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Museum of Science, Boston Releases Videos for K – 12 Engineering Educators

This is a blog post that originally appeared on Museum of Science, Boston's webpage

“EiE Video Snippets” collection is designed to illuminate new science standards

December 8, 2015 – BOSTON, Mass. | The Museum of Science, Boston has released a series of videos to help K -12 educators understand and implement new academic standards. Created by Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning curriculum project of the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), the “EiE Video Snippets” illuminate the science and engineering practices specified in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), showing what these practices look like when young children try them in real classrooms.

For each of the eight NGSS practices, the collection features a set of up to four short (1 - 2 minute) videos; some show elementary students engaging in a practice, such as planning an investigation, analyzing data, or making an argument based on the evidence; others show teachers using instructional strategies that guide students in the practices. All of the videos can be streamed on the project website,

“Enthusiastic, prepared teachers are key to sparking student interest in STEM," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. “Seeing the practices of real teachers and children in actual classrooms is a powerful way to learn. That's why we are so pleased to add these Video Snippets to our toolbox of teacher resources."

“We work with thousands of educators each year, and they tell us it can be challenging to translate what’s written in the standards to what students should be doing and learning in the classroom,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. “Our Video Snippets were designed to meet that need.”

To date, 15 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the new standards; other states have revised their science standards based on NGSS. But the framework of NGSS, while innovative, is also complicated.

It specifies that science teaching should address not just the eight science and engineering practices, but also so-called “cross-cutting concepts” that unify different fields of science and engineering, as well as “disciplinary core ideas” for both science and engineering. Identifying lessons and teaching strategies that meet these standards can be especially daunting in the elementary grades, where instruction traditionally has focused on reading and math, not science or engineering.

“These short videos are perfect for many uses,” says Elizabeth Parry, coordinator of K-16 STEM Partnership Development at North Carolina State University’s College of Engineering. “I can see them being used in teacher professional development, to show evidence of the outcomes from engineering education; as powerful examples for administrators who must balance competing needs when funding initiatives, to show how engineering develops both academic proficiency and important life skills such as persistence and collaboration; and for parents whose children attend schools that are contemplating integrating engineering into the curriculum, to show the value of engineering as a teaching and learning tool. Pretty potent punch for such brief video snippets!”

To create the videos, the EiE project sent a team of videographers to classrooms around the country, identifying elementary teachers who were skilled in the instructional strategies that best support early learning in science and engineering. “These videos were not scripted—everything you see is candid,” says Cunningham. “It’s tempting to assume that the NGSS practices are too difficult for very young children, but we see over and over that young students can and do embrace these practices as they work on age-appropriate engineering design challenges.”

About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces nearly 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum is the nation's first science center with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide.

In 2015, its NCTL received the National Science Board's Public Service Award. NCTL curricula have reached 9.6 million students and 105,000 teachers. The Museum's 10,000-square-foot Hall of Human Life draws on the latest discoveries in the life sciences to engage visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include The Science Behind Pixar (through Jan 10, 2016), the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at



100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Patty Hatter, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Security and Software Group IT & Chief Information Officer of Intel Security Group at the Intel 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 Patty Hatter, Vice President and General Manager of Intel Security and Software Group IT & Chief Information Officer of Intel Security Group at the Intel corporation.

Patty Hatter
Vice President and General Manager of Intel Security and Software Group IT & Chief Information Officer of Intel Security Group
Intel corporation

Patty Hatter is the Vice President and General Manager, Intel Security and Software Group IT & CIO, Intel Security Group, at the Intel corporation in Santa Clara, California.

Patty is a woman with a rare combination of deep technology experience and strong organizational and people skills. Even though she began her career in a very technical organization, she did not pursue the traditional (albeit rare for a woman) career of rising through the technical ranks. Instead, early in her career she addressed the outward-facing aspects of business. Her business acumen, insight and uncanny ability to knit together solutions to complex problems have led her, over the years, to be able to bring unprecedented levels of leadership to the organizations she manages.

Patty is known as a Visionary operations and IT change agent who designs and deploys strategies for global companies that accelerate revenue, market position and profitability. A proficient profit and loss manager and executive leader of sales, partner experience, operations and IT organizations. She drives large scale transformation by developing and implementing creative strategies that boost productivity, speed to new capabilities, employee engagement and customer equity.

Patty has been Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Information Officer at McAfee, Vice President of Business Operations at Cisco and Vice President and Client Partner at AT&T – to name a few of her most current executive positions.

She holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University, and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie-Mellon University.

About Intel

Intel Security’s mission is to give everyone the confidence to live and work safely and securely in the digital world. Security today is an essential ingredient in all architectures and on every computing platform. Our “Security Connected” strategy, innovative approach to hardware-enhanced security, and unique Global Threat Intelligence intensely focuses on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect global systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use.  The job of today’s IT organization is to stay ahead, with technology enhancements that employ measures for a more secure computing environment for our business. We continue our transformation to better provide the innovation, collaboration, and service offerings that directly support evolving business needs. We do all this with the world-class security measures that have become synonymous with the Intel name.

