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20-Year Industry Veteran, Daniel Austin, Pioneer in HTML, Scheduled to Deliver Keynote Presentation and Web Performance Boot Camp Workshop at HTML5DevConf
San Jose, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2014
Daniel Austin, CEO & Founder of Grin Technologies Inc., today announced his keynote presentation at the HTML5DevConf, on October 20, 2014 in room E-132. Austin will present, Performance: How Fast is Fast Enough? from 9:00 9:50 AM at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. In addition, Austin will also instruct a web performance boot camp on October 23rd from 9-4.
Performance is ultimately about respect, Austin said. Is your Website fast? What do ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ really mean? Can a site ever be too fast? How can you tell? User’s perceptions of your site matter as much as quantitative measurements, and designing your site to seem fast is crucial.
During his presentation, Austin will explore the psychology of the user experience, especially on Mobile devices. Attendees will gain access to real-world solutions to optimize their websites in ways that make sense to the people that matter – the end users. For more information about the presentation and the HTML5DevConF please visit: http://html5devconf.com/index.html
During the Web Performance Boot Camp, Austin will provide an in-depth overview of the Art and Science of Web Performance. The goal is to give students enough information that they can easily identify areas for optimization and resolve performance problems in the real world. To register for the class please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/html5devconf-oct-20-21-2014-at-moscone-center-tickets-12518686729
For a limited time, Austin is offering access to his latest book, Getting Started With Web Performance, while it is being written. All early release ebooks are available from @OReillyMedia at http://oreil.ly/1nevdy8 for 50%. Please use discount code (WKERRE) at checkout.
Over the past decade, Austin has worked with several prestigious companies, including Paypal, CERN, NASA, W3C, Sun, and Yahoo! ! His work is focused on making the Internet faster and smarter. Austin recently left his position on PayPals Central Architecture Team to found GRIN Technologies, Inc. a connected life company that designs and builds Systemsware for the Internet of Things. They pour their energy and expertise into solving the hard problems and creating products that truly help users.
About Daniel Austin:
Daniel Austin is Founder and CEO of GRIN Technologies, Inc., a technology firm in Silicon Valley focused on the Connected Life experience and the Internet of Things. He was most recently Principal Architect at PayPal and in past lives he’s worked for organizations such as CERN, NASA, W3C, Sun, and Yahoo! His work is focused on making the Internet faster and smarter and his most recent book Web Performance: The Definitive Guide is now available on Amazon. For more information please contact Gretchen@Chatterboxink.com or visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/austindaniel/. You can also follow Daniel on Twitter @daniel_b_austin.
About GRIN Technologies, Inc.: Founded in July 2014, GRIN Technologies Inc., The Connected Life Company, focuses on helping everyday people by connecting them to their environment. GRIN uses personal history, identity, context and location to alert users to the experiences that are most important to them while simultaneously protecting their privacy. They are, in short, smart people solving hard problems in the real world. GRIN combines the scientific revolutions in genetics, robotics, information technology, and nanotechnology to contribute to the well-being of people by connecting them to people, places and things while preserving their online security and privacy. For more information please contact Gretchen(at)Chatterboxink(dot)com or visit http://www.GrinTech.net. You can also follow GRIN Technologies on Twitter @GRINTechInc.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 16, 2014
Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 instructional materials and interactive digital tools, announces Waggle for the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The SBAC assessments in Waggle include 26 different item types that students will see on the SBAC assessments including Part A and Part B problems and performance tasks.
The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balance is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.
With Waggle, SBAC states can gain a greater understanding about Common Core State Standards and assessments, said Aoife Dempsey, chief technology officer of Triumph Learning. Our personalized learning platform provides students with the practice and instruction to build the skills and critical thinking that they need for college- and career-readiness.
Triumph Learning has also partnered with Learnosity, which offers tools and services that incorporate powerful interactive assessment into digital products quickly and easily. Learnosity is committed to designing market-leading software to allow developers to create exceptional assessment products, make teachers lives easier, and above all, instill a love of learning in students.
Our partnership with Triumph Learning is a natural fit, said Gavin Cooney, co-founder and CEO of Learnosity. By using the Learnosity tools and services Triumph Learning is able to provide Common Core Coach content in an even wider variety of online interactive item types than are in the SBAC assessments.
Triumph Learning recently received three Education Software Review (EDDIE) Awards for its online learning platform, Waggle. The company took home the top prize for its new learning solution in the following categories: Online English Language Arts Courseware, Online Math Courseware and Online Classroom Management System.
About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs, serving more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.
