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Timely launch for new online Instructional Technology & Design master’s degree – UNCGNews

timely launch for new online instructional technology & design master’s degree – uncgnews

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As society continues to struggle with a pandemic, many people have found themselves thrust into teaching, learning, working, and creating through virtual tools and platforms – many for the first time. Within this cultural shift, a new online master’s program at UNC Greensboro is positioned to be a leader in designing and implementing tools and experiences for an increasingly online world.

The new online MEd in Instructional Technology program launched this fall with its inaugural cohort of 13 graduate students. Led by Dr. Anthony Chow from the Department of Library and Information Science, the program will prepare teachers, instructors, and trainers to design, deliver, and assess top-quality learning and development across industries including academia, government, military, nonprofits, and the private sector.

And the new program has hit the virtual ground running. Under the mentorship of Chow, 5 of the graduate students volunteered to lead usability testing with UNCG faculty, staff, and students for the new UNC Greensboro website design that is underway this year. And that project happened in the first week of class. The students documented user interaction with web page architecture and noted how long it took users to perform certain tasks, and noted issues users had with navigation. These …

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A Viral Theory Cited by Health Officials Draws Fire From Scientists

a viral theory cited by health officials draws fire from scientists

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As the coronavirus pandemic erupted this spring, two Stanford University professors — Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Scott W. Atlas — bonded over a shared concern that lockdowns were creating economic and societal devastation.Now Dr. Atlas is President Trump’s pandemic adviser, a powerful voice inside the White House. And Dr. Bhattacharya is one of three authors of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration, a scientific treatise that calls for allowing the coronavirus to spread naturally in order to achieve herd immunity — the point at which enough people have been infected to stall transmission of the pathogen in the community.While Dr. Atlas and administration officials have denied advocating this approach, they have praised the ideas in the declaration. The message is aligned with Mr. Trump’s vocal opposition on the campaign trail to lockdowns, even as the country grapples with renewed surges of the virus.The central proposition — which, according to the declaration’s website, is supported by thousands of signatories who identify as science or health professionals — is that to contain the coronavirus, people “who are not vulnerable should immediately be allowed to resume life as normal” while those at high risk are protected from infection. Younger Americans should return …

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Forbes School of Business & Technology to Present Webinar Series on Leadership Skills in Today’s Global Economy

forbes school of business & technology to present webinar series on leadership skills in today’s global economy

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SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University will host Leadership Skills You Need to Compete in Today’s Global Economy, a four-part webinar series featuring topics related to enhancing individual leadership strengths and redefining the attributes of today’s impactful leaders.
Each webinar session will feature presentations by a member of the school’s MBA Advisory Committee, who will share their thought leadership and industry experience related to the education and skills needed to compete in the global business environment.
The webinar sessions and MBA Advisory Committee presenters include:
Adaptation – The New Competitive Advantage
Friday, October 30, 2020 at 10 am PTPresented by Dr. Chitra Anand, Author, Global Speaker, and Advisor to High-Growth  CompaniesIn this talk, Anand will explore how Adaptation Theory can be used as a new way of thinking for organizations to achieve sustainable innovation, and to pivot successfully as necessary.
EQ/DQ/CA – The Winning Combination of Emotional, Diversity, and Communications Intelligence
Friday, November 13, 2020 at 10 am PTPresented by Kevin Allen, Founder and CEO, E.I. GamesAllen will examine these three areas of emotional intelligence and how together, they are an intrinsic part of vital leadership skills development.
BQ (Business Quotient) and Leadership
Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10 …

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Strict biodiversity laws prevent Indian scientists from sharing new microbes with the world

strict biodiversity laws prevent indian scientists from sharing new microbes with the world

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Klebsiella indica, isolated from the surface of a tomato, is one of the few microbial species reported by Indian researchers this year.

National Centre for Cell Science

By Pratik PawarOct. 20, 2020 , 4:50 PM

Praveen Rahi spent the better part of the past 3 years identifying and describing a new species of a nitrogen-fixing bacteria he discovered on peas cultivated in the mountains of northern India. But it could take years for Rahi, a microbial ecologist at India’s National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), to get the new species validated and officially named—if he doesn’t get scooped.

Syed Dastager, a microbiologist at the country’s National Chemical Laboratory, faces a similar problem. He says he has discovered 30 new microbial species over the past several years, but they all sit in his laboratory freezer, unknown to the world, because he can’t publish about them.

