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2019 Ohio STEM Excellence Awards Unveiled

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STEM Learning Network
(OSLN) has recognized the four winners of the
“STEM Excellence Awards.” These awards recognize outstanding teachers,
school leaders, or education advocates who advance quality science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in Ohio.

The awards were announced at the 2019 Cleveland State University STEM
Education Conference, presented with support from Battelle.
Nominations for the 2019 awards opened in April.

Battelle manages the Ohio STEM Learning Network as part of the company’s
commitment to preparing the next generation of innovators. The network
was founded in 2008 and today represents 69 STEM schools across the

This year, OSLN awarded the following:

Excellence in STEM Teaching Award

The Excellence in STEM Teaching Award recognizes a teacher who
exemplifies integrated, STEM-infused teaching strategies and classroom
innovation, and whose work has led to positive student learning
outcomes. This awardee engages students in inquiry-based learning to
develop creativity, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Candace Hisey is the 10th Grade Language Arts and
Integrated Chemistry teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy in Rootstown,

Hisey designed and implemented a new STEM-integrated Language Arts
course for sophomore students at her school. To build scientific
literacy, students in Hisey’s class created large, multi-week projects
including “The Museum of the Chemical Elements.” Shorter projects
including “Dance Your Reaction” and the weekly “Science Friday” combined
scientific concepts with creative expression.

Hisey’s students also worked to increase the inclusivity of STEM fields.
Sophomores analyzed the gaps in STEM fields, including a low engagement
of women of color, and designed an intervention plan for elementary or
middle school students. Programs created by Hisey’s students encouraged
all students to participate in STEM and built confidence among younger

Excellence in STEM Leadership Award

The Excellence in STEM Leadership Award recognizes a school-level,
district, or regional leader with a proven track-record of developing
effective STEM programs. This awardee supports and encourages teachers
and schools to continually infuse STEM teaching strategies and embrace
classroom innovation.

Melissa Durkin is the Principal of Ranger High-Tech Academy in
North Ridgeville, Ohio.

In addition to managing Ranger High-Tech Academy, Durkin brings STEM
pedagogy to her school district. She was instrumental in the founding of
the school, which focuses on problem-based learning, STEM coursework,
and makerspaces.

Under Durkin’s leadership, all teachers at Ranger High-Tech Academy
receive training from the Buck Institute to embed STEM into the daily
classroom environment. Technology courses at the school connect to the
core academic standards through a teacher collaboration model. Durkin
designed multipurpose spaces for designing, building, fabricating, and
instilling collaboration between grade levels.

At Ranger High-Tech Academy, students are empowered with responsibility
for video production, creating promotional materials, facilitating
distance learning, extracurricular clubs, and tours of the school
building. Community immersion projects connect students’ classroom
learning to STEM careers.

STEM Advocate Award

The Ohio STEM Advocate Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated a
passion for STEM education through public advocacy and participation in
leadership organizations that advance STEM for all.

Dr. Bernetta Harrell-Snell is a State Assessment & Performance
Integration Specialist at the Canton City School District.

Harrell-Snell is dedicated to advancing project-based STEM learning,
researching best practices in professional development for educators,
and creating activities for students and teachers to apply their

Her efforts were critical for the founding of the STEAMM Academy @
Hartford Middle School, which earned designation in 2018.
Harrell-Snell’s visionary focus on emphasizing project-based learning
leads STEAMM Academy students to build real-world understanding over a
series of culminating tasks.

She has secured professional development resources for teachers and
opportunities for students. She established a Website Design Challenge
for students in partnership with the Leila Green Alliance of Black
School Educators and volunteered to facilitate the project with the
students on her own time and at her own expense.

With Harrell-Snell’s research and advocacy, the STEAMM Academy @
Hartford Middle School has accomplished significant goals in STEM
development providing major benefits to students.

STEM Innovator Award

The Ohio STEM Innovator Award recognizes an Ohioan who has demonstrated
an outstanding contribution to the support of STEM education and
outreach within his or her region. This awardee is a leader that
identifies, supports, and promotes innovative practices that address
important challenges in expanding access to quality STEM education.

Dick Dieffenderfer is a Technology Education Manager at the Ohio
Technology & Engineering Educators Association.

