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May 6, 2016
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Announcing the Tech Nite 16 Nominees
SVTC MEMBERS: 2016 Class II Board Election
SVTC's May Bits & Grits (5/17)
In case you missed it | Announcing our Tech Nite 16 Winners

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who helped us celebrate technology and innovation in many sectors of the Shenandoah Valley --> 16 nominees in 7 award categories! Their participation as a sponsor has been --and continues to be-- very instrumental in our ability to do this, and we appreciate their
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SVTC MEMBERS | 2016 Class II Board Election Update
SVTC members: On Tuesday, May 10, p lease check your inbox , it will contain an email with a voting link to vote electronically.

Anyone who does not vote via the link (which will be active until May 19, 11:59pm) can vote via a paper ballot at our May 2016 luncheon and Annual Meeting on May 24, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.  Register for the May 24 luncheon | Annual Meeting

To read about the candidates, please visit the board election page:
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Valley Tech Council Gives Out Awards
Published in the Daily News Record, May 5, 2016 |

Trust is key to security, Jim Schifalacqua says.  
The vice president and chief information security officer of Serco Inc. discussed keeping data safe with about 260 people Wednesday at James Madison University's Festival Conference and Student Center.  Employees at Reston­ based Serco's PGPubs Classification Services offices on Technology Drive in Harrisonburg analyze and classify patent applications or reclassify existing patents for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Schifalacqua asked those in attendance Wednesday who they trust and said to be wary when storing information on a cloud­based system. But don't be paranoid, he said.

"Collaboration is the best ... when the best people do great things," Schifalacqua said. "But there's also a lot of people taking advantage of it and a lot of dangers out there."  Schifalacqua, who has attended technology conferences across the country, said the Valley is full of innovators. "Silicon Valley," he said, "has nothing on the Shenandoah Valley."  Schifalacqua was the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Shenandoah Valley Technology Council Tech Nite. Each year, the group awards local entrepreneurs and innovators at the event. Winners were chosen in seven categories among 16 nominees. Following is a summary of the winners.

Saving Lives
Ken Rutherford, director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at JMU and a political science professor, was awarded the Dr. John Noftsinger Leadership Award.  The center seeks to mitigate the effects of landmines and explosives left behind after wars around the world. Rutherford conducts networking, fundraising and strategic planning for the center, but also travels to help remove bombs from war-­ravaged countries.  He lost his lower legs in a landmine accident in Somalia in 1993 while working on a humanitarian mission, leading him to cofound the Landmine Survivors Network.  He has testified before Congress and appeared on "Dateline," the View and the BBC. In 2013, Rutherford was named among the "Hundred Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction" by the London­based Action on Armed Violence organization.

Teaching Tech
Three JMU computer science professors - Drs. Hossain Heydari, Brett Tjaden and Steve Wang - won the Innovation in Higher Education Award. They run the GenCyber and VATCyber Boot Camps to educate high school teachers about cyber-security awareness and education, teaching methodologies, and resources to establish security courses and cyber-defense clubs in high schools. The boot camps started in 2013 and were originally funded through a Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program Grant. Each boot camp enrolls 20 teachers for five days. Of the two boot camps held in 2015, one was for teachers from across the country and the second was for those in the state.

Stephanie Failes, technology instructional coordinator for Rockingham County Public Schools, received the Innovation in K­12 Education Award.  She supervises the Instructional Technology Resource Teachers program, which works with county teachers to help implement technology into the classroom as part of the division's digital conversion initiative. The five-­year initiative is in its third year. Failes also established a new professional development model called the "Tech Toolkit Academy," offering teachers a choice of sessions structured to specific lessons.

Tech Food
Shenandoah Growers was awarded the Innovative Technology Application Award.  The Rockingham County company uses indoor, climate­-controlled vertical growing and LED lights to produce organic herbs. The lights require 40 percent less energy than standard lights. The process, which has been developed over the last two years, improves the strength, color and flavor of the plants.  The business was started by Tim Heydon in 1998 and sells organic and nonorganic herbs along the East Coast.

