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Daily Business Report-Feb. 13, 2018

Daily Business Report-Feb. 13, 2018

Maria Shriver will appear at OLP on March 22. (Photo by Azusa Takano)

Former California First Lady to Speak

March 22 at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Maria Shriver, former First Lady of California and best-selling author, will be the guest speaker at the Architects of Change Live program on March 22 at 1 p.m. at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) in San Diego.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with the award-winning journalist and producer while she shares her thoughts on everything from her new book, “I’ve Been Thinking…Reflections, Prayers and Meditations for a Meaningful Life,” to her Architects of Change Live Conversation series and more.
“According to Maria Shriver, an Architect of Change is someone ‘who challenges what is, imagines what can be and moves humanity forward.’ We are humbled that such a visionary leader for California and our nation is serving as a connector to this generation of changemakers,” said Dr. Lauren Lek, Head of School at OLP. “She’s a model of professionalism, faith, and motherhood. Moving humanity forward is not just a slogan for Maria, it is her identity.”

The school has been in partnership with Shriver Media since November 2016, as the first school to bring the Architects of Change program to the scholastic level. Since that time, the school has hosted bi-yearly Live Conversations on campus.

The special event is open to the public.  Tickets are $30 each and the first 200 tickets sold will include a copy of Shriver’s new book “I’ve Been Thinking…”

Tickets may be purchased at


Charles David Keeling and his namesake Keeling Curve.

Charles David Keeling and his namesake Keeling Curve.

New Keeling Curve Prize Inspired

by Research Icon Charles Keeling

A $250,000 annual award that encourages climate change solutions has been named for one of Scripps Institution of Oceanography’s most famous research endeavors.

The Aspen, Colo.-based Keeling Curve Prize is accepting applications through April 1 from entrants who offer products or strategies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions or reduce existing quantities of greenhouse gases already present in the atmosphere. Prize organizers said they drew inspiration from the Keeling Curve, a measurement of the concentration of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that ushered in the modern era of climate change research and became one of the iconic images of science.

“As the creator of the Keeling Curve Prize, I wanted the mission to include greenhouse gas mitigation and carbon uptake to reduce the heat trapping gases in our atmosphere,” said Jackie Francis, who co-founded “Keeling Curve Prize: A Global Warming Mitigation Project” with philanthropist Michael Klein, chairman of the board of real estate information company CoStar Group. “Fundamentally, the idea is to bend the Keeling Curve downward, so naming the prize after Charles Keeling’s work seemed ideal and I’m thrilled the Keeling family agreed.”

Keeling Curve Prize organizers said prizes will be awarded during the Aspen Ideas Festival in June.

Scripps Oceanography geochemist Charles David Keeling began the Keeling Curve measurement in 1958 at a monitoring station atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa. The data series draws its name from the shape of its dataset, a trend of steadily rising, seasonally fluctuating CO2 readings that exceeded 400 parts per million in air for the first time in human history in 2013. Prior to the onset of the Industrial Revolution, CO2 levels had fluctuated over millennia but had never exceeded 300 parts per million at any point in the last 800,000 years.

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San Diego Housing Federation Announces

Call forNominations for its Annual Ruby Awards

The San Diego Housing Federation is calling for nominations for its annual Ruby Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development. The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, Feb. 16.

The awards will honor people, organizations that make a difference in San Diego by building and preserving affordable homes for San Diegans in need.

Anyone can nominate or self-nominate an individual, organization, agency or project that has made a difference by increasing access to homes that are safe, stable, and affordable for San Diegans who live on limited budgets or have special needs.

Awards will be presented in 12 categories:

  • Outstanding Resident Leader
  • Outstanding Service to Residents
  • Outstanding Advocate
  • Outstanding Development Partner
  • Outstanding Government Agency or Elected Official
  • John Craven Memorial
  • SDG&E Environmental Award: Retrofit
  • SDG&E Environmental Award: New Construction
  • Innovations Award
  • CSH Supportive Housing Award
  • Project of the Year – Rehabilitation
  • Project of the Year – New Construction

Awards will be presented May 3 at the Prado in Balboa Park.

To learn more about the event, consider sponsorship options, and submit your nominations, click here.


Port of San Diego Launching Study

of Harbor Drive to Improve Safety, Mobility

The Port of San Diego is conducting a Harbor Drive corridor study to improve the mobility and safety for all users of the thoroughfare. The

study focuses on the mainly industrial area of Harbor Drive between the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal in San Diego and the National City Marine Terminal, known as San Diego’s Working Waterfront. It will examine how people use Harbor Drive along this stretch, address existing issues and challenges, and identify opportunities for improvement. It will also look at ways to enhance quality of life for everyone who lives, works and plays along the waterfront and in the surrounding communities.

Area residents, businesses, and all users of Harbor Drive are invited to provide input about their travel or commute experience on Harbor Drive. An Open House will take place on Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Campus – San Diego Continuing Education, 1901 Main St., San Diego, 92113. More information is available at


Parents’ $500,000 Gift to UC San Diego

Celebrates the Life of Yinan Wang

Yinan Wang

Yinan Wang

After the sudden passing of their son, Jian Wang and Guozhen Luo wanted to find an enduring way to honor his memory. Yinan Wang was in his second year of postdoctoral research at the University of California San Diego when he and his wife, Rebecca, tragically died in a car accident while vising Sequoia National Park in August 2017. To celebrate his life and scientific ambitions, the family has made a gift of $500,000 to the UC San Diego Division of Physical Sciences to create an endowed junior faculty fellowship that will benefit promising researchers in chemistry and biochemistry.

The Yinan Wang Memorial Chancellor’s Endowed Junior Faculty Fellowship will provide funding, in perpetuity, to recruit and support the research of exceptional tenure-track and newly tenured faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. To further the impact of their support, UC San Diego is providing a $250,000 match from the Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship Challenge for the endowed fellowship.

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