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.

Mars or Bust with NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

The first humans to set foot on Mars? NASA’s Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan has an overview of NASA’s journey to Mars, with the goal of putting humans on the Red Planet in the 2030s. How will we get there and what are the unique challenges of living on Mars? Will we grow potatoes as Mark Watney did in ‘The Martian?’ Dr. Stofan breaks it down, takes your questions, and explains how YOU can get involved in the mission of a lifetime.

About Dr. Ellen Stofan
Dr. Ellen Stofan was appointed NASA chief scientist on August 25, 2013, serving as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments.

Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London in England. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn's moon Titan, and Earth. Stofan is an associate member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team and a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission's MARSIS sounder. She also was principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, a proposed mission to send a floating lander to a sea on Titan.

Her appointment as chief scientist marks a return to NASA for Dr. Stofan. From 1991 through 2000, she held a number of senior scientist positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., including chief scientist for NASA's New Millennium Program, deputy project scientist for the Magellan Mission to Venus, and experiment scientist for SIR-C, an instrument that provided radar images of Earth on two shuttle flights in 1994.

Stofan holds master and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Stofan has authored and published numerous professional papers, books and book chapters, and has chaired committees including the National Research Council Inner Planets Panel for the recent Planetary Science Decadal Survey and the Venus Exploration Analysis Group.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM - Alex Zoghlin, Global Head of Technology for Hyatt Hotels Corporation

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Alex Zoghlin, Global Head of Technology for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.

Alex Zoghlin
Global Head of Technology
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Alex Zoghlin was appointed Global Head of Technology for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in March 2013. Zoghlin leads the company’s network and systems operations, technology support and risk management, technology architecture, global planning and field services, E-Commerce and marketing systems portfolio, reservations and sales systems planning portfolio, property systems portfolio, and corporate systems portfolio.

Zoghlin has more than 20 years of technology expertise, most recently as chief executive officer of VHT where he was responsible for the development of innovative technology solutions for the real estate industry. Prior to this role, Zoghlin was founder and chief executive officer for G2Switchworks, an alternative airline global distribution system that automated ticket exchanges, ticket refunds and ticket price changes. In 2000, Zoghlin was founder and chief technology officer of Orbitz LLC, where he oversaw all aspects of the company, including strategy, design development and operations. Zoghlin also served as founder, chief executive officer and chief technology officer in 1999 for SportsGear.com, a business-to-business sporting goods distribution company.

Zoghlin also held a series of technology positions at Venture Capital Firm, Neoglyphics Media Corp and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, as well as a cryptographic technician for the United States Navy.

About Hyatt

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara, Hyatt Ziva, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of June 30, 2015, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 618 properties in 51 countries. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

What do corporations need to do fill existing technology jobs?

In my opinion, corporations need to recruit differently – there is a well- documented lack of minorities, including women, in technology. So rather than only recruiting on college campuses, I think it’s important to consider an approach that’s more well rounded. For example, Hyatt works with YearUp, an organization committed to providing urban youth with the opportunities to build marketable job skills through hands on experience.

What is your vision for the future of STEM careers, through diversity?

My vision centers around STEAM versus STEM. Everyone learns differently so it’s shortsighted to discount art, design, music etc. and I am pleased to see that more studies are supporting this way of thinking and learning. By expanding ways to trigger the right-brain skills that help drive a passion for technology, we create a diverse workforce who can help drive innovation.

I think a great example of this is Apple – the technology has shifted the way the world lives and our relationship with technology. But I think one of the crucial components of driving the irrational loyalty the brand has achieved is due in large part because they so brilliantly blended technology with sleek design.

What do we need to do in the U.S. to continue to be at the top of innovation?

Innovation is so broad so first, it’s important to remember what innovation is. The dictionary definition is literally to introduce something new or different. But the thing about innovation is that it has to be relevant to people’s lives to be meaningful.

At Hyatt, our innovation efforts are focused around empathy. Before we undertake any technology effort, our first question is always, “how will this help care?”. So we can build and test things and experiences all day, but those efforts would be misspent because they don’t help us achieve success. It can be easy to mistake insert technology everywhere because the tech option is sexy. But a tech-forward option might not always be the best solution – for us, the key learning is to come back to the core issue so we are using our team’s creativity in a productive way.

