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.

BloomBoard Secures $7.2 Million in Series B Funding

The following is a press release from PRNewswire
BloomBoard, a Silicon Valley education technology company focused on empowering teacher growth, announced today that it received $7.2 million in Series B funding. The round includes increased capital from three original investors: Birchmere Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Learn Capital, as well as new contributing organizations, including the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Gera Ventures.
"BloomBoard's mission is to empower teacher growth. We're currently working with over 7,000 schools, across more than 700 districts, in 22 states to support professional learning and improve teacher effectiveness through personalized professional development," said Jason Lange, CEO and co-founder of BloomBoard. "We're thrilled to have a passionate group of investors with deep expertise in the education space committed to join us as we continue on our mission."
This is BloomBoard's second round of financing in two years, bringing its total funding to-date to $16 million. With the new funding, BloomBoard will scale its team, allowing them to accelerate customer growth, expand its school and district offerings, and launch new professional development opportunities for K12 educators.
"Our investment in BloomBoard reflects our commitment to empowering great teachers," said Micah Sagebiel, program officer, US Education at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. "BloomBoard offers a more personalized, supportive approach to professional development that is the key to creating more effective educators, which in turn will improve student learning outcomes. We're excited to help make professional development more productive and purposeful for educators."
BloomBoard has also announced two significant company milestones: one million teacher observations completed through its Observation and Evaluation platform and the availability of the popular BloomBoard Marketplace to educators worldwide. The Marketplace connects educators with thousands of high-quality professional learning resources from top content providers including the Buck Institute for Education, Common Sense Media, Stenhouse Publishers, Coursera, and more. Until now, the Marketplace has only been accessible to educators through a school or district contract. Over 100,000 educators are already using the Marketplace to access personalized learning resources and improve their practice. Now, for a limited time, the company is providing access to all educators, regardless of if their school or district has a contract with BloomBoard. To get started, visit
About BloomBoard
BloomBoard connects teachers with high-quality resources to achieve their professional learning goals. Educators have convenient, on-demand access to its comprehensive Marketplace where they can find valuable content including videos, webinars, courses, and e-books from the most trusted providers in the education space. Through BloomBoard's cost-effective procurement process, school and district administrators can track and measure teacher growth, identify where professional development dollars are being spent, and make more informed decisions that impact growth and instruction. For more information, visit and follow @bloomboard for updates.

Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Hosts 2015 Education Technology Awards

The following is a press release from PR Newswire
Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced that the 2015 Bammy Awards will again include developers of education technology. Three Bammy EdTech Awards will be presented to recognize the best-in-class education apps, teaching tools and education-related web sites. The winners will be selected by an international panel of leading education technology directors. Honorees will be presented with the coveted Bammy Award statuette at the same black-tie, red-carpet event in Washington, D.C., on September 26th, where prominent and influential educators from across the United States will convene to celebrate the entire education community.
The EdTech submission process is now open at and extends through August 31. Past winners of the Bammy EdTech Award include Edmodo, DropBox, Remind, Class Dojo, Symballoo and Evernote - out of a field that included submissions by Scholastic, Discovery Education, Haiku Deck, Samsung Electronics, Vocabulary Spelling City, Strata Logica, IAC, and the National Science Foundation.
"I'm honored to receive the Bammy Award on behalf of ClassDojo. I've been a teacher using their product since 2001, and I can't tell you the joy that it brings to my children and how the parents really appreciate the communication back and forth. So thank you, ClassDojo, for asking me to accept this on your behalf," Erin Klien, teacher and Academy member.
About the Bammy Awards
Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, the cross-discipline Bammy Awards accepts nominations in dozens of disparate categories, including teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, education advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, school custodians, parents, education technology developers and other members from across the education village. Submissions for the EdTech Awards include a visibility package option for new product launches. The visibility bundle includes radio interviews with company spokespersons, promotional video, inclusion in the Bammy Awards Edtech Directory, social media promotion and the chance to make the 2015 Bammy Awards EdTech Top 50 list.
About the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences
The Academy is comprised of over 300 prominent education leaders, including Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University; Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Timothy Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics, Brian Lewis, CEO of ISTE, Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic, and the  directors of NAESP, ISTE, AASA, PTA, NASN, ASBO and NASSP.

