The White House Blog Updates™: Immigration Reform. Working Families. World Cup. Slide Show.


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The Urgency Of Immigration Reform: Attracting The World’s Best And Brightest. 

A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez.

 

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The Urgency of Immigration Reform: Attracting the World’s Best and Brightest

 

 

It has been nearly a year since the Senate passed a strongly bipartisan immigration reform bill that would fix our broken immigration system, reduce federal deficits by nearly $850 billion, and increase GDP by $1.4 trillion over the next two decades. As the economic costs of inaction continue to grow, now is the time for the House of Representatives to do its part to get a commonsense immigration reform bill to the President’s desk. Simply put: The House can and should act before August.

 

Throughout this week, we will highlight the urgency and importance of attracting the best and brightest talent from around the world, especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Senate bill would effectively “staple” a green card to the diplomas of advanced STEM graduates from U.S. universities, so that these talented researchers have a chance to stay and contribute to our economy.

 

Every foreign-born graduate with an advanced STEM degree is associated with, on average, 2.6 jobs for American workers. By some estimates, immigration was responsible for one-third of the growth in patenting in past decades, and these innovations contributed to increasing U.S. GDP by 2.4 percent.

 

When President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine this past weekend, he told the story of just one of these talented graduates:

 

There are people here who know what it means to dream.  When Mohamad Abedi was a boy, the suffering he saw in refugee camps in Lebanon didn’t drive him into despair — it inspired him to become a doctor.  And when he came to America, he discovered a passion for engineering.  So here, at UC Irvine, he became a biomedical engineer to study the human brain.  And Mohamad said, “Had I never come to the United States, I would have never had the ability to do the work that I’m doing.”  He’s now going to CalTech to keep doing that work.

 

Today’s advanced STEM graduate could be tomorrow’s world-class, world-changing scientist. After all, one recent study looked at all U.S.-based Nobel laureates over the past 50 years, and found that 26 percent were foreign born.

 

When the President recently met with America’s nine most recently minted Nobel laureates in the Oval Office, we asked them to share their perspective on the importance of immigration reform. As you might imagine, these pioneering biologists, chemists, and economists had a great deal to say about the importance of maintaining America’s competitive advantage as a magnet for global talent:

 

 

As the President has repeatedly emphasized, America needs a 21st century immigration system — one that strengthens border security, cracks down on employers that hire and exploit undocumented workers, creates a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and removes obstacles to legal immigration. A system that welcomes the best and brightest scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to innovate here in America.

 

It doesn’t take a Nobel Prize winner to understand that the time is now.

 

 

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Tune In: A Conversation About Working Families’ Issues With Labor Secretary Tom Perez

 

 

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This Wednesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez will be joining a digital conversation about how working families’ issues — from paid leave to other policies that offer more flexibility in the workplace — uniquely impact low-wage workers.

 

The conversation, which will be hosted and moderated by HuffPost Live, will include business leaders who have instituted these policies, workers whose lives they are helping, and business leaders who are advoacting on behalf of them.

 

Have a question that you’d like to ask the Secretary about workplace policies that can help more working families succeed?

 

You can submit a video question or comment here.

 

And if you’ve got a story to tell about how your family would be helped by 21st-century workplace policies, you can share it here.

 

Wednesday’s conversation is the digital completement to a series of regional roundtable events that have been happening across the country, leading up to the White House Summit on Working Families on June 23, 2014.

 

 

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Statements and Releases – June 16th, 2014

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the War Powers Resolution Report for Iraq

 

Background Conference Call on the Vice President’s Upcoming Trip to Brazil, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic

 

Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate

NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE:

 

Wendy Beetlestone, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Michael M. Baylson, retired.

 

Victor Allen Bolden, of Connecticut, to be United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut, vice Janet Bond Arterton, retiring.

 

Mark A. Kearney, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice J. Curtis Joyner, retired.

 

Joseph F. Leeson, Jr., of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Eduardo C. Robreno, retired.

 

Gerald J. Pappert, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, vice Stewart R. Dalzell, retired.

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Inside the U.S. National Team Locker Room

 

 

 

US Soccer Fans Celebrate Their Win

 

 

 

Sterling hires firms to investigate NBA

 

 

 

Republicans Seek War, Spread Fear & Blame Obama For Everything

 

 

 

Dead Woman Parties At Her Own Funeral

 

 

 

Sex Slaves Found In Florida Home

 

 

 

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A Slide Show For Your Enjoyment

 

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The Campaign for Junk Food: First Lady Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms.


 

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The First Lady Speaks at a School Nutrition Discussion

 

Published on May 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks before a discussion with school leaders and experts on issues about school nutrition

 

 

 

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From The New York Times:

 

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The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms.

 

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WHEN we began our Let’s Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy.

To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works. The initiatives we undertake are evidence-based, and we rely on the most current science. Research indicated that kids needed less sugar, salt and fat in their diets, so we revamped school lunch menus accordingly. When data showed that the lack of nearby grocery stores negatively affected people’s eating habits, we worked to get more fresh-food retailers into underserved areas. Studies on habit formation in young children drove our efforts to get healthier food and more physical activity into child care centers.

Today, we are seeing glimmers of progress. Tens of millions of kids are getting better nutrition in school; families are thinking more carefully about food they eat, cook and buy; companies are rushing to create healthier products to meet the growing demand; and the obesity rate is finally beginning to fall from its peak among our youngest children.

So we know that when we rely on sound science, we can actually begin to turn the tide on childhood obesity.

