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.

USDA's "Open Data" Summer Camp - Applications Now Being Accepted!

Applications are now being accepted for the USDA's "Open Data" Summer Camp! Open to middle and high school students, the camps will: 

help leaders of tomorrow learn more about the kinds of choices and insights that can be made and developed through careful work with data (in this case, data sets supplied by the USDA itself), build familiarity with a variety of tools and techniques important to data science, and get hands-on experience in working effectively together with peers in small teams on a project involving data management, analysis, visualization, and presentation."

The camps are administered completely free of charge in conjunction with the Patriots Technology Training Center, and are held at the USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC!

There are two two-week programs for students based in DC:

  • July 6 through July 17 - Middle school students, ages 12-14 years old
  • July 20 through July 31 - High school students, ages 15-17 years old

If you are a student, or you are the parent of a student in the DC area, click here for more information and click here to apply. Applications must be submitted by May 22, 2015.

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Apollo Education Group, University of Phoenix and EMC to Address IT Talent Shortage in Data Storage Industry

This is a press release from EMC, University of Phoenix, and Apollo Education Group

Collaboration to result in new University certificate program for aspiring professionals, focus on veterans

May 4, 2015 – Phoenix, AZ – (BUSINESS WIRE) | EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), and University of Phoenix are teaming up to develop a pipeline of talent from the armed services to address one of the most significant challenges in the information technology industry – a lack of professionals trained in data storage concepts and related technologies. As global data usage continues to grow exponentially for both personal and professional use, infrastructure and talent must be prepared to meet storage demands.

With 61 percent of employers valuing certifications during the hiring process, second only to on-the-job training1, Apollo Education Group’s subsidiary University of Phoenix and EMC are developing a certificate program in information storage management through the University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology and the EMC Academic Alliance program. Designed for military men and women transitioning to the civilian workforce, the Information Storage Management Path certificate will build on skills acquired in the military and position the veterans to pursue new opportunities with EMC, companies that employ EMC storage technologies as well as other organizations in the IT industry, protecting data critical to people and business.

“In the business world, data is everything, and protecting that data is critical,” said Tom Murray, senior vice president and chief talent officer for EMC. “With 70,000 employees worldwide, EMC looks for new hires who are able to join the company with the education and skillset to understand the challenges facing the IT industry. By working with Apollo Education Group and University of Phoenix, we can ensure there is a pipeline of potential employees, not only for EMC, our customers and partners, but for the larger IT industry, while also helping to generate career opportunities for military veterans interested in technology.”
 
“Apollo Education Group is committed to working with employers like EMC to develop tailored academic and training opportunities that address specific employment needs,” said Mitch Bowling, chief operating officer, Apollo Education Group. “This initiative demonstrates the ability of industry and higher education to come together and develop programs that provide job seekers with the credentials they need to be successful. We believe that strong partnerships and continuous feedback between employers and educators are the best ways to meet the country’s demand for skilled professionals.”
 
“University of Phoenix and EMC have a shared commitment to career-relevant education that prepares students to succeed in this fast-paced and innovative sector of the economy,” said Dennis Bonilla, executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology. “We are dedicated to giving back to our country’s military service members, their families and veterans, and believe that skills learned during military service can uniquely position veterans to contribute to the information technology sector of the civilian workforce.”
 
In 2014, the EMC Digital Universe study, with research and analysis from IDC, found that from 2013 to 2020, the digital universe will grow by a factor of 10 – from 4.4 trillion gigabytes to 44 trillion, more than doubling every two years. To keep pace, the technology industry will continue to be among the fastest growing industries, with job openings outpacing job candidates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information technology jobs are expected to grow by 22 percent through 2020.2
 
This initiative will be among the topics addressed at the EMC World conference May 4-7 in Las Vegas.
 
About EMC
EMC Corporation is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at www.EMC.com.
 
In 2011, EMC became a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a coalition of eleven companies committed to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. Since then, the coalition has grown to more than 190 companies that represent almost every industry in the American economy. Together, the 100,000 Jobs Mission companies have hired 217,344 veterans, more than double the original goal. Building on this momentum, the mission has raised its goal to hire 300,000 U.S. military veterans.
 
About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.
 
