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The Great American Domino Effect Engineering Challenge
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
USA Science & Engineering Festival
THE VIRTUAL SCIENTIST GUEST
The Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series extends the educational scope of the SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT by bringing scientists into America’s classrooms in real time via the Internet. Using existing technology available through Skype, an internet based videophone service, SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT will arrange for scientists to participate in a “virtual” in-classroom visit without leaving their lab or research facility. The Virtual Scientist Guest Lecture Series allows both scientists and students to experience an interactive dialogue that inspires and engages students about dynamic cutting edge science research.
The technology requirements are minimal, requiring only that each participant (i.e. school and scientist) have a computer with high speed internet access, a high quality monitor, webcam, speakers and microphone. Skype software can be downloaded from www.skype.com free of charge. As the liaison between the school, sponsor and guest lecturer SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT makes all necessary arrangements for the virtual visit.
“Virtual” visits last about 30 minutes in order to fit within a standard class period. The presentation format varies according to the preference of the speaker and educator but will generally include a presentation followed by Q&A. The classroom teacher acts as the moderator and oversees the necessary pre-visit preparation.
Click here to view a short clip showcasing a “virtual scientist” visit featuring a biologist from the Florida-Atlantic University talking to a group of 7th graders at a school in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT and SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT FOR KIDS are two fascinating series of educational DVDs designed to encourage scientific literacy by piquing the curiosity of the next generation of scientific, business and academic leaders about a broad range of dynamic, cutting-edge innovations.
SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT is produced to directly address National Science Standards and Science Literacy Benchmarks. Each show is approximately 15 minutes in length and can be viewed during a class period with time remaining for open discussion.
Each program (offered on DVD as well as MPEG for school system streaming) offers stimulating visions of our hi-tech world at work, helping students form an appreciation for the subjects that will encourage them to continue their studies, and perhaps even pursue an exciting career in the sciences.
SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT and SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT FOR KIDS are produced by Allegro Productions, Inc., a former Time Inc. company. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology and a panel of dedicated educators help in the production of the programs.
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The SCIENE SCREEN REPORT has provided STEM DVD educational tools FREE OF CHARGE to students and teachers across the United States and Canada, for over 40 year and cover over 2000 school districts.
It is estimated that 10,000,000 students per school year view the SCIENCE SCREEN REPORT educational tools.
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MOBILE MARKETING: JA VOHL..DANKE..
Are you thinking mobile yet… if not you should be.
Consider these stats:
- There are 5.2 billion mobile subscribers globally (77% of the world’s population).
- In 2012, smartphone sales will overtake computers.
- By 2013, more people will access the Internet through their mobile than through a PC.
- By 2015, mobile broadband could be 3-4 times faster than fixed line broadband in many countries.
- 79 percent of U.S. consumers use a smartphone to help with their shopping.
- On average, people look at their phones 150 times per day.
With smartphones rapidly reaching critical mass in some markets, mobile is evolving from a “discovery” to a purchase tool for consumers.
At the Nielsen Consumer 360 conference in Frankfurt, Germany, strategies for driving an integrated mobile strategy were revealed.
Growth Potential in Germany is Big
With more than one mobile phone per person in Germany, it is a strong mobile market, but the potential for growth exists. German mobile consumers are connected and getting smarter. Nearly two out of every three (63%) mobile purchases in Germany are smartphones.
Today, 30 percent of Germans own a smartphone, compared with 45 percent in the U.K., 40 percent in the U.S., and 36 percent in Russia.
And with 83 percent of German smartphone users contract-billed by a carrier, higher monthly spending patterns follow: users spend an average of 1.5 more than feature phone users on their bills.
Over 65 percent of smartphone owners use email and half are active social network users.
Perhaps most compelling is the fact that more than half (58%) of mobile Internet usage occurs in the home, virtually changing the way people shop and opening up new opportunities for advertisers.
Fifty-six percent of Germans react when receiving mobile advertising on their phone and more than one in five purchased the item advertised. ( THIS WAS A BIG SURPRISE)..
“Mobile truly serves as the bridge between the online and the offline world,” explains David Gosen from Nielsen. “Mobile is empowering consumers to interact with stores, brands, friends and family in a way they never have done so before.”
More than 250 million active users currently access Facebook through their mobile devices and they are twice as active as non-mobile users.
