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.

#NSTA16 Nashville: Where Science Teachers Are the Rock Stars!

This is a guest blog by Patricia Hillyer, 7th grade science teacher from Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, Cliffwood, NJ

My initial goal for the 2016 NSTA National Conference on Science Education (which took place in Nashville March 31-April 3) was solely to present my project (my baby). And just like having a baby… it seemed like a good idea at the time (doing a hands-on presentation in a city to which I needed to fly)… and it was much harder than it looked. I knew I wanted my presentation to be hands-on, and I needed to get materials to my destination. $70 FedEx payment later (I had to mail my scissors since I didn’t want TSA to detain me) and a little traveling was how I started.


But once the hard part was over, the magical part began! My trip became so much more about people and connections and building up our students. It became inspiring and empowering.

I  did a total of three presentations at this conference. Two were talks. Okay, well, one talk was all about me, and (truth be told) most of what I did at the conference was talk about me! Why was I wearing a tiara (apparently that isn’t normal), why did I have a paper person of myself (again, not normal?), why was I taking so many darn pictures? All roads lead to talking about me… what? You don’t know who I am? I’m kind of a big deal around here. And by “here” I mean “in my mind.” And I hope all my fellow teachers felt that way at the conference, because that seems to be the point. You get out of the classroom for a week and get a chance to focus on yourself and your profession.

DuPont: My Opening Number

My first talk was about social media. I was charged with breaking the Internet at DuPont’s Sponsored teacher’s breakfast and teaching the rock stars in attendance the advantages of social media: To promote our craft and highlight our success. One of the best uses of social media for science teachers is to find other empowered teachers and build a professional learning network (PLN). We didn’t quite break the Internet, but we did do lots of hashtagging about #ITouchTheFuture and the #challengerlegacy. Check out the hashtags on twitter to see what teachers are saying!

My second talk was about my profession, finding a mentor, and how my champion has impacted me. Here’s an excerpt from my talk:

DuPont has empowered me from the first time I arrived at The DuPont Challenge booth at the National Science Teacher’s Convention in Boston. They have allowed me to come into my own and shine. They supported me at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in DC, brought me in to shadow the national Agriculture Ambassadors academy in the summer even as a non ag teacher, and sponsored me last year at the convention in Chicago. Since Boston, DuPont has mentored me, molded me and empowered me. They have allowed me to have a hand up. Reminded me that I am worthy, I am not JUST a teacher… AND I AM AN INSPIRED TEACHER, a rock star, and I am charged with changing the lives of the young people I am given every September. There is no greater responsibility that I have than mentoring, molding and empowering my own students, like DuPont did for me, each and every day. Everyone needs a champion! My inspiration and my champion is PJ Simon.

My Closing Act

My last presentation was actually what I feel I do best, project-based learning, hands-on demonstration. This Efficient House is a year-long project that I love to promote. This is what I came to do! Show off my students’ work and show other teachers how to highlight student success. My only regret is only being given an hour! 

In reflecting back on the few days here, I found I made so many connections, most were (extra)ordinary people, nameless to me, just being themselves-and everyone I met were inspiring! Now I have a network of science teacher rock stars to lift me up and to reach out to when my day is less than stellar.

All of the people pictured below touched my trip in some way. From helping me with my presentation, giving me hope for humanity, maybe something as little as a kind word, helping me load my luggage onto the bus (remember all that stuff I packed for the conference?), inviting me to sit with them at lunch when I was by myself (big shout out to hot chicken and Hattie Bs)…and as big as giving me boosting, supportive life lessons (and believe me, there were many this trip but three deserve special mention: Lauren Jonas– your encouragement has been uplifting and reassuring. Dr. Scobee Rodgers– if you don’t know her story, look up her childhood, read her books, you won’t be sorry. PJ Simon– always my champion, but her dad sealed the deal with his words of wisdom for me Friday night, big hugs to you Mr. Simon.

These few days have been magical. Many connections that I will never forget. I’m Patricia Hillyer, 7th grade science Rock Star from Matawan Aberdeen Middle School, Cliffwood, NJ and I touch the future. I teach. Please follow me on twitter @iHillyer and #LilHil to view all my connections at #NSTA16.