About Apollo Education Group, Inc.
Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world’s largest private education providers, serving students since 1973. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers undergraduate, graduate, professional development and other nondegree educational programs and services, online and on-campus principally to working learners. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit the Company’s website at www.apollo.edu.
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Top 5 Reasons Why Black Families Should Learn More About STEM

This is a guest blog post from Arva Rice, President & CEO of New York Urban League

I have a confession to make – while I enjoyed geometry in high school – I never considered myself a science or math person. Social studies and political science were my steady diet in high school and college. I did not connect the increased use of technology to a field that was revolutionizing how we live, work and play. It was not until I started to see how my nieces were learning in ways I could have never imagined that I began to pay attention to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
Professionally, I started to hear more about the dearth of African-American and Latinos in STEM fields. The need to fill the jobs that would be created in the future and the transformative power of educating children to be creative, collaborative problem solvers – these things were linked. Could it be that there were other smart and committed people like myself who did not know about the power and promise of STEM? Could we do more to make sure the next generation does not label and limit themselves the way I did? Could we encourage our children to explore careers that we have yet to be created? I say we can – and we should. So, here are some tips to get started.
  1. STEM has already revolutionized how we live – from our smart phones, to real-time traffic updates to being able to DVR our favorite shows so we can watch them at a later date. STEM is not a mysterious field that should be left to the engineers and tech geeks among us.  There are STEM solutions everywhere, and local youth need to start creating some of those solutions. 
  2. STEM is where the jobs are. There was a time when even the most talented amongst us was kept from jobs where we could excel. While we still face glass ceilings and sticky floors, we must do all we can make sure the next generation is equipped to be active in the information economy. By 2020 more than one million new STEM jobs are expected to be added to the U.S. workforce, representing nearly 17 percent of new jobs. We want to ensure that ALL students have the proper access and equal preparation to obtain STEM degrees.
  3. Speak to any corporate leader in science, technology, energy or even healthcare and they will let you know that the STEM pipeline is leaky. We do not have enough young people focused on math and science at the K-12 levels in order for them to succeed in these fields during college, let alone compete for the apprenticeships and internships that land them in positions in some of the world’s most cutting edge companies. STEM fields are looking for talent and we need to unlock that talent in our local neighborhoods and communities.  
  4. We are leading users of technology – it is time we create it. According to a January 2014 study by the Pew Research Center, African Americans have exhibited relatively high levels of Twitter use since the service was tracked as a stand-alone platform. In fact, 22 percent of online blacks are Twitter users, compared with 16 percent of online whites. If we have the ability to use technology to entertain we should also be using it to create as coders, programmers and software developers. 
  5. Our children want to change the world. The young people in our lives – children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and foster kids want to find a cure for cancer, provide clean water and rid the world of AIDS and Ebola. Too often cast as the problem, they really do want to be part of the solution. STEM provides the tools to unlock the creativity and passion of the next generation.
The path to STEM success is rooted in conquering fear and addressing the lack of rigorous math and science education in the K-12 years. Parents and caregivers need to encourage the young people in their lives to explore areas that are unfamiliar, take challenging coursework, and venture beyond the familiar. I challenge you to take an hour with a young person and identify the STEM solutions in their everyday lives.  Explore how one of their interests has been changed, enhanced or revolutionized by technology. Once their interest has been piqued, a simple Google search will reveal websites with age appropriate ideas for STEM exploration including resources such as www.mastersindatascience.org, www.code.org and www.howstuffworks.com. There are summer camps and local groups and chapters of national programs like Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code and FIRST in almost every neighborhood.
 
Reach out and get the support you need to mentor and guide a young person toward a STEM career path, especially as summer comes around. Once the young people in your life realize STEM is about doing things better and faster and with more swag, they will become converts too.
 
Arva Rice is President and CEO of New York Urban League. The New York Urban League’s “Parents’ Guide to STEM,” released in collaboration with U.S. News & World Reports, The New York Daily News, the City University of New York, the New York City Department of Education, and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, is a resource aimed at helping help parents and caregivers learn more about STEM education and career opportunities. The guide is free to the public and bulk orders can be placed online at www.nyul.org
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Join our Internet of Things (IoT) Town Hall on May 20th!

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The Internet connects virtually everything. Over the last decade, however, Internet connectivity has migrated to "things" in addition to computers. From cars and mobile devices to thermostats and lawn mowers to power plants and stoplights, every aspect of the world around us is connected. This phenomenon, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have implications for our future workforce.

