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Here's a clip from yesterday's committee hearing for #HR191... to recognize the Armenian Genocide. It ended w/no vote, so it's left pending
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Posted 25 April 2017 - 11:16 AM
JacquelineSarkissian @JSarkissianFOX7 3h3 hours ago
Here's a clip from yesterday's committee hearing for #HR191... to recognize the Armenian Genocide. It ended w/no vote, so it's left pending
Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:02 AM
May 16, 2017
Ara Tekian, professor and associate dean of international education at the College of Medicine, is among recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The award is given to those who “have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their knowledge, courage and compassion, while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America,” according to the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the group that gives the award.
Past recipients include six U.S. presidents, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Frank Sinatra, Elie Wiesel and Rosa Parks.
The 2017 awardees, who were honored May 13 in New York City, include astronaut Buzz Aldrin, cardiologist Annapoorna Kini and CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria.
Tekian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his doctorate in neuroscience from the American University in Beirut in 1981 and earned a master’s in health professions education at UIC in 1983.
“This was a very unique degree at the time, and UIC was one of the only universities in the world to offer it,” Tekian said.
He returned to the Middle East that year and became the founding director of the medical education department at King Saud University College of Medicine in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He later consulted for the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Health and Education to ensure that medical schools in the Middle East were adequately preparing their students to provide care in their respective countries.
In 1990, with the civil war still ongoing in his native Lebanon, Tekian left the Middle East and moved to the U.S.
Tekian joined UIC in 1992 as a visiting assistant professor of medical education and was instrumental in building UIC’s international programs. Since then, he has consulted in more than 45 countries and helped establish more than a dozen medical education departments or centers.
“When I moved to the U.S., I knew that I wanted to do everything I could to help the Lebanese and Armenian communities that I joined here in America,” he said. “When you have a shared history with people, and when you are an immigrant yourself, you have a very strong desire to help your people.”
For Tekian, that desire took the form of assisting Armenian and Lebanese students seeking to further their medical education in this country. To them and their families, he became known as “the Contact Person.” His extensive contacts at universities in the U.S., the Middle East and Europe helped him direct students to educational opportunities in graduate and post-graduate work. He established the UIC College of Medicine’s International Medical Education Program in 2009.
“Dr. Tekian put UIC on the map in terms of medical education,” said Robert Barish, vice chancellor for health affairs. “He is one of the main reasons why we are known as innovators in medical education around the world.”
Tekian has been widely involved in the Armenian and Lebanese communities in Chicago and throughout the U.S. and holds many leadership roles. He has been active in the Armenian General Benevolent Union Chicago Chapter for the past two decades and served as chair of its Saturday School from 1994 to 2005. He has also served as president of the regional chapter of the alumni association of the American University of Beirut from 1997 to 2001, and president of its North American chapter from 2002 to 2004. Tekian served as president of the division of education in the professions of the American Educational Research Association from 2009 to 2012.
He is currently one of the 100 Pillars of the American University of Armenia, having donated generously to fund student scholarships. He has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Armenian and Lebanese communities recovering from disasters, including the 1988 earthquake in Armenia.
Other awards include the 2012 Association for the Study of Medical Education Gold Medal Award, one of the most prestigious awards in medical education. In 2014, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Armenian American Medical Society, and in 2015 he was named Faculty of the Year by the UIC department of medical education.
Posted 17 May 2017 - 10:09 AM
The Working Mother has listed American-Armenian designer Carolyn Rafaelian, a mother of three children, among the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2017.
“A new addition to Forbes’s Richest Self-Made Women’s list, Carolyn was dubbed leader of the jewelry world with an estimated net worth of $700 million. She was born into the jewelry business, but, initially, working in her parent’s Rhode Island factory served as punishment.
She told DuJour that her Armenian-American parents would send her and her four siblings to “card earrings” when they fell out of line. Eventually, she started designing special talismans for friends, adorned with symbols and saints that offered spiritual protection. Those took off and Alex and Ani was born in 2004—so named for her two oldest daughters.