DiscoverE Announces 2016 New Faces of Engineering Honorees

This is a press release from DiscoverE

Washington DC, April 4, 2016 | DiscoverE today announced the 2016 class of New Faces of Engineering honorees.
Since 2003, DiscoverE has presented this award to honor the work of up-and-coming engineers who are making their mark on their industry.  National engineering societies nominate colleagues 30 years old or younger for consideration. This highly coveted award is recognized as a top honor for young engineers by their peers in the engineering community, and continues to grow in prestige.
This year’s class includes 12 young professionals innovating solutions throughout a cross-section of industries, including energy, technology, water resources, medicine, aerospace and the environment. Many previous honorees have gone on to launch global businesses and NGOs.
These talented individuals are also recognized for having dedicated themselves to using their skills and education to help engender a better world.  From developing sustainable solutions to address water resource issues to envisioning the transportation systems of tomorrow, these young engineers serve as inspirations both for their peers and for the next generations coming up behind them.
2016 New Faces Professional Bios
August “Gus” Boschert, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
Nominated By: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) 
Type: Mechanical Engineer
Education: United States Military Academy/B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Duke University/Masters of Engineering Management
August (‘Gus’), 30, works with the Department of Defense to identify innovative ways to help the Army, Navy, and Air Force bring water, food, and electrical power to areas whose airports and seaports have been destroyed by floods or natural disasters.  Prior to working in the private sector, Gus served as an Army Engineer for five years, with tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Last year, he was elected as President of the local National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) chapter.  Gus, along with fellow members of NSPE, participates annually in the Discover Engineering Family Day in Washington, D.C.
Anne Dare, Ph.D., EIT
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Purdue University
Nominated by: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Type: Agricultural and Biological Engineer
Anne, 29, has realized her professional passion to work with farmers to resolve resource concerns. To prepare for a career at the crossroads of science, engineering, technology, and policy, she earned a Ph.D. at Purdue University. While there, she advanced the understanding of the linkages between arid land water management, food security, and rural sanitation solutions while working across Palestine, Tunisia, and Qatar. Anne is a co-founder of Purdue’s Engineering Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab, working to sustainably solve global development challenges and was an invited expert to the Farmer-to-Farmer program with Universidad de Los Llanos in Colombia. She was recently selected for a fellowship with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC.

Toby Deen, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Devon Energy
Nominated By: Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
Type: Operations Engineer
Education: University of Oklahoma/B.S., Petroleum Engineering

Toby, 29, believes that access to affordable energy is a key element for economic prosperity and also the main driver for increased quality of life and living standards around the world.  Toby develops systems, processes and strategies for extracting oil and gas from the ground in the safest and most efficient ways possible. Ever mindful of the power of mentoring, and to show his gratitude to those who mentored him, Toby is committed to paying it forward. He started the OKC SPE Future Trailblazers Mentoring Program, a program that provides local professional mentors to help engineering students who don’t have industry contacts. Toby is also a director for Hope Retreat Ranch, a non-profit he and his family started in 2011. Hope Retreat Ranch provides equine-assisted activities for children with disabilities to improve motor skills, decrease anxiety, and educate visitors about animals and nature.
Bryony DuPont, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Oregon State University
Nominated: ASME
Type: Mechanical Engineer
Education: Case Western Reserve University/B.S., Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University/M.S., Mechanical Engineering; Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering
An Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), Bryony, 30, is also a designer and builder of advanced computer algorithms.  Bryony’s work is focused at the intersection of artificial intelligence and sustainability, to design renewable energy systems and sustainable products that are more adaptable to the real world.  Outside the lab and classroom, Bryony’s outreach activities encourage young women to pursue engineering education and careers. She runs an engineering design workshop for girls through middle-school outreach programs, where students use KNEX to make and race cars to learn about engineering design trade-offs.  She also serves as the faculty lead for Project X, a student-run organization that sponsors engineering workshops, educational videos, and hands-on engineering experiences designed for middle and high school students.
Rose Faghih, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nominated By: IEEE-USA
Type: Electrical Engineer
Education: The University of Maryland/B.S, Electrical Engineering (Summa cum Laude, Electrical Engineering Honors Citation)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology/M.S., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Ph.D., Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Minor in Mathematics
Even as a child, Rose, 30, had a passion for solving mathematical brainteasers. With this passion, she maintained a perfect GPA throughout her undergraduate as well as Ph.D. studies. Today, she applies that passion to her work in biomedical engineering by approaching complex problems about how the body works as elaborate puzzles to be solved. This enables her to develop mathematical algorithms that contribute to advancement of medical sciences. For example, during her Ph.D. studies, Rose answered important questions in neuroendocrine data analysis and control by studying cortisol secretion (a steroid hormone). Today, she is planning to build a device to help patients with cortisol deficiency. She has published multiple peer-reviewed journal papers, and presented at several conferences. Besides her passion for STEM, Rose has published two books of poetry.
Darvin Griffin, Ph.D.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Cornell University
Nominated By: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Type: Biomedical Engineer
Education: Mississippi State University/B.S., Biological Engineering
Cornell University/M.S., Biomedical Engineering; Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Darvin, 29, is part of a research group at Cornell University’s Bonassar Lab, assessing treatments for cartilage repair in the knee, which is associated with loss of function and long-term complications such as osteoarthritis. He has received many honors and awards, including the 2015 NSBE Mike Shinn Distinguished Graduate Student of the Year and prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. For four consecutive years, he has served as a mentor and role model to minority students in STEM fields at the middle school and college levels. 
Rajan Jha, MS, EIT, AM. ASCE
Award Year: 2016
Employer: ARCADIS
Nominated by: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Type:  Water Resource Engineer
Education: Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh, India, BS; Virginia Tech, MS
Rajan, 29, who came to the U.S. from India in 2011, is fulfilling his dream to deliver clean water to developing economies and protect households from floods. As a project engineer, he develops environmentally sustainable solutions for water resources, bringing polluted rivers back to healthy ecosystems and rehabilitating and restoring streams and waterways. His work for ARCADIS involves inspecting more than 5,000 storm water structures and rehabilitating extensive sewer networks. Rajan has been honored at the ASCE World Water Congress for his research that collected data from over 1,500 rivers and streams around the world. He volunteers for Engineers Without Borders and designed a well and water distribution network in Kafue, Zambia.
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Geosyntec Consultants
Nominated By: Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Type: Environmental Engineer
Education: University of California Berkeley /B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stanford University/ M.S., Environmental Engineering and Science
Tasha, 28, has built her career on protecting the environment.  A groundwater expert at Geosyntec, she designs solutions that remediate contaminated groundwater and soil. She also manages field investigations to assess vapor intrusion and designs solutions to protect building occupants. At UC Berkeley, Tasha assisted with research to reduce mercury contamination in wetlands and, while at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, she conducted structural analysis and high purity water treatment design for nuclear submarines. Tasha’s early love of science was inspired by her mother, a single parent who pursued degrees in biochemistry and genetics. After her mother’s passing, Tasha honored her by advocating for women’s mental health in engineering. Tasha has lectured at the Society of Women Engineer’s largest conference on “Breaking Down Stigmas and Building Awareness: Mental Health”.
Bridget Osborn, P.E.