So for the U.S. to be at the top of innovation, I think that we need three key elements:

  • An emphasis on STEAM versus STEM – this helps spur creativity and provides a natural intersection for right and left brained thinkers to really drive meaningful innovation. As Steve Jobs once said, “Technology alone is not enough. It's technology married with liberal arts that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing."
  • Solve for the human factor – this is why I love design thinking. It encourages the team to think beyond themselves. There’s an example we use internally to demonstrate this: Grad students at the Stanford d School, who Hyatt worked with to introduce design thinking to the company, took on a project to improve infant mortality in developing countries. At first, they set out to build a lower cost incubator but found that these infants were born too far from cities to get help in time. So they shifted their perspective to helping parents in remote areas. That tweaked language shifted the solution to helping parents give their infants a greater chance at life rather than create a device for hospital use.

Bring great thinkers inside the organization – it’s hard to think of any company that shouldn’t be focusing on innovation. At Hyatt, we have brought innovation in-house so with the goal for it to be part of our culture and an expected part of everyone’s job. This will be critical for driving disruptive innovation and has already helped solve numerous small annoyances for guests and colleagues, with the purpose of creating a more loyal customer base and more engaged workforce.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM - Qingtong Zhou, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lenovo

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Qingtong Zhou, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lenovo.

Qingtong Zhou
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Lenovo

Qingtong Zhou is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Information Officer for Lenovo. In this position, Mr. Zhou is responsible for ensuring that Lenovo has the core systems in place to enable all Lenovo customers do business with Lenovo smoothly and all employees to work seamlessly in a virtual global workplace that is unified, productive and efficient.

He is also responsible for driving business transformation at Lenovo, and is part of the company’s executive team leading integration efforts following the recent acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and IBM’s x86 server business. The inclusion of a Business Model Transformation team in the CIO organization allows Mr. Zhou to directly oversee both the strategy of transformation and the teams that create the fundamental tools and processes required to make transformation a reality.

Prior to being appointed to CIO, Mr. Zhou held several positions at Lenovo including: head of strategy and planning, CFO of China, and CFO of Lenovo Emerging Markets Group, among other roles in finance.

Mr. Zhou received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tsinghua University where he also received an MBA in General Management and, in between serving in Lenovo’s strategic planning department and leading the company’s financial strategy, he earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Having roots in engineering has allowed him to bring a unique perspective to managing both financial and technology aspects of Lenovo’s business. He credits a background in STEM as a contributor to successfully working across business and technology teams, connecting with Lenovo’s end user community and meeting the needs of today’s internet-plus era.

About Lenovo

Lenovo is a $46 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial and enterprise technology, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Furthermore, Lenovo is dedicated to global education initiatives to improve the lives of individuals by helping expose students to various science, technology, engineering and math programs through innovative curriculum and technology. For example, Lenovo is involved in National Academy Foundation (NAF), YouChange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation, Enactus World Cup, Students@Work Week, STEM Alliance and the Center for STEM Education for Girls.

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

We’ve reached a transformational time in our society:  the Internet-plus era is changing the way we do everything from creating and consuming content, using big data and analytics to engage customers and businesses in two-way dialogue and, soon, connecting billions of everyday objects with the Internet of Things.

Today’s IT professional requires a different set of skills. Through investment in STEM education and workforce development we can help empower young people with the technology underpinnings to build future leaders who can apply this knowledge to contribute to innovation and business strategy– not only for the US, but on a global scale.

What challenges and opportunities do you see in the way we teach technology?

A lot of change is happening in how young people perceive careers in technology. Globally there is a great deal of interest in entrepreneurial technology startups. This is driving interest in getting an education that will support a career in technology and combining that with the skills required to start a business. Technology careers are becoming sought after and “people are proud to be a geek.” It’s great that there are opportunities for young people to choose their own paths, create new markets and achieve early success by leveraging their technology skills.

