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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.

The James M. Cox Foundation Announces $300,000 Grant to Orlando Science Center

This is a press release from the James M. Cox Foundation 

Grant supports creation of new children's exhibit to promote critical thinking skills


Left to Right: Rusty McCranie (WFTV Certified Meteorologist), Ellen Westpfahl (Manheim Orlando and Manheim Central Florida's Assistant General Manager), Susan Larkin (Cox Media Group Orlando Radio's Vice President and General Manager), Shawn Bartelt (WFTV's Vice President and General Manager), and JoAnn Newman (Orlando Science Center's President & CEO)

ORLANDO, Fla., June 18, 2015 (PRNewswire) | The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $300,000 grant to Orlando Science Center to help build New KidsTown, an exhibit to serve children from infancy to age seven. The new children's area will be three times larger than the current space and will feature play-based learning and high-touch explorations to promote critical thinking skills. New KidsTown will also feature a dedicated infant and toddler area.
 
"We are extremely grateful to the James M. Cox Foundation for their generous investment in our vision for a new KidsTown," said Orlando Science Center's President and CEO JoAnn Newman. "Thanks to this incredible gift, we are one step closer to providing Central Florida families with an expanded and content rich space to encourage early learning, skill building and quality family time."
 
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where Cox Enterprises and its divisions (Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group) operate. This grant was made possible through the joint support of Cox's media and automotive properties in the Orlando area.
 
In the Orlando area, Cox businesses include: Ch. 9 WFTV, TV 27, 98.9 WMMO, K92.3, News 96.5 WDBO, POWER 95.3, Star 94.5 FM, WDBO-AM, X107-3 FM, Manheim Central Florida and Manheim Orlando.
 
"The Orlando Science Center has inspired curiosity and exploration for sixty years," said WFTV's Vice President and General Manager Shawn Bartelt. "We know that learning at an early age helps put children on the path to success, and the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way for the entire family."
 
Orlando Science Center annually attracts 475,000 visitors and features a working replica of WFTV's Severe Weather Center 9. Visitors learn how to put a weather forecast together and practice delivering it in front of a green screen.
 
About the James M. Cox Foundation 
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. 
 
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
 
About Orlando Science Center
Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center's hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.
 
Orlando Science Center's mission is to inspire science learning for life. The Science Center strives to create lasting impacts on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and develop the next generation of creative innovators. Fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Science Center ranks as one of the most popular museum destinations in the region. Having served more than 12 million people since its inception in 1955, the Science Center offers rich resources for lifelong learning.
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ACM and CSTA Announce New Award to Recognize US High School Students in Computing

This is a press release from ACM and CSTA
 
Gordon Bell and David Cutler Establish $1 Million Endowment to Fund Award
 
NEW YORK, June 17, 2015 | ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org), and CSTA, the Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csta.acm.org), today announce a new award, the ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing, to recognize talented high school students in computer science. The program seeks to promote and encourage the field of computer science, as well as to empower young and aspiring learners to pursue computing challenges outside of the traditional classroom environment.
 
“This new award touches on several areas central to ACM’s mission,” said ACM President Alexander L Wolf. “Chief among these are to foster technological innovation and excellence, in this case, by bringing the excitement of invention to students at a time in their lives when they begin to make decisions about higher education and career possibilities.”
 
Four winners will be selected annually and each will be awarded a $10,000 prize and cost of travel to the annual ACM/CSTA Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing Reception where students will demonstrate their programs and discuss their work. The prizes will be funded by a $1 million endowment established by David Cutler and Gordon Bell. Cutler is a software engineer, designer and developer of several operating systems including Windows NT at Microsoft and RSX-11M, VMS and VAXELN at Digital Equipment Corporation. He is Senior Technical Fellow at Microsoft. Bell is an electrical engineer and an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation where he led the development of VAX. He is now a researcher emeritus at Microsoft Research.
 
