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California Academy of Sciences Appoints Dr. Scott Sampson as New Executive Director

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Academy of Sciences has appointed Scott D. Sampson,
Ph.D.—a renowned paleontologist, passionate science communicator, and
seasoned museum leader—to serve as its new executive director. Following
a comprehensive international search, the Academy’s Board of Trustees
selected Dr. Sampson to lead the institution in its mission to explore,
explain, and sustain life. Sampson is currently the President and CEO of
Science World British Columbia, one of Canada’s premier science centers.
He will begin his tenure at the Academy on September 3, 2019.

“Through its world-class scientific research and collections, its
renowned aquarium, planetarium, and natural history museum, and its
innovative science communication and education initiatives, the
California Academy of Sciences is inspiring local and global communities
to care for nature and take action for a sustainable future,” said Liebe
Patterson, chair of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Sampson is
uniquely qualified to build on the Academy’s proud legacy and
successfully steer the institution during this exciting chapter in its
165-year history.” Sampson will succeed Jonathan Foley, Ph.D., who led
the Academy for four years before taking a new role as the Executive
Director of Project Drawdown.

To some, namely preschoolers and their parents, Sampson may be best
known as “Dr. Scott the Paleontologist,” the on-air host for the
Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS television series Dinosaur Train. Outside
of this enthusiastic audience, however, Sampson is better known for his
many other contributions to scientific research and public engagement.
Among his peers in the scientific community, Sampson is highly regarded
for his expertise on Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, from theropods in
Madagascar to horned dinosaurs in North America. And in the museum
community, Sampson is celebrated as a skilled organizational leader, a
passionate advocate for connecting people to nature, and a champion for
the critical role that collections-based scientific institutions like
the Academy play in global efforts to understand and sustain life on

During his tenure at Science World British Columbia, Sampson has
launched a suite of bold new programs designed to dramatically scale
STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/design & Math) literacy
across the province and facilitate a more sustainable future. He has
also focused on operating a sustainable, equitable institution. Over the
past three years, the science center’s attendance and revenue have
increased by 30%, and the institution has introduced a number of new
initiatives aimed at increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion,
including community access and engagement programs for underserved and
Indigenous communities.

“Dr. Sampson’s commitment to inspiring a deeper appreciation for nature
and increasing scientific literacy among diverse audiences coupled with
his proven leadership record made him the ideal candidate to lead the
Academy as it continues to expand its efforts to shape the science and
issues that will determine our collective future,” said Dan Janney,
Academy trustee and chair of the California Academy of Sciences Director
Search Committee. “Dr. Sampson brings a unique blend of scientific
credibility, compelling science communication skills, fundraising
experience, and capacity for building partnerships to his role as
executive director.”

Before joining Science World British Columbia in 2016, Sampson served as
the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Denver Museum of
Nature & Science and, prior to that, Chief Curator at the Natural
History Museum of Utah. He has also worked as an independent museum and
media consultant, advising on fundraising and exhibition design for
clients including the American Museum of Natural History and the Oakland
Museum of California. In addition to his role as a science advisor and
host for Dinosaur Train, Sampson has extensive media and science
communication experience, including as the science advisor and host of
the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet and as the
author of multiple books for general audiences, including: Dinosaur
Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life
(University of California
Press, 2009); How to Raise a Wild Child, a book aimed at helping
parents, teachers, and others foster a deep connection with nature in
children (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015); and You Can Be A
, a book for young enthusiasts of dinosaurs, science,
and nature (National Geographic, 2017).

“The California Academy of Sciences is a truly remarkable institution
with world class research, exhibitions, and programs built on a deep and
distinguished history,” says Sampson. “I am thrilled and honored to be
joining the team, particularly at such a critical moment in our planet’s
history. Now, more than ever before, nature and science museums are
called upon to help move humanity, and all life on Earth, toward a
thriving future. The Academy is ideally suited to play a pivotal role in
this effort.”