But unfortunately, we’re now seeing attempts in Congress to undo so much of what we’ve accomplished on behalf of our children. Take, for example, what’s going on now with the Women, Infants and Children program, known as WIC. This is a federal program designed to provide supplemental nutrition to low-income women and their babies and toddlers. The idea is to fill in the gaps in their diets — to help them buy items like fresh produce that they can’t afford on their own — and give them the nutrition they’re missing.

Right now, the House of Representatives is considering a bill to override science by mandating that white potatoes be included on the list of foods that women can purchase using WIC dollars. Now, there is nothing wrong with potatoes. The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need. That’s why the Institute of Medicine — the nonpartisan, scientific body that advises on the standards for WIC — has said that potatoes should not be part of the WIC program.

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Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated occurrence. We’re seeing the same kind of scenario unfold with our school lunch program. Back in 2010, Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which set higher nutritional standards for school lunches, also based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. Today, 90 percent of schools report that they are meeting these new standards. As a result, kids are now getting more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other foods they need to be healthy.

This is a big win for parents who are working hard to serve their kids balanced meals at home and don’t want their efforts undermined during the day at school. And it’s a big win for all of us since we spend more than $10 billion a year on school lunches and should not be spending those hard-earned taxpayer dollars on junk food for our children.

 

 

Yet some members of the House of Representatives are now threatening to roll back these new standards and lower the quality of food our kids get in school. They want to make it optional, not mandatory, for schools to serve fruits and vegetables to our kids. They also want to allow more sodium and fewer whole grains than recommended into school lunches. These issues will be considered when the House Appropriations Committee takes up the annual spending bill for the Agriculture Department on Thursday.

 

 

 

Remember a few years ago when Congress declared that the sauce on a slice of pizza should count as a vegetable in school lunches? You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that this doesn’t make much sense. Yet we’re seeing the same thing happening again with these new efforts to lower nutrition standards in our schools.

Our children deserve so much better than this. Even with the progress we have made, one in three children in this country is still overweight or obese. One in three is expected to develop diabetes in his or her lifetime. And this isn’t just about our children’s health; it’s about the health of our economy as well. We already spend an estimated $190 billion a year treating obesity-related conditions. Just think about what those numbers will look like in a decade or two if we don’t start solving this problem now.

The bottom line is very simple: As parents, we always put our children’s interests first. We wake up every morning and go to bed every night worrying about their well-being and their futures. And when we make decisions about our kids’ health, we rely on doctors and experts who can give us accurate information based on sound science. Our leaders in Washington should do the same.

 

 

Michelle Obama is the first lady of the United States.

 

 

Thank you The New York Times.

 

 

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The Last 24™: Michelle Obama vs. Congress. Dr. Jill At Villanova Graduation. White House Science Fair.


 

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The First Lady Speaks at a School Nutrition Discussion

 

Published on May 27, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks before a discussion with school leaders and experts on issues about school nutrition, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the First Lady Before A Discussion with School Leaders and Experts on Issues Surrounding School Nutrition

 

 

Michelle Obama vs. Congress

 

Published on May 27, 2014

John King, Margaret Talev and Jonathan Martin on the first lady’s fight with Congress over school lunches.

 

 

 

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Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, gives the commencement speech to the 2,700 Villanova University graduates and their families Friday May 16, 2014 at the Pavilion. Dr. Biden an alumni of Villanova also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa degree. Photo Pete Bannan

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, gives the commencement speech to the 2,700 Villanova University graduates and their families Friday May 16, 2014 at the Pavilion. Dr. Biden an alumni of Villanova also received an honorary Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa degree. Photo Pete Bannan

 

Remarks of Dr. Jill Biden at Villanova University Commencement *As Prepared for Delivery*

 

Jill Biden to Villanova grads: “Show your heart to the world”

 

 

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By Linda Stein

 

Heavy rain Friday could not dampen the spirits of graduates and their families at the 171st Villanova University commencement.



The ceremony, held indoors, was both joyful and solemn as the university conferred bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees on 2,700 graduates. Families hugged, snapped pictures and graduates chatted with their friends until strains of “Pomp and Circumstances” filled the Pavilion.



Three honorary doctorates were also bestowed on Upper Darby Summer Stage Founder Harry Dietzler, the Rev. Robert F. Prevost, former prior general of the Augustinian Order, and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.




Jill Biden was cheered and received a standing ovation for her keynote address to the graduates. Biden offered them down-to-earth advice for living their lives. She told them to remember that “everybody struggles, a little act of kindness can make a huge difference and have the confidence to stay true to your goals.”



To that Biden added, “Show your heart to the world.”

 

Biden told the graduates that she grew up in Willow Grove, one of five daughters, and remembered a Philadelphia childhood of rooting for the Phillies, crossing the Talcony Palmyra Bridge every weekend to visit her grandparents in New Jersey and watching the Mummers Parade. She knew she wanted a career, a marriage and maybe children. In the course of her life, President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. were assassinated. She witnessed the counterculture, the Vietnam War and the start of the environmental movement, she said.



While teaching and raising three young children, Biden commuted from Delaware “before the Blue Route” to Villanova to earn a master’s degree in English in 1991, one of two that she holds, along with a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware. She continues to teach English at a community college in Virginia and is an advocate for community colleges.



“I learned that growing up sometimes takes stepping up,” she said. The graduates have also experienced major changes in their lives, they’ve heard warnings about global warming and seen revolutions for democracy around the world “spurred by social media,” she said. 

