This way, Valtrex helps to regulate the immune system within a short period of time and restrict possibilities of the infected cells After the purchase of Ventolin the situation was changed a lot.
The doctor prescribed me Flagyl. Zithromax without prescriptionPremarin works just fine for me. I used this pill for three months after a full hysterectomy at the age of 50.

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

This is a press release from Honeywell and NASA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supporting Resources

Read more about FMA Live! Forces in Motion
Visit the FMA Live! Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HoneywellAero
Follow @HON_Citizenship on Twitter
Follow FMA Live! on Instagram
Visit Honeywell's Corporate Citizenship page
Learn more about NASA's education programs 
For Educators

The FMA Live! Forces in Motion website features a "Teachers' Lounge".
About Honeywell Hometown Solutions 
FMA Live! Forces in Motion is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in the communities it serves. For more information, please visit http://citizenship.honeywell.com/.

About Honeywell
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom.

Honeywell and the Honeywell logo are the exclusive properties of Honeywell, are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and may be registered or pending registration in other countries. All other Honeywell product names, technology names, trademarks, service marks, and logos may be registered or pending registration in the U.S. or in other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Copyright 2016 Honeywell.

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ENERGIZE STEM... Using The Superpowers Of Hip-Hop Music And Kinesthetic Learning at the USA Science & Engineering Festival!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a press release from Shell & NSTA

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

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

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

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

Grand Prize Winner

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

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

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

National Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a press release from Sodexo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senator Bob Corker Celebrates Women’s History Month at the Senate with Million Women Mentors

Million Women Mentors (MWM) Commits 650,000 mentors to guide girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Careers

From left to right: Michelle K. Lee, Director, Under Secretary of Commerce & Director of US Patent and Trademark Office, Edie Fraser, STEMConnector & MWM, Senator Bob Corker, Sheila Boyington, Thinking Media & MWM. 

WASHINGTON, DC — (March 22, 2016) | High-level leaders from the U.S. Congress and the White House met in the Russell Senate Office Building to recognize Women's History Month and the Million Women Mentors (MWM) movement. 

Million Women Mentors, an initiative of STEMconnector®, announced its commitment of 650,000 Mentor pledges-- out of a goal of one million mentors by 2019-- to guide girls and women interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Edie Fraser, CEO of STEMconnector® and MWM, has long championed diversity, STEM education and workforce development. With her team, she has built a respected consulting and communications firm, which covers 6,600 organizations and has over 150 paying members. MWM works in collaboration with more than 65 partners, 48 corporate sponsors, 35 state leadership teams, and thousands of groups and individuals interested in advancing the movement. 

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), a featured speaker at the event, used the platform to express the need for women in STEM and highlighted the Tennessee statewide adoption of the Learning Blade STEM career awareness curriculum for middle school students. Furthermore, he communicated how this need relates to his End Modern Slavery Initiative, which focuses on eliminating slavery and human trafficking around the globe.

Sheila Boyington, CEO of the Chattanooga-based Thinking Media/Learning Blade, introduced Senator Corker saying, “It is an absolute honor to not only introduce Senator Bob Corker at such a historic event, but also witness his support and leadership of the Million Women Mentors initiative in TN and nationally and dedication to the safety and success of both women and men.” Boyington also serves as the National States Chair for Million Women Mentors.

The attendees at the luncheon included over 20 Congressional and government leaders, plus corporate executives and representatives from nonprofits nationwide. These men and women include Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY);Tammy Baldwin (D-WI); ), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Maize Hirono (D-HI); Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); John Boozman (R-AR); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Cory Booker (D-NJ), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Joni Ernst (R-IA; Bob Casey (DPA); Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY); Barbara Comstock (R-VA); Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL); Under Secretary of the USDA, Dr. Catherine Woteki.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex Zoghlin
Global Head of Technology
Hyatt Hotels Corporation

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

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

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

About Hyatt

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

What do corporations need to do fill existing technology jobs?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Qingtong Zhou
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Lenovo

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

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

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

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

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

About Lenovo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is the key to smart STEM investments?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EverFi and Goodyear Collaborate on Career Readiness Initiative

This is the press release from EverFi & Goodyear

Program focuses on STEM, Entrepreneurship and Digital Citizenship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FP International Funds New Scholarship in UK College of Engineering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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