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Rho Participates in Innovative Graduate Student Workshop for the 8th Consecutive Time

Posted by Brook White on Thu, Aug 09, 2018 @ 09:18 AM
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Petra LeBeau, ScD (@LebeauPetra) , is a Senior Biostatistician and Lead of the Bioinformatics Analytics Team at Rho. She has over 13 years of experience in providing statistical support in all areas of clinical trials and observational studies. Her experience includes 3+ years of working with genomic data sets (e.g. transcriptome and metagenome). Her current interest is in machine learning using clinical trial and high-dimensional data.

Agustin Calatroni, MS (@acalatr), is a Principal Statistical Scientist at Rho. His academic background includes a master’s degree in economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a master’s degree in statistics from North Carolina State University. In the last 5 years, he has participated in a number of competitions to develop prediction models. He is particularly interested in the use of stacking models to combine several machine learning techniques into one predictive model in order to decrease the variance (bagging), bias (boosting) and improve the predictive accuracy.

At Rho, we are proud of our commitment to supporting education and fostering innovative problem-solving for the next generation of scientists, researchers, and statisticians. One way we enjoy promoting innovation is by participating in the annual Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students (IMSM) hosted by the National Science Foundation-supported Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI).  IMSM is a 10-day program to expose graduate students in mathematics, statistics, and computational science to challenging and exciting real-world projects arising in industrial and government laboratory research.  The workshop is held in SAS Hall on the campus of North Carolina State University. This summer marked our 8th consecutive year as an IMSM Problem Presenter.  We were joined by industry leaders from Sandia National Laboratories, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and , Savvysherpa.

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SAMSI participants 2018 Agustin Calatroni (first from left),Petra LeBeau (first from right), and Emily Lei Kang (second from right) with students from the SAMSI program.

Rho was represented at the 2018 workshop by investigators Agustin Calatroni and Petra LeBeau, with the assistance of Dr. Emily Lei Kang from the University of Cincinnati. Rho’s problem for this year was Visualizing and Interpreting Machine Learning Models for Liver Disease Detection. 

Machine learning (ML) interpretability is a hot topic as many tools have become available over the last couple of years (including a variety of very user-friendly ones) that are able to create pretty accurate ML models, but the constructs that could help us explain and trust these black-box models are still under development. 

The success of ML algorithms in medicine and multi-omics studies over the last decade has come as no surprise to ML researchers. This can be largely attributed to their superior predictive accuracy and their ability to work on both large volume and high-dimensional datasets. The key notion behind their performance is self-improvement. That is, these algorithms make predictions and improve them over time by analyzing mistakes made in earlier predictions and avoiding these errors in future predictions. The difficulty with this “predict and learn” paradigm is that these algorithms suffer from diminished interpretability, usually due to the high number of nonlinear interactions within the resulting models. This is often referred to as the “black-box” nature of ML methods.

In cases where interpretability is crucial, for instance in studies of disease pathologies, ad-hoc methods leveraging the strong predictive nature of these methods have to be implemented. These methods are used as aides for ML users to answer questions like: ‘why did the algorithm make certain decisions?’, ‘what variables were the most important in predictions?’, and/or ‘is the model trustworthy?’ 

The IMSM students were challenged with studying the interpretability of a particular class of ML methods called gradient boosting machines (GBM) on the prediction if a subject had liver disease or not. Rho investigators provided a curated data set and pre-built the model for the students. To construct the model, the open-source Indian Liver Patient Dataset was used which contains records of 583 liver patients from North East India (Dheeru and Karra Taniskidou, 2017). The dataset contains eleven variables: a response variable indicating disease status of the patient (416 with disease, 167 without) and ten clinical predictor variables (Age, Gender, Total Bilirubin, Direct Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, Alamine Aminotransferase, Aspartate Aminotransferase, Total Proteins, Albumin, Albumin and Globulin Ratio). The data was divided into 467 training and 116 test records for model building. 

The scope of work for the students was not to improve or optimize the performance of the GBM model but to explain and visualize the method’s intrinsic latent behavior.

The IMSM students decided to break interpretability down into two areas. Global, where the entire dataset is used for interpretation and local, where a subset of the data is used for deriving an interpretive analysis of the model. The details of these methods will be further discussed in two additional blog posts.

