La Jolla film company wins Telly Award, Honey Birdette opens in Westfield UTC and other briefs
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Aerial Pioneers ​announced today its two short films have been named Best ​Aerial Cinematography in ​Non-Broadcast ​in the 40th Annual Telly Awards.​ 
“Aerial Pioneers is pushing the boundaries for video and television innovation and creativity at a time when the industry is rapidly changing,” said Sabrina Dridje, Managing Director of the Telly Awards. “This award is a tribute to the talent and vision of its creators and a celebration of the diversity of work being made today for all screens.”
Aerial Pioneers is an innovative technology company based in Southern California. Their goal is to add value to businesses by offering high quality, cost-effective aerial solutions. For more information, visit


Australian lingerie label Honey Birdette recently opened its second U.S. store on the ground level at Westfield UTC. 

The store features an ornate gold tiled arch welcoming guests through an individually cut Italian glass mirrored storefront. Inside the boutique, redesigned brass product displays offer a more intimate feel and interactivity. A salon completes the space, featuring two private dressing rooms fitted with press-for-champagne buttons and custom-made whiskey bar carts to ensure a VIP experience for every customer.

While Honey Birdette release one new collection every week of the year, customers who visit the Westfield UTC boutique will be the first to discover the label’s limited- edition rose gold, rope and leather sex swing. Displayed within the salon, it is yet to launch at any other Honey Birdette boutique in the world.

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The Airport Innovation Lab at San Diego International Airport is building momentum, recruiting applicants for its third group of innovators to go through a 16-week accelerator program as the second group works its way through the program.
This new group will participate in one of two opportunity areas. One is an Interactive Children’s Entertainment Solution, and the other is termed a “wild card.” The former could be mobile, pop-up and/or temporary entertainment that could be sited next to food-and-beverage concessions. 
Successful ideas will provide engagement, entertainment, and movement to add fun to children’s airport experiences. The latter is more wide open to welcome ideas that may not previously have been thought of, but that are viable solutions.
At the end of the program, successful innovators have the potential to win a contract from the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, the airport’s owner and operator, and/or gain entrée to other airports and analogous businesses including other transportation hubs, convention centers, shopping malls and other large venues such as ballparks, theme parks and hotels.
All members of the first group recently completed the program and had the possibility of negotiating with the Airport Authority for contracts focused on parking and simplifying the airport journey. The second group was entirely open to “wild card” ideas and is testing concepts from sleep pods to interactive airport guides with audio tours and even robotic guides.
Innovators for the third group have until July 5 to apply, with the accelerator program starting in August. Ideal applicants will have an existing prototype that can be tested in a real-life airport environment, and ideas that are new to U.S. airports or an extension of an existing service or product to be tested at SAN.
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The University of California San Diego ranked fourth among public research universities in the U.S. in this year’s annual ranking of high-quality scientific research papers by the journal Nature.
In the Nature Index 2019 Annual Tables, the campus ranked 22nd in the world out of 500 institutions and ninth among U.S. universities. The ranking is based on research results by UC San Diego faculty, students, staff and campus affiliates published in 82 high-quality, scientific journals in 2018.
The Nature Index took into account the total number of papers at each institution, as well as the share of authorship of each paper in compiling its ranking of the top 500 universities in the world.
Groundbreaking research from UC San Diego published in prestigious journals during 2018 includes a paper from the Jacobs School of Engineering where researchers from the school outlined their work designing a wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin. The new technology could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier and with greater precision.
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Diana Hargreaves, an assistant professor in Salk’s Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, has been named a 2019 Pew-Stewart Scholar for Cancer Research as part of a partnership between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust. The scholars each receive $300,000 over four years to support their work focused on a better understanding of the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
“Diana is pushing the boundaries of cancer research by studying the protein complexes that organize our DNA, which are frequently mutated in cancer,” said Salk President Rusty Gage. “We are excited and proud to have her groundbreaking work recognized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alexander and Margaret Stewart Trust.”
Hargreaves, who holds the Richard Heyman and Anne Daigle Endowed Developmental Chair, is one of the faculty involved in the Salk Conquering Cancer Initiative, aiming to uncover new insights into the deadliest cancers. She studies epigenetic regulators, proteins that work to make specific regions of the genome more or less accessible for gene transcription. Unlike our fixed genome, the epigenome is dynamic, allowing cells to respond to developmental and external environmental cues. For example, she investigates a subunit of an epigenetic regulator (the SWI/SNF complex) called ARID1A, which can be mutated in solid tumors such as in ovarian, bladder and colorectal cancer. By understanding the proteins’ roles in driving cancer, she aims to find ways to reverse tumor progression. 
Hargreaves’ work extends to include many different angles of cancer initiation and progression. As a Pew-Stewart Scholar, she proposes to study the role of the SWI/SNF complex and other epigenetic regulators in controlling the activation of immune cells that infiltrate cancers. For instance, she seeks to examine the possibility of reprogramming tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) to alert the immune system of a tumor instead of promoting the spread of cancer. Her studies have the potential to enhance the current state of cancer immunotherapy by uncovering a new set of therapeutic targets designed to boost immune system defenses against tumors.
The Pew-Stewart Scholars Program for Cancer Research is a national initiative designed to support promising early career scientists whose research will accelerate discovery and advance progress to a cure for cancer. For more information, visit


Ocean Beach resident Karen Sedgwick recently joined the Board of Directors for Promises2Kids, one of San Diego’s foremost nonprofits with a focus on foster care and children’s welfare. 

Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,000 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through its programs: Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars, Foster Funds and the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center.


Sedgwick serves as the Chief Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer at San Diego Gas & Electric, one of Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. As Chief Human Resources and Administrative Officer, Sedgwick is responsible for developing and managing human resource policies, organizational effectiveness, staffing, employee communications, human resource service and analysis, and workforce readiness. Sedgwick also oversees operations support and environmental services and is responsible for all labor relations oversight, safety efforts, and employee diversity and inclusion programs.


“I have always wanted to help foster children,” said Sedgwick. “Being a foster parent is something my husband and I would like to do one day. It breaks my heart to think some kids don’t have a person to turn to – someone rooting for them every day.  Everyone needs and deserves that support.”


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