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.

At the Festival’s X-STEM Symposium: Exploit Energy at the Nanoscale With Researcher Bara Cola

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium- April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC

Ask many high-tech experts and they will tell you that nano-engineered energy technology is among the next exciting frontiers.  At the forefront of this field is Bara Cola, Ph.D., a young nanobiotechnology researcher at Georgia Tech University, who has already been honored by President Obama for achievements in exploiting energy transport processes at the nanoscale. Bara is just one of many fascinating visionaries you’ll meet at the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s  X-STEM Symposium next April -- an unforgettable all-day event of workshops, live demonstrations and other interactions by STEM notables, bringing innovation and science careers up close and personal for students and other visitors.  Tickets are going fast, so register today!

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM Rising Star - Nicole Richard of NI

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. In addition to today's Diverse Corporate Leader, Arleene Porterfield, we recognize a Rising Star from NI: Nicole Richard, senior software project manager.

Nicole Richard, NI

Nicole Richard
Senior Software Project Manager

Nicole Richard is a Senior Software Project Manager and manages the development of LEGO MINDSTORMS and LEGO WeDo software based on NI’s LabVIEW graphical system design software. These products are a collaborative effort between NI and the LEGO Group that, when coupled with LEGO programmable bricks, enable kids to build and program LEGO robots.  By engaging young people with technology in a hands-on way, these products inspire kids to discover and develop a passion for STEM. 

While volunteering with various non-profits, Nicole has worked to create technical literacy in children who have limited access to computers and technology.  She’s traveled the world to places such as Cambodia, India and Vietnam to help create LEGO robotics-based engineering programs and workshops for underprivileged youth. "I never imagined I’d get to use my engineering degree to make toys!  Especially ones that empower kids to develop a passion for science and engineering,” Nicole says.

Nicole believes we can inspire more kids to choose STEM career paths by showing them how engineering can positively impact the world – from improving quality of life, to finding solutions to grand challenges such as diminishing natural resources. Providing students with the hands-on tools and learning experiences from an early age will then give them the confidence they need to succeed in STEM long-term.

Nicole's Message for Young Professionals going into STEM

"You don't have to figure out what you want to do "when you grow up" all at once. Just figure out what you want to do next, and then go for it fully. You'll discover yourself newly on the other side and see the next path to create from there."

Jones Day Foundation Pledges Support to Citizen Schools to Expand STEM Programs Nationally

This is a press release from Citizen Schools

Boston, MA – February 9, 2015 | Citizen Schools, a leading national education nonprofit, today announced new support from the Jones Day Foundation to expand its science, technology, education and math (STEM) programs across the country. AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams.
Citizen Schools partners with underserved public middle schools to dramatically expand the learning day by 400 hours each academic year. During the additional school hours, the organization mobilizes AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows and corporate volunteers from firms like Jones Day who provide academic support and teach hands-on “apprenticeships” that help students make the connection between what they are learning now and a future career path. More than half of the skill-building apprenticeships are focused on STEM subjects and activities.
The Jones Day Foundation investment will allow Citizen Schools to provide middle school students with authentic learning experiences and access to STEM experts who can spark a lifelong interest in the subjects. The support will also help the organization build a rich library of curriculum for STEM apprenticeships that develop essential academic and 21st century skills, meet the needs of diverse learners, and maximize the talents of volunteers who also learn in the process.
“Real-world apprenticeship projects bring relevance and unique learning opportunities to students, igniting new interests and increasing engagement in the classroom,” said Steven M. Rothstein, CEO of Citizen Schools. “We are pleased to have the Jones Day Foundation as a partner as we work to advance and expand our STEM programs for the students and schools we serve to improve math proficiency and ensure a more diverse 21st century workforce.”
”The Jones Day Foundation is designed to make transformative gifts to address needs throughout the world,” said Lizanne Thomas, a partner in Jones Day’s Atlanta office and President of the Jones Day Foundation. “Supporting Citizen Schools, which shares our vision and mission of transformation, is a perfect fit for the Foundation.”
“Since opening in Boston in 2011, Jones Day has been active in the Boston charitable and civic community,” said Traci Lovitt, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Boston office. “We are honored to partner with organizations like Citizen Schools. Spending time with the Edwards Middle School students in Boston through Citizen Schools has been a great experience, and we look forward to continuing to work with these wonderful children and Citizen Schools.”
For the past two spring semesters Jones Day employees have taught law apprenticeships to 6th
​ ​grade students at Edwards Middle School in Boston, MA. Working side-by-side with Jones Day lawyers, students transform into trial and appellate court lawyers, arguing their cases at Moakley Court House at the end of each spring semester.
About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit
About The Jones Day Foundation
The Jones Day Foundation, established in 1987, is a nonprofit organization funded by Jones Day’s lawyers and staff. The Foundation’s mission is to financially support efforts that include promoting the rule of law in developing countries, fostering innovation in academics, medicine and the arts, improving the living conditions and economic opportunities for people in impoverished settings (particularly children and women), and providing support and comfort to people suffering from natural and other disasters around the world.

