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US to Erase Student Debt for Those With Severe Disabilities
"The bike need ministrations announced it will automatically re student loan debt for Americans with severe disabilities who are unable to earn high incomes starting in September the education department will start a racing student debt for some three hundred twenty three thousand Americans listed by social security as permanently disabled the federal government already offer student debt relief but the current rules require that borrowers submit a lot of documentation advocates of complain some people have been dropped by the program for not getting their paperwork in on time like proof of earnings they best the debt relief be automatically implemented for those already in the social security system the national student legal defense network is calling the new policy a life changing step Jackie Quinn Washington
Destenie Nock of Carnegie Mellon University on Fixing Energy Poverty
"My research group investigates how energy poverty will be affected by energy transitions an creates methods for identifying who is experiencing energy poverty when people hear the word poverty they usually think of people who have trouble affording their basic needs and the energy space most people assume in individuals energy port if they spend more than six percent of their income meeting their energy needs. The problem is that this assumes everyone is spending all the money. They need to keep their house at a comfortable temperature cook and use all of the other electricity appliances. We have become dependent on this misses. The people who use space heaters and their ovens to heat their homes due to high natural gas and oil prices and what about the people who keep their houses really hot in the summer because they cannot afford electricity in my research group we have created an energy poverty metric called the energy equity gap which identifies the households that are cutting their electricity consumption to reduce their financial burden. The energy equity gap is based on the difference in outdoor temperatures which members of different income groups are likely to start using their a c. We find that. The energy equity gap between low in high income groups ranges from four point seven degrees fahrenheit to seven point five degrees fahrenheit meaning on average low income households. Wait seven degrees longer to turn. On their ac units. Some households will even wait until it is above eighty degrees. This puts them at risk of heat. Stroke and heat. Exhaustion foregoing air-conditioning also increases the humidity in the house meaning the occupants will be at greater risk from mold asthma and allergens. We hope this new dimension of energy poverty will be used in addition to traditional income based energy poverty metrics to reduce the number of people suffering from energy poverty.
Bryant Sculos, Worcester State University, Learning From Basic Income Pilots
"Although universal basic income or you. Bi is not a new idea. Recent political campaigns have reenergized interest in it. You be is a broad category policy. Proposals that involve sending direct payments set at or near a living wage to all people regardless of demonstrated need mirrors around the us developing guaranteed income programs for their communities inspired by the idea of you and a time when people are struggling at historic levels. That said many of the local pilot programs fall. Short of the ideal of many are not universal and most do not provide a living wage however even these experiments can still achieve important goals including providing data. The challenges many of the negative. Miss about you. Bi while also benefiting the participants you be i experiments up to this point. Show the providing direct payments to people improve their lives and benefit the economy at the same time understanding how the local experiments diverged from upi can illuminate the ways that these pilots can leave the foundation for progress towards a more far-reaching you bi system in order to be maximally. Valuable in relation to that goal local guaranteed income. Projects need to do at least three key things involved. More people provide larger sums of money to the participants and they need to provide the income for longer periods of time or more expansive. You've i programs which are best funded by increasing taxes on the wealthy are more controversial. The more expansive. Cbi program is the more likely it is that the beneficiaries will make longer term changes to their lives which include going back to school and spending more time with their families and in their communities unexpansive. You can even begin to change how people think about their relationship to work and their views on her capitalist economic system that regularly leave so many behind
Why Culturally Relevant Teaching Is Important
"To this episode. Let's dive right into it. So one of the think about culturally responsive teaching. I define. It is being attuned and acknowledging students diverse backgrounds. Educating them with the lens that there heritage background and cultural assets are advantages and can enhance their education and having a worked in urban schools. I see that students already possess a genius within them because of their diverse backgrounds and because of the cultural assets that they bring to the classroom and it is up to me to us as the teacher or teachers to facilitate a nurture this genius within the children that we teach and i was made aware of this time and time again in my teaching i saw a second grade poetry lesson using a poem by langston us and the students were able to dissect and find hidden meaning within this boy without a lot of prompting. It'd be difficult for the students to have this kind of insight to have this kind of critical thinking but they were able to dissect it to break it down honest and understand it without me. Having to prompt them and realize how much of a genius students have when they can bring their backgrounds cultural assets their experiences to the classroom culturally responsive
Kat Cole on the Power of Possible
