Education Notebook: Science fairs awarded $30K grant from AEP Foundation | Local News

The regional fair partnered with Appalachian Power Co. in 2019, which provided the ability to send a third regional project to the international fair.

“In looking for a little bit more of a long-term partner, they suggested that we work together to put in a grant application with the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Levy, who credits the Appalachian Power with making the connection.

“This is really going to help secure that in the future, for us to continue to send three projects to that international fair locally, and it’s also going to help support students going to international fair from the state fair as well,” he said.

Expenses sometimes limit the state fair from sending a full slate of five projects, Levy said, so “the donation from the AEP Foundation helps ensure that we can send a full group.”

The AEP Foundation is funded by AEP and its operating

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Pfizer: A ‘New’ Growth Foundation In Genomic Medicine (NYSE:PFE)

Source: Finviz

“With the separation of Consumer Health last year and the expected separation of Upjohn later this year, we are significantly transforming our company. We are evolving from a diversified enterprise to a more focused and innovative biopharma company, from a scientific fast follower to a first-in-class scientific powerhouse. The transformation of this magnitude (began in 2010) could not happen within 1 or 2 years. The increased R&D productivity, as well as the depth and breadth of our pipeline, gave us the confidence to move so quickly over the past year to transform into the new Pfizer.

Albert Bourla Pfizer 2020 R&D Day

Pfizer (PFE) has a storied history dating back to its founding in 1849. Businesses do not thrive for over 170 years without redefining themselves, which is what Pfizer has done. The latest chapter was written in November when they spun off the Upjohn franchise. This followed

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Google gets web allies by letting outsiders help build Chrome’s foundation

Google's open-source Chromium project is the foundation for Chrome and several other companies' browsers.

Google’s open-source Chromium project is the foundation for Chrome and several other companies’ browsers.


Illustration by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Google is loosening control over the core of its Chrome browser, a move that helps Microsoft, Samsung and Brave build competitors while advancing the search giant’s vision of the web.

Over the past six months, Google welcomed the first outside developer into the leadership of its Chromium project, the software that powers the similarly named browser. The Alphabet subsidiary is also granting outsiders access to its previously proprietary software development system and allows outside features even when Google doesn’t incorporate them into the flagship Chrome browser.

Chromium is open-source software, which means anyone can modify and use it. Even with open source, though outsiders can have trouble convincing project organizers to accept their changes and

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Foundation Medicine Enters into Patent Licensing and Technology Agreement with TwinStrand Biosciences

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Foundation Medicine today announced it has entered into a non-exclusive agreement to license two foundational patent families from TwinStrand Biosciences, a next-generation DNA sequencing technology company based in Seattle.

The patented TwinStrand Duplex Sequencing™ technology is a biochemistry- and software-based platform that enables researchers and clinicians to detect faint signals of ultra-low frequency DNA mutations often obscured by technical noise.

“Advancing and improving patient care is our highest priority and we’re pleased to work with partners like TwinStrand who share this same goal,” said Cindy Perettie, Foundation Medicine’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to expanding this agreement with TwinStrand to explore additional areas for future collaboration.”

“We are delighted to partner with Foundation Medicine, a company that shares our patient-centric mission of applying innovative science to advance cancer care globally,” said Jesse Salk, MD, PhD, TwinStrand’s chief executive officer. “We are

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National Science Foundation and CASIS Announce Fourth Annual Solicitation in Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology to Utilize the International Space

National Science Foundation and CASIS Announce Fourth Annual Solicitation in Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology to Utilize the International Space

Press Release
From: Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS)
Posted: Monday, November 16, 2020

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced their fourth annual joint solicitation for investigators to leverage the International Space Station (ISS) for research in the fields of tissue engineering and mechanobiology. Up to $1.6 million will be awarded for multiple research investigations to support flight projects under the sponsorship of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. An additional $450,000 may be available to support hardware and Implementation Partner costs for each awarded proposal. CASIS is the nonprofit responsible for management of the ISS National Lab through a Cooperative Agreement with NASA.