 

Read The Entire Story: Jill Biden to Villanova grads: “Show your heart to the world”

 

PHOTOS: Villanova University Graduation 2014

 

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Statement by the President on Afghanistan

 

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Published on May 27, 2014

President Obama delivers remarks from the White House Rose Garden, updating the American people on next steps in Afghanistan, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  As you know, this weekend, I traveled to Afghanistan to thank our men and women in uniform and our deployed civilians, on behalf of a grateful nation, for the extraordinary sacrifices they make on behalf of our security.  I was also able to meet with our commanding General and Ambassador to review the progress that we’ve made.  And today, I’d like to update the American people on the way forward in Afghanistan and how, this year, we will bring America’s longest war to a responsible end.

 

 

Fact Sheet: Bringing the U.S. War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

 

 

 

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White House Science Fair Fact Sheet & Backgrounder

 

President Obama Tours the 2014 White House Science Fair

 

Published on May 27, 2014

President Obama talks with students about their projects at the fourth White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

Live from the White House Science Fair with Kari Byron and Bill Nye

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Kari Byron and Bill Nye interview young innovators at the 2014 White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama’s Science Fair Speech

 

Published on May 27, 2014

President Barack Obama’s full speech to the participants of the 2014 White House Science Fair.

 

 

 

3rd White House Science Fair Slide Show

 

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For full coverage of today’s 3rd White House Science Fair:

What Is The White House Science Fair? Prepare To Become Enlightened.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases – May 27, 2014

 

Letter: Ending Immunities Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Iraqi Property and Interests in Property Pursuant to Executive Order 13303, as Amended

 

Executive Order: Ending Immunities Granted to the Development Fund for Iraq and Certain Other Iraqi Property and Interests in Property Pursuant to Executive Order 13303, as Amended

 

Readout of the President’s Call with President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the New Indian Government

 

 

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Alongside Expanded Coverage, Underlying Slow Growth in Health Costs Is Continuing

 

 

It is no secret that the last several months have seen dramatic progress in expanding access to high-quality, affordable health insurance.  Over the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period, more than 8 million people signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and, through March 2014, 4.8 million people gained coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.  Meanwhile, multiple independent surveys have reported sharp drops in the share of Americans without health insurance.

 

What is not widely known is that the last several months have also seen a steady stream of good news on health care costs.  This good news suggests that even as coverage expands, the underlying slow growth in health care prices, per-enrollee spending, and premiums that we have seen in recent years is continuing.  That slow cost growth, which is thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, is helping keep families’ premiums and out-of-pocket costs down, making it easier for businesses to hire workers and pay a good wage, and improving our fiscal future.

 

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Bringing the War in Afghanistan to a Responsible End

 

President Obama Marvels at Brilliant Minds, Incredible Inventions at White House Science Fair

 

 

Meet the Exhibitors in the 2014 White House Science Fair

 

 

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The White House Photo Of The Day – May 27th, 2014

 

President Barack Obama meets with Senior Advisors in the Oval Office, May 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with Senior Advisors in the Oval Office, May 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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What Is The White House Science Fair? Prepare To Become Enlightened.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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On Tuesday, May 27, the White House will be filled with robots, science projects, and more for the 2014 White House Science Fair!

 

President Obama’s Science Fair Speech

 

Published on May 27, 2014

President Barack Obama’s full speech to the participants of the 2014 White House Science Fair.

 

 

 

Live from the White House Science Fair with Kari Byron and Bill Nye

 

Published on May 27, 2014

Kari Byron and Bill Nye interview young innovators at the 2014 White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

President Obama Tours the 2014 White House Science Fair

 

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President Obama talks with students about their projects at the fourth White House Science Fair, May 27, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Hosted by President Obama, the Fair will feature innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair will also include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.



We’ll be live streaming this year’s Science Fair right here at WhiteHouse.gov, so make sure to tune in next Tuesday and watch the students showcase their amazing projects at the White House.

 

 

 

“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.” – President Obama

 

Science Fair Exhibitors

The White House Science Fair features extraordinary science projects and experiments from some of America’s most innovative students. Find out more below about the students participating in this year’s Science Fair:

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Elana Simon, 18 (New York, New York)

After surviving a bout with a rare liver cancer at age 12, Elana Simon, now 18, teamed up with one of the surgeons who treated her, set up shop in a medical lab, and began to collect much-needed data about the rare illness she’d endured. She gathered tissue samples from patients coping with the same cancer, fibrolamellar, performed genomic sequencing tests, and found a common genetic mutation across all of the samples she collected. Elana’s results were published in the top journal Science, and formed a basis for a new website, the Fibrolamellar Registry, which she built to help empower fibrolamellar patients to share their own medical data for use by researchers working to find a cure. Elana is a recent winner of the American Association for Cancer Research‘s Junior Champion in Cancer Research Award. She has presented her work before an audience of 16,000 cancer researchers and is headed to Harvard to study computer science in the fall.
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Deidre Carrillo, 18 (San Antonio, TX)

Deidre Carrillo, 18, knows what it’s like to sit behind the wheel of an innovative electric vehicle she helped design and build, and to feel the adrenaline rush of racing it over a finish line. Deidre leads and helped found her high school’s Southwest Engineering Team, which competes annually in Florida’s Emerald Coast Electrathon-a national competition for student-built electric cars. For the first six months of the team’s existence, Deidre was the only female member. As driver of the team’s Dragon 1 vehicle, she helped lead her team to second place finishes in the Electrathon for two years in a row, before grabbing a first place finish in the 2014 competition this year. After graduation, Deidre plans to study public relations at Texas A&M University.
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Peyton Robertson, 12 (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