Carolyn gives back through her Charity by Design division, donating a portion of the proceeds from specially designed charms to more than 50 nonprofits, including March of Dimes, Living Water International and VH-1 Save the Music. Last year, they donated $2 million to UNICEF. When she started the company, she told DuJour she was honest with her then-young kids about what her life as a working woman was like.
“Let’s not forget, we are a strong species,” she said. “I think men have their challenges now, women have their challenges now, but it’s only a challenge if you want it to be a challenge. My father did not treat any of us differently, my brother or his girls. We did what we needed to do, we were all treated the same, and we made what we made out of life.”
Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:05 AM
The schoolgirls of Vahan Tekeyan Basic School in Karbi village of Armenia’s Aragatsotn Province have developed a mobile application which enables its users to learn the language of signs and freely interact with people with hearing loss The app is called “Armenian sign language”, which was created within Technovation program.
The program gave an opportunity to the Armenian schoolgirls aged 10-18 to develop mobile applications on the six topics – environmental protection, poverty, peace, equality, education and health.
“The “Armenian sign language” is a bilingual educational app. Everyone without age limitations can make use of the application, learning the language of signs and interacting with those who suffer hearing damage,” one of the schoolgirls of Karbi village Svetlana Davtyan said in an interview with Panorama.am.
The schoolchildren from No. 2 School of Ashtarak have developed an application aimed at raising the children’s awareness on internet safety. “The app features advices, hotline and help sections. Our target group is the children. But the adults can also use the app,” Ashtarak schoolgirl Tereza Tumanyan said.
To note, within the 12 weeks of the program, the groups of the schoolgirls involving up to 5 members, have studied one of the six topics in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development, considered the issue in the context of their communities and developed a mobile application aimed at settling that issue through acquiring relevant skills.
The competition featured 36 teams from Armenia’s regions, with 22 of them qualified for the semi-final round. The jury chose 6 teams as winners from the semi-final. The groups represented Karbi Basic School, No. 2 School of Ashtarak, Yerevan No. 2, 92 and 123 Schools and Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum.
The teams have developed their applications with the App Inventor program by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Today, on the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, the applications developed by the schoolchildren were presented at the UN Office in Armenia, with the winning teams receiving awards.
Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:40 PM
Armenia’s Tigran Kirakosyan named European Sambo champion
PanARMENIAN.Net - Tigran Kirakosyan (52kg weight category) won gold at the European Sambo Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
In the final bout of the tournament, the Armenian beat Azerbaijan’s Agasif Samedov, securing the European champion’s title.
Also from Armenia, Harutyun Sargsyan (57kg weight category) snatched a bronze medal in Minsk
Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:53 AM
LA JOLLA, CA – A scientist from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in San Diego—Ardem Patapoutian—has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences for his “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research,” the academy announced today. Ardem joins several other TSRI scientists as members of this exclusive group of scientific scholars.
“Ardem has made extraordinary contributions to science,” said TSRI President Peter G. Schultz, Ph.D. “His work, and this well-deserved recognition, place him among an elite group of scientists, and we are incredibly proud to have him as colleague. I wish him a hearty congratulations.”
Patapoutian, Ph.D., a TSRI professor and member of the Dorris Neuroscience Center at TSRI and investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, studies how cells “talk” to each other and send signals through the body. His lab works to uncover the basic mysteries of human sensory biology, such as the proteins underlying our sense of touch, and contribute to the development of futuretreatments for disease.
“It is truly such an honor to be recognized by the NAS, especially as the need to advocate for strong science public policy is more urgent than ever,” said Patapoutian. “TSRI has truly enabled the cutting-edge techniques that have propelled our research forward.”
Patapoutian is among the academy’s 84 new members and 21 foreign associates.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership and, along with other groups, provides science, technology andhealth policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.
Other National Academy of Sciences members at TSRI are Floyd E. Bloom, Dale L. Boger, Francis V. Chisari, Benjamin Cravatt, Richard A. Lerner, Michael B.A. Oldstone, Julius Rebek, Jr., Paul Schimmel, Peter G. Schultz, K. Barry Sharpless, Peter K. Vogt, Charles Weissmann, Ian Wilson, Chi-Huey Wong, Peter Wright and Kurt Wüthrich.
