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Annual PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge Gives Undergraduates Real-World Engineering Practicum

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Today, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and PepsiCo kicked off this year’s PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, an annual competition that challenges undergraduate students to deliver innovative ideas and technical solutions in response to real-life business challenges. Teams will be competing for cash prizes and the opportunity to present their ideas in Austin, Texas at WE17, one of the largest professional development and networking conferences for women in engineering.

“Each year, the students who participate in the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge are given a unique opportunity to apply what they’ve learned and help shape the role engineering plays in supporting actual business needs,” said Kevin O’Sullivan, senior vice president, Functional Capability – Beverages R&D: Product, Ingredients, Flavor and Applications, PepsiCo. “Every day, R&D is helping drive PepsiCo’s business by providing unrivaled technical skills and solutions to offer more enjoyable and nutritious foods and beverages to more people, in more places. Now in our third year, partnering with SWE enables us to connect with the future generation of female engineers and through this year’s challenge, we continue to welcome their fresh approaches to improving our operations.”

From now through July 17, 2017, undergraduate teams comprised of up to four participants are encouraged to participate in the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge by responding to one of the following challenges:
•Water: Consider how water is used at different points along the life cycle of PepsiCo products and propose how we can lessen our net environmental, water extraction or overall usage.
•Packaging: Present a sustainable packaging solution applicable to a food or beverage product.
•Equipment: Design what the next core category of PepsiCo beverage equipment will look like to accompany our current offering of coolers, fountains and vending machines.

Among the total submissions across all three categories, the top three teams overall will be selected as finalists and will be invited to present their submissions to a judging panel of PepsiCo R&D leaders at WE17. Winners will officially be announced among WE17 attendees during SWE’s “Celebrate SWE!” event. To learn more about the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge, including submission rules, deadlines and judging criteria, please visit

“The innovation we see each year with the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge entries is profound,” said Karen Horting, executive director and CEO at SWE. “These students are the future of engineering, and we look forward to welcoming them to our community and seeing where their creativity and brilliance takes them this year.”

More than 11,000 women engineers are expected at WE17. The conference and career fair is an opportunity for the PepsiCo/SWE Student Engineering Challenge participants to explore graduate school opportunities with leading universities, meet hiring managers from major engineering companies and engage in educational and interactive discussions and events to help women on their career path in engineering.

For more information about the Society of Women Engineers, visit For more information on PepsiCo and its longstanding commitment to STEM, please visit

About SWE
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is the world’s largest advocate and catalyst for change for women in engineering and technology. The not-for-profit educational and service organization is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. To ensure SWE members reach their full potential as engineers and leaders, the Society offers unique opportunities to network, provides professional development, shapes public policy and provides recognition for the life-changing contributions and achievements of women engineers. As a champion of diversity, SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in their personal and professional lives. For more information about the Society, please visit or call 312.596.5223.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit


Dallas Regional Chamber Targets National Millennial Workforce with New Talent Attraction Campaign, Say Yes to Dallas


Dallas Regional Chamber campaign touts diverse job opportunities, welcoming culture, recreational access – issues that millennials say they most want in relocating

DALLAS – The Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) is putting out the word to millennials around the country: No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what career you want to pursue, there’s no better place to be than the Dallas Region – and there’s no better time to be here.

The Dallas Region has become a shining example to the country for business opportunities, corporate relocations, and job growth. In fact, since 2010, more than 75 companies have relocated to the Dallas Region and hundreds more have expanded operations, creating more than 500,000 new jobs.

To ensure this success continues, the DRC worked with its member companies to create a new Talent Attraction department and develop a national, multi-level, multi-channel marketing initiative, Say Yes to Dallas. The campaign, which formally launched today, will target the influential millennial workforce and highlight why the Dallas Region is a great place to start or continue a career, raise a family, and experience a high quality of life in one of the most affordable and dynamic markets in the country.

Say Yes to Dallas will reach the target demographic by working with member companies’ in-house recruiting executives, partnering with authentic social media influencers, hosting networking mixers and events, and driving digital traffic to its new website,

“Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce today and are key to the continued expansion of the Dallas Region’s economy now and in the future,” said Dale Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber. “We want the entire world to know what we know: Dallas truly has something for everyone – from diverse job opportunities and an affordable cost of living, to unique neighborhoods and unlimited access to parks, culture, arts, sports, and entertainment,” Petroskey said.

