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ICYMI: Video from the STEM Higher Ed Council Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who joined the STEM Higher Education Council Town Hall yesterday! In case you missed it or want to re-watch it, it's up on our YouTube page along with the entire catalog of videos from our Town Hall series! We hope you gained a better understanding of the tremendous experience the Council Members bring to this initiative and the exciting work they will be implementing in the near future. 

We'd especially like to thank yesterday's speakers who participated yesterday: Rob Denson (Pres., Des Moines Area CC), Martha Kanter (Former Under Sec. at the Dept. of Ed), Dr. Tim Welsh (SVP, Apollo Group), Dr. Jane Oates (VP, Apollo Group), Dr. Mitzi Montoya (VP & Innovation Dean, ASU), Dr. Richard Rhodes (Pres., Austin CC), Dr. Jim Catanzaro (Pres., Chattanooga State CC), Dr. Dean Evasius (VP, ORAU), Dr. Dena P. Maloney (Pres., Taft College), Vin Manno (Provost & Dean of Faculty, Olin College), Dr. Chad Womack (Nat’l STEM Director, UNCF), and Don Munce (Pres., My College Options).

To learn more about our members, continue to follow along with our SHEC Member Profile Blog Series!

Check out the video below or on our YouTube Page.

Connect with the right people and help find solutions to urgent challenges facing our planet at the 2014 AGU Science Policy Conference

This is a guest blog post from the American Geophysical Union (AGU)
The third annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Science Policy Conference will be held over two days, starting Tuesday, June 17th, with a communications skills-building workshop taking place beforehand at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C. The conference will bring together policymakers, community leaders, industry leaders, and scientists to discuss the latest research findings and perspectives on climate change, natural hazards, and natural resource challenges.
Among the highlights are a panel discussion on Tuesday morning entitled “Policy Perspectives: The Future of Science in the U.S. Congress.” The discussion, to be moderated by POLITICO reporter Erica Martinson, will feature Representatives Donna Edwards (MD-4), Jim Moran (VA-8), and Scott Peters (CA-52). Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will give the conference’s keynote address on Wednesday morning, and following that will be another plenary discussion on “The Business of Science: Is Public Investment Driving Private Innovation?”
At a congressional reception Tuesday evening, to which all conference attendees are invited, three individuals will be awarded by AGU with Presidential Citations for Science and Society. This distinction, awarded annually to leaders whose work has advanced understanding and appreciation of the value of Earth and space science to society, will be bestowed upon Senator Barbara Mikulski (MD), Professor Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University, and former executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) Eugenie Scott.
AGU is putting on this conference in partnership with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the American Geosciences Institute, the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America, the American Statistical Association, the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and the Geological Society of America.
For more on Science Policy from AGU, check out The Bridge blog, and for the most up-to-date conference information, follow @AGUSciPolicy on Twitter.

SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Tim Welsh of Apollo Group

The STEM Higher Education Council is pleased to announce that Dr. Tim Welsh, Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy Group at Apollo Education Group, will be a member of the Council. 
Tim Welsh brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional services executive to his role as Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy at Apollo Education Group (AEG). Since joining the organization in 2009, Tim has led a team to convert research-based industry insights into opportunities for educational innovation at AEG institutions.
Tim guides the Industry Strategy Group at AEG to build collaborative partnerships with national and U.S.-based international industry associations focused on talent development in multiple economic sectors. Under Tim’s leadership, the Industry Strategy Group builds effective coalitions to support and enhance a wide range of AEG functions, including curriculum development, career services, diversity outreach, and corporate engagement. 
Prior to joining AEG, Tim was a Vice President with SRI International, where he served on the leadership team that launched SRI Consulting. Earlier in his career, he worked as a Managing Partner at AT&T Solutions, where he had major assignments in Europe, Asia, and Canada. Throughout his career, Tim has been a trusted adviso to executives in industries including financial services, energy, manufacturing, retail, film, and government. He serves as a Board Trustee and educational advisor to U.S. industry associations. 
Tim earned a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University, and completed his doctoral dissertation on strategic marketing management. He earned a Master of Education degree at the University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Dickinson College. He also completed post-graduate studies in international affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 
in Bologna, Italy.
About Apollo Education Group
Apollo Education Group, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, John Sperling, believed—and events proved him right—that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.
Today, Apollo Education Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Carnegie Learning, College for Financial Planning, and Institute for Professional Development, has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.

Scholastic Media's The Magic School Bus Continues Legacy with The Magic School Bus 360 degrees, A New Netflix Original Series for Kids

Scholastic Media's The Magic School Bus Continues Legacy with The Magic School Bus 360 degrees, A New Netflix Original Series for Kids (via PR Newswire)

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International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Sue Sorrentino Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award

This is a press release from International Association for STEM Leaders

International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation’s capitol and awards Sue Sorrentino of Vista Teach Instructional Services with the prestigious Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award. Sue Sorrentino with Vista Teach is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
Vista Teach, led by Sue Sorrentino, STEM Educator and Director, received the Corporate K-12 STEM Innovation Award. This organization is composed of an entire team of former, female engineers, who went on to earn teaching certifications, with joining forces, to bring real-world engineering principles and professional practices directly into their classrooms. While they provide engineering education across numerous grade levels and divisions, this team of teachers specifically advocates the urgency of providing comprehensive, authentic, and hands-on STEM Education beginning in the very early elementary grades. Throughout their years at Allendale Columbia School in Rochester, NY and, in collaboration with numerous and global, corporate and collegiate partners, the team continues to immerse young learners in real-world engineering. This, in turn, provides the ideal framework for developing the capacities of young people to become global leaders and innovators.
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
The STEM Leadership Summit was held in conjunction with the world’s largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in “turnkey” laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company, also took part in the event as a sponsor.
For more information, please contact Dr. Carole Cameron Inge at (540) 837-2175 or

SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Mitzi Montoya of ASU

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Dr. Mitzi Montoya, Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University, will be a member of the Council.