Alyssa Carson: The Dream of This 13-Year Old Future Astronaut Will Amaze You at the X-STEM Symposum!

This is a post in our ongoing coverage of USA Science & Engineering Festival's X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium- April 28, 2015 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC

Some of our most profound personal dreams are hatched in childhood. At the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s X-STEM Symposium next April, you’ll meet Alyssa Carson, a 13-year-old who is already following her dream to become the first person on Mars. Currently she is an Astronaut in Training and in 2013 became the first person to complete the NASA Passport Program, capturing national headlines for her dream in the process! Get set for an unforgettable day of workshops and live demonstrations with Alyssa and a host of other exciting STEM notables as they take young learners into the world of innovation and science careers! X-STEM tickets are limited, so register NOW!

X-STEM Speaker Profile:
Ms. Alyssa Carson- "I am the Mars Generation"

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Arleene Porterfield of NI

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Arleene Porterfield, vice president, global information technology at NI.

Arleene Porterfield, NI

Arleene Porterfield
Vice President, Global Information Technology

As vice president of global information technology, Arleene Porterfield is responsible for NI’s global IT strategy, budget, systems, infrastructure, and service delivery. For years, Arleene has led the evolution of NI systems and processes to support the company’s ongoing growth and worldwide expansion.

Arleene is on the board of directors for Girlstart, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower girls in STEM. Through its comprehensive programming, Girlstart provides a year-round, intensive suite of STEM education programs for K-12 girls. Girlstart’s core programs foster STEM skills development, an understanding of the importance of STEM as a way to solve the world’s major problems, as well as an interest in STEM electives, majors, and careers.

Arleene holds a bachelor of business administration in international business and marketing from The University of Texas at Austin.

About NI

NI provides powerful, flexible technology solutions that accelerate productivity and drive rapid innovation. From daily tasks to grand challenges, NI helps engineers and scientists overcome complexity to exceed even their own expectations. Customers in nearly every industry—from healthcare and automotive to consumer electronics and particle physics—use NI’s integrated hardware and software platform to improve our world.

NI believes the best way to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and science is to give them fun, hands-on experiences with real-world engineering tools. NI engages students using interactive robotics platforms powered by NI technology that teach engineering fundamentals, such as mechanics, electronics, and software programming. NI provides support for robotics competitions, in-classroom mentoring, and enrichment programs.

Arleene on Diversity and STEM

Beyond standards, what are the first steps that we should take to curb the STEM education crisis?

If we’re going to meet the world’s demand for engineers, we need to make STEM learning an inviting, inspiring and exciting prospect for students. Students need fun, hands-on experiences using real world tools to demystify science and engineering, and serve their natural inclination to learn, discover, tinker and build. Making time and applying resources to do science and engineering inside and outside the classroom creates the rich environment students need for learning STEM skills that matter. When we create comfort and engagement with science and engineering practices early, we make students more likely to choose a path of lifelong STEM education.

How do we encourage students to continue their study of STEM subjects, particularly women and underrepresented minorities?

We need to help students understand the incredible impact STEM careers have on the world. Engineers and scientists are designing and inventing tools that improve quality of life and solve major world challenges. We need to make STEM career paths inspiring and relevant to them. We also need to engage students with hands-on experiences with real industry tools education to allow them to focus on doing science and engineering rather than memorizing facts and figures.

