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12/8/2017

High-schoolers in Alaska recently learned about potential careers in the nursing field through the University of Alaska Anchorage's RRANN: Recruiting and Retaining Alaska Natives into Nursing program. The camp was led by the university's nursing students.

12/8/2017

A Virginia school district will launch five new career and technical education pathways in medicine and health care through a partnership with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Services. The first, in biomedical informatics, will be offered beginning next year, and pathways in sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences will be offered over the next four years.

12/8/2017

More than 600 high-school students in North Carolina recently attended an event called Expedition: Careers, where they learned about potential careers in 10 fields. Representatives from the automotive repair, hospitality and welding fields, as well as others, were on hand to answer questions.

12/8/2017

Culinary arts and nutrition students at a Pennsylvania high school recently baked 180 dozen cookies for area seniors. Teacher Beth Fochtman said the event helps to promote kindness among students and involves the community with the school.

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KDKA-TV (Pittsburgh)
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12/8/2017

The nonprofit Credential Engine is working to create a database of every available higher-education credential. So far, 175 organizations have submitted more than 1,500 credentials -- out of the estimated 250,000 available in the US.

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EdSurge
12/8/2017

Elementary-school students in North Carolina learned lessons in basic coding this week from high-school students enrolled in a career and technical education program. The program was part of a celebration of Computer Science Education Week.

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12/8/2017

After sorting through 52 million echolocation signals in underwater sound recordings, a computer algorithm has found six previously unidentified dolphin click varieties, according to findings published in PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers say that figuring out which species of dolphin is making these clicks could help them better track the movements and populations of wild dolphins.

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Science News
12/8/2017

The compound eye of a 530-million-year-old trilobite fossil is giving researchers clues about how little compound eyes have evolved, according to findings published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This may be the earliest example of an eye that it is possible to find," researcher Brigitte Schoenemann said.

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BBC
12/8/2017

When narwhals in the Arctic are faced with a threat, their heart rates actually slow even as they exert high energy while they swim to escape, a paradox researchers are hoping to better understand. "I think we've identified a real physiological challenge here, and we're going to pursue the details of that to see if we can figure out what's going on," said Terrie Williams, lead researcher on the study published in Science.

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12/8/2017

The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to study depression and develop new treatments for it. Most depression medications were designed five decades ago, so there is a strong need for new options, researcher Deveroux Ferguson said.