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.
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Calling all STEM Nonprofits! Earn $10,000 a month in free advertising with Google Ad Grants!

STEM nonprofits have a great opportunity to receive free online advertising through the Google Ad Grants program! Google Ad Grants is the nonprofit version of AdWords, Google’s online advertising program. With the grant, nonprofits receive up to $10,000 a month in free AdWords online advertising, and have the ability to promote their programs and services locally, nationally, and globally.  Nonprofits can choose to either use the full AdWords product or AdWord Express, an easy, fast, low-maintenance alternative.
Science Buddies is a nonprofit using advertising through the Google Ad Grants program. Science Buddies provides free, scientist-authored project ideas, experiments, and advice for K-12 students and teachers. Science Buddies is one of the longest standing nonprofits in the Google Ad Grants program, having joined in 2003, and, this week, Google Ad Grants released a success story detailing their involvement with the program. 
According to Science Buddies President and Founder, Kenneth Hess, the free advertising provided by Google Ad Grants “really put us on the map”. In the past 12 months alone, approximately 100,000 students have registered to use the Topic Selection Wizard, which helps them find a science project suited to their interests, because of Google Ad Grants. To read the full case study on Science Buddies, along with other nonprofit success stories, visit the Google Ad Grants testimonials page.
To give voice to your STEM nonprofit and the communities you serve, sign up for the Google for Nonprofits program to get started with Google Ad Grants free advertising!
Enter Referral Code “STEM” on the Google Ad Grants enrollment form. 

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Dr. Malina M. Hills of The Aerospace Corporation

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Dr. Malina M. Hills, vice president of Space Program Operations (SPO) at The Aerospace Corporation.

Malina Hills, Aerospace

Dr. Malina M. Hills
Vice President of Space Program Operations (SPO)
The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Malina M. Hills is the vice president of Space Program Operations (SPO). She assumed this position in July 2014. In this position, she works Air Force, government, and industry partners to develop military satellites and to advance national security space systems. She assists with the development of system requirements, provides schedule/cost risk assessments, and solves systems development problems. Hills oversees four major mission areas: communications, surveillance, weather, and navigation. Hills has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Yale University, and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the objective application of science and technology toward the solution of critical issues affecting the nation’s space program. Part of the corporation’s commitment to the future of our nation’s continued success in and access to space is to inspire new generations who will continue the work of companies like The Aerospace Corporation. Aerospace has made STEM the focal point of its education outreach initiatives. Through employee volunteerism, and student and teacher collaboration, Aerospace focuses on inspiring middle and high school students to consider careers in the STEM disciplines. Our mission is to develop a systematic approach that will utilize the knowledge, skill, and expertise of technical volunteers, promoting the advancement of science and math education with our youth. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to encourage the prospect of cultivating future engineers for the entire aerospace and defense industry.

Malina on Diversity and STEM

How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?

STEM education is fundamental to solving the complex problems that America faces today. At The Aerospace Corporation we frequently face complex problems that require solutions by cross-disciplinary teams of scientists and engineers. “When is that spacecraft going to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere?” “Where will it impact Earth?” “Will it fall safely into the ocean or hit a populated area?” “Will it break up?” “Will the pieces burn up?” We need astrodynamicists, mechanical engineers, and metallurgists to solve these problems. Complex problem-solving also requires smart and creative scientists and engineers. We need people with cognitive diversity, who naturally frame and solve problems in different ways. Computer simulations using agent-based modeling have shown that a group of like thinkers can end up with a sub-optimal or less accurate solution, and that a group of diverse thinkers generally obtains a better solution. I’ll pick that diverse team; I wouldn’t want to evacuate a city if the spacecraft is going to fall into the Pacific Ocean.

Are you a mentor and what is your view of mentorship?

Mentoring is one of the most rewarding activities imaginable. There is nothing more satisfying than challenging someone to try something new and then watching them succeed. For business, it’s the great force multiplier – the more folks grow, the more they can accomplish, and the more they can help others grow. I see some folks who just need a little bit of encouragement; they aren’t sure if they can do something, so we sit and discuss all the great things they have already accomplished that make them the right person for this next challenge. My mentees teach me new things every day. I’ve been at our company for twenty-seven years, but they provide an entirely new perspective on what’s going on. Plus, their knowledge of the latest research and development activities is both fascinating and valuable.