Locally, NI collaborates with Girlstart, a non-profit organization working to empower girls in STEM, to support afterschool programs that give girls hands-on learning experiences with STEM in a way that is interesting and inspiring to them. Additionally, we work with the engineering program at Huston-Tillotson University to help prepare underserved middle and high school students for college engineering and science studies through hands-on learning.

What STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud of?

NI has a long history of partnering with student robotics programs that make engineering as cool for kids as sports are today. These programs teach core engineering concepts, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and leadership skills. Students who participate in these programs learn science and engineering skills by doing. NI is proud to support these programs through technology donations, financial contributions and volunteer mentorship/time. By providing students with support and access to NI technology, we are able to help give them fun, hands-on experiences with real-world tools that prepare them for STEM majors and careers. Two of our most significant student robotics partnerships are with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and WRO (World Robot Olympiad). Students are significantly more likely to attend college, major in science or engineering, and be outstanding future employees because of these programs.

What is your advice to those involved in promoting STEM education?

Keep up the great work, collaborate with others and continue to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists through hands-on learning.

To make a large impact on STEM education, it is essential to collaborate with others. At NI, we are proud to have several partnerships that have helped drive change in STEM learning. An example of this is our partnership with LEGO Education. For nearly two decades, LEGO Education and National Instruments have worked together to improve how STEM concepts are taught. Through co-developed, interactive technology that merges toys that kids love with professional-grade engineering tools, students as young as six are getting inspired and staying engaged by doing engineering and not just learning about it. In short, LEGO is an expert in hands-on learning, and NI is an expert in engineering technology - the perfect partnership and marriage of strengths!

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - William Plummer of United Rentals

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is William Plummer, executive vice president and chief financial officer at United Rentals.

William Plummer, UR

William Plummer
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
United Rentals

William Plummer is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI), the world's largest equipment rental company. He has been honored as one of the "100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America" (2012) by Black Enterprise, which highlighted his accomplishments as a collaborative leader, and has twice been named "Best CFO: Business, Education & Professional Services Sector" by Institutional Investor (2013 and 2014). Mr. Plummer's more than two decades of financial executive experience prior to United Rentals include senior positions with Dow Jones & Company, Alcoa Inc., Mead Corporation and General Electric Capital Corporation. Mr. Plummer holds a master of business administration degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 883 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The company’s approximately 12,400 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,400 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $8.42 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn.

William on Diversity and STEM

What do corporations need to do to create more STEM careers and fill existing jobs?

Companies can create more STEM careers by broadening their idea how they deliver value to their customers. For example, our company, United Rentals, has recently started an effort to use advanced statistical analysis to build better predictions of when and how customers will need to rent construction equipment from our fleet. Those skills (and jobs) are brand new to our company and represent new demand for those with STEM backgrounds. Filling those kinds of jobs will require companies to broaden where they recruit and may even require them to develop their own training programs.

What principles do you apply to your professional and personal life to advance STEM education?

It is important for me to be involved in organizations which have STEM education as an important part of their mission. For example, I am a director of John Wiley and Sons, one of the largest publishers of scientific journals and science and engineering textbooks in the world. I also belong to a social group, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, which sponsor STEM education seminars and scholarships for African American youth.

Leaders are in great demand as business builders and role models. What advice do you have for minorities and women coming “up” in the system?

First, I would remind them that they have chosen a challenging path. Success in a STEM field requires a high level of focus and discipline, whether in the education or a career. They should be prepared for the inevitable difficult subject (mine was calculus of complex variables) or job assignment and not let that difficulty turn them away from a very rewarding career.

The challenge of STEM is even greater for minorities and women given the small number of diverse senior mentors or role models they will meet in a career. Here I would say to be open to those who are willing to invest in your development regardless of their gender or ethnicity. There is always someone willing to help.

I would also advise that success in a STEM career is about more than just the mastery of science and technology. Understanding human behavior, organizational dynamics, economics and politics are also vital to a STEM career. Paying attention to those classes in school and to those dimensions of your work help you advance and make your career that much more rewarding.