Rho is honored to have the opportunity to work with exceptional students and faculty to apply state of the art mathematical and statistical techniques to solve real-world problems and advance our knowledge of human diseases.

You can visit the IMSM Workshop website to learn more about the program, including the problem Rho presented and the students’ solution.


With thanks to the IMSM students Adams Kusi Appiah1, Sharang Chaudhry2, Chi Chen3, Simona Nallon4, Upeksha Perera5, Manisha Singh6, Ruyu Tan7 and advisor Dr. Emily Lei Kang from the University of Cincinnati

1Department of Biostatistics, University of Nebraska Medical Center; 2Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; 3Department of Biostatistics, State University of New York at Buffalo; 4Department of Statistics, California State University, East Bay; 5Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Sam Houston State University; 6Department of Information Science, University of Massachusetts; 7Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Colorado at Boulder

References:
Dheeru, D. and Karra Taniskidou, E. (2017). UCI machine learning repository.

Thoughts from Our CEO: Supporting Schools through Donors Choose

Posted by Brook White on Mon, Dec 07, 2015 @ 09:45 AM
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Laura Helms ReeceRuss HelmsRho co-CEOs Laura Helms Reece, Dr.P.H. and Russ Helms, Ph.D. share the importance of public education to NC businesses.

Rho is our chance to make the world a better place. We do that in big, sweeping ways – healing the sick. We do it in smaller, more personal ways like how we build this business. One way is to make our community better. Rho isn't in a bubble—we are firmly settled right here in the Triangle.

education.jpgWe believe strongly that a strong public education system makes NC's business community stronger. It makes Rho stronger. That's why we've supported the NC Science Fair for several years and it's why we wrote this editorial for the N&O.

The General Assembly hasn’t listened to what we and other business leaders have said. We decided talk is cheap and we're going to put our money where our mouths are. Donors Choose is an organization where teachers advertise unfunded or underfunded projects and ask for donations. In September, Rho funded every science & math project at high poverty schools in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties for a total of $18,500 and 20 projects. Additionally, we gave each employee a $25 Donors Choose gift card to spend on the school or project of their choice for an additional contribution of $9,500 and a total donation of $28,000 for NC public schools.

The thank you notes we’ve received from teachers have touched us. This is one we found particularly moving:

Just today I had a student express to me that he loves coming to my class because he feels "like a real scientist". My response was, of course, to reinforce that he IS a real scientist, and to tell him that his joy in his scientific achievement means the world to me. Thank you for being part of my team! Your donations are the fuel for the learning and growth that happens in my classroom. We accomplish so much more through your generosity.

Public schools face budget shortages each year, shortages that are frequently made up by teachers paying for needed supplies out of their own pockets.  Funding gaps in our schools contribute to the weakening of public education, which creates huge risks to the business climate in North Carolina.  Our donation funded math and science programs such as:

  • Materials for middle school students to create and organize engineering notebooks
  • DynaMath magazine subscriptions and real world math problem solving kits
  • Hands-on science and STEM activities such as building and sustaining a classroom river tank ecosystem
This is just one way we make our community better.  We are challenging other businesses across the state and the country to support students and teachers in the public school education system.

Rho Participates in Innovative Graduate Student Workshop for 5thYear

Posted by Brook White on Tue, Aug 04, 2015 @ 04:21 PM
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For the fifth consecutive summer, Rho participated in the Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students (IMSM) hosted by the National Science Foundation-supported Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). The workshop, a joint program of Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, introduces graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics to real-world challenges arising in industrial and government laboratory research. IMSM students are divided into teams and are given 10 days to collaborate on a solution to a “real world” problem presented by the participating corporate and government research teams.

