This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

Many Underserved Students Have Interest in STEM, but Few Are Prepared to Succeed in College STEM Courses

Underserved students are just as interested as other students in STEM subjects and careers, but they are far less likely to be prepared to succeed in them, according to a new report from ACT. Understanding the Underserved Learner—The Condition of STEM 2014 reveals that the greater the number of “underserved” characteristics students have, the lower their level of readiness tends to be.
“Underserved students have the same STEM aspirations as others, so it’s sad to see their achievement levels so far behind,” said Jon Erickson, ACT president. “This research provides an important reminder of why it’s so important to help improve educational outcomes for students who don’t have the same access to quality resources as others.”
Among ACT-tested 2014 high school graduates who are underserved—classified as minority students, low-income students and/or first-generation college students—49 percent had an interest in STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the same interest level as the overall student population. Underserved students make up nearly half (47%) of all STEM-interested graduates.
Underserved students, however, are far less likely than students overall to be ready to succeed in first-year college STEM courses, as measured by the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. For example, just 31 percent of underserved, STEM-interested students met or surpassed the benchmark on the ACT® math test, while only 25 percent achieved the benchmark on the science test. Those figures compare to 43 percent and 37 percent of all 2014 ACT-tested graduates, respectively, as reported in the ACT report The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014.
The new report’s findings suggest that the three characteristics used to define underserved students have a cumulative negative effect on college readiness. Even when students have only one of the characteristics, they show lower readiness rates than STEM-interested students nationwide. When they have two characteristics, however, their readiness rates drop by more than 20 percentage points, and when all three characteristics are present, readiness rates drop by up to 34 percentage points.
“It is clear that underserved students face significant barriers in STEM areas,” said Jim Larimore, ACT chief officer for the advancement of underserved learners. “Minority students from low-income families who have parents who did not attend college have the odds stacked against them. ACT is working to make a difference in the lives of underserved learners by establishing programs and allocating funds to help improve college readiness and access for these students.”
Student interest in STEM is assessed in two ways. Students may have measured interest in STEM areas, shown by their results on the ACT Interest Inventory, and/or they may have expressed interest in STEM fields as shown by their intended choice of a college major or career. Students complete the ACT Interest Inventory when they register to take the ACT test.
ACT research shows that students who meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks are more likely to persist in college and earn a degree than those who don’t. The benchmarks specify the minimum score students must earn on each of the four ACT subject tests to have about a 75 percent chance of earning a grade of C or higher in a typical credit-bearing first-year college course in that subject area.

Valspar Foundation Donates $20,000 to Carnegie Science Center to Support STEM Education

The following is a press releast from PR Newswire
The Valspar Foundation has donated $20,000 to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and career development programs for students. Over the past three years, Valspar has provided a total of $70,000 to the Carnegie Science Center to help introduce students to STEM education and encourage them to pursue careers in related fields.
"Valspar is proud to continue its support of Carnegie Science Center and its mission of educating and exciting young people to become future scientists," said Gary E. Hendrickson, Valspar Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
In 2015, Valspar's donation is helping fund five of Carnegie's high-priority programs and events, which will serve more than 10,000 students:  
  • Engineer the Future: An opportunity for students and the general public to explore activity booths sponsored by various universities, technology companies and professional organizations that demonstrate all fields of engineering.
  • SciTech Days: An event that helps middle and high school students and teachers connect with real-world scientists and engineers from over 40 companies and universities through a wide range of hands-on experiences.
  • Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair: An event where more than 1,100 6th – 12th graders compete for over $1 million in cash and scholarships.
  • ChemFest: An opportunity for students and the general public to explore basic and applied chemistry.
  • Tour Your Future program for girls: A career exploration program that gives girls ages 11-17 an opportunity to meet female professionals who work in diverse STEM careers, from zoologists to accountants, software engineers to surgeons.
"Valspar's generous support helps Carnegie Science Center to engage more than 10,000 middle and high school students each year in STEM programs and competitions," said Linda Ortenzo, director of STEM Programs at Carnegie Science Center. "These experiences inspire students to explore STEM careers by doing exciting, hands-on activities and interacting with STEM professionals. For example, in 2014, Valspar became the presenting sponsor of Tour Your Future, a program designed to increase girls' interest in STEM. With Valspar's support, the program grew by 65%, and it's now serving more than 300 girls."
In addition to the financial contribution, Valspar scientists volunteer at the events to share their knowledge and experiences with students.