Posted 05 June 2017 - 10:35 AM
Armenia art school student wins medal in Czech Rep. (PHOTOS)
YEREVAN. – The 45th International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts Lidice (ICEFA Lidice), which this year has been dedicated to the theme of TRAVEL, has kicked off in Lidice, Czech Republic.
This year 83 countries and 1,834 organizations are participating in this event, and 25,690 works are exhibited, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.
Also, the panel of judges has awarded prizes—94 of which being medals—to 531 works from 76 countries.
And as in previous years, children from Armenia were awarded numerous prizes once again.
In particular, Nare Tovmasyan, an 8-year-old pupil of Dilijan Children Art School After Hovhannes Sharambeyan, was awarded the Rose of Lidice medal.
The prizes will be sent to Armenia and presented to their recipients at a ceremony.
The 45th ICEFA Lidice will run until November 30.
Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:44 AM
BELMONT, Mass. (The Belmontonian)—Her first name means “sweet” in Armenian and in the state finals of the multi-event pentathlon held June 1, Belmont High junior track star Anoush Krafian strung together a quintet of top-flight results that produced the sweetest of outcomes—a Massachusetts state championship.
Krafian at the 2016 AYF Olympics (Photo: Tamar Kanarian)
At Bridgewater State University, the long-time standout track performer – she still co-holds the state middle school high jump record—beat her rivals and destroying the previous five-event top mark set last year by a whopping 215 points as she posted 3,243 points. Fellow Junior Natalie Marshall of Newton North (3,195 points) and Tewksbury High Senior Lauren Polimeno (3,184) finished second and third while the defending champion, Hopkinton junior Caitlyn Halloran, came in fourth.
Krafian’s total is the fifth-best mark set by a high school athlete in the U.S. so far this outdoor season.
The 11th-grader was leading the competition after four events with the championship on the line with Krafian facing her most challenging event, the 800 meters. Tewksbury’s Polimeno and Halloran of Hopkinton (who defeated Krafian in the Division 3 championships last week) were expected to complete the race in about 2 minutes and 20 seconds, more than 18 seconds in front of the Belmont track star’s best time of 2:38.37 set last week, a gap that could have seen Krafian fall from first to third – or worse.
But Krafian came through spectacularly, setting a new personal record by eight seconds, 2:30.07, negating Polimeno (2:19.96) and Halloran (2:20.60) own best times over the distance.
In addition to the 800, Krafian also achieved her best marks in the shot put (26 feet 5.5-inches), and high jumped over five feet (5-feet, 3.25 inches) while long jumping 16 feet, 5.75 inches.
Krafian started the day in her best event, the 100-meter hurdles, finishing first in 15.04 second, obliterating the old mark by nearly a full second while garnering 836 points, the highest individual event total by any athlete on Thursday.
Krafian will be seeking more state championships this weekend. On Saturday, she will return to Bridgewater to compete in the individual long jump and the 100 hurdles where she is a co-favorite with senior Madelyn Sessler of Plymouth South and Kristen Hohenstein of Chelmsford.
Krafian—a member of the Armenian Youth Federation – Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (AYF-YORF) Greater Boston “Nejdeh” chapter—is currently in contention for the most outstanding performance award at the all-state championships. Voting is currently open at http://ma.milesplit....es#pd_a_9762062.
Posted 07 June 2017 - 10:45 AM
Bermuda’s ball hockey team is currently in the Czech Republic taking part in the World Ball Hockey Championships, and are wearing Bermuda shorts during their time away from the sport, as they showcase traditional Bermudian attire in that part of the world.
The team has won two games so far against France and Lebanon, however lost to Great Britain, Hong Kong, and earlier today were narrowly defeated by Armenia, who won by a score of 3-2.
Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:18 AM
Leader of Armenian chess Levon Aronian on Friday won the title of the winner of Norway Chess 2017 super tournament held in Stavanger, Norway.
In the last round, Aronian played a draw against Wesley So with black pieces, collecting 6 points.
The only rival of the Armenian grandmaster for the first place, American Hikaru Nakamura, lost to American Fabiano Caruana in the last round, coming the second with 5 points.
Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:47 PM
Levon ain’t leavin’.