Museum of Science, Boston Awarded 100Kin10 Fellowship

This is a press release from the Museum of Science, Boston

Four employees from the Museum of Science’s National Center for Technological Literacy® have been selected to participate as a team in the 100Kin10 Fellowship Program. The new grant-making effort is designed to address a critical need in the nation's schools--the lack of engineering-related programs for K–12 students.
The program aims to help teams from organizations with ideas for new engineering programs to fine-tune their ideas during a 10-week period where they receive support, resources, and feedback from each other and outside experts. Fellows then apply to 100Kin10 for a one-time grant that will help make their ideas a reality.
The Museum’s 100Kin10 fellowship team includes Patti Curtis, director of NCTL’s Washington, DC, Office of Government Relations, and three staff members from NCTL’s Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) project: Dr. Cathy Lachapelle, research and evaluation program manager; Martha Davis, senior multimedia developer; and Kate Sokol, operations coordinator. EiE supports engineering education in grades K-8 nationwide through curriculum development, professional development delivery, and rigorous research.
The nonprofit 100kin10 is a national network of academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies created four years ago after President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for recruitment and training of at least 100,000 new middle-school and high-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers over the next ten years.
"Engineering is critical in our 21st-century economy, but there’s this huge mismatch between what’s happening in K-12 schools and what our economy and society needs of its citizens and workers," said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the 100kin10 executive director.
The 100kin10 Fellowship Program was created with a $7.5-million seed grant from the New York Attorney General’s office, the bulk of a settlement with the Pearson Charitable Foundation, and $500,000 from the Simons Foundation. Awards will range from $25,000 for early-stage ideas to $500,000 for more complex or fully formed plans.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. Having reached an estimated 8.3 million students and 90,200 teachers, its NCTL also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015 . One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include The Science Behind Pixar, the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:

Enlightened, On-Ramps to Careers and Mayor Invest in DC’s Future Through STEM Internships

This is a press release from Enlightened and On-Ramps to Careers

Enlightened, Inc. and On-Ramps to Careers lead Public and Private Sector Partnerships to Provide Internships to DC Youths

ORTC, Enlightened Inc. Chamber and Mayor Bowser kick off Summer Internships 2015. via @OnRampsTC

