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The Gooru Corner: Underwater Volcanoes and Vents

Deep in the ocean, far beyond the point where sunlight can even penetrate, strange creatures live their lives out in complete darkness. Unlike most ecosystems, which derive their energy from the Sun, these ecological communities get their energy from the heat of volcanoes and hot springs. This week we're excited to spotlight a great video from the NOAA that explores these unique corners of the biosphere.
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Speakers and Twitter Handles for Today's #MakerSTEM Townhall at 2PM ET!

We are so excited to host the “The Maker Movement and STEM Education: Connections and Challenges” Townhall with Maker Education Initiative today from 2-4pm ET!  The event will be broadcast through Google+ Hangouts on Air and streamed on both the Maker Ed ( and STEMconnector® ( Websites.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Google+ using #MakerSTEM!
Here's our great line-up of speakers for today:
1) The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (@WhiteHouseOSTP)- Tom Kalil, Dep. Director for Technology and Innovation
2) California STEM Learning Network (@CASTEMLearning)- Chris Roe, CEO
3) Cognizant Corporation (@Cognizant)- Mark Greenlaw (@MarkSGreenlaw), Vice President, Sustainability and Educational Affairs
4) Digital Harbor Foundation (@DHFBaltimore)- Andrew Coy (@AndrewCoy), Executive Director
5) KippKitts- Kipp Bradford (@kippworks), Senior Design Engineer
6) Maker Ed Initiative (@MakerEdOrg)- Paloma Garcia-Lopez (@spalomagl), Executive Director
7) Intel Corporation (@Intel)- Carlos Contreras, US Education Director
8) Arizona State University (@ASU)- Mitzi Montoya (@InnovationDean), Vice Provost, Dean of the College of Technology and Innovation
9) Ted Ganchiff, Executive Director, Science and Entrepreneurial Exchange (SEE)
10) STEMconnector® (@STEMconnector)- Ted Wells (@TheodoreWells), Director of Strategic Partnerships
To join us for the event, go to this Event Page on Google+. If you can't join us, no worries! It will be saved on our YouTube page.