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

Who knows what will spark an interest in STEM subjects? The best we can do is to expose students to a lot of different learning opportunities and let them determine what interests them. Let’s encourage them to explore the natural environment to understand how it works, to build robots, and to fly experiments on a space station. Let’s listen to what they have to say: their hypotheses, their insights, their conclusions and lessons learned. Fifty years later, some of us still remember the words of reinforcement that we received from our 4th grade science teacher. Let’s make sure they meet successful engineers and scientists of different genders, races, and ethnicities, and reinforce the scientific method and the joy of scientific discovery.

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

Women and minorities are coming “up in a system” that still is not fully inclusive to them. We may all share the language of math, science, and engineering, but we still may not be able to communicate well with each other, which can lead to confusion and discouragement. Some may not feel comfortable competing with others. My experience suggests that you should focus on yourself. If you do your best technical work, you can always be proud of your own accomplishments. Communicate your ideas, and ask questions if you need guidance - people like answering questions. Finally, cultivate a thick skin, and always be true to your values; the former lets you accept other people, the latter ensures that you accept yourself.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Dawne S. Hickton of RTI International Metals

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

Dawne Hickton, RTI

Dawne S. Hickton
Vice Chair, President and CEO
RTI International Metals, Inc.

Dawne S. Hickton is Vice Chair, President and CEO of RTI International Metals, Inc. She has more than 25 years of diversified metals experience, including more than fifteen years in the titanium industry spanning several business cycles. Since becoming Chief Executive in 2007, Ms. Hickton has led a strategic transformation of RTI to become a leading vertically integrated global supplier of advanced titanium and specialty metals products and services for the commercial aerospace, defense, energy and medical device markets. Ms. Hickton is the President and a Director of the International Titanium Association. She is also the Chair and a Director of the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and a Member of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.

About RTI International Metals, Inc.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, RTI International Metals, Inc. is an advanced titanium and specialty metals manufacturer with more than 2500 employees and 25 manufacturing and other facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The company develops, produces and delivers advanced titanium mill products, titanium and specialty metal extruded shapes, formed and precision-machined parts and components, sub-assemblies and specialized services across the entire supply chain to a broad range of customers in the commercial aerospace, defense, energy exploration and production and medical device industries. Throughout its more than 60 year operating history, RTI has gained an international reputation for innovation, quality, reliability and value in its product and service offerings.

Dawne on Diversity and STEM

Why is STEM Education/workforce development critical to the future of our nation?

As someone who leads a global industrial manufacturing company, my daily experience brings home the message that technology is evolving faster than ever before, and competition in the global economy is growing more fierce every day. We see it directly at RTI, where the last major change to manufacturing titanium metal took ten years to bear fruit. Today, in just eighteen months, we are seeing additive manufacturing and 3D printing changing the technology landscape. In this context, I am also made more keenly aware every day that STEM education and workforce development are more important to our nation’s technology future today than they have ever been in our history.

Accordingly, I believe it is the responsibility of educators at all levels, business leaders, government, academia – all sectors of society – to make world class STEM education and workforce development more of a priority in the U.S. than it is today. I strongly believe we need to focus on early education and middle school to develop math skills and science interest.

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

Inspiration can come from many sources. For example, my own kids have ridden the robotic Raytheon simulator in Disney World, and at the same time I share work experiences with high school classmates of my children through my Twitter account. All this shares real world experiences that demonstrate technology can be fun and even exciting. I’m not suggesting that a theme park ride alone can be enough to stimulate someone to pursue a career in engineering or technology, but I do know the experience made a positive impression on my children that could play a role in their future career decision-making.

What traits do corporate leaders need to effectively support STEM education today?