How Intel Corporation encouraging more women, girls and minorities to enter STEM careers?

Intel was founded and built by inventors, which is why we believe that education, innovation, diversity and entrepreneurship are key to driving economic growth and improving social conditions around the world. We believe young people are the key to future innovation, and a solid foundation in science, technology, engineering and math combined with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and digital literacy are vital for their success. This foundation fosters the crucial talent corporations and startups need to drive their business and contribute to economic development.

Technology integration in all aspects of our lives has made digital literacy essential to a person’s sustained economic self-sufficiency. When working in concert, education and technology can be truly transformative, breaking the cycle of generational poverty and driving catalytic change across the planet.

Education is a fundamental right for everyone, and is the single most powerful tool we have for unlocking economic opportunity and building the foundation for a successful future. Technology plays an increasingly critical role in that equation, improving options for and the quality of education for millions around the world. Over the past decade alone, Intel and the Intel Foundation have invested more than $1 billion and Intel employees have donated close to 4 million volunteer hours toward improving education in more than 100 countries. We do so for the betterment of the global community and the positive impact on future innovation.

The ubiquity of technology is changing the world we live in at an ever-increasing rate. Innovation is opening up new avenues for learning and economic empowerment for millions around the world. As a result, new industries are emerging, world-changing innovations are being deployed, and new jobs are being created. Today, businesses, and in fact entire industries, can sometimes rise and fall in a relatively short period of time. These changes call corporations such as Intel to empower youth with skills that will prepare them to keep pace with the evolving opportunities.  Those willing to lead today’s youth will set themselves apart by helping define how we turn these opportunities into real and lasting progress.

Today’s students will be the innovators of tomorrow, and if our schools and teachers are to adequately prepare them, new instructional approaches, skills, and pedagogies will be needed. Educators are the heart of this process, and Intel is helping to bring these educational tools into the classroom and public learning spaces in order to reach a new generation of diversely talented, creative technologists around the world. We help educators inspire students, support schools in achieving educational excellence, and enable better manageability by administrators. Intel delivers holistic technology solutions – based on experience with more than 300 million students and 12 million teachers in 100 countries – that include hardware, software, content, infrastructure and professional development. Our solutions seamlessly integrate into the classroom and support teachers with professional learning that empowers them to unlock student potential.

Intel strives to ignite imaginations and enable positive change, making people’s lives better and more interesting. Today’s students are the innovators of tomorrow. We’re helping to empower the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs by sponsoring competitions and recognizing schools that demonstrate excellence in innovative math and science programs. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) rewards scientific discovery and innovation. At Intel ISEF, awards are based on students’ abilities to tackle challenging scientific questions, use authentic research practices, and create solutions for the problems of tomorrow. Each year, approximately 7 million high school students around the globe develop original research projects and present their work at local science competitions with the hope of making it to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Only the best and brightest—nearly 1,700 winners of local, regional, state, and national competitions—are invited to participate in this week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math. At the event, these young innovators share ideas, showcase cutting-edge research, and compete for more than five million dollars in awards and scholarships.

As a global technology and business leader, we are committed to doing the right things, the right way. We strive to positively impact the world through our actions and the application of technology, and have embedded STEM education into Intel’s vision, objectives, and long term goals. We believe that this integrated approach creates value for Intel as well as our customers and society.


OpenView Venture Partners and Team Up to Bring Hour of Code™ to Science Club for Girls During Computer Science Education Week

This is a press release from OpenView

OpenView seeks to expand participation in computer science for young women in the metro Boston area through its participation in’s third-annual Hour of Code™

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS (PRWEB) DECEMBER 07, 2015 | OpenView Venture Partners, the leading expansion-stage B2B software venture capital firm, will host an hour-long coding workshop for’s third-annual Hour of Code, a campaign aimed at increasing global participation in computer science, during Computer Science Education Week. Through a partnership with Science Club for Girls, a non-profit organization, which guides elementary school girls in STEM field exploration and provides high school students with STEM-based mentorship and internships, OpenView continues its commitment to promoting diversity in the Boston tech community and beyond.

To date, more than 100 million students across 180 countries and 40 languages have participated in the Hour of Code, including one in three students in US schools. This year, the campaign expects to exceed 100,000 events during Computer Science Education Week in the hope of introducing girls and underrepresented students to the field of computer science.|

“OpenView has a long-standing commitment to enriching the Boston and national tech ecosystems,” said Scott Maxwell, Founder and Managing Partner at OpenView. “We believe diversity breeds success and introducing underrepresented students to technical fields like computer science will impact our community for years to come.”

"The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics," said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of "Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries."

"Partnering with OpenView allows us to support the Hour of Code and is yet one more way we can provide STEM opportunities to our members,” said Lydia Peabody, Youth Program Director at Science Club for Girls. “Currently, women earn only 18% of undergraduate information science degrees and represent just 25% of the computer science workforce. The industry is missing out on a huge pool of talent and women are missing out on high-paying jobs. Hour of Code creates a safe space for girls to explore computer science. Opportunities like this where girls can interact with female role models and experience the creativity of coding are essential to encouraging girls to consider careers in computer science."