Today's CEO Leader in STEM: David Cote of Honeywell

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is David Cote of Honeywell.
Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $38 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell's Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the Board on July 1, 2002. 
Cote's decade of leadership has seen Honeywell deliver strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, and cash flow. Honeywell has great positions in good industries. Honeywell’s growth is driven by technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges such as safety, security, clean energy generation, and energy efficiency. More than 50 percent of the company’s sales are outside the U.S. The company’s more than 130,000 employees, including 20,000 scientists and engineers, are focused on developing innovative products and solutions that help Honeywell’s customers – and their customers – improve performance and productivity.
Cote is a member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan.
In 2011, Cote was named Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable (BRT) and Chairs the BRT’s Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, Cote was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Cote was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005. 
Cote received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007, the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011, the Asia Society's Global Leadership Award in 2012, and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development in 2012. 
He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. In 2009, Cote was made an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China, and in 2011, Cote received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater. 
How can we do a better job to strategically coordinate all those engaged in STEM across the country?
There is a growing consensus in the business, scientific and education communities that we must work together and renew our commitment to strengthen American innovation and competitiveness through basic research in the physical sciences and math education. This investment must be coupled with developing and retaining a high-quality mathematics and science teaching workforce. Coordinated efforts must be made to recruit teachers to enter mathematics and science studies and gain certification. Honeywell recognizes that it is critical to use our resources to share our passion for innovation and technology and make an impact in educating and connecting people to STEM. Honeywell’s future workforce is reliant on our nation’s ability to train and educate future scientists and engineers.
Honeywell is committed to these efforts, and our Honeywell Hometown Solutions has taken several steps in this direction with non-profit organizations to deliver high-quality, award-winning programs to students from third grade through the graduate level.  We build STEM programs that deliver results we can quantify -- one community, one home, one teacher and one student at a time -- by applying the same rigor and business tools we use in our business. Programs are delivered to multiple levels of education, from middle through graduate school. Over time, our programs have produced students eager to pursue careers in science and engineering, including students around the world who have joined Honeywell after graduation and are now engineers.
What is the STEM initative that your company has supported are you most proud of?
Honeywell Hometown Solutions has created a series of award-winning programs focused on STEM. In particular:  Honeywell Educators at Space Academy: Our job is to inspire our future generation of scientists and engineers and ensure the men and women who educate them are properly prepared.  Inspiration starts in the classroom. In partnership with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, in Huntsville, Alabama, Honeywell created the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy scholarship program for middle school math and science teachers.Each year selected teachers participate in astronaut-style exercises and simulations, teachers learn new teaching practices in STEM education and can link all activities to professional development credits.More than 1,700 hundred teachers from 45 countries and 50 states and territories have graduated since 2004.
Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy: This week-long event is available to high school children of employees where students have the opportunity to develop their STEM and leadership skills through science-oriented workshops, lectures and team exercises.  Developed in partnership with USSRC, the academy’s unique curriculum challenges students in key areas: purposeful leadership; effective communication; integrated planning; team cohesion; problem solving and critical thinking.Since 2010, more than 630 students from 32 countries and all U.S. states have participated.
FMA Live!: FMA Live! was created by Honeywell and NASA, and is an award-winning hip hop science education program designed to inspire middle school students to pursue studies in STEM. The program teaches Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion and the process of scientific inquiry in an innovative, entertaining and memorable way, delivering solid science that supports the learning objectives of the National Science Education Standards. Since 2004, 317,000 students from more than 800 U.S. middle schools have participated in the program. 
Honeywell Initiative for Science and Engineering: This is a global educational program that reaches universities in emerging regions through on-campus lectures and one-on-one access with Nobel laureates and Honeywell’s top engineers, allowing them to see firsthand that what they are studying today can impact the world tomorrow through STEM-related careers. Honeywell has sponsored 36 Nobel laureate events since 2006.
Where do you see the biggest area of opportunity in advancing STEM Jobs/Careers?
With populations and economies growing, global energy consumption could rise 44 percent by 2030. More than 50 percent of Honeywell’s portfolio is dedicated to energy efficient products and services that are focused on building a world that is safer and more secure, more comfortable and energy efficient, and more innovative and productive. 
Improving the environment, reducing energy consumption and preserving natural resources represent the biggest opportunity for next-generation STEM jobs.
How should thise working to improve the STEM workforce measure success?
Like most businesses, Honeywell regularly assesses its operations to make wise business decisions, determine strengths and weaknesses, shape decisions about improving or expanding our STEM-related programs or creating new ones, and avoid duplication. Appropriate program assessment, such as collecting output and outcome data and conducting thorough assessments at regular intervals, can determine which STEM education programs and strategies are effective and which need improvement.  The process would also serve to direct funding to the most effective programs while still retaining the flexibility to invest in new and innovative programs.
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International Collegiate Programming Contest Spotlights Cloud Computing

International Collegiate Programming Contest Spotlights Cloud Computing (via PR Newswire)

U.S. Students Compete for Spot in World Finals Taking Place in Russia in June Download image IBM Corporation logo. (PRNewsFoto/IBM Corporation) WACO, Texas, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tens of thousands of students from universities across the globe…


NASA and US Military Rocket Launch Visible on U.S. East Coast Tonight

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB), is set to launch a Minotaur I rocket tonight, in support of the Department of Defense Operationally Responsive Space Office's ORS-3 mission.  The rocket will carry a payload of 29 satellites into low-Earth orbit.  The launch is scheduled to take place at approximately 7:30pm EST from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport located at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia.  The launch location will provide an excellent opportunity to see the rocket's path for skywatchers on the East coast of the United States.  

 You can watch the launch on NASA's UStream Channel, or if you are in Washington DC head down to the Lincoln Memorial!

Watch the ORS-3 launch from Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial

The Minotaur I space launch vehicle combines Orbital’s commercial launch vehicle technologies, including upper stage rocket motors, structures, avionics and other elements, with government-supplied first- and second-stage rocket motors to create responsive, reliable and low-cost launch systems for U.S. Government-sponsored spacecraft. It can place single or multiple satellites weighing up to 1,300 lbs. into low-Earth orbit. Tonight’s mission will be the 25th Minotaur launch since the rocket’s first flight in 2000.

In addition to conducting launch operations, Orbital is also a sponsor of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s TJ3Sat, one of the 28 CubeSats aboard the Minotaur rocket and the first satellite to be built and tested by high school students. Over the past several years, volunteers from Orbital’s technical staff mentored the student team and provided engineering oversight, while the company made its space testing facilities available and provided financial support for the satellite project at the Alexandria, VA school. The TJ³Sat was assigned to the ORS-3 mission through NASA’s Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa) program based on launch manifest availability.

