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AFA Announces 2014 National Teacher of the Year (PRNewswire)

This is a press release from the Air Force Association (AFA)

ARLINGTON, Va., July 22, 2014 (PRNewswire) | The Air Force Association (AFA) is proud to announce Kaci Heins, a dedicated teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff, AZ, as the recipient of the 2014 National Teacher of the Year Award.
Mrs. Heins distinguished herself by integrating aerospace into her classroom, school and community. Her entire science curriculum has NASA and STEM engineering design challenges integrated to provide hands-on and real world experiences for her 6th grade students. Some of these engineering projects include solar ovens, wind turbine design, heat shield testing, water filtration, plant growth chambers, balloon rockets and high altitude ballooning. The overall goal of this project-based learning is to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
After school, this continues with Mrs. Heins coaching the schools' Lego Robotics teams and presenting at science conferences across the country. Mrs. Heins is passionate about sharing her classroom experiences to inspire other teachers in bringing more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to their classrooms.
In the words of her principal, "Mrs. Heins lives science education and seeks to do projects that impact our students and our community." As AFA's National TOY, the theme of Mrs. Heins's message to other educators will be "Dare Mighty Things Through STEM Education." 
As AFA's National Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Heins will receive a $3,000 cash award. First runner-up, Michael Steebler of Frazier High School in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, will receive $2,000 and second runner-up, Jeff Scott of Washington High School in Tacoma, Washington, will receive $1,000.
The $3,000 award will be presented to Mrs. Heins in September at AFA's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C. The National Teacher of the Year award recognizes classroom teachers at the national level for their achievements in building enthusiasm among K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and preparing them to use these skills and contribute to tomorrow's technologies. For more information contact Shannon Aud at
The Air Force Association is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association. Our mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. To accomplish this, we:
  • EDUCATE the public on the critical need for unmatched aerospace power and a technically superior workforce to ensure U.S. national security.
  • ADVOCATE for aerospace power and STEM education.
  • SUPPORT the Total Air Force family and promote aerospace education.
AFA has 200 chapters nationally and internationally representing 100,000 members. Visit AFA at

