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From the Desk of the CEO
Adapting for Success
Native American Spotlight: Shoni Schimmel (1992- )
WNBA point guard Shoni Schimmel may have just completed her rookie season with the Atlanta Dream, but the 22 year-old already boasts a brilliant and storied career. As a high-school athlete in Portland, Oregon, she was named a first-team All-American by Parade magazine, and chosen for the 2010 Women's Basketball Coaches Association High School All-American team, which is composed of the top twenty high-school players nationwide. She was also the subject of the documentary Off the Rez, which traces her path from the Umatilla Indian Reservation to a coveted NCAA scholarship.
A Linguistic Legacy: Native American Terminology in Modern English
Whether you're living among the "muckety-mucks" (Chinook) in a major city, or simply enjoying the quiet life in a "podunk" (Algonquin) town, if you're a Yankee (Algonquin), the English you speak bears indelible traces of this country's Native American heritage.
This Month in Native American History
Ernest Childers (February 1, 1918 - March 17, 2005) was the first of only five Native Americans to receive the United States Army's highest award, the Medal of Honor, in the 20th century. The story of the heroism that led to this distinction reads like a scene from a Hollywood action movie. It is almost incredible that a real-life human being possessed the will, the nerve, and the physical endurance to undertake the perilous mission the then 2nd lieutenant devised for himself on September 22, 1943 in Oliveto, Italy.
Cyberattacks: A Very Real Threat in a Virtual World
The increasingly digital world we all inhabit brings with it both tremendous conveniences and staggering vulnerabilities. Computerized health records that can easily be transferred from one practitioner to another, for instance, can promote more informed, consistent care and cut out a lot of legwork for patient and provider alike. If those records were to be hacked, however, the patient's privacy and safety could both be gravely endangered. Given sufficient skill and motivation, hackers have the potential to unleash chaos throughout the private and public sectors. In the information age, everything-from financial information to air traffic control systems-becomes (un)-fair game.
Digital Health: A Look Inside the Tech Rush of the Decade
Digital health is a broad term. It encompasses everything from healthcare and insurance websites to telemedicine and wearable biometric-tracking devices. It is also a burgeoning market that promises not only to transform healthcare in the United States, but to bring in massive profits for the companies who succeed in setting themselves and their products apart from their all too numerous competitors. Digital health start-ups garnered over $4 billion in venture capital in 2014, nearly matching the investment totals for the three previous years combined. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a primary driver behind the current rush to invest in healthcare technology. In order to be sustainable, the ACA must address and ameliorate three major issues that currently sabotage the cost efficiency of the U.S. healthcare system: exorbitant prices for provider services, lack of coordination and transparency in patient care, and the steady increase of chronic, but preventable diseases among the American population.
Tech Tutorial: How to Create a "God Mode" Folder in Windows 7 and Windows 8
The Windows operating system is full of hidden features and tricks. Using these hidden features can save you a lot of time and increase your productivity. One of the most useful features which is not widely known in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is "God Mode." God Mode is a folder which lists all the possible settings available in Windows. Some of the most useful settings are Display, Folder Options, Fonts, and Network and Sharing Center. This hidden feature is very useful when you do not know where all these individual settings are located. Using God Mode, we can see and manage them from one place.
BC/BS Digital Health Resource: Healthy Blue
Want to eat better? Train for a marathon? Stop smoking? The HealthyBlue online wellness center gives you tools for success.
Fitness Trend: Bodyweight Training
Looking for a tried-and-true method of building muscle and burning fat? Whatever your current fitness level, bodyweight training can show you real results quickly and cheaply.
Wellness Recipe: Jerusalem Artichoke and Arugula Salad with Parmesan
"Jerusalem artichoke" might not sound like the name of a vegetable indigenous to North America, but then the tuber is neither from Jerusalem, nor is it an artichoke. In fact, the Jerusalem artichoke, which also goes by "sunroot" and "sunchoke," is a relative of the sunflower - the inapposite "Jersualem" possibly derives from the French and Italian for sunflower "girasol/girasole" - and grows naturally across most of the eastern and central United States. Jerusalem artichokes were first cultivated by Native Americans, and exported to Europe in the early 17th century, where they rapidly gained widespread popularity. Even today, Jerusalem artichokes have a broader European than American fan base. This is unfortunate, as the vegetable is not only very tasty with its crisp texture and nutty-sweet flavor, but is high in potassium, iron, fiber, B-vitamins, and copper. It is also remarkably low in starch for a root vegetable, and is recommended as a healthful food choice for people with type 2 diabetes. Jerusalem artichokes can be found in most large supermarkets with a well-stocked produce department and in natural food stores such as "Whole Foods." (If you have a "Trader Joe's" near you, you're likely to find them in stock and at a very reasonable price.)
Accolades for Dae Sung's Gaye Hattaway!
Gaye Hattaway serves as a contract management analyst at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) on the Warner Robins Air Force Base in Georgia through a Dae Sung joint venture. And, as those who have seen her work will eagerly attest, she does so with tremendous skill, professionalism, and dedication. In February, Dae Sung general manager Betty Barnes was informed by a letter from the Deputy Director of Procurement Operations, Sherrie M. Nelson, that Hattaway had been formally recognized as a "superior performer" at DLA Aviation. Hattaway's team led the Command for the 2014 fiscal year in cumulative On-Time Delivery rates; an achievement Nelson credits expressly to Hattaway's exceptional knowledge base and work ethic. A broad and ever-expanding recognition of these attributes has not only made Hattaway a much sought-after advisor and speaker on all issues related to On-Time Delivery data analysis and reporting across the DLA, it has, according to Nelson, established her entire team "as the benchmark for [...] Aviation Primary Level Field Activity (PFLA)" in the eyes of the agency.
Mandaree Sets the Standard for Excellence in the Field of Corrosion Policy and Control
Since 2006, the Mandaree Enterprises Corporation has managed three corrosion programs from its site office in Warner Robins, Georgia. Two programs focus exclusively on aircraft housed at Robins AFB: the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules. The third is fully distinct, and falls under a support contract with the Army Corps Of Engineers Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois. Mandaree's more than 70 CERL projects have taken it to various locations throughout the Pacific, such as Japan, Guam, and Hawaii, as well as to several continental military bases, including Fort Bragg (NC), Fort Lewis (WA), and Eielson AFB, (AK). These corrosion projects have covered everything from the stripping and painting of water tanks to the construction of roads, bridges, and sea walls.
Tax Month Special Feature: Dae Sung Joint Ventures Keep the Internal Revenue Service Operating Smoothly
As the release of this issue of the Mandaree Enterprises News coincides with "Tax Day," it seems opportune to inform our readers of the behind-the-scenes work Dae Sung and its partners perform for the IRS.