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BI-WEEKLY Volume 24, Number 13 - April 1, 2011

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The Buzz On Offce Coffee
(ARA) - It’s no secret: Ameri-
cans love coffee. Every day
it seems a new coffee shop
opens around the corner, and
it’s nearly impossible to walk
a block without passing some-
one with a cup in hand. De-
spite the rising cost of specialty
coffee drinks in these diffcult
economic times, Americans
continue reaching for that cher-
ished cup of joe.
Coffee drinking at work
The positive effects of coffee
drinking are felt by hardwork-
ing Americans across the nation
leading to increased workplace
productivity and happiness.
According to a 2011 survey on
American offce workers and
their coffee habits conducted by Alterra Coffee Roasters:
* 65 percent of workers drink coffee while at work.
* The average worker consumes three cups of coffee per day.
* 38 percent of workers say they wouldn’t make it through a
typical workday without coffee.
* 30 percent drink coffee in the workplace because it helps
them focus and increase productivity.
Coffee culture
Coffee not only benefts employees, but also offce culture.
The coffee pot has displaced the water cooler as the primary
location to interact with co-workers, according to the survey.
Two in fve offce coffee drinkers say they have had interest-
ing or helpful talks with colleagues or bosses while near the
coffee maker.
While this pastime increases bonding, survey results suggest
traditional coffee pots can also cause resentment and irrita-
tion amongst co-workers. One in four workers say there is
someone at the offce who never prepares fresh coffee when
needed, while 21 percent said they dislike dealing with peo-
ple who make a mess when handling the offce brew.
To help eliminate such feelings of frustration, many employ-
ers opt for one-cup coffee systems that brew from fresh-
sealed, single-use packs like the Flavia Fresh Release Sys-
tem. This new workplace trend allows employees to become
their own barista by creating a number of customizable spe-
cialty drinks -- including coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino,
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tea and more -- without leaving the offce.
Investing in coffee?
As coffee drinking grows in popularity, it is also rising in
cost. Specialty-coffee sales are increasing 20 percent per
year with the average cost of an espresso-based drink now at
$2.45, according to the 2011 Coffee Business Statistics Re-
port. The report also showed 18 percent of American coffee
drinkers consume at least one gourmet coffee beverage per
day, a signifcant expense.
In fact, more than three in fve Alterra-survey respondents
say they routinely buy coffee outside of the offce, spending
an average of $14 per week. Many say they’ve abandoned
the offce in search of a good cup because they didn’t enjoy
drinking the coffee provided at work, and 16 percent of these
workers admit doing so caused them to miss important calls
or meetings at the offce.
Investing in fresh, good-tasting coffee at the offce obvious-
ly pays off for employers in the long run - saving employees
cash while keeping them closer to tasks at hand. This small
investment produces large returns, boosting employee pro-
ductivity and satisfaction.
Fun coffee stats:
* What if you could have a celebrity barista come to your of-
fce? Nearly one in fve offce workers voted to have Amer-
ica’s sweetheart, Sandra Bullock, play barista in their offce.
There was a three-way tie for second place, with Angelina
Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney all ranking as
highly desired offce coffee servers.
* More than seven in 10 offce workers who drink coffee
down the most cups of joe on Monday.
* More than one in fve offce workers admit the quality of
their work would suffer if they didn’t have coffee.
* Contestants on the new season of “Celebrity Apprentice”
better keep a stash of coffee in their briefcases. Celebrity
bosses like Donald Trump, Mr. Burns from “The Simpsons”
and Sue Sylvester from “Glee” are all perceived by Ameri-
cans to be especially grumpy without their daily cup of cof-
* More women than men admit they wouldn’t be able to go
24 hours without coffee.
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Push For Science And Math Education
Can Mean Greater Rewards For Students
(ARA) - The message becomes clearer the more it’s re-
peated: America needs to catch up when it comes to sci-
ence and math. International student tests have shown that
America’s students lag behind their peers in other coun-
tries, and many feel that it’s essential to gain ground in
those felds if America’s future is truly going to be bright.
The Obama administration is leading the charge to em-
phasize the importance of science and math education. In
President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, he
made a point of mentioning the need for stronger science
and math education, saying, “We need to teach our kids
that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who de-
serves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.”
Obama and others have noted that without a strong sci-
ence and math education, America’s children might not
have the skills necessary to keep innovation and technol-
ogy growing in the United States. And in a world market
where America must compete with other nations that have
strong science and math programs, the country’s future is
considered to be closely tied to its students’ abilities.
The effort to encourage kids in science and math should
come from inside and outside the classroom. Teachers and
schools certainly do their part, but parents can also help
foster an interest in the science and math felds. Some-
thing as simple as taking a young child to a science muse-
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um might be the catalyst for a lasting fascination that could
turn into a career.