SHEC Member Profile: Lezli Baskerville of NAFEO

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce, Lezli Baskerville, President & CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), will be a member of the Council. Ms. Baskerville is the fifth and first female President & CEO of NAFEO, the only national membership, advocacy and capacity building association for the nation’s 103 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 92 Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). She is a seasoned lawyer, government relations and equity professional. Dr. Baskerville is an accomplished small business and association senior executive, who is a recognized expert on equal educational and employment opportunity, education excellence and access; pipeline issues, education funding, promising practices in minority student persistence, affirmative action and diversity issues. She is published in the fields.
Prior to ascending to the helm of NAFEO, Ms. Baskerville served as Vice President for Government Relations for The College Board. In that capacity, Baskerville was responsible for shaping and advancing the legislative agenda of The College Board, providing leadership to The Board’s Upward Bound program and Educational Opportunity Center –TRIO programs that collectively prepare, inspire and connect low- income, first generation, traditionally underserved students and adults to college and opportunity. While serving as an officer at The College Board, attorney Baskerville shaped, directed, edited and engaged the nation in a dialogue regarding “Investing More Equitably and Efficiently in Higher Education, Creating Value for America,” titled, “Challenging Times, Clear Choices: An Action Agenda for College Access and Success.” She also shaped, wrote significant portions and led the Board in preparing a Supreme Court amicus curiae brief in the Gratz v. Bollinger higher education diversity case.
For ten years prior to joining The College Board, Attorney Baskerville managed a successful private legal and legislative services collective⎯The Baskerville Group⎯that provided legal and government relations representation, advocacy and diversity services to higher education institutions and associations, municipalities, elected officials, candidates for office, non-profit associations, small businesses and corporations. In that capacity, Baskerville shaped and wrote significant portions of twenty-eight (28) national public policy documents, served as national policy advisor or southern mobilization director for 24 congressional candidates, 10 Senate candidates, and four presidential candidates.
For two decades Baskerville served as outside counsel to NAFEO and played central roles in preparing Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs on behalf of NAFEO, the National Medical Association and National Bar Association in leading educational equity and affirmative cases, such as Weber, Bakke, and Fullilove. Baskerville also played a leading role in shaping, advancing and for ten years, monitoring the enforcement of the consent decree in the landmark higher education desegregation case of Adams v. Califano.
Attorney Baskerville served as executive director of the National Black Leadership Roundtable, Appellate Counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,national legislative counsel for the NAACP, and as an administrative appeals judge in the District of Columbia.
Lezli Baskerville received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors from Douglass College, Rutgers University and in 1998, was inducted into The Douglass Society (the College’s Hall of Fame) in recognition of her unstinting commitment to improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree with honors from Howard University School of Law, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Benedict College, and a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Shaw University. Baskerville is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program for Minority Directors at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business.
Ms. Baskerville is the recipient of numerous awards and citations. In June 2012, she was pictured on the cover of STEMConnector and included in the cover story on “100 Women Leaders in STEM.” In March 2012 she was named by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in the cover story titled, “Leading the Way,” as one of “25 Women Making a Difference.” She was named by AOL Black Voices as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Black Women in Higher Education,” and by Ebony Magazine for five consecutive years as one of America’s Top 100 Most Influential Association Leaders. She is included in The History Makers, a national oral history of African American achievement, as a distinguished lawmaker. Baskerville is a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Washington, D.C.
Regarding joining the Council, Ms. Baskerville remarked, “STEMConnector is a tremendous vehicle through which to link HBCUs/PBIs with various stakeholders, and to educate the wider community about their amazing return on investment.”
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) is the umbrella organization of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs). Founded in 1969, NAFEO is the only membership association of its kind, representing the presidents and chancellors of all the nation’s black colleges and universities: public, private and land-grant two-year, four-year, graduate and professional schools.
Whether an institution is one of the 39 private black colleges and universities that belong to UNCF, one of the 47 public colleges and universities that belong to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund; one of the 18 land-grant universities or 19 other public universities that belong to the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges’ Office for the Advancement of Public Black Colleges; a black 2-year institution that belongs to the American Association of Community Colleges; or one of the new Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs), the institution has a voice and a vote in NAFEO.
NAFEO was founded to provide an international voice for the nation’s HBCUs; to place and maintain the issue of equal opportunity in higher education on the national agenda; to advocate for policies, programs and practices designed to preserve and enhance HBCUs; and to increase the active participation of blacks at every level in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs in American higher education. For more information, visit

Ocean 180 challenges scientists to turn discoveries into stories

This is a press release from COSEE Florida

Contest Rules and Guidelines for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge released; Ocean scientists invited to share research with thousands of students around the world

Ocean scientists, grab your cameras and start filming. The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is entering its second year and offering $9,000 in cash prizes for the best short videos summarizing the results of a recent ocean-related study.
Sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation, Ocean 180 taps into the competitive spirit of scientists and challenges them to use video to communicate and share the meaning, significance, and relevance of their research with a broader audience. Contestants are asked to produce a 3-minute video abstract summarizing a recent publication that will be judged by a team of potential future ocean scientists — middle school students from all over the world.
In 2014, during Ocean 180’s inaugural year, over 30,000 middle school students in 13 countries crowned three scientists as winners. Students were tasked with evaluating the top 10 submissions and selecting the videos which best communicated the results and implications of the research. Top honors were claimed by scientists studying internal waves in the Southern Pacific, microbes in the Amazon River plume, and bull sharks in southern Florida.
While Ocean 180 gives scientists a chance to present their work to a global audience, the benefits of creating a video abstract can reach far beyond the contest. “When you’re in the lab you worry about the tiny details about the research,” explained Ocean 180 finalist Dr. Laurence Yeung. “Participating in Ocean 180 helped me step back and say ‘Why did I start doing this in the first place? What was that spark the got me first interested?’ And I think that’s always important. It helped me think more broadly about [my research] and come up with new ideas for future work and how to communicate those results.”
Middle school classrooms will again be given a key role in selecting the winners for the 2015 competition. After a team of science and communication experts narrows the field to the top 10 entries, sixth-eighth grade students in registered middle school classrooms around the world will screen and evaluate the videos and cast their votes for the winners.
Think you could compete for the 2015 Ocean 180 Video Challenge title?
Video abstract submissions from scientists will be accepted from October 1-December 1, 2014.  Winners will be announced in late February. Official Ocean 180 Video Challenge Rules and Guidelines are available at The site also includes links to submissions from last year’s finalists and pointers on how to design and produce a successful video. Questions regarding the Ocean 180 Video Challenge may be directed to
About COSEE Florida
COSEE Florida's mission is to spark and nurture collaborations among scientists and educators to promote ocean discovery and literacy, and to enhance the public's understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the ocean. Visit us online at COSEE Florida is funded through a National Science Foundation Grant through the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Program.