Peyton Robertson has seen firsthand the damages wrought by salt-water flooding in his own South Florida community — a problem that costs the region millions of dollars each year. Peyton built an innovative prototype “sandless” sandbag that can better protect flood zones, like his own community, against salt-water damage. His design is also lightweight, easy to store, and more effective at keeping water out than existing designs. Peyton was named America’s Top Young Scientist at the 2013 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge and received $25,000 for his innovative design.
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Eric Chen, 18 (San Diego, CA)

After following news of the 2009 swine flu outbreaks, Eric Chen, 17, decided there was something he could do to help. Eric took on a research project aimed at finding ways to protect people from dangerous influenza viruses such as H5N1 and H7N9, which pose a threats to populations around the world. As part of a microbiology project, Eric identified new drug candidates for the treatment of influenza — research that may lead to a new class of anti-flu medicines that could protect against a flu pandemic while new vaccines are being developed. Eric’s potentially game-changing work earned him the grand prizes at the 2013 Google Science Fair and Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, as well as places in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search and 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
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Amena Jamali, 16; Juan Ramos, 17 (Dallas, TX)

Juan Ramos moved to the United States from El Salvador two years ago, barely speaking a word of English. He quickly caught up and, with classmate Amena Jamali, launched JJ New World, a company that creates software programs specializing in online games. The students’ premier game, “Better than History,” helps players think critically and view the world through a more informed lens as they navigate alternative endings to true historical events. Amena and Juan plan to use the income raised from their business to fund scholarships and poverty reduction programs in India and El Salvador, their families’ countries of origin. Juan and Amena won 1st place at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) North Texas Regional Business Plan Challenge, and were quarter-finalists in NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.
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Rebecca Chapin-Ridgely, 17; Jasmyn Logan, 15; and Nia’mani Robinson, 15 (Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland)

“Team Rocket Power” was one of 100 teams that qualified for last year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). It was also one of just nine all-girl teams that qualified for the student rocketry competition and the only African American all-girl team. As proud members of Team Rocket Power, Rebecca Chapin-Ridgely, 17, Jasmyn Logan, 15, and Nia’mani Robinson, 15, gave up their weekends and free time after school to build and test their bright purple rocket — which is designed to launch to an altitude of about 750 ft, and then return a “payload” (an egg) to the ground safely. The girls are looking forward to applying their rocketry expertise in diverse fields when they get to college — including medicine, journalism, and architecture.
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Joshua Troutman, 13; Tanner Schantz, 13 (Bismarck, ND)

Carrie’s Kids Inc., an all-volunteer ministry, helped Joshua Troutman, 13, and Tanner Schantz, 13, harness their talents and skills to compete in the Future City Competition-which challenges students to imagine, design, and build sustainable cities of the future. Joshua, Isaac, and Tanner are at-risk for or experiencing homelessness, battling social disorders, or coping with difficult family situations. Their teacher, Carrie Grosz, says these “extremely crafty and creative kids” overcame real anxieties and challenges by working together for countless hours after school and on weekends to engineer a hypothetical city with a sustainable transit system. The boys’ city, called “Whitewater Crossing,” employs an innovative, cost-efficient, climate-controlled, elevated monorail system. The design earned the team the Future City Students’ Choice Award at the 2013-2014 Minnesota Regional Competition.
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Olivia Van Amsterdam, 16; Katelyn Sweeney, 17 (Natick, MA)

Olivia Van Amsterdam, 16, Katelyn Sweeney, 17, and their team of student engineers invented a 120-lb. remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that can help ice search and rescue dive teams search for bodies in dangerous waters. Their submersible device works in waters up to 40 feet deep with temperatures of 33-45°F. Working with their teacher and pro bono lawyers, the girls are currently working to file a U.S. patent application and hope to one day license their ROV technology. Their “InvenTeam” team presented its work at the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Program’s Eureka Fest celebration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). When not building bots that can save lives, Olivia and Katelyn aim to be role models for other aspiring girl engineers — both volunteering as tutors and mentors. Katelyn will start as a freshman at MIT this fall. Olivia is excited to begin her college search.
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Brook Bohn, 14; Daisjaughn Bass, 13; Gerry McManus, 13 (Hudson, MA)

Raytheon and the New England Patriots have partnered to create a science fair that encourages Boys and Girls Club members from across New England to explore the math and science behind the sports they love. For the Fair, the Massachussetts-based “Catapult Court CEOs” — a team of 11- to 14-year-old students — engineered and built a custom-made catapult to determine whether they could improve basketball-shot performance. By shooting over and again from an individual’s optimal distance and angle from the hoop, the CEOs set out to prove that maximizing accuracy and precision when shooting baskets provides the highest level of performance on the basketball court. Their invention earned the team second prize at Raytheon’s and the Patriots’ 2013 Science of Sports Science Fair.
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Maria Hanes, 19 (Santa Cruz, CA)

Maria Hanes, 19, dreams of becoming the first female collegiate football coach-and she’s already built up some impressive credentials. Maria served as manager and film technician for the Desert Scorpions football team during her first three years of high school at Edwards Air Force Base, aiming to learn as much as possible about the game she loves. One afternoon, she dropped her cell phone, covered with a new rubber case, and noticed that the phone didn’t break. She set out to test whether soft, impact-absorbing materials like the rubber case could be added to helmets to reduce concussion risk. Maria developed her “Concussion Cushion” science project, testing out several inner and outer cushioning materials for her players’ helmets — including gel and memory foam inserts and impact — absorbing outer coverings. Maria’s project earned her the Naval Science Award and place at the 2013 California State Science Fair.
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Kavita Selva, 14 (Houston, TX)

