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NPA Announces Chalasani, Tetzlaff Win Awards of Highest Distinction

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) today announced that Sreekanth Chalasani, Ph.D. and Julie Tetzlaff, Ph.D. are the 2021 winners of the organization's two most prestigious awards for exceptional service to the postdoctoral scholar community.

Chalasani, associate professor at the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, was announced as the winner of the 2021 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award among an exceptional field of finalists. Tetzlaff, associate professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was recognized by peers across the nation as the winner of the 2021 NPA Distinguished Service Award.

The NPA Gallagher Mentor Award recognizes the very best of mentors across the nation who advocate for postdoctoral scholars, celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion values and empower their postdoc scholars to succeed.

"A great expert is a person who has made all the mistakes," explained John Beacom, Ph.D., winner of the Mentor Award last year. "A great mentor is a person who will share those mistakes so others can avoid them."

"I am deeply honored to be selected as the NPA Gallagher Mentor of the Year from the National Postdoc Association," said Chalasani. "I would like to thank my current and former postdocs, all of whom have helped me become a better mentor. I also congratulate all of the award finalists for their fantastic work supporting postdocs."

The NPA Distinguished Service Award recognizes the highest appreciation for an individual that has demonstrated a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience. "The postdoctoral community is fortunate to have the NPA advocating on their behalf to improve the postdoctoral experience," commented Tetzlaff. "I thank them for giving me this award and bringing even more positive visibility to postdocs everywhere."

"Drs. Chalasani and Tetzlaff are receiving the highest honors that the NPA awards," stated NPA Board chair Stephanie Eberle, M.Ed. "In their own exceptional ways, they have excelled at creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to succeed and advance in their work and careers."

The two awards were presented at the 2021 NPA Annual Conference before a record audience of postdoctoral scholars, faculty members, industry leaders and academic administrators.

Learn more: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/page/2021AC

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 18,000 individual and 215 organizational members.

Related link: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/

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Aligned Technology Solutions Awarded as One of The Financial Times The Americas’ Fastest Growing Companies 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Aligned Technology Solutions has been recognized as part of The Financial Times list of The Americas' Fastest Growing Companies 2021. This prestigious award is presented by The Financial Times and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider.

The FT The Americas' Fastest Growing Companies is comprised of the enterprises that contribute most heavily to economic growth. 500 companies are featured on the list, which was announced online on April 13, 2021 and can currently be viewed on the FT website.

Out of the millions of active companies in North and South America, only 500 firms were awarded in the list, and Aligned Technology Solutions is ecstatic to be recognized as one of FT's inaugural list of The Americas' Fastest Growing Companies 2021.

About Aligned Technology Solutions (ATS)

Since 2010 ATS has been helping organizations leverage and manage technology to grow and secure their businesses. ATS is an award-winning technology service provider delivering customized and comprehensive IT solutions for IT Outsourcing, Cybersecurity, Compliance, Cloud Solutions and Business Phone Systems. ATS is committed to providing world class customer service and best-of-breed technology solutions that provide our clients competitive advantage in their marketplace. Learn more at http://www.myalignedit.com/

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Encounter Telehealth Awards ‘Certificates of Excellence in Mental Health Care’

OMAHA, Neb. -- Encounter Telehealth awarded their partner facilities 'Certificates of Excellence in Mental Health Care' for their perseverance and dedication to the mental health needs of their residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"This past year has been wrought with unprecedented challenges and hurdles for the staff and residents of our senior living community partners," explains Jennifer Amis, President and CEO of Encounter Telehealth.

"Through everything, the care teams at these facilities have gone above and beyond to ensure the mental health and wellness for their residents. They truly deserve special commendation."

Depression and anxiety hit an all-time high for older adults amid the pandemic. Recent studies determined that 1 in 4 older adults have experienced depression and anxiety since the pandemic began. Lockdowns, loneliness, fear, and loss have contributed to a mental health epidemic in an already struggling population.

