Automotive in Auburn Hills provides advanced cyber security for steering systems

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As vehicles become increasingly connected, Auburn Hills-based Nexteer Automotive, a global intuitive motion control company, announced additional steering systems offerings with cyber security technologies to protect against malicious intrusions and unverified steering commands.

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Orlans PC expands nationwide, becomes second largest female-owned law firm in U.S.

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Following a merger with Troy-based Orlans Associates PC, Orlans Moran, and Atlantic Law Group, mother-daughter duo Linda and Alison Orlans today launched Orlans PC, the second largest Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified women-owned law firm in the United States. Combining teams and resources allows the company to enhance client services by refining processes, leveraging shared technology, and increasing collaboration.

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Walsh College to launch new Master of Arts in Business degree in fall 2017

Today, Walsh College announced the addition of the Master of Arts in Business (MA in Business), a new graduate degree program scheduled to launch this fall. Michael Rinkus, DBA, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer, made the announcement.

Unique in the Michigan market, the MA in Business is designed specifically for non-business professionals who need to build business knowledge and skills to advance in their careers. Unlike the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that is focused on building in-depth business expertise for aspiring business executives, the MA in Business will provide well-rounded business knowledge for professionals in the fields of healthcare, arts and design, architecture, criminal justice, education, information technology, construction management, food service, and many others. The degree will also be valuable for entrepreneurs who must master the necessary business skills to ensure the success of their ventures.

“Walsh College has built its reputation providing focused and rigorous business programs. With the new Master of Arts in Business program, the school is expanding its reach to create rewarding opportunities to an entirely new group of students,” Dr. Rinkus said. “By delivering a practical and well-rounded business education for non-business undergraduates, we can close the skills gap and arm today’s professionals with the fundamental proficiencies required to move forward into challenging new roles or bring their passion projects to life as a successful small business.”  

The 33 credit hour program will feature 11 courses in subjects such as communication skills, human resource management and organizational behavior, information technology systems, marketing, financial accounting/budgeting, and more. Students will begin the program with a Foundation of Business Success course to drive critical insights into key business concepts and command of core business disciplines. When possible, the MA in Business program will personalize courses and tailor projects and assignments to individual students’ interests as a leader in their field of expertise or as an entrepreneur. Student support services will be provided throughout the program to help students achieve success, through the College’s tutoring labs, workshops, and other specialized support.

An MA in Business student taking two courses per semester could complete the degree in approximately one to one and a half years. This degree can be completed entirely online or in a hybrid 2+2 format (combination of online and on campus) and is designed for working adults. Walsh College will begin accepting applications this spring. For more information or to apply to the program, visit www.walshcollege.edu/MAinBusiness.
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