Petroskey continued, “I spend a lot of time visiting with CEOs and business leaders, who are either here or thinking of moving here, to better understand how we can help them meet their challenges. Far and away, the number one issue they mention is ‘talent.’”

Tiffany Cason, Dallas Market President for Capital One Bank said, “The Dallas Regional Chamber has been a catalyst in getting companies to relocate and helping companies that are already here to grow and expand.”

“With over 6,000 Capital One employees in North Texas and growing, we have a keen interest in building and bringing the best talent here. The Say Yes to Dallas campaign highlights our region in a fantastic way and we are excited to have a front row seat to the growth,” Cason said.

In further building the business case for the Say Yes to Dallas initiative, the DRC conducted focus groups with college and university recruiters, corporate HR professionals, and millennials who recently relocated to the Dallas Region to understand the strengths and opportunities in attracting those who live outside the region.

Additionally, the DRC recently commissioned a nationwide survey to better understand what millennials are searching for in a career – and in life – and as part of a connected community.

Among the key findings of the DRC’s Millennial Survey:
• Dallas starts in a strong position: 61 percent of millennials surveyed have a favorable opinion of the Dallas Region; 58 percent would consider moving to Dallas for the right opportunity
• Competitive careers drive relocation decisions: Compensation ranked as the most important factor affecting decisions to move to a new city; 87 percent of millennials are looking for a pay scale that is better than most cities
• Healthy living ranks high: Millennials (85 percent) want convenient access to parks, green space, and hike and bike trails
• Convenience is key: Millennials (81 percent) want the ability to live within walking distance of restaurants, retail, and entertainment
• Be progressive: Millennials (80 percent) want to live in a city that fosters a socially progressive, welcoming, and inclusive culture

The Say Yes to Dallas website will address these key findings and serve as a resource of information about the region, formulated specifically to answer questions that prospective residents and employees might have. The site includes a jobs portal, a cost-of-living comparison calculator, links exploring unique attributes of neighborhoods around the Dallas Region, feature stories on dining, entertainment and nightlife, and testimonials from millennials who have already made the decision to relocate and now call the Dallas Region ‘home.’

The website will also emphasize the Dallas Region’s vibrant quality of life, including the region’s numerous parks and outdoor activities, rich diversity of people of all backgrounds, and its arts and culture scene that has flourished in recent years.

“If you’re a young professional looking for a city that you can grow in and have a high impact, Dallas is the perfect choice,” said Priya Patel, who relocated to Dallas in 2014 after growing up in Kansas before living and working in Illinois and Missouri. “I’ve had the chance to enjoy first-hand what Dallas provides, such as going to the various food festivals, trying new restaurants on a weekly basis, and shopping for the latest trends. And, Dallas has big city rewards with a cost of living that no city can beat,” Patel says.

For more information about Say Yes to Dallas, visit, or explore the campaign’s social pages at:


About the Dallas Regional Chamber
The Dallas Regional Chamber is the voice of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our 1,200 member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system, attracting talented workers from around the world, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make Dallas the best place in America to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6600 or visit


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Alex Lee
Phone: (214) 613-0025



Students recognized for inventive solutions to challenges in health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 19, 2017 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize after a nationwide search for the most inventive college students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $115,000 in prizes to nine collegiate inventors. Each winning team of undergraduates received $10,000, and each graduate student winner received $15,000. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly competitive applicant pool of students from colleges and universities across the country.

“The 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners show exceptional inventiveness and creativity in solving real world problems,” said Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “Through their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to mentoring younger students, these promising inventors are inspiring a new generation of problem-solvers.”

The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize is a national collegiate invention prize program, supported by The Lemelson Foundation, which celebrates young inventors that have designed and built prototypes of inventions to solve social problems.

“These students display the brilliance and hope of their generation,” said Dorothy Lemelson, Lemelson Foundation chair. “We are proud to recognize them for their achievements.”

2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize Winners

The “Drive it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding students working on technology-based inventions that can improve transportation.