In 2020, throughout the pandemic, Encounter Telehealth conducted over 10,000 telehealth encounters for residents of senior care communities. The staff at these communities have embraced the Encounter Team as an extension of their own care teams. The collaboration between Encounter and their partner facilities has improved the mental health and quality of life for residents and staff members.

About Encounter Telehealth

Encounter Telehealth supports the mental and behavioral health needs of residents in senior care communities. Our services include psychiatric evaluations, medication management, mental health therapy for both residents and their family members, after hours care, and staff training. Our communities include skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, independent living, memory care, home health care, ICF/IID facilities, Veterans Homes, and corrections. Our patients receive specialized, evidence-based mental health care regardless of where they live.

Learn more at http://www.encounter.health/ or by emailing us at info@encounter.health.

Twitter: @EncounterPsych

Facebook: @EncounterTelespychiatry

LinkedIn: @EncounterTelehealthLLC

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QUOTES:

"Jenkins Living Center is located in Watertown, South Dakota -- a rural area in the northeastern corner of the state. Our community lacks the services of a psychiatrist, and scheduling visits with a clinical psychology would often take weeks before the resident could be seen. When we signed on with Encounter, we immediately saw an improvement in mental health services for our resident population. The telehealth psychologists that have served our facility have been extremely responsive whenever we have needed a consultation, and they are very engaged when visiting with our residents and staff. They thoroughly review the residents' medical records prior to visits and do an outstanding job of follow-up regarding efficacy of medications they have prescribed. Overall, the well-being of our residents who need mental health consultations has improved dramatically since we began to partner with Encounter," said Loren Dietman, President and CEO of Jenkins Living Center.

"The majority of our residents being followed by Encounter have had improved mental health. Behaviors have decreased, which has helped the environment for both the residents and employees. Residents' mental health is more stable," said Nicholas Guerrette, Administrator at Borderview Rehabilitation and Living Center.

Related link: https://www.encounter.health/

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‘THE LEAFWING’ MAKES THE CUT on FILM 14 as one of THE BEST BOOK TRAILERS of 2020!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- "The Leafwing" (ISBN: 978-0981660233), by author Deborah Copeland, is a new YA fantasy novel that is making waves on the YA Fantasy charts. With a book trailer that lives up to the high-intensity drama and mythological thrill as the novel, it certainly is a great fantasy book to immerse yourself in.

Fourteen-year-old Amelia Ricci goes to school every day thinking that everything is normal. Same faces. Same friends. Same boring city. Soon she discovers that something is a bit off; that a pack of recluse Tony Hawk wannabes aren't really human. But the scary part is only she can see them. She's the only one who knows their secret. Things start to get really complicated because while she's watching them, they're watching her ... at midnight, at dusk, even in her dreams.

"A delightful mixture of mythological creatures with a fresh twist set in an ordinary city with lots of funny and cool characters. If Twilight and The Lightning Thief had a baby, it would be The Leafwing," says F. Dominguez, Amazon's Top Reviewer.

"THE BEST BOOK TRAILER OF 2020!" -- FILM 14.

"At a time when the global pandemic seems to have no end in sight many teens are escaping; they're reading more, specifically YA Fantasy," says author Deborah Copeland.

SUMMARY:
"The Leafwing" by Deborah J. Copeland
Publication Date: July 21, 2020
ASIN: 2940162539742
ISBN: 978-0981660233
404 pages
Published by Crown Royal Books
The Leafwing is a YA Fantasy novel for teens aged 12+
Available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Deborah J. Copeland is the author of "The Leafwing and The Kids at Latimer High." She grew up on Hering Avenue in the North Bronx. Gifted as a child Debbie has been writing short stories, novellas, plays, and poetry since the age of seven. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is working on the second book in "THE LEAFWING" trilogy.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/bQQ3RPzqaQw

She blogs at https://www.deborahcopeland.com.

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2021 Mentor of the Year Finalists Announced – Eight outstanding leaders nominated from across the U.S.

