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Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Focused Ultrasound Foundation is a tax-exempt, high-performance, entrepreneurial service organization with a global reach. We are market-driven and results-oriented. The Foundation seeks to leverage its trusted third party position through contributing financial and human resources to foster collaboration, to build knowledge and to streamline the process and overcome barriers.

The Foundation is on the leading edge of the venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship movements and has become a model of how donor funding can be used to bridge the gap between laboratory research and widespread patient treatment.

As the Chief Medical Officer, Suzanne LeBlang, MD, represents the Foundation at conferences and major events, keeps abreast of the progress of clinical studies, ensures medical accuracy of Foundation communications, and directs patient inquiries. She has over 10 years of clinical experience performing focused ultrasound treatments on uterine fibroids and bone metastases and serves as Neuroradiologist and Medical Director of MR Guided Focused Ultrasound at the University MRI & Diagnostic Imaging Centers in Boca Raton, FL. She has published papers and delivered numerous scientific talks in the field of focused ultrasound. Suzanne received her B.A. in Biology and M.D. degree from the University of Miami 6 year Honor’s Program in Medical Education. She serves on the faculty at the University of Miami Medical School where she is the Radiology Clinical Coordinator for the 3rd year M.D./M.P.H. students, and she teaches at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine. She has been visiting faculty at several institutions including Harvard University and Ohio State University.

Suzanne LeBLang, CMO Focused Ultrasound Foundation
Jul 11, 2017

"Totem is a social philanthropy platform that provides individuals, charities, and businesses with an interactive way to raise money and awareness for the causes they care about most. The backbone of our platform is a series of user-driven multimedia feeds wherein users post content in support of, and donate money directly to, featured causes within the app. These causes are sponsored by businesses, each of which offers rewards (i.e. free products/services) to users who post the most content and/or donate the most money in support of the sponsored causes. Overall, the platform comprises a social media hub for charity wherein (a) individuals can become more involved in the good things going on around them, (b) nonprofits can raise money and awareness for their initiatives, and (c) businesses can promote their brands, products, services, and philanthropic activities. Our mission is simple: to provide a fun, social, and communal space wherein people, businesses, and organizations can interact with each other for the betterment of their communities."

Totem "The Feel Good feed"

Totem - The Feel Good Feed
Jul 25, 2017

Ms. Sara Clayborne who is the co-founder and co-director of the Charlottesville Ballet Company.  She is a very active voice about the importance of the arts and dance for children and youth's educational development. The Chance to Dance program is one of the company's signature programs bringing ballet to local public school students.

The Charlottesville Ballet Company is a professional dance company, an academy, and an outreach education program, and does work to engage local youth in both dance as an educational activity and as an audience member and one who has a great appreciation of the arts. It currently reaches over 500 students through its academy classes, and Chance To Dance outreach program

Sara Clayborne - Co-Founder C'ville Ballet Co.
Aug 08, 2017

April 10, 2015, the day my real journey began.  This was the day when I, for the very first time in my life, showed my true, unfiltered self to the world through a six minute TED talk in Richmond, VA. At the end of six short minutes, my true purpose and intent in life had revealed itself.  My life’s mission, each and every day, is to inspire, innovate and impact.    Since then, my message has reached over a million people all across the globe- and this is just the beginning. Now at the age of 17, I am beyond excited to share that I am well on my way to being certified as the world’s youngest professional speaker.  Join my voyage to change the world as I continue to live my journey of motivating the masses. 

Brandon Farbstein
Aug 22, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sep 30, 2017
3:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Shaun Moshasha is crazy and eccentric. His interests are as diverse as life itself, however four main passions have percolated to the top of his list: biotechnology, education, entrepreneurship, and gamification. Discontent with settling for only one of his passions, Shaun has managed to merge the four together into what is now known as Open Bio Labs. He will never settle for the mundane, never be satisfied by the mediocre. If you want to be ordinary, then turn away now. But if you want to explore the furthest reaches of the micro and macrocosms, if you want to create the unimaginable, and if you want to shape the future of our world, let’s ride together and never look back.