Award Year: 2016
Employer: HR Green, Inc.
Nominated by: American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
Type: Water Resource Engineer
Education: University of Wisconsin, BS in Geology 2009; University of Minnesota, BS in Geological Engineering, 2009
Bridget, 30, helps her clients manage surface water and creates innovative, practical solutions for managing storm water and other runoff. Her design of iron enhanced sand filter systems within a redeveloped brownfields site earned her a project of the year award from the Capitol Region Watershed District. Bridget is a strong advocate for education about alternative uses for storm water and has presented at multiple conferences. She played a key role in designing two new golf course irrigation systems that reduced pollution to a downstream phosphorous impaired lake and eased strain on a fast-depleting aquifer. Bridget is the 2014 recipient of the Minnesota Council’s Emerging Leader Award for her commitment to encouraging the involvement of new and aspiring engineers, works with Habitat for Humanity and is a judge for the Minnesota Future City middle school engineering
Amrika Ramjewan
Award Year: 2016
Employer: Ministry of Public Administration
Nominated: Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)
Type: Industrial Engineer
Education: The University of the West Indies/BCs, Industrial Engineering
The University of Manchester/MSc, Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis
Amrika, 26, works to improve and modernize various public services as a Service Improvement Specialist with the Ministry of Public Administration in Trinidad and Tobago. Using Lean and Six Sigma improvement approaches, Amrika developed a process that reduced waiting time to access outpatient care at the Scarborough General Hospital in Tobago by 30%. She also worked with the National Archives of Trinidad & Tobago to streamline its operations and start the digitization of its record collections. Amrika is a founding member of the Industrial Engineers of the Caribbean (IEC), a local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE).
Rachel Romero, P.E.
Award Year: 2016
Employer: National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Nominated by: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning
Engineers (ASHRAE)
Type: Energy Engineer
Education: Hope College in Holland, MI, Mechanical Engineering; University of Colorado, Civil Engineering in Building Systems
Rachel, 29, focuses on practical solutions for renewable and efficient energy across the nation. As a Project Leader for the Department of Homeland Security’s energy management program through NREL, she has provided energy efficiency and renewable energy technical assistance for DHS labs and sites as well as for iconic federal buildings around Washington DC. Rachel organized the 2016 Race to Zero Student Design Competition, in which college students are challenged to become the next generation of building science professionals for zero-energy ready homes. Rachel volunteers on the ASHRAE Presidential Elect Advisory committee and recently received an award for Individual Excellence for her work co-chairing the Rocky Mountain committee for Young Engineers in ASHRAE.
Kayley Seawright

Award Year: 2016
Employer: Boeing
Nominated by: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Type: Mechanical and Structural Analysis Engineer
Education: Clemson University 2014
Kayley, 23, works as a stress analyst for the Boeing Company’s Aeromechanics Technology group. Her work supports the development of Boeing’s Crew Space Transportation system, CST-100, that will provide NASA with transportation to and from the International Space Station. A member of AIAA and the Society of Women Engineers, Kayley served as Clemson University’s ’13- ’14 student body president, advocating for 20,000 students and approving a budget of $1.6 million. She also works with Boeing’s DreamLearners program, mentoring and teaching younger students what it means to be an engineer.
About DiscoverE
DiscoverE is leading a growing volunteer movement that inspires and informs present and future generations to discover engineering. Our network of volunteers in the US and abroad is drawn from the DiscoverE coalition of more than 100 professional societies, major corporations and government agencies. Together we meet a vital need: introducing students, parents, and educators to engineering, engaging them in hands-on engineering experiences and making science and math relevant. For more information, visit


If Ocean Exploration is Your Thing, Dive in at Festival Expo 2016!

