CEE to Host Webinar on CRISPR

 The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE), advisor to the Congressional STEM Education Caucus, will host an exciting webinar discussion, “Conversation with Dr. Feng Zhang,” focused on the future of CRISPR and its increased uses, including participant Q & A on Tuesday, July 23 between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. EST via Zoom.

Guest Speaker:

Feng Zhang, Ph.D. is a core institute member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, as well as an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, co-director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Center for Molecular Therapeutics at MIT, the James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience at MIT, and a professor at MIT, with joint appointments in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering. Zhang is also an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Zhang is a molecular biologist seeking to improve human health by discovering approaches to modulate cellular programs, including returning diseased, stressed, or aged cells to a more healthful state. He is a recipient of many awards including the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the Tang Prize, the Canada Gairdner International Award, and the Merkin Institute Fellowship at the Broad. Zhang is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Zhang received his A.B. in chemistry and physics from Harvard College and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University. He is a 1999 alum of CEE’s Research Science Institute and serves as a CEE Trustee.


David Cheng is CTO of Arbor Biotechnologies. He brings over 15 years of experience in technology and computer science to Arbor. He co-developed the Arbor computational discovery platform and is a leading contributor to the discovery of Arbor’s CRISPR nucleases and CRISPR-associated transposases. From 2019 through April 2021, David led Arbor as CEO. Prior to Arbor, David developed market-leading quantitative, automated trading strategies at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. Previously, David worked on parallel computing and information retrieval algorithms, and was an inventor of “autocomplete” predictions. David was also a member of the 4-person team that represented the United States at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). David received his M.Eng. and B.S. in Computer Science from MIT. He is also a 1999 alum of CEE’s Research Science Institute.

This online seminar is comprised of 45 minutes of panel discussion followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Through its network of research scientists and world-class presenters, CEE offers this program as part of a series to articulate recent advances in technology while also meaningfully addressing core challenges for public policymakers, ethicists, computer scientists, software engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives. The registration link can be found at https://www.cee.org/newsevents/press-releases/cee-host-webinar-crispr

About the Center for Excellence in Education

CEE, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center’s mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to encourage collaboration between and among scientific and technological leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), USA Biolympiad (USABO), Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP), and STEM Lyceums. For more information, visit www.cee.org.

About the Congressional STEM Education Caucus

The Congressional STEM Education Caucus provides a meaningful forum for Congress to discuss critical issues related to STEM education. CEE Honorary Trustee Congressman Neal Dunn, M.D. (R-FL) and Congressman Jake Auchincloss (D-MA) formed the caucus to support and promote STEM education at all levels (K-12, higher education, and in the workforce). CEE will provide relevant STEM education materials and experts through briefings and other activities to advance the goals of this important Congressional member organization.

Media Contact:

Tom Flavell, (703) 448-9062 ext. 237

Center for Excellence in Education (CEE)
Tom Flavell



  • K-12 Education

Ian Osborn Joins SAN Group as Agency Growth Coach

 Satellite Agency Network Group, Inc. (SAN), the leading alliance of independent insurance agencies in the Northeast, is pleased to announce the addition of Ian Osborn as an Agency Growth Coach for Connecticut and Rhode Island. In this role, Osborn will assist SAN member agencies to achieve profitability and growth through hands-on mentorship and by connecting them with SAN and SIAA resources tailored to their goals.

Osborn comes to SAN with over six years of experience as an agency producer in both personal and commercial lines. He has expertise in client relationship management, loss control and lead generation, and has a strong record of mentoring new producers and driving business development. Osborn’s background will be invaluable in supporting SAN member agencies through agency start-ups, commercial lines development, technology and automation, and client acquisition and retention strategies. He will work closely with Regional Vice President Jim McGlauflin to ensure comprehensive support and resources for SAN members.

“Ian’s comprehensive knowledge and experience in the insurance industry will enhance our ability to support our member agencies in Connecticut and Rhode Island,” said Tom Lizotte, COO of SAN Group. “Additionally, his commitment to fostering growth and innovation aligns with SAN’s mission to support our members’ success. We look forward to the positive impact he will make.”

Osborn holds certifications in Property & Casualty and Life Accident and Health, and he earned an Associate of Science degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Northwestern Connecticut Community College. Ian grew up in Hartland, CT, and currently resides in Barkhamsted, CT, with his wife and daughter.

About SAN Group, Inc.
SAN Group, Inc. is the leading alliance of independent insurance agencies in the Northeast. Nearly 600 members across nine states have access to 45+ insurance companies and write more than $1.45 billion in total combined premium. SAN is the founding master agency of SIAA, the largest national alliance of independent insurance agencies. For more information on SAN Group, visit www.sangroup.com.

SAN Group
Shanna Brien



  • Insurance

FlipHTML5 Launches an AI-Powered PDF Flipbook Creator for Everyone

 In today’s fast-paced digital world, content creators require more efficient solutions to ensure the quality and engagement of digital content. To meet this demand, FlipHTML5 released a PDF flipbook creator (https://fliphtml5.com) that converts PDFs to dynamic flipbooks and helps users pump out interactive content with the power of AI.

Once users upload PDFs from local computers, iCloud, or Dropbox, FlipHTML5 automatically transforms them into appealing ebooks along with page-turning animation effects and sound. Batch conversion is supported to speed up the process. The PDF flipbook creator comes equipped with hundreds of customizable templates, facilitating users to create professional and polished flipbooks.

Instead of spending lots of time and effort writing, editing, and designing flipbooks, users not only amp up productivity but also gain inspiration with FlipHTML5. The integration with ChatGPT enables users to improve their writing, fix spelling errors, correct grammar, and shorten or lengthen sentences with a simple click. In addition, users can fine-tune the expression by simply choosing a preferred tone, such as casual, formal, professional, and friendly, thereby adapting their content to the target audience.