The rewards of a STEM career are many, from the purely financial (STEM degree holders enjoy higher earnings regardless of whether they work in STEM or non-STEM occupations, according to the US Department of Commerce) to the simple satisfaction of mastering a challenge. Persistence is the route to those rewards.

MSU Board of Trustees Approves Construction of Grand Rapids Biomedical Research Center

View the original article on MSU Today
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the administration to expand the university's research capabilities in Grand Rapids by constructing a biomedical research facility on the site of the former Grand Rapids Press building.
The Board of Trustees resolution for the project entitled “Grand Rapids – Real Estate and Research Facility Development” included a budget of $85.1 million for a new building on the northeast corner of Monroe Avenue and Michigan Street in downtown Grand Rapids. The combined budget, along with demolition of the Grand Rapids Press building, was approved by the board in December 2014, is $88.1 million.
The project involves construction of about a 160,000-square-foot, multistory research building. MSU will follow its traditional, university-financed model for delivery of the highly specialized biomedical research center as opposed to a developer-financed delivery option.
The research building will occupy about half of the parcel, offering the university future opportunities to engage other public-private developers in discussions about complementary projects that could further enhance MSU’s vision for medical education and commercialization of science.
The architect/engineer is SmithGroupJJR and the Construction Manager is a joint venture of Clark Construction Company/Rockford Construction.
Demolition of the former Grand Rapids Press building is scheduled to begin this March with construction following.
The new Biomedical Research Center is planned to open late 2017.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Hilda Pinnix-Ragland of Duke Energy

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, vice president of corporate public affairs at Duke Energy.

Hilda Ragland, Duke

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
Vice President of Corporate Public Affairs
Duke Energy

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland is vice president of corporate public affairs for Duke Energy. She has responsibility for working with officials at the federal, state and local levels to develop responsible public policy that protects consumers and businesses. She is also responsible for working with Duke Energy’s international interests on energy initiatives for broad-reaching policy positions with stakeholder organizations. Hilda has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and has held a variety of leadership roles. She has been an officer since 1998.

Hilda grew up in Hillsborough, N.C., graduating magna cum laude from North Carolina A&T State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She earned an MBA from Duke University and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Public Policy Executive Leadership Program. Active in the community, Hilda is past chair of the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges. Hilda and her husband, Al, have one daughter and one granddaughter.

About Duke Energy

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with approximately $115 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.2 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.

Hilda on Diversity and STEM

As we prepare the next generation of black women leaders to achieve socio-economic success and enhance the well-being of their children and families, the energy sector provides an array of opportunities for professional development and advancement. Nationally, more than 10 million jobs are associated with the energy industry, and the sector contributes handsomely to the broader economy. For instance, the oil and gas sector has added $300 billion to $400 billion annually to the economy since 2008. Likewise, one in every 142 new jobs in the U.S. is created by the solar industry, which is expected to grow by 15.6% over the next year.

American energy production will continue to flourish in the coming years, especially with the advent of new technologies that help strengthen the electric grid and enhance the way we access various types of energy – oil, natural gas, coal, or renewables like solar, wind, and nuclear. What’s more, by 2035, the world will require 53 percent more energy than it did in 2008 to sustain modest economic growth. Demand for high-skilled workers in the energy sector is critical during this time of rapid growth. To date, however, too few African Americans have taken advantage of the benefits this sector provides. Fortunately, with concerted effort and a focus on increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) engagement among our students – particularly our young girls - we can turn the tide and put our communities on track for maximum gains.

Presently, African American women only represent 2 percent of the STEM workforce, while women in general hold 24 percent of those jobs. Participation in the STEM workforce requires active engagement in the STEM fields in school. Black people represent 12.6 percent of the U.S. population and 11 percent of all students beyond high school. But in 2009, African Americans received just 7 percent of all STEM bachelor's degrees, 4 percent of master's degrees, and 2 percent of PhDs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

The good news? African American women earn more than half of all science and engineering degrees completed by African Americans—surpassing their male counterparts. During a time when the U.S. may be short as many as three million high-skills workers by 2018 and STEM fields yield the highest median earnings, African American women are in a prime position to capitalize on the anticipated growth of the energy sector (and STEM economy, generally), but we must be purposeful and very deliberate in increasing their participation in these fields.