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), in partnership with Gallagher, today announced the finalists for the 2021 NPA Gallagher Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member or advisor who engages in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

The prestigious award recognizes those who advocate for postdoctoral scholars; exhibit outstanding communication skills; embed diversity, equity and inclusion values in mentoring; demonstrate respect for the work and career paths of postdoctoral scholars; create productive working environments to enhance the postdoctoral experience; and show resilience and creativity as mentors during the pandemic.

"Recognition as a mentor is without a doubt the highest achievement one can receive, because it represents one's positive impact on those that will help shape the future," said Ed Krug, Ph.D., former recipient of the NPA Gallagher Mentor Award and professor emeritus at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The 2021 finalists for the NPA Gallagher Mentor Award are:

* Sreekanth Chalasani, Ph.D., Salk Institute for Biological Studies

* Cory Christiansen, Ph.D., University of Colorado School of Medicine

* Christina Cipriano, Ph.D., Yale School of Medicine

* John D. Fryer, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic

* Kentaro Fujita, Ph.D., Ohio State University

* David J. Katz, Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine

* Stephanie Madon, Ph.D., Iowa State University

* Ethan Menahem Shevach, M.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

"The NPA recognizes the accomplishments of all eight of these impressive individuals and their unfailing commitment to mentorship for postdoctoral scholars," stated NPA executive director and chief executive officer, Thomas P. Kimbis. "Each of these finalists is already a winner for how they give to others every day."

The winner of this year's award will be announced at the 2021 NPA Annual Conference, taking place online April 15-16, 2021. Registration remains open for this event accessible around the world.

About National Postdoctoral Association:

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational association headquartered in Rockville, MD. Founded in 2003, the NPA envisions an inclusive community where all postdocs are empowered, valued, recognized, and supported in their current and future endeavors. The NPA serves the entire postdoctoral community, including its 18,000 individual and 215 organizational members.

Learn more at: https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/

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Promontory MortgagePath Named One of the Best Places to Work in Financial Technology

DANBURY, Conn. -- Promontory MortgagePath LLC, a leading provider of comprehensive digital mortgage origination and tech-driven fulfillment solutions, announced today it has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Financial Technology in 2021. The awards program was created in 2017 and is a project of Arizent, which includes American Banker, and Best Companies Group.

"We believe strongly in the importance of community and regional banking and in increasing access to homeownership, to include underserved communities. When your mission is service-oriented, you tend to attract like-minded individuals to the team," said Promontory MortgagePath CEO and Founder Gene Ludwig. "We have a truly collaborative, people-first culture where everyone from our technologists, coders, and programmers to our senior mortgage-industry and compliance veterans work alongside each other in pursuit of this shared vision."

This annual survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in the financial technology industry. Companies recognized on this year's list operate in and serve companies and consumers in a wide range of financial services including banking and mortgages, insurance, payments and financial advisory.

"Promontory MortgagePath's greatest asset is our workforce, and in the midst of an unprecedented year for the mortgage industry, our team quickly pivoted to adjust to the unique operational challenges created by the pandemic in order to ensure the success of our clients," said Promontory MortgagePath Chief Operating Officer Debora Aydelotte. "Given this award is driven by our own employee survey responses, we are incredibly proud to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Financial Technology not only by Arizent, but also by our internal team."

"This year, the fintech industry became a larger and more important sector of our economy," said David Evans, chief content officer at Arizent. "This ranking helps highlight companies that have generous employee policies and positive cultures, and can help serve as a guide to job seekers in this competitive industry."

The 2021 list was published by Arizent brands American Banker, National Mortgage News, PaymentsSource, Financial Planning and Digital Insurance. To be considered for participation, companies must provide technology products, services or solutions that enable the delivery of financial services. Companies must also have been in business for at least one full year and employ at least 15 people in the U.S.

Companies from across the United States entered a two-part survey process to determine Arizent's Best Places to Work in Financial Technology. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data and determined the final ranking.