WASHINGTON (June 29) |  Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Department of Employment Services kicked off the first day of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) today with Enlightened, Inc. ("Enlightened"), a leading provider of Information Technology (IT) consulting services and On-Ramps to Careers, Inc. (ORTC), a non-profit partnership that has enlisted twenty tech organizations to provide over 120 I.T. summer internships for DC students since 2013.
Enlightened will host seven technology interns this summer in support of both the Mayor’s Men and Boys of Color (MBOC) Initiative and On-Ramps to Careers, Inc. These internships are among over 150 that will be created by the MBOC and On-Ramps to Careers in 2015.
On-Ramps to Careers, Enlightened, Inc., the DC Chamber of Commerce, the Athetech program at Microsoft Corporation, and the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation have collaborated with the Executive Office of the Mayor, Department of Employment Services (DOES),and DC Public Schools (DCPS) to support the Mayor's initiatives and create economic opportunities for DC young people, especially young men of color.
"In order to create effective pathways to the middle class, we need to make sure that the next generations of Washingtonians have the tools they need to live, work, and thrive in the District of Columbia," said Mayor Bowser. "This program will help give young men the experience they need to succeed in the workplace."
During the spring, Mayor Bowser issued The Audacity Of Hope Book Challenge to 100 young men of color who were students in several public and public charter high schools throughout the District. These young men agreed to read President Barack Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope, during their winter break, and to return with five recommendations of programs to ensure that more young men of color in DC achieve success. The Mayor’s Men and Boys of Color internship program emerged from their recommendations.
Twenty companies and agencies have also joined On-Ramps to Careers as intern hosts for DC technology students, including Microsoft’s AthleTech program, Accenture, Limbic Systems, ABC Imaging, the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Computer Science Corporation, the Advisory Board, National Transportation Safety Board, JMA Solutions, Cisco Systems, Georgetown University, Living Social the DC Chamber and others.  Through On-Ramps, they are hosting 60 students, 15 to 19 years of age, from the city’s National Academy Foundation academies of IT and Engineering and other career programs at Cardozo, Dunbar, Friendship Collegiate, McKinley Technology, Phelps, and Wilson High Schools in Washington, DC.
The purpose of the internship programs is to ensure that DC youths have a greater connection to jobs and career pathways. "The fundamental goal is to guide, mentor and prepare youth for a bright and successful future," said Antwanye Ford, President & CEO of Enlightened.
In an effort to reach as many youth as possible, including young women of color, Enlightened CEO Antwanye Ford joined On-Ramps to Careers Board as its Chair.  “This is a great opportunity for our city’s youth and for Enlightened to invest in our future” Ford commented.  “We want to serve as a model and inspiration for other businesses committed to economic opportunity for youth.”  Robert Holm, a founder of On-Ramps and now Director of the IT Academy at McKinley Technology High School added, “There are well over 20,000 technology job openings in this region each year, and DC young people need the opportunities to prepare for them.”
About On-Ramps to Careers
On-Ramps to Careers is a non-profit partnership that helps DC young people earn internships with leading technology organizations.  On-Ramps' internships and mentors help develop students’ skills, excitement and networks to pursue STEM degrees and careers.  On-Ramps has worked with OSSE, DCPS, the NAF Academies and six DC schools to provide over 120 technology internships for DC students since 2013.  AT&T, Enlightened, Inc., SAP and the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education serve as founding funders.
About Enlightened
Enlightened is an award winning company that provides Cyber Security, IT and management solutions to resolve complex business problems for federal, state, and local government agencies.  Enlightened holds GSA IT-70 and MOBIS schedule contracts, and is certified as a HUBZone and Small Business by the Small Business Administration. For more information please visit

zSpace Unveils World’s First All-in-One Virtual Reality Solution for Education

The following is a press release from PRWeb.
zSpace Inc. (, a leading-edge technology company, today announced the world’s first all-in-one desktop virtual reality solution for education. Introduced at ISTE 2015, zSpace for Education is a streamlined hardware and software solution that allows students to manipulate virtual, 3D objects ranging from human hearts to helicopters to learn concepts such as math, physics, engineering and biology.
Tens of thousands of students across the country are already learning with zSpace STEM labs. Previously, the zSpace system consisted of a virtual reality monitor and separate computer. To develop the new all-in-one product, zSpace collaborated with Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer. The partnership will lead to greater availability and lower cost for schools, which typically purchase a zSpace STEM lab: a set of 12 student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with an interactive stylus as well as a wide variety of educational software. For a video demonstration, click here.
“The zSpace for Education all-in-one system is more advanced and simpler to use,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace, Inc. “We want to radically change how people use technology in schools. We do not live in a flat world. Our goal as a company is to bring this type of interactivity and virtual reality to as many people as possible, and zSpace for Education makes that possible in schools.”