His contributions bring high-quality technical, vocational education to
more Ohioans over a career of service at the Ohio Department of
Education, and Ohio State University. Dieffenderfer also served in the
United States Peace Corps.

Recognizing this service, he was named to the Ohio Technology Education
Association Academy of Fellows in 2007. Dieffenderfer is an active
member in the International Technology Education Association, Career
Technical Education Association, and American Association for
Engineering Education. He was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from
the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
Council for Supervision and Leadership in 2012.

Dieffenderfer was instrumental in the development of the annual Ohio
Technology and Engineering Showcase hosted at the Ohio State Fair. Last
year, more than 85,000 fairgoers were presented with educational
sessions from robotics to drone racing. Throughout the 10-day event, 411
unique activities were presented, with the aim of providing Ohio
educators and parents with ideas and materials to take back to their
community to enhance student learning.

About Battelle

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to
solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national
laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and
development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical
services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in
Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national
security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental
industries. For more information, visit

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T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or


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Bermuda Government, Industry Group Heads to Toronto

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HAMILTON, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Bermuda–Bermuda Finance Minister Curtis Dickinson leads a delegation of
government, regulatory and industry representatives to Toronto next week
to highlight Bermuda’s close links to Canada and opportunities for
bilateral trade and investment.

The delegation will take part in a
one-day multi-industry forum
, hosted by the Bermuda Business
Development Agency (BDA) Wednesday, June 19 at The Ritz-Carlton Toronto,
and also attend scheduled business development meetings around the city.
Featuring informative panel discussions, thought-leadership sessions,
and networking opportunities for investors and businesses interested in
learning more about the island, the forum is the sixth in a series of
overseas multi-industry showcases, following successful events in
London, New York and Miami over the past two years. It is the first in

“We’re looking forward to meeting civic leaders, media, investors and
industry executives during the forum and related meetings,” said BDA CEO
Andy Burrows. “The aim is to increase awareness of Bermuda as a
gold-standard international financial centre and underscore our
jurisdiction’s historic and mutually beneficial relationship with
Canadian markets.”

The Consul General of Canada in New York, Phyllis Yaffe, will help
launch the forum with a fireside chat-style conversation with Minister
Dickinson. Another highlight of the day will be a keynote presentation
by Lucia Gallardo, a fintech entrepreneur who has partnered with the
United Nations to leverage blockchain systems to help resettlement of
refugees, among other projects.

Industry sessions include participants from more than 30 Bermuda-related
entities, among them, AMBIKA, Aon, Appleby, ArcTern Ventures, ASW Law,
AXA XL, the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers (ABIR); Bennett
Jones, the Bermuda Insurance Management Association (BIMA), Bermuda
Monetary Authority (BMA), Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), Butterfield
Bank, ChainThat, Conyers, CryptoScan, Deloitte, Estera Services,
Exponential Ventures, EY, Fasken, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC),
KPMG, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, MQ Services, Outlier Canada, PwC, Quest
Management Services, RGAx, SALT Lending, and Shyft Network.

Canada is one of Bermuda’s most significant economic partners, with
two-way trade between the two nations amounting to USD$2.6 billion in
2017, and $37 billion in mutual assets and investments. Bermuda supports
an estimated 25,000 jobs in Canada, including 15,000 from multi-national
companies in Bermuda and their Canadian affiliates and represents
Canada’s fifth-largest export market in trade and services; only the US,
UK, Germany and France are greater Canadian export markets.

To register for the free, one-day forum, go to:


The BDA encourages direct investment and helps companies start up,
re-locate or expand their operations in our premier jurisdiction. An
independent, public-private partnership, we connect you to industry
professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda
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LEAD PLAINTIFF DEADLINE ALERT: Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Encourages Investors Who Suffered Losses In Apple, Inc. To Contact The Firm

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, reminds
investors in Apple, Inc. (“Apple” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:AAPL) of the
June 17, 2019 deadline to seek the role of lead plaintiff in a federal
securities class action that has been filed against the Company.

If you invested in Apple stock or options between November 2, 2018
and January 2, 2019
and would like to discuss your legal rights, click
There is no cost or obligation to you.

You can also contact us by calling Richard Gonnello toll free at
or at 212-983-9330 or by sending an e-mail to

The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of California on behalf of all those who purchased Apple common
stock between November 2, 2018 and January 2, 2019 (the “Class Period”).
The case, City of Roseville Employees’ Retirement System v. Apple
Inc., et al.,
No. 19-cv-2033 was filed on April 16, 2019.