For older students, parents can act as guides by discussing
the benefts of careers in the science, math and technology
felds. In addition to the government’s enthusiasm for sci-
ence, many large corporations are eager to promote science
and math education, as they will be dependent on a strong
base of well-educated future employees.
Scholarships for science and math students are abundantly
available, and other programs
offer opportunities that go even
further. The Intel Science Tal-
ent Search, for instance, a pro-
gram of Society for Science &
the Public (SSP), is an annual
competition that identifes the
nation’s most promising young
scientists and mathematicians.
Science Talent Search alumni
have gone on to receive the No-
bel Prize, Fields Medals, Nation-
al Medals of Science and even
an Academy Award, illustrating
that awards for the creative and
inspiring work of science are available.
High school seniors are eligible for the award and this year,
1,744 students entered the competition with original re-
search projects from a range of mathematical, engineering,
environmental and scientifc disciplines. The feld was nar-
rowed down to 300 semifnalists and $600,000 in awards
was divided among the students and their schools, to sup-
port math and science resources. Forty fnalists gathered
in Washington D.C. to compete for more than $630,000 in
Evan O’Dorney, 17, of Dan-
ville, Calif., won the top award of
$100,000 from the Intel Founda-
tion for his mathematical project
in which he compared two ways to
estimate the square root of an in-
teger. His research stems from an
interest he developed as early as
age 2, when he was checking math
textbooks out of the library.
O’Dorney and other fnalists were
also given the opportunity to meet
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importance of science and math education and shared his
encouragement of their research pursuits.
“By meeting with us, it was sort of like President Obama
was passing on the baton for us to take on the future,” said
Elaine Zhou, an Intel Science Talent Search fnalist from
Winter Park, FL. “We may not become politicians, we may
not live in the White House, but his support of young sci-
entists like us reinforces that we can have a strong impact
and change the future for the better.”
The effort to take America back to the top ranks of innova-
tive countries is manifesting in the encouragement of the
country’s students to explore their curiosity for how the
world works and develop solutions for global challenges.
What might seem like a spark of interest today could be
a world-changing innovation tomorrow. For more infor-
mation on the Intel Science Talent Search, go to www.in-
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Stars Speed To The Finish Line To Help Children In Need
(ARA) - What happens when you take some of America’s
favorite stars away from the glitz and glam of their day jobs
and put them on an 11-turn road course? It’s simple: They
become transformed into modern-day race-car drivers ...
and there is no room for acting or stunt doubles in this role.
Each spring, a select group of Hollywood’s elite heads to
Long Beach, Calif., to train and compete against each other
and professionals in the annual Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.
Celebrities will zoom around a 1.97-mile track in race-
ready Scion tCs through the streets of downtown Long
Beach April 16. The event, in its 35th year, is the largest,
longest-running corporate-sponsored celebrity racing
event in the world.
Close to 550 celebrities, such as Keanu Reeves, Adrien
Brody, Cameron Diaz, Ashley Judd, Patrick Dempsey,
Donny Osmond, Jay Leno, George Lucas and Queen
Latifah, have taken time away from sets, stages and stu-
dios over the years to fll a new role: race-car driver. The
stars receive extensive training in order to suit up on race
day as certifed drivers. Oscar-winners and prime-time
heroes set stardom aside for a few days to chase a differ-
ent dream - a need for speed.
“Win or lose, this race thrills celebrities and pro driv-
ers alike, because it offers the high-speed challenge of
real racing, combined with a worthwhile charitable en-
deavor,” says Les Unger, national motorsports manager
at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Some of the star drivers are already racing enthusiasts,
while some have never accelerated faster than the speed
limit. What they have in common is their passion to do
good - both for their own charity of choice and the char-
ity that the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race supports: Racing
for Kids, a national organization that benefts children’s
hospitals in Southern California. Toyota donates $5,000
on behalf of each driver to Racing for Kids and $5,000
more to the winner’s charity of choice. And every year
since the event’s inception in 1977, the participating ce-
lebrities make a visit to a children’s hospital to spend
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time with some of the ill and recovering kids who beneft
from the $1.9 million that has been donated over the years
by Toyota.
Dr. William Pinsky, a New Orleans-based pediatric cardi-
ologist, founded Racing for Kids in the late 1980s as a way
to connect sick children with their favorite race-car drivers,
and in this case, stars. “I used to race cars, but I wasn’t any
good at it, so I decided to combine two of the things I loved
most,” says Pinsky, who visited Miller Children’s Hospital
in Long Beach with last year’s racers.
That same passion makes the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race a
must for the celebrity drivers. “I love getting to do events
like this where you meet people you’ve looked up to, and
you do things you don’t normally get a chance to do,” says
2010’s winning celebrity driver Brian Austin Green. “And
in this event we did it for charity; it benefted the children’s
hospital in Long Beach and in Orange County, Calif.; it
was amazing.”
To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, one of
six main-event attractions taking place during the 37th An-
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