• Tomás Vega Gálvez and Corten Singer, University of California, Berkeley, $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Drive it!” Undergraduate Team Winner: An Open-Source Smart Add-On System for Wheelchairs
Vega and Singer created WheelSense, a modular, customizable add-on system for wheelchairs that provides spatial awareness for visually impaired users to identify obstacles and ease their navigation. It has three features; frontal staircase detection through auditory feedback, backward obstacle-avoidance assistance through auditory feedback, and lateral ramp-edge detection through haptic feedback. They hope to disrupt the expensive market for assistive technologies for the disabled community by making their technology open source.

• Tony Tao, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Drive it!” Graduate Winner: A Small, Mid-Air-Deployable, Folding Electric Drone, and Adaptable Aircraft Manufacturing (AAM) Architecture
Tao led the development of a small electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The UAV folds to the size of a dollar bill and can be jettisoned from a mothership at high speeds and altitudes. The UAV and its canister are designed to deploy in freefall and fly autonomously to gather data and radio it back to the mothership or to personnel on the ground. Tao’s second invention, AAM architecture, has the potential to reduce manufacturing costs and increase speed of development of new aircraft by generating parts on demand.

The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices.

• Chandani Doshi, Grace Li, Jessica (Jialin) Shi, Chen (Bonnie) Wang, Charlene Xia and Tania Yu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Use it!” Undergraduate Team Winner: A Portable, Real-Time Text to Braille Converter
Doshi, Li, Shi, Wang, Xia and Yu are developing a portable, real-time text to braille converter called Tactile. This device allows people who are visually impaired to take a picture of printed text, and the text will be transcribed to braille on a refreshable display.

• Apoorva Murarka, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Use it!” Graduate Winner: Contact-Printed Nano-Membrane Transducers for Sound Production
Murarka invented an electrostatic transducer that uses a 125 nanometer thick membrane – which is approximately one thousandth the width of a human hair – to produce high-fidelity sound more efficiently. This technology can be applied to hearing aids, earphones, or other consumer electronic devices, resulting in superior sound quality and longer battery life.

The “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding students working on technology-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture.

• Matthew Rooda and Abraham Espinoza, University of Iowa, $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Undergraduate Team Winner: SmartGuard Device – Real-time Health Analysis for Farmers
Rooda and Espinoza founded SwineTech, and developed their first product, SmartGuard, a real-time health analysis for pigs, which reduces the incidence of piglet mortality due to “lay-on/crushing” by the mother pig. The device monitors the temperature in the crate and adjusts it to optimize the health environment for the piglet. The proprietary technology also detects when a piglet is getting laid on, and then communicates to a belt on the sow. It will allow farmers to receive real time health analysis of each sow and whether any abnormal activities are occurring within the facility.

• Natasha Wright, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Eat it!” Graduate Winner: Solar-Powered Desalination System for Off-Grid Water Production in India and Gaza, and Usage Sensor for Household Water Treatment Devices 
Wright invented a solar powered desalination system for off-grid water production in communities in India and Gaza that reduces the required amount of energy and the amount of wasted water. She is working to provide affordable, safe drinking water. Wright was also part of a team that developed Smart Spout, a small, inexpensive, low energy consumption usage sensor that measures the long-term use of household water treatment and safe storage devices. The sensor allows for the collection of large, quantitative data sets, replacing less-reliable, self-reported survey data.

The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding students working on technology-based inventions that can improve health care.

• Maria Filsinger Interrante, Zachary Rosenthal and Christian Choe, Stanford University, $10,000 Lemelson-MIT “Cure it!” Undergraduate Team Winner: Novel Proteins to Fight Superbug Bacterial Infections
Filsinger Interrante, Rosenthal and Choe developed novel protein drugs to kill multi-drug resistant, gram-negative bacteria – or “superbugs.” Their engineered protein molecules offer a new strategy to combat an urgent global problem projected to kill more people than cancer by 2050.

• Lisa Tostanoski, University of Maryland, $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Cure it!” Graduate Winner: Innovative Biomaterials-based Strategies to Combat Autoimmune Disease
Tostanoski, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Jewell lab, developed an innovative approach to deposit microparticles in lymph nodes (LNs) – the tissues that orchestrate immune responses. These particles control the local release of regulatory immune signals and program cells not to attack “self” tissues. Her studies in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS) demonstrate that a single intra-LN dose reverses disease-induced paralysis. These effects were permanent for the duration of the studies and were specific, aiming to eliminate the broad immunosuppressive effects that plague current clinical therapies.