Learnosity is a rapidly expanding educational technology company. The company offers a set of tools and services that allow clients to incorporate powerful interactive assessment into their digital products quickly and easily. Run by a talented group of people who are passionate about transforming learning and assessment, Learnosity is committed to designing market-leading software to allow developers to create exceptional assessment products, make teachers lives easier, and above all, instil a love of learning in students. The Company is seeing an annual doubling of revenues, and works with some of the leading names in the Education industry. The Learnosity Toolkit was recently named the Best K-12 Enterprise Solution by the SIIA, and National Champion for Innovation in the European Business Awards. Learnosity has offices in NYC, Dublin and Sydney. For more information, visit http://www.learnosity.com.
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Ausitn, TX (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
The 18th Annual Austin Celtic Festival (ACF) returns this weekend October 18 and 19 with plenty of fun-filled events the entire family will enjoy. The largest gathering of Celts in Central Texas is located at the Fiesta Gardens in downtown Austin, this critically acclaimed event brings together the cultural traditions of Ireland and Scotland including music, dancing, sporting events and workshops.
Time: Noon to 7:30 Saturday and Sunday
Gates open at 11am
Fiesta Gardens – 2102 Jesse E. Segovia
Donate $ 12 in advance online at the festival website and receive a free ticket for each donation. All proceeds benefit the Celtic Cultural Center. Tickets at the gate are $ 15.00 a day, children under 13 admitted for free.
The Austin Celtic Festival is proud to host some of the worlds leading Celtic artists including The Karan Casey Band, the Tannahill Weavers, The StepCrew and many more. Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier trad bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Liz Carroll will also perform with Jake Charron. A 2010 Grammy award nominee, Carroll is an American-born traditional Irish musician and champion fiddler. She received the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1994 and has recorded several albums. A full list of performers can be found at http://www.austincelticfestival.com/music/index.html
The ACF will also including many forms or traditional Celtic dancing including the St. Thomas Episcopal Highland Dancers, the Austin Scottish Dance Society, and Austins number one Irish dance team the Inishfree Austin Irish Dancers. Dance workshops will also be held throughout the festival. Visit http://www.austincelticfestival.com/dance/ for more information.
In addition to the dance workshops, other workshops include music lessons such as beginning Irish guitar, hurling and gaelic football, a Macallan Scotch tasting and many more. Some workshops are an additional fee but please check the website for more details. http://www.austincelticfestival.com/workshops/index.html
The ACF also features events for all ages including animal displays featuring Celtic dog breeds, the Roux Crew which is an award-winning champion team of sheep herding dogs, and other dog breeds. In addition, miniature horses from Minis and Friends (Saturday) and Little America (Sunday) will be in the far West Field.
For those looking for a bit of Celtic history, several events will be held on Saturday and Sunday that are sure to delight all visitors. The Highland Games, Viking Invasion demos, the Celtic campsite and more. Visit the website schedules.
For more information, e-mail: austincelticfestival(at)gmail(dot)com
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(PRWEB) October 14, 2014
Ski Hearth Farm has the advantage of being northern New Hampshires easiest accessed full service cross country ski area. It is located just 2 miles off Interstate 93 only 2 1/3 hours north of Boston, MA. Skiers wont have much back road driving to access the miles of trails and first-class cross country skiing.
Twenty-three kilometers of trails for all abilities were designed by internationally renowned trail design firm Morton Trails. An additional 5 km of trails are designated specifically for snowshoeing. Starting in the low river valley fields and extending into the adjacent forested hills, the trail system has extraordinary views of the White Mountains. A specially designed teaching area directly accessed from the base area has been developed for people to learn the art of cross country skiing. An emphasis on grooming for skiing will be the hallmark of the facility so that skiers will find the best ski surface possible for both skate and classic ski techniques.
The new area is a vision of Davis Mangold, the owner of Ski Hearth Farm. The farm operates in the summer and fall to produce a wide variety of organic vegetables. Mangold is a 13 year veteran of the U.S. Navy and an enthusiastic cross country skier.
Monroe College Recognized As National Leader In Graduation Of Minority Students By Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Magazine
(PRWEB) October 09, 2014
Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that it is ranked among the top higher education schools in the country for graduating minority students, according to data released today by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Magazine.
Virtually all of Monroes associate degree programs, and two of its bachelors degree programs, rank among the Top 10 in the nation for graduating minority students. This includes degree programs in its School of Allied Health, School of Business and Accounting, School of Criminal Justice and School of Information Technology.
Also recognized was Monroes School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, which has garnered more than 500 awards since its launch in 2009 and ranked seventh in the nation for the number of bachelors degrees awarded to minority students.