Oceanography continues to explore the many facets of the sea that fascinate us -- from underwater robots and the secret lives of sharks and whales, to climate change, fossils, energy, and high-tech ship engineering. At the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 16-17, be prepared to be wowed by interactive exhibits from these ocean science innovators: Marine Technology Society; Consortium of Aquatic Sciences Society;  Ocean Conservancy; U.S. Geological Survey; Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Acoustical Society of America, and SeaWorld.

Lockheed Martin and Space X Among Aerospace Leaders Set to Wow Audiences at Festival Expo 2016!

Aerospace science and engineering is one of the hottest fields in STEM today, which is why you do not want to miss two of the most exciting innovators in this frontier  -- Lockheed Martin and Space X -- when they exhibit at Festival Expo 2016 on April 16-17.  Lockheed Martin (returning as the founding and host sponsor of the Festival) will wow Festival-goers with an array of interactive, high-tech aerospace demonstrations and activities -- ranging from visitors experiencing first-hand the F-16 Cockpit Demonstrator, to gaining insight into the company's innovations in space exploration and national security. SpaceX, the company founded by the  legendary visionary Elon Musk, will provide fascinating insights into how it is revolutionizing space transportation through its design, manufacturing and launching of some of the world´s most advanced rockets and spacecraft.

Fathom Dedicates July Dominican Republic Voyage to STEM for Students and Teachers

This is a press release from Fathom

The pioneer in social impact travel hosts the 5th annual International Clean Tech Competition, showcasing some of the world's best and brightest young minds

SEATTLE, March 29, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Fathom, the pioneer in social impact travel and Carnival Corporation's (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) 10th and newest brand, today announced it is tailoring Fathom's July 17 Dominican Republic voyage to the exploration and study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Fathom is committed to increasing interest in these topics to help build confidence among children and young adults to pursue and succeed in STEM studies. The brand will also host this year's highly anticipated Clean Tech Competition, a unique worldwide research and design challenge for pre-college youth.

Presenting an ideal venue for learning, the seven-day charter sailing will equip educators of all grades, as well as staff members of colleges specializing in teacher education, with the tools they need to change the course of the future and highlight the importance of STEM in their curriculums. The voyage will also provide a stimulating environment for school-aged travelers to unleash and pursue their interest in STEM outside of a traditional classroom setting.

Renowned Scientist and Educator Collaborating on Programming

For the STEM-focused voyage, Fathom is working alongside scientist and educator Ray Ann Havasy, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), to develop the interactive workshops for educators and scholastic sessions for school-aged travelers. Dr. Havasy has dedicated her life to educating youth about the wonders of science and how to apply scientific knowledge. Her own career demonstrates how STEM expertise can be applied in fascinating ways. Early in her career when Dr. Havasy worked for the Dinosaur Society, she served as advisor to Steven Spielberg in the making of Jurassic Park. Following filming, Spielberg donated the dinosaurs and props to the Society and Dr. Havasy created an international traveling exhibit called "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park."

"It is so exciting that educators will learn while on board and then teach other educators in the Dominican Republic about STEM," said Havasy. "It is a great opportunity for them and we are so delighted to be able to pilot this unique program with Fathom."

According to Dr. Havasy, practical hands-on activities and engaging, interactive learning environments are imperative to successfully inspiring interest in STEM learning. The programs she is developing for the Fathom sailing will emphasize those principles and will feature the following:

  • Project based learning
  • Hands-on science activity ideas and demonstrations
  • Dinosaurs
  • Weather
  • STEM questioning techniques
  • Earth science
  • Endangered species

This first-of-its-kind STEM cruise will host the Clean Tech Competition, which focuses on the scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Talented students from around the world gather once a year to showcase their creative solutions based on an issue grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM-related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. This year's challenge focuses on developing a meaningful solution to help "Make an Impact" by offsetting humans' negative effects on the planet. The winning team will receive an award of $10,000.

Not only will the winning team earn a monetary prize but they will also be able to develop an ongoing relationship with a professor who will serve as a long-time mentor and assist them in furthering their work and education.

"We are honored to host the first ever STEM sailing and be a part of such a highly respected international competition led by our world's young scientists, engineers and innovators," said Tara Russell, president of Fathom and global impact lead for Carnival Corporation. "We are eager to see their world-changing ideas, while giving likeminded educators and students an opportunity to connect and make a difference in the local communities of the Dominican Republic."