Most simply put, corporate leaders need to make a serious and lasting commitment to STEM education. This means supporting rigorous math and science classes throughout the education system, but this need for commitment transcends the classroom. Corporate America must offer more internships and apprenticeships, devote more resources to scholarships and expand mentoring programs in order to advance STEM. At RTI, we support apprenticeship, co-op engineering and internship programs for students in college, and we provide a defined technical career track for employees once they join RTI. We are always looking for new ways to broaden our involvement.

What is your advice to those promoting STEM education?

Promoting STEM education is particularly challenging because, for the most part, technical and engineering careers are not generally the most high-paying opportunities, and they tend to lack the glamour of Wall Street or big business careers. So the most important advice I can give to those promoting STEM education is to understand, first of all, that in many ways they have an uphill challenge that requires patience. Promoting STEM is not a short-term project and those involved in the effort need to be in it for the long haul. Having said that, I also think it is important to pay special attention to students that demonstrate interest and aptitude in STEM and to look for creative ways to inspire that go beyond the classroom.

Business can help in this endeavor by providing opportunities for students to see their STEM education “in action” through special projects and programs. One STEM-related initiative we are proud of at RTI is our sponsorship of a high school team to compete in the annual Aerospace Industries Association Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). This year, we included a visit by the RTI-sponsored TARC team to our titanium plant in Niles, Ohio, as a way of showing the students some of the opportunities to which their interest in STEM can lead.

In sum, everyone with a stake in America’s economic future has a responsibility to take an interest in promoting STEM education with energy, imagination, creativity, lasting commitment and resources. The U.S. has built the most dynamic economy the world has ever seen. To sustain our leadership, advancing STEM education needs to be a continuing priority.

CASIS and Seth Green Partner to Unveil International Space Station-Inspired Mission Patch

This is a press release from CASIS

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Dec. 8, 2014 (PRNewswire) | The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today announced the unveiling of its latest mission patch, designed by actor, creator, and producer Seth Green. The mission patch developed by Green will represent the entire cadre of CASIS investigations destined for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2015, otherwise known as Advancing Research Knowledge 3 (ARK3). CASIS is the organization responsible for overseeing research to benefit life on Earth using the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.
ARK3 represents the third calendar year that CASIS-sponsored investigations have been manifested for flight to the ISS National Lab. Additionally, ARK3 symbolizes a significant step forward as CASIS opens new doors to knowledge that can only be gained through microgravity research. In 2015, CASIS anticipates an abundance of research payloads will reach the station. Payloads expected to reach the station include life science investigations such as research to test bone density and muscle loss in space and non-embryonic stem cell studies to gain a better understanding of disease, which may lead to the development of new healthcare treatments and therapies. A number of projects will also be dedicated towards enhancing technologies and materials to demonstrate that the ISS is not only a unique laboratory, but a first-class research platform where investigators can conduct experiments not replicable on Earth. ARK3 represents an orbiting laboratory open to researchers from all across the country leveraging the capabilities of the ISS to benefit humanity.
"I have always been fascinated with space, so it's been an amazing opportunity to develop a mission patch highlighting the research taking place on the International Space Station. Working on the patch allows me to demonstrate my enthusiasm for human beings continuing to explore new ways to improve our planet and our way of life," said actor, creator and producer Seth Green. "It's been a great experience collaborating with CASIS to better understand their role in making use of this incredible research facility. If my promoting space-based research through this patch in some small way drives additional thoughts and ideas to improve life on Earth, I'm happy to help."
Seth Green has starred in numerous films and television series including all three Austin Powers films, The Italian Job, Party Monster, Without a Paddle, Can't Hardly Wait, Old Dogs, and dozens more, including starring roles in 2013's Sexy Evil Genius, The Story of Luke, and this month's feature, Yellowbird. Green is the co-creator/executive producer/primary voice talent and a writer/director on Robot Chicken, 2010 Emmy® winner for Outstanding Short Format Animation Program. Green has voiced Chris Griffin on Family Guy since the series' inception and voices A-Bomb on Disney XD's Marvel's Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. and Leonardo on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Green and his partners created Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, a full-service animation studio with many other shows and projects in production.
"Part of the role of CASIS is to educate and promote the benefits of ISS research to the public," said CASIS Director of Marketing and Communications Brian Talbot. "Seth Green has been an outspoken advocate on the need to explore beyond Earth's horizons for years, and we are excited to have this opportunity to engage him in a fun and meaningful partnership to promote the benefits of conducting research in space."
To learn more about Seth Green's vision for development of this mission patch, please view the official ARK3 video:
About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to maximize use of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. For more information, visit
About the ISS National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the International Space Station as the nation's newest national laboratory to maximize its use for improving life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing STEM education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by other U.S. government agencies and by academic and private institutions, providing access to the permanent microgravity setting, vantage point in low Earth orbit, and varied environments of space.

