Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Technolink Snapshot April 2018

Snapshot News from Technolink Members 

In response to the recent shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Technolink member Ron Williams of Talon Companies shares some thoughts on safety in the face of senseless, dysfunctional human behavior. Talon, which provides training programs in "Targeted Violence Prevention and Active Threat Response," teaches individuals how to recognize behavior warning signs, intervene using a variety of deterrence techniques, and react to an active threat situation. According to Williams, people need to be trained to observe, listen and pick up on behaviors that indicate a propensity for violence. Proper training prepares the individual to respond in a traumatic attack situation. 
Talon is also affiliated with Leatherback Gear, a bullet resistant backpack patented and designed by First Responders, that is saving lives. To learn more about it, click here
To learn more about Talon Companies, click here.


Congratulations to Technolink long-time member and supporter, Ross DeVol on his appointment as a Walton Fellow. He will be focusing his research on building economic ecosystems in Northwest Arkansas and the American heartland for the Walton Family Foundation, a family-led foundation that tackles tough social and environmental problems with urgency and a long-term approach to create access to opportunity for people and communities. 

Please take a moment to read Ross DeVol's recent essay: "Incentivize Entrepreneurial Behaviors at Universities– Especially in the Heartland."


Please join me in welcoming  Dr. Michael Yassa to Technolink. Dr. Yassa is Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Neurology, and Psychiatry at UC Irvine. He is currently UCI Chancellor’s Fellow and Director of the globally renowned Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.
The UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) is internationally recognized. CNLM faculty use state-of-the-art approaches integrating cellular/molecular, systems and cognitive neuroscience to investigate learning and memory. Their research programs have direct impact on education, technology, and brain health.
The CNLM is hosting the 2018 International Conference on Learning and Memory, a 5-day conference that will take place April 18-22, 2018 at the Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. This conference will feature 500 presentations including talks and symposia by the worlds foremost experts in learning and memory and  panels on the future of neuroscience, open science and open access publishing and neuroscience and education. More information can be found at