• Science

    UF misused grant money from National Science Foundation

    Flying business-class and $300 bartender fees were a few of the instances of University of Florida misappropriation of money granted by the National Science Foundation, an audit shows. The audit done for the foundation contends that $640,723 had been inappropriately claimed between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 31, 2019. The audit was the most recent for UF. UF has contested many of the findings but has agreed to reimburse the foundation for some of the expenses. By the way:UF students, professors protest over lack of mask requirement Exclusive:Here’s how UF’s new public safety building is designed The value of the items cited in the audit is a small fraction of…

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  • Exchange Student

    Exchange students from around the globe got the chance to take a look around at Missouri Southern | KSNF/KODE

    JOPLIN, MO – Even though classes at an area university don’t start for a few more days, many students are already getting settled in for the fall semester. But for one group of students, that’s a much bigger task than most. A student’s first semester in college can be a daunting one, even for people from outside the four state area. Just imagine what that’s like for someone from outside the country. Tuesday was orientation for international students on the campus of MSSU. “We feel like we, we take on a parent role, the way we treat these students, or at least the way I try to treat these students…

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  • Online School

    Wyoming educator learns to lead Idaho’s largest online school

    In his return to the Gem State, Jon Abrams finds himself in charge of Idaho’s fastest growing school district — an online school that has added thousands of students in recent years. Jon Abrams Oneida School District trustees selected Abrams to replace outgoing superintendent Rich Moore this school year. Abrams has worked as superintendent of the Pine Bluffs, Wyo.-based Laramie County School District since 2015. He’s an experienced educator, but admits the district’s heavy online emphasis is unfamiliar territory. “Connecting through the virtual world is very different,” he said. “But it’s another opportunity to grow.” Oneida’s Idaho Home Learning Academy, now the state’s largest virtual school, has increased its enrollment at…

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  • Jobs

    Job Boards Pop up for Workplaces Without COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

    More companies are implementing vaccine mandates for employees after Pfizer’s FDA approval. Now, job boards are popping up to connect anti-vax workers with employers that don’t require the shot. One site listed multiple openings for nurses at rural nursing homes that said: “No Jab required.” Loading Something is loading. Job boards for sharing open roles at companies that do not require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 have been popping up online as vaccine mandates are becoming more common. One board is hosted on Gab, the social media platform that has been embraced by some conservatives and members of the far-right. In an email sent to users on Wednesday, Gab…

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  • Science

    An ample Great Barrier Reef coral offers hope amidst climate change

    A coral the size of a carousel is the widest known in the Great Barrier Reef. Found just off the coast of Goolboodi Island in Northeast Australia, this reef-building Porites measures 10.4 meters in diameter — earning it the nickname Muga dhambi, or “big coral,” from the Indigenous custodians of the island, the Manbarra people. In addition to its record-setting width, Muga dhambi stands a little over 5 meters tall, making it the sixth tallest coral in the Great Barrier Reef, researchers report August 19 in Scientific Reports. “It’s a stand-alone coral … and we don’t see many that size,” says marine scientist Nathan Cook of Reef Ecologic, a climate…

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  • Home Schooling

    Homeschooling spike expected to continue during COVID-19 pandemic, even as schools reopen

    NEW ORLEANS – Even though most school districts have reopened their doors this semester, many students will not be returning to the classroom.  The number of students being homeschooled has nearly doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Home Education Research Institutes estimates about 5 million students were homeschooling in March 2021. In 2020, that number sat at 2.6 million.  “Interest has exploded,” said Christopher Chin, the president of Homeschool Louisiana, a faith-based support group for homeschooling families.  Chin said he’d expect this trend to continue even after the pandemic.  “There is going to be some melt where people do go back into an institutional school setting,…

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  • Exchange Student

    How the U.S. Benefits From International Student Exchange

    For over a century, U.S. student exchange programs have supported international students interested in expanding their cultural horizons through academic experiences abroad — providing valuable insights for use in both their professional and personal lives. These exchanges have long been a valuable tool for the U.S., serving to expand knowledge of U.S. culture and promote goodwill among allied states and geopolitical competitors alike.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently called the enrollment of international students a U.S. foreign policy imperative. Investing in this type of educational exchange is directly in the U.S. national interest, providing long-term benefits to American citizens, even if they don’t participate in the programs themselves. Benefits…

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