New Services Connect Education Influencers with High-Quality Education Technology Brands

The following is a press release from PR Newswire.
On June 26, two new services were launched to connect high-quality education resources, products, and services with passionate educators. The first is SyndicatED, a brand management practice for educators with robust social media influence and strong demand for their expertise. SyndicatED helps education influencers manage the rapidly growing requests for their insights and related social media services. SyndicatED also helps high-quality education companies find and quickly develop relationships with education influencers who value their technologies, teaching tools, and resources.
To find the right match between educators and brands, SyndicatED leverages one of the most extensive networks of relationships in the education community. Kicking off the launch of the new service, educators and leading social media influencers Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) and Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) have signed exclusive agreements with SyndicatED to represent their interests and selected social media properties. SyndicatED is an affiliate of BAM Radio Network (BRN),  a trusted resource across the education community.
Responding to the surging interest in on-the-go professional development through education podcasting, BRN has also launched EdVoice. The EdVoice program matches education influencers who host professional development radio shows and podcasts with creators and suppliers of education apps, tools, and resources. These key influencers either have an extensive social media reach or lead robust online communities. Communities include connected educators, teachers, the maker movement, the flipped classroom movement, school principals, school superintendents, and school business officials. This week 31 education influencers, connected educators, and education podcasters signed agreements to be represented in the program for the back-to-school season.
"We are excited to introduce these two programs in time for ISTE and back to school. This is the time of year when educators explore, consider, and share new resources," said Errol St.Clair Smith, managing director of SyndicatED. "Relationships matter deeply in education and trusted relationships take time to develop. SyndicatED helps emerging brands save time, get the attention of education influencers, and more quickly develop the critical relationships necessary for successful product launches."

New Science Techbook From Discovery Education Built To Next Generation Science Standards Now Available For K-12 Classrooms

This is a press release from Discovery Education

New Digital Textbook Utilizes Instructional Approach Reflecting Real-World Applications to Help Educators Transition to the NGSS Framework

Silver Spring, Md. (June 29, 2015) | Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms nationwide, today announced its new Discovery Education Science Techbook™ aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is now available for classroom use. Designed specifically to help teachers transition to the NGSS framework, Discovery Education’s latest Techbook joins the company’s award-winning line of digital textbooks.
The Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Embedded formative assessment opportunities help educators monitor student progress, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings.
Discovery Education’s new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook fully supports the instructional shifts required by the new standards, embraces the philosophy of three-dimensional learning, and is designed to help educators adapt their classroom practice to meet the standards. In addition to content chosen to directly support the standards, the NGSS Model Lessons within the new Techbook reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators. With the NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, students will become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers, developing their own scientific explanations by a variety of activities such as exploring the overarching themes of science, asking questions and making claims, and identifying the cross-cutting connections between sciences.
“Monarch Learning Center was excited at the prospect of using NGSS as our guide to science instruction. As a science-based school, we knew we had to find a curriculum that was thorough, engaging, and student centered,” said Patricia Davis, director at Monarch Learning Center in Redding, Calif. “Discovery Education’s NGSS-aligned Techbook offers students the chance to dig deeper and explore the content that grabs their attention. We are anticipating higher levels of engagement, greater depth of knowledge, and inspiring a love of science learning in our students.”
To ensure teachers are fully supported in their transition to NGSS and inquiry-based science, all NGSS-aligned Science Techbooks include customized professional development. Discovery Education Professional Development is designed to show educators how to maximize innovative learning tools and empower them to integrate technology effectively and confidently into instruction.
“The Next Generation Science Standards represent a new direction in science education that demands an innovative set of instructional resources,” said Kelli Campbell, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Learning Officer, Discovery Education.  “Discovery Education is pleased to introduce the new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, which is rich in content and designed in a manner that empowers all educators to provide their students an internationally-benchmarked science education.”
Discovery Education’s Techbook series is a breakthrough collection of digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and include professional development. The Techbook series includes Science titles, as well as Social Studies and Math editions, and: 
  • Saves teachers time with its comprehensive design that includes model lessons, student activities, and assessments at their fingertips;
  • Supports differentiation through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud; and
  • Updates regularly at no additional cost.
For more information about the Discovery Education Science Techbook for use with NGSS, please visit
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

WIT Connect Awards $30K in Three “Branded” Scholarships

This is a press release from Women in Technology (WIT)

