Unsung Heroes Awards

Awards are made to applicants who are trying new methods and techniques to improve student learning. Applications may be for projects that have been implemented or that the educator would like to implement. One hundred finalists each receive $2,000. Of these, three are selected for additional financial awards. First place receives an additional $25,000; second place an additional $10,000; and third place an additional $5,000.

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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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WGBH BOSTON VIDEO DELVES INTO THE OCEAN’S DEPTHS WITH THE DVD DEBUT OF UNDER THE SEA: THE REAL WORLD OF SHARKS, DOLPHINS, AND SEAHORSES

BOSTON (October 31, 2006) — WGBH Boston Video will debut Under the Sea: The Real World of Sharks, Dolphins, and Seahorses, a 4-disc boxed set of NOVA documentaries, on November 14, 2006. Two of the productions, Private Lives of Dolphins and Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef, will also be released individually the same day.

Shark Attack!
A flash of monstrous teeth. A streak of blood in the water. A terrified surfer paddles desperately for shore. Is it simply mistaken identity — a surfboard with arms being taken for a sea turtle? Or have the tiger sharks developed a taste for human flesh, and begun to deliberately hunt people down? Spy on these predators in action — stalking and snatching up seal pups, albatross chicks, and other suspecting prey — and witness a shocking, seal’s-eye view of an attacking shark. Then, decide for yourself if it’s safe to go back in the water.

Private Lives of Dolphins
Graceful, intelligent, and playful, bottlenose dolphins are not only the friendliest wild animals, but also the most complex. Their easygoing nature makes it easy to forget that dolphins are indeed feral creatures. Now, after decades of study in their native surroundings, researchers share with NOVA their fascinating findings regarding dolphins’ brainpower, society, evolutions, and strikingly human traits.

Kingdom of the Seahorse
Take a tour of the complex and beautiful word of the seahorse — from an underwater enclave in Australia (where their unique mating dance is recorded on camera for the first time) to the bustling apothecaries of Hong Kong, where heaps of harvested seahorses feed a steady demand. Then voyage to a small seaside village in the Philippines, where one biologist makes it her mission to come up with a conservative plan that will sustain human and seahorse residents alike.

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
The brilliant colors and extraordinary creatures of the undersea world are revealed as NOVA takes you on this dramatic tour of the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. This adventure down under will amaze even the most experienced divers, as exceptional camera techniques reveal microscopic details of life and breathtaking panoramas of millions of schooling fish.

To order any DVD or VHS release from WGBH Boston Video, including Under the Sea: The Real World of Sharks, Dolphins, and Seahorses, call (800) 949-8670 or visit shop.wgbh.org.

Since its launch, WGBH Boston Video has released many critically acclaimed public television programs on DVD and video, including the Emmy Award-winning The Miracle Of Life and The Elegant Universe (NOVA), The French Chef with Julia Child, David Copperfield (Masterpiece Theatre), The Joy of Stress, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, Sister Wendy’s American Collection, Evolution, and Africans In America. Recent releases include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (Mystery!), Degrassi Junior High, Origins (NOVA), They Made America, and Building Big with David Macaulay.

PRODUCT NAME: Under the Sea: The Real World of Sharks, Dolphins, and Seahorses
SERIES: NOVA
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 4 hours
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $39.95
PREBOOK: 10/17/06
STREET: 11/14/06

PRODUCT NAME: Private Lives of Dolphins
SERIES: NOVA
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 10/17/06
STREET: 11/14/06

PRODUCT NAME: Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef
SERIES: NOVA
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour
FORMAT: DVD
SRP: $19.95
PREBOOK: 10/17/06
STREET: 11/14/06

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Grant from ED helps NPR develop radio technology for the deaf

The Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation and Research has awarded a grant to NPR and WGBH’s National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) to develop accessible radio technology for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired. The Accessible Digital Radio Broadcast Services grant, in the amount of $150,000 for the first year, will help fund an anticipated three-year research and development project to prototype, field test, and assess the cutting-edge radio technologies to serve the needs of people with sensory disabilities. In creating radio technologies specifically geared to people with sensory disabilities, NPR and NCAM will bring together experts from broadcasting, academia and non-profit service organizations to best serve the needs of people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired.

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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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Ronald McDonald House Charities Grants Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities and its global network of local chapters have dedicated more than $430 million in grants and program services toward making an immediate, positive impact on those children who need help most. Through grants to other nonprofit organizations serving children, RMHC can extend its reach, improving the health and well-being of children around the world. By supporting global or national nonprofit organizations that help children read, provide nutritious after-school meals, offer life-changing surgeries, or help prevent life-threatening disease, Ronald McDonald House Charities reaches into communities around the world to address the most urgent needs of children.

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Barnes and Noble Grants

Barnes and Noble grants are awarded to programs that support the arts, literacy, and K-12 education. Proposals must include a description of how the community will benefit and how the program will be promoted with Barnes & Noble.

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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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THE AMERICAN EDUCATION CORPORATION MAKES LISTING IN SOFTWARE MAGAZINE’S TOP 500 SOFTWARE COMPANIES

Oklahoma City, October 27, 2006: The American Education Corporation (AEC) today announced that the Company was selected by Software Magazine for listing in their annual directory of the nation’s leading 500 software companies. In this November 2006 publication the Company ranked 387th of the 500 companies selected for this list.

