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The AUSii Series is brought to you by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce in Houston and is designed to be a platform for sharing digital content which brings together innovators from the US and Australia across the medical, energy, government and technology sectors.

AUSii Series: Let's Talk! AACC Texas

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The AUSii Series is brought to you by the Australian American Chamber of Commerce in Houston and is designed to be a platform for sharing digital content which brings together innovators from the US and Australia across the medical, energy, government and technology sectors.

    AUSii Series: Let's Talk Health with Dr. Eric Boerwinkle (UTHealth)

    AUSii Series: Let's Talk Health with Dr. Eric Boerwinkle (UTHealth)

    We are constantly bombarded these days with scientific terms, conflicting information, and a plethora of experts providing information about COVID-19 and our path forward.

    But what does it all mean?
    Our guest speaker Dr. Eric Boerwinkle sits down with Dr. Richard Gibbs to help break down the jargon and share his local experience in Houston, providing hope and insight for how we can all manage our lives going forward.

    Questions covered include:


    Do masks actually help stop the spread?
    What do all of the stats mean, and which ones do we really need to pay attention to?
    How can we best move forward in Houston?
    How does the antibody test work and who needs it?
    What stage are we at with the vaccine?


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    AUSii Series: COVID Antibody testing, plasma therapy and more!

    AUSii Series: COVID Antibody testing, plasma therapy and more!

    Dr. Tony Piedra, Professor and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Baylor College of Medicine discusses his work on the COVID antibody test - how does it work, who should get tested, the differences between COVID testing and antibody testing, and more.


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    • 24 min
    AUSii Series: Corporate Real Estate Disposition Strategies During Recessions

    AUSii Series: Corporate Real Estate Disposition Strategies During Recessions

    Guest speaker Bruce Rutherford from JLL discusses corporate real estate and disposition strategies during recessions.

    Topics covered include:


    Current real estate cycle
    Houston's sublease market
    Comparative numbers between Houston and other US markets
    Predicting the next sublease surge
    Options available for corporations with existing and expiring leases


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    • 56 min
    June Sundowner with Special Guests

    June Sundowner with Special Guests

    Our June Sundowner was once again online due to COVID-19.  We were lucky to have three great speakers over the course of the hour sharing their experience and expertise with us.

    Dr. Tony Piedra 
    Professor and Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, Baylor College of Medicine

    Dr. Piedra discusses his work on the COVID antibody test, and the impact on our community.

    Professor Dietrich von Biedenfeld
    Assistant Professor, University of Houston Downtown, Marilyn Davies College of Business

    Dietrich provided background and insight into his local experiences in Houston, as well as corporate & financial institution response to race relations issues.

    The Honorable Peter McGauran
    Consul General & Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Houston, Australian Consulate

    Mr. McGauran provided an update from the Australian Government on the current US/Australia travel, policies and local considerations.


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    AUSii Series: Leadership in Times of Crisis

    AUSii Series: Leadership in Times of Crisis

    Guest speaker Ed Emmett discusses his local experiences as Former Judge of Harris County and the challenges of leading during times of crisis.

    Topics covered include:


    Setting objectives and priorities during a crisis
    Event simulations - how do they translate into real life situations
    Expenditure and resource prioritization during a crisis
    Learning from our mistakes
    The role of FEMA during a crisis


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    • 45 min
    AUSii Series: Oil & Gas Update and the Impact of COVID-19

    AUSii Series: Oil & Gas Update and the Impact of COVID-19

    Join guest speaker John Hofmeister for our latest Lunch & Learn as he discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the Oil & Gas Industry.

    Topics covered will include:


    Resiliency of the oil industry
    Sustainability of independent oil companies in the US
    The climate imperatives for the oil and gas industry
    Renewable energy and the transition after COVID-19
    Controlling the price of oil - what are the issues?

    GUEST SPEAKER:
    John Hofmeister - Former President, Shell Oil Company; Founder and Chief Executive, Citizens for Affordable Energy


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    • 56 min

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