In Germany, nearly 50 percent of all smartphone users have used a social networking app in the last 30 days.
A mobile and social media strategy must go hand-in-hand (having a Facebook page is not enough). And proximity is influence. Location-based mobile alerts are impacting decisions to buy in a particular store.
Creating a successful mobile strategy requires 4Cs:
- Content – be engaging.
- Conversation – create two-way dialogue
- Community – connect through advocacy programs
- Continuity – think long-term and on-going
Mobile is a big part of your customers lives – be a part of it. Build deep and more engaging personal dialogs – be where they are. Creativity and innovation differentiates your brand at every stage of their journey. Understand the real insight and behaviors of your mobile consumers to drive success.
SO THERE… ARE YOU MOBILE YET ?
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IN MINNESOTA: SPY ON YOUR SWEETIE WITH GPS
A Minnesota man was charged with installing a tracking device on his then-wife’s car, in violation of a Minnesota statute prohibiting the use of, among other things, tracking devices without a court order. (Minn. Stat. 626A.35.)
As recounted in the order, in March 2010, the victim had a mechanic inspect the car, and the mechanic found a tracking device magnetically attached to the underside of the car. And remember, it gets 30 to 40 below here in winter.
In January of that year, the victim testified about an incident involving domestic violence. In response, the victim moved out, but the defendant sent her text messages “commenting on where she had been and otherwise indicating that he was monitoring her movements.”
She also testified that the defendant allegedly put spyware on her cell phone that “allowed him to intercept her text messages and that he also seemed to know everything she was doing on the family computer.” The defendant was also involved in an incident where the defendant allegedly located the victim in a lakeside cabin, “entered the cabin, and physically attacked an acquaintance of [the victim's].”
The statute excluded the use of a mobile tracking device when it was used to track an object with the “consent of the owner.” Hormann argued that because he had an ownership interest in the vehicle, the statute could not be used to convict him.
The court finds that the statute’s use of the word “owner” is ambiguous in this context, and the drafters did not anticipate the scenario where an object has more than one owner. The court looks to Minnesota’s vehicle-title rule for the definition of “owner.”
The vehicle-title statute defined owner to include a person who has “property in [sic] or title to a vehicle.” A person entitled to “use” the vehicle was encompassed within the definition of “owner.”
The court found that Hormann was entitled to use the vehicle. The vehicle was purchased with marital funds and thus presumptively marital property. There was also evidence in the record that Hormann used the vehicle on occasion. (At oral argument, the state conceded that it would not prosecute Hormann for auto theft if Hormann was found to be driving the vehicle, even without the victim’s consent.)
The evidence with respect to title to the vehicle was also favorable to Hormann. While the victim was shown to be the sole registered owner, Hormann produced evidence that the victim signed title over to Hormann (the testimony at trial showed that this transfer was done to facilitate the sale of the vehicle and the transfer was never recorded). According to the court, this transfer demonstrates how “incidents of formal ownership of marital property may not accurately reflect who is using a vehicle.”
The court applies the rule of lenity to construe the statutory ambiguity narrowly, and holds that the exception applies where the vehicle or object has multiple owners, and one of the owners consents to the tracking device.
Divorce and privacy
Divorces are fertile ground for privacy issues.
A New Jersey (civil) case involved GPS tracking, and although the court did not raise the issue and there was no statute expressly aimed at tracking, the fact that “since the wife owned the car, she could have argued that she had the right to track its movements.”
(The New Jersey case was decided largely on the grounds that the vehicle in question was on publicly visible roadways, where the driver enjoyed a diminished expectation of privacy.) The issues can be less clear when it comes to emails, since spouses sometimes maintain joint email accounts, and there’s not always a clear “owner” of a particular account.
On the other hand, statutes which are aimed at communications provide for exceptions based on the consent of the parties to the communications, and ownership of a phone or an email account will not provide an easy out under those statutes. In this case, the victim alleged that the now-former husband infringed on her privacy in other ways (e.g., installing spyware on her computer and her cell phone), but the focus of the charge was the tracking.
It may be too early to have a meaningful tally, but it seems that courts are more tolerant of spouses who engage in tracking while in the midst of a divorce or separation.
SO .. I guess SOMEBODY has to REALLY CARE care what you do .
Are you flattered or terrified?