After reading a story in National Geographic about the global shortage of metals and elements used in magnets — called “rare earths” — and how important magnets are to objects like motors and wind turbines, Kavita Selva, 14, set out to design a strong magnet that contains little or no rare materials. She used superconductor tape, a strip of metal tape coated with superconductor material to develop a strong magnet containing just a small amount of rare-earths. Kavita has already published some of her results with a professor at the University of Houston and earned a place as finalist in the 2013 Google Science Fair.
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Alex Spiride, 14 (Plano, TX)

Competitive swimmer Alex Spiride, 14, loves water and loves science. Inspired by the quiet, powerful locomotion of squids and jellyfish, and after reading articles about cutting-edge research on soft, flexible robots, Alex design Squid Jet — a fast, efficient, and noise-limited underwater vehicle. Squid-Jet is a bio-inspired robot that uses the same kind of jet propulsion employed by sea creatures to get around. The device contains an inner bladder that squeezes and pushes out water to propel itself forward, outperforming current manmade propulsion systems and reaching speeds in excess of 30 cm/second. Alex hopes his invention can be used by marine biologists to study underwater ecosystems efficiently, with disturbing creatures with the noise of a propeller. Alex is a finalist in the 2013 Google Science Fair.
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Nicolas Badila, 15 (Jonesboro, GA)

Nicolas Badila, 15, a home-schooled student from Georgia, created his own STEM-themed virtual world, STEMville, where students can pick a character, play challenging games, and improve their STEM skills. Nicolas spends much of his free time captaining a Robotics team — the “Steampunk Afros” — with the Hundred Black Men of Atlanta initiative — an organization focused on community empowerment and supporting Atlanta’s underprivileged youth. He also leads a computer science and robotics program within his homeschooling group. In the future, Nicolas hopes to work in robotics and open a center to teach kids computer languages, game development, and robotics. STEMville earned Nicolas the title of Middle School Open Platform Winner at the National STEM Video Game Challenge.
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Avery Dodson, 6; Natalie Hurley, 8; Miriam Schaffer, 8; Claire Winton, 8; Lucy Claire Sharp, 8 (Baltimore, MD)

Girl Scout Troop 2612 put their preparedness skills into action as part of the Junior FIRST Lego League’s Disaster Blaster Challenge-which invites thousands of elementary-school-aged students from across the country to explore how simple machines, motorized parts, engineering, and math can help solve problems posed by natural disasters like floods or earthquakes. Recalling the recent, damaging summer floods in Estes Park, Colorado, the Troop noticed that first responders weren’t able to easily reach certain communities because bridges had been washed out — and set out to design a solution. The girls invented the “Flood Proof Bridge,” and built a model of their idea-not only mechanizing the bridge using motors and the correct gear ratios, but also developing, from scratch, a simple computer program to automatically retract the bridge when flood conditions are detected by a motion sensor embedded in the river bed. The girls are excited to keep brainstorming about new designs to help solve big challenges.
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Sabrina Simone Jenkins (Charleston, SC)
Ekeagwu Onyekachi, 20; Jevaughn Taylor, 19; Iragena Serge Bangamwabo, 20; Abhishek Yonghang-Subba, 18; and De’onte Green, 19 (Charleston, SC)

A team of five Maryland teens harnessed the power of the sun to create a working mini “hovercraft” toy. The team’s design-which includes three 6V motors, a 180-degree servo motor, and two 5v solar panels-started by developing a 3-D model, and built the physical prototype from recyclable, environmental friendly material. The resulting device, the Green Tech Solar Hovercraft, helped the team win first place at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Baltimore STEM business Plan Competition. The students are studying a range of engineering- and computer science-related subjects in high school and college, and one team member, Denote Green, 19, will be entering the U.S. National Guard in June, after his high school graduation.
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Connor Klemenhagen, 19 (Champlin Park, MN)

Connor Klemenhagen, 19, was inspired to explore the science of “turfgrass” after a seventh-grade field trip to ecosystem-reserve. He then learned that turfgrass is the largest irrigated crop in the United States – occupying more land area that corn, wheat, and soybeans combined. Connor’s ongoing research aims to find ways to reduce the amount water needed to maintain healthy lawns, making more water available for drinking and agricultural demands. Connor is a self-proclaimed science-fair lover-having participated in various fairs since sixth grade. His research won the 2013 National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, a competition sponsored by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Connor is a freshman at the University of Minnesota and cadet in the Army ROTC program.
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Cassandra Baquero, 13; Caitlin Gonzolez , 12; Janessa Leija, 11 (Los Fresnos, Texas)

Together, Cassandra Baquero, 13, Caitlyn Gonzolez, 12, and Janessa Leija, 11 — part of an all-girl team of app-builders from Resaca Middle School in Texas — designed an innovative solution to help one of their visually impaired classmates. The students built “Hello Navi” — an app that gives give verbal directions to help users navigate unfamiliar spaces based on measurements of a user’s stride and digital building-blueprints. The service makes use of common digital tools such as a compass and optical Braille readers and can be tailored for use in any building. The girls’ invention made them one of eight teams to win the recent Verizon Innovative App Challenge, and also earned their school a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.
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Felege Gebru, 18; Karen Fan, 17 (Newton, MA)