“David and I are delighted to endow this new award to recognize, encourage and reward high school students in computing,” said Gordon Bell. “We hope that it proves to help students discover computer science and how empowering computing can be.”
 
Eligible applicants for the award will include graduating high school seniors residing and attending school in the US. Challenges for the award will focus on developing an artifact that engages modern computing technology and computer science. Judges will look for submissions that demonstrate ingenuity, complexity, relevancy, originality, and a desire to further computer science as a discipline.
 
The application period for the inaugural award is scheduled to open August 1, 2015 and close January 1, 2016. The inaugural awards will be announced in February 2016.
 
About ACM
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery (www.acm.org) is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence.  ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.
 
About CSTA
The Computer Science Teachers Association (www.csta.acm.org) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science and other computing disciplines. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and students to better understand the computing disciplines and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn.

 

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Discovery Education and 3M Announce National Finalists in 2015 Young Scientist Challenge

This is a press release from Discovery Education and 3M

--As Part of Nation’s Premier Science Competition for Students in Grades 5-8, Ten Young Inventors Will Compete for $25,000 and the Title of America’s Top Young Scientist--
--During Unique Summer Mentorship, 3M Scientists Will Support Finalists in Developing Scientific Solutions for Problems Identified in Everyday Life--
 
Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (June 18, 2015) | Today’s students will ultimately decide how we solve tomorrow’s challenges, and 10 young scientists are being recognized today for showing that the next generation does not have to wait until they graduate college to help change the world for the better.
 
Discovery Education and 3M have announced that 10 students from across the country have been named finalists in the 2015 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for their use of scientific thinking and imagination to dream up a solution to an everyday problem that could ultimately reshape the way we live our lives.
 
After submitting a short video communicating the science behind a possible solution to an everyday problem, these young scientists rose to the top of the competition due to their science acumen, innovative thinking and exceptional communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos.
 
Discovery Education and 3M are proud to announce the following 10 finalists (in alphabetical order)*:
  • Peter Finch, Harrisville, R.I., Homeschool
  • Arthur Frigo, III, Jupiter, Fla., Turtle River Montessori
  • Raghav Ganesh, San Jose, Calif., Joaquin Miller Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
  • Amulya Garimella, Pittsburgh, Pa., Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District
  • Iris Gupta, North Potomac, Md., Robert Frost Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Hannah Herbst, Boca Raton, Fla., Alexander D. Henderson University School, Florida Atlantic University Schools
  • Alec Lessing, New York, N.Y., Collegiate School
  • Conner Pettit, Lone Tree, Colo., Cresthill Middle School, Douglas County School District
  • Krishna Reddy, Wichita Falls, Texas, Kirby World Academy, Wichita Falls Independent School District
  • Sanjana Shah, Cupertino, Calif., John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino Union School District
 
* Schools listed are from time of competition entry (January – April 2015).
 
Each finalist will now have the exclusive opportunity to work directly with a 3M Scientist during a unique summer mentorship program, where they will be challenged to develop an innovation that positively impacts them, their family, their community or the global population. As part of the world-renowned program, students will meet virtually with their mentors, who will provide guidance as the finalist develops his or her idea from a concept into an actual prototype. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education. Students will then present their inventions during the competition’s final event at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 12th and 13th.
 
Finalists will receive $1,000 and be awarded a trip to 3M Headquarters to participate in the final competition where they will be evaluated on a series of three different challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each challenge will be scored independently by a panel of judges. The winner will receive $25,000, a student adventure trip to a destination such as Costa Rica, and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
 
“On a daily basis at 3M, we see the powerful results of combining science and collaboration,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. “We also know the importance of encouraging the next generation of scientific thinkers, who will ultimately create new ways to solve the issues we see every day. By pairing each of our 10 finalists with a 3M scientist mentor, we look to provide guidance and support through the scientific process as their ideas become reality in anticipation of the competition in October.”  
 