Mitzi M. Montoya is Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Arizona State University. She is a Professor in the Management Department of the W.P. Carey School of Business and serves on the board of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Montoya received her Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics and a B.S. in Applied Engineering Science, both from Michigan State University.
"As a founding member of this Council, ASU is dedicated to evolving the higher education experience so that we can develop more innovative pathways to better connect students to STEM careers. I also look forward to using ASU's experience with private partnerships to forge new relationships with businesses, government and foundations to find opportunities for collaboration in building the next generation of STEM professionals." 
About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.

Sikorsky Challenges Kids to Create Helicopter of the Future in Scholarship Competition

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Student to Compete in National Chemistry Competition

This is a press release from the Chemical Educational Foundation®
ARLINGTON, Va. - June 9, 2014 | Students from across the United States will gather in Philadelphia to test their mettle as chemists and vie for college scholarships as they compete in the National You Be The Chemist Challenge® on June 23 at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
The You Be The Chemist Challenge®, created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), is a quiz bowl style academic competition that aims to engage students in the fifth through eighth grades in learning important chemistry concepts, scientific theories, and chemical safety awareness. The competition was created in 2004 as a means to spark student interest in the sciences and prepare students for future study and scientific careers. The competition is also an opportunity for members of the chemical industry to interact with and enhance science education opportunities for schools and organizations in their communities.
Nearly 25,000 students participated in the Challenge program during the 2013-2014 school year at the local and state levels. One student from each of the 30 participating states has qualified to compete at the national competition, where prizes include academic scholarships totaling $15,000, trophies, Thames & Kosmos CHEMC3000 chemistry kits, graphing calculators, gift certificates to the Discovery Channel Store, T-shirts, backpacks and more. The competition will be followed by a celebration dinner and awards ceremony at the National Constitution Center, featuring live science entertainment.
“As the Challenge program celebrates its 10th anniversary, we are excited to see Challenge alumni pursuing chemistry and other sciences at the university level,” stated CEF Executive Director John Rice. “Every year we watch the Challenge inspire participants to study chemistry in greater depth, and we are thrilled to see the program introducing students to new career paths and possibilities for future exploration,” he added.
Outside of the competition, participating students and their families will have the opportunity to tour exhibits in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, spend a day at The Franklin Institute, and explore historic Philadelphia.
The 2014 National Challenge participants will represent the following states:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A representative from the District of Columbia will participate in the competition as well.
The National Challenge and all of its surrounding events are organized by CEF and sponsored by members of the chemical industry and educational organizations.
The 2014 National Challenge sponsors are:
Diamond Sponsor: The Dow Chemical Company
Platinum Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Brenntag North America, Inc., ICL Performance Products LP, LyondellBasell, PVS-Nolwood Chemicals, Inc., Shell Chemical Company
Gold Sponsors: Monument Chemical, Science Buddies, Thames & Kosmos, Univar
Silver Sponsors: Horn, National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)
Bronze Sponsors: Access Chemicals and Services, Coast Southwest, Inc., PQ Corporation, Turning Technologies LLC
For more information, visit the CEF website at
About the Chemical Educational Foundation
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF) works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for our youth. CEF created the You Be The Chemist Challenge® in 2004.

NASA Selects Minority University Teams for 2014 Microgravity Research Flights

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SHEC Member Profile: Dr. Jim Catanzaro of Chattanooga State

The STEM Higher Ed Council (SHEC) is proud to announce Dr. Jim Catanzaro, President of Chattanooga State Community College, will be a member of the Council.  
For thirty-five years Dr. Jim Catanzaro has been known nationally as a leader in the community college movement – for five years as a community college president in California, for six years in Ohio, three in Illinois, and now for over twenty-four years in Tennessee.  Previously, President Catanzaro was the Human Resources Director for a 7,000 employee-manufacturing firm in California.
Dr. Catanzaro holds the Ph.D. degree from Claremont Graduate University in Philosophy of Religion.  He studied leadership at The Wharton School and at the University of Texas at Austin.  His “Second Generation” online course, Religions of the World as Practiced in America, has been selected by the Monterey Institute Hewlett Foundation Study for inclusion in the Institute’s National Repository of America’s best web-based courses. 
President Catanzaro is author of several books.  His most recent focuses on achieving well-being: Spiritual Surfing: Riding Life’s Turbulent Waves to Victory.  He has hosted a weekly television interview program aired principally on PBS affiliates since the 1980’s; he represents higher education on the board of the prestigious National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; he is a consultant with the Higher Education Research and Development Institute; and he has served on the boards of over 25 community organizations in Chattanooga.
In a statement regarding the STEM Higher Education Council, President Catanzaro remarked, "Pushing STEM education and innovation forward is critical to our national future.  As a college with a strong STEM focus including an onsite STEM high school, being part of the Higher Education Council's cutting edge work is an imperative."


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