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2015 IMSM Participants

For the 2015 workshop, Rho was one of five ‘problem’ presenters that included the EPA, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Rho was represented at the workshop by CEO Dr. Russ Helms, Vice President and Senior Research Scientist, Dr. Herman Mitchell, and Senior Statistical Scientist, Agustin Calatroni.  With the assistance of Dr. Emily Lei Kang from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mitchell and Mr. Calatroni worked with math and stat graduate students from various universities around the country on a complex “big data” problem related to microbial exposures in U.S. homes of children with asthma.  The Inner City Asthma Consortium, a national multi-center National Institutes of Health project coordinated by Rho, has been exploring the impact of more than 50,000 specific bacteria found in homes and how this community of bacteria (the “microbiome”) influences a child’s immune system so that it may protect against, or promote, the development of asthma.  The students developed statistical and mathematical models to examine how home characteristics and behaviors determine the microbial exposure mix observed in the families’ homes.

We are proud to continue this annual partnership with IMSM for a fifth year.  This collaboration between exceptional students and faculty is another way we are applying cutting edge mathematical and statistical techniques to solve real world problems and advance our knowledge of human diseases.

You can visit the IMSM Workshop website to learn more about the program, including the problem Rho presented and the students’ solution (our team report begins on page 89).

 

Why NC Public Education Matters: A Business Perspective

Posted by Brook White on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 02:43 PM
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CEO Laura Helms ReeceRussHelmsRho co-CEOs Laura Helms Reece, Dr.P.H. and Russ Helms, Ph.D. share their perspectives on the impact of NC public education on business.

For many years, public education has been a bipartisan priority in North Carolina. Members of both parties saw value in our K-12 public schools, the community college system, and the UNC system. NC public policy has reflected that point of view. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a major change, and, as business leaders, we’re very concerned.

Weakening public education creates two huge risks to our business. We are headquartered in NC and more than 90% of our employees are based here. Our business model requires that we attract, hire, and retain the best and brightest. For years, we’ve been able to rely on local universities (primarily UNC and NC State) to provide them. While we do recruit from out of state, a substantial amount of recruiting needs to happen locally for NC to be a viable headquarters location.

We both attended NC public schools and went on to complete both undergraduate and graduate degrees at UNC. 58% of our employees hold undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, or both from a UNC system school. We understand the quality of the education students at these schools receive, and have taken advantage of this incredible talent pool for the 30 years we’ve been in business. For our next 30 years to be equally successful (and hopefully more so), we need to maintain and grow this talent pool.
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Our second major risk is related to recruiting from outside of NC. While our preference is to hire locally and grow talent internally, many senior positions require recruiting outside our local area. Our competition for talent comes from the northeast (primarily Boston) and California. People considering relocating from those locations want to know they are coming to a progressive place with good schools. Our recent appearances in the national media certainly don’t paint that picture (and rightfully so).

Reasonable tax rates are important, but having the lowest tax rate at the expense of our schools is not. Businesses that need a highly educated workforce and whose success relies on attracting and retaining top talent will go elsewhere. And when they go, the jobs they provide will go with them. The types of jobs we provide are the types of jobs NC needs—high paying with good benefits and lots of stability. We’ve never had lay-offs and don’t plan on it, and we continued to hire throughout the recession.

As business leaders and citizens of this state, we strongly urge our government officials to change course and regain North Carolina’s status as a leader in public education. Support our schools, support our community colleges, and support our universities.

Rho Goes to Summer School: Solving Problems and Improving Life

Posted by Brook White on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 04:07 PM
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For the past four summers, Rho has participated in the Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop (IMSM) hosted by the National Science Foundation-supported Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). The workshop, a joint program of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, exposes graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics to real-world challenges arising in industrial and government research. SAMSI students break out into small teams and spend a week collaborating on projects brought to IMSM by corporate and government research teams.

The 2014 IMSM workshop wrapped up this week. Rho was one of five project presenters, along the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and SAS. Rho was represented at the workshop by Rho’s CEO Dr. Russ Helms, Rho’s Vice President of Federal Operations, Dr. Herman Mitchell, and statistical scientist Agustin Calatroni. Rho partnered with SAMSI researcher, Dr. Sanvesh Srivastava, to present students with the challenge of developing predictive models for allergen exposure and asthma using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2005-2006.

Agustin Calatroni and Herman Mitchell with SAMSI students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agustin Calatroni (far left) and Herman Mitchell (far right) with students from the SAMSI program.