Armenian GM Levon Aronian has long been one of the world’s best players, leading his small country to three Olympiad gold medals and reaching No. 2 in the world rankings. But at 34, Aronian has seemed in recent years to have missed his chance, overtaken by Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen, who turns 27 this year, and a rising generation of younger stars capturing some of the game’s glittering prizes.
But in a powerful field that featured Carlsen, two former world champions and a passel of young guns, it was Aronian who shone the brightest, taking clear first in the 5th Altibox Norway Chess Tournament with an unbeaten 6-3 score, including wins over Carlsen and former Russian world champ Vladimir Kramnik. Coupled with his win at the 4th Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden in April (again with Carlsen in the field), Aronian is in line for a major ratings boost and a restored place in the conversation over who is the world’s best player.
With three Americans in the field in Norway, there was a minicompetition for the title of highest-scoring Yank. GM Wesley So ran the table with nine disappointing draws, but GMs Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura continued their rivalry with an entertaining last-round battle in which some Caruana home cooking cost Nakamura a chance to tie for first.
The Poisoned Pawn Sicilian (8…Qxb2) is yet another sharp opening line made famous by Bobby Fischer, and here the first real novelty comes on 14. g4 h6 15. Rg1!?, inviting 15…Nc6 16. Nxc6 Qxc6 17. e5!? dxe5 18. Bf3, with complications that Black may have feared to explore. Nakamura plays it cautiously, returning the gambited pawn with 15…Bd7 16. g5 hxg5 17. Rxg5 Nc6!? (it’s murky after the materialistic 17…Rh7!? 18. Bf4 e5 19. Nd5 Qa5 [Nxd5 20. exd5 Bxg5 21. Qg6+ Kf8 22. Bxg5 Kg8 is roughly equal) 20. Bd2 Qxa2 21. Rxb7 Nxd5 22. Bh5+ Kd8 23. exd5 Kc8 24. Rb4) 18. Rxg7 0-0-0, but after 19. Ncb5! axb5 20. Nxb5 Ne5 (Qb8 21. Rxe7 Nxe7 22. Nxd6+ Kc7 23. Bf4 is crushing), Black is still struggling to keep things level.
Nakamura’s downfall comes when he misses a computerlike finesse: 21. Nxc7 Nxd3+ 22. cxd3 (see diagram), when the only move to hold the position is the brazen 22…Rxh2!!; e.g. 23. Rxe7 Rh1+ 24. Bf1 Rf8!, winning back the piece because the pinned bishop on f1 can’t be saved.
Instead, after 22…Ng8? 23. Na8! Kb8 24. Nb6 Bc6 25. Bf4, White is a pawn to the good and has the better position.
Caruana cements his edge with 37. Nc6! Bxc6 38. bxc6+ Kxc6 29. Bf1 — with d7 and d5 denied to the Black king, the threat to trade off the knight and check with the White rooks forces Nakamura’s hand: 39…Rxf2 (Bf4 40. Bxd4 exd4 41. Rc2 mate) 40. Kxf2 Rf8+ 41. Kg2 Be3 42. Rb8, and White’s material edge is overwhelming.
In the final position, White wins easily in lines like 59…Ne5 60. h7 Nf7 61. e5 Kd8 62. e6 Nh8 63. Kg3 Ke7 64. Kf4 Kd8 65. Ke5 Ke7 66. Bc2 Kd8 67. Kf6 Kc7 68. Ke7 and wins; Nakamura resigned.
