$2 million in matching grants for DNA sequencing technologies

The Genomics Education Matching Fund program is providing $2 million in matching grants to help colleges and high schools establish or enhance their programs in genomic studies. Funding is to be used to purchase LI-COR DNA sequencing instruments and software for use by students studying molecular biology and related fields. Eligible institutions must demonstrate how they will incorporate the LI-COR DNA analysis system to teach undergraduate or high school students. Additionally, schools may use the instruments for faculty or student research programs.

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$30,000 for exemplary school library media programs

Sponsored by Follett Library Resources, this award recognizes exemplary school library media programs in three categories: large school district (over 10,000 students), small school district (under 10,000 students), and single school. The winners in each of the three categories will receive $10,000, plus a crystal obelisk.

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Up to $5,000 to fund classroom innovations or professional development

The National Education Association’s National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) now offers more than 300 small grants of $2,000 to $5,000 each on an ongoing, year-round basis. These grants fund classroom innovations or professional development for improved practice in public K-12 schools and higher-education institutions. NFIE will award up to 250 Innovation grants worth $5,000 per year and 75 Leadership & Learning grants ranging between $2,000 and $5,000. Grants will fund activities for 12 months from the date of the award. Applications are received three times per year. Schools whose applications are received by Feb. 1 will know by June 15 if they are approved.

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$820,000 program sends teachers to Japan

Toyota is inviting high school teachers from Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, West Virginia–and for the first time–New York and Washington, D.C. to apply for an “ultimate” field trip to Japan-and an all-expenses-paid educational study made possible through the Toyota International Teacher Program. During a rigorous, two-week stay, 60 teachers will visit six cities from Tokyo to Hiroshima to learn about Japan’s past and present and explore key global issues. The program takes place June 16 through July 3, 2005. Teachers are selected based on their professional and leadership qualifications, as well as their plans to incorporate their experiences and research into their curriculum. Teachers in all subject areas are invited to participate. The Institute of International Education in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest nonprofit educational exchange organization, administers the program.

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Free laptops for extraordinarily creative student-designed web sites

Hostway Corp., an international web-hosting company, will name two child web designers as “America’s Youngest Web Wizards” to recognize the astonishing web sites children are developing. K-8 students who have designed a web site with extraordinary creativity are eligible to enter. As a reward for their outstanding web site design skills, Hostway will award one elementary student (grades K-5) and one middle school student (grades 6-8) with the following: a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop valued at $1,500; 12 months of free web site hosting, and national recognition as “America’s Youngest Web Wizard.”

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$5,000 and free Adobe software for high-quality multimedia projects

Adobe has announced a call for entries for its fifth annual Design Achievement Awards, which this year expands to 10 countries and nine competition categories. The awards honor the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, and computer artists from the world’s top design, film, and broadcast schools. Finalists will receive a trip to New York City to participate in the awards event and an opportunity to showcase their work. Winners also will meet with leading industry professionals during studio tours and the ceremony. First-place entries in each category will receive $5,000 and a selection of Adobe products. Students will be able to submit entries from March 14, 2005, to April 29, 2005, with the winners announced at an awards ceremony on July 21, 2005, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

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Reborn Netscape another challenger to Microsoft dominance

cNet’s News.com reports on the release of Netscape’s new browser. The browser takes advantage of some features available in Firefox and others from Internet Explorer. The announcement comes at a time when IE is actually losing market share for the first time in years.

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N.H. superintendent details technology goals for his district

The Citizen of Laconia, N.H., has published Gilford superintendent Paul DeMinico’s specific goals for his district. The list features an emphasis on technology. Among his goals is a plan to: “Write a vision of technology that connects technology to student learning.”

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