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CyberPatriot Announces Teams Advancing to the National Finals Competition

CyberPatriot Announces Teams Advancing to the National Finals Competition (via PR Newswire)

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After three challenging online qualification rounds, 26 teams of high school students and two teams of middle school students have advanced to the National Finals Competition of the nation's largest…


Save A Snowball Now And Name Your Own Price on June 20

This is a press release from Carnegie Science Center

Date Changed From June 21 Because of Luke Bryan Concert

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 24, 2014 | Put on some extra-warm mittens and go make snowballs! Carnegie Science Center is offering a unique opportunity to capture a bit of this week’s snowfall now, preserve it for a few months, then bring it in- and celebrate the coming of summer with a special “Name Your Own Price” Day.

All visitors who make a snowball this winter, save it in their freezer, and bring it to the Science Center on Friday, June 20, will be able to choose what they pay for general admission. 
Historically, the Science Center has held Snowball Day on the first day of summer. This year,owing to the overwhelming popularity of country singer Luke Bryan, Carnegie Science Center announced that Summer 2014 will begin one day early, on Friday, June 20. The Science Center will be closed on Saturday, June 21, because of Bryan’s concert at Heinz Field.
As always, visitors who bring snowballs to the Science Center will be invited to launch them into the Ohio River (weather permitting).
In past years, hundreds of snowballs survived the winter and spring in freezers throughout the region and made their way to the Science Center—in coolers,freezer bags, frosty coffee cans, and plastic storage containers.
The Science Center invites visitors of all ages to start stockpiling snowballs now and remember these snowy facts:
  • Snow forms from tiny crystals in clouds. Snow is not frozen rain; that’s called sleet.
  • Most snowflakes melt before reaching the ground.
  • No two snowflakes are identical.
  • Each snowflake is made up of two to 200 separate crystals, on average.
  • Although it appears white, snow actually is transparent. Snow crystals act as prisms and break up the Sun’s light into the entire color spectrum. The human eye can’t handle that kind of sensory overload, so it is processed as white. If a region’s soil contains more iron, giving it a reddish tinge, snow may appear pink—wind will blow dirt and dust into the atmosphere and clouds, where the snow crystals form initially.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.

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A free diver swims beneath a tiger shark off South Africa’s East coast. 5000 miles across the Indian Ocean, Western Australia’s controversial shark-culling program just reported it’s first kill. A large tiger shark was hooked on a drumline and shot. The aim of the culling program is to reduce incidents of fatal shark bites, but it has met with strong resistance from sectors of the public and the scientific community.


BHEF to Host Forum on Industry Demand for Data Scientists Feb. 6th in DC

This is an event invitation from BHEF
Data Science for Corporate Decision-Making: 
Preparing Undergraduates to Unleash the Power of Data

Please join Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) members and Chair Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, as she leads an important discussion with BHEF CEOs and leaders from the Cleveland Clinic, Explorys, Accenture, and IBM.
The conversation will focus on industry demand for data scientists and data analytics-enabled professionals across multiple industry sectors. The potential impact of data analytics on businesses is akin to impact of the internet on commerce. Yet according to a recent IBM Tech Trends Survey, “only one in ten businesses [has] the required skills to use state-of-the-art technology in the field of Big Data and analytics.” McKinsey Global Institute predicts a nationwide shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 workers with “deep analytical skills,” and a deficit of 1.5 million managers capable of using big data analytics for actionable insights in their decision-making.
In collaboration with corporate partners, Case Western Reserve is launching a distinctive undergraduate degree program in data science. Join us as we discuss how data analytics is changing the face of business and how universities can prepare undergraduates to better serve industry needs. Data science is part of BHEF’s broader National Higher Education and Workforce Initiative, which addresses our nation’s significant shortage of highly educated and skilled employees, particularly in emerging cross-disciplinary fields.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 
Registration: 2:30 p.m. 
Program: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
Athens Ballroom
Hotel Monaco
700 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
Please RSVP with your name, title, and organization name to Capacity is limited.

Arizona State University joins STEM Mentoring Initiative “Million Women Mentors”

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Partnership Seeks to Engage More Than One Million Girls & Young Women in STEM Education and Careers