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge targets students in the years when research indicates their interest in science begins to wane and encourages them to explore scientific concepts and creatively communicate their findings. Each January, students nationwide are asked to create a short video describing a new innovation or solution that could solve or impact an everyday problem. In addition to the 10 finalists, 35 students have been selected as state merit winners in this year’s competition and each will receive a technology prize pack.
 
“In order to foster our next generation of STEM leaders, we must provide students with engaging opportunities that support what they’re learning in the classroom and show them how science can be applied to everyday life to solve real-world problems,” said Bill Goodwyn, president and CEO of Discovery Education. “The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge fulfills this mission by encouraging the exploration of science and innovation among America’s youth, and inspiring young minds nationwide to dream up their own creative solutions to everyday challenges.”
 
Since its inception, the Young Scientist Challenge has awarded more than $600,000 in student scholarships and prizes, paired students with world-renowned scientists to give them real-world insights and delivered much-needed science resources to millions of students, teachers and families across the country. Winners have gone on to be featured in Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, speak in front of members of Congress, meet the President of the United States, work with the nation's top scientists and pursue academic careers in science.
 
For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistchallenge.com.
 
About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNewsroom.
 
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development 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. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, over 40 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase 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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Dow and Smithsonian Science Education Center Partner to Develop High Quality Teachers

This is a press release from Dow Chemical

Program will provide teachers in strategic Dow communities with STEM resources

June 17, 2015 -- MIDLAND, Mich.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) | The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) and the Smithsonian Science Education Center announced today they will collaborate on The Dow Smithsonian Teacher Scholar Program. The program is designed to enhance teachers’ skills related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education by providing tools, resources and new learning experiences in fields such as earth history, biodiversity or energy.

The 6-day program will host 32 teachers in Washington, D.C. and is part of the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers (SSEATs). After the experience, participants will take their excitement and new skills back to the classroom, while receiving continued support from local peer participants and the Dow STEM Ambassador program. STEM Ambassadors support teachers and inspire students by providing real life examples to make challenging concepts easier to understand, while incorporating a strong focus on sharing exciting opportunities available through pursuing STEM careers.
 
Each teacher will participate in one of three programs focused on specific STEM related themes:
  • Biodiversity, June 14-19
  • Energy's Innovations and Implications, July 12-17
  • Earth's History and Global Change, July 26-31
“Teachers are the key to driving student interest in STEM subjects, and ultimately in STEM careers,” said Rob Vallentine, director of corporate citizenship at Dow. “Dow is proud to collaborate with the Smithsonian Science Education Center to provide teachers in our communities with an inspirational experience and educational resources to help support their commitment to our students, and in turn drive creation of the next generation of the STEM workforce.”
 
“The Smithsonian Science Education Center is thrilled to continue our partnership with Dow to bring teachers to the nation’s capital for a week of professional development. This experience affords teachers the opportunity to learn directly from scientists, and go behind the scenes at Smithsonian Museums and Research Centers,” said Amy D’Amico, director of professional services at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “We appreciate Dow’s continued commitment to teachers in their communities, and the investment Dow makes to provide students with a robust education so that all students have the opportunity for a future in a STEM field.”
 
Through its STEMtheGAP™ initiatives, Dow’s STEM mission is to build the workforce of tomorrow by supporting teachers, motivating student achievement, developing careers, and collaborating with communities to transform STEM education into a driver for innovation, manufacturing, and economic prosperity. In support of this mission, Dow’s partnership with Smithsonian will provide new resources and support to teachers in six strategic Dow communities:
 