This Virtual Town Hall will shed light on how industry is implementing this innovation into their business models and the implications for their workforce. The program will provide an overview of national trends followed by industry viewpoints. Viewers can watch live on YouTube and engage in a live dialogue on Google+ or on Twitter with the hashtag #STEMIoT.
 
Featured Speakers include:
More to be announced!

 

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Call for Entries in the 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology

This is a press release from The Siemens Foundation & Discovery Education

Registration Opens for Premier Research Competition, Chance to Win College Scholarships of up to $100,000
Regional competition rounds will be conducted virtually for the first-time ever. 
 
ISELIN, N.J., May 1, 2015 | Registration has opened for The 2015 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students. Registration and submission instructions are now available online at https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com
 
The deadline for receipt of entries is Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
 
The Siemens Competition, established in 1999, is a signature program of the Siemens Foundation, administered by Discovery Education. Each year, the program invites high school students nationwide to submit original research projects in math, science and technology for the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000. Students can compete as individuals or as members of a team.  
 
This year, the regional competition rounds will be held on-line, in a secure virtual environment.  Participants will present their projects via a secure cloud-based technology platform to a panel of judges who will be assembled at regional hosting universities in November.  
 
“We’re excited about our ability to take advantage of today’s technologies to improve accessibility and convenience for our participants at the regional level,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. 
 
The regional judging will take place at six leading research universities across the country: California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin. 
 
Winners of these Regional Finals will be invited to present their research in-person to nationally renowned scientists and mathematicians at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in December at The George Washington University.     
 
"The Siemens Competition continues to showcase the extraordinary potential of today’s youth," explained Etzwiler. "The STEM research that comes out of this competition is a great reminder of America’s continuing ability to innovate,” he continued, “what these kids are developing today is mind blowing – not only in difficulty and complexity, but in its ability to affect change and improve lives.”
 
Last year’s Grand Prize individual winner developed a new theoretical approach that will improve program obstacle avoidance for drones and self-driving cars. The winning team created a computer model that simulates how a tree will grow in varying conditions which will help optimize resource investments of tree plantations – an important factor in mitigating climate change -- and improve current practices in harvesting timber and growing tree-based foods. The previous year, winning teams identified potent influenza virus inhibitors, which could be used to protect against future influenza outbreaks, and characterized a gene that confers protective resistance to ozone pollution, to protect crops against damage. Video, photos and bios of the 2014 finalists are available at: http://inr.synapticdigital.com/siemens/2014competition/.
 
The Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $85 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation mission is inspired by a culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies.  For further information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.
 
Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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Foster Introduces Amendment To Increase Funding For Scientific R&D

This is a press release from the Office of Congressman Bill Foster

April 30, 2015 — Washington, DC | Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) introduced an amendment to increase funding for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The office provides funding for our national labs and supports a wide range of scientific research and development.
 
Foster’s amendment would increase funding for the Office of Science by almost $240 million, bringing total funding up to meet the President’s request. 
 
Video of Foster speaking about the amendment is available here (and embedded below).
 
Text of Foster’s remarks is below:
 
Madame Chairman – I rise today to offer an amendment to address an imbalance in our efforts to promote the long-term economic and national security interests of the United States.
 
This appropriations bill would underfund the Office of Science by almost $240 million below the President’s request for the next fiscal year. 
 
My amendment would correct this, by bringing the Office of Science account up to the President’s request level. 
 
Investments in the DOE Office of Science and it’s laboratories have supported American innovation and discovery science at the forefront of the physical sciences and engineering. 
 
It’s impossible and unwise to ignore the value of our national labs.  They have helped answer fundamental questions on how the universe works, supported breakthroughs in fields as diverse as medicine and astronomy, and developments in industry that drive our economy.
 
Investments in our labs have led to the construction of accelerators and detectors that enable our scientists to discover new particles - including quarks and the Higgs Boson - to help explain the nature of the universe in matter, energy, space and time.
 
Physicists have used their fundamental research to develop new technologies, including the PET scan, which is used every day to treat patients diagnosed with cancerous tumors.
 
The Office of Science has also supported the training of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers for more than 60 years.
 
We need to maintain a competitive advantage now more than ever.
 
While the US is reducing investments in federal R&D, Europe and Asia have been increasing investments.
 
In 1968, we spent 9.1 percent of the budget on research and development, and today we are spending only 3.6 percent.
 
If this trend continues, it won’t be long before China’s investments in R&D will far outpace our own.
 