The ORS-3 mission, also known as the Enabler mission, will demonstrate launch and range improvements to include automated vehicle trajectory targeting, range safety planning, and flight termination; employ a commercial-like procurement with FAA licensing of a Minotaur I; and launch the Air Force’s Space Test Program Satellite-3 and 28 CubeSats on an Integrated Payload Stack. These enablers not only focus on the ability to execute a rapid call-up mission, they automate engineering tasks that once took months and reduce those timelines to days and/or hours resulting in decreased mission costs.

For more information about the launch, including more Google Earth images of the launch trajectory from Washington, D.C., Charleston, SC, Liberty Park, NJ, New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, or Raleigh, NC, visit Orbital's Launch Website

Images: Orbital


Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Mark T. Bertolini of Aetna Inc

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Mark T. Bertolini of Aetna Inc.
Mark T. Bertolini, 56, is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Aetna Inc., a Fortune 100 diversified health care benefits company. As an early champion of using technology to drive transformational change in the U.S. health care system, Mark has helped pioneer new ways of connecting health care providers and patients to create better outcomes at lower costs. Under his leadership, Aetna has also developed innovative tools for consumers to take control of their health by using applications on their smartphones and other devices. Outside of Aetna, Mark contributes his time and expertise to several corporate and civic organizations. He is a founding member of the CEO Fiscal Leadership Council in the bi-partisan Fix the Debt campaign. In 2009, he was elected the first straight ally board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, an organization founded by Paul Newman that serves children with cancer and other serious illnesses. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. 
Why do you believe STEM education and workforce development are critical to our nation’s future? 
Our ability to compete as a nation and in business depends largely on our capacity to understand and continuously adapt to changing environments. Critical thinking skills evolve from our earliest experiences in exploring and analyzing complex problems. Yet despite modest improvements in the U.S., we are still largely failing our students by de-emphasizing the learning that fuels research and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math. As a country, we need to do more to feed and develop the innate curiosity and aptitude of our nation’s students so that we can harness their natural tendency for discovery and exploration. And as employers, we can do more to accommodate non-conformists; today’s free-thinkers are tomorrow’s innovators. 
How do you believe STEM education can improve the nation’s competitiveness?
In the classroom, we define what matters by virtue of what is taught, measured and rewarded. Most children have a natural curiosity about how things work and the relationship between cause and effect. These behaviors are the seeds of open and inquisitive minds. Four out of five STEM college students made the decision to study STEM in high school or earlier, and one in five decided as early as middle school. Yet science classes are fading from the primary and secondary school curricula across the country. How can we expect to nurture the next generation of innovators if we do not teach, measure or reward the kind of early intellectual growth that leads to highly-developed critical thinking skills?
What area of STEM are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about technology because technological advancements are driving discovery in all of the STEM disciplines. In the past 10 years, we have witnessed developments well beyond what any of us might have imagined possible. The original smartphone was introduced in 2007. Six years later, this technology has transformed how most of the modern world communicates, lives and learns. Technology has become so ingrained in our culture that we have created new verbs to describe new behaviors created by the technology itself: we google something; our kids are facebooking; and I tweet all the time. At the other end of the user spectrum, major industries are using data to help their customers build a more connected world. At Aetna, we are using technology to drive the transformation of health care. By creating new connections across the complex web of health care delivery, we are reducing the cost of health care by helping doctors focus on delivering the care their patients need to get better outcomes and helping people get the care they need when they need it. We are making this kind of change possible through technology that runs on tablets and smartphones, proof that simple solutions can change the world.
What do we need in the US to continue to be at the top of global innovation?
Job growth in STEM-related fields is growing at almost twice the rate of other fields. Our ability to continue to lead global innovation depends on our commitment to building a pipeline of the best and brightest doctors, engineers, scientists and developers. Over the next 10 years, an estimated 80 percent of the jobs in the U.S. will require technology skills and by 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million STEM- related occupations. Unlike many fields, STEM jobs will be readily available.
We have plenty of evidence that innate brilliance is not a matter of geography. Ultimately, innovative nations are more economically competitive and capable of being a positive force in global progress. While U.S. innovation has transformed our lives in the past decade, other nations have been outpacing us for years in the number of STEM graduates they are producing. We still have time, but we are dangerously close to raising a generation that lacks the right training and education to lead global innovation. Beyond federal and state programs to support STEM education, we need a long-term, sustainable commitment from local school boards and communities across the nation to restore STEM to a central place in the elementary and secondary school classroom
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This Week in The Gooru Corner: The Ocean Floor

It is often said that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the surface of the ocean floor. What's down there, kilometers below the familiar surface of the sea? This week in the Gooru corner we'll do our best to explore this frontier, revealing fantastic life forms, smoke-belching volcanic vents and bizarre geology. Get ready to dive in!
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Today's CEO Leader in STEM: Eric Spiegel of Siemens Corporation