One of the notable features of the PDF flipbook creator is AI text-to-image. As users input the text description in a box, the AI-powered tool produces captivating images in a fraction of the time. Users have the flexibility to set the size and count of images. The generated images are added to flipbooks to enhance the visual appeal easily.

The PDF flipbook creator streamlines users’ workflow by offering ChatGPT-like interfaces. When encountering any questions during the process, users can chat with the built-in AI assistant to receive instant responses, without having to switch between different platforms. This allows users to enhance their efficiency and enjoy digital content creation.

FlipHTML5 assists users in seamlessly sharing the created flipbooks via links and through social media channels, like Facebook and Twitter. Users can download them in HTML, EXE, PDF, or JPG format for offline reading. The PDF flipbook creator ensures the flipbooks are responsive across various devices, making them accessible to the audience.

“FlipHTML5 combines AI technology into its PDF flipbook creator to help users bring their ideas to life effortlessly. Users are enabled to add multimedia elements, like videos, audio, and clickable hyperlinks to flipbooks, which capture the attention of the audience. Whether you want to create a product catalog, digital booklet, fashion lookbook, or other digital publications, FlipHTML5 empowers you to generate interactive flipbooks with ease,” said Winston Zhang, CEO of FlipHTML5.

For more information about the online PDF flipbook creator, please visit https://fliphtml5.com.

About FlipHTML5
FlipHTML5 is a prominent digital publishing company that provides users with a comprehensive suite of tools to create, publish, share, and monetize digital content. Its mission is to break the barrier of making engaging and shareable content. FlipHTML5 is dedicated to making great strides in the field of digital publishing.

FlipHTML5 Software Co., Ltd.
Winston Zhang
+86 020-61972665



  • Software

Hong Kong – LegCo Panel on Housing begins duty visit to Zhuhai and Shenzhen (with photos)

LegCo Panel on Housing begins duty visit to Zhuhai and Shenzhen (with photos)


The following is issued on behalf of the Legislative Council Secretariat:

     The delegation of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Panel on Housing began the two-day duty visit to Zhuhai and Shenzhen today (July 21), to learn about the manufacturing process of concrete Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) modules in Mainland, as well as to gain an understanding on how the cities of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area create high quality public housing and community facilities through green technology, modular construction techniques, etc.
​     The delegation arrived at Zhuhai in the afternoon. They first visited the factory of the China State Construction Hailong Technology Company Limited to gain insight of the manufacturing process of concrete MiC modules and explore how they are applied to public housing development in Hong Kong. Members also visited other construction technologies in the factory, such as construction robotic application.
​     Members then went to the Doumen DaHengQin 5.0 Industrial New Space in the Fushan Industrial City to learn about the “Well-being” design elements in the community. The Fushan Industrial City integrates “Production, Service and Living”, and at the same time builds blue-collar hostels and living facilities to create a new industrial community that is pleasant to live and work in. The delegation visited the blue-collar hostels, leisure facilities, public open space and ancillary facilities in the community and gained better understanding on the daily life, consumption and entertainment of the residents.
​     The delegation arrived in Shenzhen in the evening and will continue its duty visit in Shenzhen tomorrow (July 22).
​     The delegation is led by the Chairman of the LegCo Panel on Housing, Mr Stanley Ng. The deputy delegation leader is the Deputy Chairman of the Panel, Mr Vincent Cheng. Other participating Panel members include Mr Paul Tse, Dr Lo Wai-kwok, Mr Lau Kwok-fan, Mr Tony Tse, Mr Andrew Lam, Mr Leung Man-kwong, Mr Chan Hok-fung, Mr Gary Zhang, Ms Carmen Kan and Dr So Cheung-wing; as well as non-Panel members Ms Lam So-wai, Ms Judy Chan, Mr Chan Siu-hung and Dr Ngan Man-yu.
​     The Housing Bureau’s delegation led by the Secretary for Housing, Ms Winnie Ho, will also join the duty visit.

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs detects two incoming passenger drug trafficking cases at airport (with photos)

Hong Kong Customs detects two incoming passenger drug trafficking cases at airport (with photos)


     ​Hong Kong Customs on July 19 and 20 detected two incoming passenger drug trafficking cases at Hong Kong International Airport and seized a total of about 1 kilogram of suspected cocaine and 7kg of suspected 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) with a total estimated market value of about $2 million. Three persons were arrested.

     In the first case, Customs on July 19 intercepted at the airport a 48-year-old male passenger and a 25-year-old female passenger, who arrived in Hong Kong from Conakry, Guinea via Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, for Customs clearance. During clearance, Customs officers suspected that they had dangerous drugs concealed inside their body cavities. They were then escorted to the hospital for examination.

     Upon examination, it was confirmed that foreign objects were concealed inside the two persons’ body cavities and they were arrested immediately. As at 3pm today (July 21), the arrested persons have excreted 97 pellets of suspected cocaine weighing about 1kg in total. The estimated market value was about $700,000.

     In the second case, Customs on July 20 intercepted at the airport a 57-year-old male passenger arriving in Hong Kong from Paris, France. During Customs clearance, Customs officers found about 7kg of suspected MDMA, with an estimated market value of about $1.3 million, concealed inside some bed sheets and the false compartments of his check-in baggage. The man was subsequently arrested.

     The three arrested persons have been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. The cases will be brought up at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (July 22). 

     Customs will continue to step up enforcement against drug trafficking activities through intelligence analysis. The department also reminds members of the public to stay alert and not participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. They must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong. They are also reminded not to carry unknown items for other people, nor to release their personal data or home address to others for receiving parcels or goods.

     Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.

     Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk) or online form (eform.cefs.gov.hk/form/ced002).