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In collaboration with Napa Valley College, eight students from that two-year college were selected to participate in the Touro University California Summer Research Program, where they worked with Touro professors on graduate-level research in fields like cellular and molecular biology, epidemiology, and chemical sciences.

“Interns often build from their experience at TUC to enroll in four-year programs that lead to careers in research and health-related professions,” the university said. “For example, 2011 intern Eric Lee went on to graduate from San Francisco State University and now researches infectious diseases. 2012 intern Sylvia Mendoza-Villalovos went on to graduate from UC Davis with a degree in Plant Sciences and now works in the field for Solano County. Over the past nine years of this event TUC has helped almost 60 students see a place for themselves in the scientific community in a research or health-related profession.”

Touro is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate school founded in 1997.

Arrow Benefits Group has formed a new division, Self-Insurance Expert. The Petaluma company stated it was created to help employers with 100-plus employees decrease health-plan costs while increasing employee engagement.

The division team provides employers with the ability and data to properly evaluate the tools they need to manage their self-funded plan with an eye toward reducing fiduciary liability, Arrow stated.

Keith McNeil, CLU, CEBS, GBDS, CPBS, is the practice leader for the new division.

Local hospitality companies are invited to take part in the annual tourism survey. The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) and Sonoma County Tourism use their annual survey (sonomaedb.org/Current-Projects/Tourism/) to learn more about issues that affect the hospitality industry, including how to improve marketing, what local governments should know and who is working in the industry.

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