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NAFEO and Its Partners STEMconnector® & Million Women Mentors Salute 'Sisters Presidents' For Women's History Month

By Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO of NAFEO & Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector®
March 26, 2014 - Washington, DC | As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the 60th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and Women’s History Month, NAFEO and its partner, STEMconnector®/ Million Women Mentors, salute with thanksgiving twenty-nine (29) phenomenal “Sister Presidents”: the twenty-six (26) remarkable female historically black college and university (HBCU) presidents and three (3) amazing female predominantly black institution (PBI) presidents. During this watershed year, “Sister Presidents” have not yet attained parity with their male counterparts in terms of service at the helm of an HBCU or PBI, but their numbers have increased in recent years. 
These women are administrators, accountants, auditors, chemists, doctors, educators, engineers, guidance counselors, higher education financial and resource management mavens, institutional advancement specialists, lawyers, physicians, scientists, mathematicians, ministers, philosophers, psychologists, public policy analysts, social workers, sociologists and student retention experts. At a time when there is a national goal of increasing the numbers and diversity of science, technology, teaching, engineering, agricultural and mathematics professionals (STEAM), these women are leading the way, “full STEAM ahead.”
Our “Sister Presidents” have expertise and experience that they are using to inspire, lead, and lift their families, institutions, faculty, staff, students, alumni and service communities. They possess “hearts full of grace and souls generated by love.”
Our “Sister Presidents” are vastly different in background and training, substance and style, race and ethnicity, experience and expectations of themselves and others. They are living examples of Maya Angelou’s words that “in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Our “Sister Presidents” are in many regards as separate as the fingers on a hand, but they are as united and powerful as the fist referenced by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune to dramatize the potency of women united. They subscribe to Thomas Jefferson’s belief that people cannot be “ignorant and free,” that education is light and “light and liberty go together.” They are using their time and talent to recapture lost and fallen youth and bring them into and move them through colleges and universities. They are using their skills, passions and innovative approaches to moving high performing students from where they are when they enter their institutional sphere to where they should be in two or four years:  in an excellent, diverse, high tech workforce; a research laboratory, business incubator, or technology transfer center; a green space, teaching families and communities about sustainability; on stage in a performing arts center or, in a graduate or professional program.
At this time in which 7 out of 10 middle-Americans are living paycheck to paycheck and 52% of voters expect their children to be worse off financially than they are, our Sister Presidents are of one accord in their belief that education is God’s blessing to rescue and resuscitate our dying sons and daughters; brothers and sisters; our dysfunctional families; our deteriorating communities, our decaying Spirits.
When annually, more women are expected to file bankruptcy than graduate from college, our Sister Presidents are using their collective voices to prod public policies and public and private partnerships to move more women from the margins into and through one of the nation’s 105 HBCUs, one of the 25 PBIs or another college or university aligned with their preparation and aspirations.
Our Sister Presidents are wise women; women of strong, confident, yet humble spirits; women of noble character. They possess excellence and capacity beyond measure, valiance, patience, courage, faith and resilience that keeps our Sister Presidents making a way out of what sometimes appears to be “no way.”  They move our institutions and students to thrive even in the face of untold economic, policy, institutional, community, governance, familial and personal challenges.  Our Sister Presidents serve confidently, joyfully, passionately, innovatively, and indefatigably with remarkable results.
For the above and so many other reasons, NAFEO and STEMConnector® / Million Women Mentors salute and thank the nation’s 26 female HBCU presidents and 3 female PBI presidents this Women’s History Month and every day:
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd 
Alabama State University
Dr. Lady June Cole
Interim President
Allen University
Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall 
Bennett College
Dr. Marsha V. Krotseng 
Bluefield State College
Dr. Cynthia Jackson Hammond
Central State University
Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital
Cheyney University Of Pennsylvania
Dr. Elaine Johnson Copeland
Clinton College
Dr. Joann Boyd-Scotland
Interim President
Denmark Technical College
Dr. Elmira Mangum
Florida A&M University
Dr. Roslyn Artis
Florida Memorial University
Mrs. Constance Gully 
Interim President
Harris Stowe University
Dr. Carolyn W. Meyers
Jackson State University
Dr. Helen T. Mcalpine 
J.F. Drake State Technical College
Dr. Mary Evans Sias
Kentucky State University
Dr. A. Cherrie Epps
Interim President & Ceo
Meharry Medical College
Valerie Montgomery Rice
Morehouse School Of Medicine
Dr. Debra Saunders-White 
North Carolina Central University
Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber
Saint Augustine's University
Dr. Adena Williams Loston
St. Philip's College
Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier
Savannah State University
Joan Y. Davis
Interim President
Shelton State Community College
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Spelman College



SanDisk Awards 100 Higher Education Scholarships for STEM-Related Education in the U.S.