In terms of producing candidates for technology jobs, there are really two parts to the education system. First there are the technology skills. The teaching of these skills may always be a little behind what is considered cutting edge as the nature of developing curricula keeps what is being taught a version behind. However, the second part, teaching critical thinking skills could be improved. We teach students how to get to a known answer with a certain formula or method but we don’t do as good a job teaching students how to solve problems with no definitive answer. We need to do a better job of teaching students how to problem-solve as part of a team and how to lead.  This is the path to harnessing great ideas to deliver tomorrow’s innovation breakthroughs.

What is the key to smart STEM investments?

We do not limit the scope of our education related social investments, but rather we consider each opportunity based on its own merits. We support education-related programs and initiatives through our industry-leading products and technologies, community investments and program sponsorships. This includes donating equipment, providing financial contributions and lending expertise to schools and related organizations across all global markets. Lenovo supports global education investments in both K-12 and higher education with the goal of advancing, enhancing and extending education at all levels.  In fact, Lenovo is the #1 ranked PC company serving the global education marketplace.

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

In July 2014, Lenovo announced an agreement with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) to bring a robust mobile app development curriculum and delivery program to NAF academies in the U.S.  Known as the Lenovo Scholar Network, the program is designed to enrich high school students with an intensive application development curriculum to enable the next generation of developers and entrepreneurs.

The Lenovo Scholar Network encourages greater interest among underserved high school students in STEM subjects while providing them with high-tech skills to succeed in the 21st century. As part of their coursework over the 2014 – 2015 academic year, Lenovo Scholar Network students were given Lenovo PCs and tablets and tasked with designing, coding, developing, and testing a mobile app and creating a business plan to take the app to market. Students used the MIT Center for Mobile Learning’s App Inventor, a web-based tool for creating Android apps, to build and test their apps on Lenovo devices.

Additionally, in 2012 Lenovo expanded its relationship with The Harpeth Hall School for girls in Nashville, Tennessee, elevating The Center for STEM Education for Girls to an international scale. The partnership provides the needed resources to collect and disseminate research in best practices in STEM classrooms at the secondary school level, to attract international researchers and educators to an annual STEM conference, and to provide scholarship funds for both educators and students to participate in the Center’s STEM Think Tank and Conference and Summer Institute.

How does STEM leadership with a focus on diversity help your company compete?

Lenovo’s culture of technology and entrepreneurship, which is grounded in diversity, enables us to consistently raise the bar on delivering breakthrough innovations, award-winning designs and strong financial performance. Our leadership team is diverse and balanced with 7 nationalities in our top 12 leaders, while the top 100 executives hail from about 20 countries. Today, women make up approximately 36% of our employees around the world. At Lenovo, we view our diversity as a key competitive advantage. We call it The Lenovo Way — it’s the values we share and the business practices we deploy. It’s how we address our day-to-day commitments. The Lenovo Way is embodied in the statement: “We do what we say and we own what we do.”

EverFi and Goodyear Collaborate on Career Readiness Initiative

This is the press release from EverFi & Goodyear

Program focuses on STEM, Entrepreneurship and Digital Citizenship

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 (PRNewswire) | EverFi, the leading critical skills education company, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced the Goodyear Future STEM Leaders Program that will extend digital learning opportunities to students at the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) STEM High School and the associated NIHF Center for STEM Learning in Akron, Ohio.

Today, only 6 percent of the 3.8 million ninth graders in the United States are expected to choose a STEM-focused degree in college. Meanwhile, STEM industries continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy with projections forecasting more than nine million STEM-related jobs available in America by 2018. 

The Goodyear Future STEM Leaders Program will provide students with interactive programs that help them build entrepreneurship and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. Using the power of cutting-edge instructional design, gamification, and real world simulations, students are also introduced to the technical careers of the future and the skillsets needed to succeed in these fields.

The program is aligned with Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel's Ohio Strong Initiative, which recognizes Ohio workers in manufacturing and the skilled trades, and raises public awareness to encourage more people to pursue careers in these fields.   

"As the baby boomers retire, I frequently hear about the shortage of welders, pipe-fitters, electricians, carpenters, machinists and other skilled trades across Ohio. There are high-paying jobs going unfilled because employers can't find a modern workforce to hire with the skill sets they need," said Mandel.  "I believe that there is a quiet crisis upon us, and in order to prosper as a country, we need to encourage young Americans to pursue careers in the skilled trades. I launched the Ohio Strong Initiative to help bring pride and profile to dedicated men and women across our state who work in these fields that are so vital to our economy."