"I was trying to think about where to start. This and i think good place to start is the dark side of gratitude. What does that expression mean to you. And where does it come from i. It's funny. I'm definitely known for leading with gratitude. So it's an ironic statement from someone like me. But i remember when my mom came to me when i was nine years old and said that's it i'm done. We're leaving and what she meant was we. Were leaving my dad. My dad was an is a very good man but at the time was an alcoholic and he had a wife and three daughters at home nine. Mi six and three. My two sisters and i had been in multiple car accidents with him drunk driving. By the time. I was nine. So i remember when my mom came to me and said we were leaving. I did not cry. I did not get upset. I looked at her at the age of nine and said what took you so long and it was because i was close enough to the bad to realize that even a scary decision was a better one than the alternative which was staying but as i got older and i talked to my mom more about that decision which turned out great for everyone. I asked her again. What took you so long. Because she started sharing with me how bad it was for. How long and and what it boiled down to was the dark side of gratitude that she was so grateful that she had a nice house and she was so grateful that we had gifts for the holidays and she was told by her family. And my father's family and her friends who were very poor much more so than us. We would be considered middle class at that stage that she was lucky to have all these things that she had and that that was a the alcoholism and the things that came along with it were a small price to pay for those other what appeared to be fortunes
Catherine Bondonno of Edith Cowan University on Leafy Greens and Heart Disease
"Imagine if you could add years to your life and improve your chances of not dying from heart disease imagine if it only took one small change but first why is heart. Disease important is the cause of nearly eighteen million lives lost each year. The sad fact is that a large number of these deaths are preventable. Why because the development of the majority of risk factors for heart disease can be avoided. The good news is that we can reduce risk for heart disease through our diet. We have found that eating one cup per day or vegetables like lettuce. Beetroot and spinach can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. We analyze data from over fifty. Three thousand participants of the danish died cancer and health. Study over a twenty three year period. We evaluated the died followed by participants focusing on vegetable nitrate intake against health outcomes related to the hot. We found that participants who followed a nitrate rich vegetable diet. Had about a two and a half millimeter. Mercury lower systolic blood pressure and a twelve to twenty six percent lower risk of heart disease compared to participants consuming less nitrate rich vegetables and other key finding was at one cup of leafy green vegetables was enough to reach the optimal levels of nitrate calculated at fifty nine milligrams per day. We did not see for the benefits in people who ate higher levels of nitrate rich vegetables. So eating just one cup of knighthood rich vegetables can therefore have a valuable impact on the health of your heart
Why Do We Make Assumptions?
"Welcome to the mind. Set for life podcast. Today this is bethany hansen. And i am so glad you are here. We're gonna talk about assumptions today. Have you ever had someone really let you down or expect something of you that you just had no idea about likely that was because a there was poor communication but the there were some assumptions. Either you had an assumption about the other person or they had an assumption about you and that wasn't communicated enough. I've talked for a few weeks now on the mind set for life. Podcast about the ladder of inference. I've never mentioned the letter of inference. So if you listened to episodes seventy eight and seventy nine you're not gonna hear me mention it but that is exactly what i'm talking about. The ladder of inference is this tool. That really tells us what we are thinking. It's interesting because when we think in sort of these steps are brain just flies through it. We don't even realize we're doing it. But the ladder of inference gives us sort of a structure to which we can then slow down think about it and realize where we went wrong in our thinking or where someone else went wrong in their thinking at where we need to fill in the blanks. The crazy thing is a lot of the thoughts in our own ladder of inference. Come from our younger life like our childhood or our youth. We have some experiences as we're growing up or as were young in the world and we draw a conclusion based on those experiences
Improve Traffic Flow in Cities by Banning Left Turns
"Intersections. Dangerous because they are where cars often moving very fast than in different directions must cross paths when drivers make left turns. They must cross oncoming traffic which makes intersections much more complicated one way to accommodate turns is to have vehicles wait until a gap appears in oncoming traffic. However this can be dangerous relies entirely on the driver to make the left turn safely another way to allow left hand. Turns you stop oncoming traffic and give cars turning left their own green arrow. This is safer but it shuts down the entire intersection to let left turning vehicles go which slows traffic instead. A simpler solution might be best. Restrict left hand turns in busy cities. This would be safer and allow the intersection to serve more cars. There's a downside. Eliminating left turns would require some vehicles to travel longer distances however eliminating left turns on grid like street networks would on average require people to drive only one additional block. This would be more than offset by the smoother traffic flow. Getting rid of left turns may be difficult to implement across an entire city but they might not need to be left turn. Restrictions are most effective at busier intersections in the centers of towns or cities than it less busy intersections. Farther away from the town center. This is because the busier. The intersection the more people benefit from smoother traffic flow the central intersections also tend to have alternative routes available than minimize any additional distance travel due to the restrictions. So the next time you're sitting in traffic stuck behind someone waiting to make a left turn know that your frustration is justified. There's a better way in this case. The answer is simple. Get rid of the left turn.