The 100 CEO Leaders in STEM Blog Series features a new CEO Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st Century STEM learning and workforce development. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on Twitter using #100STEMCEOs. Today's CEO Leader is Eric Spiegel of Siemens Corporation
Eric Spiegel is the President and CEO of Siemens Corporation and is responsible for growing the U.S. business in the company’s largest market. With $22 billion in sales, $6 billion in exports and approximately 60,000 employees in the U.S., Siemens provides solutions for more affordable and efficient healthcare, the growing demands of cities and the nation's infrastructure needs, cleaner sources of energy production, and industrial productivity. Siemens has over 130 manufacturing sites across the U.S. and is represented in all 50 states. 
Mr. Spiegel, 54, joined Siemens in January 2010. Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Spiegel was with Booz Allen Hamilton from 1986-2008 and Booz & Company from 2008-2010. A graduate of Harvard University and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Mr. Spiegel is the Chairman of Ford's Theatre Society Board in Washington, D.C. and a member of The Board of Overseers at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. He is also the Vice Chair of the Education and Workforce Committee at the Business Roundtable and is a member of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. An expert on the global energy industry, Mr. Spiegel co-authored the 2009 book Energy Shift: Game-changing Options for Fueling the Future, which has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Korean and Japanese.
Why do you believe STEM education/workforce development are critical to our nation's future?
We’re at a crossroads in the U.S. concerning how we educate and train our youth.  Today’s education to employment journey is fraught with obstacles.  From the rising cost of enrolling in college education to a lack of curricula that prioritize on-the-job, hands-on learning, students struggle to gain the skills needed to be part of the workforce.  Half of youth are not sure that their college education has improved their chances of finding a job and almost 40 percent of employers say a lack of skills is the main reason for entry-level vacancies.  We know that STEM jobs are growing 3 times faster than non-STEM jobs, yet on a recent OECD list evaluating 29 countries on how much they teach work-based skills in high school, the U.S. ranks dead last.  We are not arming our students with the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.  This creates a skills gap, which, if we don’t address it, will only widen as time goes on.
How has your corporation coordinated investments in education with future workforce needs?
In 2011, in Charlotte, North Carolina, we opened the world’s most advanced gas turbine manufacturing plant.  As we looked to build our workforce, we had a hard time finding people with the necessary skills for our open positions.  In order to begin to create a pipeline of workers for the future, we began an apprenticeship program for graduating high school students.  This program is based on the traditional German system that has been part of our company heritage since its inception.  
We are part of a local consortium with other companies in the area and we have established a partnership with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) for a 3½ year program that immerses a student in a Machining Technician curriculum.  This is the second year of the apprenticeship program in Charlotte and 12 students are enrolled.  Students attend classes at CPCC and are paid to work for Siemens during their breaks to get hands-on training. Siemens invests $165,000 for the education and training of each apprentice and upon successful completion of the program they will be offered a job at Siemens, receive an Associates Degree in Mechatronics Technology from CPCC and receive Journeyman Certification from the North Carolina Department of Labor.  A Mechatronics Technology degree combines expertise in the engineering specialties of mechanical, computer, electronic, software control and system design engineering. This degree is especially valuable in today’s workforce as more and more of these advanced engineering skills are necessary in today’s higher-technology digital manufacturing plants.
What is the STEM initiative that your company has supported are you most proud?
The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million annually in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement, and The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages K-12 students to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues.  
We are very proud of the Siemens Competition, the nation's premier science research competition for high school students.  Winners achieve national recognition for their research projects and earn scholarships ranging from $10,000 to the coveted $100,000 grand prize. The competitors are a remarkable group of young men and women and Siemens is proud to recognize their talent so early in their promising careers.
What is your advice on using private-public partnerships to tackle our most pressing education challenges in STEM?
Public-private partnerships are an essential component to creating a successful education-to-employment system because they allow for the marriage of supply and demand. Businesses can communicate their immediate and anticipated needs.  Educational institutions and instructors can respond to the needs of the marketplace by structuring their programs and curricula around the local industries.  Students are then educated and trained in a skill set that will enable them to compete for available jobs in their community.  Public-private partnerships are a win-win-win.
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Star Trek Into Darkness, World War Z, Big Bang Theory, NCIS, Elementary, Mythbusters, Big Brain Theory, Bones, Nova, Iron Man 3, Person of Interest, Grey’s Anatomy, Director Bryan Singer Among Honorees for Annual SET Awards