The Goodyear Future STEM Leaders Program is part of the organization's broader community engagement efforts focused on STEM career preparedness, road safety, and established volunteer programs near its Akron headquarters. 

About EverFi, Inc.
EverFi, Inc. is the education technology innovator that empowers learners with the skills that prepare them to be successful in life. With backing from some of technology's most innovative leaders including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Twitter founder Evan Williams, EverFi has built the most comprehensive critical skills platform focused on Financial Education, Digital Citizenship, STEM Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and Health and Wellness. The EverFi Education Network is powered by over 1,200 partner organizations across all 50 states and Canada and has certified over 12 million students. Learn more at www.everfi.com.

About Goodyear
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, it employs approximately 66,000 people and manufactures its products in 49 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear or its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.

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FP International Funds New Scholarship in UK College of Engineering

This is a press release from FP International and the UK College of Engineering

LEXINGTON, Ky., March 15, 2016 (PRNewswire) | FP International, an award-winning manufacturer of innovative, protective packaging products and packaging systems, is funding a new academic scholarship for students in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering program.

The Arthur Graham/FP International Scholarship, named in honor of FP International's founder and chairman emeritus Arthur Graham, will fund tuition for exceptional students studying chemical and materials engineering and mechanical engineering. 

"It was through Mr. Graham's vision that we established our company roots in the Commonwealth of Kentucky more than 15 years ago," said FP International President Joe Nezwek. "As a result of his love of engineering and relentless drive to on-going innovation, FP International has become a global leader in the interior packaging industry. Mr. Graham's strong commitment to education was a key element enabling both his own achievements and those of our company. Building from his example, we wish to help make it possible for students at the University of Kentucky to pursue their engineering education."

Through the years, the company has deepened its roots in Kentucky, which this scholarship underscores. FP International has a talented and dedicated workforce at our large manufacturing plant in Hopkinsville which serves customers each day with commitment and professionalism.

"In addition, we have benefitted from our increasing collaboration with the University of Kentucky through valuable projects performed for us by UK students, summer interns and faculty," Nezwek said.

With the recent appointment of UK alumnus, Jeff Baird as the company's chief technology officer, FP International and the UK look forward to expanding their relationship and collaborations.

"We are extremely grateful to FP International for this scholarship program," said UK College of Engineering Dean John Walz. "Their support of our students demonstrates their understanding of the importance of making a great engineering education affordable."

About FP International
Based in Fremont, California and founded in 1967, FP International is a global manufacturer of innovative, protective packaging products and systems focused on eco-friendly packaging. 

FP International has manufacturing and warehouse facilities throughout North America and Europe with sales offices in Asia and Australia.  For more information, visit fpintl.com and minipakr.com, or call 800-888-3725.

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Tracking Sharks with Chris Fischer at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Chris Fischer, Expedition Leader and Founding Chairman of Ocearch

OCEARCH is a recognized world leader in generating critical scientific data related to tracking (telemetry) and biological studies of keystone marine species such as great white sharks, in conjunction with conservation outreach and education at a measurable global scale. In a collaborative environment established by Founding Chairman and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer, OCEARCH shares real-time data through OCEARCH’s Global Shark Tracker, inspires current and future generations of explorers, scientists, and stewards of the ocean, and enables leading researchers and institutions to generate previously unattainable data. OCEARCH has completed 22 expeditions as of September 2015; by 2016, a total of 26 will be completed.

Meet Chris Fischer as he speaks about his expeditions and efforts to track white sharks and other ocean giants at the USA Science & Engineering Festival. 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: http://www.usasciencefestival.org.

Million Women Mentors Commits 550,000 mentors to guide girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers

Media Invited to Celebrate Women's History Month in the Senate!

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2016 (PRNewswire) | High-level leaders from the U.S. Congress and the Administration will meet Tuesday, March 15, 2016, in the Russell Senate Office Building (Kennedy Caucus Room SR325) from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. to recognize Women's History Month and the Million Women Mentors (MWM) movement. 

