Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Middle Level and High School Principal Awards

This program recognizes one principal who has demonstrated leadership in developing, implementing, and maintaining an outstanding science program; supported staff development in science; promoted positive relationships between the school science program and the community; and has been an advocate and leader for the development of science process skills and positive attitudes toward science among children and teachers.

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AAUW Community Action Grants

One of the world’s largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

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NEW CYBERGAUGE 7.0–ADDS SECURITY FEATURES, EASIER TO USE

LAFAYETTE, CA–Sept. 12, 2006 – Neon Software, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of CyberGauge 7.0 for Windows, a new version of the company’s award-winning bandwidth monitoring software. CyberGauge helps network administrators monitor and manage their Internet bandwidth by automatically creating real-time utilization graphs as well as daily, weekly, and monthly quality of service (QoS) and billing reports. With CyberGauge, companies can avoid over-paying bandwidth fees and provide detailed documentation for audits and compliance. The software works with any SNMP-based device, including routers, switches, and servers.

Bandwidth is critical for organizations. When mission-critical devices become overloaded or unavailable, customer relations, order processing, manufacturing, inventory, and telephone systems can all go down, resulting in lost time and revenue.

“I heard of CyberGauge from my rep at AT&T,” said Tommy Green, network administrator at Amoco Federal Credit Union. “We were having bandwidth issues across our WAN, and he had it on his laptop and ran it for us to help troubleshoot. I liked it so much I had to have it.”

The problem is not limited to private enterprises and government entities. Colleges and universities welcome new students this month, many of whom use the schools’ networks to download music, videos and more. Safeguarding higher education computer networks from a multitude of large downloads–and making sure those downloads do not infringe on copyright laws–requires bandwidth monitoring.

Lower education institutions also see the benefit. “We’ve used CyberGauge for years to monitor our networks because it’s reliable and easy to use,” said Lee Bailey, Network Administrator for Fayette County Board of Education. “Even better, CyberGauge’s historical reporting capabilities gives us the information we need for capacity planning and network upgrade requirements.” Most Important New Features in CyberGauge 7.0 CyberGauge 7.0 combines the product’s historical benefits – ease of use, functionality and price – with new benefits that make monitoring even easier.

Support for SNMP v2 and v3

CyberGauge supports thousands of devices without requiring a single line of programming or customization. The new support for SNMP v2 and v3 allows more organizations to use CyberGauge with even more devices. In addition, true two-way authentication and encryption makes SNMP v3 even more secure than v1 or v2.

Custom-sized jpeg chart exports

CyberGauge creates graphs of actual bandwidth utilization. All the information gathered can then be easily viewed, printed, exported, or saved for long-term trend analysis and bandwidth planning. Network administrators configure CyberGauge to copy the chart image to an accessible FTP site, so the jpeg can be included on any web page to use as a real-time traffic monitor or a way to view a bandwidth test remotely. Now these charts may be custom-sized for each interface.

Availability and Pricing

CyberGauge 7.0 is now available from Neon Software resellers, distributors, and the Neon Software web site at http://www.neon.com . CyberGauge is priced based on the number of devices monitored. Prices start at only $395 for five devices with any number of interfaces. Upgrades start at only US$99.

About Neon Software

Neon Software is a privately held company founded in 1989 that creates powerful and easy to use network management software. In addition to CyberGauge, Neon Software publishes LANsurveyor. LANsurveyor is easy to use, proven network and desktop management software that provides four essential functions in one cost-effective application: automatic network maps, asset management reports, network monitor, and remote administration and distribution. For additional information, visit http://www.neon.com .

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QUANTUM RECEIVES NATIONAL TIBBETTS AWARD FROM SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH (SBIR) PROGRAM

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–September 13, 2006, Quantum Simulations, Inc., a developer of artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring and assessment software, was recently awarded the national Tibbetts Award, the highest recognition given by the federal government to small businesses for research.

Quantum is one of two companies from Pennsylvania to win this prestigious award which recognizes exceptional small business achievement in the areas of leading-edge research, technological innovation and economic impact. Only 55 companies received this award across the country out of more than 4,000 companies that participate in the SBIR program each year.

SBIR is a federally-funded competitive grant and contract program involving several agencies including the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Labor, Department of Defense and many others. To date, Quantum has received 17 awards totaling $6 million, an impressive track record given that the proposal award rate is typically less than 10 percent.

“The founders and employees of Quantum are honored to be a recipient of the Tibbetts Award,” states Rebecca Renshaw, Co-founder and Executive Vice President at Quantum. “The SBIR program is extremely competitive and includes many outstanding companies. Through the support and funding of the SBIR program, Quantum continues to create and deliver new generation artificial intelligence tutoring and assessment technologies that are truly making a difference in education.”