For more information on Arizent's Best Places to Work in Financial Technology program, including full eligibility criteria, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkFinTech.com. To learn more about open positions at Promontory MortgagePath, visit mortgagepath.com/careers.

About Promontory MortgagePath LLC | NMLS ID 1532373

Promontory MortgagePath is a fast-growing team of passionate problem solvers on a mission to fundamentally change the way lenders approach their mortgage business. The company combines an intuitive, collaborative digital mortgage platform with modern, comprehensive fulfillment services, giving lenders the progressive technology and scalability required to profitably compete in today's rapidly-changing residential mortgage market. Promontory MortgagePath's founder, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Gene Ludwig, is widely recognized as a visionary thinker on the critical issues confronting financial services, and his companies are renowned for their ability to help community lenders resolve their most pressing challenges. To learn more, https://www.mortgagepath.com.

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2021 HW TECH100 Mortgage Award Announces MCT As Leader In Innovation

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- MCT® was announced as a 2021 HousingWire Tech100 Mortgage Winner. The Tech100 Real Estate Award recognized the most innovative and impactful technology companies serving the mortgage industry forever changing the home sales process. MCT launched and enhanced several technology solutions and services throughout the past year and also achieved company milestones, helping it earn a spot on the latest Tech100 list.

HousingWire's 2021 Tech100 Mortgage winners helped mortgage lenders and servicers deliver outsized growth driven by innovation and impact, taking digital disruption to a new level. The winners were deemed to offer change in helping borrowers, clients and companies forward toward a more innovative and efficient housing market. MCT was selected for the HW Tech100 by a Selection Panel of industry leaders that viewed and voted on submissions based on the "Market Served" category. The final list was reviewed and confirmed by a committee of HousingWire editors.

MCT facilitated whole loan liquidity between sellers and buyers of mortgage loans with a new program called BAM Marketplace®, finding comprehensive outlets on whole loans to ensure competitive execution during all market cycles. BAM Marketplace is a platform within MCTlive!® that integrates with existing lender and investor processes to encrypt bid tapes so that they can be securely, accurately and quickly priced and traded.

"We are thrilled and delighted to be recognized once again by HousingWire for our contributions to the technological advancement of the mortgage industry," said Curtis Richins, President and CEO of MCT. "It wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and intelligence of our outstanding team members, who are committed to supporting clients in the best ways possible, always stiving to push the ball of what a trusted capital markets partner can offer."

MCT released several other technologies over the past year including the MCTlive! Pool Optimizer® Technology, enabling secondary marketing managers to use actual cash window execution for optimization on each individual loan rather than using a dealer survey for spec pay-ups, and integration with Fannie Mae's Pricing & Execution - Whole Loan® Application that provides live Servicing Marketplace® (SMP) pricing from servicing partners for loan populations of any size

About MCT:

Founded in 2001, Mortgage Capital Trading, Inc. (MCT) has grown from a boutique mortgage pipeline hedging firm into the industry's leading provider of fully integrated capital markets services and technology. MCT offers an array of best-in-class services and software covering mortgage pipeline hedging, best execution loan sales, outsourced lock desk solutions, MSR portfolio valuations, business intelligence analytics, mark to market services, and an award-winning comprehensive capital markets software platform called MCTlive! MCT supports independent mortgage bankers, depositories, credit unions, warehouse lenders, and correspondent investors of all sizes. Headquartered in San Diego, California, MCT also has offices in Philadelphia, Healdsburg, and San Antonio. MCT is well known for its team of capital markets experts and senior traders who continue to provide the boutique-style hands-on engagement clients love.

For more information, visit https://mct-trading.com/ or call (619) 543-5111.

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Mid America Mortgage Receives ‘2021 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For’ Honors for Second Straight Year

ADDISON, Texas -- Mid America Mortgage, Inc. (Mid America) announced today it has been named one of the "2021 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For" for the second consecutive year by mortgage industry trade publication National Mortgage News. Mid America was one of 50 lenders recognized nationally. The firm was also included in the "Best Large Mortgage Companies to Work For" list, which includes mortgage firms with 500 or more employees.