At the luncheon, MWM will announce its commitment of 550,000 Mentor pledges -- out of a goal of one million mentors by 2019 -- to guide girls and women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and MWM, who has long championed diversity, STEM education and workforce development, has built a respected consulting and communications firm, which covers 6,600 organizations and has over 150 paying members.

One major initiative of STEMconnector® is Million Women Mentors (MWM), a movement for mentoring women in STEM careers. "This is a very important project for me," Fraser said, "and I won't stop the mentoring movement until I successfully get one million women and girls into STEM jobs."

MWM supporters are known for their dedication to mentoring girls and women seeking STEM careers and developing their interest and confidence for success in their chosen area. This well-supported program works in collaboration with more than 65 partners, 48 corporate sponsors, 35 state leadership teams, and thousands of groups and individuals interested in advancing the movement.

Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness at Tata Consultancy Services and MWM Chair of Technology, said, "The success of MWM is a demonstration of the combined power of purpose, people and technology in removing barriers facing girls and women in STEM education and careers. We are committed to supporting partners, states and mentors across the country to inspire tomorrow's women leaders today."

The attendees at the luncheon will include over 20 Congressional and government leaders, plus corporate executives and representatives from nonprofits. Some of the leaders to attend are the following: Senators Kirsten Gillibrand  (D-NY); Bob Corker (R-TN); Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Maize Hirono (D-HI); Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); John Boozman (R-AR); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY); Bob Casey (D-PA); Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Barbara Comstock (R-VA); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN); Under Secretary of the USDA, Dr. Catherine Woteki; and Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of US Patent and Trademark Office, Director Michelle K. Lee.

Grubhub Partners with the National Math and Science Initiative to Celebrate Pi Day and Fuel STEM Students for Success

This is a press release from Grubhub

Grubhub donates 3.14% of Pi Day promotion orders to support NMSI programs

CHICAGO, March 14, 2016 (PRNewswire) | In celebration of Pi Day and support of STEM education, Grubhub, the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering and delivery platform, is partnering with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to fuel the next generation of STEM students. For all Grubhub orders placed today using the code PiDay at checkout, Grubhub will donate 3.14 percent to support NMSI programs, up to $40,000.

"Grubhub sees math and science education as essential to the future of the technology industry, and all the industries that shape our lives," said Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Marketing Officer, Grubhub. "Pi Day is a great opportunity to celebrate advances in this field of education, and recognize all the possibilities that lie ahead for the next generation.  We are excited to give back to such a worthwhile cause, with the help of our diners."

NMSI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today's classrooms with proven, effective programs that can be replicated nationwide. By providing training and support for teachers and students beginning in elementary school through college, NMSI programs have a lasting, positive impact on teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. To date, NMSI's programs have positively impacted more than one million students and 50,000 teachers at 800 high schools and 44 universities in 30 states coast to coast.

"We're thrilled to work with Grubhub to spotlight the importance of rigorous math and science education for all students," said Matthew Randazzo, CEO, NMSI. "With Grubhub's generous support, we hope to empower even more students and teachers to excel in classrooms across the country."

To explore all the local restaurants available for online ordering and delivery in your area, check out Grubhub.com. To learn more about Grubhub and its portfolio of brands, please visit http://media.grubhub.com/.

About Grubhub
Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) is the nation's leading online and mobile food-ordering company. Dedicated to moving eating forward and connecting diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, the company's platforms and services strive to elevate food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub is proud to work with more than 40,000 restaurant partners in over 1,000 U.S. cities and London. The Grubhub portfolio of brands includes Grubhub, Seamless, AllMenus, MenuPages, Restaurants on the Run, DiningIn and Delivered Dish.

About National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI)   
NMSI, a nonprofit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education and science to transform education in the United States.  NMSI has received national recognition for training grade 3-12 teachers and improving student performance through the rapid expansion of highly successful programs: NMSI's College Readiness Program, NMSI's Laying the Foundation Teacher Training Program and NMSI's UTeach Expansion Program. For more information, visit www.nms.org.