OpenView’s participation in the annual Hour of Code event builds on the firm’s commitment to fostering diversity within the tech community. Earlier this year, OpenView announced an historic partnership with Startup Institute, the leader for education in the innovation economy. As one of the nation’s leading career accelerators, Startup Institute aims to promote diversity within the startup ecosystem, provide its students with expert training in the most in-demand skills and instill in them the cultural awareness needed to thrive in a startup environment. To date, 41% of Startup Institute students have been women and 35% students of color.

You can learn more about’s third-annual Hour of Code here.

About is a 501c3 public non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Its vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. After launching in 2013, organized the Hour of Code campaign – which has introduced over 100 million students to computer science to date – and partnered with 70 public school districts nationwide to expand computer science programs. is supported by philanthropic donations from corporations, foundations and generous individuals, including Microsoft, Infosys Foundation, USA, The Ballmer Family Giving, Omidyar Network and others. For more information, please visit:

About Science Club for Girls 
Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has been providing free, fun after school programs for girls in STEM for over 20 years; what began as one kindergarten club in 1994 is now serving more than 1,000 girls in grades K-12 annually in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Brookline and Lawrence, led by over 200 volunteer mentor scientists. Over 70% of SCFG participants come from racial or socio-economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in STEM fields. SCFG's mission is to “foster excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls, particularly from underrepresented communities, by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” For more information, please visit

About OpenView Venture Partners 
OpenView Venture Partners is an expansion-stage B2B software venture capital firm with nearly $700 million in total capital under management. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Boston, MA, OpenView provides its portfolio with value-add services through OpenView Labs. Programs range from recruiting to market research and marketing and sales strategy. For more information, visit


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM-Matt Grob, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

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 Matt Grob, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.


Matt Grob
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Matt Grob is executive vice president and chief technology officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for oversight of Qualcomm's technology path, coordination of R&D activities across the Company, and development of next-generation wireless and adjacent technologies. Grob also oversees Qualcomm Ventures and Qualcomm Corporate Engineering Services, and he is a member of Qualcomm’s executive committee.

Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991 as an engineer. In 1998, was promoted to lead the Company’s R&D system engineering group, and in 2006 took leadership of Qualcomm’s Corporate R&D division, now known as Qualcomm Research, expanding the group’s efforts in scale and scope.

Grob is strongly committed to fostering STEM education at all levels. He has been building robots since he was six, and attributes this passion for technology and engineering for setting the stage for his career. Grob is an active volunteer and judge at FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions globally, for which Qualcomm is an official sponsor and strategic partner. Under Grob’s leadership, Qualcomm Research spearheaded the integration of Qualcomm Snapdragon technology into the new platforms used for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), a FIRST program targeted to middle and high school students. Grob also serves on the board for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego.

Grob holds a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Bradley University. He is a member of the IEEE and holds more than 70 patents.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm’s ideas and inventions have fueled major technology trends, transforming the way people work, live and play. Qualcomm is committed to foster STEM education for students of all ages, to expand opportunities for underrepresented students, and to reduce the engineering gender gap. Qualcomm does this through programs including Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™, a makerspace where students from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds access hands-on experiences in engineering. Qualcomm also provides support, both financially and through employee volunteering, to the FIRST Robotics competitions globally. Additionally, Qualcomm sponsors programs in schools in various countries, and supports the Institute of International Education.  Qualcomm engages with other organizations to advance the Women Enhancing Technology (WeTech) program, a Clinton Global Initiative commitment that links girls to university scholarships in engineering, leadership and technical opportunities.

Innovation is critical!

At Qualcomm, we believe in the power that technology has on our world, and as inventors we are always pushing the envelope of what is possible in technology, paving the way for the devices, applications, services, and business models of tomorrow. Innovation is one of the most critical things that Qualcomm has to do well to thrive, and for that we need the best minds in this field.

My group, Qualcomm Research, is a world-class R&D organization comprised of an international team of forward-thinking researchers collaborating in 11 different locations around the globe. Our engineers engage in a wide variety of exciting and technically challenging projects.  We focus on future technologies and forward-thinking research that is three to 10 years from commercialization, and work diligently on advancing research, innovation, and the standardization of new technologies.

With invention in our DNA, we don't just talk about sharing, fostering and developing breakthrough ideas, we also provide and continuously nurture a trusted environment that provides the single best setting for bringing ideas to life.  One of our internal programs is ImpaQt™, which empowers all of our employees (not only who’s on my team) to think, create, invent, collaborate and inspire. The program encourages Qualcomm’s most inventive employees to submit their best technology ideas. After a process of thoughtful consideration, we nurture the most promising of those ideas and then work together to bring them to life, one step at a time.

We believe that providing recognition to those employees who come up with new ideas, and giving them the opportunity to explore and vet them, is a very important element to continue fostering a culture of invention.  This is how some of our greatest breakthroughs have been made on the Qualcomm Research team.

Approximately 70% of Qualcomm’s employee base is in technical positions and many have a very high degree of specialization (including PhDs), it is imperative for us to constantly look at innovative ways to identify, hire and retain the best talent available, as well as to inspire students to pursue STEM education and become the inventors of tomorrow.  We do this through different internal and external programs.