The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the

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Space Foundation and mindSpark Learning Partner to Bring Virtual Learning Series to More Coloradans Through reSOLVE for Families

Participants Will Have Access to Space Foundation Resources and Learn the Best Ways to Support Students in Virtual Learning

DENVER and COLORADO SPRINGS. Colo., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Colorado school districts are once again moving more classes online as the state’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise. To support parents and caregivers in juggling remote learning with careers, personal life, and household responsibilities, mindSpark Learning, a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, and Space Foundation, a 501(c)(3) global space advocate for 37 years, today announced their partnership to bring mindSpark’s reSOLVE for Families series to more caregivers across the state of Colorado.

Together, mindSpark Learning and Space Foundation are offering reSOLVE for Families to all Colorado parents and caregivers at no cost to provide them with expert guidance on navigating remote learning and supporting the social-emotional wellness of their students and households during

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The Advertising Research Foundation To Integrate the Marketing Science Institute

Association devoted to marketing science and research will become division of the ARF

The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), the industry leader in advertising research among brand advertisers, agencies, research firms, and media, has announced plans to integrate the Marketing Science Institute, a non-profit member organization at the forefront of marketing science and research, into its organization.

The action was approved by both the Boards of both the ARF and MSI and, pending ratification by MSI member companies, will become effective January 1, 2021.

Through the integration, the Marketing Science Institute will become a division of the ARF, but will maintain an advisory Board of Trustees. The Board will continue to guide MSI’s agenda of events and research priorities, with budgetary oversight by the ARF. The MSI division within the ARF will be headed by an Academic Executive Director and by a Managing Director, to be named.

As a division of

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GovConPay Announces Partnership with the Seal Legacy Foundation on Veterans Day

Rockville, Nov. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GovConPay, the first and only Payroll and HR company solely dedicated to serving government contractors, today announced a partnership with the SEAL Legacy Foundation. The SEAL Legacy Foundation is a 501(C)(3), nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALs, educational assistance for SEALs and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL community.

“The Navy SEALs represent the highest level of excellence and bravery and supporting Commander Mark McGinnis and the mission of the SEAL Legacy Foundation is truly an honor,” stated Joe Young, GovConPay President. “As GovCon specialists, we have the great pleasure to work with veterans and many Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOSB).  We see it as an honor and our responsibility to be a meaningful partner in their success as business owners. We hope by aligning the success and growth

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Merck Foundation marks World Science Day through Empowering Women and Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa

Merck Foundation

Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks World Science Day through their Merck Africa Research Summit–MARS Awards 2020 for best Young African Researchers and best Women African Researchers.

Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans (2019, 2020) explains, “Merck Foundation empowers Women and Youth in Scientific Research through “MARS Best Young African Researchers Awards” and “MARS Best African Women Researchers Awards”.

Merck Foundation started these awards in 2015.

“We will announce the MARS 2020 Winners before the end of this year. The winners will be eligible for a scholarship of training programs to advance their skills and standard in scientific research” Dr. Rasha Kelej added.

Merck Foundation launches these awards to recognize the outstanding contribution of African Youth and Female Scientists to empower them in research and advance their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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Merck Foundation Empowering African Women and Youth in STEM

Merck Foundation yesterday marked World Science Day through their Merck Africa Research Summit (MARS) Awards 2020 for recognizing the Best Young African Researchers and Best Women African Researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

MARS awards since 2015 recognize the outstanding contribution of African Youth and Female Scientists to empower them in research and advance their contribution to STEM.

Merck Foundation’s STEM program partners with global and local institutions and organizations to empower women and youth in the areas of science and technology. The foundation believes that education is an important factor in promoting economic well-being in Africa.

Merck Foundation has celebrated over 40 winners of the Merck Africa Research Summit Awards (MARS) from 18 African Countries including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

The MARS 2020 Winners will be announced

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