WebAssign Partners with Instructure and Desire2Learn

The following is a press release from WebAssign.
WebAssign, a leading provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students, today announced it has partnered with market-leading education technology companies, Instructure and Desire2Learn, to simplify student access to WebAssign's course content.
WebAssign signed agreements with both companies to integrate with each business's learning management system, Canvas and Brightspace. Utilizing IMS Global's Learning Tool Interoperability standard, WebAssign will support such effortless accessibility features as single sign-on functionality and automatic roster creation beginning spring 2015.
These integrations will save faculty time and effort by reducing many of the administrative tasks normally associated with educational technology. "The new integrations will offer faculty and students a more seamless experience between the online learning systems, letting them focus on what is important, teaching and learning," said John Lepanto, WebAssign product manager. 
The alliance with Canvas and Brightspace augments WebAssign's LMS integration capabilities, which already includes Blackboard, Shibboleth, and Moodle. Plans to integrate with additional learning management systems are underway.
Visit WebAssign's LMS Integrations webpage to learn more.
About WebAssign
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals. More than eight million students have used WebAssign to submit over one billion answers to homework assignments, tests, and assessments.
Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, WebAssign is an independent, employee-owned benefit company dedicated to education technology. For more information, visit 

Nation’s Largest Education Technology Community Welcomes New Leadership

The following is a press release from PRWeb
NYEdTech Meetup will be under new leadership starting in January 2015. The current leaders, Tom Krieglstein, Sharon LaDay and Adam Aronson, have been co-organizers since 2011; and they are very excited to introduce Michelle Dervan and Kathy Benemann as the new leaders of the community at the Annual NYEdTech Holiday Party for Charity on December 3, 2014.
In 2009, Krieglstein founded NYEdTech Meetup as a way to create a peer-to-peer community of individuals passionate about the crossroads of education and technology. "In the beginning, it was just five of us sitting in an NYU classroom chatting. It's amazing to see how big it's grown since those early days,” said Krieglstein. At the end of 2011, LaDay and Aronson joined Krieglstein with an expanded mission to create a tri-state community that entrepreneurs, educators, technologists and investors could come together to discuss trends in education policy, pedagogy and technology, as well as network.
Given this mission, NYEdTech Meetup programming has run the gamut: from startup showcases where entrepreneurs present their startup company to the community, to a discussion with local colleges of education about how they are integrating education technology into teacher education curricula. As a result, the community has grown from 300 members in 2011 to over 4000 in 2014. This successful growth period would not have been possible without the support of highly engaged community participants and numerous organizations.
At the upcoming Annual NYEdTech Holiday Party for Charity, current and incoming leadership will all be in attendance to celebrate another amazing year of programming. Also, in the spirit of the holiday season, the team will give out $1000 worth of gift cards from a civic crowd-funding platform to attendees to support innovative classroom projects that excite them.
About NYEdTech Meetup 
NYEdTech Meetup is the largest community for education technology practitioners and enthusiasts in the U.S. With over 4000 members, NYEdTech Meetup has become a home for teachers, technologists, entrepreneurs and investors to build relationships and explore opportunities for networking and meaningful discussions about the latest trends impacting education technology.

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Gwenne Henricks of Caterpillar Inc.

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

Gwenne Henricks

Gwenne Henricks
Vice President, Product Development & Global Technology / Chief Technology Officer
Caterpillar Inc.

