Archives: February 2018

Michael Lacey: Man, Mentor, Mathematician

American mathematician Michael Lacey owns many titles, including devoted mentor, prestigious academic, prolific author, and brilliant academic. He possesses over 30 years of teaching experience as an honored professor, currently serving as the Associate Chair for Faculty in the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he has worked since 1996. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

Although his courses cover an array of mathematical topics, his specialties include probability, ergodic theory, and harmonic analysis. Along with being a respected educator, Lacey has been decorated with numerous honors and awards.

He became a Guggenheim fellow in 2004, received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2008, a Georgia Tech NSF-ADVANCE Mentoring Award in 2012, and became an American Mathematical Society Fellow in 2013- just to name a few. With over 100 publications, Michael Lacey has been revered as an accomplished author whose contributions to the discipline of mathematics cannot be overstated.

He has presented his research findings in countless academic conferences all over the world, and served as the prime investigator in sixteen different research projects. As such, he has overseen the management of over $6.2 million dollars in research funds. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

Although Michael Lacey is regarded as a world renowned leader in the field of mathematical exploration, he considers his position as a mentor to be his most important role. Throughout his career as an educator, he has guided numerous students in their academic journeys, including several underachieving students who went on to achieve doctoral degrees.

He advocated for the development of an extensive support program aimed at advising Georgia Tech undergraduate students. His efforts materialized into an endowment specifically earmarked for the recruitment and mentorship of undergraduate students studying mathematics.

As quoted by the director of VIGRE Director in his third year review, “It is apparent that Primary Investigator Michael Lacey plays an extensive and pivotal role in the mentoring of undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. Many highly favorable reports about the School’s VIGRE activities from trainees were phrased in terms such as ‘A professor suggested …’ and in almost every case that professor was Dr. Lacey”.

Michael Lacey has been a fundamental figure in the empowerment of young academics, as well as graduate level students. Throughout his 30 year career, he has individually advised seven Ph.D students, ten post docs, and served on countless dissertation committees in service to the certification of up-and-coming mathematicians.

Michael Lacey’s devotion to the younger generation of academics is merely one of the many ways in which he continues to further the field of mathematics, and enrich the world of academic exploration.

Eric Lefkofsky: An Innovator Leading The Way To A Better World

Improving by the day is the prognosis of Cancer thanks to the innovative medical advances being accomplished by companies such as Tempus, a technology company which collects clinical data and is leading the way in the field of precise medicine enabled by data collection.

Contrary to appearances, the healthcare industry lags behind as far as modern technology is concerned, and it was not until Eric Lefkofsky, founder of Tempus, saw himself dealing directly with cancer treatment by way of his wife’s cancer diagnosis that he encountered the considerable deficiencies that currently exist in the field.

While there has been ample data generated and collected about and related to patients and their respective treatments, there has never been a process to make effective and efficient use of it. With the founding of Tempus, Lefkofsky sought to reinvent the way to deliver cancer care. The company has developed an effective platform which analyzes cancer patients’ clinical and molecular data. It has also developed technology to process physician notes regarding a patient’s care; it analyzes it and structures it so that it can better help the cancer treatment and care of a patient.

With the Tempus platform and similar technology, Eric Lefkofsky and others believe that doctor will be better suited to determine which medicines and treatments are likely to be effective and which are not, thus pairing their patients with the best treatment option available. Because all information is continually updated and available at all times, healthcare professionals will be able to make decisions in real-time regarding, not only Cancer, but numerous other conditions.

Lefkofsky is a University of Michigan graduate who, apart from being the CEO and co-founder of Tempus, has co-founded numerous other companies, such as: Groupon, Echo Global Logistics, InnerWorkings, Mediaocean, Uptake.

He has also formed the Lefkofsky Foundation, a charitable trust in support of education, is on the board of directors at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, as well as the board of directors of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry, and World Business Chicago, for which he serves as co-chairman on its Technology Council.

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Dr. Jorge Moll’s Latest Research

For starters, who is Jorge Moll?

