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Van Andel Institute discovery published in Cancer Research

A recent research discovery at Van Andel Institute was recently published in the journal Cancer Research. Institute scientists have identified compounds that slow tumor growth while protecting normal tissue, a treatment strategy with the potential to lead to improved therapies for a number of cancers.

According to the article:

The new report, “Small molecule intramimics of formin auto-inhibition: a new strategy to target the cytoskeletal remodeling machinery in cancer cells,” was carried out at the Van Andel Research Institute in collaboration with scientists from Grand Valley State University and Kalamazoo Valley Community College's Michigan High Throughput Screening Center and published this week in the journal Cancer Research.

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Davenport University announces new graduate health degree

Davenport University has announced the creation of a new online graduate-level program in health information, set to launch in January.

According to the article:

“Davenport’s College of Health Professions is excited to offer this new and innovative addition to our list of graduate-level programs,” said Karen Daley, health professions dean. “This degree will prepare practitioners for advanced careers and leadership roles related to the information-dependent environment of health care.”

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LaughFest 2014 headliners announced

LaughFest this week announced that Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, and Chris Tucker, among many others, will headline the fourth annual Grand Rapids festival to benefit Gilda's Club in March 2014.

According to the article:

LaughFest 2014 will include more than 200 free and ticketed shows, which feature more than 60 artists at more than 40 venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

LaughFest has been a significant fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, with proceeds from the festival going towards the organizations free cancer, grief and emotional health programs.

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Calvin College science department uses NSF grant to monitor Plaster Creek

Calvin College has received a $338,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, allowing it to purchase abstate-of-the-art instrument it plans to use to monitor Plaster Creek, a local waterway so contiminated that human contact is not recommended, says biology professor Randall DeJong.

According to the article:

Students and faculty who monitor the creek will be able to conduct tests considerably faster and implement more sample sites because of the instrument, DeJong said.

The highly sensitive instrument uses a process called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which amplifies DNA molecules and can detect low levels of DNA.

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John Ball Zoo enjoys third year of record attendance

John Ball Zoo had over 460,000 visitors in its 2013 season, setting an attendance record at the West Side location for the third year in a row. The zoo attributes high attendance to increased community support, new visitor experiences, and sunny summer weather.

According to the article:

“We are delighted to report these numbers, because we started this year behind, due to a colder March and wet April,” said Andy McIntyre, zoo director. “We not only caught up, but ended up surpassing 2012’s attendance.”

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Founders creates special label for USS Ford christening

Founders Brewing has been asked to create a special label for its pale ale, the beer which will be used to commemorate the christening of the USS Ford on Saturday in Virginia. The Navy's newest aircraft carrier bears the name of the nation's 38th president, Gerald R. Ford, who grew up in Grand Rapids.

According to the article:

During the week, the special labeled pale ale will be on draft at locations in the Newport News area, along with commemorative postcards. It also will be served at a private christening dinner.

Brewery co-founder Dave Engbers, who called Ford a hugely important figure in the Grand Rapids community, said the request for the special label was “one of those things that gives you goosebumps.”

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GVSU receives Keep Michigan Beautiful award

Grand Valley State University received recognition this fall from Keep Michigan Beautiful for its student-led efforts to increase composting and other sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community. 

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Keep Michigan Beautiful is an affiliate of the national organization, Keep America Beautiful, and annually recognizes programs and activities that contribute to environmental clean-up, beautification, site restoration and historical preservation.

The application that was submitted for the award detailed Grand Valley’s efforts in waste minimization, including waste audits, energy reduction competitions, the Eco-Rep Program and the zero-waste football games.

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Yes! GR Parks millage passes

Grand Rapids voters approved a Yes! GR Parks millage request with 60 percent approval, allowing the city to move forward with plans for maintenance and improved access to its parks. 

According to the article:

Voters by and large embraced the millage that Grand Rapids leaders said they needed to make city parks viable into the future. Voters in the city's second and third wards gave strong support to the millage, but First Ward voters on the city's West Side opposed it by a small margin.

“It makes for a safer, better community,” said Lynne Swets, a Heritage Hill property owner who voted at Westminster Presbyterian Church. “It can only help Grand Rapids. It’s an important part of the growth of our city to have green spaces.”

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Madcap Coffee among best roasters in nation

Grand Rapids-based Madcap Coffee has earned accolades as one of the top coffee roaster in the nation, according to some of the best-known coffee tasters and writers.

According to the article:

Madcap's known for their meticulous design and a unique varietal series in which they source eight different types of beans from the same farm.

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KCAD student's fashion design earns a spot in ELLE Magazine

A dress design by Kendall College of Art and Design student Athena Anger has garnered attention from ELLE Magazine and is among the top five entries in the magazine's ELLE x BYCO design challenge.

According to the article:

Anger’s patchwork-color block “Kidney Bean” dress was one of the top five voted by the public earlier this month. Now it is up to ELLE editors to pick a winner from those designs. The winner’s design will be produced by BYCO and made available for sale, with the entire process documented in the January issue of ELLE, according to its website.

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Amway Grand, JW Marriott ranked among top hotels in Midwest

Both the Amway Grand Hotel and the J.W. Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids rank in the top 10 hotels in the Midwest, according to a recent article in CondeNast.

According to the article:

"The JW Marriott is one of the coolest hotels I have been to. It is ultra modern and very classy, and the views of the river and the city are great."

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Portrait of local business owner by local photographer to be in DC museum

A portrait by Grand Rapids photographer Steph Harding of Moxie Beauty & Hair Parlor owner Stephanie Strowbridge has won first prize in an international photography competition, FotoDC, and will be exhibited in the nation's capital next month.

According to the article:

The competition culminates with a festival dubbed FotoWeekDC. The festival draws over 40,000 attendees in November to view exhibitions, attend workshops and explore the art of photography.

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USA Today names Leland second-best sunset spot in country

According to readers of USA Today and 10Best, a travel-focused division of the publication, Leland, Mich. is the second-best spot in the country to watch a sunset. 

According to the article: "The setting is rustic in a way that only an historic fishing village can be."

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Davenport University recognized for commitment to diversity, inclusion

For the second year in a row, Davenport University has been recognized for its diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Three other Michigan universities were also recognized as HEED award recipients.

According to the article:

“Davenport is extremely honored to be a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award again this year,” said Dr. Rhae-Ann Booker, Executive Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Davenport University. “We work hard to ensure Davenport University is a community where similarities and differences are respected and celebrated and multiple perspectives and diversity of thought are embraced.”

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Chicago's Goodman Theatre warmly reviews play penned, set in Grand Rapids

"Smokefall," a new play penned in Grand Rapids by Noah Haidle and set in the city as well, opened last week to warm reviews at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. 

According to the article:

This beautiful thing is like a Michigan-based "Our Town," penned by and for a generation where Emily and George struggle to move out of the basement.

Haidle's characters wander far and wide — through time, actually, since his play ranges backward and forward as it follows three generations of a Grand Rapids family, showing us their past, present and future. At least one character does not age with the ebb and flow of the years.

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