California
  • Jennifer Foster, Rancho Medanos Junior High, Pittsburg, Calif.
  • Julie Hubbard, Liberty High School, Brentwood, Calif.
  • Michele Miller, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
  • Lynda Ramos, Antioch Unified School District, Antioch, Calif.
Indiana
  • Paul Legge, MSD of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis, Ind.
Louisiana
  • Janell Albarez, West Baton Rouge, Brusly, La.
  • Kacy Allensworth, St. Joseph's Academy, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Kimi Brignac, Brusley Middle School, West Baton Rouge Parish, Brusly, La.
  • Jessica Fletcher, Lakewood Elementary, St. Charles Parish, Luling, La.
  • Daniel Martin, Destrehan High School, St. Charles Parish, Destrehan, La.
  • Brad Ohmer, Albert Cammon Middle School, St. Charles Parish, St. Rose, La.
  • Brian Rowan, Plaquemine High School, Plaquemine, La.
Michigan
  • Mary Jo Griffin, Adams Elementary, Midland Public Schools, Midland, Mich.
  • Isabella Lopez, Freeland School District, Freeland, Mich.
  • Andrea Loshaw, Saginaw Intermediate School District, St. Charles, Mich.
  • Eric Marshall, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, Mich.
  • Jennifer Snider, Birch Run Area Schools - Marshall Greene Middle School, Birch Run, Mich.
  • Deb Yats, Nouvel Catholic Central High School, Saginaw, Mich.
Pennsylvania
  • Isobel Dewey, Simon Gratz Mastery Charter High School, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Theresa Lewis-King, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
Texas
  • Melissa Butterfield, Angleton ISD, Angleton, Texas
  • Chris Gibson, SF Austin Elementary, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, Texas
  • Catherine Goff, AP Beutel, Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Devin Hewer, Howell Middle School, Victoria ISD, Victoria, Texas
  • Kristal LaBerge, Clute Intermediate School, Brazosport ISD, Clute, Texas
  • Patricia Lausch, Danbury ISD, Danbury, Texas
  • Danielle McDonald, Brazosport ISD, Velasco Elementary, Freeport, Texas
  • Traci Perry, Brazosport ISD, Clute, Texas
  • Kelly Rathbun, OM Roberts Elementary, Brazosport ISD, Lake Jackson, Texas
  • Kathy Williams, Texas City ISD, Texas City, Texas
More information about Dow’s commitment to promoting STEM education can be found at www.dow.com/company/citizenship/stem.htm.
 
About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.
 
About the Smithsonian Science Education Center
The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly the National Science Resources Center) is to improve K-12 teaching and learning of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world. The center is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its programs and its impact on K-12 science education.
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Working together to create opportunities for the next generation of STEM leaders in agriculture

This is a guest blog post from Maureen Mazurek, Director, Academic Community Engagement at Monsanto
 
Working together to create opportunities for the next generation of STEM leaders in agriculture 
 
It is an exciting time to be in agriculture. Innovation is alive and well, and farmers today have access to a broad range of tools to help them sustainably grow their crops. Things like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), drought tolerant seeds and real-time weather and field data are helping farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. 
 
These tools come from bright minds with a variety of backgrounds, and like many industries, much of the innovation is being driven by those in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. With global population expected to increase significantly in coming decades, experts in STEM fields will play an ever more central role in helping farmers sustainably grow enough for a growing world. 
 
In 2013, there were more than 56,000 agricultural career opportunities but only 29,000 graduates from U.S. universities with agriculture-related degrees to fill those jobs, according to AgCareers.com. This gap represents big opportunities for the next generation of leaders in agriculture, and one group helping to bridge the gap is the STEM Food & Ag Council (SFAC), a project of the STEMconnector®. 
 
The SFAC’s leadership in convening key players in the agriculture industry is proving to be invaluable. As a result of collaboration brought about by the SFAC, Monsanto was able to help the USDA launch their “Open Data” Summer Camp, which will be administered free of charge through The GovLab @ New York University and aim to help middle and high school students gain experience in the emerging field of data science in the food and agricultural industries.
 
“Identifying the skills, abilities and knowledge that are essential to successful entry and advancement in an agriculturally-related career serves as the basis for USDA investing in this program,” says Joyce Hunter, Acting Chief Information Officer at the USDA. “Agriculture STEM is an initiative that will serve the greater agricultural education community at all levels. In addition, knowledge gained in the U.S. can be transferred to international settings where agricultural development is key to economic growth.”
 