The Office of Science is not only an important investment in our future; it’s a valuable investment in our economy.  
 
Our national labs, and the major user facilities housed at those labs, are some of the greatest tools we have to offer  researchers and industry.
 
They are also important contributors to the local economy, the economic impact of Argonne and Fermilab in Illinois is estimated to be more than $1.3 billion annually.
 
Those who seek to underfund and eliminate federal programs often say that the private sector can do it better. But when it comes to fundamental scientific research, that simply is not an option. 
 
The Office of Science is responsible for building and maintaining research facilities which many private companies rely on, but are far too big for any single business or university to develop.
 
These user facilities, such as the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, are a critical research tool to academics and industry alike. For example, Eli Lilly conducts nearly half of the research in their drug discovery portfolio at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne.  But the funding levels in this bill will threaten the Advanced Photon Source and other critical projects. 
 
At a time of ongoing economic stress, we must continue to develop the next generation of the American technical workforce.  As other world powers are growing, and challenging our position as the global leader in science and innovation, we cannot let the number of American scientists and researchers, or the quality of their research facilities, diminish. 
 
Bringing the office of science budget up to the President’s request is crucial to maintaining that quality.
 
I would also like to briefly discuss the offset, which is the NNSA’s Weapons Activities Account.
 
It is important for us to recognize that we need to strike the right balance between defending our country today and investing in scientific research for the future.
 
I would argue that maintaining an advantage as the global leader in science and technology makes us much more secure than amassing and maintaining excessive numbers of nuclear weapons.
 
Madame Speaker, I rise today because we must continue to invest in American innovation and fully fund the research and development conducted through the DOE Office of Science.
 
But I understand that the majority party has the power to block that funding and that there will be a point of order pending against this amendment.
 
So with that, I ask for unanimous consent to withdraw my amendment.
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Patricia Arquette, Multiple Award Winning Actor And Humanitarian, To Lead A Stellar Line Up Of Speakers At 21st Annual Women In Technology Summit

This is a press release from WITI

Santa Clara, CA, April 21, 2015 | WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading global business organization for women in technology with more than 150,000 members worldwide, announced today its keynote speakers and session topics for its 21st Annual Summit. The Summit will focus on IoT (Internet of Things), Big Data, Leadership, Cloud, Community Brand Building and how women in technology are enhancing our lives and world by bringing the “Internet to Life”. WITI is still taking reservations for the Summit that will be held May 31-June 2, 2015 at the Doubletree by Hilton San Jose. For more information visit http://www.witi.com/summit.
 
WITI is pleased to announce that Patricia Arquette continues her quest to share her thoughts on equality for women by kicking off the event from 5:00 – 5:45 on May 31. Arquette, who recently won an Oscar© for best actress for her work in the movie Boyhood, continues to make headlines about her passionate acceptance speech about equal rights for women. Arquette currently plays the leading role in the television series CSI:Cyber where she plays a Cyber psychologist who tracks and solves online illegal activity. WITI believes that Arquette’s passion for women’s equality and her other causes will help inspire ALL women worldwide to believe that they are unique and need to believe in themselves, their purpose, and the value they bring to others.   
 
“WITI supports women worldwide in technology more than ever as they continue to leave tech in droves while facing challenges such as equal pay, recognition for their work, and promotions at executive levels,” explains Carolyn Leighton, WITI founder and chairwoman. We are excited to have such a diverse and acclaimed group of speakers who will share how they are not only “talking the talk” but are also “walking the walk” to overcome the obstacles and challenges they have and continue to face in their careers.”   
 
The Annual Summit continues to bring together a diverse group of speakers, sponsors, partners, and attendees who want to empower, inspire, and build communities of professional, women in technology.  WITI's mission is to help women and men understand that advancing women is good for business, help women replace their anger and frustration with strategy, and replace competition with collaboration.
 
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
 
Patricia Arquette, Actor, Humanitarian, Co-Founder of GiveLove
“Emboldening Women To Believe They Have A Purpose”
 
Linda Bernardi, Chief Innovation Officer, Cloud And IoT, IBM
“Disruption, Innovation, IoT, and Women: Disrupt to Succeed!”
 
Tiffani Bova, Vice President And Distinguished Analyst, Gartner
“Reimagine IT: The Digital Dragon is Upon Us!”
 