These scientists, like many others, are caught in a strange bureaucratic limbo between India’s stringent biodiversity protection laws and the rules of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP), which validates newly discovered microbes. “As a country, we now face the prospect of losing the claim to document bacterial diversity from India,” Yogesh Shouche, a …

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Akilah Johnson joins The Post’s Health and Science team to cover health disparities

akilah johnson joins the post’s health and science team to cover health disparities

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Akilah comes to The Post from the Washington newsroom of ProPublica, where for the past year she has written memorably about the intersection of health, politics and race. She and a colleague were among the first to chronicle the effects of the pandemic in African American communities, showing how the crisis compounded longstanding disparities borne of economic dislocation and systemic racism. Akilah and a team of reporters then examined the first 100 coronavirus deaths in Chicago, revealing that 70 of those who died were Black. Earlier, she illustrated the heartbreaking consequences when recipients of Medicare and Medicaid are erroneously excised from the rolls.Before ProPublica, Akilah spent eight years at the Boston Globe covering politics and immigration; she was part of a Spotlight team that was a Pulitzer finalist for its examination of race in Boston . Akilah spent the better part of 2012 living in a Boston neighborhood riven by gun violence for a series about the people living in those 68 blocks. And she covered the protests that swept Ferguson, Mo., and the aftermath of the racist massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. Akilah also spent seven years at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where she helped …

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Can Your Students Tell the Difference Between Fact and Fiction? – EdSurge News

can your students tell the difference between fact and fiction? – edsurge news

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Information flies by in our social media feeds, pops into our private messages and invades our inboxes. Sometimes I feel like I can’t even keep up. On more than one occasion, I’ve shared something, then had to walk it back. I know better, and yet I still fail to be a critical consumer of information. How, then, can we do better when so much is at stake? In recent months, I’ve started really digging into the how and why of misinformation, disinformation and the nitty-gritty details of being news literate. At first, I felt like I couldn’t get my arms around what to do. It seemed so insurmountable to begin to make inroads in teaching the kids (and, for that matter, the adults) in my life how to rise above the fray, to think before acting and to critically analyze all the inputs. Honestly, it’s tempting to put my head in the sand. And if I feel this way as an educator and library media specialist who is supposed to be able to lead and guide on topics like this, I can’t imagine how overwhelming it is for someone without a background in information …

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Idaho families can get thousands to help with education costs – East Idaho News

idaho families can get thousands to help with education costs – east idaho news

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Stock imageBOISE — Idaho families can receive up to $3,500 to purchase or receive reimbursement for educational materials, technology or services through a website launching Wednesday. In September, Gov. Brad Little announced the Strong Families, Strong Students initiative utilizing $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. Since the announcement, the State Board of Education has approved a contract with a third-party vendor, allowing the Wednesday launch of strongfamlies.idaho.gov. “When parents have to step in to provide instruction and equipment due to school-related closures, we see them pushed out of the workforce – something that strains our economic rebound, Little said in a news release Monday announcing the website. The website will allow eligible parents to apply for $1,500 per eligible student with a maximum award of $3,500 per family. The money can be used to purchase or receive reimbursement for eligible educational materials, devices and services. Eligible items include computers, software, other devices including adaptive learning technology, internet connectivity, instructional materials, and fees for courses, tutoring services, educational services and therapies, and licensed daycare during work hours. RELATED | Want a state grant to offset online learning costs? Stay tuned Board of Education spokesman Mike Keckler tells EastIdahoNews.com that the program targets families with …

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Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

dust bowl 2.0? rising great plains dust levels stir concerns

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A dust storm in the Texas panhandle. Fueled by drought and agriculture, dust levels in parts of the Great Plains have doubled in 20 years, researchers say.

KEITH LADZINSKI/National Geographic

By Roland PeaseOct. 20, 2020 , 10:50 AM

Earlier this month, a storm front swept across the Great Plains of the United States, plowing up a wall of dust that could be seen from space, stretching from eastern Colorado into Nebraska and Kansas. It was a scene straight from the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when farmers regularly saw soil stripped from their fields and whipped up into choking blizzards of dust.

Better get used to it. According to a new study, dust storms on the Great Plains have become more common and more intense in the past 20 years, because of more frequent droughts in the region and an expansion of croplands. “Our results suggest a tipping point is approaching, where the conditions of the 1930s could return,” says Gannet Haller, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Utah who led the study.

The dust storms not only threaten to remove soil nutrients and decrease agricultural productivity, but also present a health hazard, says Andy Lambert, a co-author on the study and a meteorologist …

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Meet Howard County Education Board Candidate: Jen Mallo

meet howard county education board candidate: jen mallo

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COLUMBIA, MD — When voters cast their ballots in the Nov. 3 elections, they will be asked to select individuals to serve on the Howard County’s board of education. Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to help provide voters with information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation. Below are the responses from candidate Jen Mallo. Age (as of Election Day) Husband, 3 children who graduated from Wilde Lake HS Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? No Education MA, George Washington University, East Asian StudiesBA, Wittenberg University, Economics, East Asian Studies Occupation Board of Education member (2 years), Education Advocate/Activist (25 years), Blessings in Backpack Coordinator (2+ years), University Administration (2 years) Campaign website votejenmallo.com Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office Current member of the Howard County Board of EducationPolicy Chair, Howard County Board of EducationDirector, Legal Services Administration of the Maryland Association of Boards of EducationHoward County Executive Spending Affordability Committee Member The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it. The single most pressing issue facing our school board …

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