International Association for STEM Leaders Gives Dr. Jeff Mathews the "Powering Up" Technology Leadership Award

This is a press release from the International Association for STEM Leaders

International Association for STEM Leaders makes debut in the nation's capitol and awards Dr. Jeff Mathews, of Peachtree Ridge High School, the "Powering Up" STEM Leadership Award for his promotion and vision for technology in education. Dr. Jeff Mathews is part of our ongoing video documentary featuring national STEM leaders.
On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership. This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony. The awards were presented to programs, schools, school districts and individuals who exemplify STEM Excellence as defined by criteria developed by IASL.
The "Powering Up" Technology Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Jeff Mathews, Principal at Peachtree Ridge High School. Mathews is a leading STEM thought leader who has been a strong understanding and mastery of technology and its full potential for classroom use. His philosophy is to enable children to power up their devices and provide digital access for all students. The devices promote formative feedback, digital information access, and communication with school partners and others.
The International Association for STEM Leaders is globally recognized for creating a "golden standard" for STEM excellence in traditional and non-traditional educational settings for all Pre-kindergarten through adult students. In collaboration with global STEM leaders, the IASL will provide guidance for implementing excellent STEM programming and develop a STEM framework that is industry-based and globally recognized. In the coming months, IASL will host regional events to continue its recognition of exceptional leadership, through awards and to focus its outreach activities around regional education and economic development issues.
The STEM Leadership Summit was help in conjunction with the world's largest STEM event, hosted by the USA Science and Engineering Festival. STEMconnector, the leading one-stop shop for STEM information participated as an initial sponsor and Edie Fraser, the founder, spoke to the IASL leaders and recognized them for their important work of impacting the lives of students every day through STEM leadership and education. Other partners include Diversified Education Systems (DES), a leader in "turn key" laboratories including: casework, equipment, curriculum, training and support. DES is further a collaborator with Root Cause and Pitsco Education, two additional partners of IASL. On the online side of STEM, Learning Blade and Career ATG offer career and STEM awareness, exposure and training to students. Finally, Concept Schools, a charter school management company and Vista Teach an early elementary robotics and engineering education company took part in the event as sponsors.

U.S. team captures Silver in 2014 International Rocketry Challenge

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Raytheon-sponsored team from Canton, Ga., wins second place in student rocketry challenge at the Farnborough International Air Show