STEMconnector and MIND Research Institute to Host Town Hall on Game-Based Learning

Leveraging Game-Based Learning to Increase STEM Engagement
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

STEMconnector®in collaboration with MIND Research Institute, will host a STEM Town Hall on August 25th entitled "Leveraging Game-Based Learning to Increase STEM Engagement." The Town Hall will take place from 2-3:30 pm, and will be hosted via Google+ Hangouts On Air. Further details and a link to the event page are provided upon registration.

For this event, we look beyond the achievement gap and into the "experience gap" where too many students are lacking the rich mathematical experiences that lead to deeper mathematical understanding and greater joy in the learning process. In a STEM-focused world, students of all backgrounds need these experiences to see themselves as capable mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Find out about how a new MathMINDs movement is bringing hands-on mathematical experiences to families and communities, through activities including the National K-12 Game-a-thon and Math Fair.


Game-based learning is now widely used in classrooms to engage students while fostering deeper learning that meets educational goals. See how this power can be multiplied when students build their own math games - taking ownership of their learning experiences, honing their social skills, and using collaborative learning techniques.

Join an authority on game-based learning, a professional game designer, educators and students as they discuss their experiences building their own math games and getting hands-on with learning. We look forward to seeing you on August 25th, and be sure to follow the conversation on Twitter using #MathMINDs.


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Confirmed Speakers (as of July 23rd):


Shannon Duncan

6th Grade Math and Science Teacher
McPherson Magnet School, Orange County, CA


Shannon Duncan is a 6th grade math and science teacher at McPherson Magnet School in California's Orange Unified School District. There, she uses a BOYD (Bring Your Own Device) policy to incorporate academic rigor with game-based learning in fun and engaging ways in her classroom. Previously, as a teacher in Lynwood, California, Shannon led her class of inner-city students to participate in the Lego Mindstorms Robotics program. A U.S. Army veteran, Shannon has a master's degree in multicultural education with an emphasis in critical pedagogy.


Nigel Nisbet

Vice President of Content Creation
MIND Research Institute


Nigel Nisbet is vice president of content creation at MIND Research Institute. Previously, he was a mathematics specialist for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he designed and delivered professional development programs and implemented the transition to Response to Intervention (RTI) programming. Before that, Nigel taught high school mathematics, Advanced Placement (AP) Physics, and AP Computer Science, where he integrated technology into the classroom and utilized project-based learning to engage students' critical thinking skills. Nigel received his bachelor's degree in mathematics at Queen Mary University of London and his master's degree in educational administration at California State University, Northridge.


Greg Toppo

National K-12 Education Reporter
USA Today
Greg Toppo is USA Today's national K-12 education reporter. His new book, The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter, was published in 2015 by Palgrave/MacMillan. He was a 2010 Spencer Fellow at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and in 2011 he co-led the team that investigated cheating in the nation's public schools, most prominently in Washington, D.C. A graduate of St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Greg taught in both public and private schools for eight years before moving into journalism.
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Summer Time is STEM Time with the STEM Activity App!

The following is a guest blog from Emma Turi.  The blog originally appeared on The Wheelock Blog
Before this summer, I was not at all familiar with the term STEM, or its relationship to every child’s education both inside and outside of the classroom.  More importantly, I did not fully realize the level which parent engagement is essential to children’s learning success. Not only does parent engagement support academic gains, increase motivation, and reduce behavioral issues, it also excites children about learning and a future in STEM careers.  I know that my love of reading and writing grew from my parents’ love of both of those things.
So how can we help families excite their children about learning, and especially STEM?  This is the question the STEM Activity App was designed to answer.  The STEM Activity App is a free, open-source tool created by the Wheelock College Aspire Institute (“Aspire”) three years ago that provides families and teachers with the resources they need to help integrate STEM education into their everyday lives. This summer Aspire launched a 6 week program which started on July 8th.  Every week we release two wonderful activities.  Since re-launching the project, more than 200 new users have signed up for the App, giving us almost 3000 users.  Users span all grade levels and all 50 states, and 12 countries. Our twitter following and emails have spiked as well.  The feedback has been overwhelming:  the STEM Activity App is being put to good use and in demand!
So join the fun this summer!   Sign up for the STEM Activity App, support your child’s STEM interest and knowledge, and learn a little more about yourself!  You can sign up at  Please pass this information and free resource along to people in your community; friends, family, and neighbors.  We are also holding a Photo Contest – if you enter your photos on Instagram or Twitter with #FightTheSlide you will be put into a raffle to win a Genius Box! A Genius Box is a fabulous STEM learning resource that sends STEM Activities right to your door!

