In a letter to President-elect Donald Trump, the CEOs of 29 national scientific societies are calling on Trump to quickly appoint a science adviser and draw on science and technology expertise to address national challenges. The letter concludes with a set of offers to assist the transition team with “developing a path forward to ensure that U.S. innovation infrastructure grows and flourishes under your administration” and to provide counsel on candidates for top S&T positions in the federal government. American Association for the Advancement of Science played a lead role in drafting and organizing the letter. Signatories include AAAS CEO Rush D. Holt, a former member of Congress; Robert G.W. Brown, CEO of AIP; Kevin B. Marvel, executive officer, American Astronomical Society; Kate P. Kirby, CEO, American Physical Society; and Elizabeth A. Rogan, CEO, Optical Society; among others.
Montana Cannabis Industry Association has filed a lawsuit seeking to force the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services to begin immediate processing and issuing of medical marijuana cards. The authors of the voter-approved ballot measure have said the date the law is set to take effect is the result of clerical error, and that changes should take effect immediately.
MTN News reports that Montana Rep. Randy Pinocci, R, is suing a printing company and the Montana Contractors Association, saying his refusal to support certain bills in the 2015 legislative session got him fired. Pinocci contends the contractors association contacted his employer and got him fired when he wouldn’t support the bills. MCA executive director Cary Hegreberg said he was not aware of the lawsuit and declined to comment to MTN News. Pinocci lost his bid for re-election in June.
News Media Alliance filed a lawsuit contesting the Federal Communications Commission’s ban on newspaper publishers owning broadcast TV properties, particularly with reference to local broadcast news stations. The new lawsuit seeks to force the FCC to reconsider the ban, which the commission announced in July. The National Association of Broadcasters is filing a complementary lawsuit against the FCC as well.
Associated Press reports that a judge is allowing conservative groups to go ahead with a lawsuit challenging four Indiana cities over their anti-discrimination ordinances that include protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The cities named are Indianapolis, Carmel, Bloomington and Columbus, which have argued the suit should be dismissed because the groups aren't affected by their ordinances. The judge also ordered the Indiana Family Institute and the American Family Association of Indiana to bring their lawsuit against the state, since they're challenging the constitutionality of an Indiana law.
Philadelphia CVB concluded its yearlong celebration of 75 years of operations this week with its annual luncheon. Attending the event were Mayor Jim Kenney, and noted Philadelphia Eagles alumni for one of the largest networking events of the year. Attending were Gregg Caren, EVP of Convention and Exhibition Centers, SMG; Bob McClintock, COO, Convention Centers, SMG; PCVB chair Nicholas DeBenedictis, chairman, Aqua America; Mayor Kenney; and PCVB CEO Julie Coker Graham.
Grammy-nominated The Fray will present a private concert at the Destination Marketing Association International’s Destination & Travel Foundation’s 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Celebration on March 1 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington. At the event, Rossi Ralenkotter, CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, will receive the inaugural Destination Marketing Organization Leadership Award, which recognizes those outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the destination marketing Industry. Also, Peter Yesawich, vice chairman, MMGY Global, will receive the Destination and Travel Foundation’s annual Spirit of Hospitality Award which is the highest recognition presented annually to individuals and organizations that show exceptional dedication and commitment to the travel and tourism industry.
Greater Boston Chamber CEO James E. Rooney has been named to a newly created Business Events Customer Advisory Board of the Mexico Tourism Board. The Customer Advisory Board comprises 14 international hospitality and tourism industry executives. These industry experts will provide actionable counsel to MTB
At Visit Baltimore:
- Brian Chung to senior national sales manager from sports and events sales manager, Travel Salem (Ore,)
- Christina Ghani to national sales and sports manager from sales manager for Hilton Hotels.
Hospitality luminary Thomas Malcolm Driscoll died this week after a two-year battle with Merkel Cell Cancer. His projects included the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Parade and Dinner, The Georgetown Inn, as well as other projects in Florida, Denver, Little Rock, Ark. and Washington. His most proud professional achievement was developing The Diplomat Resort and Country Club in Hollywood, Fla. He also founded Thomas M. Driscoll Inc. and Driscoll Hotels and Development. He was a Century member of the Boy Scouts of America. When his wife Donna got Dystonia, he co-founded the Donna E Driscoll Dystonia Golf Classic and Walk for Dystonia. Earlier, he founded the EJ Driscoll Memorial Tennis Tournament to benefit the American Diabetes Foundation. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Donna, four children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister. Visitation will be at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Md., at 9 a.m., until the funeral service at 10 a.m. on Dec. 2,. A private internment will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the ASPCA, The Nghiem Lab Merkel Cell Cancer Research at the University of Washington or to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation.
Arizona Society of Association Executives named Arizona Technology Council CEO Steven G. Zylstra its Executive of the Year.