The “Open Data” Summer Camp will be held at the USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the Patriots Technology Training Center and will expose students to real-world data sets and the kinds of insights that can be developed through careful work with data. Participants will learn about various tools and techniques important to data science and work closely with peers on a project involving data management, analysis, visualization, and presentation.
 
There is no single solution to meeting growing global food needs, but data science represents a major breakthrough for agriculture. The ability to turn data into actionable insight and farm management recommendations is enabling farmers to make better decisions throughout the growing season – helping them have better harvests while using resources more efficiently. 
 
The importance of collaboration and collective action in agriculture cannot be overstated. Monsanto is proud to work alongside others on the STEM Food & Ag Council to help create opportunities for the next generation of STEM leaders in agriculture. 
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Lightspeed Systems Mobile Manager Wins 2015 Cool Tool Award from EdTech Digest

The following is a press release from PRWeb

Mobile Manager, the mobile device management system from school network solution provider Lightspeed Systems, has been granted the 2015 Cool Tool Award by EdTech Digest. Mobile Manager wins the prize in the Mobile Device Solution category.
 
Mobile Manager receives the honor over nine other finalists in the Mobile Device Solution division, including JAMF Software Casper Suite, Promethean ClassFlow, Airwatch Enterprise Mobility Management, Amplify’s Amplify System, and Aerohive Networks Mobility Suite. Finalists and winners were selected for their role in “reshaping the education culture,” “creating a new and better future for students everywhere” with “workable technology solutions.”.
 
Mobile Manager was designed specifically for K-12 schools to facilitate anytime, anywhere learning on any device.
 
"To empower those who empower others is a very efficient way to transform an area, and precisely what Lightspeed Systems is doing in the busy mobile learning space with Mobile Manager,” said EdTech Digest Editor-in-Chief Victor Rivero. “We commend Lightspeed Systems for their standout mobile solution built specifically for education."
 
“For schools who may have hundreds or thousands of devices on their networks, streamlined management is absolutely essential to making a mobile device program work,” said Lightspeed Systems President Brian Thomas. “We designed every feature of Mobile Manager with K-12 schools in mind, so every school device program can succeed.”

 

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Penn State launches online master’s degree in data analytics

The following is a press release from PRWeb
 
 
In the era of big data, social media, machine sensors, smartphones and other technology generate vast amounts of information on a daily basis. However, the number of people with the technical skills to analyze large volumes of unstructured data and put them to use remains low.
 
The McKinsey Institute estimates that the United States alone could face a shortage of as many as 190,000 people with analytical expertise and 1.5 million managers who can make decisions based on big data analysis.
 
A new online graduate degree offered through Penn State World Campus can help prepare people to be database designers and business analysts to meet the growing need for these jobs. The 30-credit master of professional studies in data analytics degree consists of a data analytics base program and a business analytics option.
 
“As a society, we’re seeing data being generated at rates like never before, and the data are being stored in formats we’re not used to using, such as Twitter feeds or web profiles,” said Colin Neill, an associate professor of software and systems engineering and the director of engineering programs at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. “Our new program aims to help solve the onslaught of big data by training the people who can create the infrastructure necessary to mine this vast amount of information.”
 
Applications are being accepted for admission in Penn State’s spring 2016 semester.
 
In the base program, students will learn about data management technologies and techniques for descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics. Graduates can pursue jobs in data mining, data modeling, data architecture, business intelligence development and more.
 
In the business analytics option, students will learn to analyze large data sets for market need and to make data-driven business decisions. This track is aimed at business analysts, data scientists and analytic system designers.
 
All students will complete a capstone project that will focus on a problem relevant to their chosen track.
 
Penn State faculty from the Smeal College of Business, College of Engineering and Great Valley campus will teach the courses online. World Campus will provide the online delivery of the program.
 