Honeywell Engineer Elizabeth Bierman inducted into Space Camp Hall of Fame

This is a press release from U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC)
PHOENIX, July 27, 2015 (PRNewswire) | The U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) has inducted Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) senior project engineer Elizabeth Bierman as a member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. Bierman was recognized for her lifelong passion and professional success in engineering and aerospace, and joins three other exceptional individuals as a member of the 2015 class.
"I attended Space Camp when I was 12 years old, and my experiences there inspired my passion for aerospace and solidified my decision to go into engineering," Bierman said. "Now, as an engineer, it is amazing to be recognized for my achievements by an organization that inspires and educates young people. I am honored to join the other accomplished alumni as part of the 2015 class of the Space Camp Hall of Fame."
About Elizabeth Bierman
Bierman joined Honeywell in 2003 and currently leads project management for engineering programs across its Aerospace strategic business group. Bierman also helped pioneer the Women in Honeywell Engineering Network to encourage women in engineering at Honeywell to share technical knowledge, build mentoring and networking opportunities, and foster leadership development.
In 2014, Bierman was recognized with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Award, which honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership within the manufacturing industry.
She also has been active in supporting the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in various leadership roles since 1994 and has served as its president since 2014. Bierman leads SWE on its mission to encourage women to achieve their career potential as engineers and leaders, expand the perception of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
About Space Camp
Based in Huntsville, Alabama, the USSRC's Space Camp Hall of Fame includes graduates and former employees who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers, and made considerable contributions of personal time, effort or resources to further the camp's goals. Space Camp was launched in 1982 to inspire and motivate young people from around the country to join the ranks of space pioneers who persevere to push the boundaries of human exploration.
Honeywell and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
In 2004, Honeywell partnered with USSRC to develop Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy, a life-changing experience that inspires teachers to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and careers. Since its inception, Honeywell has awarded scholarships to 2,381 teachers from 55 countries and 52 U.S. states and territories impacting over 2 million students. In 2010, Honeywell again partnered with the USSRC to develop the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy to promote STEM education and build leadership skills in children of Honeywell employees. Since the program began, scholarships have been awarded to 630 high school students from 47 countries and 36 states.
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Governor Terry McAuliffe serving as the First Governor to be the Honorary Chair for Million Women Mentors® for Virginia

MWM – VA Secures the Governor to serve as honorary chair to support Virginia’s efforts toward reaching their pledge goal. He is the first Governor to serve as an Honorary Chair for MWM. 

WASHINGTON D.C. – July 23, 2015 | Today, Virginia announced that Governor Terry McAuliffe will be the First Governor to be the Honorary Chair for the Million Women Mentors® (MWM) effort in Virginia! Governor Terry McAuliffe’s support will be instrumental in growing the movement to reach the 3000 pledges for the state. The leadership team for MWM –VA is currently focusing on growing the higher education sector for the MWM Effort, which makes Governor McAuliffe a perfect fit. Education is at the heart of Governor McAuliffe’s policies, and he recognizes the importance of STEM as a focus within education systems. The Governor advocates for non-traditional education methods to ensure students are ready for the workforce. Million Women Mentors is connecting students to industry through mentorship opportunities. 
“In order to build a new Virginia economy, we need to equip our students with the skills they need to fill the jobs of today and create the jobs of tomorrow," said Governor McAuliffe. "Providing girls and women with mentors through the Million Women Mentors movement will support getting more women into these high demand STEM positions.  I am proud to be the first governor to serve as the Honorary Chair for the Million Women Mentors effort in our state.”
The MWM – VA Leadership Team is excited to begin working with the Governor, whose role as the Honorary Chair is to advocate for MWM inclusion in the conversation for education in STEM as well as keeping girls and women as a focus in STEM fields.
To learn more on how you can participate in your state’s efforts please register at the website A full update on the efforts of Virginia and the other 30 states, which have joined the MWM initiative, will be released this September.  
About Million Women Mentors
Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 58 national partners and 30 corporate sponsors (as of July 2014) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit
About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit

Meet the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM!