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100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM - Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer, BDP International

This blog series features senior corporate executive from the 100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM publication sharing their insights on business and innovation from a technology and information perspective. Today’s Leader is Angela Yochem, Global Chief Information Officer of BDP International.

Angela Yochem
Global Chief Information Officer
BDP International

Angela Yochem is the Global CIO of BDP International, a leading privately-held global transportation and logistics management firm, where she runs the technology division and the digital product line. Angela joined the high-growth company in 2013 to drive expansion through innovative technology. 

Prior to BDP, Angela was the global CTO at AstraZeneca, where she built unconventional partnerships to accelerate business advantage while making a meaningful difference to patient health. She built a track record of driving transformation, profitability and agility in complex environments in senior roles at Dell, Bank of America, SunTrust, UPS, and IBM. 


Throughout her career, Angela has developed ground-breaking mobility solutions, highly profitable social media constructs, advanced analytics for pattern matching across massive steaming data sets, and world-class digital security teams. Her experience with predictive analytics, natural language search, simulations in healthcare and logistics, and her commitment and early success in delivering secure, cloud-based solutions to end customers have allowed her to drive breakthrough digital differentiation.


Angela is an Independent Director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, where she co-chairs the Enterprise Risk Committee, and serves on the Operational Risk Committee and the Governance and Public Policy Committee, and is the vice-chair of the Enterprise Risk Committee.

Angela has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, where she serves on the board of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, and a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University. She is a published author focusing on complex technologies used in large-scale IT practices, and holds US patents relating to dynamic authorization and identity within mobile and traditional web-based applications.

About BDP International 

BDP International is one of the leading privately held freight logistics/transportation management firms based in the U.S.  It operates freight logistics centers in more than 20 cities throughout North America and a network of subsidiaries, joint ventures and strategic partnerships in nearly 140 countries.  The company serves more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Clients include Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Heineken USA, Honeywell, Johnson & Johnson, Revlon, Trek Bicycle, and others. BDP provides a range of services, including ocean, air and ground transportation; lead logistics process analysis, design and management; export freight forwarding; import customs clearance and regulatory compliance; project logistics; warehousing/consolidation/distribution; custom technology applications on-demand and its web-based BDPSmart® Suite of shipping transaction/tracking management and visibility applications.  For more information visit: www.bdpinternational.com.

The role of CIOs

The STEM of today is an exciting and messy place to be. Advances in science are not limited to the fantastic medical applications dominating conversation in the press; scientific advances are changing the way we build things, analyze problems and compute answers, and even understand our universe. Advances in technology bring these scientific and mathematical progressions to applications that impact all elements of our society - and while these emerging technologies and lines of thought offer exciting possibilities, many have complicated implications.

Through our funding and engagement, CIOs are able to directly influence what the STEM of tomorrow looks like, to have a key role in building and supporting a STEM environment that benefits us all. As essential part of this finding and encouraging leaders for today and tomorrow who can think critically and creatively. For ease of discussion, let’s think about this in terms of four categories: seeding the pipeline, creating a community, inspiring reinvention, and diversity of thought.   

First, let’s talk about seeding the pipeline. CIOs can sponsor, champion, or even create educational initiatives for children and teens that appeal to them as creators and as problem-solvers. The most successful STEM initiatives for children--LEGO Mindstorms, First Robotics, and Blockly, to name a few--use code as a tool to make something visible, real world and actionable. Sponsoring hackathons, speaking in schools, and running science and/or technology competitions are relatively easy things for a CIO to support interest and engagement in STEM for youth and adults alike.   

Second, CIOs should build a broad community of STEM researchers and contributors. For example, CIOs can support university programs that are doing research of interest to our businesses. This research may be on a technical level--how smart machines can be used effectively to enhance human lives, for example--or on a philosophical one--how technology is changing not only the world but STEM itself with extensions for Arts/Humanities and Society.

The innovative Science, Technology and Society programs at MIT and Stanford are two examples of programs that are stretching the boundaries of traditional thinking about technology education in exciting ways, and many other engineering schools and arts/sciences programs are engaging with industry creatively. For example, my graduate school, the EECS department at the University of Tennessee, has very exciting research in collaboration with the national labs and other entities. CIOs can be resources and vocal supporters for these programs, while gaining access to work not commercially available anywhere else.