LONDON, July 18, 2014 (PRNewswire) | Five students from Creekview High School of Canton, Ga., took home silver medals in the seventh annual International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough International Air Show. The U.S. team, sponsored by Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), won second place, while the French team captured first and the U.K. team took third.
Competing teams designed, built and launched rockets with a goal of reaching an altitude of exactly 825 feet during a 48- to 50-second flight window. The payload, two raw hen eggs, had to return to the ground undamaged using two identical parachutes. Scores are determined by how close teams come to the required height and time; cracked eggs disqualify the flight.
The five-member team representing the United States consists of Amanda Semler, 18; Andrew White, 16; Nick Dimos, 16; Austin Bralick, 16; and Bailey Robertson, 15. The team posted the top flight score of 9.88 and was just nine feet shy of the target altitude. The team from France posted the next highest flight score of 448.32 followed by the UK team with a flight score of 715.2.
The students also gave a presentation on their rocket design to a panel of international judges at Raytheon's air show headquarters. The judges' score counted for 40 percent of their total score.
"I had a great time being out here with all of the other people from different countries and meeting other people with similar interests," said Team Captain Amanda Semler."I hope it will inspire other women to get into the industry and reach their dreams."
The International Rocketry Challenge is the culmination of three separate competitions held annually around the globe: the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association of America (AIA); the United Kingdom Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) sponsored by ADS, the UK Aerospace, Defense, Security and Space association; and the French Rocketry Challenge sponsored by Groupement des Industries Francaises Aeronautiques et Spatiales, the French aerospace industries association. Each contest brings together teams of middle and high school students to design, build and launch model rockets with the goal of inspiring young minds to become engaged in science, technology, engineering and math.
"The knowledge, discipline and commitment displayed by students to make it to this level of competition is extraordinary," said Thomas A. Kennedy, CEO of Raytheon. "By celebrating student achievement on a global stage, Raytheon hopes to inspire more students to challenge themselves to share their knowledge and natural curiosity as they collaborate to uncover winning solutions."
This is the ninth year that Raytheon has supported the U.S. team's trip to the international air show. The program is part of the company's broad-based MathMovesU® initiative to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
"The ingenuity and determination displayed today by the U.S. team is a powerful indicator that young Americans remain committed to excellence in STEM-related fields," said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey. "I am confident that students like these will continue to bolster America's global leadership in aerospace for generations to come."
About the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)  
Founded in 1919 shortly after the birth of flight, the Aerospace Industries Association is the most authoritative and influential trade association representing the nation's leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, homeland and cybersecurity systems, materiel and related components, equipment services and information technology.
About MathMovesU  
Raytheon's MathMovesU® program is an initiative committed to increasing middle and elementary school students' interest in math and science education by engaging them in hands-on, interactive activities. The innovative programs of MathMovesU include the traveling interactive experience MathAlive!®; Raytheon's Sum of all Thrills™ experience at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot®, which showcases math in action as students design and experience their own thrill ride using math fundamentals; the In the Numbers game, a partnership with the New England Patriots on display at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon; the company's ongoing sponsorship of the MATHCOUNTS® National Competition; and the MathMovesU scholarship and grant program. Follow MathMovesU and other Raytheon community outreach programs on Facebook and on Twitter @MathMovesU.
About Raytheon  
Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International Names Ann Korando as CEO

This is a press release from EarthEcho International
July 17, 2014 -- (Washington, D.C.)  | Environmental education and youth leadership organization EarthEcho International ( today announced the appointment of leading nonprofit industry executive Ann Korando to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  Korando will join EarthEcho’s Washington, D.C.-based staff beginning August 1, 2014, and will report to EarthEcho Founder and President, Philippe Cousteau, Jr.
“Ann’s extensive management and development experience coupled with her passion for growing the impact of science education make her the ideal choice to helm EarthEcho International as we expand our commitment and resources to youth and educators worldwide,” said Cousteau.
As CEO, Korando will work closely with Cousteau and EarthEcho’s Board of Directors to develop goals and strategies designed to grow the organization’s programs and reach, both domestically and internationally.   Korando will guide EarthEcho’s fundraising, program development, partnerships, and marketing efforts including the organization’s flagship program EarthEcho Expeditions.
 “Inspiring and developing young leaders is my passion, and engaging them in the importance of our environment presents an incredible opportunity,” said Korando.  “I look forward to being part of this outstanding team to spread the reach and status of our organization and take EarthEcho to new levels of success.”
Korando is a highly accomplished non-profit professional and one of the country’s leading fundraisers for science education.  Korando joins EarthEcho from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) where she served as Senior Director of Development with oversight for all aspects of that organization’s fundraising division.  Prior to joining NSTA, Korando founded BBFK, LTD, a private consulting practice focused on providing corporations, foundations and government agencies strategic guidance on fund raising strategies, public relations and program development. Her work included helping organizations raise money for existing programs, as well as designing and implementing new signature educational programs for corporations and non-profits in STEM education.  Previously, Korando was Director of Development, Public Relations and Events for Science Service, an organization dedicated to increasing the public’s understanding of Science through publications and competitions.  In this role, she secured Intel as title sponsor for both the Science Talent Search and the International Science and Engineering Fair and helped create and design the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.
About EarthEcho
EarthEcho International is a leading environmental non-profit organization committed to youth engagement, action, and leadership through education.  EarthEcho helps young people everywhere understand the critical role we play in the future of the planet through the one thing that connects us all – water.  EarthEcho International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  For more information about EarthEcho International, visit