• Katy Olesnavage, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, $15,000 Lemelson-MIT “Cure it!” Graduate Winner: Method to Design a Better Prosthetic Foot
Olesnavage invented a process to create high-performance, mass-producible, low cost prosthetic feet. This process gives prosthetic foot designers rules and guidelines about how to produce a product that will most closely replicate typical walking motion. Her process looks to reproduce the behavior of a biological ankle and foot by determining the shape, size and material of a prosthetic foot structure and then calculating how it will bend in response to a certain amount of weight.

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize applicants were evaluated by screening committees with expertise in the invention categories as well as a national judging panel of industry leaders – who also select the annual $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize winner. Screeners and judges assessed candidates on breadth and depth of inventiveness and creativity; potential for societal benefit and economic commercial success; community and environmental systems impact; and experience as a role model for youth.

Students interested in applying for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize can find more information here.
The Lemelson-MIT Program is also seeking partners with interest in sponsoring the competition, in addition to supporting the execution and scaling into new categories. Interested sponsors can find more information here.

Celebrating invention, inspiring youth

The Lemelson-MIT Program celebrates outstanding inventors and inspires young people to pursue creative lives and careers through invention.

Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife Dorothy founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering at MIT, an institution with a strong ongoing commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for K-12 STEM education. For more information, visit

Based in Portland, The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and invention-based businesses to flourish. The Lemelson Foundation was established in the early 1990s by prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy. To date the Foundation has made grants totaling over $200 million in support of its mission. For more information, visit

For More Information about the Lemelson-MIT Program & The Lemelson-MIT Student Prize:
Jennifer Manley
Dewey Square Group
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Biggest Post College Pay Gaps: Healthcare Administration (22% Pay Gap),
Mathematics (18% Pay Gap) and Biology (13% Pay Gap)

MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (April 19, 2017) – Glassdoor, one of the world’s fastest growing job sites, today revealed how men and women’s college majors contribute to the average gender pay gap in the early stages of careers. Through a unique dataset of more than 46,900 resumes shared on Glassdoor, The Pipeline Problem: How College Majors Contribute to the Gender Pay Gap, shows the impact college majors have on career paths and ultimately gender pay gaps within the first five years after graduation.

This new study follows a 2016 Glassdoor Economic Research study, Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap, which found that the sorting of men and women into different jobs is the largest contributor to the “unadjusted” pay gap. This study shows how sorting into different college majors contributes to the “pipeline problem” — women are less represented in majors that lead to high-paying positions. For example, nine of the 10 highest paying majors we examined are male dominated. By contrast, six of the 10 lowest paying majors are female dominated. Further, even when men and women hold the same degree, women sort into lower-paying jobs and men into higher-paying jobs.

Among the 50 majors examined, the study found that, on average, college-educated workers in the first five years of their careers face an 11.5 percent unadjusted gender pay gap; meaning women, on average, earn about $0.88 for every $1.00 men earn. Men in this sample earned a median base pay of $56,957 per year, while women earned $50,426 per year. That pay gap is well below the overall 24.1 percent unadjusted pay gap in the U.S. reported in the 2016 study, however the data shows the pay gap widens with age.

“You would expect new grads to find a level playing field when it comes to pay, but they generally don’t. Glassdoor’s analysis shows an 11.5 percent average pay gap among new grads in the early years of their careers,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor chief economist. “When we isolate by major, pay gaps remain because men and women are sorting into different jobs after graduating – a clear sign of societal pressures and gender norms at play in the career paths of young workers.”

With Same Degree, Men and Women Sort Into Different Jobs With Different Pay

Even with the same degree, men and women often sort into different jobs — that pay differently — after graduation, resulting in a gender pay gap that persists in the first five years of their careers. For example, the major leading to the largest average pay gap is Healthcare Administration (22 percent pay gap), and the three most common jobs men take after college are implementation consultant, quality specialist and data consultant. For women, the three most common jobs after earning the same degree are lower-paying positions such as administrative assistant, customer care representative and intern.

Beyond Healthcare Administration, Mathematics (18 percent pay gap) and Biology (13 percent pay gap) lead to the largest pay gaps favoring men. The majors resulting in the biggest reverse pay gaps (where women earn more than men) are Architecture (-14 percent pay gap), Music (-10.1 percent pay gap) and Social Work (-8.4 percent pay gap). For a full list of the pay gaps by college majors, see the Glassdoor Blog.