Bringing game-changing capabilities to our businesses and society requires a broad community beyond STEM research at universities. CIOs should also engage the start-up community. Finding investment groups who showcase emerging companies and attending the DEMO conferences twice-yearly are easy ways to jump-start this type of engagement. And let’s not forget that many large technology vendors have very sophisticated research divisions. In some cases, CIOs may find that partnering with these groups working on technologies not yet to market can be intellectually stimulating for our staff, and competitively advantageous for our companies.   

Through building partnerships with universities, start-ups and research groups, CIOs can build a community of STEM leadership that will not only serve their companies well, but also provide a diversity of thought and perspective benefitting all areas of STEM innovation.

Third, to inspire reinvention, CIOs need to encourage creative thinking within their own enterprises. CIOs can shape the way teams are formed and the business community is engaged to ensure that digital ambitions are articulated, understood, and met, and will continue to evolve.

Emerging areas of technology such as the Internet of Things offer great examples of the range of concerns we want our current and future STEM leaders thinking about: design (how to make successful connected items that blend seamlessly into our environments and experiences), privacy (how to maintain privacy and manage rights without annoying users with disclaimers on every access point), and resilience/repair (how to run software outside of our control and manage challenges when things go wrong). It’s important to help our staff and business partners shift the way they think about projects in this way, with a strong focus on user experience and the foundational integrity to support extreme fluidity and scale.  

This will be a challenge for many business and IT leaders (and their teams) as they pursue digital transformation and industry disruption. But who better to prepare teams for engagement in an unbounded operating theater than the CIO?

Lastly, do our teams have the necessary diversity of thought and experience? How do our technical products meet the needs of users who don’t live like us? Are we artificially constraining our teams focusing on STEM by making assumptions about the type of person we should put on these teams?

Apollo Education Group’s University of Phoenix—Championing Spark 101 and STEM Teachers Nationwide

This is a press release from UOPX and Spark 101

The University of Phoenix has long been a champion in helping prepare our nation’s teachers for classroom success.  Additionally, they’ve also been focused on helping grow a strong STEM workforce. With both a focus on supporting teachers and preparing future STEM professionals, the University was a perfect early partner for Spark 101.  

Spark 101 supports STEM teachers with free, real-world, standards-aligned case study videos to engage students in problem-based learning—with authentic problems from business, government, nonprofits, and academia. Through the use of interactive “case study” videos, Spark 101 not only makes potentially difficult academic content more understandable for students in middle school and high school STEM classrooms—it helps them envision potential careers. And it’s proving to be especially impactful for underrepresented students.

The University of Phoenix has created two case study videos currently being used in classrooms nationwide.  

  • How Teachers Motivate their Students to Succeed: Through this case study, students join Kansas State Teacher of the Year Dyane Smokorowski as she and her colleagues formulate a lesson plan designed to engage and inspire students. Students explore the psychology teachers use as they prepare for class and utilize the science of teaching and learning to increase their students' motivation. 
  • The 411 on Math: This case study asks students to explore the financial implications of unprepared students attempting to complete their college degrees—including withdrawing from college-level math courses. Math classes explore this hypothetical situation involving remedial math courses required to complete a degree and the associated costs per credit hour, and asks students to shape potential solutions to address the challenge.

Recently, the University of Phoenix generously underwrote a new tutorial video to educate more teachers about Spark 101’s free, evidence-based resources

“The University of Phoenix has been a great partner to Spark 101,” said the program’s founder, Jane Kubasik. “From creating dynamic content for our nation’s teachers and helping make more teachers aware of our free resources—they have always been willing to share their education expertise.” 

In consultation with STEM industry organizations (like STEMconnector), the University of Phoenix is focused on identifying key STEM skills gaps and developing a portfolio of degree and certificate programs, professional development courses, career services and academic support to help enhance students’ workforce performance and meet employers’ STEM talent needs.

Spark 101 is a program of the non-profit 114th Partnership, which builds collaborations that increase student engagement and achievement. Inspired by the meridian that bridges the Great Continental Divide, the 114th Partnership bridges the gap between industry and education to support shared goals for student success.

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