Gwenne Henricks is Vice President of Product Development & Global Technology and Chief Technology Officer for Caterpillar Inc. Since joining Caterpillar in 1981, she has held numerous positions in the engineering and management functions. Henricks, a native of Illinois, graduated from Bradley University in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and in 1981 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She completed the Managing Engineering Design and Development Program at the Carnegie Bosch Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996 and received an MBA from the University of Illinois in 2003.

About Caterpillar Inc.

For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments - Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

Gwenne on Diversity and STEM

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

We need to help students understand how STEM professionals change the world for the better. We need to encourage them to take a long-term view of their careers and emphasize the availability of well-paying jobs in STEM fields, the upward mobility and the opportunity to do important and interesting work. For women and underrepresented minorities, we need to provide an inclusive environment where they can contribute while still being authentic to themselves. We also need to provide role models and mentors so these individuals can see that they can be successful in STEM professions. At Caterpillar, we engage with our Employee Resource Groups and leverage our relationships with professional organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), to aid in this area.

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

We’re proud of all of our STEM initiatives, and we have a particularly great story around our involvement with For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST). FIRST is an organization that provides global, mentor-based programs to help students of all ages develop STEM skills. Participants in FIRST programs build working robots that compete against other teams in a variety of challenges. Caterpillar began working with FIRST in 2005, with the company’s initial sponsorship of 10 teams. Nine years later, the company now sponsors nearly 200 teams in nine countries. Our engineering and technical community is passionate about inspiring the next generation of STEM talent, as evidenced by the 800+ Caterpillar employees serving as mentors and chaperones for FIRST programs this year. I’m proud not only of what these students and employees accomplish during FIRST competitions, but also of their commitment to their communities. For example – one FIRST team mentored by our employees worked with a local university to develop technology to improve the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They applied skills learned from FIRST to a real world challenge and made a difference in the process. Many students that participate in FIRST go on to pursue STEM degrees. We have a number of them that come to work for Caterpillar following their graduation – and they continue their involvement with FIRST as mentors once they get here. It’s inspiring to see.

How is your company connecting diversity initiatives with STEM initiatives? Is this a part of your comprehensive strategy?

Driving a diverse and inclusive culture is a key part of Caterpillar’s enterprise strategy. And in many cases, our diversity and STEM initiatives go hand-in-hand. For example – Caterpillar has longstanding relationships with organizations that demonstrate the value of diversity in STEM, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), among others. In fact, one of our leaders just wrapped up a year-long term as President of SWE. At the university level, we offer Excellence in Engineering Scholarships to interns from partner universities who are committed to diversity and inclusion. We also have an on-site presence at many of our global partner universities, which enables us to connect with the best diverse talent from around the world. Finally, we provide support globally to various college and pre-college STEM programs, such as the NASA Robotic Mining Competition, Society of Automotive Engineers collegiate design series and FIRST Lego League, Tech Challenge and Robotics.

Siemens Foundation And Discovery Education Convene Top Innovators And Next Generation Of Stem Leaders For Exclusive Webcast Event

This is a press release from Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education

Innovators Lounge,’ Hosted by CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, Will Bring Together Student Scholars and Top Executives from, StreetLight Data, RISE and 3D Robotics for Live, Interactive Mentoring Event