This is a press release from SanDisk Corporation

SanDisk Also Expands its Scholars Program to China and Japan

MILPITAS, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) | SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 SanDisk Scholars Program. Over $1 million in scholarships and grants were awarded to nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate university students in the United States to support their pursuit of degrees in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline. SanDisk also announced it is expanding the program to China and Japan to students pursuing STEM-related studies.

The SanDisk Scholars Program grants scholarships to students based upon their prior academic achievements and meaningful levels of community engagement, as well as financial need. Of the $1.5 million committed for 2013-2014, scholarships have been awarded to undergraduate and graduate students attending 28 universities across 12 states including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Southern California.
“SanDisk’s generous support offers Cal students pursuing a STEM-related degree critical resources to fulfill their academic goals, which may have otherwise not been possible,” said S. Shankar Sastry, Dean of the College of Engineering and Roy W. Carlson, Professor, University of California, Berkeley. “STEM-related studies are a key element of UC Berkeley’s leading curriculum, and the SanDisk Scholars Program further enables us to offer these important fields of study to the innovators of tomorrow.”
“The education our students receive prepares them to solve some of the most pressing engineering challenges in the world,” said Dr. James D. Plummer, Dean of the School of Engineering at Stanford University. “Our ability to offer graduate fellowship packages is one of the things that helps us attract these top students to Stanford University, and we’re very grateful for SanDisk’s support and commitment to our efforts.”
“SanDisk is passionate about helping the next generation of technology leaders pursue their dreams in STEM-related careers,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. “Not only does our support better position them for future success, but it also helps foster a greater pool of qualified talent, which will benefit the technology industry in years to come.”
Expanding the SanDisk Scholars Program to China and Japan
In addition to continuing to provide scholarships to students pursuing STEM-related studies in the U.S., SanDisk is expanding the program to China and Japan in 2014. Thirty scholarships will be awarded in each country to students participating in engineering and computer science programs at the following universities:
  • Shanghai Jiaotong University
  • >Xidian University
  • Zhejiang University
  • Nagoya University
  • Tohoku University
  • University of Tokyo

For more information on the SanDisk Scholars Fund or to submit an application for 2014, visit:

Statements from Select 2013-2014 SanDisk Scholars in the U.S.:
“Receiving a scholarship from SanDisk will allow me to pursue a Master of Science degree from one of the best programs in the country,” said Chris Almodovar, student at Stanford University. “With this scholarship, I am able to explore my research interests within mechanical engineering and focus on acquiring the right skills that will help me make a difference in the world one day. Thank you!”
“I am a materials science and engineering major, with an interest in becoming a doctor,” said Grace Tuyiringire, student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Thank you, SanDisk, for this opportunity. With this scholarship, I will be able to focus on my goal of becoming a MD and a bigger leader in the MIT community.”
“It is an honor to be acknowledged for my efforts by a company like SanDisk,” said Claire Lochner, student at the University of California, Berkeley. “I’m currently working on a research project that aims to bring real-time physical health visibility through something as simple as a Band-Aid. I’m excited about my work and how it could potentially improve many lives.”
About the SanDisk Foundation:
SanDisk’s mission as a philanthropic company is to support programs and organizations that address the needs of communities where our company has a significant presence. SanDisk strives to be an exemplary corporate citizen within the global community. The SanDisk Foundation, a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, helps carry out this mission by making donations to non-profit organizations and community groups within our key focus areas: K-12 education, promoting STEM-focused programs, and children’s health and well-being. Since 2003, the SanDisk Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to almost 1,000 charitable organizations worldwide.
The SanDisk Scholars Program, created in 2012, utilizes a $1.5 million annual budget to award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing education and university research in STEM fields.
About SanDisk
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in flash storage solutions. For more than 25 years, SanDisk has expanded the possibilities of storage, providing trusted and innovative products that have transformed the electronics industry. Today, SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smart phones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. For more information, visit
© 2014 SanDisk Corporation. All rights reserved. SanDisk and the SanDisk logo are trademarks of SanDisk Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be the trademarks of their respective holder(s).

SanDisk Corporation
Lee Garvin Flanagin, 408-801-2463


Francis Collins and J. Craig Venter Among Genetics Pioneers Appearing at USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Symposium

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

As human genetics plays an ever-growing role in the future of bioscience, medicine and other STEM fields, it is important to remind young learners that this impetus largely began with the completion of the Human Genome Project. At the Festival Expo's X-STEM Symposium in April, students will have the unique opportunity to meet, hear and learn from two key pioneers of this landmark endeavor: Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. Collins, the Director of NIH, is known for his groundbreaking discoveries in genetics and for leading the Human Genome Project to completion. Venter led the first sequencing of the human genome and currently heads the noted J.Craig Institute which he founded. Don't miss meeting other trailblazers in STEM at the X-STEM Symposium, April 24. Tickets are going fast!