Jorge Moll is a well-known Neuroscientist who received his MD from the Federal University of Rio  de Janiero which is in Brazil. That is not all though, he also got his PHD in Experimental Pathophysiology. Currently, he works at the National Institute of Health. With his background described let’s move into an interesting article he is featured in.

Moll and his partner Jordan Grafman were working together for a pretty interesting reason. The two of them were scanning the brains of volunteers to see if there are any unknown reactions to someone giving up a large amount of money to charity or keeping this money for themselves. These men had no idea what was going to come of this project but were surprised by what they found (

During this experiment, the brains of the many volunteers lit up in the same places the brain would during sex or while eating food. You’d think these light ups would happen while thinking about keeping a lot of money to yourself, but the complete opposite happened. These people were lighting up internally at the thought of donating a large amount of money to charity. So what does this mean?

For Grafman and Moll whats happening here is that the human mind seems to have morality built into their minds. So having some type of morals and wanting to help other people is already in our makeups as people. After doing this research and looking into some other research done by Dr. Damasio they realize that there is indeed a part of the brain that causes someone to have morals and empathy toward other people and if that is injured that particular person cannot feel anything for another person.

There are some interesting concepts surrounding this new finding. Before people who seemed to have no empathy were just known as psychopaths and were looked down upon. But after this research, it seems that somebody who not empathetic cannot help than be that way. The part of their brain that would make them care about people is broken and that is not their fault. Therefore, people who have moral dilemmas or with no empathy as I mentioned above cannot be blamed for their faults. Dr. Moll and his colleagues did a good job putting all of this together, maybe the world will look at this people differently now knowing that not everything they do or say is their fault.


Australia Set to be Equities First Holdings New Home

After being founded by Al Christy in 2002, Equities First Holdings, has seen the growth that has helped the company occupy offices on almost every continent. Before 2014, they did not have one in Australia but they do now. Christy was proud to let the world know that his lending company, Equities First Holdings, will be building a headquarters in Australia. The acquisition was seen as a huge milestone in the global expansion plan by Equities First Holdings. Christy wants to continue global growth and introduce everyone in the world to his financial solutions company. He said that he was excited to provide Australia with is trusted service and expertise to what he considers a broad consumer base. At the moment, Equities First Holdings is seeing major growth and has been around the past couple of years. They have seen a steady increase of 30% growth each year for the past three years.

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Talk Fusion’s Innovative Video Communication

Talk Fusion has made the lives of millions of people all over the world better through their innovative video communication technology. Talk Fusion is based out of Brandon, FL and has expanded to over 140 countries around the world. The company is owned by successful entrepreneur and ex-police officer Bob Reina. He started Talk Fusion after he had problems sending a video through email. He got with his tech friend and together they created a way to send video through email. Bob Reina launched Talk Fusion in 2007. The first feature that the company made available was video email. The company has experienced a great amount of success due to the fact that they released a product that was very much needed at the time that it was released. Talk Fusion made the impossible possible.

Talk Fusion has released many products that have been life changing for a lot of people. Video calls, newsletters, meeting forums, and the infamous video email are a few of the great products that they offer their customers. One of the most popular ways to use their video communication products is through WebRTC. WebRTC allows users to use the programs without having to download additional apps to use it. When they choose to use WebRTC, they can communicate through video on the browser that they are using. You are able to review the video that you receive in your own time. If you want to view them immediately, you can just open the video to watch it in your browser. Talk Fusion will allow you to review the video using the browser that you are using. Learn more:

Email-to-email is another featured product of Talk Fusion. Email-to-email allows you to communicate with whomever you desire through video calls within your email. Talk Fusion was started based off of a problem that Bob Reina had with video email. He was trying to send a video to his family, but AOL would not allow him to send the video. Video email was not yet believed to be possible. Now he is pitching ideas to his IT team that are completely changing the way that people view email as a whole. Most people link reading emails to being boring. Through Talk Fusion they can view emails through video if the person sending it chooses that option.

Talk Fusion has blossomed from a small idea into a worldwide video communication service.