Caruana-Nakamura, 5th Altibox Norway Chess Tournament, Stavanger, Norway, June 2017
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Qb6 8. Qd3 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. f5 Be7 11. fxe6 fxe6 12. Be2 Qa5 13. Bd2 Qc7 14. g4 h6 15. Rg1 Bd7 16. g5 hxg5 17. Rxg5 Nc6 18. Rxg7 O-O-O 19. Ncb5 axb5 20. Nxb5 Ne5 21. Nxc7 Nxd3+ 22. cxd3 Ng8 23. Na8 Kb8 24. Nb6 Bc6 25. Bf4 e5 26. Bg3 Bf6 27. Rf7 Be8 28. Rf8 Bg7 29. Rf2 Ne7 30. Bg4 Nc6 31. Rfb2 Nd4 32. Nd5 b5 33. a4 Bh6 34. axb5 Rg8 35. h3 Kb7 36. Ne7 Rf8 37. Nc6 Bxc6 38. bxc6+ Kxc6 39. Bf2 Rxf2 40. Kxf2 Rf8+ 41. Kg2 Be3 42. Rb8 Rxb8 43. Rxb8 d5 44. Rc8+ Kd6 45. Rd8+ Ke7 46. Rd7+ Kf6 47. exd5 e4 48. dxe4 Bf4 49. h4 Nb5 50. h5 Be5 51. Bf5 Kg5 52. Bg6 Nd6 53. Re7 Nc4 54. Re6 Bf6 55. d6 Ne5 56. Bf5 Nd3 57. Rxf6 Kxf6 58. d7 Ke7 59. h6 Black resigns.
Posted 22 June 2017 - 04:48 PM
By The Landmark | on June 21, 2017
Holden’s Sam Sevian made history last week.
On June 19, the 16-year-old became the youngest person to ever win the Continental Championship, an international chess tournament held in Medellin, Colombia. The win solidified his spot at the next FIDE (The World Chess Federation) World Cup in September.
“I was confident that I would do well,” Sam said in an interview with the organizer of the event, The Colombian Federation of Chess (Federación Colombiana de Ajedrez), after his win.“My goal was to get into the World Cup, which is the top six spots.”
After 11 rounds, the event ended in an eight-way tie for first, with Sevian earning Gold on tie-breaks.
According to the US Chess Federation, Sam was the “eighth seed in a field of 258 players, probably the largest Continental Championship ever.” It was likely the strongest Continental Championship, with many Grandmasters (the highest title a chess player can attain) and International Masters (strong chess players) in attendance.
Sam, who started playing chess at the age of 5 with his dad, Armen Sevian, became a Master at 10 and the youngest-ever U.S. chess Grandmaster at 13.
Armen said he is very excited for Sam as this will be the second time he has qualified for the World Cup. The first time was two years ago when Sam placed 5th in the U.S. Championships. Sam had a lower rating at the time and was beat by a top notch player, said Armen.
Although he doesn’t know who his World Cup opponent will be yet, Sam plans to give it his best shot, he told The Colombian Federation of Chess.
As far as training goes, Armen said Sam basically has a schedule much like that of a professional athlete. Between Sam’s intense training, he is homeschooled and receives his class certifications online, said Armen.
As part of The Kasparov Chess Foundation’s Young Stars — Team USA, an organization dedicated to helping develop several American chess prodigies from across the US, Sam receives special training “every once in awhile” that can be up to 6 to 7 hours a day at his home in Holden, said Armen. He also trains by himself.
When it comes time to travel to tournaments, it is usually a “whole family affair,” said Armen, adding that he uses most of his vacation time for tournaments. When his daughter and wife aren’t able to make it, his wife is usually watching the competitions online tracking chess movements.
When Sam makes a move that “isn’t good,” Armen expects a call, he said with a laugh.
Although Sam pretty much lives and breaths chess, he is also passionate about sports, added Armen. “Hockey is his favorite,” he said, adding that Sam is particularly skilled at remembering sports stats.
Armen, along with the rest of the Sevian family are looking forward to September when Sam competes in The Chess World Cup 2017 in Batumi, Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea. It is a 128-player single-elimination tournament.
Until then, he will be training.
Posted Yesterday, 08:00 AM
Silver medalist of the Olympic Games Armenian weightlifter Simon Martirosyan was named 2017 Junior World Champion. In the +105kg weight class competition Martirosyan showed a double-event of 426kg - the result that allowed him to grab the title.
As the National Olympic Committee of Armenia reports, the Armenian athlete showed the best result in both exercises, scoring 191kg in snatch and 235kg – in clean and jerk.
Martirosyan was about to set a record in clean and jerk and just narrowly failed to hold 246kg above his head.
To recap, Armenian athletes conquered one gold and two bronze medals at the 2017 Junior World Champion in Tokyo, Japan. Earlier Sona Petroyan (70kg) and Samvel Gasparyan (105kg) grabbed bronze medals.
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