MPAA LAUNCHES SECOND ANNUAL ANTI-PIRACY CONTEST WITH “STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE”

WASHINGTON, DC–The Motion Picture Association of America today announced the launch of its 2nd annual anti-piracy public service announcement (PSA) contest among college students in partnership with Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE).

The contest awards participating SIFE teams that submit the most effective and creative 60-second anti-piracy PSA as part of an overall campaign to educate local and campus communities about the importance of intellectual property protection. The PSA contest is open to students in SIFE’s 900 U.S. chapters.
SIFE, with programs on 1,800 universities in 47 countries, is a business and higher education network that mobilizes university students to utilize knowledge learned in the classroom to implement projects that address real world business and economic issues in their communities.

“SIFE teams have a tremendous reputation for contributing to the economic health and stability of individual communities worldwide,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman. “We are excited to be continuing this partnership with SIFE to educate others about the importance of respecting copyrights and positively impacting the economy as a whole.”

The 2005-2006 anti-piracy competition resulted in more than 50 submissions, with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded to SIFE teams from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, and West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX, respectively.

“Last year’s contest was a huge success, with over 14 million individuals exposed to SIFE teams’ anti-piracy messages,” said Glickman. “We look forward to this year’s creative entries demonstrating the ingenuity and hard work of these amazing students.”

Piracy is the greatest obstacle the film industry currently faces. A recent report by the non-profit, non-partisan Institute for Policy Innovation estimated that motion picture piracy costs the U.S. economy more than $20 billion in lost output and 140,000 lost jobs. An additional study conducted by the international consulting firm LEK found that the U.S. film industry lost $6.1 billion to piracy in 2005, with more than half that number attributable to hard goods piracy such as illegal copying and more than $2 billion due to internet piracy. The LEK study estimated that 44% of the movie industry’s domestic losses–over $500 million annually–is attributable to college students.

“The MPAA remains committed to educating students, parents and all consumers to aggressively tackle the threat of piracy and stem the disturbing trend of illegal activity online by students of all ages. Our partnership with SIFE allows us to engage our country’s most creative, bright and energetic students in this important discussion,” said Glickman.

Funded by financial contributions from corporations, business leaders, and government agencies, SIFE teams are challenged each year to develop community outreach projects that teach SIFE’s five education topics: Market Economics, Success Skills, Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics and Financial Literacy. The teams present the results of their projects and compete to determine which team was most successful at creating economic opportunity for others at a national competition held in the spring.

“We’re excited to be part of this initiative,” said Bruce Nasby, SIFE Executive Vice President, SIFE International. “It’s a great way to channel the creativity of university students and it demonstrates our dedication to business ethics education.”

For more information about SIFE, visit www.sife.org

To see if your college has a SIFE chapter, visit www.sife.org/united_states/enrolled_index.asp?ID=US

SIFE teams seeking more information about the competition can email at sife@mpaa.org

About the MPAA

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLLP; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

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NSF gives almost $500,000 to University of Missouri for STEM research

The National Science Foundation has donated nearly $500,000 to the University of Missouri-Columbia for a three-year study aimed at developing a more diverse workforce through the advancement of women in STEM careers. The University plans to contribute additional matching funds to the project, which will focus on 21 STEM departments within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Science, and College of Engineering. Portions of the study will be modeled after similar studies at New Mexico State University and the University of Michigan, both of which previously addressed the issue.

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Student overcomes disabilities with tech’s help

The Cumberland Times-News reports that a Burlington third-grader who was born with a genetic disorder is overcoming his developmental disability through the use of computer technology. Derek Hall has been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to develop along nerves; which results in motor, learning, speech, and vision difficulties. At age three, Hall was enrolled in a pre-school handicapped program, and was later enrolled in the regular kindergarten program. When Hall entered school, he could not speak, and used a picture communication system, along with some basic signs. Hall then began to use a computer and progressed from using pictures to communicate to using a “Go Talk” communication device. Now, in his third-grade classroom, he has made remarkable progress and participates with non-handicapped peers in all academic subjects with the aid of computer technology. Teachers add that Hall has improved to the point where he can now mark answers to exercises independently on reading tests, and can use a laptop to take spelling tests…

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Fundamental Aeronautics Program

High school students are challenged to put themselves 50 years into the future to describe how air transportation systems have evolved with vehicles flying at various speeds. College students are invited to propose solutions for complex technical problems in hypersonic and supersonic flight; subsonic fixed and rotary wing transports; or Mars entry, descent, and landing. High school entries are due by March 15, 2007, and college entries are due by April 27, 2007.

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American Honda Foundation Grants

Projects eligible for American Honda Foundation Grants are those that focus on youth and scientific education programs. Nonprofits, including K-12 schools and school districts, education institutions, nonprofit scientific and education organizations and national programs involved with curriculum development that encourage innovative education methods and techniques, are eligible to apply.

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Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Each year, the President of the United States recognizes outstanding mathematics and science teachers by bestowing upon them the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Awards are given to teachers in each state and four U.S. jurisdictions, including Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Schools; and the U.S. territories (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). The PAEMST program is administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House. The 2007 PAEMST program will honor 7th thru 12th-grade mathematics and science teachers. Each awardee receives a $10,000 award from NSF and gifts from a broad range of donors. Awardees and their guests are honored during events that take place in Washington, D.C., over the course of a week-long celebration. These events include an awards ceremony, celebratory receptions and banquets, and professional development programs.