Sampson has won numerous awards and honors, including the Public Service
Award from the Geological Society of America, the Lifetime Legacy Award
from Environmental Learning for Kids, and Time Magazine Canada’s “Who
Defines the new Frontiers of Science” list. He also served as the
National Ambassador for Nature Rocks, a global initiative of The Nature
Conservancy aimed at inspiring families to explore nature.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Sampson to the City and County of San
Francisco to lead the California Academy of Sciences,” said San
Francisco Mayor London Breed. “Dr. Sampson’s experience in scientific
research and his history of developing innovative initiatives that
expose families and young people to the world of science will be
exceptional assets for the Academy and our City. The Academy of Sciences
provides an amazing educational experience for our families and our
residents, and with its commitment to Museums for All, the Academy is
helping to make San Francisco a more equitable City. Under Dr. Sampson’s
leadership, I look forward to working with the Academy to ensure
everyone has access to this incredible institution and to help promote a
more sustainable future for our City and our planet.”

Editors, please note: For high-resolution images or further
information, please contact Stephanie Stone at (415) 379-5121 or

The California Academy of Sciences is a renowned scientific and
educational institution dedicated to exploring, explaining, and
sustaining life on Earth. Based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, it
is home to a world-class aquarium, planetarium, and natural history
museum, as well as innovative programs in scientific research and
education—all under one living roof. To learn more, visit


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Mendez (415) 379-5133

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Cambodia Junior National Canoe Team Members to Visit Japan as Part of Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sixteen members of the Cambodia junior national canoe team are scheduled to visit Japan from September 17–25 as part of the Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019 promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

We invite the group to enjoy canoe-related tours and lectures in Tokyo, and then to visit Ishikawa Prefecture to participate in the 15th Japan Canoe Sprint Junior/Junior Youth Komatsu Tournament, joint practice with the Japan national team, a social gathering with high school students, and other activities, all in an effort to promote personal exchange between Japan and Cambodia through sports. Our aims with these activities are to effectively share the appeals of Japan and to further promote the future development of the sports industry in Cambodia and friendly relations between Cambodia and Japan.

We hope that participants in this program will proactively share the appeals of Japan and other information after returning to Cambodia.

For reference: Japan Exchange Program JENESYS 2019

People with the ability and future mission to deliver messages between Japan and the countries and regions of Asia and Oceania are invited and dispatched in order to promote an understanding of Japan with regard to politics, economics, society, culture, history, foreign policy, and the like, and pro-Japanese people and experts on Japan are discovered in order to strengthen Japan’s message to other countries and expand Japan’s diplomatic foundation by having the guests and dispatchees take the initiative to spread information about the diplomatic stance, appeals, and other facets of Japan.


Tuesday, September 17

Arrive in Japan, orientation, lecture by the Japan Canoe Federation, etc.

Wednesday, September 18

Tour Sea Forest Waterway, etc.

Thursday, September 19

Travel to Ishikawa Prefecture

Courtesy visit to the Komatsu City Office

Joint practice with the Japan national team

Friday, September 20

Visit Komatsu Ltd.

Social gathering

Saturday, September 21–Monday, September 23

Participate in the 15th Japan Canoe Sprint Junior/Junior Youth Komatsu Tournament

Tuesday, September 24

Travel to Tokyo

Presentation of outcomes, etc.

Wednesday, September 25

Depart Japan


Inquiries about the program

JENESYS 2019 ASEAN + East Timor Project Implementing Agency

JTB Kasumigaseki Operations Department

Contact: Junji Mise (Mr.), Yutaka Shintani (Mr.)

TEL: +81-3-6737-9447

Weekdays: 9:00-18:00 (Closed on weekends and holidays)


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CommerceWest Bank Supported Caterina’s Club and Provided Warm Meals, Affordable Housing, and Job Training Assistance to Low-Income Families

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IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CommerceWest Bank (OTCBB: CWBK) supported Caterina’s Club and provided warm meals, affordable housing and job training assistance to low-income families throughout Southern California. Caterina’s Club “Feeding Kids in America” program feeds over 25,025 children a week. The “Welcome Home” program provides qualified families, living in the dark environment of a motel, with the necessary resources to move into the safety and stability of an apartment or condo.