Atlanta, GA | For the very first time, three branded scholarships were awarded at the recent 21st annual WIT Connect 2015 (06/11/15) to three deserving young women from Women in Technology’s (WIT’s) Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus programs.  The companies providing the funds included CareerBuilder®, Edge Solutions and NCR Corporation
WIT Connect Presented by Dell brings technology leaders together with up-and-coming professionals for an entertaining evening of networking and competitive bidding.  Companies bid on “time” with executives from top Georgia corporations. This year, over 100 senior executives from 50-plus companies participated and raised over $300K in support of WIT programs and initiatives.
WIT on Campus CareerBuildHER by CareerBuilder® for $5,000
WIT awarded Sarina Bell the 2015 WIT on Campus CareerBuildHER Scholarship by CareerBuilder®. 
Sarina Bell is a HOPE Scholarship recipient and senior at Clayton State University, obtaining a B.S. in Information Technology with a minor in Computer Science. Sarina already has over seven years of experience within the IT field as an assistant to a project manager.  She serves on the executive board of Women Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Wi2STEM), and is an active member of WIT on Campus. 
At WIT Connect, Sarina shared, “I am honored to receive the CareerBuildHER scholarship by CareerBuilder® and to be part of a support system for women having a passion for STEM.”
“CareerBuilder and CareerBuildHER, a women’s alliance group within CareerBuilder, are proud to sponsor a $5,000 scholarship, awarded to Sarina Bell, to promote and support women pursuing careers in technology,” said Leslie Martin, Senior Director of Corporate Applications at CareerBuilder. “We admire Sarina’s desire to mentor other women entering the technology field and look forward to seeing her career evolve.”   
WIT on Campus Edge Solutions Scholarship for $5,000
WIT awarded Shayla Ellington the 2015 WIT on Campus Edge Solutions Scholarship.
Shayla Ellington, a 2015 Regent’s Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) participant and sophomore at Clayton State University, has identified a career in biomedical engineering and pediatric hematology as her goal. Shayla is a member of the Wi2STEM group on campus, and is a Student Ambassador for WIT on Campus initiatives.  She works closely with friends and mentors at Dayton Children’s Medical Center in order to advocate for sickle cell patients like herself.  Shayla is preparing to transition to Georgia Institute of Technology where she will realize her dream of being an amazing engineer.  
According to Shayla, “The Women in Technology program at Clayton State University has allowed me to network with women who strive to make a lasting impact in the STEM field. Through such programs as Campus Chat, Job Shadowing and Career Exploration, WIT on Campus has exposed me to companies and people that inspire me to do my very best.” 
“We are proud to be a sustaining sponsor of WIT, and especially to support amazing women like Shayla Ellington,” says Edge Solutions CEO Julie Haley.   “Not only is fostering diversity in the workforce the right thing to do, but we also believe this is a cornerstone of our success that has contributed to our exceptional growth in our industry.”  
Girls Get IT NCR Scholarship for $20,000
WIT awarded Kayla U. Evans the 2015 Girls Get IT NCR Scholarship.
The future looks bright resting in the hands of WIT’s GGIT participant, Kayla Evans! A soon to be 2015 International Baccalaureate graduate of Douglas County High School, Kayla will be a member of the Harvard University Class of 2019.  At Harvard, she plans to concentrate in neurobiology and later pursue a career in the field of biotechnology.  
Kayla reflected, “I would like to thank NCR for so generously funding this award. I truly appreciate (NCR) investing in the future of young women like me in such a “huge way.” The NCR scholarship sends a message that NCR is serious about making certain women have every opportunity to lead in the area of STEM. Thank you, WIT, for making this scholarship opportunity available through the Girls Get IT program, and thank you to the many companies and organizations that have hosted Girls Get IT events.”
“NCR is a proud supporter of WIT, and we’re honored to sponsor the 2015 Girls Get IT scholarship,” affirmed NCR IT Vice President Julie Untener. “As a global technology company, increasing opportunities for incredible young women like Kayla Evans who combine technical aptitude with personal drive and character is more than a responsibility - it’s an investment in the future as we look to the next generation of technology leaders.”
About CareerBuilder®
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site,®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit
About Edge Solutions
Alpharetta-based Edge Solutions delivers proactive technology solutions – including data center infrastructure and cloud services – that provide a competitive advantage to customers across the Southeast. A certified majority-women owned company, Edge Solutions “lives its values” of diversity by consciously including women at every level of its workforce, including its management team.
About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 550 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.
NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. 
About Women in Technology
Women in Technology, an Atlanta-based organization, passionately supports women at every stage of their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers — from the classroom to the boardroom. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT is the largest, most active female-centered STEM organization in the metro Atlanta region. WIT has set a goal of making Georgia the state with the highest percentage of women in the STEM workforce by the year 2020.

