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Cassandra ‘Cassy’ Richards Davis reports, “We are doing as well as can be. My husband works for Duke University’s Athletic Department and has been home. We marvel at the thought of anything that can shut down athletics nationwide/worldwide. He is spending a lot of quality time with our son, and they are enjoying their dad and son days. For example, almost every morning, they sit on our front porch—Dad with his coffee and Junior with his fruit smoothie. It’s pretty cute.

I am a Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I’m still teaching classes and meeting with my students. My research focuses on the impact of disasters on schooling, so I’ve been a bit busy. In early April, I met with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, spoke to a few leaders about my research as it relates to COVID-19, finished writing two grants, wrote an article, and an Op-Ed. I certainly feel like I’m sprinting this very long marathon, but all for a good cause.”


Each year, Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) recognize 40 outstanding individuals under the age of 40 whose creativity, vision, and passion enrich the Pittsburgh region. Barry Rabkin, Director of Marketing, for Near Earth Autonomy, was recognized as one of the 2019 “40 Under 40” honorees. After studying marketing and psychology at Beloit College, Barry returned to Pittsburgh where he founded, grew, and sold two online startups and has helped to brand many more, including Identified Technologies and Near Earth Autonomy. Rabkin was quoted in Pittsburgh Magazine saying, “All startups are built off a deep understanding of people — what their needs are and what makes them tick — and developing solutions to their problems. Pittsburgh has a pretty rich ecosystem that’s ready to do that.”