SHEC Member Profile: Michelle R. Davis of Olin College

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce, Michelle R. Davis, Chief Marketing Officer at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, will be a member of the Council. In 2012, Michelle became the first chief marketing officer at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, one of the country’s newest engineering schools with a bold vision to dramatically improve the way engineering is taught in the world and an early and strong track record of success. 
She is charged with accelerating the national reputation of Olin in support of its ambitious mission of spurring innovation in the 21st century. Previously, she served as the vice president of marketing and public affairs at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she oversaw a strategy-driven and integrated effort to build national reputation and volume for the country’s top ranking pediatric hospital. During her tenure, the hospital tripled in revenues, increased satellite visits by 40%, and launched a highly recognized digital and social media media presence. Prior to joining Children’s, she was the director of public affairs at both Tufts Health Plan and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and director of marketing and community relations at Faulkner Hospital.
She has served as a consultant to higher education, health care and lifestyle not-fo-profits, including the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), Kripalu Yoga Center, the Austen Riggs Center, Hospital Corporation of American, The HealthCare Marketing Group and the New England Life Flight. Under her leadership, her teams have been the recipients of over 100 professional awards in the fields of branding, public affairs and marketing.
In a statement regarding the STEM Higher Education Council, Davis remarked, “We joined the STEM Higher Education Council because we saw it as an excellent opportunity to move forward our agenda of transforming undergraduate engineering education. The STEM Higher Education Council provides a comprehensive and active network of colleagues from different backgrounds with similar interests who are passionate about changing the status quo.”
About Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
In 1997, the F.W. Olin Foundation established the college with a visionary and unprecedented grant “to be an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education in America and throughout the world.” From day one, Olin had no departments or tenured faculty, allowing for true collaboration and integration of efforts.
Olin instills passion and ignites innovation by focusing engineering students on the needs of people in the real world. This broad perspective in the hands of creative and motivated students inspires technical mastery for a purpose. Olin “engineer-innovators” envision and deliver products, services and systems that transform the way people live on this planet. 
In the past decade, Olin’s approach has proven successful by all measures. They  are attracting the country’s top faculty and students who are passionate about learning and making a difference in the world. The Olin  student body is gender balanced and has one of the highest graduation rates in the country. Students are entering the country’s top graduate schools, being offered generous scholarships, are actively pursued by employers, or starting their own businesses right out of college. They’ve  also appeared and risen on almost all of the top educational rankings.
For more information, please visit 

SHEC Member Profile: Rob Denson of DMACC

The STEM Higher Education Council (SHEC) is proud to announce that Rob Denson, President of the Des Moines Area Community College, will be the Chair of the Council. Rob Denson was appointed the 4th President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) on November 1, 2003. He grew up on a farm near Homestead, Iowa, south of the Amana Colonies and graduated from high school in Marengo, Iowa. He is the first native-born Iowan to be President of DMACC, a comprehensive community college serving 37,000 credit and 32,000 non-credit students annually in 153 program and certificate areas. Rob has a B.S. in Political Science and Economics and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University. He worked for Iowa State as an Assistant Dean for 3 years before moving to Florida where he served as an Assistant Dean of Students. He graduated from Law School at the University of Florida in 1979 and was an Associate University Attorney for 3 years before operating his own law practice for 16 years. He is a board certified civil trial lawyer. In 1996, he became Assistant to the President and Dean for Institutional Advancement at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. In 1998, Rob returned to Iowa as President of Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar, Iowa where the College saw a 58% enrollment increase during his five-year tenure. Rob believes in success, teams and positive thinking. He and his wife, Pat, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Regarding joining the Council, Rob said, “STEM and higher education must exist at the intersection where high quality jobs and qualified workers meet to create an aligned pathway to success for both. Working together, business and education can energize future generations and give them the tools to solve global challenges. STEM skills are the key and institutional STEM Councils lead the way.”
DMACC is creating a student environment that maximizes quality, potential and minimizes student debt. In addition tom its many career and technical programs, its new University College Transfer Program (UCT@DMACC) offers students additional support and opportunities on their way to the many universities who articulate with DMACC.