“This new research gives us a chance to reflect on the origin of the pipeline problem that pushes men and women into different career paths. We’ve long known the impact of education on these pathways, but we can now see significant pay gaps emerging from the same majors – and that’s a major problem,” said Dawn Lyon, Glassdoor vice president of corporate affairs and chief equal pay advocate. “We need to better educate college graduates about the power of negotiation and educate employers on their entry-level recruiting and hiring to afford men and women the same opportunities coming out of school.”

The full study can be found on Glassdoor Economic Research, and includes information about the gender divide by major, most common jobs by major, the most and least specialized college majors, what majors lead to which jobs by gender, and how each major stacks up in terms of earning potential by gender.

For job seekers and employees: Tools like Know Your Worth™ by Glassdoor help people gain insights to better understand if they are being paid fairly. The personal market values generated help people determine if they should attempt to negotiate pay and/or explore better paying jobs based on current market hiring data and other personal worth factors like education, relevant experience, location, etc.

For employers: To help analyze pay gaps at any company, download Glassdoor’s 5 Steps to Addressing the Gender Pay Gap and a step-by-step technical guide to analyze payroll data from Dr. Chamberlain.

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About Glassdoor
Glassdoor is the world’s most transparent job and recruiting marketplace that is changing how people search for jobs and how companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor combines job listings with anonymous reviews, ratings and salary data to help people find a job and company they love. This level of transparency with company insights helps employers attract the right candidates for their company and culture. Glassdoor offers employers job advertising, job posting and employer branding solutions in addition to robust talent analytics. Launched in 2008, Glassdoor has job listings and data for approximately 700,000 employers in 190 countries and is available on iOS and Android platforms. For labor market trends and analysis, visit Glassdoor Economic Research. For career advice and job-related news and tips, visit the Glassdoor Blog.

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Paramore After Laughter

Fueled By Ramen recording group Paramore has announced the eagerly awaited release of their fifth studio album. “AFTER LAUGHTER” will arrive everywhere on Friday, May 12th.  The GRAMMY Award-winning band’s first new album in more than four years, “AFTER LAUGHTER,” is available for pre-order beginning today and accompanied by an instant grat download of the just unveiled new single, “Hard Times.”  “Hard Times” is joined by a dynamic new companion video. The clip, directed by Andrew Joffe, premieres today exclusively on Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube channel.

“AFTER LAUGHTER” was recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B – Paramore’s first time recording in their own beloved hometown. The album is produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Paramore’s own Taylor York.   “AFTER LAUGHTER” also marks the return of original member Zac Farro back to the band.

Paramore will kick off a European headline tour this June.  For tour dates and more news, please visit

Paramore – 4x GRAMMY nominees and winner of the “Best Rock Song” trophy at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards – have long established themselves as international rock superstars.  Their previous self-titled album “PARAMORE” made a chart topping debut atop the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its April 2013 release marking Paramore’s first #1 album to date – and also scoring an array of #1 debuts around the globe. “PARAMORE” showcased a string of blockbuster singles including two 2x RIAA platinum-certified hits, the top 10 “Still Into You” and the #1 smash, “Ain’t It Fun.” The latter track proved Paramore’s biggest single to date, ascending to #1 at Hot AC and Rock radio outlets nationwide, #2 at Top 40, as well as to the top 10 on Billboard’s “Hot 100” – the band’s first ever top 10 hit on the overall chart and their highest peaking song thus far.

Paramore has had a truly remarkable run of RIAA certified albums and singles since coming together in Nashville in 2004, from 2005’s gold-certified debut, “ALL WE KNOW IS FALLING” and 2007’s 2x platinum-certified breakthrough, “RIOT!” (with its 3x platinum-certified hit, “Misery Business,” as well as the platinum-certified singles “crushcrushcrush” and “That’s What You Get”) to 2008’s worldwide platinum “Decode” (from Chop Shop/Atlantic’s chart-topping “TWILIGHT – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK”) and 2009’s platinum-certified “brand new eyes” and its GRAMMY®-nominated smash, “The Only Exception.”