Commenting on this development, Jeffrey E. Butler, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “This listing is an indication that signifies the growing recognition of the Company within the broad context of the total software industry. Our ranking within the educational market segment would indicate that we are within the top 20 companies specializing in educational courseware for the school market,” he concluded.

The Digital Software 500 report may be viewed by visiting www.softwaremag.com.

The Company’s Java-based technology, the A+nyWhere Learning System Versions 3.0 and 4.0 of educational software products, provides for an integrated offering of grade levels 1-12 software for Reading, Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Writing, History, Government, Economics and Geography. In addition, the Company provides assessment testing and instructional content for the General Educational Development (GED) test. All company products are designed to provide for LAN, WAN and Internet delivery options and support Windows, UNIX and Macintosh platforms. The Company has developed a computer adaptive, companion academic skill assessment testing tool to provide educators with the resources to more effectively use the Company’s curriculum content aligned to important state and national academic standards. Spanish-language versions are available for Mathematics and Language Arts for grade levels 1-8. The Company’s curriculum content is aligned to the other third party digital resources such as the GoKnows, Internet accessible science curriculum and reference materials, which may be accessed directly from A+LS lessons. The A+LS comprehensive family of educational software is now in use in over 12,000 schools, centers of adult literacy, colleges and universities, and correctional institutions in the U.S., UK and other international locations. A+dvancer, the Company’s diagnostic, prescriptive test and online, postsecondary developmental curriculum offering, is aligned to ACCUPLACER On-Line, the leading college admissions test for students requiring developmental support to enroll in full credit secondary coursework in mathematics, reading, algebra and writing.

ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER On-Line are either trademarks or registered trademarks owned by the College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.

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PEOPLECUBE ANNOUNCES NEW VERSION OF RESOURCE SCHEDULER

WALTHAM, Mass., October 16, 2006–PeopleCube, the leader in on-demand Human Process Management (HPM) solutions, today announced the general availability of Resource Scheduler version 7.7, the latest release of the popular meeting room scheduling and resource management solution. Available as an on-demand or on-premise application, this new release provides integration with the Microsoft® Outlook® Address Book or other address book applications. As a result, Resource Scheduler users are able to easily invite attendees or send notification to non-Resource Scheduler users when reserving a meeting room or other resource. In addition to new proxy functionality and built-in reports, this new release complies with the revised dates of Daylight Saving Time (DST) as outlined in the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005. This enhancement ensures that Resource Scheduler reservations made during the new DST dates, scheduled to go into effect in March, 2007, will not be compromised.

The new Advanced Attendee Management functionality allows users to invite attendees to training sessions, meetings or other events from within Resource Scheduler regardless of whether the attendees are Resource Scheduler users or not. The reservation creators are able to invite attendees or send resource reservation notification using a number of sources including the Resource Scheduler user list; a private list of contacts within the new My Address Book in Resource Scheduler; the Outlook Client Address Book; or even ad-hoc by manually entering in attendee email addresses. When the reservation is made, attendees receive notification from Resource Scheduler via email which can include a vCal attachment so that the attendee can add the invitation directly to his/her calendar.

This new version of Resource Scheduler also includes updates to comply with new dates of Daylight Saving Time as outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 legislation passed by the United States Congress. Designed to conserve energy, the Act extends DST in the U.S. (and Canada) by four weeks starting in March of 2007. This enhancement to the application ensures that any reservation made during these four weeks will appear correctly. While the modification will change all installations of Resource Scheduler, it will mainly affect customers that utilize the application across multiple time zones or international boundaries.

“This new version of Resource Scheduler is in direct response to customer requests as well as new U.S. legislation that impacts all calendaring and scheduling software applications,” said PeopleCube Vice President of Marketing Ann Hamann. “By integrating with the Outlook Address Book and similar address applications, Resource Scheduler users can now simultaneously book meeting-related resources and send invitations to attendees, significantly streamlining and simplifying the meeting and resource scheduling process. We made the necessary changes to comply with the new Daylight Saving Time dates now in order to provide customers with enough time to test and deploy this new release well before the March 2007 deadline.”

New proxy functionality has also been added to this new version of Resource Scheduler. Using this feature, application administrators can enable users to create and modify meetings on behalf of another person. In addition, new pre-configured reports have been added to Resource Scheduler to make it easier for administrators and users to track cancelled reservations, reservations requiring approval, reservations requiring set up, and more. For more information about Resource Scheduler, visit www.peoplecube.com/products/resource_scheduler.

About PeopleCube

PeopleCube is a leading provider of on-demand Human Process Management (HPM) solutions–the next generation of Business Process Management. PeopleCube products help some of the worlds leading organizations integrate individuals into the business process to improve productivity, increase revenue and reduce costs. The company offers advanced HPM applications, and calendaring and scheduling solutions to help businesses optimize people, processes and schedules. PeopleCube has grown through organic growth and four strategic acquisitions within two years. PeopleCube is a privately held company headquartered in Waltham, Mass. with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe. For more information, visit www.peoplecube.com.

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