Paul Mampilly Talks AboutBitcoin’s Bubble

Cryptocurrencies have a lot of benefits for those interesting in digitizing money. As of right now, there are no government controls on Bitcoin which make it a little like precious metals as not having central banks regulating its interest rate, and there are also easy ways to convert it back to regular currency. Investment expert Paul Mampilly did a piece on Bitcoin recently noting how its stocks shot up in early 2017. Mampilly admitted even he had missed out on the opportunity to inform his readers of this stock and might have encouraged them to buy it when it was low, but now he says they should stay away from it.

Paul Mampilly says that Bitcoin is like all other stocks that start out small, but if they become really popular and see their prices overshoot where their highs should be, they’re likely to form bubbles. He said this is what happened back in the years from 2000 to 2002 during the dot-com bubble. Obviously, the internet did become the future of business, but investors were buying into it a little too soon and expecting dot-com companies would yield profits before they were ready to. As a result, a bubble was formed and eventually crashed. Mampilly says the same thing is happening with Bitcoin and though some rebounds are expected, Bitcoin stocks in general are on a decline. He told his followers they should consider investing in a different digital currency that is already out there, and he shares that with his subscribers at his Profits Unlimited newsletter.

Paul Mampilly is a graduate of Montclair State University and was in banking with ING, Deutsche Bank, Sears, Banker’s Trust and Royal Bank of Scotland. He also was a portfolio advisor for Kinetics International Fund for several years during which he grew the company’s assets under management by $19 billion. He also helped clients make investments that yielded up to 43% in returns, making Kinetics International Fund one of the featured hedge funds of Barron’s magazine. Mampilly also was the winner of the Templeton Foundation competition of 2008 for making a $50 million investment that gained 76% during the highest point of the recession. He is also credited with picking Facebook and Netflix stocks prior to their reaching popularity, and even today he still shares his personal portfolio with newsletter subscribers. What has made Paul Mampilly popular is not only his market knowledge, but also his ability to make investing easy for others to understand.

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Michael Thoreau Lacey, the Mathematician

Michael Lacey is a math professor at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He joined the faculty in 1996. During his tenure there, he has received several awards for his Math endeavors including the Guggenheim and the Simons Foundations.

Part of his work at Georgia Tech is as the director of training grants, like the VIGRE (grants for the vertical integration of research and education) and MCTP (mentoring through critical transition points in Mathematical science) awarded by the National Science Foundation. These awards from the National Science Foundation have supported dozens of undergraduates, graduate students and postdocs.

His has advised undergraduates and PhD students have went on to leading graduate programs and accepting academic and industry jobs. To date he has mentored more than 10 postdoctoral students. Read more: Michael Lacey |Math Alliance and Michael Lacey | Wikipedia

His research interests include harmonic analysis and probability. Harmonic analysis is the use of functions or signals translated into basic waves; essentially, it is the mathematical process of analyzing periodic or recurring phenomena. Probability is as the name implies, the study of which is to quantify the probability of an event.

Michael Thoreau Lacey studied mathematics and received his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He held two postdoctoral positions. The first was at Louisiana State University and the second was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1989 to 1996. Learn more about Michael Lacey: and

He then became a mathematics professor at Georgia Tech. In 2004, in became a joint recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for work his work on “Singular integrals on smoothly varying lines”. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He is also a member of the Mathematics Genealogy Project that includes mathematician who have significantly added to research-level mathematics.

Michael Lacey was born on September 26, 1959. He has used his appreciation for mathematics a life-long pursuit. He, himself studied the subject for decades and now he mentors other students to do similar and even greater things with their mathematical knowledge and skills.

EFH & It’s Subsidiaries: A B2B & B2C Company

Equities First Holding caught and now owns Equities First (London) Limited, formally known as Meridian Equity Partners Limited, before its acquisition (, 2016) It’s main company Equities First Holding along with its subsidiaries are loan companies, essentially a financial institution for individuals who own stock (Bloomberg). Along with having a location in London, Equities First Holding also has a branch in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. In Australia they have partnered with another company, ECT, to open a R&D location for ECT in an effort to build upon energy resources (Yahoo, 2016). Basically EFH is on a mission to employ their expertise with stocks to help fund consumers of certain sectors with the end result of accomplishing many & varied goals.