American Lung Association, Free to Breathe and Uniting Against Lung Cancer are collaborating to fund research to develop new cancer drugs targeting p53, one of the most commonly mutated genes in cancer and one of the most difficult proteins to target therapeutically. The research team will receive $380,000 to identify and develop compounds able to reactivate p53 in lung cancer cells.
American Numismatic Association board approved 7-0 the use of electronic voting for the 2015 ANA elections. Members can either opt-in to electronic voting or be sent a traditional paper ballot by mail. The board will solicit bids from three companies that offer hybrid voting options by November.
Healthcare Manufacturers Management Council hired CMA Association Management, Princeton Junction, N.J., for full-service management. CMA named Connie Holden as HMMC executive director. Valerie Lopenzina will serve as association and member liaison; Diane Galante-Haggerty will be the meeting planner.
Military Officers Association of America will conduct a free career fair for all officers, enlisted, active duty, retired, former and National Guard/Reserve service members and their spouses and government employees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va. Fifty regional and national companies will be represented, including Bank of America and Lockheed Martin. Several free seminars will be offered throughout the fair. Details and to register: www.moaa.org/careerfair.
Destination management company AlliedPRA and DMC Incentive Travel Iceland announced a partnership to bring meetings and events to Iceland. AlliedPRA offers comprehensive and customized DMC solutions to corporate, incentive and association planners around the world.
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David Goldstein will head the Canadian Tourism Commission effective Dec. 1. He is CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada. He succeeds Michele McKenzie, who left in 2013. Greg Klassen served as interim head. The CTC budget has declined steadily from $105.9 million in 2009. It was $75.8 million in 2012, $61.4 million in 2013 and $58 million in 2014. The CTC employed 164 full-time staff in 2010 and now employs 104 workers.
A former Tuscaloosa (Ala.) CVB director has been charged with stealing $80,300 from the Alabama-Mississippi Rural Tourism Conference. Robert Ratliff was arrested and released on Oct. 1 after posting bond. He will be arraigned on Dec. 4 in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court. Ratliff was TCVB director for 14 years. Shortly after resigning from the CVB in 2011 he joined a media firm as a multimarketing specialist and left that company this month, according to the Columbus (Miss.) Dispatch.
Former Santa Fe (N.M.) CVB executive director Jim Luttjohann will become CEO of the Catalina Island (Calif.) Chamber, effective Nov. 10. Luttjohan resigned from SFCVB in April, which he recently said was caused by a change in city administration. Less than three hours after he resigned, the new director, Randy Randall, was announced, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square recently completed a $15 million renovation, including changes to the hotel’s 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. The centerpiece of the meeting space renovation is the 9,750-sq. ft. ballroom.
Ottawa Convention Centre and Shaw Communications have entered into a 10-year naming rights partnership. The Ottawa Convention Centre will now be branded the Shaw Centre, effective immediately.
National Timeshare Owners Association CEO Gregory G. Crist was elected to the Canadian Resort Development Association board. He is the first representative of timeshare owners on the board in CRDA history.
Margaret Foti, PhD, M.D., CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research, received the Ellen V. Sigal Advocacy Leadership Award from the national advocacy organization Friends of Cancer Research.
Public Affairs Council presented Heidi Ecker, National Association of Chain Drug Stores government affairs and grassroots programs director, with the Volunteer of the Year Award. She received the award during the Council’s recent board meeting.
The Hill newspaper named National Retail Federation government relations SVP David French a "Top Lobbyist" for the fourth year since he joined NRF in 2011. TRENDS named French a Leading Association Lobbyist twice, including in 2013. He wrote the introduction for the 2014 Washington Representatives directory, which is published by Columbia Books, parent company of Association TRENDS.