Join STEMconnector at U.S. News STEM Solutions in San Diego!

From June 29 to July 1, 2015- U.S. News will be hosting the fourth annual STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference in San Diego, where over 1,500 stakeholders from diverse sectors of the STEM community will address challenges to finding qualified STEM workers in the U.S. and offer solutions through exciting new models in education and workforce development. We are excited to again partner with the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference this year in a number of exciting ways!

If you plan on attending, please take advantage of STEMconnector's discounted registration code and save yourself $100! The code is CONNECT100. There's still time to register.

And if you do attend, make sure you swing by and say hi to us at our booth- located in the "San Diego Zone" of the exhibit hall floor at Table 6. During breaks and the reception, staff members will be on hand with STEMconnector publications, white papers, some giveaways, and details on our STEM initiatives.

And all next week we will be covering news items coming out of the conference with a special U.S. News STEM Solutions section in STEMdaily. Follow @STEMsolutions and #STEMsolve on Twitter for live updates from San Diego, and also hear from the STEMconnector team by following @STEMconnector, @LorenaSoto & @TheodoreWells!

Upcoming #STEMHealth Forum: Moving at the Speed of Healthcare

On July 23, 2015, the University of Phoenix - College of Health Professions, Sodexo and STEMconnector will host a roundtable event, "Moving at the Speed of Healthcare: Intersection of Healthcare and the Healthcare Workforce Forum" at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Join industry executives, higher education leaders and workforce development leaders for a national forum on the future of healthcare delivery and the emerging healthcare workforce. This interactive event will feature panel discussions with leading healthcare experts and cross-industry discussions with healthcare associations. Also participating are executive leaders from industry and technology, legal and research communities to offer practical insight for building a pipeline of qualified healthcare talent to enhance emerging trends and build a strong healthcare workforce.

At this session, you will learn:
  • How companies and government can collaborate with industry associations, educational institutions and other professional workforce development entities to implement cost-effective, industry-aligned education, training and professional development programs.
  • The implications of current and emerging technologies on healthcare delivery and the knowledge, skills and perspective required by the current and future healthcare workforce.
  • Which talent solutions can foster STEM and innovation capabilities while improving healthcare delivery.
The interactive format will also provide attendees an opportunity to engage with industry peers and present unique insights on emerging practices for meeting healthcare workforce demands. A white paper highlighting the session outcomes and participant contributions will be published following the event.
Here's a preview of the agenda for the #STEMHealth Forum:
08:15 am    REGISTRATION
08:40 am   KEYNOTE ONE
Health Care delivery systems are evolving to fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, meet and prepare for current and prospective population needs and implementing the appropriate economic model required to ensure ongoing viability.  This panel will explore the implications of the delivery system evolution including innovations being implemented and the associated change management and employee engagement requirements needed to ensure success.
  • Aon Hewitt - Kristi Savacool, Chief Executive Officer
  • IBM, Nicole Gardner, Vice President, US Federal Healthcare Industry Leader at IBM Global Business Services
  • Kaiser Permanente – Gregory A. Adams, Executive Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan; Group president, Kaiser Permanente Northern California and Mid-Atlantic States; President, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Sinai Health System - Karen Teitelbaum, President/Chief Executive Officer