Bayer Presents $50,000 Science Education Grant To Honorary President Of The Police Athletic League (Pal), NYC Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, In Support Of Pal Programs

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NASA Astronaut Mae Jemison Joins PAL Summer Campers, Conducts Science Experiments in Grand Central Terminal During Bayer’s Science For A Better Life Exhibit

NEW YORK CITY, July 9, 2014 | As part of its three-day Science For A Better Life interactive experience at historic Grand Central Terminal, Bayer Corporation today presented New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton with a $50,000 donation to the Police Athletic League of New York City (PAL) in support of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational programs.  
Commissioner Bratton serves as honorary president of PAL, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. He accepted the grant from Bayer Corporation President Phil Blake, who was joined in the ceremony by Dr. Mae Jemison, Bayer’s national Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) spokesperson. 
Following the grant announcement, Dr. Jemison conducted hands-on science experiments with PAL summer campers from Washington Heights and the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Dr. Jemison, a scientist, physician and space explorer, made history as the first African American female astronaut when she blasted off aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 1992.  
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jemison has led MSMS, Bayer’s Presidential Award-winning initiative that advances science literacy across the United States by supporting inquiry-based, hands-on science teaching and learning; employee volunteerism; and a national public education program that raises awareness of the importance of science and STEM education literacy.  
“For 100 years, the Police Athletic League has served New York City’s youth and its local communities.  Bayer’s support of this outstanding organization and its STEM educational programs is the latest expression of our longstanding commitment to improve science education and literacy for today’s students,” Blake said.  “Bayer is honored to provide this donation that will benefit youth PAL programs in all of New York City’s five boroughs.”
“On behalf of everyone at the Police Athletic League of New York City, I want to thank Bayer for this generous gift and for providing New York City kids the opportunity to meet a true American hero,” Commissioner Bratton said.  “Dr. Jemison, through her own accomplishments, is proof that people can achieve their dreams through focus, hard work and dedication.”
“STEM is vital to improving the quality of life in this country and around the world,” Dr. Jemison said.  “Bayer and I are committed to working together to increase the number of students achieving in all aspects of STEM fields, especially on the critical issue of more women and minorities.  The first step of which is exposing students to meaningful STEM educational experiences.  It is clear that innovation and economic success is enhanced by defining, researching and creating products and services using the full scope of intellectual capacity, experiences, capabilities and perspectives available to us.”
Science For A Better Life at Grand Central Terminal
Bayer’s donation is part of its three-day science experience in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall.  The world-touring exhibit, which runs through July 10 in New York City, embodies Bayer’s mission and demonstrates how the company improves the quality of life for people worldwide.
The exhibition focuses on Bayer’s innovations in health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials.  It consists of boxes with capital letters, each letter representing a topic connected to Bayer’s mission – Science For A Better Life.  Each box contains images and informational text on the scientific background and social aspects of the topic.
In addition, the event also includes the Making Science Make Sense booth, Bayer’s Bee Care exhibit and an interactive soccer demonstration that captures the World Cup fever.   
The Making Science Make Sense booth offers New Yorkers and tourists of all ages an array of hands-on science demonstrations conducted by Bayer volunteers.  Bayer’s Bee Care exhibit is 
designed to educate the public about bee health through videos, interactive games and quizzes, a honey comb wall and a honey tasting bar.  The soccer experience allows visitors to learn about the science behind soccer and how Bayer contributed to the technology and specialty materials used in this year’s FIFA World Cup official match ball, known as the Brazuca. 
About Bayer Corporation and Making Science Make Sense®
Bayer Corporation is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials.  As an inventor company, Bayer sets trends in research-intensive areas.  Bayer products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life.  At the same time, Bayer aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power.  Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2013, Bayer employed 113,200 people at year-end and had sales of €40.2 billion. In North America, Bayer had 2013 net sales of €9,680 million ($12,874 million) and employed 15,200 at year-end. For more information, go to
Making Science Make Sense® (MSMS) is Bayer’s company-wide initiative that advances science literacy through hands-on, inquiry-based science education, employee volunteerism and a public education campaign. Currently, 12 Bayer sites around the U.S. operate local MSMS programs, which together represent a national volunteer corps of more than 1,000 employees. For more information, go to
About the Police Athletic League of New York City
The Police Athletic League (PAL) is New York City’s largest, nonprofit, independent youth organization. Founded in 1914, PAL serves 50,000 New York City boys and girls each year with recreational, educational, cultural and social programs. PAL is the official youth agency of the New York Police Department.


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