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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, BBVA Compass and national television personality and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee invited guests to celebrate the bank’s “51 Ways to #LiveBright in Houston” at the “BBVA Compass Big Game Headquarters” located at 5201 Green Tree Road in Tanglewood. The guest list for the cocktail reception included the people, places, and things affiliated with the “51 Ways” list along with local influencers.

Football festivities have finally arrived in Houston, but other Texas cities felt the big game’s bright spirit recently, complete with charitable donations to local nonprofits. BBVA Compass, as part of its efforts to create excitement around the big game in Houston on Feb. 5, extended the gridiron experience to other Texas markets by hosting current and former professional football players for public autograph sessions at local branches. The BBVA Compass Foundation also donated more than $32,000 to six local nonprofits in six different cities.

The BBVA Foundation has bestowed its Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Biomedicine category on Emmanuelle Charpentier, Jennifer Doudna and Francisco Martínez Mojica, for igniting “the revolution in biology permitted by CRISPR/Cas 9 techniques.” These tools facilitate genome modification with an unprecedented degree of precision and far more cheaply and straightforwardly than any previous method.  Not unlike today’s word processing programs, CRISPR/Cas 9 is able to “cut & paste” several genes at the same time.

Blockchain is paving the way for new ways of business for independent journalists. This is just the beginning of a revolution based on many of the principles of the sharing economy.

This weekend, BBVA Compass celebrated professional football’s biggest event in Houston, Texas and Birmingham, Ala., throwing super-sized celebrations that featured such celebrities as country music artist Jake Owen, NBA legend Robert Horry and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee.

In 1939, composer Steve Reich was a boy taking a train from New York to Los Angeles to visit his divorced parents. Meanwhile, other children in Europe – Jews, just like him – were taking trains to Nazi extermination camps. Fifty years later, the contrast between his childhood memories and the horror of the Holocaust inspired Different Trains. Beatriz Caravaggio offers a video re-creation of the musical piece.

Garbiñe Muguruza in Australian Open

Garbiñe Muguruza is ready for the first Grand Slam of the season. Still recovering from the adductor strain that forced her to retire in Brisbane, the Spaniard will take to the court for the first time in this year’s Australian Open match on early Monday morning to play against New Zealand’s Marina Eracovik. BBVA's brand ambassador has fond memories of the Melbourne courts and feels that she is in a great position to in the first big event of the year.