Open Bio Labs will be Charlottesville’s Bioscience Community Center.  We will host classes and workshops to educate and train people in the biosciences and we will have a fully outfitted wetlab available for the community to use. Everyone of any age, field, or walk of life is invited to take a workshop, attend a lecture, or tinker around in our wetlab.
By engaging Charlottesville in DIY biology, Open Bio Labs will introduce a whole new medium for our community of artists and makers to explore their creativity. Collaborate with scientists, architects, designers, educators, engineers, and folks from every discipline. Develop breakthroughs that will transform the landscape in which we live!
Biotechnology will be the defining technology of the 21st century, just as computers transformed the world in the decades leading up to the new millennium. We at Open Bio Labs wholeheartedly believe that. We are in the vacuum tube era of synthetic biology and biotechnology, which leaves a whole universe to explore. These fields have the potential to revolutionize almost every industry, including agriculture, manufacturing, defense, art, consumer goods, etc.
Charlottesville is the perfect home for Open Bio Labs because we are a very energetic community that loves to make, explore, and live on the frontier of technology and science.

Shaun Moshasha
Oct 10, 2017
Oct 10, 2017 4:00 PM

An umbrella organization created to boost awareness of senior issues has been formally endorsed by both the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and Charlottesville City Council.
“By 2024, our area will have one in four people over the age of 65,” said Marta Keane, CEO of the Jefferson Area Board for Aging and an organizer behind the new Charlottesville Area Alliance.
Data from the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia projects the number of people over 65 in the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission will climb to 57,013 in 2030. That’s up from 24,488 in the year 2000.

Charlottesville Tomorrow
March 6, 2017

Marta Keane, Peter Thompson
Oct 24, 2017
Nov 14, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Dr. Michael A. Balazs serves as a Technology Integrator at MITRE, where he helps coordinate internal research and transition to the government. He also co-coordinates a portfolio of small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) programs. This work has grown into support to several counter-sUAS programs. Additionally, he leads research in non-traditional computational clusters.

He is known for the commercial-off-the-shelf ISR program. The program leverages the commercial smartphone industry as the core of an open and mobile ISR system built upon advanced manufactured (e.g., 3D printing) platforms that can both accommodate the ideal sensors and be rapidly redesigned to suit a changing operational environment. Systems support both government R&D and field operations.

Beyond helping to direct C-UAS strategy, he co-led the MITRE Challenge for Countering Unauthorized Aerial Systems. The Challenge evaluated technologies from around the world to identify solutions that could: 1) detect small drones and determine threats, and 2) interdict small UAS threats by forcing them to be recovered intact in a safe area. The results of the challenge are used both domestically and by foreign governments to direct R&D and inform policy.

His work has resulted in numerous awards and been featured in the Economist, WIRED Magazine, Fortune, and National Geographic’s Breakthroughs.

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Michael Balazs
Nov 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Nov 18, 2017
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Virginia to Africa is a collaboration between the Rotary Clubs of Albemarle County, the Blue Ridge, and Charlottesville, and the University of Virginia. Under this partnership, the “ABC Rotary Clubs,” with matching funds from Rotary International, has sponsored community water projects in Wum Cameroon, Tlhopane Primary School, and two villages in Limpopo province, South Africa. This talk will provide a summary of the project conducted in the villages of Tshapasha and Tshbvumo in Limpopo South Africa. The ABC clubs held a fundraiser for the project in 2010, matching funds from Rotary International were secured in 2014, and the project was completed in August 2015. Additional work remains to provide full access to an improved water supply to all villagers, and the talk will present the requirement for this extension.

Garrick Louis is Associate Professor of Systems Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Engineering & Society at the University of Virginia. He is the director of the Sustainable Infrastructure and Development Center and director of the 501 (C) (3) Development inter-Action Inc. that provides technical assistance to small water and sanitation projects in developing communities. Louis received his BSc. In Chemical Engineering from Howard University, his MSc. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He received the 2000 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Clinton, is a 2006-7 AAAS Energy Environment & Natural Resources Fellow, a 2014 UVa Design and Health Faculty Fellow, and a 2015 Jefferson Science Fellow in the Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Louis is a Fulbright Specialist for water and sanitation.

Professor Garrick Louis
Nov 28, 2017 5:30 PM

December is the month in which we may experience an intensive press to be happy as we prepare for family and friends to join us for one of the most recognized holidays in the United States. At the same time there can be reflection, grief for those of us no longer with us, and a sense of nostalgia for times gone by.

As Rotarians we are also aware of those who are in need and perhaps suffering in all the places we serve because they are refuges, or unable to care fully for their children or dealing with illness and despair. How may we speak of happiness in face of these personal stressors and the knowledge that all are not as fortunate as we are?   This talk will consider deeper meanings and levels of happiness related to a sustained sense of well-being. We can cultivate happiness even with loss or the awareness of all that must be done to bring about a just world.

Gertrude Faser
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM