UH launches data science institute after UT nixes similar idea

The University of Houston announced Oct. 19 that it has formed a new Institute for Data Science, which will be led by Andrea Prosperetti.

Prosperetti is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and also serves as director of the UH Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems and is Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was recruited to UH last year through the Governor’s University Research Initiative, according to UH’s Oct. 19 press release.

The Multidisciplinary Research…

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Manufacturing GDP in Texas is $226B — more than Greece’s entire economy

Manufacturing jobs in the Lone Star State fell 19 percent from 1997 to 2016. However, gross domestic product in the manufacturing sector rose 98 percent. That’s higher than the total Texas GDP increase of 84 percent over the same time period, according to the office of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

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Houston company buys export terminal at Port Corpus Christi

A Houston-based company has completed its purchase of a Port Corpus Christi export terminal, the development of which was financed over the past two years by a San Antonio capital venture firm.

The newly formed Pin Oak Corpus Christi LLC reported Oct. 18 that it closed on the acquisition of the Gravity Midstream Corpus Christi LLC facility. A sale price was not disclosed. Pin Oak reported buying 100 percent of Gravity Midstream’s equity interests from San Antonio-based capital venture firm EnCap…

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HQ2 pitches pile up at Amazon, while taxpayers remain out of the loop. Here’s who’s doing the bidding

By all accounts the bids to land Amazon’s second North American headquarters are piling up at the company’s doorstep in Seattle, though few of those details have been made public to the very people with the most on the line: taxpayers.

Cities and states across the country have been falling over themselves to compete for what has been called the largest economic development opportunity in a generation. The mere chance to land a global tech giant’s headquarters, which Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) says…

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Active Shooter Preparedness and Responses


A recent article by Renata Elias, Consultant, Marsh Risk Consulting Strategic Risk Practice, contains good information about preparing and responding to an active shooter in your business location.  Certainly the mass casualty shooting in Las Vegas has caught our attention and potentially started the conversation about planning for this type of incident.  Ms. Elias’ posting begins below. 

From 2000 through the first half of 2016, more than 600 people were killed in <a href="213%20active%20shooter%20events%20identified%20by%20the%20Federal%20Bureau%20of%20Investigation.”>213 active shooter events identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.These attacks have affected organizations of all types, including schools, retailers, health care organizations, manufacturers, entertainment venues and arenas, and hospitality businesses.  

Here are three ways that your organization can prepare for an active shooter event and be ready to protect and aid employees, customers, and guests, manage critical business functions, and quickly return to normal operations.

Planning and Testing

Every organization should establish a policy to reduce the risk of workplace violence and impacts from active shooter events. This policy should:

  • Establish procedures through which employees can report violent or troubling behavior.
  • Set criteria for escalating incidents to a pre-defined threat assessment or management team.
  • Address additional security measures that may be needed to safeguard employees, guests, and others.
  • Reflect input from your organization’s security, human resources, and legal teams, and potentially law enforcement, along with feedback from workforces.
  • Be reinforced through tabletop exercises and drills.

Security, crisis communications, emergency response (including active shooter), humanitarian assistance, and crisis management plans should align with your workplace violence prevention plan. They should be similarly updated and reinforced regularly.

Protecting People

The primary focus during and after a violent event should be on employees, customers, and guests. Your organization should be prepared to:

  • Execute active shooter response options: Run, hide, and fight.
  • Provide first aid and other support to injured individuals (when safe to do so).
  • Care for employees who witness an incident and may be traumatized and/or in shock, including possibly funding for grief or trauma counseling.
  • Respectfully attend to deceased employees and support families and loved ones.

In a crisis, communication will be essential but could be hampered by misinformation, panic, and other factors — especially in public or event spaces. Develop a clear protocol for response team members to communicate during and after an attack with each other, employees, customers, guests, security, law enforcement, corporate headquarters, and other stakeholders.

Business Continuity and Recovery

After addressing immediate life safety and investigative concerns, focus should shift to maintaining operations. That includes accounting for:

  • Continuing or resuming critical business functions and processes.
  • Allowing employees to work remotely as needed.
  • Review security measures.
  • Providing additional humanitarian assistance support, as required.
  • Identifying and addressing potential gaps in insurance programs.

Active shooter events and other forms of violence can strike anywhere and anytime, and unfortunately, they often arise without warning. Businesses cannot fully eliminate these threats, but you can act now that may reduce the risk to your organization, better protect its people, and hasten its recovery.

Dean and Draper

We’re sharing this information to provide you with some ideas to manage violence in the workplace.  When you have questions about your insurance coverage or needs, please contact us.

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