“The data analytics program was designed to help the students become experts in handling large and complex data sets so they can take advantage of the forecasted career growth in this field,” said David Sylvia, director of academic affairs for graduate programs at Penn State World Campus. “They can accomplish this goal with the convenience of balancing their education with their work and family commitments.”
 
World Campus also offers a standalone nine-credit online graduate certificate in business analytics. Students who complete the certificate and are accepted to the master’s degree program can apply the credits toward the degree.
 
For more information about the programs, visit the data analytics website.
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Axalta Supports YMWIC STEM Education Program

This is a press release from Axalta

Axalta offers financial support and mentorship to youth seeking STEM careers

GLEN MILLS, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE) | If you want to help make a difference in the world, consider making a positive impact in a young person’s life through education and encouragement. Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global manufacturer of liquid and powder coatings, believes in doing just that. Its partnership with Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC) Foundation Inc., an organization focused on providing opportunities for students who are economically disadvantaged or under-represented within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, is helping junior high and high school students prepare for collegiate programs and careers.

Axalta recently hosted YMWIC program participants at its Coatings Technology Center in Wilmington, Delaware where students had an opportunity to job shadow chemists and research associates. Axalta’s Corporate Affairs Head for North America, Lisa Miree-Luke, recently announced Axalta’s support at YMWIC’s scholarship banquet.
 
“It is truly our pleasure to give back to the communities in which our employees live and work. It is part of our corporate culture,” said Miree-Luke. “YMWIC is making a difference and helping to pave the way for so many young people and the need for students schooled in STEM disciplines is increasingly important to Axalta and to society. The impact that the organization is making by providing these unique opportunities and experiences is simply brilliant.”
 
“YMWIC is so grateful to be partnering with Axalta to help enrich the lives of future STEM professionals,” said Richard Roberts III, YMWIC President and CEO. “Axalta and its dedicated employees are providing valuable in-kind support. We also appreciate Axalta's financial contribution that will be used to support the 2015 Girls STEM and Leadership Camp, the 2015 Elementary School Robotics and our scholarship fund. We applaud the efforts and great work of Axalta Coating Systems.”
 
About YMWIC
YMWIC was founded in 2007 and is designed to support and expose youth to STEM education. Our mission is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs accomplished by leveraging alliances with K-12 school districts, universities, corporations, and our committed partners. To learn more visit ymicfoundation.org.
 
About Axalta Coating Systems
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 145 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 12,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 120,000 customers in more than 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axaltacoatingsystems.com and follow us @axalta on Twitter.
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Best Buy's Geek Squad Tackles STEM Challenge with Teen Tech Camps Launching Now

This is a press release from Best Buy 

Young people around the country have been inspired to consider technology careers at Geek Squad Academy sessions that continue this summer

June 10, 2015 -- Minneapolis, MN (Business Wire) | Best Buy’s Geek Squad today announced the launch of the ninth Geek Squad Academy summer program. This grassroots tech experience inspires under-served teens to consider technology careers and help address the nation’s widely-anticipated professional labor shortage.

According to the Change the Equation, a group of Fortune 500 companies that encourages students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers, the American workforce is still failing to pursue different fields. The lack of broad representation in these high-demand areas threatens the U.S. economy by creating a competitive advantage for other countries.
 
“This program offers young people the opportunity to learn about technology and all of the professional possibilities that come with it,” said Susan Bass Roberts, head of Community Relations/Diversity & Inclusion at Best Buy. “Providing this kind of hands-on training in the right way enhances their desire to apply this knowledge to their future education and career choices.”
 
Conducted in partnership with non-profit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Junior Achievement and Young Adult Library Services Association, Geek Squad Academy classes are designed by Geek Squad Agents to demystify technology and ignite a passion for technology through fun and inspiring hands-on learning. At this year’s sessions, students will explore the ins and outs of technology through subjects like digital citizenship, film production, computer programming and robotics, as well as 3D printing and circuitry.
 