NHANES 2005-2006 was the first study of its kind to compile nationwide data on asthma, allergies, and home allergen exposures. As a result, for the first time in history, researchers have access to a nationally-representative sample of allergen sensitization, asthma, and home environment data. One goal of the IMSM project is to tap into the home environment data to predict exposure to specific allergens which may exacerbate asthma. At present, the only definitive tests for allergen exposure are through direct sampling methods like dust collection. Direct sampling methods are more accurate than self-reports from surveys, but they are also inconvenient (for both families and researchers), expensive, and time consuming. If a reliable predictive model for specific allergen exposures could be developed based on self-reported questionnaire data, it may reduce the need for direct sampling.

The analytical challenge for the IMSM students was twofold. First, the team had to figure out how to manage the massive data set, including how to cope with missing information. Second, the team had to develop statistically and mathematically rigorous algorithms that could accurately predict asthma/exposure from the other information provided in the dataset.

The challenges addressed by the SAMSI team mirror the challenges Rho researchers work on every day – complex data management, applied biostatistics, innovative problem solving. More importantly, the students were given the opportunity to work on a real world problem – expanding our understanding of asthma so we can develop better treatments.

Rho’s values are driven by our core purpose: to improve health, extend life, and enhance quality of life through corporate and research excellence. Participating in events like the IMSM give us a chance to share not only our knowledge, but also our core values with the next generation of researchers, statisticians, and scientists. Our aim is to instill our passion for conducting research, solving problems, and improving health in these future leaders.

To read more about the 2014 IMSM Workshop by click here. To access a detailed report on the 2014 IMSM projects, including the work done by the Rho team, click here.

 

If you are interested in statistical innovation, check out this video featuring Agustin Calatroni discussing graphic visualization of multivariate data.

View "Visualizing Multivariate Data" Video

Reflections on the CEO Sleep Out

Posted by Brook White on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 01:34 PM
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Rho CEO Laura Helms ReeceThe following article comes from Rho CEO Laura Helms Reece who would like to share her thoughts on participating in the recent CEO Sleep Out hosted by the Triangle United Way.

Two weeks ago my friend Josh told me about the CEO Sleep Out: a United Way event designed to raise money for and bring attention to the issue of homelessness in our community. I looked at Josh and laughed. “I don’t camp out for fun! That’s crazy.” The next day, I read about people near Moore Square who were threatened with arrest if they continued to hand out biscuits to the hungry. I realized I hadn’t spent much time lately considering the hungry and the homeless in our area.

Despite North Carolina’s recent economic recovery, over the last decade our state has moved from 26th to 12th in the country in terms of the percentage of people living in poverty. In Durham, twenty-six percent of children go to bed hungry regularly. I’m not forced to look at that very often. I turn my gaze away.

I decided that it was time to look carefully and to see.

Laura at the CEO sleep outLast Thursday, I joined 36 other executives at the CEO Sleep Out in downtown Durham. We had a discussion on shelters, transitional housing, and behavior changes needed to help marginalized people transition into mainstream society. We talked Friday morning about economic inequality and why we’re losing the battle against poverty in North Carolina. The most powerful discussion was a 2 hour panel of young people who spent their teenage years in foster care. I’d never given much thought to what happens when a child is transitioned out of foster care at 18 years of age. One of these poised, articulate, successful young women had been in 20 placements between 8 and 18. How did she ever manage to learn anything at school? I was so impressed by these panelists.

describe the imageThe United Way encouraged the participants in the CEO Sleep Out to raise money from our friends and family to support the most vulnerable members of our community. The fundraiser also allowed the participants to gain “luxury” items to enhance their overnight experience based on the dollar amount of the contributions they garnered. My friends and family raised enough money to provide me with a refrigerator box, a pillow, and a sleeping bag. The box was big enough for me to fit into, and along with the pillow and the sleeping bag, it was surprisingly cozy.

I knew we were safe. We had a security guard keeping watch. I didn’t keep any valuables with me and I was tucked away in my box. Still, sleep was difficult. I was surrounded by other people I really didn’t know. There were strange noises. The stadium lights at the nearby Durham Bulls Athletic Park didn’t get turned off until sometime after 1 in the morning. The occasional post-baseball game drunk continued to wander by until a little after 2. A train roared along the train tracks, complete with safety whistle, next to our sleeping spot at about 2:30. At best, I was able to sleep in one hour stretches. I can’t imagine how someone pulls it together after multiple nights like that. I don’t see how sleeping in your car is any better – it’s more cramped and less comfortable.

