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CSU Fullerton Professor Kiran George wins Shields Award

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President Mildred García congratulates Kiran George, professor of computer engineering, on his selection as the recipient of the University’s L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award. Credit: Cal State Fullerton

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Kiran George, an engineering professor from California State University, Fullerton, has been recognized as a transformational force in innovative research.

From his development of a brain-controlled robotic arm for people who lose mobility in limbs, to an electronic communication system to aid patients who can no longer speak, George was selected as this year’s recipient of the university’s L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award.

George’s colleagues regard him as prolific researcher, his accomplishments have spanned more than a decade, and his discoveries and research have yielded unprecedented results at the school’s in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The award is presented to a faculty member each year for his or her excellence in research and scholarly activities and commitment to the educational mission of Cal State Fullerton. The award’s namesake served as Cal State Fullerton’s second president from 1970-80.

He was presented with the award during a surprise visit to his classroom from university president Mildred Garcia.

“You have an amazing faculty member working with you,” Garcia told George’s students when she walked into his classroom, according to a university press release.

“This is an extraordinary honor, I’m so humbled. I am at a loss for words. I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with students on various projects that are both challenging and cutting edge,” George said. “It is also professionally fulfilling to see them go on to have successful careers. My students inspire me every day to redefine the boundaries of engineering.“

Since George’s tenure began at the university in 2007, he has secured nearly $2 million in funding for his research, including grants from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Army Research Labs. In 2012, George was awarded the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award, a top honor for junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through research and education.

He has led a $600,000 NSF-funded project that targets first-generation college students and underrepresented students and is leading the college’s efforts to develop a bachelor’s degree program in engineering with a biomedical device engineering option. George and his students have presented their work before regional and national conferences, and he has two patents pending for his research. George and his students also work on projects with industry and community partners, including the ALS Association to help patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Houston to host community summit for Indian Prime Minister Modi

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Non-profit group Texas India Forum announced they are organizing “Howdy, Modi!”, an Indian American community event for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Houston September 22nd. The venue has yet to be announced, but tens of thousands of people are expected at the event.

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among the members of the House antitrust committee with sharp questions for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a hearing focused on competition and anti-competitive behavior online.

Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal died days after the Indian Supreme Court threw out his plea to postpone imprisonment in a murder conviction. He was 72. The ‘dosa king’ was found to have orchestrated the murder of a man, whose wife he wanted to marry.

And the managing director of the State Bank Of India, Anshula Kant, is taking the helm at the World Bank as managing director and chief financial officer.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House vill passes removing Green Card country cap

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development that could benefit thousands of skilled Indian IT professionals.

The United States India Strategic Partnership Forum had a bipartisan feel to it in Washington, as the event was keynoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner. Watch both of their speeches to the USISPF crowd exclusively on Diya TV.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning his post amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case a decade ago against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will be the 1st publicly traded space tourism company in a $800 million deal backed by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya’s investment company.

And Mindy Kaling’s open casting call for her upcoming Netflix series led to the hiring of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who was cast out of 15,000 people.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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