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Thomson Reuters/ASIS&T: Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

The Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award recognizes the unique teaching contribution of an individual as a teacher of information science.

Maximum award: $1,000; $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) annual meeting, and $250 to ASIS&T Headquarters towards administrative fees.

Eligibility: individuals directly engaged in teaching some aspect of information science on a continuing basis, in an academic or a non-academic setting.

Deadline: August 01, 2015.

Wild Ones: Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program

The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers.

Funds will be provided only for the purchase of native plants and seed.

Maximum award: $500.

Eligibility: schools, nature centers, and other non-profit places of learning, including houses of worship.

Deadline: October 15, 2015.

Vernier/NSTA: Technology Awards

The Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards promote the innovative use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom.

Maximum award: $1,000 in cash for the teacher, $3,000 in Vernier Products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the annual NSTA National Convention.

Eligibility: Current teachers of science in grades K-College.

Deadline: November 30, 2015.

Wall Street Falls as Greek Deadline Looms; Indexes Up for Week

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U.S. stocks fell on Friday ahead of a summit next week that could decide whether Greece will need to print its own currency and ditch the euro.

Euro zone leaders are scheduled to meet on Monday night in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal with Athens. As bank withdrawals across Greece ballooned to about 4.2 billion euros this week, the European Central Bank boosted its emergency funding for Greek banks.

If Greece leaves the union, that removes an uncertainty and is actually good for the markets over the long run; if there is a resolution, that is also good. In some way, whatever happens on Monday is a win-win and (a market selloff) is a buyable dip.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI fell 101.56 points, or 0.56%, to 18,014.28, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 11.48 points, or 0.54%, to 2,109.76 and the NASDAQ Composite .IXIC dropped 15.95 points, or 0.31%, to 5,117.00.

For the week, the Dow gained 0.6%, the S&P added 0.7% and the NASDAQ, which had closed at a record high on Thursday, rose 1.3%.

Utilities led the S&P 500 decline in percentage terms, down 1% as a group .SPLRCU after gaining 2.7% over the previous three sessions.

A market debut fizzled, with shares of 8point3 Energy Partners (CAFD.O) down 2.4% at $20.49. It offered 20 million shares that priced at $21, the top-end of the filed range.

ConAgra Foods’ (CAG.N) shares jumped 10.9% to $43.37 after activist hedge fund Jana Partners took a stake in the company. ConAgra’s peer Pinnacle Foods (PF.N) rallied 8.6% to $46.81 after earlier hitting a record high of $47.21.

Macerich (MAC.N) slumped 6.8% to $76.87. Sources told Reuters Simon Property Group (SPG.N) was selling its ownership stake in the No. 3 U.S. mall operator. Simon fell 1.3% to $179.48.

KB Home (KBH.N) rose 9.4% to $16.37 after the homebuilder’s quarterly results beat estimates.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by 1,788 to 1,257, for a 1.42-to-1 ratio on the downside; on the NASDAQ, 1,557 issues fell and 1,254 advanced for a 1.24-to-1 ratio favoring decliners. The S&P 500 posted 29 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq recorded 161 new highs and 40 new lows.

About 7.9 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, above the 6.03 billion daily average so far this month, according to BATS Global Markets.

Nasdaq at Record as Wall Street Runs on Strong Data

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The NASDAQ Composite on Thursday erased its last standing milestone from the dot-com era as it set a record intraday high, with stocks on Wall Street in rally mode boosted by strong economic data.

A report in German newspaper Die Zeit about possible concessions made to Greece by its international creditors, which briefly extended the market’s rally, was later denied by EU diplomats.

The NASDAQ Composite .IXIC hit a high of 5,143.316, topping the previous 5,132.52 record which stood since March 10, 2000. It also set a record closing high, as did the Russell 2000 .RUT, while the S&P 500 closed within 0.5% of its record.

U.S. consumer prices posted last month their largest increase in more than two years, jobless claims applications fell last week to a near 15-year low and factory activity in the mid-Atlantic region accelerated to a six-month high in June.

The perceived dovishness of the Federal Reserve’s statement and estimates after its meeting on Wednesday continued to support equities. The Fed is going to be very slow to raise interest rates. Markets have closely watched for signals from the U.S. central bank as it prepares to raise rates for the first time in almost a decade.

The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI rose 180.1 points, or 1%, to 18,115.84, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 20.8 points, or 0.99%, to 2,121.24 and the NASDAQ Composite .IXIC added 68.07 points, or 1.34%, to 5,132.95.

Euro zone leaders will hold an emergency summit on Monday to try to avert a Greek default, after bank withdrawals accelerated and government revenue slumped as Athens and its international creditors remained deadlocked over a debt deal.

The ECB told a meeting of euro zone finance ministers it was not sure if Greek banks would be able to open on Monday, said officials with knowledge of the talks.

The Greek situation is an emotional one for investors and it is hard to know how exactly markets will react, said Wells Fargo’s Manley.

In 2010 (a Greek default) would have been a real problem.

All the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were higher with the health index .SPXHC leading with a 1.5% rise.

Fitbit (FIT.N) shares ran up as much as 59.5% to $31.90 in their market debut before closing at $29.68, 48.4% above the $20 IPO pricing.

Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by 2,062 to 1,015, for a 2.03-to-1 ratio on the upside; on the NASDAQ, 1,949 issues rose and 833 fell for a 2.34-to-1 ratio favoring advancers. The benchmark S&P 500 index posted 41 new 52-week highs and 2 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite set 161 new highs and 30 new lows.

About 6.2 billion shares changed hands on U.S. exchanges, above the 5.96 billion daily average so far this month, according to BATS Global Markets data.

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