Sandy Carter, General Manager/Cloud Ecosystem & Developers, And Social Business Evangelist, IBM
“Geek Girls are Chic: Five Career Hacks”
 
Wendy Wallbridge, President / Executive Coach, On Your Mark
“Spiraling Up for the WITI Summit!” 
 
SESSION TOPICS
  • Executive speaking
  • Personal branding
  • The importance of workforce diversity
  • Making the Internet of everything real
  • Designing positive customer outcomes
  • How Millennials are shaping the future
  • Creating a purpose-driven career
  • Effectively connecting with your community
  • How serious games are changing the world
  • Wearable technologies and how they are changing the world
  • Healthcare IT
  • Running a successful start-up
  • Managing winning teams
Speakers and topics are subject to change.  For the latest information on the agenda and speakers, visit http://www.witi.com/summit.
 
HOW TO REGISTER
 
To register for WITI's 2015 Annual Summit, please visit www.witi.com/summit.  Registration is open through the entire event.  
 
ABOUT WITI
WITI, founded in 1989 by Carolyn Leighton, is the world's leading trade association for professional, tech-savvy women committed to using technology, resources and connections to advance women worldwide. With a global network of exceptionally successful women leaders, WITI has established powerful strategic alliances and programs to provide resources, and opportunities within a supportive environment of women committed to helping each other succeed. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. For more information please visit http://witi.com.
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Micron Foundation Sponsors Tinker Shop at Children's Science Center Lab

This is a press release from Children's Science Center

April 22, 2015 (Northern Virginia) | The Micron Foundation today presented a $75,000 sponsorship for the Tinker Shop at the Children’s Science Center Lab located in the Fair Oaks Mall.
 
The Tinker Shop area is designed to inspire future makers and engineers by providing opportunities to make, create, build, test, deconstruct, and rebuild. Sample activities include exploring circuitry and robotics, taking apart electronics, creating simple and chain reaction machines, and building and testing objects and aerodynamics.
 
“Micron is proud to sponsor the Tinker Shop to inspire creativity and engineering skills needed for the workforce in Northern Virginia and beyond,” commented Dee Mooney, Executive Director of the Micron Foundation. “Programs and places like this inspire the type of innovation happening every day at our Manassas facility and other manufacturing locations around the world.”
 
Opening this summer, the 5,400 sq. ft. Lab at Fair Oaks Mall will be the region’s first interactive museum where families and school groups can explore STEM concepts through hands-on activities. The site’s programming areas include: Inspiration Hub, Tinker Shop, Experiment Bar, Discovery Zone and a multipurpose space nicknamed the Garage.
 
“The Children’s Science Center is thrilled to deepen our relationship with Micron as we open our first physical site this summer at the Lab,” said Children’s Science Center Executive Director Nene Spivy. “We appreciate Micron’s ongoing leadership and commitment to STEM education in Northern Virginia.”
 
About the Children’s Science Center:
The Children’s Science Center is an interactive children’s museum planned for Northern Virginia that will offer hands-on exhibits, activities and programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We seek to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired. Our full scale center is being developed in the Kincora Development, near Dulles, Virginia, with a planned opening in 2020. Today, we offer community programs that bring hands-on science activities to thousands of children in our area. In June 2015, we will open the Children’s Science Center Lab, our first operating site, at Fair Oaks Mall, a dynamic, interactive, educational and fun activity space where the region’s families and school groups can visit to experience STEM hands-on any day of the year. The Children’s Science Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more at www.childsci.org.
 
About the Micron Foundation and Micron Technology, Inc:
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), is committed to the advancement of education and local communities. The Micron Foundation partners with educators to spark a passion in youth for science, technology, engineering and math; engineers the future for students; and enriches the communities through strategic giving where team members live, work and volunteer. To learn more, visit www.micron.com/foundation.
 
Micron Technology, Inc., headquartered in Boise, Idaho, is a global leader in semiconductors, specializing in memory chips. Micron’s Manassas location is the site of the company’s flagship 300mm wafer fabrication facility deploying its most advanced memory technology. With more than 1,700 team members in Northern Virginia, the facility manufactures memory components used in cell phones, personal computers, consumer electronics, networking equipment, servers, and automotive industry. Micron’s memory chips have been Virginia’s largest manufactured export for the last several years.
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UPSers Volunteer at VEX Robotics World Championships

This is a guest blog post from UPS

Event prepares future innovators for STEM-based careers

Imagine a darkened arena filled with more than 15,000 excited students loudly cheering in anticipation of the announcement they’ve waited for all year. The arena then lights up with lasers, fireworks and the stage lights come up to reveal, not the latest video game, but the 2015-2016 Robotics challenge.  
 
The Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (REC) has managed to accomplish something that has challenged educators, school systems, and technology companies – how to increase the number of students engaged and excited about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) -based careers.  
 
Each year, REC hosts VEX Worlds, the Robotics World Championship, bringing together the top robotics teams from around the world, celebrating their accomplishments and competing with and against the best of the best. More than 800 teams from 30 countries participated in this year’s event in Louisville, KY.  
 
“VEX Worlds coming to Louisville provides a unique opportunity to showcase UPS technology and UPS as a technology company to the top future innovators of the world,” says Kim Felix, Vice President of UPS’s Information Services (I.S.) Transportation Technology Group (TTG) Portfolio.    
 
UPS I.S. and its Air Region joined forces as sponsors of the event this year; and the UPS TTG University Engagement Committee (UEC) organized volunteers to support the event in a variety of roles ranging from participant check-in, to robot inspections, referees and competition judges for the four-day event at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 
 
The VEX program supports students from elementary through collegiate levels. In addition to learning valuable engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, perseverance, communication, collaboration, project management and critical thinking. 
 
“REC is a great partner for us,” added Felix. “It is successfully building and growing the pipeline of talent we need to advance technology and grow our business at UPS. We’re looking forward to continuing the partnership and our support for the program.”

 

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Infosys Foundation USA Partners with Code.org to Bring Computer Science Education to Millions of Students Across the U.S.

This is a press release from Infosys Foundation USA

Infosys Foundation USA Chairperson Vandana Sikka joins Code.org's board. Teacher training expanded to middle and high schools.

SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Infosys Foundation USA, a non-profit organization focused on bridging the digital divide in America, has announced a partnership with Code.org to expand access to computer science education for millions of students across the United States. The program includes professional development for teachers, curriculum development and social outreach programs.

Infosys Foundation USA has also committed its support to Code.org's annual Hour of Code initiative, a global grassroots campaign that has introduced millions of students to computer science in over 180 countries. Code.org will run its third Hour of Code campaign in December 2015, encouraging students of all ages to try a one-hour computer science tutorial. These lessons are designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
 
With the support of Infosys Foundation USA, Code.org will be able to expand its professional development program, training approximately 350 middle and high school teachers across the United States.
 
The Code.org partnership is part of the Foundation's larger mission to expand computer science education and training in the United States, particularly for those in underrepresented communities.
 
Highlights: 
 
With this announcement, Infosys Foundation USA becomes a Platinum-level sponsor of Code.org, providing not only financial support but also resources and extensive experience in computer science education.
 
The Chairperson of Infosys Foundation USA, Vandana Sikka, has been appointed to the Code.org Board. Sikka's background includes a master's degree in computer science and a successful track record in product design, development and management in several Silicon Valley startups. She joins fellow Code.org board members, including representatives from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon.com.
 
Quotes:  
 
Hadi Partovi, CEO, Code.org 
"The United States is forecast to have one million unfilled computer science jobs by 2020. This support from Infosys Foundation USA will play a major role in Code.org's efforts to broaden access to computer science education, empower teachers and help students of all backgrounds to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow."
 
Vandana Sikka, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation USA 
"Our partnership with Code.org will accelerate our goal to give all children the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Computing skills aren't just for software engineers anymore. They are becoming as foundational as science and language arts. As a parent, I feel strongly that every child should have the opportunity to learn these skills."
 
About Code.org 
Code.org is a 501(c)(3) public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, Code.org organized the Hour of Code campaign - which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date - and partnered with more than 60 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. Code.org is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Infosys Foundation USA, The Ballmer Family Giving, Omidyar Network and others. Learn more at http://code.org/ and follow on Twitter @codeorg.
 
About Infosys Foundation USA 
Infosys Foundation USA is a non-profit focused on bridging the digital divide in America. It aims to give children, young adults and workers across the United States the skills they need to become creators, not just consumers, of technology. Infosys Foundation USA supports computer science education and training, particularly for those in under-represented communities.  Support includes grants and domain expertise for non-profit organizations involved in delivering services, research and advocacy. Infosys Foundation USA builds on the 20-year community-focused heritage of the Infosys Foundation.
 
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