Qualcomm engages with top engineering and science universities around the world in different ways, ranging from founding R&D projects, labs, facilities, to providing scholarships and internships.  We work closely with several of these institutions on shaping and developing their curriculum, as well as encouraging our employees to volunteer their time as teachers.  This close collaboration also gets us the opportunity to identify outstanding students who could become strong candidates to hire.

Additionally, our University Relations Program helps to build stronger partnerships with universities and collaborate with PhD students to help foster the continued growth of research. Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) is another program through which the Company invests in university PhD students and their forward-thinking ideas.

Another way in which we encourage and inspire young people to continue their development in STEM-related fields, is through our internship program, which is one of the top ranked in the country. Students from across the US and select international locations get the opportunity to join Qualcomm each summer for meaningful and challenging project work that allows them to work alongside industry experts.

Now, when it comes to inspire the inventors of tomorrow around the globe, I am very proud of our support of FIRST Robotics. Since 2007, Qualcomm has provided more than $3.5 million in charitable donations, volunteers and countless hours of staff time to FIRST Robotics competitions in the United States, Canada, Israel and most recently in China. Several senior managers at Qualcomm, including myself, are actively involved with the organization as advisors and judges, and our employees volunteer as mentors for teams of young inventors and as judges at regional competitions around the world.

Qualcomm was presented with the FIRST Founder’s Award at the 2014 FIRST Championship, which award recognized the Company for exceptional service in advancing the ideals and mission of FIRST.  As a Strategic Partner, we have worked with the organization to develop robust communication systems for the FRC and FTC programs, and have helped ensure quality wireless communication environments at the Championship in past years. Qualcomm was the Presenting Sponsor for 2015 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri and is providing increased support for the promotion and development of the international, K-12 robotics STEM learning organization to include the FIRST Tech Challenge program, teams, and events in China.

Additionally, next year, students aged 12 to 18 competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) will build their robots on a new Android platform, which will run on smartphones powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 410 processors. Kids who may have been intimidated by the technical learning curve will instead be able to work with an object that they’re already intimately familiar with—the smartphone.

In conclusion, STEM education is essential for invention, and Qualcomm is a strong and committed player to continue inspiring and enabling current and future inventors.  As a technology leader we know about the importance of dedicating resources to nurture STEM education at all levels, in order to continue to advance as an industry and a society overall. Experts in these disciplines are critical to our business and crucial for communities everywhere that want to grow sustainably, improve the quality of life for their residents and meet the challenge of doing more with fewer resources.

Pepsico, STEMconnector® Partner on Million Women Mentors Movement

WASHINGTON, Dec. 03, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) | STEMconnector®’s Million Women Mentors (MWM) supports the engagement of one million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persevere and succeed in STEM programs and careers. Through the engagement of one million mentors, the goals are to: increase the percentage of high school girls planning to pursue STEM careers; increase the percentage of young women pursuing undergraduate degrees in STEM fields; and increase the percentage of women staying and advancing in STEM careers through supporting workforce mentoring programs. PepsiCo chairs MWM’s global leadership council, and is committed to addressing the challenge of helping to achieve these goals. To date, over 530,000 pledges to mentor have been received from across sectors. Million Women Mentors has a robust national and state network through its 65 national partners and state leaders as well as 50+ corporate sponsors across industries.

In 2015, PepsiCo boosted its MWM participation by mobilizing over 100 mentors in the United States. In addition, PepsiCo launched MWM’s first pilot program outside the U.S., in Mexico. Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, 36 volunteer mentors will pair with a first-year STEM student from Universidad Iberoamericana. In 2016, this program will be replicated by other universities, high schools, and companies. PepsiCo’s goal is to sponsor 1,000 mentors in areas beyond the U.S. and Mexico, including France, Poland, and Dubai.

A recent blog article, How to Help 30 Million Girls Build Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, authored by Pepsico’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi and STEMconnector®’s Chief Executive Officer Edie Fraser discusses their shared vision for the movement and ends with this positive message: “We can be the catalyst, and these girls can—and will—build the future.”

About STEMconnector®
STEMconnector®, a subsidiary of Diversified Search, is a consortium of companies, associations, societies, policy organizations, government entities, universities and academic institutions, working together, to advance STEM education and careers. With several products and services, STEMconnector® is both a resource and a service, designed to link “all things STEM.” STEMconnector®’s network includes organizations at the global, national, state and local levels. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. The work spans the entire pipeline (kindergarten to jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. Go to To learn more about how you can get engaged with Million Women Mentors visit

University of Phoenix Shares Key Findings from “Moving at the Speed of Health Care: Intersection of Health and the Health Care Workforce” Convening

This is a press release from the University of Phoenix

Thought leaders discuss rapidity of change within health care industry

PHOENIX, Dec. 2, 2012 | University of Phoenix® College of Health Professions today shared key findings from the “Moving at the Speed of Health Care: Intersection of Health and the Health Care Workforce” forum held in July. Co-sponsored by Sodexo in collaboration with STEMconnector®, the forum invited health care industry executives, higher education leaders and workforce development experts from across the country to participate in a daylong roundtable about the implications of emerging health care trends on the delivery of quality care and the skills needed by the workforce.