MESA, ARIZ and WASHINGTON, D.C. | Today the College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) at Arizona State University announced its partnership with the “Million Women Mentors” (MWM) initiative. MWM launched Jan. 8, 2014 during National Mentoring Month, in Washington, D.C at the National Press Club. The initiative will support the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) mentors – male and female – to increase the interest and confidence of girls and young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.
As a partner in the movement to increase the representation of women in STEM degree programs and careers, CTI has joined with MWM to help proliferate the opportunities for young girls to engage with STEM mentors. The partnership with MWM aligns with CTI’s recently developed Women’s Council for Science and Engineering that brings together partners from the community, college and industry to support academic initiatives and scholarships for women students pursuing STEM degrees at CTI. 
“The underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM is of national concern,” said Mitzi Montoya, vice provost and dean of CTI. “It isn’t enough any more to just raise awareness, we need to start implementing change that will move the needle. As a partner in the Million Women Mentors program we are part of a national movement that can inspire more young girls to pursue STEM degrees and careers, as well as mentor and sponsor them along the way.”  
In the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs. Today 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and knowledge and skills in hard sciences. While women comprise 48% of the U.S. workforce, just 24% are in STEM fields, a statistic that has held constant for nearly the last decade. While 75% of all college students are women and students of color, they represent only 45% of STEM degrees earned each year. Too many of these young women begin in STEM degree but leave those degree paths despite their good academic standing, often citing uncomfortable classroom experiences and disconcerting climate. Even when women earn a STEM degree, they are less likely than their male counterparts to work in a STEM field even though STEM jobs pay more and have a lower wage gap: 92 cents on a dollar versus 75 cents in other fields.
Even more concerning is the underrepresentation of women in engineering, specifically. In 2013, women made up only 19% of the national engineering class, a mere one percentage point increase from 2009. This, along with the need to increase representation in other science, technology and math fields is what drives special academic initiatives like the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) club at CTI. 
Million Women Mentors is a collective effort of more than 40 non-profit, media, education and government industry partners and nine corporate sponsors. Through efforts planned during National Mentoring Month, CTI will actively engage girls, mentoring and STEM. CTI will host a Badge Blast & Imagine Engineering Day for the Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus—Pine Council, Inc., from 9am-3pm on January 25. The fun-filled day of hands-on badge activities and engineering-focused projects will engage girls in grades two through 12 with the opportunities found in STEM degrees and careers. 
To become involved with CTI or Million Women Mentors you can find more information by visiting: and
About the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University:  
ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation, located on ASU’s Polytechnic campus, is making a new higher education experience that focuses on learning through making and solving real-world challenges through collaboration. With degrees in engineering and computer systems and human and environmental systems, CTI’s 600-acre campus is home to more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more at
About Million Women Mentors® (MWM):
MWM is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts MWM works to showcase existing best practice and suggestions for the future. Utilizing a technology portal built in three phases and developed in collaboration with Tata Consultancy Services, MWM technology will enable mentor services for the nation. The MWM website and program will launch January 8, 2014. The program is a collective effort of founding partners including 35 non-profits and major corporations and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector®, a company which works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure and smart STEM investments.
About STEMconnector®: 
STEMconnector® is THE information resource and source of best practices – The one-stop for Who’s Doing What in STEM Education and STEM jobs. STEMconnector®’s web site contains 6,500 profiles of stakeholders in STEM Education. STEMconnector® purpose is to map STEM activity of organizations, government, private sector, education, associations, diversity and women. STEMconnector® overall works through collaboration with its members and partners. Members are in all sectors. STEM Council meetings are offered three times a year to members and these are business, government, education and non-profits.

Silicon Valley Education Foundation Launches iHub Pitch Games

This is an event posting from SVEF
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation is bringing innovative edtech entrepreneurs into the classroom with Silicon Valley's best and brightest teachers in Silicon Valley's first Learning Innovation Hub, or iHub. Please join us as a group of entrepreneurs battle for a place in the Learning Innovation Hub in the iHub Pitch Games. This event, modeled after the TV show Shark Tank, will feature a panel of celebrity judges including Bruce Chizen (former CEO, Adobe) and Dave House (Chairman, Brocade). 
We will showcase some of the best and most innovative education technology solutions. The audience will gain exposure to cutting edge tech tools and our panels of judges will put questions to the founding teams behind them. 
The iHub is solving the problem of entrepreneurs working in isolation from teachers and students to get real data on what technology is working in the classroom. Middle school math teachers, called "iHub Fellows," will work with the entrepreneurs selected at this event to test innovative products and evaluate their efficacy in short-cycle feedback loops. To learn more, visit our website.
Monday, February 3, 2014
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Doors Open at 3:30 PM
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
488 Almaden Blvd., Ste. 1800
San Jose, CA 95110
Note: Parking may cost $7-10 in area parking garages. 
To join us, please RSVP here. Space is limited, so please RSVP by January 27, 2014. 
Please contact Ritu Tandon at or 408-790-9451.
The Silicon Valley Education Foundation will be cohosting this gathering with NewSchools Venture Fund.

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Curiosity turns its Left-side #MastCam on itself, capturing the dust that's been collecting on the rover. The MastCam system provides multiple spectra and true-color imaging with two cameras (8GB of flash storage per camera). The cameras can take true-color images at 1600×1200 pixels (~2 megapixels) and up to 10 frames per second of hardware-compressed, video at 720p (1280×720 WXGA-H) quality. This image was taken on Sol 493 (2013-12-25 09:28:51 UTC)

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2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced (PRNewswire)

2014 U.S. Water Prize Winners Announced (via PR Newswire)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the midst of California's worst drought in more than a century, Ben Grumbles, president of the U.S. Water Alliance, announced awardees of the 2014 U.S. Water Prize while speaking to the California…


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Cute alert! Start your day with a smile and this #cute ribbon seal. In this NOAA photo, a ribbon seal pup gets friendly. Juvenile ribbon seals are typically a light brown dorsally, light grey ventrally, and have indistinct ribbons that usually develop after two to three years as the seals mature. Ribbon seals molt their coat of hair annually, beginning in May and finishing in July, with younger individuals molting earliest. They're born with a wooly white lanugo coat that is molted after four to five weeks. At birth, ribbon seal pups are approximately 86 cm long and weigh about 10 kg, while adults can attain lengths of about 1.5 – 1.8 m and weights of about 90 – 148 kg.

Photo: Josh London/NOAA.

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