Thousands of youth in cities around the U.S. will participate in more than 30 Geek Squad Academy sessions kicking off today in Cleveland and Orlando, and continuing through mid-September. Other markets include:
  • Baltimore
  • Bellevue, Wash.
  • Charleston, S.C.
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Ecorse, Mich.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Jersey City, N.J.
  • Kansas City, Kan
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Maricopa, Ariz.
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • Philadelphia
  • Portland, Wash.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • San Leandro, Calif.
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Washington, D.C.
As testament to the power of Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy program, a survey of 2014 participants showed that fully 64 percent were “a lot more interested in technology” as a result of attending.
 
Since its 2007 launch, Geek Squad Academy has touched the lives of more than 20,000 teens around the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Due to the success of the program, Best Buy has expanded its efforts by launching Best Buy Teen Tech Centers now open year-round in Chicago; Denver; Jersey City, N.J.; Miami; Minneapolis; San Antonio; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. and coming soon to Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
 
For a complete schedule of Geek Squad Academy 2015 dates, locations, enrollment information and more, visit https://academy.geeksquad.com.
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MIT Professional Education Launches Online Cybersecurity Course for Global Professionals

The following is a press release from Business Wire.

MIT Professional Education will offer its first online course on Cybersecurity to a global audience of professionals from Sept. 15 - Oct. 27, 2015. This course, featuring 14 faculty from the world-renowned MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), is offered in support of a campus-wide MIT initiative to counter the real and damaging threat of cybersecurity attacks facing organizations around the globe. Additional sessions of the course will also be offered from Nov. 10 – Dec. 22, 2015 and Jan. 12 – Feb. 23, 2016.
 
The six-week online course, designed for engineers, technical managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a bachelor’s level expertise in computer science, will survey state-of-the-art topics in cybersecurity. The course explores systems and policy issues, and a range of relevant case studies to illustrate the impact and necessity of emerging technologies and applications in the field. By examining security challenges in hardware, software and cryptography, the course will immerse professionals in the latest research that can move their organizations from a “patch and pray” defense to security “by default,” according to faculty experts.
 
“As we witness an increasing amount of corporations, businesses and governments becoming targets of cybersecurity crime each day, it is apparent that understanding the cybersecurity field is vital to the continued protection and success of industries and government organizations not only in the U.S., but around the world,” said Bhaskar Pant, Executive Director of MIT Professional Education. Pant further notes that, “unlike other courses in cybersecurity, this digital offering is designed to provide global professionals a broad holistic approach that will arm their organizations with the latest developments and technologies to address today’s cybersecurity challenges.”
 
“At stake is not only the privacy of personal data, but also the ability of our critical infrastructures to function,” said Howard Shrobe, Director of CyberSecurity, MIT CSAIL. “Through our new course, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the causes of the cybersecurity problem and the most recent research developments that may ultimately solve the problem.”
 
“At CSAIL, our focus is the future of computing and all its associated technologies, including what is relevant for cybersecurity. This gives us the opportunity to provide a one-of-a-kind learning experience for participants looking to learn about the tools and skills they need to understand the technical and policy issues associated with cybersecurity,” said Daniela Rus, Professor, Electrical Engineering Computer Science, Director, MIT CSAIL.
 
This online course, presented as part of MIT Professional Education’s Digital Programs, is delivered globally using the MIT and Harvard-founded open-sourced online education platform, edX. Digital Programs provide companies and organizations the ability to offer training and education to their employees on highly advanced topics facing a wide range of industries. Upon completing the course, participants will receive an MIT Professional Education Certificate of Completion, course materials from all presentations, 90-day personal access to the archived course (includes videos, discussion boards, content, and Wiki) as well as access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive professional alumni network. The course launching on Sept. 15 is being offered at an introductory price of $545.
 
Immediate registration is available at the Cybersecurity course website. Individuals across all industries or by large groups of employees from the same organization can register for the course. For general questions, please email mitprofessionalx@mit.edu.
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