“It’s both encouraging and timely to see such an emphasis on opportunities for STEM careers in health care given that it represents a growing segment of STEM jobs,” said Michael Norris, CEO Hospitals for Sodexo North America. “From 2012 to 2022, the U.S. economy is expected to increase by 15.6 million jobs, and many of the new jobs being added are projected to be in fast-growing fields such as health care*.”

A series of six panel discussions throughout the day, moderated by health care industry leaders, focused on innovation and delivery systems; the future of retail health; ensuring quality care in a changing environment; preparing the future workforce; and a conversation about leadership in today’s dynamic industry. The goal was to shed light on how rapid shifts in the delivery and consumption of health services are influencing the educational and professional demands on the health care workforce.

The panel identified three industry trends—the growth of retail health, the rise of telehealth, and changing perceptions of quality—that require the health care workforce to expand its scope of practice while demonstrating increased technological proficiency; analytical and data management capabilities; communication and interpersonal skills; cultural competence; and innovative thinking.

“Health care professionals must gain new skills in order to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving health care industry,” said Tamara Rozhon, executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Health Professions. “By partnering with employers in every facet of the health care system—providers, payers, health technology firms, pharmaceutical companies, community health organizations, and policymakers—we can help prepare a highly skilled workforce to bridge gaps in this often fragmented industry.”

Points of discussion regarding health care professional development included the necessity of accommodating new delivery models; new technologies; new payment structures; growing demographic diversity; evolving consumer expectations; and continuing medical discoveries.

To view the findings from the forum, access the full report at To learn more about programs offered through the College of Health Professions, visit

For general information about University of Phoenix programs, including on-time completion rates, the median debt incurred by students who completed the program and other important information, please visit

*Bureau of Labor Statistics,

About The College Of Health Professions
The University of Phoenix College of Health Professions offers leading-edge graduate, undergraduate, certificate, and non-degree programs aimed at preparing students to improve the quality of health care in their communities and the industry. By leveraging our vast network of industry relationships to keep us on the pulse of change, aggressively adapting our curricula to align with current and emerging needs, and delivering our education in a fashion that aligns with the realities of our students’ lives, The College of Health Professions is helping to ensure that today’s graduates can effectively tackle tomorrow’s health care challenges. For more information, visit

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc., University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit


Thurgood Marshall College Fund and U.S. Army Partner to Increase STEM Literacy for Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Youth

This is a press release from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Baltimore, MD and Vicksburg, MS to Host Program Sites

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2015 (PRNewswire) | Today the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) announces the award of a $5.7 million multi-year grant from the U.S. Army to engage K-12 students from underrepresented and disadvantaged populations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The award will support the launch of the Vivian Burey Marshall STEM Program (VBM Program), a four-year pilot designed to support middle school students with year-round, out-of-school-time activities. The VBM Program will feature increasingly sophisticated challenges that will encourage students to develop progressively advanced STEM literacy and competency.

Named in honor of Justice Thurgood Marshall's first wife, Vivian Burey Marshall, the VBM Program will follow a cohort of students from sixth through tenth grade. The program will connect participants with U.S. Army researchers near program sites in Baltimore, MD and Vicksburg, MS, leveraging existing relationships between local Army facilities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCU students will also have the opportunity to mentor program participants. 

"Our partnership with the U.S. Army builds on nearly three decades of TMCF' engagement in post-secondary education," said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., TMCF President & CEO. "This program will help us reach students earlier in their development – in K-12 – when many self-select out of challenging STEM careers."

The VBM Program enhances TMCF's working relationship with the Department of Defense (DoD) on diversification of the workforce. U.S. Army STEM programs, collectively known as the Army Educational Outreach Program, are administered by the scientists and engineers of the U.S. Army Science & Technology (S&T) Enterprise. The U.S. Army S&T Enterprise consists of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, U.S. Army Medical Command, U.S. Army Research Institute, U.S. Army Research and Development Command, and the U.S. Army Space Missile Defense Command. 

TMCF began working in the K-12 sector in 2006 with a school reform program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This early effort evolved into one of TMCF's signature programs, the Teacher Quality & Retention Program (TQRP), in 2009. TQRP has trained over 200 Program Fellows since inception, impacting over 1,500 K-12 students annually in high-needs school districts across 22 states. The VBM Program will expand TMCF's footprint within the K-12 sector, utilizing current wrap-around services offered by TMCF, such as scholarships, pedagogical approaches, creative programming, mentorship, and leadership development. 

TMCF is named for the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American Justice.  Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include publicly supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.  For more information on TMCF, visit us at


100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Town Hall Google Hangouts



100 CIO/CTO Google Hangouts on December 8th, 2015 @ 2pm – 3pm

Topic: STEM Careers with a focus on technology and IT

Join us on December 8th, from 2 PM to 3 PM EST in a Google Hangout, as we gather Chief Technology Officers and Chief Information Officers from today's most reputable organizations to lead a discussion on STEM Careers with a focus on technology and IT. We expect over 500 people from across the country to watch live, and hundreds more to watch the replay.