As a direct result of SBIR funding, Quantum has developed and distributed artificial intelligence Tutors for science and mathematics education and continues to expand its educational software offerings to include more mathematics and new business subjects for K-12, higher education and adult learning.

The 2006 Tibbetts Awards Ceremony and Congressional Reception will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 in Washington, DC. For event details and a complete listing of winners, please visit www.tibbettsawards.org.

About Quantum

Quantum Simulations, Inc. develops artificial intelligence (AI) tutoring, assessment and professional development software that empowers teachers and inspires students from middle school through college to improve their knowledge and appreciation for learning. Teacher tested and approved by educators across the United States, Quantum’s AI software is proven in research studies to improve comprehension, problem solving skills and test scores by as much as 50%. Quantum’s intelligent tutoring engines are integrated with existing web-based learning products, providing a strong competitive edge for distributing partners. A “technology think tank,” Quantum is funded and supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit www.quantumsimulations.com.

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Peerless to Show New One Mount™ Flat Panel Modular Mount at CEDIA Expo 2006

Peerless Industries, Inc., the industry leader in professional-grade audio/visual mounting solutions, will unveil its new One Mount” Flat Panel Modular Mount for LCD and plasma screens from 23 inches to 84 inches at the annual CEDIA Expo 2006, September 14-17 in Denver at the Peerless Booth number 623.

Peerless’ new One Mount” Flat Panel Modular Mount is a single mount that can accommodate screens from 23 inches to 84 inches weighing up to 250 pounds and has been UL®-tested. It is comprised of three interlocking wall plates that can be used together or separately, depending on screen size. These plates fit easily into position and can be held together using a minimum of two screws in a two-plate configuration or a maximum of only four screws in a three-plate configuration. Designed to enable quick and easy installation in residential or commercial applications, it comes in a compact package that reduces shelf and storage space for professional installers and retailers.

For more information, visit the Peerless both, number 623, at CEDIA Expo 2006, www.peerlessmounts.com or call 800-865-2112.

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Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) knows how teachers and parents work for their kids and their community, and is dedicated to helping parent-teacher groups achieve even more for their schools. Educators and parents are urged to apply for the Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on already-impressive parent group success with Lowe’s.

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Ciba Specialty Chemicals Exemplary Middle Level and High School Science Teaching Awards

This program recognizes one middle level and one high school teacher who have demonstrated exemplary science teaching in one or more of the following areas: creativity using science teaching materials; design and use of innovative teaching plans and ideas; and development and implementation of department, school, or school-community programs that improve science instruction and/or stimulate interest in science and the learning of science.

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NASA aims to recruit future scientists

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is embarking on an ambitious new education framework to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by involving students in consistent STEM activities that span the length of their school years and beyond.

NASA’s Education Strategic Coordination Framework, announced last month, highlights agency content, people, and facilities as the foundation for new educational opportunities it will sponsor. The framework also outlines a plan for NASA to develop new non-traditional partnerships and strategic alliances to inspire and engage the nation’s youth.

“Through this framework, NASA will support the country’s educators who play a key role in engaging and preparing today’s young minds to lead the nation’s laboratories and research centers of tomorrow,” said John Hairston, the agency’s acting assistant administrator for education.

The essence of the framework comes from NASA’s concern over the nation’s future workforce, said Jim Stofan, the deputy assistant administrator for NASA’s education programs. “We are refocusing and coordinating all of our education efforts to create a pipeline of opportunities for kids that will eventually lead them into the [STEM] workforce,” he said.

NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration, which calls for humans to return to the moon by the end of the next decade, paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond, is a “multigenerational endeavor” that requires STEM professionals to capture students’ interests today and continue to reinforce their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through elementary, middle, and high school, as well as college, graduate, and post-graduate years.

“Past [NASA] programs are strong, but they haven’t been connected to allow students to continue to grow,” Stofan said. This new framework is “a new way of how NASA is going to work with outside partners, as well as internally, to provide real access to people and content.”

The framework operates not only to interest and involve students in STEM activities during one school year, but also to challenge students continually, grabbing their interest and making STEM subjects a part of their lives beyond school.

Stofan illustrated one of many ways the framework could operate. The potential pathway to a future STEM career might begin with a middle-school student attending a NASA Explorer School. This is a program involving a three-year partnership between NASA and a school or district to infuse NASA-related content into the curriculum, while at the same time keeping the curriculum mapped to state standards. Students spend their time using real science and engineering events as case studies and models, while learning their school’s curriculum through a NASA lens.

As that student enters high school, he or she would be able to enter INSPIRE, a high-school level program composed of after-school support programs, after-school clubs, and internships. Students must apply to the program, but once accepted, they gain experiences and do work that will lead them to the next stage of the pipeline–NASA’s Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology (MUST) program, a four-year college scholarship that provides support and resources for students interested in STEM careers.