Long regarded as an exhilarating live act, Paramore has spent much of the past decade-plus on the road, with highlights including sold out headline arena tours and show-stealing festival sets around the globe. Paramore has consistently drawn both critical acclaim as well as a wide ranging list of international honors and accolades, now including a GRAMMY® Award, two People’s Choice Awards, three NME Awards, three MTV Video Music Award nominations, and much much more.

(Fueled By Ramen)
Release Date: Friday, May 12th


1. Hard Times
2. Rose-Colored Boy
3. Told You So
4. Forgiveness
5. Fake Happy
6. 26
7. Pool
8. Grudges
9. Caught In The Middle
10. Idle Worship
11. No Friend
12. Tell Me How

Christina Kotsamanidis


New Museum Stars

Over 150 Leading Museology and Masters for Fine Arts (MFA) Programs Enlisted to Identify Top Students; Easy Online Video Submission Allows “Stars” to Shine on National Stage.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 18, 2017 – “New Museum Star” is launching today online at as part of the MOV! Broadcast Network’s new push to identify and showcase the museum curators and docents of tomorrow. The work of the best “New Museum Stars” will be featured on various MOV! channels, including Curators & Docents.

More than 300 department heads and faculty members at over 150 college and university museology and Masters of Finance Arts (MFA) programs are being enlisted by MOV! to encourage possible “New Museum Star” entrants to go to the Web site at to submit videos.

Entrants are able to record their video directly on the site and then send it to MOV! Videos will be reviewed during May and June. The best of the New Museum Star entrants will be engaged to generate longer-form programming for MOV! about museum exhibits, specific pieces of art, archeological digs, historical artifacts and other items.

The MOV! Broadcast Network features more than a dozen channel that are available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, smart TVs and other devices.

New Museum Star is the creation of MOV! CEO Gloria J. Fredricks, who is an oil painter, sculptor and interior designer: “Museum curators and docents are among the great unsung heroes of the art world. They have never received their proper due and ‘New Museum Star’ is intended to shine a spotlight on the best emerging talent on college campuses. We believe that our bright and energetic young Stars can help reinvigorate museum going by using the power of television to connect with millennials and other young Americans.”

Fredricks continued: “We want to want to know what moves these most talented students. We want to share in their studies and pursuits. For those who are working at museums and historical and archeological sites this summer, we want them to take us along with them. Museums must continue to play a vital role in American life and we want to honor those who will ensure that they do.”

MOV! is currently speaking with organizations interested in supporting its broader mission, which includes planned foundation activity such as art in the schools, art camps, art competitions, and the promotion of art around the world.

Gloria J. Fredricks is a resident of Washington, D.C., Minnesota and Arizona. For 10 years, she has been a full-time practicing artist, with a focus on plein air oil painting, figurative drawings, photography, sculpture, fashion design, and the culinary arts. Fredricks ran an interior design firm for 15 years. Her works have been featured in a variety of shows throughout the U.S. and have been sold to collections internationally. She is member of Landscape Artists International, International Plein Air Painters, and a signature member of Northern Plains Artists. For more information, go to

MOV!, the parent company of Art Walk America, is the growing center of a number of new brands and services designed by artists for artists .and those who appreciate the arts. MOV! products and services evoke strong responses from their users. MOV! will move you.

MEDIA CONTACT: Alex Frank, for New Museum Star and MOV! Broadcast Network, (703) 276-3264 or

New Online Service to Give Homework More Value


More and more students all over the globe are starting to look towards personally adjusted solutions for better progress in their professional skill set of choice. Both classrooms and learners are trying to find answers beyond the conventional group teaching standards and strike an effective plan, personalized for each individual. This is where comes in.

A brand new educational startup, powered by, Analyze is rapidly gaining its own following by offering one of a kind tutoring and reviewing support to help tomorrow’s writers define their learning goals and follow them through. The online service offers a special opportunity to review your written home assignments essays, assisted by professionals with unique insights, invaluable both for aspiring writers and those looking to boost their language proficiency.

Today with this innovative online service the student can submit an unsure essay and get every tangible concern or error highlighted and commented upon. Every element of the written work is discussed as long as it is needed to make it clear. Without any need for rush, all from the comfortable environment of one’s home. gives you an in-depth report to direct your efforts at points of utmost interest, based on performance in your writing. Plus, you get your essay pre-checked, so that before it gets to your professor, you’ve already removed every imperfection therein.