STEM Activities Augmented by Social Impact Experiences

As with other social impact trips to the Dominican Republic, Fathom's on-ground activities will include exchanges between U.S. and Dominican teachers to help them integrate more STEM curriculum into their schools. In addition to this aspect of the cruise, all Fathom travelers will have the opportunity to work alongside Fathom's Dominican partners and communities to learn, share and give back in a hands-on way.

Fathom offers a broad range of authentic impact activities – focusing on education, environment, and economic development. The brand has developed close partnerships with organizations with deep roots in the Dominican Republic so the activities travelers participate in will have an immediate and lasting impact, tailored specifically to what each community needs most. Fathom travelers can participate in a wide range of exciting impact activities both onboard and on-ground, while exchanging cultures and customs with Dominican families. Specific impact activities include building water filters for Dominican homes; helping a women's cooperative produce artisan chocolates; improving homes and common areas in impoverished communities; assisting arts and crafts entrepreneurs; participating in community English-language retention activities; and supporting reforestation efforts.

Fathom's STEM sailing is a first of its kind in which educators can learn, share and motivate each other – and continuing their education credentials and supporting talented pre-college youth from around the world. They may do all this while collectively impacting the lives of thousands of Dominicans through organized social impact activities. Prices for the seven-day STEM trip to the Dominican Republic start at $1,265 per person, excluding taxes, fees and port expenses and including all meals on the ship, onboard social impact immersion experiences, three on-shore social impact activities and related supplies. To secure a spot on the STEM sailing, a fully refundable 50 percent per person deposit is required for all cabin categories and occupancy levels. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. To reserve a spot on future sailings, travelers may call 1-855-932-8466 or work with a travel professional. Learn more at

About Fathom
Fathom is a different kind of cruise that combines one's love of travel with the desire to make a difference in the world. It is a new category of travel. Part of the Carnival Corporation (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) family, Fathom offers consumers authentic, meaningful travel experiences to enrich the life of the traveler and work alongside locals as they tackle community needs. Fathom is unique in that it leverages Carnival Corporation's expertise and scale for a one-of-a-kind business model to create long-term collaboration with its partner countries, allowing for sustained social impact and lasting development. Fathom will serve the sizable and growing market of potential social impact travel consumers – approximately one million North Americans – in addition to global travelers already pursuing service-oriented travel experiences worldwide.

Sailing aboard the MV Adonia, a 704-passenger vessel redeployed from Carnival Corporation's P&O Cruises (UK), Fathom will mobilize, educate and equip travelers on every trip allowing for thousands of impact activity days per week – and tens of thousands of travelers a year to communities of promise, providing unprecedented scale for impact.

For more information about Fathom or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Professional, call Fathom toll-free at 1-855-932-8466 or visit

About The Center for Science Teaching and Learning 
The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) has a mission to encourage STEM learning and literacy in everyone. CSTL is a 501(C3) nonprofit organization that is operated by a passionate, intelligent, and highly qualified staff that includes scientists, certified teachers, and former school administrators. These professionals are dedicated to creating STEM programs that engage people, making learning a real adventure. Learn more at


Daniella Muise: Be an Engineer. Period.

This is a guest blog post in our Be An Engineer series with ExxonMobil. The author for this post is Daniella Muise, a materials engineer at ExxonMobil!

The path to becoming an engineer can stem from many trailheads: Perhaps a parent, loved one or someone you emulate is an engineer, and you wanted to follow in his/her footsteps; or, maybe you had an influential teacher in elementary or middle school who steered you toward engineering. For me, it was a family friend who introduced me to what would become my career and one of my great passions. 

As a young girl growing up in El Paso, Texas, I didn’t even know you could study math and science — two subjects I have always loved and in which I excelled — in college, let alone build a career around them. My thinking changed when a family friend was about to start her freshman year at New Mexico State University (NMSU) to study chemistry. Being from a family whose members either never attended or completed college, and not realizing that was even a viable option for me, I was fascinated by the fact that she was actually going to college and that she was getting the chance to major in chemistry.

Sensing my interest in her studies, our friend let me read her textbooks and took me on tours of the campus and the chemistry labs. When it came time for my own college search, I decided to follow in her footsteps and study chemical engineering.  I enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) to take advantage of the in-state tuition. Since a chemical engineering major was not offered, my advisers suggested metallurgical and materials engineering, as the course work was similar to chemical engineering. I planned on studying for a year at El Paso and then transfer my sophomore year as a chemical engineering major, via an exchange program between UTEP and NMSU.

I never made it to NMSU, because metallurgical and materials had me at “hello.” I loved everything about my studies: the classes, the course work, but mostly, my professors, who all had professional industry experience and applied that real-world experience to our class lessons and assignments. Through my undergraduate program, I was also fortunate enough to work at Texas oil refineries during two summer internships and learned as much as possible about the oil and gas industry.