Learn More: X-STEM Symposium Speaker Profiles

Entertainment Industries Council TV Special: The Meaning of Life in 5 Min According to Bill Nye

This is a post from the Entertainment Industries Council

In this special edition of EICtv News, the Entertainment Industries Council spends five enlightening minutes examining the meaning of life, innovation and "the stuff of stars" with the ever fun and animated, Bill Nye "The Science Guy."The key to changing the world and driving America's future success, may very well surprise (and inspire) you!  Check out this exclusive Science, Engineering & Technology interview to learn why!

EICtv Special: The Meaning of Life in 5 Min According to Bill Nye


Carnegie Science Center Names New Director of Science and Education

This is a press release from Carnegie Science Center

Jason Brown Has Extensive Background in Teaching, Technology

PITTSBURGH, March 24, 2014 | Carnegie Science Center is pleased to announce that Jason Brown has joined its Senior Leadership Team as the new Director of Science and Education.
Brown will oversee and manage the conception and implementation of innovative science education programs that will inspire the next-generation workforce to consider STEM-related careers. He also will play a leading role as the Science Center develops its Teacher Excellence Academy.
A native of upstate New York, Brown graduated from Hobart College with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He also holds a Master’s of Business Administration and a Master’s Certificate in Educational Technology and New Literacies from State University of New York at Buffalo and is a Pennsylvania certified science teacher.
During his varied career, Brown has taught courses in physics, astronomy, science technology and the environment, and geology in private, public, and alternative education classrooms. Brown also has owned and managed several businesses and taught construction technology and management at the State University of New York Delhi. After moving to Pittsburgh, Brown taught engineering and science at Propel Braddock Hills High School before taking his new position with the Science Center.
“I’m excited to have the chance to work on projects that will have a positive impact both on the guests who visit the Science Center and students in the Pittsburgh region,” Brown said. “I like how collaborative everyone is at the Science Center and how the common purpose is inspiring people to appreciate science.”
 For more about the Science Center and its programs, visit or call 412.237.3400.
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



STEM 2.0 Town Hall set for April 8th!

STEM 2.0: Elevating Essential Career Capabilities for Tomorrow's STEM Workforce

Our team at STEMconnector® is very excited to announce our April 8th virtual Town Hall from 4-6PM ET, which will highlight our exciting new STEM 2.0 initiative! The event will be hosted live through Google On-Air Hangouts. This initiative is focused on identifying and promoting the critical career capabilities (outside a traditional STEM education or STEM 1.0) that students need for the jobs of the future. 
STEMconnector's Innovation Task Force (SITF), a thirty-plus member consortium of private sector, government, higher education and non-profit leaders working to develop new pathways to STEM careers, is the driving force behind the STEM 2.0 initiative. For an informative publication on initiative, please read the Diplomatic Courier's article, STEM 2.0: Innovation Critical For Workplace Skills Development.
During the April 8th Town Hall, SITF leaders will present on specific new capability platforms including: Digital Fluency, Innovation Excellence and Life Skills. The Town Hall will also connect and seek to align the STEM 2.0 initiative with the education system as well as industry and public sector workforce demands. 
Don't forget to check out #STEM2pt0 on Social Media during and after the Town Hall. We look forward to hearing from you on April 8th!
Speaker Lineup:
Edie Fraser
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Heidi Kleinbach-Sauter
SVP Global Foods R&D
SITF Chair
Balaji Ganapathy
Head-Workforce Effectiveness NA
Tata Consultancy Services
SITF Vice-Chair
Dr. Mitzi Montoya
VP & University Dean for 
Entrepenuership & Innovation
Arizona State University
Al Bunshaft
Senior Vice President
Dassault Systemes Americas
Dr. Tim Welsh
SVP Industry Strategy Group
STEM Innovation Task Force Vice-Chair
Apollo Education Group
Melissa Moritz
VP of Education Initiatives & STEM
Teach For America
Rob Denson
Des Moines Area Community College

High-Profile Figures in Science and Media to Serve as Emcees at USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Symposium