Once that student finishes his undergraduate studies, he can enroll in NASA’s graduate programs, which involve research projects in which students work side-by-side with leading researchers. The student then could become involved with post-graduate and post-doctoral programs, Stofan said, after which NASA hopes the individual will begin working for NASA and its industry partners to implement the agency’s vision.

NASA needs to “capture kids’ excitement when science can spark the imagination and students can still dream, and continue to nurture that all the way through” their education, Stofan said. “There should be no cul-de-sacs for interest; there should always be something else that can challenge them.”

The framework’s success depends on strategic planning and close coordination among NASA’s offices of education, mission directorates, human capital management, diversity and equal opportunity, and other offices, according to the official framework text.

NASA has partnered with outside agencies to implement the new framework. Among those is Honeywell, with whom NASA teamed up to produce “FMA Live! Where Science Rocks,” a traveling hip-hop science education program geared toward middle-school students. The program is named after Sir Isaac Newton’s Second Law (force equals mass times acceleration) and focuses on Newton’s laws of motion, which are found in virtually all middle-school curricula. Teachers receive preparation materials, as well as pre- and post-lessons.

“The performers are college-aged, and they try to make it young and diverse, so it’s dynamic and relevant,” Stofan said.

NASA also has partnered with the Girl Scouts of the USA in the “Girls Go Tech” initiative as part of the framework. That partnership uses NASA launch centers and visitor centers as points of inspiration for girl scouts–engaging them in activities with astronauts, helping them earn merit badges, and giving them the opportunity to see the role of women in the field.

Engaging the nation’s students in STEM fields “is one of the most important aspects of how we plan to implement the vision for space exploration, ensuring we have the workforce of the future to make it happen,” Stofan said. “Much of the hardware that we need to create, and much of the science we’ll do, hasn’t even been dreamed up yet. The kids we inspire today will be the ones to implement those things and get us there. By the time our kids today are adults, we will be living on the moon. We will have a permanent base on another celestial body. That’s phenomenal,” he said.

This, Stofan emphasized, is exactly why U.S. students need to become more involved, and stay involved, in STEM education and activities. “If you can imagine, in a lifetime and a half we’ve gone from the Wright brothers to living on the moon,” he concluded. “These are kids who are gong to live in a world that is unlike anything we’ve come up with yet.”

Links:

NASA
http://www.nasa.gov

NASA’s Education Strategic Coordination Framework
http://education.nasa.gov/about/strategy/index.html

INSPIRE Program
http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/inspire/index.html

Girls Go Tech
http://www.girlsgotech.org

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Peerless to Show New FST550 Flat Panel TV Stand at CEDIA Expo 2006

Peerless Industries, Inc., the industry leader in professional-grade audio/visual mounting solutions, will unveil its newest flat panel TV stands at the annual CEDIA Expo 2006, September 14-17 in Denver at the Peerless Booth number 623.

Peerless’ new FST550 Flat Panel TV Stand accommodates 32-inch to 50-inch screens and has built-in tilt and vertical adjustment features to achieve the ideal viewing angle. The stand’s clean, clutter-free appearance is maximized by two adjustable glass shelves, which hold up to 50 pounds each, to centralize A/V components and its internal cord management system that hides cords and cables from view.

For more information, visit the Peerless both, number 623, at CEDIA Expo 2006, www.peerlessmounts.com or call 800-865-2112.

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Your Library Goes Virtual

Worthington, OH, September 13, 2006 – Linworth Publishing, Inc., publisher of professional development resources for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce our new title, Your Library Goes Virtual, by Audrey Church. This must-have resource will serve as a guide to developing virtual school libraries that become enriching and useful presences within schools and their communities.

This step-by-step guide is essential for both those exploring the concept of virtual school libraries and for those who want to enhance and expand theirs. It summarizes the latest research about student and teacher use of electronic resources and addresses the concept of virtual school libraries in the context of program administration, information access and delivery, and learning and teaching; and it provides guidance for making the library Web page meaningful, instructive, attractive, and helpful, while developing a commanding virtual presence for the school library.

Audrey Church was a building level library media specialist in Virginia public schools for twenty years. Currently she coordinates and teaches in the graduate program in school library media at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. A frequent presenter at regional, state, and national conferences, she is past president of her state professional organization, the Virginia Educational Media Association, and past secretary of the Educators of Library Media Specialists Section of the American Association of School Librarians.

ISBN: 1-58683-219-0 / 200 Pages / $39.95 / December 2006

About Linworth Publishing

Linworth Publishing, Inc. offers a powerful combination of practical information and professional development focused on building strong connections among school library media and technology professionals, classroom teachers, and curriculum leaders. Linworth Publishing’s portfolio includes LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION magazine, Linworth Books, and Linworth Learning. The company can be reached at 480 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite L, Worthington, Ohio 43085; telephone 614-436-7107; on the Web at www.linworth.com.

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