As a metallurgical and materials engineer — or a self-described ‘metal head’— my job is to take a material and transform it into something else — something different, something useful and innovative — that solves a challenge and makes the world a better place. That is what engineers do on a daily basis, working together, using our math and science skills, but also our imagination and creativity to tackle some of the world’s most complex problems or letting our dreams take flight to guide us to novel solutions that make the world a better, safer place.

I have worked for ExxonMobil for 18 years. As much as I enjoy being an engineer, I am equally proud of working for a company that recognizes and nurtures talented men and women from diverse backgrounds — encouraging them to do more, see more, be more. My career has afforded me opportunities I never thought possible growing up.  I get to work with a group of remarkable, self-motivated intelligent people in a collegial — not competitive — atmosphere. Perhaps best of all, I get to collaborate with others and create solutions and products that make life better, safer and more enjoyable for so many people. It has been the best way to spend my professional life and has given me a sense of accomplishment that makes me a fulfilled person on so many levels.  

If I could give one piece of advice to our young women today it would be this: Be bold, be exciting, be someone who changes the world: Be an engineer. Period.

​Daniella Muise is a materials engineer at ExxonMobil.  She holds a B.S. in metallurgical and materials engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso

Through the support of ExxonMobil, Be An Engineer is a multi-faceted initiative seeking to inspire the next generation of engineers. The program aims to highlight the meaningful contributions that engineers make to the world, as well provide resources to assist young people interested in pursuing the profession.


Honeywell And NASA Put STEM Education In 'Motion' For Arizona Middle Schools

This is a press release from Honeywell and NASA

FMA Live!, the interactive hip-hop, Newtonian physics show will visit 40 schools across six U.S. states

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 28, 2016 (PRNewswire) | Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and NASA are proud to support their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education program with the award-winning, hip-hop educational experience FMA Live! Forces in Motion. The program made its return to the West Coast this month with plans to visit six states and perform at 40 public, private and military-connected middle schools.

This week, FMA Live! Forces in Motion is rolling into Arizona for performances in Sacaton (Sacaton Middle School), Tucson (Coronado K-8 School) and Tempe (Cholla Middle School).

The popular show incorporates hip-hop music and dancers with student volunteers and on-stage, interactive science experiments to demonstrate how physics plays a role in everyday life. Since the program's creation in 2004, the FMA Live! cast has performed before 455,000 students in more than 1,150 schools from all 48 contiguous U.S. states, as well as in Mexico and Canada.

"It is critically important to get middle school-aged students aware of and excited about STEM topics—especially physics. We've seen FMA Live! make the introduction easier," said Donald James, NASA's associate administrator for Education. "Thanks to our collaboration with Honeywell, we're inspiring students to set their sights on future careers in the critical STEM field."

Each performance focuses on Newton's Universal Law of Gravity and Three Laws of Motion. Named after Newton's Second Law of Motion [Force equals Mass times Acceleration], FMA Live! uses music videos and interactive scientific demonstrations to teach and inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

"Many of today's engineering challenges will be solved decades into the future by the next generation of engineers and scientists," said Mike Bennett, president, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "To prepare students to become tomorrow's innovators, Honeywell invests in programs like FMA Live! to ignite that spark of inspiration in fun and relatable ways."

The FMA Live! Forces in Motion experience features an online "Teachers' Lounge" that includes National Science Standards-based teaching resources, downloadable streaming videos, music from the show, and a comprehensive educational guide with lesson plans. This digital tool helps keep the post-show spark alive and can be incorporated into classroom learning objectives. To learn more visit

About FMA Live! 
Using live actors, hip-hop songs, music videos, interactive scientific demonstrations and video interviews with scientists and engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the show teaches Newton's Three Laws of Motion and Universal Law of Gravity.

Honeywell and NASA created FMA Live! to inspire middle school students to explore STEM concepts and careers. The program addresses Forces and Motion learning objectives outlined by the Next Generation Science Education Standards for students in grades 5-8.

Through Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company has a number of award-winning programs focused on inspiring students at all grade levels to embrace STEM education. The company chose physics for FMA Live! Forces in Motion because studies have shown that the middle school years of education offer the best window of opportunity to get students interested in STEM careers.

Supporting Resources

Read more about FMA Live! Forces in Motion
Visit the FMA Live! Facebook page
Follow @HON_Citizenship on Twitter
Follow FMA Live! on Instagram
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ENERGIZE STEM... Using The Superpowers Of Hip-Hop Music And Kinesthetic Learning at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

ENERGIZE STEM.. Using The Superpowers Of Hip-Hop Music And Kinesthetic Learning to inspire students to achieve their maximum learning potential in STEM, Grand Hank’s creative, out-of-the-box approach provides audiences with first-hand strategies and techniques through Event-Based Instruction. This high-energy, interactive presentation is designed to pique the interest of students and create a winning formula to help move students towards careers in STEM.