To RSVP for this event CLICK HERE


Erica L. Groshen

Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Erica L. Groshen became the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in January 2013. Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, regional economics, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She also served on advisory boards for BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1994, Dr. Groshen was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She was a visiting economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, in 1999–2000. Dr. Groshen earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Balaji Ganapathy
HR Head - Workforce Effectiveness, North America
Tata Consultancy Services

As the Head of Workforce Effectiveness, Balaji oversees the functions of Talent Management, HR Business Consulting, Corporate Social Responsibility, Employee Retention, and Diversity & Inclusion for over 22,000 employees of Tata Consultancy Services in North America. His primary responsibilities include coaching sales & business teams for new business acquisition, driving talent management & employee retention initiatives, leading the corporate sustainability initiatives & chairing the Diversity & Inclusion Council for TCS North America. 



Sophie Vandebroek
Chief Technology Officer & President of the Xerox Innovation Group

Sophie V. Vandebroek has been Xerox’s Chief Technology Officer and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group since 2006. She is responsible for leading Xerox’s global research labs with the mission to create high-impact innovations that drive profitable revenue growth and maximize the return on the company’s investment in R&D. Xerox’s research labs are located in Europe, Asia, Canada and US and include the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC  Inc.).




Michael Keithley
Chief Information Officer
Creative Artists Agency

Michael Keithley is Chief Information Officer for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the world's leading entertainment and sports agency, with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Nashville, and Beijing, among other locations globally. In this role, Keithley is responsible for all facets of Information Technology (IT) at the agency, including strategy, applications, infrastructure, support, and execution, along with advising CAA’s agents and clients on digital and technology-related issues. In addition to his IT responsibilities, Keithley collaborates on technology strategies across all areas of the agency, including Business Development, Corporate Consulting, Social Media, Digital Media and Entertainment Marketing business units, among others.



Armistead Sapp
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
SAS Institute Inc.

As head of SAS’ Research & Development Division, Armistead Sapp leads R&D employees worldwide to produce the highest quality software in areas such as business intelligence, advanced analytics, data management and customer intelligence, as well as industry-specific solutions and mobile applications. As CTO, he actively engages with and encourages SAS’ development teams to take full advantage of modern computing platforms that deliver value to customers. 



Cynthia Stoddard
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Customer Solutions

Cynthia Stoddard is senior vice president and chief technology officer (CTO) of Customer Solutions at NetApp. As CTO, she is responsible for leading the end-to-end execution of NetApp clustered Data ONTAP adoption for current and prospective customers while being NetApp’s number-one customer advocate. She is the executive sponsor of the NetApp on NetApp and Customer-1 initiatives, both designed to share IT’s experiences using NetApp technologies and to enable NetApp customers to succeed.



Ralph Loura
Vice President & Chief Information Officer of  Enterprise Group and HP Labs
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Ralph Loura is a key member of the newly formed Hewlett Packard Enterprise, serving as CIO for the Enterprise Group and Hewlett Packard Labs. Ralph’s objective is to help drive growth through a focus on the customer and partner experience and on meaningful outcomes through world-class processes, tools, and data. He believes IT functions should serve as value creators rather than cost centers, and that the path to value comes from business outcomes tied to user experience.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Dan Greteman, Chief Information Officer for Farm Bureau Financial Services

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 Dan Greteman, Chief Information Officer at Farm Bureau Financial Services.


Dan Greteman
Chief Information Officer
Farm Bureau Financial Services

Dan Greteman is the Chief Information Officer for Farm Bureau Financial Services, and has worked in the technology field for more than 28 years.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, Dan began his career in the Communications and High Tech division at Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. During this time he gained diverse experience in large-scale IT delivery, sales, relationship management, telecommunications, IT operations and program management disciplines, and was named partner in 2000.

After Accenture, Dan joined Nationwide’s Allied Group where he ultimately served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.  Dan led several key distribution channels and product lines for Nationwide, including customer service, billing, commercial, farm, specialty, and excess and surplus.  Dan was responsible for delivering a multi-year, post-merger integration program to improve alignment between Nationwide and Allied commercial lines products, processes and technology platforms, reducing expense and facilitating geographical expansion.

In addition to his duties at Farm Bureau Financial Services, Dan has served on both the Foundation and Operating Boards for Orchard Place, and has played leadership roles in support of United Way, the Des Moines Technology Sector and the American Heart Association. In 2011, Insurance & Technology Magazine recognized Dan as an “Elite 8” executive, an honor given to eight outstanding senior insurance carrier executives each year for leadership in successful use of technology to support business goals and objectives.  Dan has also worked with DMACC, Iowa State University and the Technology Association of Iowa to develop programs specifically focused on generating more technologists.  Dan currently serves as an Executive Board Member and Secretary of the Technology Association of Iowa and is a Board Member for Living History Farms.

