The American Heart Association has awarded a $750,000 grant to the University of Maine for a study of fat tissue in older mice. Researchers will look at how fat tissue's nerve supply is lost over time and how that may affect communication with the brain, leading to such conditions as diabetes and obesity.
Teachers' relationships with their students help to support learning, asserts National Board Certified Teacher Starr Sackstein. In this blog post, she shares ideas to improve communication with students, including offering genuine praise and honesty.
Students in an Indiana school district are receiving training to work in the recreational vehicle and manufacturing housing industry. Matt Werbianski, principal at Elkhart Area Career Center, said the program was developed following outreach from employers who said they were facing a shortage of skilled workers.
Teacher Jada Reeves received a grant to organize a day of technology-based, hands-on learning activities at her West Virginia school. Students and their families participated in activities that included programming robots, making kites or exploring musical instruments.
Maps can be powerful tools during humanitarian crises, and training refugees in geographic information systems can give them valuable job skills, writes Brian Tomaszewski of the Rochester Institute of Technology. He explains how his team trained 10 Syrian refugees on mapping concepts in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
People's climate change beliefs can shape their views on seasonal weather patterns, per a recent study from Utah State University. Researchers "found a pretty strong relationship between what people thought about global climate change more broadly and what they said they had experienced in terms of the weather at the local level," said assistant professor of geography Peter Howe.
The English language, which has an estimated 1.5 billion speakers worldwide, may face challenges to remain the top global language, writes Robin Lustig of BBC World Service. In this commentary, Lustig highlights how technological advances, such as computer programs that translate text into other languages, may be changing how people use English.
Students at a Washington state high school have connected with some peers in Japan by exchanging handwritten letters in English and Japanese. The students, who are from diverse backgrounds, write about their cultures and other interests with their pen pals.