Monroe College serves approximately 7,200 students across its campuses in the Bronx and New Rochelle, its extension site in Queens, and through its virtual online campus. It has a deep-rooted history serving minority students from its local metropolitan area and beyond, including the Caribbean where it maintains a strong presence. According to U.S. News & World Report, Monroes graduation rates are dramatically higher than what is statistically expected from a school with its student demographics (see here).
We take great pride that a college of our relatively small size continually ranks among the top in the nation for graduating minority students, said Stephen Jerome, President of Monroe College. We believe in the power of education to change lives, and are strongly committed to providing our diverse student population with the resources they need to excel academically and professionally. We promote an inclusive, supportive culture at Monroe and this reflects in our high completion rates.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education, which focuses on diversity in U.S. higher education, annually releases its list of the Top 100 Minority Degree Producers. These rankings, now in their fifth year, utilize the most recent available Department of Education data to identify the U.S. higher education institutions that confer the most degrees to African-American and Hispanic students each year. For more information about the rankings and methodology, along with a full breakdown subcategorized by degree type and area of study, please see here.
ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE
Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.
Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu
Youngstown, Ohio (PRWEB) October 10, 2014
The Butler Institute of American Art, located at 524 Wick Avenue in Youngstown, unveiled “Sherrie McGraw: Then and Now,” the artists first comprehensive retrospective showcasing figurative and still life work. The exhibition is on view through November 30, 2014.
Two special events with Sherrie McGraw are scheduled for October 11 and 12 at the Butler museum. Also a respected author and art instructor, McGraw will conduct a portrait painting demonstration in the museums Beecher Court on Saturday, October 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. An artists reception will be held the following day from 1 to 3 p.m.
The exhibition spotlights nearly 80 classical paintings and drawings created during McGraws distinguished career spanning more than three decades; from her early days as an art student in New York City, where she supported herself by working as a night guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to her present life in Taos, New Mexico.
As each of the portraits, figures and still lifes selected for this retrospective illustrates McGraws transformation as an artist, they collectively reveal her exploration into the concept of Abstract Realism. This artistic philosophy considers the abstract language of paint, edges, value and color, which in combination create a visual concept that is independent of a realistic image.
McGraw describes Abstract Realism as a visual point of view in which the subject matter is a vehicle not the reason for painting the abstract beauty in todays world.
Butler Director and Chief Curator Dr. Louis A. Zona states, This comprehensive retrospective highlights McGraws vision and serves as a welcome oasis from a society bombarded with overstimulation, as quietude is the hallmark of her drawings and paintings. She distills the world into its simplest elements while making mere line or paint come alive.
A 128-page full-color hardbound book that chronicles McGraws journey in preparing for this solo retrospective accompanies the exhibition.
For more information about Sherrie McGraw and the “Then and Now” exhibition, visit http://www.brightlightfineart.com.
About Sherrie McGraw
Sherrie McGraw has been at the forefront of the American Art scene for more than 30 years. She studied primarily with legendary artist David A Leffel at the Art Students League of New York, but she also learned anatomy from Robert Beverly Hale and Jon Zahourek at the New York Academy. Later she studied with Ned Jacob, one of the art worlds leading experts on drawing and painting the horse. By the time she was thirty, McGraw was teaching her own classes at the Art Students League and has become a sought-after instructor for some of the top art organizations and universities today, including the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, which recently awarded her an honorary doctorate.
Her work has received numerous awards and has shown in major art institutions and museums. McGraw is also the author of the highly acclaimed book The Language of Drawing and has developed a series of instructional videos for Bright Light Fine Art (http://www.brightlightfineart.com). She edited and wrote the foreword to The Drawings of Nicolai Fechin by Russias famed author Galina Tuluzakova, and coedited Galinas new scholarly treatise on Fechins legacy to the art world, Nicolai Fechin: The Art and the Life. She presently is writing an instructional book on painting.
About The Butler Institute of American Art
The Butler Institute (http://www.butlerart.com) is the first museum of American art. The original structure, dedicated in 1919, is a McKim, Mead and White architectural masterpiece listed on the National Register of Historic places. The museum’s mission is to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of the United States. The Institutes holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as “America’s Museum.” Located in Youngstown, Ohio, the museum charges no admission fee at the main location or at its branch museum, relying on contributions to meet its cultural mission.
The Beecher Center, housed in the south wing of the Butler’s Youngstown location, is the first museum addition dedicated solely to new media and electronic art. The facility regularly displays works of art that utilize computers, holography, lasers and other digital media. The Beecher Center houses the Zona Auditorium, a digital media theater designed for performance art and high-definition film presentations.
The Butler also operates a satellite facility in nearby Trumbull County. The Butler’s Trumbull branch, funded in part by Foundation Medici, focuses on important international artists whose works have profoundly influenced America, as well as exhibitions of works by contemporary master painters and sculptors.