About Farm Bureau Financial Services

Farm Bureau Financial Services and its affiliated insurance companies have an extensive history of partnering with organizations to foster a passion for technology. For example: 

  • Our HyperStream partnership with IBM and a local middle school was recognized at the 2014 Prometheus Awards hosted by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI). 
  • We provide an on-site classroom for a local high school’s Advanced Professional Experience program. Fifteen juniors/seniors are participating in the financial services strand this year.
  • FBFS helps sponsor a special Tech Camp where FBFS employees volunteer and provide hands-on experiences for young at-risk learners.
  • FBFS employees serve on advisory boards and assist with curriculum design to ensure that real business needs continue to be addressed at the collegiate level.

We are proud to collaborate with partners from education, business and the community, providing students with a unique, immersive experience that results in highly skilled global innovators and leaders. 

Technology in our world today

There are few to no aspects of our world today where technology does not play a part.  Most businesses rely heavily on technology.  In most cases, they cannot operate without technology.  This dynamic coupled with the impact of Moore’s Law (the observation that transistor density doubles every 24 months and with it computing power) creates the potential of technology having exponential impact on our world, and this is exactly why STEM education, coupled with workforce development, is a critical component of our nation’s future.

Greater computing power and the universal access to the Internet are helping technology and our world evolve faster than ever. The speed of enablement and broad-reaching nature of technology requires a response. We need a workforce that is both large and able to keep up with the evolving world. We need to continue to evolve our existing workforce and we need to get more people interested in technology as a career. STEM education is the vehicle through which we will respond.

STEM education is key to enabling greater creation and application of technology.  Creating more technologists and having them focus on enabling and applying technology in new and exciting ways will help drive our economy. We need more people who are passionate and involved, more who see the potential and can combine existing technologies to enable new models.  The coming decades will bring huge automation and improved quality of life. The United States needs to drive this change.

The Internet and Internet of Things are creating an environment where almost anything can be tracked and monitored; thus, the importance of advancing STEM careers is vital.  There is so much potential for reducing the risk of theft and destruction of property.  This monitoring could enable users to respond to issues proactively and at a much lower cost than if they responded reactively.

Consider an example – creating small computers, not much larger than a grain of sand, which have the ability to recognize fire and send an alert.  Millions of these tiny computers could be sprinkled over forest fire-prone areas.  When fire is detected, the computers would share information.  Large areas could be covered at a low cost; potentially devastating fires could be contained before they reach deadly proportions, saving companies and consumers millions.

Recognizing where a computer could monitor and alert other computers or humans to the change of a sensor’s status (going from no fire to a fire in my earlier example) could open the door to massive application of technology to lower the risk and/or cost of an event.

The United States already has the technological building blocks to drastically change our world.  The Internet of Things, search capabilities, data analytics, telematics and artificial intelligence, to name a few, exist.  The U.S. has what it needs to connect everything to everything, anytime, anywhere.  We need technologists to bring it all together.  

Consider an example – who would have thought a tractor would be able to drive itself just 10 short years ago? Using building blocks like GPS and automation, a tractor now has the ability to drive and plant to optimize yield.

Over the next 25 years, computers will continue to get smaller and they will continue to grow in computing power; they will continue to be more prevalent in all aspects of our lives. They will help us monitor information, live healthier lives, and ultimately allow us to respond to issues earlier and at a lower cost.

However, in order to use all the resources we have at our disposal, we need to concentrate on nurturing talent in STEM fields.  Unemployment in technology fields is less than 1%.  Even during the economic crisis in 2008-2009, the demand for technology-capable resources was high.  In some respects, this is a nice problem to have; full employment gives people purpose and helps grow tax revenues. In other respects, it is a significant and growing issue. Without skilled resources, the economy will slow and struggle.

The strategy of gaining access to technology talent by taking resources from other companies isn’t sustainable and it isn’t good business. If the United States’ economy is to grow and thrive, we need to respond to the current shortage of technologists. We need to produce more out of college talent and retool our existing workforce. STEM education will enable greater economic fuel through capable resources.

The technology impact is growing exponentially and our workforce must keep pace. The cycle begins with STEM education early in children’s lives so they can see the value of life-long exploration, discovery and dynamic employment.  Technology is changing our world; these young folks are the future leaders we’ll rely on to harness the power of technology and keep America’s businesses growing.

100 CIO/CTO Leaders in STEM- Karl Gouverneur, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Northwestern Mutual

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 Karl Gouverneur is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Northwestern Mutual.


Karl Gouverneur
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Northwestern Mutual

Karl Gouverneur is vice president and chief technology officer for Northwestern Mutual, and head of the company’s enterprise technology management department. In this role, Gouverneur oversees a team that sets the company’s technology direction, manages technology innovation and governance, ensures a reliable operations infrastructure, and manages information risk to protect the company’s brand and reputation.

Gouverneur focuses on providing technology that leads to efficiency and flexibility for business processes to enrich the experience of the company’s clients, financial representatives and employees. He partners with business areas across the enterprise to integrate technology with the company’s business strategies and objectives.