Today at the STEMconnector STEM Council meeting in Washington, D.C., we release the cover photo for the next publication in our 100 Leaders in STEM series title 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM. The publication is produced by Cisco, Deloitte, Tata Consultancy Services, the CIO Executive Council, and STEMconnector. For updates on the publication, follow #100STEMLeaders on social media!


Axalta Hosts Award-Winning Students from Mexico for U.S. Internship at its Michigan Coating Manufacturing Plant

This is a press release from Axalta

July 20, 2015 – GLEN MILLS, Pa. (BUSINESS WIRE) | Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is hosting a kick-off event to welcome two interns from University of Superior Technology Studies of Chimalhuacan in Mexico to its Research and Development Center at its Mt. Clemens, Michigan coating manufacturing plant.

The students, Victor Arellanes and Juan Carlos Zarate, are winners of the Axalta Mexico Science Award. They participated in the 2014 Science and Engineering Fair, sponsored by the State of Mexico’s Science and Technology Council of Mexico (COMECyT) and won for their project titled, Recycled PET-based Pavement. They are the first winners to receive this inaugural award from Axalta that includes a summer internship. Arellanes and Zarate will work alongside Axalta researchers in Michigan and take part in the investigation of rheological agents that interact with automotive coatings. The third student who was on this winning team, Jorge Ivan Lobato, will intern at Axalta’s Research and Development Center in Tlalnepantla, Mexico.
“Axalta is an avid supporter of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM),” said Karin Becker, Axalta Waterborne Research Supervisor. “It is our pleasure to provide students with hands-on experience in a manufacturing setting. We are happy to host the two winners of the Axalta Mexico Science Award.”
“We are very excited about the internships at Axalta’s Michigan and Tlalnepantla Research and Development Centers. They offer us the opportunity to work with scientists and different machines and equipment that we would not have access to otherwise,” said Arellanes. “We thank Axalta and COMECyT for giving us this opportunity, and especially for their support in encouraging and recognizing the talent that exists in Mexico.”
Axalta promotes and supports initiatives designed to assist and endorse science and technology. Axalta established the Axalta Mexico Science Award to support students participating in the 2014 State of Mexico’s Science and Engineering Fair and help develop the future STEM leaders of tomorrow. We are pleased to offer this important cultural knowledge exchange.
About Science and Technology Council of Mexico (COMECyT)
The COMECyT is a government institution of the State of Mexico that promotes and encourages the development and training of students and it organized the 2014 State of Mexico’s Science and Engineering Fair. For more information visit and follow it @comecyt on Twitter and
About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit and follow us @axalta on Twitter.