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

The success of a major STEM event depends a lot on the level of the support from the professional community. In this regard, the Festival is fortunate to have a number of  high-profile  figures in science, engineering, the media and other fields assisting to bring the excitement of the Festival Expo to Washington, DC in April. This involvement includes the following individuals serving as emcees at the Expo's  X-STEM Symposium, April 24: Randy Atkins, Director, Communications/Media Relations at National Academy of Engineering; Jennifer Bogo, Articles Editor, Popular Science; Jerome Baker, Executive Director of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Society; Bob Hirshon, Program Director of Technology and Learning, AAAS; Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus, CIO Magazine; Kenneth Hess, President and Founder, Science Buddies; Randy Schools, President & CEO, NIH Recreation and Welfare Association; WJLA ABC7 meteorologists Devon Lucie, Brian van de Graaf, and Steve Rudin; and Shawn Wasserman, Editor,

Learn More: X-STEM Symposium

Game Developers Conference 2014 Attracts 24,000 Attendees, Returns To San Francisco's Moscone Center March 2-6, 2015

Game Developers Conference 2014 Attracts 24,000 Attendees, Returns To San Francisco's Moscone Center March 2-6, 2015 (via PR Newswire)

Industry Professionals from Every Segment of the Game Development Community Convene for more than 400 Sessions, Active Expo Floor, The Game Developers Choice and Independent Games Festival Awards and More SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- …


View Sustainable Environmental Designs of the Future When the EPA Brings Its P3 College Student Competition to the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo!

This post is part of our ongoing series highlighting awesome events going on at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, taking place April 26th & 27th at Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more here:

Now more than ever, the work of environmental scientists and engineers in designing sustainable solutions for tomorrow is essential to protecting human health and the planet. Get ready for an exciting look into sustainable designs of the future as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brings its renowned EPA P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) college student competition to the Festival Expo in April to spotlight the talent of some of tomorrow's brightest young environmental visionaries. Featured will not only be student entries -- ranging from earth-friendly fabrics to designs for car-less cities of the future -- but also a host of other sustainable design exhibits from industry. During the last hours of the Expo, awards to winning student teams will be presented by EPA officials at a special EPA P3 Awards Ceremony, which the public will not want to miss. 

Learn more: Explore Amazing Sustainable Designs of the Future at the Expo With Festival Partner EPA P3!

Vital Link of Orange County announces 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology

Hands-on opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, math and the arts to be held April 11-13 at the OC Fair & Event Center

Costa Mesa, CA, March 20, 2014 | Vital Link of Orange County announced today it will host the 2014 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology, at the OC Fair & Event Center on April 11th, 12th, and 13th. The showcase will be a collaboration of sponsors and exhibitors from the corporate, education, and non-profit worlds coming together to create an engaging, interactive career exploration experience for students emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts.
Over 4,000 students and families are expected to attend this free event featuring hands-on exhibits, experiential workshops, speakers, and industry and education displays focused on inspiring middle school, high school, and community college students to explore, discover, and connect to their future careers.
Vital Link’s President and CEO, Kathy Johnson, reminds us that, “Youth today need to see the relevance of the information they are getting in school. Making the connection between what they are learning and how they can apply it to their life and future career is essential. Interactive exhibits, meeting the experts, college demonstrations, and opportunities to build their skills are only a part of what attendees will experience during the three-day showcase.”
The showcase will include: Vital Link’s hands-on career exploration exhibits (for design, engineering, environmental sciences, health sciences, and transportation), industry speakers, industry demonstrations and interactive exhibits, student science and engineering displays, an interactive robotics competition featuring student-built robots, alternative fuel vehicles designed by Orange County high school and college student teams for the 2014 Energy Invitational, digital media arts competition displays, a student-designed fashion show hosted by Fashionomics Live!,  a movement workshop led by Tim Stevenson (choreographer for A-list musicians), community college exhibits, STEM-related nonprofit organization exhibits with information about internships and paid positions, a job recruitment area, live entertainment featuring successful young performers, and much more.
Current sponsors include Bank of America, KSBR 88.5 FM, OC Fair & Event Center, OC Fair Imaginology, Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OC WIB), QBE, Saddleback College, Southern California Edison, State Street, and SunPower.
To learn more about becoming an event sponsor or exhibitor, or to register a class field trip for Friday, April 11, please call Mary Tran at (949) 646-2520. For more information, please visit
About Vital Link of Orange County
Vital Link’s mission is to be the link between business and education to prepare students for the successful transition to a meaningful career.  For students, Vital Link provides experiences, resources, and tools to assist them to identify their career options and explore, discover, and connect to their future career. For educators and businesses, Vital Link is the “go to” place for business and education to connect, bringing relevance into the classroom and helping to develop a well-prepared workforce.  For more information on Vital Link, please visit
This program is conducted in partnership with the Orange County Workforce Investment Board, as funded through the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund. This WIA Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you need special assistance to participate in this program, call (714) 562-9200. TDD/TTY users, please call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2922 or 711. Please call 48 hours in advance to allow the Orange County One-Stop Center to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this program.


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