Introduced and Moderated by Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Market President, Sodexo

10:15 am BREAK
The provision of face-to-face care in a retail setting is a fairly recent innovation in Health Care delivery. It has evolved in response to a consumer desire for “convenience” of care. At the same time, there has been an increasing prevalence of a “virtual delivery” of care in the marketplace. It has evolved in response to a consumer and legislative need for “access” to care. At the intersection of these trends, how can the retail segment leverage the personal touch experience offered by retail and the new healthcare delivery models while also embracing the possibilities of virtual delivery? (Walk-in clinics, retail store pharmacies & tele-health, etc.)
Introduced and Moderated by James Gillespie, PhD, JD, MPA University Research Chair Center for Healthcare Research School of Advanced Studies, University of Phoenix
  • Edie Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, STEMconnector®
12:00 pm    KEYNOTE TWO
  • Michelle Washko: Deputy Director, National Center on Healthcare Workforce Analysis- Department of Health and Human Services
Over time, payers, practitioners and consumers have been challenged to define and measure quality due to continuous medical discoveries and innovation. Within the recent past, changes in the healthcare delivery system have thrust quality of care into sharp focus. The emergence of this disruptive technology -- both from within and outside of health care – presents challenges and opportunities to the measurement of quality of care delivered via tele-health new modes of access, such as video conferencing, streaming and wireless communications.  How is the quality care issue addressed in this fast past changing environment?
  • Association of Clinicians for the Underserved - Craig A. Kennedy, MPH, Executive Director
  • National Health Law Program - Leonardo Cuello, Director, Health Policy
  • Pascal Metrics / Children’s National Health System - David Stockwell, VP Clinical Services / Medical Staff President
  • Women’s Choice Awards - Delia Passi, CEO & Founder
  • Cigna – (Confirmed, Speaker TBD)
Introduced and Moderated by Betty Nelson, PhD, RN, Academic Dean, School of Nursing, University of Phoenix
The need for expanded access to quality healthcare, combined with the pressure to lower the cost of healthcare delivery, and the advancement in technological capabilities, are driving virtual healthcare as an accepted form of healthcare delivery.  This evolving form of care and access will have an effect on the skills, experience, training, and formal education requirements of the future healthcare workforce.  This diverse panel session, consisting of healthcare industry executives, will discuss the ways that healthcare organizations can develop the workforce skills necessary to support this innovation.  The panel will address the shift in workforce requirements related to the use and impact of technology, shifts in clinical care procedures, compliance with government regulations, and the effect on payment/reimbursement procedures.
  • Workcred (an affiliate of ANSI), Roy Swift, Executive Director
  • Bellevue College, Patricia Dombrowski, Executive Director, Health Workforce Consortium, Life Science Informatics Center
  • District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund, Cheryl Feldman, Executive Director
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System, David Gill, Director, Talent Management 
Introduced and Moderated by: Dennis Bonilla, Executive Dean, College of Information Systems and Technology, University of Phoenix
02:30 pm   BREAK
Given the transformation underway in this dynamic health care environment, organizations are focusing on enhanced capabilities, collaborative partnerships, and revamped business models to drive future success and standing. To achieve these strategic imperatives, the role of health care leaders has never been more complex, meaningful, and important. In this interactive panel discussion, participants will share perspectives on current leadership priorities, as well as key skills and competencies that are driving health care innovation.
Introduced and Moderated by Joe Frick, Executive Vice Chairman, Diversified Search / Former CEO & President and Current Vice Chair of the Board Independence Blue Cross
  • Michael Norris, Chief Operating Officer and Market President, Sodexo
  • Light Refreshments will be served
05:00 pm   END OF DAY
By Invitation Only: To request an invitation, please contact




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