Alabama Pledges 3,000 Mentors to Million Women Mentors®

State efforts announced to Advance Girls and Women in STEM

Washington, D.C. – July 20, 2015 | This week, Million Women Mentors, in partnership with 2 new states is proud to announce 8,000 new commitments to mentor a girl or young woman in STEM skills. The national goal of the movement is to garner one million mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) professions in four years, to collectively increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women in these academic areas. Alabama is joining over 30 states by pledging 3,000 mentors.
Companies and organizations like BP, Tata Consultancy Services, PepsiCo, Apollo Education Group, are also committing to mentor girls and young women in STEM fields. By taking the pledge at, these states, organizations and corporations are committing to mentoring a young woman for a minimum of 20 hours through one of the five suggested mentor pathways. For more information, please visit our website. 
“Women are game-changers. We have forged the paths of social and political equity. The Million Women Mentors movement seeks STEM professionals across the country to help forge the future of human kind. Mentoring, in homes, in school and in the workplace, is a commitment to inclusion. As a mentor, you model the spirit of courage needed to tackle the critical challenges facing our nation and our world. We must encourage young women at every level to pursue careers that require intelligence, creativity and determination. We need everyone’s talents and abilities, and young women need our special and focused encouragement. Now it is time to ascend to the forefront of history-making careers, " said Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO and Executive Director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and MWM- AL Honorary Chair.
Alabama is well on its way to creating a strong state steering committee, securing Dr. Deborah Barnhart of the U.S Space & Rocket Center to serve as their Honorary Chair. Dr. Barnhart has the connections and the passion to help make the movement a great success for Alabama. Brenda Terry, who is the Executive Director for the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition for Education, is leading MWM - AL effort. 
“As a state, the market for people with strong STEM skills is strong and will only grow stronger as the economy continues to gain momentum. In Alabama, as in the nation as a whole, those in STEM occupations have enjoyed much lower unemployment. But, as a state there are more STEM related jobs available than qualified applicants. As a nation women are underrepresented in STEM fields with 48 percent of the workforce in all fields women, but only 23 percent of workers in STEM fields women.  As Executive Director of the Alabama Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Engineering Coalition (AMSTEC), I look forward to working with state partners identify mentors, provide opportunities and experiences to better introduce the future workforce generation of women to the STEM career possibilities," said Brenda Terry, MWM- AL State Chair and Executive Director of AMSTEC.
To get connected to efforts in the state please visit and register as a mentor or interested organization.
About Million Women Mentors
Launched on January 8th, 2014, MWM is the collective action of over 54 national partners and 22 corporate sponsors (as of July 2014) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. For more information on MWM, please visit
About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Our work spans the entire pipeline (Kindergarten to Jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit

AGree Report Provides Critical Insights into Food and Agriculture Education

Today, AGree: Transforming Food & Ag Policy released a report entitled Food and Agricultural Education in the United States, that is the most comprehensive summary to date of the current state of play in K-12 food and ag education, its evolution, and ideas that could help to focus and modernize instruction. This groundbreaking report offers a comprehensive overview of the educational infrastructure in this key area.  We applaud AGree for their efforts to take stock of this complex landscape.  It is a critical step in our vision of engaging and inspiring the next generation to pursue the goal of sustainably nourishing the world’s growing population.
STEMconnector® launched the STEM Food and Ag Council at the World Food Prize in October 2013.  Our coalition of industry, higher education, professional societies, government and youth-serving organizations has taken an “all hands on deck” approach to meeting this challenge.  In October 2014, we released the first Annual Report of the STEM Food & Ag Council which identified a growing gap between the supply of new graduates trained in agriculture-related STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields and the demand for young professionals in related roles by global food and agriculture employers.  Our mission is to inspire and excite the next generation to pursue these career pathways. This report helps us greatly by expanding public knowledge of the assets and potential challenges that we face in this quest.
The AGree report makes a number of important points:
  • We need to continue to expand educational offerings beyond production agriculture to include food and nutrition, natural resources, information technology, data science, food safety, plant genomics – the list of critical and related disciplines is long. 
  • In order to attract students to these disciplines, we need to start young and improve agriculture literacy across the board. K-12 students need to learn where their food comes from, the critical role that science plays, and the great food and ag-related careers that await them with proper training.
  • We need to make the case that food and agriculture are STEM disciplines. As the report notes, “By incorporating more agricultural science across a variety of STEM fields, there will be new ways to touch students in every classroom across the country.” 
  • There are significant resources being dedicated to K-12 food and agriculture education and collectively, we should do a better job of monitoring and evaluating our efforts. The AGree report suggests that USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Survey should assess agricultural literacy and recommends that the National Academies review national progress.
These are worthy ideas and remind us, stakeholders in food and agriculture education, that we should consider how we can collaborate to inspire, engage and prepare our future workforce for food and agriculture careers. Many jobs of the future do not exist today but we do know that STEM skills are increasingly prevalent in all industries – particularly food and agriculture. We know the jobs will be there – the question is whether we will have candidates with the requisite skills to ensure a safe, affordable, nutritious, and environmentally sustainable food supply for generations to come.


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