Knowing the importance of STEM education, Duke Energy supports initiatives that strengthen participation in these areas at both the K-12 and higher education levels through a merit-based scholarship program and financial support of non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning focused on training our future workforce. Likewise, the American Association of Blacks in Energy provides scholarships and mentoring to high school students who pursue STEM in college. These are but two examples of the work being done to bolster participation – and its work we can continue at all levels through both public and private engagement. The energy sector, and America generally, will benefit from more high-skills STEM workers. It is our job to ensure African American women get a seat at the table and become more active in this space.

Blackboard to Acquire Schoolwires

[On February 4, 2015] Blackboard Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. The acquisition of Schoolwires will better position Blackboard to improve the student experience through an unmatched combination of K-12 solutions and services focused on communication and engagement.
Following the acquisition of ParentLink last year, today's announcement represents the next step in Blackboard's plan to provide a comprehensive set of solutions that address the needs of all K-12 stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and administrators. It also will help Blackboard deliver on its strategy to offer technology innovations that help prepare students with the necessary experience and skills for higher education and job success.
Schoolwires provides a suite of technology products and related services to more than 11 million users and 1,700 districts and educational entities in the U.S. and China. Its solutions include an integrated website and content management system, a social learning and networking system, a family of mobile applications and an enterprise technology platform. Through this acquisition, Blackboard will further establish its position as a leading provider of school websites and parent notification solutions.
"Now, more than ever before, we are aggressively driving toward our mission of advancing students' education journey and positioning them for success across their lifelong learning experience, which begins at the K-12 level," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard. "An informed and engaged K-12 community is the foundation for improved teaching and learning, and school websites and apps are the natural way that process begins each day. With Schoolwires, we will help schools meet the evolving needs of their community and improve outcomes for their students."
"Today's news marks a great milestone for Schoolwires and we couldn't be more excited to join the Blackboard team," said Christiane Crawford, president and CEO of Schoolwires. "We are eager to merge these two industry-leading teams and continue our pursuit of helping students be more successful, improving the educational experience in K-12, and investing in the future of this industry."
Blackboard has provided website hosting and content management solutions for school and district websites since it merged with Edline in 2011. The addition of Schoolwires' best-in-class solutions and apps will enhance Blackboard's parent and community engagement solutions, advance the company's overall strategy for K-12, and expand its partner ecosystem. 
Subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close later this year.
For more information about Blackboard, please visit or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.

James Dyson Award 2015 Opens for Entries

This is a press release from James Dyson & the James Dyson Awards

Inflatable incubators, affordable bionic arms, gelatine food labels…
The James Dyson Award encourages young people to solve problems – BIG and small.
February 5, 2015 | From raising $1 million in funding to setting up award-winning businesses, James Dyson Award winners go on to achieve great things.
James Dyson said, “Young people have the power to change the world through engineering. Each year the James Dyson Award sees truly remarkable solutions to real-life problems all approached from different angles. No problem is too big and the simplest solutions are the best - use the award as a stepping stone to take your invention towards commercialization.”
Last year’s international winner was James Roberts, a 23-year-old graduate of Loughborough University in the UK. His winning invention was MOM, an inflatable incubator for the developing world. It provides the same performance as a $45,000 modern incubation system, but costs just $400 to manufacture, test and transport. James has now gone on to further prototype and test his invention.
James said, “Entering the James Dyson Award put MOM in the international spotlight.  The public response and support was incredible, creating huge momentum towards commercialization. I’m now further developing MOM, and hope to have it in production soon.”
‘Design something that solves a problem’: the award challenges young engineers and scientists around the world, to develop their problem solving ideas.  This year the award grows across Asia—as bright students from Hong Kong and Taiwan are able to enter for the first time.
The award celebrates ingenuity, creativity and sustainable engineering. Entrants are encouraged to do more with less, designing with the environment in mind - using fewer raw materials, consuming less energy and creating a technology that will perform better and last for longer.
Nick Parrotta, member of Titan Arm—the first US winning design said, “We wanted Titan Arm to be affordable, as exoskeletons are rarely covered by health insurance. This informed our design decisions and the materials we used. Most structural components are machined from inexpensive aluminum.”


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