Noting the sobering statistic that Ethiopia has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths by vehicle in the world, Felege Gebru, 18, and Karen Fan, 17, designed a pedestrian alert system for use in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that alerts drivers to crossing pedestrians and helps pedestrians safely cross congested roads. The invention, designed to be powered by solar energy, uses a dual-sensor method to calculate the arrival time of oncoming vehicles and indicate safer crossing times to pedestrians. Felege and Karen are leaders of the Newton North High School “InvenTeam” — which works on prototype solutions to be showcased each June at the Lemelson-MIT Program’s EurekaFest event. Both team members are naturalized U.S. citizens. Felege is a freshman studying Computer Science and Visual Arts at Brown University. Karen is a high-school senior and captain of her school’s badminton team.
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Katia Castañeda, 19 (Oakland, CA)

After happening upon a visually impaired neighbor of hers walking in the street, Katia Castañeda, 19, decided to harness her tech skills to help people like her neighbor stay safe.  She developed an electronic cane that senses what is ahead of it using two sonar sensors and then warns its user about any potential obstacles. Katia is a student at the Lighthouse Community Charter School — an Oakland, California, public school serving low-income youth, which focuses on empowering students to design and “make.” After displaying her prototype at a Maker Faire, Katia received several offers to help her develop and manufacture the product.
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Frederick Lang, 18 (Houston, TX)

Frederick Lang, 18, has two parents who are physicians in a cancer center. Hearing stories of the difficulties their patients face drove him to pursue research that might help improve outcomes for cancer patients. Through his research, Frederick identified a potential new treatment for glioblastoma multiforme, the most malignant type of adult brain cancer, using human mesenchymal stem cells to secrete exosomes that contain anticancer microRNA — a project that earned him a $10,000 scholarship from the Siemens Foundation. Frederick’s favorite subject is organic chemistry. He is a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist, captain of his school’s varsity soccer team, and is currently considering a profession biomedical research or engineering.
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Anne Merrill, 17 (Old Greenwich, CT)

Anne Merrill, 17, is inspired by nature — both scientifically and artistically. As a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2014, Anne studied natural, non-chemical methods for suppressing soil-borne diseases. She looked at how “biochars,” a charcoal-like material created by burning organic waste to sequester carbon, can be integrated into topsoil by earthworms as they burrow and digest soil. Her results suggest that combining the natural methods of earthworm bioturbation with biochars in soil may help reduce carbon emissions, prevent the spread of plant-borne E. coli, and increase agricultural yields. Anne is president of her high school’s art club, has exhibited her nature-inspired art in several shows, and placed first in Princeton University’s Playwriting Competition.
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Crystal Brockington, 18; Aaron Barron, 18 (Conyers, GA)

Noting that in the duration of just one hour, the Earth encounters more solar energy than the world population uses in a year, Crystal Brockington and Aaron Barron, both 18, set out to harness the power of the sun more efficiently than ever before. The pair — self-dubbed as the “Nanocrystals'” — conducted research to determine which alternative material could be used in quantum dots — a key type of semi-conductor that makes solar cells work more efficiently — to create a more efficient, cost-effective solar cell that works without cadmium, a material traditionally that is detrimental to the environment. Their research project was built around a comprehensive study plan and project design component, including a cost analysis of different types of solar cells. The team’s work earned them the High School Grand Prize at the Seimens We Can Change the World Challenge.
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Kevin Barrios, 18; Saul Soto, 18 (Oakland, CA)

Kevin Barrios and Saul Soto, both 18, developed a portable solar charging system to charge an electric scooter. The students used surplus supplies from a physics class to wire the system.
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Henry Lin, 18 (Shreveport, LA)

By simulating thousands of clusters of galaxies, Henry Lin, 18, has provided scientists with valuable new data, allowing them to better understand the mysteries of astrophysics: dark matter, dark energy and the balance of heating and cooling in the universe’s most massive objects. For his innovative work on galaxy clusters, Henry received one of two Intel Foundation Young Scientist Awards of $50,000 at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2013. In 2012, Henry’s project on cosmic accelerated expansion won him a trip to tour CERN, among other awards. In 2013, Henry delivered a TED Youth Talk, calling galaxy clusters, “beautiful objects” that are “mysterious,” “surprising,” and “useful — as the universe’s most massive laboratories.”
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Jonathan Berman, 15; Maya Flannery, 15; Arjun Mahajian, 15 (Culver City, CA)

Three California 15-year-olds, Jonathan Berman, Maya Flannery, and Arjun Mahajian, teamed up to study stereotypy — a behavioral issue involving repetitive or ritualistic movement that often manifests in children with autism. Recognizing that stereotypy can create social barriers and interfere with a student’s ability to focus and learn, the students set out to design a motion-detecting bracelet that could signal to a child through vibration that they were stereotyping, allowing the child to address the behavior in real time. The project-called Innovation in Autism-earned the team a place as finalist in the Google Science Fair and 1st Place at eCybermission, a free, web-based science, math, and technology competition for middle-school students that is sponsored by the U.S. Army.
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Courtney Hughes, 16; Matthew Pasco, 17 (Clarston, MI)

Courtney Hughes, 16, and Matthew Pasco, 17, represent a Michigan robotics team who competed fiercely on a national stage at this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition — which challenges teams of 25 students or more to build and program robots that perform prescribed tasks. The Michigan team was recognized not just for its robot-building prowess, but also serving as a model for other teams to emulate and best embodying the spirit of the FIRST competition. The team’s motto is to develop engaged leaders who inspire innovation and advocate for all young minds to be inspired in STEM. In addition to designing competitive robots, they lead outreach in their communities old to share their love of science, technology, and innovation with the young and old — including through summer engineering camps, organizing and executing a boat design competition and regatta, and bringing STEM to town parades.
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Parker Owen, 20 (Mobile, AL)