The lawsuit focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated
federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) the U.S.-China
trade war had negatively impacted demand for iPhones and Apple’s pricing
power in greater China; (2) due to Apple discounting the cost of
replacement batteries to make up for the Company’s prior conduct of
intentionally degrading the performance of the batteries in older
iPhones, the rate at which Apple customers were replacing their
batteries in older iPhones, rather than purchasing new iPhones, was
negatively impacting Apple’s iPhone sales growth; (3) as a result of
slowing demand, Apple had slashed production orders from suppliers for
the new 2018 iPhone models and cut prices to reduce inventory; and (4)
defendants’ decision to withhold unit sales for iPhones and other
hardware, which was a metric relevant to investors and their view of the
Company’s financial performance, was designed to and would mask declines
in unit sales of the Company’s flagship product.

On January 2, 2019, after the close of trading, Apple disclosed that,
for the first time in 15 years, Apple would miss its prior quarterly
revenue forecast amid falling iPhone sales in China, its third-largest
market after the United States and Europe. The Company announced first
quarter fiscal 2019 revenues of only $84 billion, far below the expected
range of $89 billion to $93 billion the Company had announced just eight
weeks earlier on November 1, 2018. The Company also admitted that in
addition to macroeconomics in the Chinese market, the price cuts to
battery replacements a year earlier to fix the Company’s prior
surreptitious conduct had hurt iPhone sales.

On this news, the Company’s stock price fell from $157.92 per share on
January 2, 2019 to $142.19 per share on January 3, 2019—a $15.62 or
9.96% drop.

The court-appointed lead plaintiff is the investor with the largest
financial interest in the relief sought by the class who is adequate and
typical of class members who directs and oversees the litigation on
behalf of the putative class. Any member of the putative class may move
the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or
may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member. Your ability
to share in any recovery is not affected by the decision to serve as a
lead plaintiff or not.

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP also encourages anyone with information regarding
Apple’s conduct to contact the firm, including whistleblowers, former
employees, shareholders and others.

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Three Finalists Selected Following GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium Event

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PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Three finalists have been selected from GA-ASI’s Blue Magic Belgium
event with the goal of supporting GA-ASI and the development of MQ-9B
SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for Belgium. The three
Belgian companies selected are AIRobot, ALX Systems, and Hexagon.

AIRobot, a company based at DronePort in Sint Truiden, Belgium, focuses
on developing drone performance equipment for easy, precise and safe
professional operations, while specializing in Artificial Intelligence
(AI) for processing hyper-spectral imagery. ALX Systems is an Unmanned
Aircraft System (UAS) solution provider based in Liège, Belgium and
specializing in AI for processing Full Motion Video. Hexagon’s
Geospatial division, with an office in Leuven, Belgium, specializes in
software solutions and geospatial tools for visualizing location
intelligence, such as auto-routing UAS and creating a smart digital

GA-ASI held outreach events in Belgium May 15-16 with the goal of
identifying small to medium-sized Belgian companies that can support
SkyGuardian development through cutting-edge technologies. This followed
the Government of Belgium’s approval for Belgian Defense to negotiate
acquisition of GA-ASI’s SkyGuardian to meet the nation’s RPA

“We were very impressed by the many talented companies and particularly
by the innovative concepts presented by these three finalists,” said
Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI.

Blue Magic Belgium was a Research and Development (R&D) event held in
two regions of Belgium. Approximately 50 related companies registered
for the event and 19 companies were selected to present their innovative
technologies to a technical panel of experts from GA-ASI. GA-ASI is
committed to placing $3 million in R&D funding with Belgium industry.
This investment will focus on high-value technological development with
small to medium-sized enterprises. The seed funds will be utilized to
develop Belgian capabilities that meet Ministry of Defense (MOD) and
industry objectives to be competitive in future European RPA programs.

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of
General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven,
reliable Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and
electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator®
RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than
five million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance,
mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems
required to deliver persistent flight that enables situational awareness
and rapid strike. The company also produces a variety of ground control
stations and sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot
training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas. For
more information, visit

Predator and Lynx are registered trademarks of General Atomics
Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Robert Walker
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
(858) 524-8101

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