Chef Bruno Serato commented, “It’s time to stop talking about it and do something about it.” He continued, “Thank you all so much for supporting Caterina’s Club, the children, and families we serve. This year’s gala wouldn’t be a success without grand supporters such as CommerceWest Bank. Thank you!”

Ivo A. Tjan, Chairman and CEO of CommerceWest Bank, stated, “A lot of families take for granted how meaningful it is to sit down and have a nightly dinner. It is disheartening to think of, especially when thousands of children in our community go to bed hungry, without an adequate roof over their head.” He continued, “We are excited to be able to help Chef Bruno Serato provide warm meals and affordable housing to underprivileged children and low-income families in our community.”

CommerceWest Bank is a California based full service commercial bank with a unique vision and culture of focusing exclusively on the business community. Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Irvine, California. The Bank serves businesses throughout the state with an emphasis on clients in Orange County, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. We are a full service business bank and offer a wide range of commercial banking services, including concierge services, remote deposit solution, online banking, mobile banking, lines of credit, working capital loans, commercial real estate loans, SBA loans, and cash management services.

Mission Statement: CommerceWest Bank will create a complete banking experience for each client, catering to businesses and their specific banking needs, while accommodating our clients and providing them high-quality, low stress and personally tailored banking and financial services.

Please visit to learn more about the bank. “BANK ON THE DIFFERENCE”


Ivo A. Tjan, Chairman and CEO

Work Phone: 949-474-5278 (Media Only)

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Cabinet painting is a cost-effective way to modernize the kitchen and increase property value.

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CALGARY, Alberta–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kitchen renovations have one of the highest returns on investment compared to other home renovations. A modern, updated kitchen will add value to a property and make it more attractive to buyers. The largest financial component of a kitchen renovation is the cabinetry.

“Homeowners can experience huge savings on their kitchen renovation when they choose cabinet painting over a full cabinet replacement,” said Chris White of New Look Cabinets in Calgary. “Cabinet painting can make the kitchen look like new, at a fraction of the cost.”

The best advice is to hire Calgary cabinet painters for this project, but homeowners can attempt to DIY cabinet painting. Here are some instructions on how to paint kitchen cabinets.

  1. Choose paint: Choose a paint that will best adhere to your cabinet material and give lasting durability. You should also consider what paint colour will best suit your home’s overall design and your personal taste.
  2. Prepare the kitchen: Before starting, remove everything from the kitchen and cabinets that might get in the way.
  3. Remove cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware: Take everything off the cabinet boxes and label it for easy reassembly.
  4. Clean and sand the surfaces: Wipe down all surfaces with a grease-removing cleaner. Then lightly sand all doors, drawer fronts and side panels. Remember to wipe off the dust afterwards.
  5. Prime and paint the cabinets: You can choose to paint them using a brush, compressor and paint gun, or have them painted by Calgary cabinet painters in a professional spray shop. Be sure to apply a primer and allow it to completely dry before putting on the top coat.

Homeowners should be aware that cabinet painting is a time consuming, detail-oriented job. If you are not comfortable with your ability, or you do not have enough time to complete the job properly, you should consider hiring professional cabinet painters.

“We have the experience, skills and equipment to get the job done efficiently and with seamless, professional results,” said White. “If you can’t commit the time, it is well worth the money to have your kitchen cabinets painted by a professional company.”

New Look Cabinets & Interiors is a RenovationFind Certified Painting Company in Calgary. They specialize in interior painting, as well as cabinet painting, cabinet refinishing and furniture refinishing. They offer superior workmanship, excellent customer service and are passionate about every project they work on. For more information, or for help with your next paint job, visit


Chris White


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