20-year-old Parker Owen from Mobile, AL, designed a prosthetic leg made entirely of a single bicycle as a cost-effective solution to make prosthetics more accessible in developing countries. Paker was inspired after learning that a local mission trip to Honduras raises $10,000 in donations each year, but that is only enough to buy components for four prosthetic legs. Parker designed the “Cycle-Leg” as a solution to significantly improve the quality of life of people in the developing world and made the. The Cycle-Leg is made entirely from the parts of a recycled bicycle, with the addition of three bolts, three nuts, and a few zip-ties. The leg has adjustable muscle fibers and tendons which are made from the bicycle’s tire tubes, providing the resistance and force needed during strenuous activities. The synthetic muscles adjust with simple air pressure. The Cycle-Leg is adjustable to fit any size person and is designed to incorporate growth as well as muscle gain and loss of the individual over the course of a lifetime. Parker’s Cycle-leg won him the 2013 FIRST Future Innovators Award.
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Ciara Newberry, 8; Elora Johnson, 8; Swapneel Mandal, 7 (Edmond, OK)

Three second-grade students from John Ross Elementary School in Edmond, Oklahoma, put their heads together to help solve a problem on the minds of many American parents: the threat of children overheating while sitting in too-hot cars. The students designed the “Hot Car Safety System,” which sounds an alarm when a car becomes too hot for people or animals. Weight sensors placed under the seats of the car ensure that the system turns on to protect all occupants. As part of entering their design into the National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision competition, the team build a website and submitted a video demonstrating the operation of their invention. The Hot Car Safety System earned Ciara, Elora, and Swapneel first place and a $10,000 savings bond.
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Ananya Cleetus, 17 (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seventeen-year-old Ananya Cleetus has worked alongside a charity in New Delhi, India to manufacture and patent a number of her inventions, including “Jaipur Foot” — an improved prosthetic leg. Her most recent project, a robotic prosthetic hand designed to aid leprosy victims in India, was computer modeled, 3D-printed, wired, sewed, and programmed entirely by Ananya. Her project has earned awards from Yale, Princeton, CMU, Duquesne, and the IEEE — and Ananya hopes her design will be released to the public soon. Ananya teaches a fully accredited robotics course at a middle school and was named a National Winner for Aspirations in Computing from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. She drums for her local Marching Band Drumline and hopes to one day double major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Participate in the White House Science Fair from Anywhere

In the run up to the Science Fair, we also want you to share your stories, and we want to highlight YOUR first Science Fair project. So for this Thursday’s “Throw Back Thursday,” tweet us a photo of your science fair projects and other STEM work from when you were a kid using the hashtag #TBTsciencefair! Follow us at @WhiteHouse and @whitehouseostp as we plan to join in the fun as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday The 27th Of May. 2014 White House Science Maker Faire.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Associated Press Today in History for May 27th

 

Published on May 26, 2014

Golden Gate Bridge opens to the public; U.N. Tribunal indicts Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic; the British Navy sinks Nazi Germany’s battleship Bismarck; Actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed.

 

 

On this already-hot Tuesday, President Barack Obama presides over the White House Science Fair where he highlights STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

 

On Tuesday, May 27, the White House will be filled with robots, science projects, and more for the 2014 White House Science Fair!



Hosted by President Obama, the Fair will feature innovative projects, designs, and experiments from students all across America. With students from a broad range of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions, this year’s Fair will also include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.



We’ll be live streaming this year’s Science Fair right here at WhiteHouse.gov, so make sure to tune in next Tuesday and watch the students showcase their amazing projects at the White House.

 

Live from The White House Science Fair

 

 

 

White House Schedule – May 27th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27th, 2014

 

WEEKEND GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, MAY 27th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will host the 2014 White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel and to provide the support they need to succeed in these vital subjects. The President’s viewing of the science fair projects in the State Dining Room will be pooled press. The President’s remarks in the East Room will be open press. This event will be streamed live at http:/www.whitehouse.gov/live.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Tuesday May 27th, All Times EDST

 

11:15 AM: The President views science fair projects, State Dining Room.

 

11:45 AM: The President delivers remarks at the White House Science Fair, East Room.

 

1:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Oress Briefing Room.

 

4:45 PM: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, Oval Office.

 

 

President Obama’s Schedule for the Week of May 26th to May 30th 2014

 

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On Tuesday, the President will host the 2014 White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel and to provide the support they need to succeed in these vital subjects.

 

On Wednesday, the President travel to West Point, New York to deliver the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

On Thursday, the President will host a summit at the White House on youth sports safety and concussions, where he will be joined by stakeholders, including young athletes, parents, coaches, experts, professional athletes, and military servicemembers. At the White House Healthy Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit, the President will announce new commitments by both the public and private sectors to raise awareness about how to identify, treat and prevent concussions, and conduct additional research in the field of sports-related concussions that will help us better address these problems.

 

On Friday, the President will attend a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters.

 

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First-Ever White House Maker Faire

Maker Faires and similar events can inspire more people to become entrepreneurs and to pursue careers in design, advanced manufacturing, and the related fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

 

The Administration is already partnering with companies, non-profits, and communities to make the most of this emerging movement. The Defense Advanced Projects Agency, or DARPA, collaborated with the Veteran’s Administration to support the creation of a TechShop in Pittsburgh, where members can access cutting-edge tools for making, andprovided memberships for thousands of veterans.