The CEO Sleep Out was a powerful experience. Through it I walked a few steps in someone else’s shoes. I turned my gaze back to some of the most vulnerable members of our community and took the time to actually see them. The Sleep Out reminded me how blessed I am. It reignited my commitment to make our community better. I am grateful for the experience and I am thankful to everyone who supported me.

Rho's Annual March of Dimes Activities

Posted by Brook White on Wed, May 22, 2013 @ 03:09 PM
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Rho March of Dimes Team T-shirtOn April 27, a group of Rho employees along with nearly half a million others participated in the March of Dimes, March for Babies fundraising event. This event supports research investigating premature birth — the leading cause of newborn death and a major cause of many lifelong disabilities.   Rho’s founders having a personal history with the March of Dimes.  As a child, co-founder Mary Helms’s family received assistance from the March of Dimes while her father suffered from polio.  It is important as a company to take time out of our daily routines to not only give back on a personal level, but to contribute to Rho’s primary purpose: research.

March of Dimes Walk for BabiesIn 2012, Rho ranked 5th in fundraising out of all the Triangle March for Babies teams. We’re excited to continue the tradition of being a top team as we are well on our way in surpassing our fundraising goal this year.

In addition to the March of Dimes, March for Babies walk, Rho hosts an annual March of Dimes BBQ at our headquarters in Chapel Hill, featuring a delicious BBQ lunch from Smokey’s Shack, raffle prizes and a water balloon toss. This year, employees purchased raffle tickets for what some say were our best prizes yet, including restaurant gift cards, photography packages, a round of golf, massages and vacation packages, just to name a few. This event provides the bulk of our fundraising efforts and allows us to be such strong contributors year after year.

BBQ Lunch FundraiserWe conclude each year’s BBQ with our infamous water balloon toss. Traditionally, a few members of Rho’s Leadership Team volunteer as targets, including co-CEO’s, Russ Helms and Laura Helms Reece. Employees purchase balloons and take aim at their favorite team members, with occasional balloons making their way back towards the crowd of onlookers.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures from this year’s March of Dimes, March for Babies event and BBQ lunch. You can also follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on our summer events.

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Partnerships in Applied Research

Posted by Brook White on Thu, Aug 02, 2012 @ 09:31 AM
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For the second year in a row, Rho participated in the Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop (IMSM) hosted by the National Science Foundation-supported Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI). The workshop, a joint program of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University, is designed to foster collaboration between industrial or government research groups and graduate students in mathematics, engineering, and statistics.

Each year, SAMSI invites 5-6 research organizations and approximately 36 of the top statistics, mathematics, and engineering graduate students from universities across the country to participate in this intensive 10-day program. Faculty members from the various research organizations present the students with challenging real-world problems with the goal of working together to develop innovative solutions.

Rho was one of six organizations, along with MIT Lincoln Labs, Sandia National Laboratories, SAS Institute, Inc., the US Army Core of Engineers, and Lord Corp. to participate as faculty for the 2012 IMSM workshop. (2012 IMSM participants pictured below)

2012 IMSM Participants

Rho was represented at the workshop by Dr. Herman Mitchell, Vice President of Federal Operations at Rho, senior biostatistician Jeremy Wildfire, and statistical scientist Agustin Calatroni, who partnered with Dr. Emily Lei Kang from the University of Cincinnati to work on a project to develop a digital measurement method for assessing allergic reactivity via skin prick testing.