Silver Spring, Md. (December 5, 2014) | On Monday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education will host an exclusive live event convening a select group of today’s top innovators with scholar high school students that have advanced as National Finalists in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. The event will be live streamed to students and educators around the country.
Host and CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield will lead a lively, virtual conversation between the student finalists and top executives from companies on the cutting edge of changing the way we live, work and play, including:
Chris Anderson, co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics
Suneel Gupta, co-founder and CEO of RISE
Jessica Jackley, co-founder and former CMO of
Laura Schewel, founder and CEO of StreetLight Data
These movers and shakers, whose innovations have changed the way we live and made the world a better place, will share their insights and personal stories of success. The guest speakers will answer questions from the student finalists and engage a nationwide virtual audience with their unique perspectives on business, entrepreneurship and the future needs of today's world. Attendees will get an inside look at what motivates 21st century innovators and hear their invaluable advice to our next generation of scholars. 
For more information, visit Discovery Education’s website, or click here to register.
The Siemens Competition
This year marks the 15th Anniversary of the Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.  A record 2,263 students submitted a total of 1,784 projects for consideration – 408 students were named semifinalists and 97 were named regional finalists.  Entries are judged at the regional level by esteemed scientists from six leading research universities which host the regional competitions:  California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame and The University of Texas at Austin.  The twenty regional winners will now compete at the national level, representing six individual and six team research projects.
For news and announcements about the Regional Competitions and the National Finals, follow us on Twitter @SFoundation (#SiemensComp) and like us on Facebook at SiemensFoundation.
About the Siemens Foundation
The Siemens Foundation supports educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States. Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and Siemens Science Day. The Foundation’s mission is based on the culture of innovation, research and educational support that is the hallmark of Siemens’ U.S. companies. For further information, visit or follow @sfoundation.
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.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate 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

100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM - Theresa Hennesy of Comcast Corporation

The 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM blog series features a new business executive Monday-Friday and the exemplary work his or her company is doing to support 21st century STEM learning and workforce development- particularly for women, minorities and under-represented groups. Learn more and download the whole copy at Follow the conversation on social media using #100STEMLeaders. Today's Diverse Corporate Leader is Theresa Hennesy, senior vice president and group technical advisor for Engineering & Platform Services (EPS) at Comcast Corporation.

Theresa Hennesy, Comcast

Theresa Hennesy
Senior Vice President and Group Technical Advisor for Engineering and Platform Services (EPS)
Comcast Corporation

Theresa Hennesy is Senior Vice President and Group Technical Advisor for Engineering & Platform Services (EPS) at Comcast Cable. In this role, she is responsible for leading the EPS organization in its continuing mission of improving the customer experience, sustaining rapid growth economically, driving innovation everywhere, and maximizing efficiencies. Theresa is a 30-year veteran of the communications industry. Prior to joining Comcast, she served as SVP for Vonage Network Operations where she was responsible for all facets of the company’s network operations, business infrastructure and application production operations. She is an active member of the Society of Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and Women in Technology (WIT). Theresa also serves as a mentor and sponsor for the First Robotics program. Theresa lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband. She is originally from the Washington Metro Area and studied at George Mason University. She is a supporter of breast cancer awareness and participates and sponsors a fund through the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and ResResorts.

Theresa on Diversity and STEM

How do you believe STEM education can improve a nation's competitiveness?

To be a global innovator, countries must have a steady flow of graduates trained in STEM disciplines. The Industrial Age was marked by great inventions and labor-saving machines. This amazing shift gave people time to develop new ideas and theories about how the universe works. This propelled us into the Information Age. To continue our evolution into the Application Age, we must have strong STEM capabilities to maintain the fire of human curiosity and inventiveness. This way, we can use the information we all now have now and create new ways to improve people’s lives, standards of living, health and education. Economic factors are also important. It’s estimated that by the year 2020 there will be more than 1 million more computer science jobs than there are students to fill them. Training students to prepare for those jobs could create much better job and career prospects for young people. STEM jobs offer salaries an average of 26% higher and have lower rates of unemployment than other fields. Higher wages and lower unemployment mean better average standards of living, which clearly is good for any country.

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

Businesses can do a better job of marketing STEM skills and demonstrating how these talents can be applied through real-world examples. Comcast emphasizes hands-on projects and mentoring programs that encourage students to put STEM skills to practical use and learn from people who use these skills in their jobs. Plus, the young people who participate in these projects see how much fun STEM work can be! Companies can also promote STEM education at an earlier age - especially among girls, as society does not always provide the support and encouragement girls need to pursue STEM fields. The same can be said for promoting STEM in communities in which economics may create additional challenges. This is why Comcast also supports STEM education in those areas, specifically through initiatives such as Internet Essentials, our support of Cristo Rey and digital literacy programs through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Through our participation in US FIRST Robotics, we engage students from the time they are in high school – and we specifically seek to sponsor teams of young women and minorities.