 

With funding from the Department of Labor, the AFL-CIO and Carnegie Mellon University are partnering with TechShop Pittsburgh to create an apprenticeship program for 21st-century manufacturing and encourage startups to manufacture domestically.

 

 

President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, May 27th, the President will host the 2014 White House Science Fair and celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel and to provide the support they need to succeed in these vital subjects.

 

With students from a broad range of STEM competitions, this year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work. Since day one, the President has been committed to getting more underrepresented groups, including women and girls, excited to excel at STEM subjects. For example, in the Administration’s signature education reform initiative, Race to the Top, President Obama granted states competitive preference if they demonstrated efforts to close the STEM gap for girls and other groups that are underrepresented.

 

The President hosted the first-ever White House Science Fair in late 2010, fulfilling a commitment he made at the launch of his Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

 

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The President’s Photographer

 

Published on Oct 24, 2013

Peter Souza is never far behind President Obama. In fact, sometimes he’s ahead of him. As the President’s chief White House photographer, Souza is the President’s shadow.

With unprecedented access, National Geographic follows the President’s photographer inside the Obama White House–aboard Air Force One, backstage at the State of the Union, and into the heart of the West Wing. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday grit of the American presidency and a chance to see what it’s like to cover the most powerful man in the world–for history. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

 

 

 

Honoring Our Fallen Heroes: Memorial Day 2014

 

Published on May 26, 2014

“Let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name.” —President Obama
Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. President Obama Visits The Troops In Afghanistan. The TAPS Families. A Plea Not To Forget #BringBackOurGirls On Memorial Day.

 

 

 

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From Associated Press:

 

FIRST LADY SET TO RESPOND TO SCHOOL MEAL CRITICS

 

Michelle Obama vs. Congress

 

Published on May 27, 2014

John King, Margaret Talev and Jonathan Martin on the first lady’s fight with Congress over school lunches.

 

 

 

Michelle Obama responds to critics of new school menus with White House event

 

By MARY CLARE JALONICK

 

First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, stand with children of fallen service members who traveled to Washington to participate in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) 20th Annual Good Grief Camp as they wait for President Barack Obama to speak at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014, in honor of Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, stand with children of fallen service members who traveled to Washington to participate in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) 20th Annual Good Grief Camp as they wait for President Barack Obama to speak at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014, in honor of Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is answering Republicans in Congress who want to roll back healthier school meal standards, holding an event at the White House to highlight the success of the health guidelines.

The Tuesday event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of a child nutrition law in 2010.

Sam Kass, director of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity, said a Republican bill that would allow schools to opt out of the standards is “a real assault” on administration efforts to make foods healthier for kids.

Kass, who is a White House chef, said the event is an attempt to point out the successes of some schools that have implemented the standards, which were set by the Obama administration and Congress over the past several years. School nutrition officials from across the country will speak about how well the standards are working in their schools.

“She wants to have a conversation about what is really happening out in the country,” as opposed to Washington, Kass said. “These standards are working.”

An agriculture spending bill approved by a House subcommittee last week would allow schools to waive the standards if they have a net loss on school food programs for a six-month period. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., who wrote the bill, said he was responding to requests from school food directors.

The standards championed by the first lady have been phased in over the past two school years, with more changes coming in 2014. The rules set fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits on foods in the lunch line and beyond.

While many schools have had success putting the rules in place, others have said they are too restrictive and costly. Schools pushing for changes say limits on sodium and requirements for more whole grains are particularly challenging, while some school officials say kids are throwing away fruits and vegetables that are required.

The Agriculture Department, which administers the rules, has tweaked them along the way to try to help schools that have concerns. The department scrapped limits on the amount of proteins and grains that kids could eat after students complained they were hungry. Last week, USDA announced it would allow some schools to delay serving whole grain pastas just hours after the House subcommittee approved the opt-out language.

School groups have been split. The School Nutrition Association, which represents school nutrition directors and companies that sell food to schools, has lobbied for changes to the standards, saying some are too restrictive.

The national PTA is pushing lawmakers to keep the standards intact.

“At a time when families are working hard to live healthy lives, school meals should be supporting families’ efforts, not working against them,” PTA President Otha Thornton wrote to members of Congress.

Thank you Associated Press.

 

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The Very Latest Updates On #BringBackOurGirls.

 

 

Nigerian Military Says It Has Located Missing Girls, BUT A Rescue Is Too Risky/Dangerous For The Girls.

 

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Interview: “Bring back our girls,” UN official says

 

Lawmakers Mull Special Forces to Find Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

 

Associated Press: Nigeria Opens The Door For Talks With Boko Haram.

 

Nigeria Refuses To Swap Militant Prisoners For Kidnapped Girls. New Video. #BringBackOurGirls.

 

Brand New Boko Haram Video Shows Missing Kidnapped Nigerian Girls. #BringBackOurGirls

 

The Bring Back Our Girls Hashtag Campaign.

 

#BringBackOurGirls #BringBackOurDaughters: The Global Village.

 

Report: Nigerian Military Knew Of Kidnapping Threat Hours Beforehand

#BringBackOurGirls: U.S. Vows To Help Nigeria In The Search For Kidnapped Girls. #BringBackOurDaughters.

 

#BringBackOurGirls: Extremist Islam Is Scared Of Little Girls.

 

Petitioning All World Leaders: Bring Back Nigeria’s 200 Missing School Girls #BringBackOurGirls.

 

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