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Gianfranco Zaccai: Taking Innovation to the Next Level

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A native of Istria, Zaccai has always had a knack for changing and improving everything he sees and touches.

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DJ…Doctor… Professor of everything Italian!

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“Dr. Rocco Mesiti is a wonderful example of an Italian American who has a strong commitment to sharing Italian heritage and culture.” As a written by “The Republican Newsroom” for his award recognition. Rocco a recipient of the The Italian Cultural Center of Western Mass, 2013 Serviam Award. However it is his role as Host of Dolce Vita Radio in Springfield, Massachusetts that has garnered him an invitation to the annual San Gennaro Feast in New York City. For the third year in a row Dolce Vita Radio has broadcasted live from New York’s Little Italy. Several guests participated in ...

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Sondra Celli: Fashion Designer with that Special Bling

Sondra Celli in her studio (photo by Mark L. Johnson)

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling” is Sondra Celli’s exclusive approach to fashion industry, and her Swaroski-glittered garments stand to prove just that. Celli’s elegant studio in Waltham is the epicenter of her unique and creative work. Since 2010, Celli’s fancy couture has even been recognized nationally on TLC’s hit “My Big Fat American Gipsy Wedding.” Fashion has certainly been Celli’s world since she was born. In fact, she is the daughter of dress diva Yolanda Cellucci. “My mother was always in fashion so I was raised in this kind of business.” she says. At ...

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Fashion icon Yolanda Cellucci

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It’s been 46 years since dress diva Yolanda Cellucci transformed her dreams into a glittery and glamorous reality. From “rags to riches,” she emerged as a successful businesswoman and recognized queen of fashion. She is simply a living legend. I had the pleasure to meet with Yolanda at her chic apartment near Boston. I felt electrified by her charismatic and cordial personality. She kindly made me feel at home. A very influential personality in the Boston fashion world, Youlanda started out in 1967 by selling wigs, soon afterward opening her eponymous store in Waltham. Yolanda’s bridal boutique grew to include ...

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MITaly Celebrates Italian Women in Science

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The Italian students association at MIT, MITaly, recently organized an event to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Italian women in science and technology.

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Italian Designer Valentina Oppezzo thrills audience at ‘Elements of Design’ Fashion Show

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Five eco-friendly designers, including Italy’s Valentina Oppezzo, presented their own collections at the recent ‘Elements of Design’ fashion show. Presented by VStyle Productions, the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., and the Boston GreenFest, the eco-fashion was held on June 21 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston and featured collections inspired by a different element: air, water, fire and earth. The featured designers were Restored by Design by Martha Jackson as Air, Instilla by Valentina Oppezzo and Maryanne Meservey as Water, Savers Thrift Store and Stylist U-Meleni Mhlaba-Adebo of Urban Thriftologee as Fire and Anderson Designs by Emma Anderson ...

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Boston College’s Amir Hoveyda receives Italy’s Eni Award for Hydrocarbons Research

Boston College Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda

Boston College Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda has received a 2014 Eni Award for New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons from an international panel of preeminent scientists assembled by the Enrico Mattei Foundation of the Italian energy giant Eni SpA. Hoveyda and other leading researchers were honored June 17 at a ceremony in Rome, hosted by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in the official presidential palace, the historic Quirinale. Hoveyda received a gold medal struck at the Italian State Mint and a cash award of $270,000 (US). The Eni Awards recognize leading researchers in the areas of energy and sustainable chemistry, part of ...

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Eco-Friendly Designer Valentina Oppezzo Delivers Groundbreaking Approach to Fashion

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Throughout her travel from Italy to the United States, both as a professional photographer and fashion designer, Valentina Oppezzo never includes animal materials in her work. For Valentina, using all non-animal materials is not just a trend, it is a belief. Having started a career in Italy as a photographer, Valentina decided to carry on her passion for photography by opening a studio in Boston. After a period of time, Valentina decided to close her business due to her beliefs concerning the eco-fashion awareness. “One of the reasons I closed the studio was because I am a vegetarian,” she says. ...

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Mario Motta’s passion is “written in the stars”

Mario Motta

Apparently, Mario Motta has a successful medical career: Not only is he an established practicing cardiologist but he has also been the president of the Massachusetts Medical Association for many years. Yet he does not talk about it much. Actually, asking him about his job can be a somewhat frustrating Q&A, where the A is usually a brief, telegraphic sentence. The same can be said for questions about his family — although his three grown kids also have successful careers of their own — or any other “earthly” subject, for that matter. But when the conversation turns up — meaning ...

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Silk scientist Fiorenzo Omenetto

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Fiorenzo Omenetto works with silk all day (and apparently a lot of nights, too), but he does not make clothes, not even invisible ones, contrary to rumors triggered by a journalistic exaggeration published a couple of years ago and quickly spread around the world. Yet, thanks to a fascination with this natural material — discovered at the dawn of civilization and used by mankind ever since — the scruffily bearded 46-year-old scientist from Varese, Italy, makes just about everything else. In his hands — or, to be exacted, by the state-of-the-art tools and machinery at Tufts University’s brand new 20-scentist-strong ...

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Francesca Gino’s “right choices”

Francesca Gino

Growing up in her native Tione, a small Alpine town in the Italian province of Trento, Francesca Gino dreamed of becoming an engineer. The idea of building houses fascinated her, and she wanted to do it for a living. “But my then-boyfriend was already enrolled in a college engineering course and according to his mother, having two engineers in the same family was not such a good idea, so I signed up for economics,” recalls the bright-eyed, 35-year-old, full-time Harvard Business School professor, slightly embarrassed in telling such a personal tale. “I was ‘sidetracked,'” she concludes. And that’s when I ...

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Federica Del Monte: A doctor with research ‘at heart’

Dr. Federica del Monte

Who would have figured that Alzheimer’s disease and cardiomyopathy might be siblings, and that new therapies for both might be found simultaneously? In fact, nobody knows for sure, but Dr. Federica Del Monte, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School thinks so. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have spent most of her waking life for the past 15 years in the relentless pursuit of a non-surgical cure for dilated cardiomyopathy, a progressive heart disease that unnaturally enlarges the body’s main muscle, eventually causing it to fail. In some cases, the culprits is the plaque that builds up around the heart, often reaching critical ...

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