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

Students must find the subject interesting ― but also find it relevant. Fewer than 40% of US students who enter college intending to study a STEM subject complete their degrees. This is a real problem for companies looking for a steady pipeline of talent, and for the country as it impacts our global competitive edge. STEM-focused internships are a great way to show students how what they are learning can become a career. Women and minorities, in particular can see people just like them working in these fields. We also need to show them that a STEM education can be a stepping stone that can lead to greater opportunities further down the road, as many young technologists move into more senior, management positions later in life. This is why many people in these roles at Comcast devote time to inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers through mentoring, through support for the US FIRST Robotics program, and Girls Who Code and by participating in Women in Cable Telecommunications, among others. We also sponsor various technical co-op programs in which students spend six months on the job with us putting their learning to practical use, and six months in school continuing their studies.

Are you a mentor and what is your view of mentorship?

I am a mentor and I have a mentor. Mentorship is not just a way to give back, it is a responsibility for anyone in a management position to groom the next generation of workers and accelerate their educational development. As a mentor, I believe it is important to take an active involvement, and where appropriate be a sponsor to open doors and provide opportunities. I was fortunate in my career to have several mentors and sponsors, and now am delighted to be able to support others as they develop their careers in STEM fields.

Cal State L.A. president pledges to boost minority STEM graduates at White House Education Summit

This is a press release from Cal State L.A.

College Opportunity Summit hosted by President Obama, First Lady and Vice President

Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino on Thursday pledged to increase the number of degrees awarded to minority students in the critical fields of math, science and technology during a White House education summit.
Hosted by President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, the second White House College Opportunity Summit brought together more than 300 college presidents and other community leaders. Participants committed to undertake efforts that will encourage greater numbers of students to enroll in college and graduate. The initiatives target low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students.  
Covino pledged to increase by 25 percent over five years the number of degrees awarded to minority students in the university’s College of Natural and Social Sciences and College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. Cal State L.A. has been a leader in producing graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. 
“Cal State L.A. has long championed efforts to insure that all students have access to higher education and receive the support they need to succeed.  Increasing our STEM graduates is a crucial need, and builds upon our faculty's distinction as nationally ranked mentors for the scientists and engineers who will transform our future," Covino said. “This summit situates our goals—and our success—in the national arena. We applaud President Obama for tackling an issue that is of crucial importance to our nation’s ability to compete in an increasingly technological world.”
Summit participants, including California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and other CSU presidents, took part in panel discussions and heard remarks by President Obama, the First Lady and the Vice President.
The summit focused on key goals: building college networks that will collaborate to improve graduation rates; investing in high school counselors as part of the first lady’s Reach Higher initiative; creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, and increasing the number of college graduates in STEM fields.
To help support these initiatives, President Obama announced that $10 million will be directed to help promote college completion and a $30-million AmeriCorps program that will improve low-income students’ access to college. 
Cal State L.A. plans to increase its STEM graduation numbers through initiatives, including additional academic counseling, redesigning courses to emphasize scientific research and creating a general science degree program.
At Cal State L.A., more than 100 graduates in the past 12 years have earned Ph.D.’s in STEM-related disciplines and are in postdoctoral fellowships, industrial positions and faculty appointments.
In its most recent ranking, the National Science Foundation ranked Cal State L.A. as the top baccalaureate institution of Latino science and engineering Ph.D. recipients among all predominantly undergraduate and master’s degree colleges and universities in the continental United States.
Many Cal State L.A. STEM students are like Jameka Jefferson, who dreams of becoming a microbiologist and contributing to her community.
“I like doing research and I want to be part of a community and help build, innovate and educate others,” she recently said during a presentation attended by Covino.
About Cal State L.A.
Cal State L.A. is a university dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. Founded in 1947, the University is home to over 23,000 active students, and 235,000 distinguished alumni, who are as diverse as the city we serve. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State L.A. has long been recognized as an engine of economic and social mobility. Led by an award-winning faculty, the University offers nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and the humanities.
Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex, TV, Film and Media Center and the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. For more information, visit, or like us at  


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