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Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld

Heller author interview: "Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution"

Heller News Release
January 03, 2018

Heller Communications met with Professor Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld for an interview about his new book, "Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution" (Basic Books, 2017), which he coauthored with his two brothers: Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, and Alan Gershenfeld, president of E-Line Media. 

Together, they explore a not-so-distant future in which advances in digital fabrication technology allow anyone to make (almost) anything; a revolution that could promote self-sufficiency and democratize material goods if we make wise choices now, or deepen existing digital divides, if we don’t.

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Heller News Release
January 18, 2018

“Who’s at the Table?” The second Sankofa Community Conversation tackles diversity, equity and inclusion

The event brought together leaders in the fight against inequality locally and globally, who spoke about their approach to making sure all voices are represented.

Heller in the News
January 17, 2018

Walmart Offers Product To Destroy Leftover Opioids, But Critics Say It's Unnecessary

In NPR, Andrew Kolodny weighs in on Walmart's new DisposeRx program for leftover opioids.

Heller in the News
January 17, 2018

Senate Republicans are trying to blame Medicaid for the opioid epidemic

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny calls Senate Republicans' claim that Medicaid and Medicaid expansion is responsible for the opioid epidemic "ridiculous."

Heller in the News
January 16, 2018

Brandeis University receives $8.4 million bequest gift for social justice initiatives

BrandeisNOW announces a major gift from Seymour S. “Sy” Bluestone, a long-time supporter of the SID program, whose bequest will also benefit the Center for Global Development and Sustainability.

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Heller News Release
January 16, 2018

Two studies show improved access to mental health and substance use treatment in insurance plans

Research from the Institute for Behavior Health shows the long fight for behavioral health parity in health plans appears to be working.

Rajesh Sampath

Heller in the News
January 12, 2018

Rahul Gandhi gives no guarantee for win in 2019 elections

On page 58 of the South Asian Times, Rajesh Sampath comments on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's achievements.

Heller in the News
January 11, 2018

Complaints from bike-share workers reflect new reality for labor force that powers sharing economy

In GeekWire, David Weil discusses how the gig economy and increased use of contractors, rather than employees, is driving wage inequality.

Heller in the News
January 10, 2018

Bigger Companies Once Meant Much Bigger Pay. No More.

In the Wall Street Journal, David Weil reacts to a study that shows a significant drop in the pay premium that Americans used to receive for working at large companies, especially lower-wage workers.

Andrew Kolodny, MD

Heller in the News
January 10, 2018

The doctor who took on big pharma to stem the US opioid epidemic

The New Scientist profiles Andrew Kolodny's sweeping efforts to combat the opioid crisis—and the backlash he's received.

Heller in the News
January 08, 2018

The Integrity Of MACRA May Be Undermined By “Incident To Billing” Coding

In Health Affairs, Jennifer Perloff argues that until other health providers are unable to bill under a physician's national provider number, the goals of MACRA will be undermined.

Heller in the News
January 08, 2018

The Trump administration just changed its overtime guidance — and business cheers

In the Washington Post, David Weil comments on the Trump administration's revival of letters that provide interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Heller in the News
January 08, 2018

Will Protests in Iran Pave the Way for Economic Changes?

In a Knowledge@Wharton article and podcast, Nader Habibi discusses the impact of protests in Iran, which included economic grievances and calls for political freedom.

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