Rho’s project was born out of Dr. Mitchell’s over 20 years of experience conducting clinical trials for the NIH-funded inner city asthma studies. A common research procedure in many trials for asthma and allergies is allergic sensitivity testing, which is most often conducted via skin prick test. In skin prick testing, allergen extracts are applied to a patient’s skin and then a special device is used to “prick” the skin at the site of each extract. After a brief waiting period, patients who are sensitive to an allergen will develop a raised bump where they were pricked, known as a wheal. A positive reaction to a given allergen is determined by measuring the size of the wheal and comparing it to the wheal size of a positive control. (See picture below-Example Skin Test Wheals with a Skin Test Ruler)

allergy skin test

The current practice for calculating wheal sizes is to outline the wheals with pen, transfer wheal outlines to paper, and measure various parameters of the wheal by hand using a special ruler. Unfortunately, wheal measurements are prone to user error and inaccuracy. Wheals are asymmetrical and variably shaped, and measurements must be precise to the nearest millimeter – characteristics which make it challenging to get a reliable measurements and a precise calculation of size.

Rho’s objective for the project was to develop a more reliable and consistent measurement method by using digital imaging technology. Digital imaging of wheal size and area offers promise over current methods because it would eliminate the variability inherent in human measurement and provide a more precise and accurate measurement of size.

By the conclusion of this year’s IMSM, Rho’s team was able to create a proof-of-concept image processing algorithm to calculate the area of wheal outlines. More research, refinement, and validation are needed, but the hope is to build on these initial steps and ultimately improve the way allergen sensitivity tests are conducted in clinical trials as well as routine healthcare settings.

Rho would like to thank SAMSI for inviting us back to participate in the IMSM again this year and the opportunity to work with a tremendous team of talented students and faculty.

To read more about the 2012 IMSM Workshop, click here.  To see a photo gallery from the workshop, click here.

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Rho's Summer Blood Drive

Posted by Brook White on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 @ 09:03 AM
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 blood drive at RhoOn June 19, 2012 we sponsored our third successful blood drive in the last 8 months! The inaugural blood drive in October 2011 was so well received that we expanded the length of the drive from four to five hours. Additionally, with help from Amy Burton from Cassidy Turley, our property manager, we invited employees from other companies in Quadrangle Park to participate.

As a result, registration increased in both the February and June events. In fact, we had over 50 registrants for our most recent blood drive. Staff have commented on the convenience and efficiency offered by Rex Blood Services: online scheduling, registration in Rho’s first floor conference room, and donation in the mobile bus in Rho’s parking lot.

Thanks to all who donated during the blood drives—another confirmation that Rho’s employees help those less fortunate. Given their generous spirit, we anticipate scheduling future blood drives every fall, spring and early summer.

 

 

Rho Employees Help Habitat for Humanity Serve Our Local Community

Posted by Ashley Bitting on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 @ 09:36 AM
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On Saturday, May 19, 2012, a group of Rho employees dedicated part of their weekend to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Volunteers prepared and painted rooms, baseboards, and ceilings for two homes within the Phoenix Place neighborhood in Chapel Hill. Habitat of Orange County has built over 270 homes within the past 26 years, serving as both builder and mortgage lender for local families whose homes are unsound, unsafe, or overcrowded.

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“Habitat for humanity has been one of my favorite programs for many years. As a new homeowner, I know how uplifting and gratifying a new home can be. Having the opportunity to help pass that along to someone else is what makes this program so amazing. Plus, it was hard to pass up some quality manual labor time with some awesome co-workers. The morning shift group was able to help prime the house for painting. We also had the pleasure of working with the actual homeowner in our group, which made the experience even more heartfelt.” – Britt Bishop, (pictured bottom left) Senior Research Associate at Rho.

Britt Bishop Rho EmployeeSam Gillett Rho employee

Sam Gillett, Statistical Research Associate at Rho, (pictured left) shared this about his experience:  “One of the neatest things about Habitat is that the recipients of each house also put a lot of work in during the construction process. While painting alongside the two owners of the house, it was evident how appreciative they both were of a community that comes out to lend a hand and help a neighbor. I participated because Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful program; it has always been my experience that you meet wonderful people when volunteering on a Habitat project. Finally, I participated because I value Rho’s efforts towards community service. I’m proud to know I have likeminded coworkers, in the office and in the community.”

Rho paintingRho strives to provide the best quality work, results, and customer service to our customers as well as across our industry.  Equally as important to us is how we serve our community outside of the office. Through their work with Habitat for Humanity, this group of Rho volunteers exemplified our corporate philosophy of quality, team work, customer service, and commitment to our community.

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