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NEH 2007 Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers

Each year NEH offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of Summer Seminars and Institutes. The dates and duration of each project are listed under each title. All teachers selected to participate in a seminar or institute will be awarded a fixed stipend based on the length of the seminar or institute to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses: $1,800 (2 weeks), $2,400 (3 weeks), $3,000 (4 weeks), $3,600 (5 weeks), or $4,200 (6 weeks).

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Microsoft Technology Centers Showcase Unified Communications with Mitel Solution

OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada–October 31, 2006–Mitel, the trusted provider of IP communications solutions, today announced that its advanced suite of unified communications solutions will be used at Microsoft Technology Centers (MTC) worldwide. The entire suite–comprised of the Mitel 3300 IP Communications Platform (ICP), Mitel Live Business Gateway, Mitel Navigator and the Mitel 5340 and 5224 IP Phones–will provide demonstrations of rich telephony, presence and integration features based on Microsoft’s unified communications (UC) solutions.

The deployment is part of an agreement between the two companies to demonstrate the combined UC solution with advanced telephony integration.

“Mitel’s suite demonstrates the powerful benefits of Microsoft’s unified communications technologies through tightly integrated telephony, presence and collaboration features that enable clearer and faster decision making, increased productivity and efficiency and streamlined costs,” said Adam Hecktman, director of the Microsoft Technology Center Chicago, and alliance member program manager for the Americas. “With a continued partnership in UC development and interworking, Mitel will showcase their solutions running on our technology within all of our MTC locations globally, allowing us to demonstrate the power unified communications to current and future customers.”

MTCs offer the facilities and resources to efficiently envision, architect, and then evaluate a secure, customized solution using Microsoft and partner technologies prior to deployment.
“The ability to host prospective customers and channel partners in Microsoft Technology Centers globally and demonstrate the easy and seamless integration of our respective solutions will undoubtedly accelerate the deployment of in the moment business communications that result in faster decision making and issues resolution.” said Stephen Beamish, vice president, business development and strategic partnerships.
Mitel unified communications and collaborations suite include:

*The 3300 ICP, a highly scalable, feature-rich communications system designed to support businesses from 10–65,000 users, provides enterprise IP-PBX capability plus a range of embedded applications and provides organizations with the opportunity to IP enable their traditional PBXs.

*The Live Business Gateway seamlessly integrates voice and user / device presence capabilities into the powerful real-time collaboration that Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 bring to business applications such as the Microsoft Office System. The Live Business Gateway allows Microsoft Office Communicator and other Microsoft applications to access Mitel’s IP-based telephony infrastructure and allows Microsoft Office Communicator to connect users external to the enterprise through the public network. Mitel also offers the option to have the Live Business Gateway embedded in the 3300 ICP, thereby eliminating the need for a separate server, if the customer so chooses.

*The Navigator redefines the meaning of voice, video and data convergence on the desktop. With an entirely new form factor, the Navigator is designed to fit neatly under a flat screen monitor, making it the world’s largest color display IP phone. It delivers powerful functionality and applications via a tightly knit interface to the PC world. Navigator will work in conjunction with and environments such as Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.

*Designed with large graphic displays and wideband audio, Mitel’s new 5340 IP phones come with 48 customizable, soft-labeling keys. The Mitel HTML Toolkit for the 5340 IP Phones provides an easy-to-use way to create graphical phone applications using a standard web-authoring tool such as Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 to enable the phones to be easily integrated into key business processes.

About Mitel

Mitel is a leading provider of integrated communications solutions and services for business customers. Mitel’s voice-centric IP-based communications solutions consist of a combination of telephony hardware and software that integrate voice, video and data communications with business applications and processes. These solutions enable our customers to realize significant cost benefits and to conduct their business more efficiently and effectively by enabling enhanced communications, information sharing and collaboration within a business and with customers, partners and suppliers. Mitel is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices, partners and resellers worldwide. For more information, visit www.mitel.com.

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Fortify your constitutional knowledge with this collection of federal resources

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To help support National Constitution Day on Sept. 17, the Federal Resources for Education Excellence (FREE) web site has compiled a special section on the U.S. Constitution. Although Sept. 17 will have come and gone before readers see this review, the site can be used throughout the school year to enhance the teaching of constitutional themes. It contains links to web pages and resources from several government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the National Archives’ “Constitution of the United States” page, the Library of Congress’s “Constitution Day Resources” page, the National Constitution Center’s “Interactive Constitution” page, and more. At this latter page, users can search the Constitution to find relevant passages and explanations, discovering in the process how the Constitution relates to more than 300 topics–from civil rights to school prayer. Other resources contain primary-source documents, biographies of the delegates who met in 1787 to rewrite the Articles of Confederation, essays urging ratification of their proposal, and a 200-year constitutional timeline.

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Science and Technology Studies

The STS Program provides a range of funding opportunities designed to support the full spectrum of research, educational, and scholarly activities undertaken by scholars within science and technology studies. Projects may include individual scholars, collaborative research, post-doctoral fellowships, professional development fellowships, dissertation research improvement, grants for training and research, support for conferences and workshops.

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