SET Awards recognize film, television, comic book, digital and other media that inspires youth interest in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math through media and entertainment 

Los Angeles, CA (November 13, 2013) | Top grossing films and highly rated television were honored today in Beverly Hills, CA for science, engineering and technology content magnetizing students toward related career paths. The 3rd Annual SET Awards are produced by the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) as part of the Ready on the SET and…Action! campaign with partnership from leading business and entertainment industry players, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rolls Royce aero-engines, LEGO Education, Trash4Teaching, Motion Picture Association of America, International 3D Society, Women In Film, SAG-AFTRA, Producers Guild of America, Entertainment Merchants Association, The Caucus for Writers, Producers and Directors, and others, and recognizes the positive power of entertainment and media to inspire future innovators for a diverse and competitive workforce.
Co-Hosts Bill Nye the Science Guy and Alison Haislip (The Morning After) led the ceremony, featuring Director Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Brian Dietzen (NCIS), Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Kate Linder (The Young & The Restless), Cara Santa Maria (Take Part Live), Omar Miller (CSI: Miami), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica), Tanner Foust (Top Gear), Christine Gulbranson (Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Claudia Wells (Back to the Future), Dana Workman (Haunted Highways), Leland Melvin (Associate Administrator for Education, NASA), Stephan Turnipseed (President, LEGO Education) and Brian Dyak (President, CEO & Co-Founder, Entertainment Industries Council).
Filmmaker Bryan Singer was honored with the Bob Gurr Leadership & Inspiration Award for his body of work utilizing and featuring cutting edge science, engineering and technology including the X-Men movies and Superman Returns. The award is named in honor of legendary Imagineer Bob Gurr whose engineering and design work can be seen in the Disney theme parks throughout the world.
“Movies, videos and multimedia content with technological, scientific and even design storylines are magnets for youth that can launch them into technical careers, fill existing workforce gaps and create the innovation necessary to propel not only the entertainment industry, but also the nation into a bright future,” said Brian Dyak, President and CEO of EIC. “While they may take great creative liberties, creators spark imagination and dreams that, through ingenuity, can become the realities of tomorrow. The entertainment industry leaders being honored this year know how to entertain and inspire our future.”
“Over the past year, we have seen a marked increase in productions demonstrating science, engineering and technology in positive ways. Be it through forensics, robotics or amazing touch screen computers, these elements of fascination are ingrained into our media. We saw over 250 submissions, representing hundreds of hours of content -- a sign that the entertainment industries are taking note, and this is only the beginning,” said Larry Deutchman, Executive Vice President Marking and Industry Relations for EIC and Executive Producer/Writer of the SET Awards. 
Honorees included: Paramount’s Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z (Feature Film); CBS’ The Big Bang Theory: Season 6 (Comedy Series), Elementary – “Two Possibilities” (Drama Series), NCIS – “Detour” (Drama Series), and Person of Interest: Season 2 (Technologist Award); ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy – “Idle Hands” (Drama Series); , Hallmark’s Space Warriors (TV Movie); The Weinstein Co.’s Escape from Planet Earth (Children’s Production); Discovery’s The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius: Season 1 and MythBusters: Season 11 (Documentary/Unscripted Non-Fiction); PBS’s Nova: Season 40 (Documentary/Unscripted Non-Fiction), NBC’s Science of the Summer Olympics (Original Internet Content);  the Marvel comic book Fantastic Four – “Road Trip”; the novel The Jackhammer Elegies  by Stefan Jaeger; Fox’s Bones – “The Bod in the Pod” (Scientist Award); and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 (Engineer Award). 
About Entertainment Industries Council
EIC is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 by leaders within the entertainment industry to bring the power and influence of the industry to communicate about health and social issues. The organization is considered to be the chief pioneer of entertainment and journalism outreach and a premiere success story in the field of entertainment education. This mission relies on providing resource information to the creative community and culminates in recognition of the industry through the national television special PRISM Showcase which addresses accurate portrayals of substance use issues and mental health concerns. The organization also produces the S.E.T Awards, honoring positive and non-stereotypical portrayals of science, engineering and technology. For a complete list of health and social issues addressed by EIC and local projects please visit First Draft and EIC’s website. EIC’s web site is The PRISM Awards web site is

The Gooru Corner: Substitution [Featured Collection]

To an intimidated Algebra I student, a system of linear equations can seem like an intractable problem. Like so many things in life, however, a dose of method can help us navigate through the puzzle. This week's featured Gooru collection walks us through the substitution method for solving systems of linear equations. 
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