Luther, Reformation Celebrate 500 Years in Germany

(NewsUSA) – One of the events which changed world history is now being commemorated in Germany. The Protestant Reformation, the movement to reform the practice of Christianity during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, is currently being celebrated during the "LutherDecade" (2008 – 2017). It is culminating in 2017 with the 500th anniversary celebration of the iconic Reformation leader Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church.A new website dedicated to North America — Visit-Luther.com — is explaining festivities to celebrate Luther’s life. "LutherCountry" refers to the two German states of Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia in which Luther spent much of his life. The region includes numerous rolling hills, quaint villages, medieval castles and palaces. Visit-Luther.com encompasses a wide range of fascinating churches and museums that are perfect for anyone interested in culture or history, as well as for members of the Protestant faith.It was on October 31, 1517, that Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg, outlining his thoughts on how the Catholic Church in Europe should be reformed. Luther’s public display of his views is considered the beginning of the Reformation.The "LutherDecade" refers to the build-up to 2017 during which each of the nine years preceding has been given a special theme highlighting numerous activities and events in order to offer various angles on Luther’s life and the era he lived in. The year 2012, for instance, is focusing on "The Reformation and Music" by highlighting Luther’s love for music and prominent composers and musicians of the time by featuring many concerts and events for music lovers.Visit-Luther.com introduces the American public to the fascinating aspects of life back then, providing information on Luther’s life and the places he lived in "LutherCountry." Many photographs show how well the small towns and cities have preserved this precious heritage up to today. An event calendar features festivals on music, food, Renaissance costumes and historical remembrances.A special database also provides information on which American travel companies offer guided tours to "LutherCountry" and which other countries they include. To learn more about Martin Luther’s life, "LutherCountry" and how to get there, visit www.visit-luther.com.

America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – February 19-25, 2012, is Engineers Week, or EWeek, a celebration of the engineering profession and a focal point for public awareness programs showcasing engineering and technology. This national event is held each year during the week of President George Washington’s Birthday; many consider George Washington to be the nation’s first engineer.
Schools, corporations, museums, government and media groups and technical organizations across the country will join together in the outreach effort, sponsoring various programs and activities to spotlight engineering and promote careers in the field.
A focus of EWeek 2012 will be science, technology, engineering and math education awareness, better known as STEM education, and many organizations will carry out programs that aim to create visibility for the profession in the precollege education sector. For instance, ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) will conduct the Inspire Innovation workshop, which will bring together engineers and K-12 teachers for a daylong program of fun, enrichment and knowledge-sharing.
“A thrust of the workshop is to motivate K-12 students to consider careers in the engineering profession, and also to inspire K-12 teachers to incorporate engineering into lesson plans as well as learn about tools and resources that can influence effective classroom instruction,” said Victoria A. Rockwell, the president of ASME.
In another Engineers Week 2012 program, ASME is launching the “DiscoverE Educator Recognition Awards” to teachers in grades 6-12 who demonstrate success in inspiring students to discover engineering. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., site of other EWeek events, including the Future City competition.
While the nation’s capital will host several Engineers Week 2012 activities, towns and communities everywhere are encouraged to join in the celebration. Other staples of Engineers Week include “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and the announcement of the “New Faces of Engineering,” which features rising stars of the profession.
Experts believe that the United States is facing a shortage of scientific and engineering talent and skills required to develop next-generation technologies enabling the U.S. to compete in the global market. Engineers Week goes a long way toward solving this problem, while also celebrating the many ways that engineers and engineering contribute to the betterment of our quality of life across the world. For information, visit www.asme.org.

America Gets Ready to Celebrate Engineering

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – February 19-25, 2012, is Engineers Week, or EWeek, a celebration of the engineering profession and a focal point for public awareness programs showcasing engineering and technology. This national event is held each year during the week of President George Washington’s Birthday; many consider George Washington to be the nation’s first engineer.
Schools, corporations, museums, government and media groups and technical organizations across the country will join together in the outreach effort, sponsoring various programs and activities to spotlight engineering and promote careers in the field.
A focus of EWeek 2012 will be science, technology, engineering and math education awareness, better known as STEM education, and many organizations will carry out programs that aim to create visibility for the profession in the precollege education sector. For instance, ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers) will conduct the Inspire Innovation workshop, which will bring together engineers and K-12 teachers for a daylong program of fun, enrichment and knowledge-sharing.
“A thrust of the workshop is to motivate K-12 students to consider careers in the engineering profession, and also to inspire K-12 teachers to incorporate engineering into lesson plans as well as learn about tools and resources that can influence effective classroom instruction,” said Victoria A. Rockwell, the president of ASME.
In another Engineers Week 2012 program, ASME is launching the “DiscoverE Educator Recognition Awards” to teachers in grades 6-12 who demonstrate success in inspiring students to discover engineering. The awards will be presented in Washington, D.C., site of other EWeek events, including the Future City competition.
While the nation’s capital will host several Engineers Week 2012 activities, towns and communities everywhere are encouraged to join in the celebration. Other staples of Engineers Week include “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” and the announcement of the “New Faces of Engineering,” which features rising stars of the profession.
Experts believe that the United States is facing a shortage of scientific and engineering talent and skills required to develop next-generation technologies enabling the U.S. to compete in the global market. Engineers Week goes a long way toward solving this problem, while also celebrating the many ways that engineers and engineering contribute to the betterment of our quality of life across the world. For information, visit www.asme.org.

Celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month With a Brisk Walk

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A walk in the fresh April air is an ideal way to participate in Foot Health Awareness Month.
“Walking is …