In addition to his other responsibilities, Gouverneur leads an award-winning technology innovation program which evaluates technology-based ideas for rapid development and funding

Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual in 2006, Gouverneur was the vice president and chief technology officer at Seattle-based Safeco Insurance, where he built an IT architecture practice and identified over $110 million in business value. Before his role at Safeco, he was the chief architect at Chicago-based CNA Financial, where he focused on business alignment, IT strategy and IT standards, and strategic and innovative IT solutions including a claims transformation program, service-oriented architecture, voice over IP, strategic sourcing and enterprise content management. He started his career at Ernst & Young, where he progressed through the ranks to become a senior manager.

Gouverneur is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration – computer science. He is currently a member of the CTO Research Board and the ALPFA National Corporate Advisory Board. In the Milwaukee community, Gouverneur serves on Marquette University’s Global Sourcing Advisory Board and is an active member of the Discovery World Board. He is also an advisor to the Northwestern Mutual Hispanic Employee Resource Group.

About Northwestern Mutual 

For nearly 160 years, Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve their financial goals. Through a distinctive planning process, our financial representatives help clients identify goals and develop a personalized plan using a wide range of insurance and investment solutions.

With more than $230 billion in assets, $27 billion in revenues and $1.5 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to more than 4.3 million clients.

Northwestern Mutual is proud to be an award-winning employer for IT professionals and actively invests in STEM initiatives in southeastern Wisconsin. The company’s internship program employs exceptional college-level technology students, many of whom become employees. The company is a strong partner and sponsor of events and programs that encourage students at all levels to pursue STEM careers.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company-Milwaukee, WI and its subsidiaries.

Making STEM a part of kids' lives

If we’re going to address the shortage of professionals in STEM disciplines in this country, one of the keys will be to start talking to young people very early in their lives. I’ve taken this approach with my own son and daughter, who are now 16 and 18. The need for action is real. According to the U.S. Department of Education, only 16% of U.S. high school students are both proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career.

To meet the numbers of new workers this country will demand—both in the near and more distant future—we’ll need to find new ways to get more students engaged in STEM topics. We’ll especially need to reach out to girls and young women, and other groups that are currently underrepresented.

It’s best to start promoting STEM to kids in grade school, when their minds are more open. At this stage in their development, mentors—not just parents but also teachers, counselors, and other adults—can play an important role in shaping children’s perspectives on science and math. Once a young person gets past middle school, it can be tougher to change their minds if they’ve decided they don’t like these subjects. We need to make sure that our schools are encouraging all students to embrace these subjects, not just those who have already shown an interest in or special talent for them.

We also need to find ways to make STEM part of kids’ lives from an early age. Computers, tablets, and other gear can be fun toys, but they also help build understanding of the power technology has. My own interest in technology had a lot to do with some of the first-generation home computers and other gadgets I had when I was young.

Class selection at school matters, too; electives should include challenging STEM courses. But the lessons need to go beyond the classroom. During summer vacations, there are a number of camps with STEM-related academic courses and activities, some of which are specifically targeted at building girls’ interest. Year-round reinforcement is key to keeping kids engaged in these subjects.

One of our biggest challenges is overcoming the myth that girls are just not good at math and science. My own daughter fell into this trap in her late middle school and early high school years. Even today, the myth is still out there, and we all have a responsibility to help break it down.

That takes time, but there are a lot of solutions available. Parents might consider hiring a tutor—someone who can not only help kids learn, but also encourage them to succeed. Other alternatives are activities that help children understand what they can create themselves, and put the power of scientific and technical knowledge in their own hands.

That’s why programs like Cyber Girlz and Girls Who Code are important. They can help bring classwork to life by giving students not just instruction, but also the opportunity to go hands-on and build applications and games. Activities like this can reach kids when they’re younger, and by the time they’re well into their teens, they’ve already developed a passion for these subjects. When that happens, parents don’t have to push so hard. In fact, our job then is to just get out of the way!

Another way to keep kids engaged in STEM studies is to get them involved in some sort of science competition. There are programs like the Science Olympiad, which holds local, state, and national competitions each year. They’re team-based—so kids experience not just the joy of STEM-related content, but also the teamwork, collaboration and rewards of working in a team. Those are skills that will help them in whatever field of study or career they ultimately choose. We’re used to kids being encouraged to participate in sports. I say, let’s encourage science sports too. They’re engaging and fun—and more kids can have careers in science and technology than will ever make it as professional athletes.

If we want more kids to prepare for STEM jobs, we need to show them the connection between what they’re learning now and the future opportunities it opens up for them. A lot of students don’t understand the full range of career possibilities that a solid foundation in STEM subjects makes possible. For those of us who are already enjoying these rewarding careers, it’s our job to take time and help them see what their future could hold.

As those kids grow into young adults and enter the workforce, I am a firm believer in mentoring. Typically I take it a step further with what I call “sponsorship.” Participating in a sponsorship engagement with me is more than just meeting occasionally. Together we identify activities and create action plans that will lead to self-development with the ultimate goal of not only career advancement and professional development, but also life learning and engagement.

I tend to focus on sponsoring women and minorities, as they’re currently underrepresented in our industry. In order to develop the number of technology professionals this country will need in coming years and decades, we need to reach out to these groups as well as those who have more traditionally chosen STEM careers. For me, it’s very personal. I benefitted from the support of a sponsor who took an interest in my career and development, so I like to pay it forward.



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