Dairy Queen in Harmony Square on Virginia Avenue in Harrisonburg was awarded the Green Award for efforts to make its building environmentally friendly.  Owners Michael and Jane Blackburn were able to add high­-performance, air tight insulation, energy­-efficient LED lights, solar panels on the roof and low­-flow water fixtures. The store now uses 50 percent of the national energy usage average per square foot for a fast food restaurant.

High Tech
Tom Voss working at CDC in the
Biosafety Level 4 Lab in 1994
SVTC Luncheon and Annual Meeting
May 24, 11:30am -1:30pm;  Wood Grill, Harrisonburg VA

Thomas Voss, PhD., Executive Director & Section Head of Discovery Biology; Senior Director, Center for Infectious Diseases; and Deputy Site Head for SRI Shenandoah Valley, SRI Biosciences: Emerging Viral Disease Research at SRI International | Taking the Next Pandemic off the Table

From Ebola and MERS to Zika, emerging or re-emerging viral diseases continue dominate the headlines. While the threat to public health, national security, and economic stability is real, efforts focused on addressing the challenge are underway in SRI International's Shenandoah Valley site and it's Center for Infectious Diseases. With unique and specialized facilities, experienced scientific professionals, SRI works with government and non-government organizations to solve the problem of emerging disease before they emerge. Combining expertise in virology, public health, epidemiology, medicinal chemistry, information technology, robotics, and engineering, we are focused on ameliorating the potential effect of emerging pathogens before the cross the species barrier from animals into humans. Our discussion will highlight efforts in the Shenandoah Valley site to understand the fundamental biology of emerging viruses to predict their explosive emergence, and to develop strategies to stop the next pandemic from occurring.

Networking begins at 11:30am. Dutch treat. Membership not required. Registering will enable us to bring you a pre-printed nametag.

SVTC members will have an opportunity to conclude their voting for the spring 2016 election for the class II of director (--> whoever did not vote online by May 19, can catch up in person). 


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SVTC's Bits and Grits
May 17, 8-9am;  Mrs. Rowes, Staunton, VA

Come get together for great breakfast and to talk some tech. Dutch treat. No reservations required. 


This is where our technology users and creators get together to connect about various topics (while eating some good food!). This occurs on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Look for Kurt Plowman.  


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Highlighting Renewing Level III Member:  PBMares Logo
PBMares, LLP

PBMares is a leading regional accounting and business consulting firm serving the Mid Atlantic as well as specialty areas nationwide and internationally. They offer a full range of financial and business advisory services, including management consulting, pension plan design and administration, investment management, accounting and auditing, and comprehensive taxation and tax planning. It's not just the services they provide, but how they provide them that makes the difference for you.


Highlighting Renewing Level II Member:
Lord Fairfax Community College 

Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its four locations - the Fauquier and Middletown Campuses and the Luray-Page County and Vint Hill Centers - the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 7,600 unduplicated credit students and more than 10,450 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.


Highlighting Renewing Level I Member:
Barnes Technologies Int. LLC

Originally established as the International Institute for the Study of Technology in 1985, Barnes Technologies International LLC (BTILLC) is a 100 percent woman-owned technology small business and one of Virginia's first micro-businesses. BTILLC is an internationally recognized leader in assessment and measurement, needs assessment, feasibility studies, program and performance evaluations, and third party/independent evaluations. The staff is comprised of a cadre of worldwide associates with a plethora of expertise and experience. BTILLC integrates its highly capable and technically competent staff to tailor its services specifically to suit each client's needs. BTILLC has successfully conducted projects in the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, and United States, for Ministries of Education, State Departments, universities, school districts, agencies, non-profits, and corporations. BTILLC works with many partners, including Interactive, Inc., IMPAQ, International, LLC, Applied Expertise Associates, and Pacific Research and Evaluation, LLC. BTILLC's staff has also conducted numerous research projects, nationally and internationally, on problem solving and a framework for the study of technology. The leaders have testified before state and national technology, science, and educational hearings.

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