About Tyraine Ragsdale (a.k.a. Grand Hank)- Founder & President, Grank Hank Productions

Tyraine Ragsdale is the founder and president of Grand Hank Productions, Inc. (GHPI).  Prior to assuming the leadership of GHPI on a full-time basis, Tyraine was a Research Scientist for the R.W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute Division of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).  Tyraine is a 1988 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Chemistry. He chose the field of Chemistry because of his interest in researching and developing new methods to cure physical illnesses.  His scientific background has given him a leading edge in modern technology and the insight on how to organize and arrange ideas.  Tyraine also has a television and musical background that allows him to create programs, which have an appeal to all audiences.

Throughout Tyraine's life, from his early childhood days in the Mill Creek Housing Projects, to his present position as President of GHPI, his family, instructors, and mentors have emphasized to him, the importance of education.  Education has played a critical role in Tyraine's development as both a scientist and an entrepreneur.

Along with balancing careers in science, television and music, Tyraine is an active member in the community and a consultant to numerous school districts and organizations nationwide. As a result, he has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, radio, and television talk shows. Throughout his personal and professional careers, Tyraine has committed himself to helping others.

Don’t miss this FREE and open to the public event April 16-17, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Pre-register here:

Shell Science Lab Challenge Announces 2016 Grand Prize Winner and National Finalists

This is a press release from Shell & NSTA

March 21, 2016 — ARLINGTON, Va. (BUSINESS WIRE) | Shell Oil Company and the National Science Teachers Association today announced the grand prize winner and four national finalists in the sixth annual Shell Science Lab Challenge. The competition encouraged teachers (grades 6–12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover valued at $20,000.

“Students with access to a safe lab environment to ask questions, explore, construct, test and interpret observations are more likely to cultivate skills that could motivate them to pursue science disciplines,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, VP Shell Oil Company Foundation and Manager of Social Investment. “The Shell Lab Challenge seeks to better equip high schools labs for quality outcomes, especially for science teachers who create innovative experiences for students despite limited lab environments.”

“We’re honored to be able to reward dynamic and captivating teachers who, by their example, inform and inspire others,” said Carolyn Hayes, NSTA President. “We applaud the grand prize winner and national finalists of the Shell Science Lab Challenge for their hard work, creative ideas, and dedication to their students’ education.”

To enter the Shell Science Lab Challenge, science teachers of grades 6–12 in the U.S. and Canada were asked to describe their school’s current laboratory resources, explain why the school’s laboratory facilities might be classified as “limited” resources, and describe their approach to science education instruction utilizing their school’s current lab facilities. A panel of science educators reviewed and selected the top entries.

Grand Prize Winner

Alicia Conerly, science teacher, South Pike High School, Magnolia, MS
(Team members include: Deandra Johnson, Chander Jenkins, and Tony Richardson)

Alicia Conerly believes that science educators are individuals who can successfully bridge the gap between curriculum disciplines, incorporating all subject areas into one science question. Science courses with adequate hands-on resources and equipment is a necessity. An upgrade to the current lab at South Pike will enable students to perform science experiments to adequately test hypothesis, observe how science concepts are put into practice, and interact more directly with the natural world.

As the grand prize winner, Conerly will receive a science lab makeover support package for her school valued at $20,000. The prize package includes an $8,000 Shell cash grant, $8,000 in donated lab equipment, $1,000 in NSTA prizes—to include an NSTA bookstore gift certificate and NSTA conference registrations, NSTA memberships and NSTA Learning Center subscriptions for two teachers. Conerly also receives an expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education to be held in Nashville March 31 through April 3.

National Finalists

Dr. Rene Corrales, science teacher, STAR Academic Center, Tucson, AZ
Rene Corrales motivates students by first exposing them to hands-on experiences that lead to inquiry questions. His students maintain an interactive notebook of mini-lessons and problem-solving strategies, along with experimental objectives, methods, results, analysis, and interpretation. To develop competitive science programs, he needs improved laboratory resources that can lead to advanced science learning and help students achieve their competitive science learning goals.

Catherine Krygeris, science teacher, Mardela Middle/High School, Mardela Springs, MD
In Catherine Krygeris’s class, students enthusiastically participate in labs, request to do them daily, and show increased content understanding. A lab upgrade will allow Krygeris to extend scientific explorations and give students more freedom to choose variables and understand scientific systems. An update will also provide students with more opportunities to use technology to analyze data and share results online. Rather than relying on class demonstrations, her goal is to put materials into students’ hands to support inquiry-based science learning.

Petra McCullough, science teacher, Sunset School, Oak View, CA
Petra McCullough is a facilitator for her students, allowing their imagination and creativity to lead their learning and discovery. To overcome the shortage of lab materials, she takes students on walking field trips around campus to explore weather and climate. Without a science lab on campus, few experiments are possible in classrooms. A laboratory upgrade will enable students to develop and use models, plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, and construct explanations and design solutions in an authentic lab setting using the appropriate laboratory tools.

