SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 28, 2009
The Agilent Technologies Foundation today announced $1.275 million in new grants for the second half of its fiscal year 2009. A global group of organizations, ranging from Project QUEST, an India-based leader in improved science teaching methodology, to California-based national innovative New Teacher Center, received funding from the Foundation. In addition, 23 university grants were made to support science and technology research at the forefront of bio-analysis technologies and electronic measurement.
Funding highlights include:
- Quality Science Education and Teachers Training (QUEST) is a cutting-edge program in India that matches science teachers in private schools with those in government schools. It is a project of the SNS Foundation in India. Currently in Bangalore and Gurgaon, India, Quest provides a scalable model for science education that improves the quality of science instruction for underprivileged students. Since the program's beginning in 2007, more than 80 educators and 10,000 students have benefited from improvements in science education.
- A grant to the New Teacher Center will support the professional development of beginning science teachers through development and implementation of online, multimedia learning modules. The New Teacher Center (NTC) will do this with open-source educational video resources that illustrate best practices in science teaching paired with learning modules that will result in the successful classroom use of these best practices. The learning modules will be available to NTC's online learning communities and to partners such as Teachers Without Borders for use with their program, initiated with Agilent, in western China, as well as to other science teacher professional-development programs.
- Science House, in partnership with the German Ministry of Education, will use the Agilent Foundation's program to provide professional development for science teachers and a platform for the ongoing exchange of ideas and best practices. Last year the program reached 560 educators resulting in ongoing innovative science education for more than 53,000 students.
University grants made by the Agilent Foundation covered a wide range of projects in both life sciences and electronic measurement. Highlights include:
- research into new ways to provide long-term stability and reliability of organic semiconductors;
- an innovative approach to the analysis and visualization of genomic data;
- development of metal-specific phytomining based on metallomics;
- research into network-based identification of driver mutations in chronic lymphocytic leukemia; and
- development of novel genotoxic biomarkers using a combined genomics and metabolomics approach.
Additional information about the Agilent Technologies Foundation can be found at www.agilent.com/contributions/foundation.shtml.
About the Agilent Technologies Foundation
The Agilent Technologies Foundation focuses on advancing pre-university science education around the world by creating and supporting strategic initiatives linked to change and improvement in student learning and engagement. It also funds university research at the frontiers of measurement in electronics, chemical and bio sciences.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.8 billion in fiscal 2008. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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