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Siobhan manages philanthropy and corporate responsibility initiatives aligned with Applied Materials’ core value of making a positive social contribution in communities where the company operates and its employees work and live.
Some are serious runners; others are out for a leisurely stroll. Hundreds will be dressed in appropriately themed holiday outfits and others just can’t let go of that favorite Halloween costume. They will arrive by train, on bikes, via large parking lots, many before the break of dawn.And, all to participate in the 7th annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose on Thanksgiving morning – an event that is fast becoming a family-oriented tradition in the community.
One is improving the efficiency of first aid delivery in the event of mass casualties. Another is fighting the proliferation of counterfeit drugs and untested medical devices in emerging countries through a mobile RFID-based system. And, a third is dedicated to promoting dental health among children who don’t have knowledge of daily brushing techniques and benefits.They aren’t medical professionals with years of experience but high school students from Shanghai, China who won the Applied Materials Future Science Stars competition this spring.
Just like students starting a new school year, local teachers were faced with unfamiliar settings, loads of jargon, mysterious tasks, and new colleagues as part of their Fellowship with Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Educators (IISME). For many who participated in the 27 year old public-private partnership, the Fellowship provided a unique opportunity to work in a corporate environment, live the culture, and learn more about the skills their students will need to compete in the global marketplace.Recently, the ten IISME Fellows who worked at Applied this summer, and were mentored by employees, presented information about their time at the company, their projects, and their Education Transfer Plan that addresses how the Fellowship will impact their teaching and student learning once they return to the classroom.
In a region as diverse as Silicon Valley, the arts can bring people together in shared experiences that transcend boundaries and foster understanding. Through the arts, we gain exposure to the traditions of various cultures and learn of issues important to people in communities around the world. Two current events in San Jose, Calif., funded in part by the Applied Materials Foundation, work to build bridges between people through the arts.
Applied Materials, the presenting sponsor of the international awards program and proud sponsor of the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award, joins other sponsors in recognizing people from around the globe who have developed programs and products that are having a positive impact on the way people live.
Early on an icy cold Thanksgiving morning, nearly 15,000 runners and walkers took to the streets of downtown San Jose, California to participate in the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. They raised more than $425,000 for three local charities addressing critical community needs.
Far too many people in our local communities are facing a dismal holiday season. In Silicon Valley, the Food Bank is serving 250,000 people per month, more than 6000 community members snaked around the block of Sacred Heart Community Services agency last weekend to register for holiday food and gifts, and CBS’s 60 Minutes recently broadcasted a sobering segment on the Valley’s unemployed. But there are ways you can help.
The idea of using technology to benefit humanity brings to mind awe-inspiring, life-changing innovations of significant scale and impact, such as medical breakthroughs, advances in communications and high speed transportation.
But as the Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, demonstrate, sometimes clever ideas and relatively simple technology, elegant and effective in design, can help solve critical problems around the world.