OCCUPY WALL STREET APP:I’m getting arrested for ANDROID SMARTPHONES
I’m getting arrested- OWS – the APP
Android developer Jason Van Anden designed an app for protesters participating in OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protests.YAAY Jason..
This app called “I’m getting arrested” works with the idea that participants in the protests weigh the possibility that he or she may be arrested.
The “I’m Getting Arrested” Android app has an easy setup:
After being setup with one push on the keypad, the program automatically alerts family, friends, attorneys, Facebook and Twitter.
LET PEOPLE KNOW – WE WORRY ABOUT YOU-and our poor poor country:
What has our indifference wrought? We elected a preponderance of “legal” thieves- economic traitors and con artists..
Remember Maytag and Whirlpool in Newton Iowa – and Whirlpool- after all this country has done for you
you should hang your head in shame.
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Newton Iowa : Whirlpool Corporation Would Make Norman Rockwell Weep
The economic death of a town; that is what has been wrought by the Whirlpool Corporation of Newton Iowa and their astounding – shocking level of greed.
Billions in profit were not enough- they wanted MORE to achieve an arbitrary profit goal to boot a stock price.
AND chose to lay off 5000 America workers and ship the jobs offshore.
Newton Iowa, former home to Maytag- peopled by good Americans whose very fabric of life has been destroyed by unprecedented avarice .
Whirlpool Corporation- you are an economic Benedict Arnold.
Your greed- and the greed of so many corporate traitors like you-, will destroy our country far more quickly and profoundly than any Soviet missile …I hope you are proud of how you have served your country…
Norman Rockwell would hang his head in despair and shame that you are a fellow citizen – and that you have so mishandled and wasted your gift of making your community thrive and grow.
Thank you Palm Beach Post for such a timely article.
Although this particular case is from Florida, this same tragic scenario is being rewritten daily through our great Nation under Bailout . The digital divide is growing daily- hourly- with each click of our collective mice.
Although the 50 plus age community is highly represented ( or NEVER counted as they are invisible)
in this struggling group, the newly poor – the foreclosed, homeless and jobless are in the same hopeless situation.
When I created APPSNEWBIE, I strongly felt that this ” technological underclass” was a sad byproduct we would see and I HOPED ( silly Pollyanna me ) that as a moral a society, we l find it of value to provide education- access and services to the desperately in need .Silly Appsnewbie.
You cannot even apply for a job without a computer.
But you lost your house -foreclosure AND you pawned your laptop so you could eat.Or buy your diabetes medication
You are living in a car and the libraries and workforce shops have limited computer usage times-;
Those public computers also have firewalls so all job sites are not usable-and you cannot type that fast
Plus the public computers they have are slow- hey -
the billionaire computer vendor who had that government t contract that sold the computers palmed off his second rate stuff- no sweat -
After all- his/her pal was sure he got the bid…
WHEN DO BILLIONAIRE APPLE and MICROSOFT START TO REALLY PROVIDE PUBLIC COMPUTERS and TRAINING-
THAT MAKE PEOPLE EMPLOYABLE? NOT JUST DATA ENTRY ?
WHERE and WHEN?
APPSNEWBIE IS JUST ASKING ..
Seniors Without Computers Struggle to Apply for Food Stamps, Medicaid benefits
Philip Proulx knew just enough about computers to check guests in at an apartment building in Palm Beach, where he worked as a doorman for several years.
Proulx, 77, was laid off recently and realized his $735 monthly Social Security check would not cover his expenses. His only hope was applying for food stamps and cash assistance.
Proulx said he tried calling the state Department of Children and Families’ toll-free number to apply over the phone, but a recorded message kept telling him to call back because of high call volumes.
He asked for help at several community organizations but was told he could apply for government aid only through the Internet. Proulx said he had no idea how to even get to the DCF website, much less find the application and submit it online.
Proulx’s quandary is not isolated, according to officials at local community agencies. Elderly and disabled residents or those without computer skills or access to an Internet connection, often struggle to get help to obtain food stamps and Medicaid assistance, the officials say.
“If they have no computer skills, they cannot apply on their own,” said Lela Jordan, director of Vickers House in West Palm Beach. “Many people who need food stamps and Medicaid face barriers to even apply because of their lack of computer skills.”