This annual survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the U.S. mortgage industry. National Mortgage News honored all the winners and revealed the final rankings in a special report published in March.

"We're honored to be included in this list for the second consecutive year," said Mid America Owner and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bode. "This award is especially gratifying because it's based on the employee's perspective. We've strategically built an organization of highly talented people, we're proud to have built an environment they all enjoy."

Companies from across the United States entered a two-part survey process to determine this year's "Best Mortgage Companies to Work For." The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.

The full list of "2021 Best Companies to Work For" can be viewed at https://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/list/2021-best-mortgage-companies-to-work-for.

About Mid America Mortgage, Inc.

Mid America Mortgage, Inc., Addison, Texas, is a multi-state, full-service mortgage lender serving consumers and mortgage originators through its retail, wholesale and correspondent channels. We offer a wide range of residential home loan programs to meet the needs of most home buyers and homeowners and are also the nation's leading provider of Section 184 home loans for Native Americans. Learn more at https://www.midamericamortgage.com/.

In operation since 1940, Mid America has thrived by retaining its entrepreneurial spirit and leading the market in innovation, including its adoption of eClosings eNotes. Click n' Close is Mid America's ultra-secure, digital mortgage approval and closing process that gets home buyers from application to closing within two weeks. With just a few clicks at closing, Click n' Close puts keys in the home buyer's hand in 15 minutes or less. Apply online at https://www.midamericamortgage.com/click-n-close/#cnc.

Frequently named a top mortgage employer/workplace by industry trade magazines such as Mortgage Professional America, MReport, National Mortgage News and National Mortgage Professional, Mid America is looking for tech-savvy, service-oriented mortgage professionals to join our growing team. We are dedicated to providing our employees with industry-leading tools and technology to deliver a great package of competitive pricing, programs and knowledgeable service. Want to join our team? Visit https://www.midamericamortgage.com/careers/.

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Cybersecurity Consulting Firm, Aristi Technologies, Accredited as a CMMC Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO)

HERNDON, Va. -- Aristi Technologies, Inc. announced that it is among the first firms to become an accredited Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Third-Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) and Registered Provider Organization (RPO) by the CMMC Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). C3PAOs are the only organizations authorized to conduct CMMC assessments.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) created the CMMC program to enhance the protection of sensitive data, namely, controlled unclassified information (CUI) and federal contract information (FCI), within the Defense Department's multi-tiered supply chain of more than 300,000 companies. CMMC is specifically designed for small and mid-sized suppliers as they are more vulnerable to cyber threats in the supply chain.

These small and mid-sized contractors are increasingly being targeted by nation-state attackers; they have limited internal resources and cybersecurity expertise to adequately secure their systems and safeguard sensitive customer data.

"Aristi is honored to achieve C3PAO and RPO credentials, demonstrating our commitment to the CMMC program in supporting the DoD's mission to secure the defense supply chain," said Neel Gopalani, Aristi's vice president, and a CMMC-AB Registered Practitioner (RP). "Our CMMC practice is a natural extension of our cybersecurity compliance and assessment services that we've provided for more than a decade."

Over the last year, Aristi has helped small and mid-sized government contractors prepare for complying with CMMC security requirements. Aristi's CMMC consulting services include: boundary scoping, gap assessments, remediation support, security documentation and readiness assessments. As a C3PAO and RPO, Aristi will continue to help federal contractors effectively navigate the DoD's new cybersecurity certification process.

About Aristi Technologies

Aristi Technologies is a cybersecurity consulting firm based in the Washington DC metro area. For more than a decade, it's provided cybersecurity risk and compliance services to organizations, nationwide, including federal agencies, government contractors, and cloud-service providers.

Aristi delivers tailored and affordable solutions to achieve compliance with federal cyber compliance standards including National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 800-53, NIST 800-171 (the core of the CMMC framework), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

MEDIA CONTACT:
Neel Gopalani
of Aristi
+1-703-459-6268
cmmc@aristitech.com

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