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New Student Experience Outdoor Programs Focus on Service

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For more than 30 years, incoming first-year students at Salisbury University have engaged in summer outdoor orientation programs, from canoeing in Canada and hiking in Maine, to biking on the Eastern Shore.

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Texas A&M Planning to Create Medical School for Physician Engineers at Houston Methodist Hospital

Texas A&M University is planning to create an innovative engineering medical school at Houston Methodist Hospital to educate a new kind of doctor, pending appropriate approvals, who will invent transformational technology for health care, officials announced today.

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Skateboarding Professor Available to Talk About Keeping Kids Active During the Summer Break.

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$625 Million in WFU Construction Over 10 Years Enhances Residential Experience

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Wake Forest University is in the midst of a 10-year, $625 million construction effort that reflects the institution’s commitment to offer the best residential college experience in the country.

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Should First-Year College Students Assessed as Needing Remedial Math Take College-Level Quantitative Courses Instead?

Policies placing first-year college students assessed as needing remedial math directly into college-level quantitative courses, with additional support, can increase student success, according to a first-of-its-kind study published today in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association.

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Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson to Co-Chair Annual Meeting of the New Champions

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced that university president Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson will co-chair the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, China, June 26-28, 2016. In her role as co-chair, Jackson will participate in a debate on the role of corporate-led research in advancing scientific progress, a televised session in which she will discuss the key elements of an innovation ecosystem that translates research results into technological innovations and business opportunities. Jackson will also moderate a discussion among Rensselaer faculty of the role of big data in disrupting transmissible diseases.

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Part-Timers Now 49 Percent of Nation’s College and University Faculty, RTI International Researchers Find

Part-time workers now make up nearly half of the faculty of U.S. colleges and universities, according to the 2016 edition of The Condition of Education, a federal report on the nation’s education system with contributions from RTI International.

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ASA Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling to Uphold Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

The American Sociological Association (ASA) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The judgement allows the university to continue using race as a factor in admissions decisions.

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Early Behavior Problems Impact Long-Term Educational Attainment More for Boys Than Girls

A new study finds that behavioral problems in early childhood have a larger negative effect on high school and college completion rates for boys than girls, which partially explains the substantial gender gap in educational attainment that currently exists in the United States.

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Standardized-Exam Development Approach Improves Classroom Exams

Blueprinting may improve consistency of exams in the classroom year to year. A medical school professor will discuss how he successfully predicted students’ performance on a first-year medical course exam he developed using blueprinting at the APS Institute on Teaching and Learning Workshop.

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President Obama Announces Winner of New Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute and New Manufacturing Hub Competitions

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Recently, President Barack Obama announced that the the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), will lead the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). The winning coalition, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, brings together a consortium of nearly 200 partners from more than 30 states—and from across academia, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), industry, and nonprofits—to spur advances in smart sensors and digital process controls that can radically improve the efficiency of U.S. advanced manufacturing.

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Summer Safety

With summer comes fun in the sun, beach outings, pool parties and outdoor adventures like camping, hiking, bicycling and skateboarding. What also comes is an increased risk for injuries and as such, an increased need for awareness. The specialists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have compiled a list of helpful guidelines to ensure that you and your family have an enjoyable and safe summer in the heat and in and around the water.

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Active Learning Science Courses May Improve Student Retention in STEM

Having undergraduate students take part in scientific discovery may be a viable way to keep students interested in STEM, according to a growing body of research by science educators and education researchers. Experts summarize the successes and challenges of discovery-based research courses at the American Physiological Society’s Institute on Teaching and Learning Workshop.

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Edward Mclaughlin Named Interim Dean of Cornell’s Dyson School

ITHACA, N.Y. – Edward McLaughlin, a distinguished expert in the efficiency of food distribution systems, will become the interim David J. Nolan Dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management starting July 1, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced June 21.

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New Timeline for Prestigious William P. Van Wagenen Fellowship

Foreign study fellowship offered for post-residency neurosurgeons.

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Scholarships Foster Growing Diversity in Sciences at Duquesne University

Scholarships designed to increase diversity in scientific fields at Duquesne University will provide six eligible students with full-tuition, four-year scholarships, starting this fall.

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NUS is Asia’s best in Latest Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been named Asia’s top university in the latest Asia University Rankings 2016 published by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. This is the first time that the University has attained the top position in this ranking of Asia universities since the introduction of this category in 2013.

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Nate Disser Gets Distinguished Fellowship, Aims to Help People in Pain

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Nate Disser, a human physiology major at Gonzaga University, is one of two dozen students nationwide chosen to take part in a paid 10-week Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship from the American Physiological Society. For Disser, from Broomfield, Colorado, the internship is a perfect fit.