This innovative approach helps to greatly complement the classroom teaching methods, making for a more valuable learning at home and well-rounded academic progression with nothing lost to wild guess.

The team of experts is thoroughly reviewing each paper submitted, providing a comprehensive report, based on a number of distinctive aspects, the same way these are evaluated in academia. They include:
- punctuation;
- grammar;
- content;
- amount of research;
- organization of text;

The online service is flexible to provide a suitable payment plan based on the urgency of your essay with varied price range for different deadline timeframes.

ABOUT ACADEMICHELP.NET is an innovative educational platform featuring unique educational materials, resources and guides for better learning in academia with 180 000 monthly visits by both students and teachers. It holds a number of diverse organizational web tools to help students be more productive when studying at home.

Brian Johnson – Manager

More Graduates to Show Pride in Their Countries of Origin and Heritage


Current political climate in the U.S. has created demand for international and Study abroad stoles.

Memphis, Tennessee—In the past, graduation ceremonies were usually a sea of uniformity. However, that is changing. As graduating seniors walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, many want to differentiate themselves from their classmates by adding some personalization to their caps and gowns. For the last few years, there has been a growing trend of wearing personalized graduation outfits that reflect each individual’s tastes and interests. Ethnic-themed graduation stoles are being offered by several online retailers like and

This year, more international students will be showing pride in their countries of origin with stoles displaying their country’s flags. Mexican and Mexican-American graduates will wear colorful serapes that reflect their heritage. A colorful, traditional Native American design is also available. African and African-American graduates can purchase hand-woven Kente stoles that are imported from Ghana.

According to Haven Hughlett,’s Chief Production Officer, “Current political climate in the U.S. has created demand for international and Study abroad stoles at More graduating seniors are personalizing their stoles with quotes such as Proud daughter/son of an Immigrant, Si Se Puede, Proud Immigrant and Black Grads Matter. It’s a unique way for today’s graduates, tomorrow’s leaders to express their position regarding the current immigration debate and be involved in the political process.”

Personalized stoles can be embroidered with names, dates, flags, achievements, degrees, majors, special quotes, dedications, and nicknames. If personalization is not desired, the stoles can also be left plain, relying on the beautiful colors and designs to make a statement rather than personalized words or symbols. Stoles are available for the LGBTQ community, Greek letter fraternities and sororities.

Online retailers are encouraging graduating seniors to order early to avoid rush fees, overnight delivery charges and disappointments on delivery of their stoles.

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Truth Initiative and CVS Health Foundation Launch Program to Make Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Tobacco-Free

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Effort aims to help communities profiled by the tobacco industry

Washington, D.C. April 13, 2017 – Truth Initiative® and the CVS Health Foundation are joining together to work with students and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and community colleges across the country to advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies.

Where you live, who you love, your race, your mental health and financial status play an important role in how hard tobacco companies come after you. For decades, African Americans, low-income neighborhoods, LGBTQ communities and those with mental illness have been disproportionally targeted with advertising and promotional efforts. The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative follows the launch of the latest campaign by truth®, #STOPPROFILING, that underscores the fact that tobacco use is more than a public health issue, it’s a social justice issue.

Despite lower youth and young adult smoking rates overall, smoking on college campuses remains a problem in the U.S. Of the 102 federally recognized HBCUs in the country, less than half have smoke-free and/or tobacco-free campus policies. Of the 1,108 community colleges in the U.S., only 360 have 100 percent smoke-free policies in place[1].

“With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 27, college campuses are critical to preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative, the national public health organization that directs and funds the truth campaign. “Our partnership aims to counteract the decades of profiling of African Americans and low income communities by Big Tobacco. We are thrilled to be working with the CVS Health Foundation to make smoking and tobacco use a thing of the past on HBCU and community college campuses.”

Since the launch of their tobacco-free college program in 2015, Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 135 colleges. To date, 50 colleges have gone smoke- or tobacco-free (40 community colleges and 10 HBCU’s).

The “truth x CVS Health Foundation” tobacco-free campus initiative is part of CVS Health’s Be The First campaign, the company’s five year, $50 million commitment to helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation. CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have set actionable and measurable goals for Be The First, including a doubling of the number of tobacco-free educational institutions in the United States.

