February SIPA Member News: Norins Offers $1 Million Prize

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Welcome New Members


We are excited to welcome the following new members to the SIPA community this month:

Beer Marketers Insights
Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) Inc.
The Channel Company
World Textile Information Network

$1 Million Prize for Alzheimer's Disease Germ Announced by SIPA Member Leslie Norins on ALZgerm.org

Leslie Norins, CEO of Alzheimer's Germ Quest, Inc., has announced a $1 million challenge award for the scientist who provides persuasive evidence that an infectious agent is the root cause of Alzheimer's disease. The three-year contest began Jan. 15, 2018. Researchers may apply at ALZgerm.org. 

Norins, a doctor and a longtime publisher of medical newsletters (40+ years), is a SIPA Hall of Fame inductee, previous keynote speaker for SIPA's annual conference and a former board member.

"It's time to more aggressively fund the hunt for a microbe that is the villain in Alzheimer's," says Norins. The rationale for the challenge is presented in an accompanying white paper, "It's Time to Find the Alzheimer's Germ." Norins says there are a number of intriguing reports suggesting Alzheimer's is the end result of a microbial infection. And, in 2016, 33 leading scientists signed an editorial urging more research on this.

Yet, he says, major funders have still not adjusted priorities, and remain "fixated on the safe old favorites." "Hopefully, this challenge will help jump-start additional research interest globally in microbes." 

Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and has increased 25% in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The challenge award is a project of Alzheimer's Germ Quest, Inc., based in Naples, Fla., and is open to all scientists worldwide. The award money will be donated by Norins and his wife, Rainey.

People Moves 

Katrin Wright has joined Access Intelligence's AdExchanger as director of strategic programming. Wright joins from mobile ad tech firm Tapad where she served as director of events. Tracy Le has joined Access Intelligence as marketing coordinator within the Aerospace Events group, which includes the Satellite, OilComm/FleetComm, and DC5G conferences.

New Generation Research—publisher of The Turnaround Letter, BankruptcyData and other bankruptcy and distressed securities-related publications—announced that James Hammond has joined the company as chief executive officer.He was previously at bne IntelliNews.

Headlines in the Industry 

Blackstone to Pay Thomson Reuters $325M a Year for 30 Years
Blackstone Group LP has agreed that annual payments of $325 million would be made for 30 years to the Reuters News business as part of an offer by the U.S. private equity firm to buy a majority stake in Thomson Reuters' Financial and Risk unit. 

Informa and UBM Make Merger Official
Informa has revealed details of its £3.8 billion deal to buy out rival trade show organizer UBM. The terms of the deal will see Informa shareholders own 65.5% of the firm, while UBM investors will take the remaining 34.5%. Informa CEO Stephen Carter said that the merger is set to deliver annual cost savings of at least £60m.

Trade Press Media Group Acquired by German-based Media Company
Glendale, Wis.-basedTrade Press Media Group, Inc.has been acquired byFORUM Media Group, an international media company based in Merching, Germany.

RELX Group Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire ThreatMetrix
RELX Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of ThreatMetrix, for a consideration of £580m payable in cash. ThreatMetrix is a leader in the global risk-based authentication sector, headquartered in San Jose, Calif. and founded in 2005.

Director of New Media Douglas Harbrecht Retires From Kiplinger 

After a storied career in financial journalism, Doug Harbrecht has retired from Kiplinger. As director, new media, Harbrecht has led Kiplinger's rapid growth online and in social media. Kiplinger.com is an award-winning site providing trusted, independent financial advice and business forecasts.

"For more than a decade, Doug has vigorously expanded Kiplinger.com into what it is today," said Knight Kiplinger, editor in chief and president, Kiplinger. "He has been instrumental in the significant growth in page views, unique visitors and revenue which, in 2016, made Kiplinger.com the most profitable division of our company."

Harbrecht joined the Kiplinger team in 2006 from BusinessWeek.com, which he helped to launch. That site won the 2000 National Magazine Award for Editorial Excellence in New Media.

Blog of the Week - Facilitating Online Discourse 

In a post on Magna Publications' Faculty Focus on encouraging online discussions, Rebecca Zambrano writes:

"In my online courses, I tell participants that the greatest compliment you can give other people is to tell them (honestly) that their thinking has changed or expanded your own, and how... Active online listening begins with thoughtful reading of someone else's post, then asking questions or sharing ideas that the other person's post brought to mind. Deep listening lies at the heart of every creative dialogue, and it is, fortunately, a set of skills that can be learned."

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Ronn Levine began his career as a reporter for The Washington Post and has won numerous writing and publications awards since. Most recently, he spent 12 years at the Newspaper Association of America covering a variety of topics before joining SIPA in 2009 and SIIA in 2013 as editorial director…