Roy “Jay” Renfro, science teacher, Knowledge Academies, Antioch, TN
Teachers at Knowledge Academies use engineering challenges and inquiry-based investigations to teach science. Students in the engineering class build wind turbines, and other students practice comparative anatomy through animal dissection. Currently, the school lacks a functioning science lab and specialized, curriculum-based materials. Even with limited materials, teachers continue to engage students in high-level science learning. More equipment and resources would help teachers work towards new standards that emphasize the use of labs and investigations to prepare students for future STEM careers.

The four national finalists will each receive a science lab makeover support package for their school valued at $8,500. The prize package includes a $3,000 Shell cash grant, $3,000 in donated lab equipment, $1,000 in NSTA prizes—to include an NSTA bookstore gift certificate and NSTA conference registrations, NSTA memberships and NSTA Learning Center subscriptions for two teachers. The national finalists also receive an expense-paid trip to attend the NSTA National Conference.

Ward’s Science is also supporting the Shell Science Lab Challenge by providing equipment to the winners.

Recognizing that the laboratory experience is integral to science education and that many schools, especially schools in urban and rural areas, do not have the resources to invest in quality lab equipment, NSTA and Shell partnered on the Shell Science Lab Challenge to bring much needed lab materials and resources to school districts nationwide and in Canada. For more information about the Challenge, visit the competition web site.

About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

About Shell Oil Company
Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs nearly 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. Shell Oil Company is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology, and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers, and petrochemical manufacturers.


Sodexo Applauds Million Women Mentors for Surpassing 650,000 Mentors of Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers

This is a press release from Sodexo

Edie Fraser, CEO STEMConnector and Million Women Mentors hosts Senator Edward J. Marky (D-MA) and 20 other congressional leaders on Capitol Hill to celebrate pledges from 650,000 STEM mentors to girls and women.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — March 22, 2016 (3BL Media) | Sodexo, a leading provider of integrated facilities management and foodservice operations, today applauds the outstanding work and achievement of the STEMConnector® Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative for securing more than 650,000 pledges from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentors. In just two years, the organization has passed a major milestone toward reaching its goal of one million STEM mentors for girls and women by 2019.

Celebrating the achievement, Sodexo along with other MWM corporate and nonprofit partners were joined by more than 20 U.S. Senators and Congressional leaders at a March 15 luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Participants spoke regarding the importance of MWM and inspiring more women and girls in under-represented communities to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and careers. 

"As the 19th largest employer in the world with women representing 43 percent of its board of directors, Sodexo sees the overall value of  gender balance in the workplace, including businesses that are home to STEM careers,” said Michael Norris, Chair of Communications and Branding, Million Women Mentors and CEO, Hospitals, Sodexo North America. “Gender balance and STEM mentoring are not solely about equality, which of course is important; it is also about fostering talent discovery and significantly enhancing business performance as a result.”

Michael Norris, CEO Hospitals, Sodexo North America, greets Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) at the Million Women Mentors luncheon on Capitol Hill Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

MWM has participation from 65 partner organizations, 48 corporate sponsors and 35 state leadership teams across the U.S.  It also works with 13 Lieutenant Governors and one Governor acting as Honorary Chairs for their respective states. At the March 15 event, members of the Executive branch, Congress, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and United States Department of Agriculture also made pledges to support this movement.

As a founding sponsor of Million Women Mentors, Sodexo and other MWM partners are dedicated to increasing access to STEM education for girls and young women, broadening participation from ethnic minorities, and improving persistence and retention in STEM careers.

Michael Norris, CEO Hospitals, Sodexo greets Senator John Boozman (R-AR) at March 15 luncheon on Capitol Hill celebrating MWM securing 650K pledges for STEM mentors.

US Senators speaking at the event included Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Bob Corker (R-TN); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Maize Hirono (D-HI); Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); John Boozman (R-AR); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA); Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Joni Ernst (R-IA); Mike Enzi (R-WY); and Bob Casey (D-PA). They were joined by Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Barbara Comstock (R-VA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL),  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Under Secretary of the USDA, Dr. Catherine Woteki, and Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Director Michelle K. Lee.

About Million Women Mentors
Million Women Mentors is an initiative of STEMconnector(R), and supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors (male and female) to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Through five dedicated pathways to mentoring, MWM leads a national call to action to empower women through mentor relationships. By the end of 2016, MWM will operate internationally in six countries. Did you know: 71% of American jobs in 2018 will require STEM skills? STEM jobs pay 92 cents on a dollar for women; and 96 cents on a dollar for tech jobs. Interest in STEM at the time of graduation has declined among women, with only 15.6% vs. 44% of men. Only four percent of the 368,000 women who plan to pursue STEM said a mentor encouraged them, according to research from My College Options. Employees who mentored were promoted six times more often than their peers who did not mentor.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc., leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $27 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at Visit Sodexo on Facebook and follow on Twitter @SodexoUSA.



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