In addition to supporting Truth Initiative to expand technical assistance to support 42 HBCUs and 64 community colleges advance their campus policy effort, the CVS Health Foundation is also working with the American Cancer Society to help 125 colleges advocate for, adopt and implement 100 percent smoke- and tobacco-free campuses. Students, faculty and staff at the schools are charged with developing a campus task force, assessing tobacco use on their campus and developing public-education campaigns to support comprehensive tobacco- and smoke-free polices on the campus.

“Today’s young people are a generation with an unyielding commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equality, and that includes making sure health benefits are equally distributed across ethnic and socioeconomic classes,” said David Casey, Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health. “We’re proud that the CVS Health Foundation is working with Truth Initiative to help HBCUs and community colleges adopt tobacco-free campus policies. Helping more colleges and universities go tobacco-free is an important step in achieving our shared goal of helping to deliver the first tobacco-free generation.”

The tobacco industry has long profiled minority communities, particularly African Americans, with intense advertising and promotional efforts. For example, in major cities like Washington D.C., there are up to ten times more tobacco advertisements in African American neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods. There is a disproportionate health burden of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality among African Americans. Each year, approximately 47,000 African Americans die from smoking-related disease. Research has also shown a clear pattern of targeted marketing in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods. People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at or above the poverty level.

Additional stats on smoking

- Teen smoking of traditional cigarettes in the U.S. reached a historic low of six percent in 2016, but tobacco still remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Cigarettes cause over 480,000 deaths annually in the U.S.
- Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
- LGBTQ young adults, ages 18-24, are nearly twice as likely to smoke as their straight peers.
- Individuals with mental illness account for up to 46 percent of cigarettes sold in the U.S.
- People living below the poverty level in the U.S. are nearly twice as likely to smoke, compared to those at, or above, the poverty level.


About Truth Initiative
Truth Initiative is a national public health organization that is inspiring tobacco-free lives and building a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth® public education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. The Washington D.C.-based organization, formerly known as Legacy, was established and funded through the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement between attorneys general from 46 states, five U.S. territories and the tobacco industry. To learn more about our work speaking, seeking and spreading the truth about tobacco, visit

About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit

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[1] This is based on the Smokefree and Tobacco-Free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Universities list the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation published on April 3, 2017.

Looking for a Rewarding, Flexible Career after Graduation? Here’s Why Becoming a CFP® Pro Might Be For You

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With many recent graduates looking a rewarding career with growth potential, work-life balance and satisfaction of helping others, the profession of financial planning should be top of mind.

Demand for financial planners is growing. In fact, it’s expected to grow 4 times faster than other occupations, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And there are financial rewards, with the Bureau reporting that financial planners earn a median salary of $89K.

A career in financial planning also provides you the opportunity to make a difference in lives of individuals and families by helping them reach their life goals. “There’s so much transformation in one’s life when they get their finances together,” says Brittany Castro, a Los Angeles-based CFP® Professional. “It’s a great feeling because I know I helped them get there.”

By becoming a CFP® Pro, you can further distinguish yourself with employers in the financial services industry who are increasingly seeking out CFP® certification as the most desired credential in this growing field. Today’s CFP® Pros are key parts of their communities, helping people achieve their dreams through financial planning. From budgeting and planning for retirement to managing taxes and insurance coverage, CFP® pros help their clients bring all the pieces of their financial lives together.


Check out 5 facts that might surprise you about a career in financial planning: 

1. It’s not all about math. The key to a flourishing career in financial planning is creative problem solving, relationship building and communication skills. CFP® pros help people take a holistic, “big picture” look at their finances to help them reach their life goals

2. It offers freedom and flexibility. Talk to successful CFP® professionals and you will learn that what they value the most in their work is the freedom and flexibility to balance their personal and professional lives.

3. Demand for financial planners is growing. Job growth for financial advisors is expected to grow 4 times higher than other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

4. It’s not a one-size-fits-all career. From striking out on your own to working at firms big and small, there are a variety of career pathways for CFP® professionals. In 2014, about 1 in 5 personal financial planners were self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5. It allows you to build your future by helping others. This exciting career brings personal satisfaction of helping others, as well as financial rewards. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for personal financial planners is $89K.

Visit to learn more about becoming a CFP® Pro, including stories from successful CFP® pros and a variety of resources to get you started on your own path.  You can also join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #CFPPro.

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