“If you are computer-ignorant, that’s too bad,” Proulx said. “You’ve got to find out how to do it on your own.”
He eventually found help at Vickers House and applied for food stamps and cash assistance online. But before he did, he said, “I’ve never been so confused in my life.”
DCF says about 90 percent of food stamp recipients apply online – an indicator that most have access to computers. But DCF spokesman Joe Follick said, “we do understand the frustration” of those who struggle with the online application process or busy phone lines.
DCF does not keep track of the number of complaints about the online application process since calls come in from regional and circuit offices, call centers and even the governor’s office.
But Follick said the department is aware of the problems and determined to fix them: “It’s our number one priority.”
DCF’s manpower has remained largely the same over the past five years, even though requests for food stamps have more than tripled, Follick said.
Even DCF Secretary David Wilkins, in a memo to employees of the department’s online system, called Access, said improvements must be made to ease the application process and make more operators available for callers.
“Employees, the millions of clients they help and all Floridians deserve a system that is efficient and minimizes the delay and frustration that are already heightened when families face difficult situations,” Wilkins wrote.
This year, DCF hired a new economic self-sufficiency director and has hired 60 employees for its call centers, Wilkins said.
Simple requests, such as how to reset passwords for online access, are being diverted to a group of operators to reduce wait times on the toll-free number, and the process will eventually be automated, Wilkins said. The department also plans to make its website easier to navigate.
Meanwhile, problems remain.
At Christians Reaching Out to Society Ministries, or C.R.O.S. Ministries, in Lake Worth, Director Pam Cahoon said many of her clients find it impossible to reach DCF to apply for benefits.
She said those without computers can sometimes use public library machines, but most libraries enforce time limits on computers.
“Unless you are really fast with the computer, you can’t get through,” Cahoon said. “It’s just absolutely horrible.”
At C.R.O.S., the demand for help filling out food stamp applications online is so high that the organization and DCF are splitting the cost of two workers dedicated to helping people apply and interview for government aid, Cahoon said.
“It’s just virtually impossible to get through on the phone,” she said.
European Audiovisual Observatory: The MISSION
European Audiovisual Observatory: FINANCES YOUR MEDIA PROJECT
Why am I posting this for you?
Because this governmental entity actually has the money to FINANCE your media endeavor; is this horrible financial clime- we need all the help we can get
- to create transparency in the European audiovisual sector
- to provide information services for audiovisual experts
A Challenge for Europe
The audiovisual sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the European economy and a leading global market. The internationalisation and integration of what previously were mostly national media landscapes, boosted by rapid technical progress, mean that the audiovisual sector now stands out above other branches of the economy.
As well as huge potential, the dynamism, size and incredible diversity of the sector bring certain challenges for the players involved. One such challenge lies in people’s understanding of the audiovisual sector or of its component parts, over and above linguistic, cultural and national boundaries. Such an understanding depends on reliable, up-to-date information, the need for which has never been as great as it is today.
Transparency through Information
According to its Statute, “the aim of the European Audiovisual Observatory shall be to improve the transfer of information within the audiovisual industry, to promote a clearer view of the market and a greater transparency. In doing so, the Observatory shall pay particular attention to ensuring reliability, compatibility and comparability of information“.
The Observatory’s task is therefore clearly defined: to improve the transfer of and access to information. Achieving this means developing and providing information services in whichever formats audiovisual specialists need them most.
Fields of Activity and Responsibility
The Observatory has adopted a pragmatic definition of the audiovisual sector in which it works. Its principal areas of interest are:
- Video/DVD and the expanding field of
- New Media.
In these four sectors, the Observatory provides information services in the following fields:
- Market and Statistics,
- Law and
- Production and it’s Financing.
As far as its geographical scope is concerned, the Observatory monitors, records and analyses developments in its Member States.
In addition, if it seems sensible from a practical point of view, countries relevant to Europe are included.
Information Services and Target Groups
The various stages involved in providing information include the systematic collection, documentation and processing of information and data, together with its dissemination to users.
In addition, requests received by the Observatory are passed on to the relevant contact persons.
The Observatory’s primary target groups are audiovisual experts, including decision-makers in the various national ministries responsible for media, the relevant press officers of related public administrative
bodies, journalists, scientists, researchers, lawyers and advisers.
REALLY take time to read the services- I hope that it will help make your deam come true..