Bas Rokers, NYU Abu Dhabi Takes Your Brain Through Virtual Reality
"What if you could walk into a room full of strangers and see names another elephant details floating above everyone's head. Augmented reality can make such world possible. The technology may soon be built into glasses. For example so does virtual content can be superimposed on our view of the real world. Engineers are close to solving many challenges involved in augmented reality at the same time however our understanding of the conditions on the which our brains can or cannot take advantage of the additional information is relatively limited in a recent study at the university of wisconsin madison and newark university. I would dhabi manipulated. The virtual content displayed. We found it under naturalistic. Viewing conditions the brain exploits. Small involuntary had movements which we call head jitter to improve visual perception for augmented reality devices to work well debt for they should record your head jitter and update the virtual content accordingly as an imported aside. We founded commonly available virtual reality headsets. Do not work well for large fraction of the population. Specifically some popular. Headsets provide a poor fit to women. As a result females tend to report a poor visual experience and greater motion sickness. I work informs the design of new virtual and augmented reality devices and may help us. Better understand deniro. Mechanisms that are disrupted in perceptual disorders.
Instructional Design and Teaching, Digital Security, Hardware & Software
"Number one is. Id and teaching strategies. There were a number of articles a large number of articles about instructional design in general and teaching strategies generally over the past two weeks. We're which we always mentioned. We're thrilled to see. We love to see that kind of thing so we saw strategies for designing effective training request forms. That's usually in business. Situations Flipped classrooms discussed multiple articles about flipped classrooms Lesson planning with universal design for learning formative assessment for remote teaching the roles of an instructional coach. All of these things were discussed are recommended. Read in this area is planning for fair group. Work by amir suli and susan m brookhart for asc. Once again i apologize. If i mispronouncing any of our authors names. This was a really good read Describing group work and how to organize a group work setting that everybody finds fair and equitable And i think pretty much all of us who are involved in designing any kind of instruction have had some moment where we've had to organize group work and gets get some kind of pushback from people saying you know. Why are we doing this so this is a really good article. I think in terms of just laying out the the wise and the winds in the house for group work number two our number two Trend is slightly different than normal. Normally we would say that one of our big trends over the past. Few years has been digital security and citizenship. This time around it was all digital security. We had a number a number of articles about just security issues. In general for example microsoft announced security enhancements for dynamics three sixty five viva and teams.
Social Justice for Young Learners
"I shall be. I'm so happy you're here on the podcast today. I'm so happy that you've reached out so we can learn a little bit more about you. Know your thoughts on social justice and a little bit about your company and Some practical tapes that you might have for teachers so if you wanna just go ahead and introduce yourself to us please. Absolutely i'm so excited to be here and chat with you. Talk about all things social justice and education. My name is shelby kratz. I am the founder of little justice leaders subscription box that helps educators integrate social justice into their curriculum with kids And i'm also phd candidate at ucla Working on my degree in education And i've spent about a decade now working and various roles in education so i really You know love working with teachers. And i'm excited to talk about social justice education today. Wonderful wonderful so you have a very varied background in education very yes. So what experiences made you believe in social justice and social justice teaching. And what made you want to start your company like what were some of the things the catalyst for that. Yeah absolutely so Around the time of the two thousand sixteen election I was spending a lot of times in schools working on my research. And i had just been working In the school for a few years before that so i was hearing a lot from teachers and parents that they didn't quite know how to talk to other students to their kids about what was going on in the media and the news at that time it was a lot of xenophobia. A lot of racism. Sexism sajjan coming up in the in the news all over the media and you know these parents and teachers were just like. I have no idea how to purchase with you know. Let's say kindergartner. Or a third grader. and so a lot of what i heard was okay so i'm just not going to talk about it at all
Caitlin Clark on Chocolate Flavor Through Fermentation
"Are you a chocolate lover. Even true chocoholics might not know what their favorite treat has. In common with. Yogurt cheese and wine it's flavors come from fermentation fermentation is the process of improving food through the controlled activity of microbes. The food you know as chocolate starts its life. As the seeds of football shaped fruit farmers scoop out the seeds and pulp into piles or boxes. The seeds are now called. Ca- cow beans they ferment. For about a week before they're dried roasted and crushed with sugar until smooth and ready to eat. Let's go back to that. Fermentation step ca cow from imitation as a multi stage process. The first stage involves east just like the yeast and your beer. Yeast and a fermentation produces alcohol by digesting the sugary pulp around the beans as the pull breaks down. Oxygen sleeps in an oxygen loving bacteria takeover the bacteria generate acidic acid from the alcohol that the produced acetic acid causes biochemical changes as it soaks into the beans and that has a major impact on flavor finally as the acid slowly evaporates and the sugars are all used up. Spore forming organisms begin to grow cows a wild fermentation from his rely on natural microbes in their environment to create unique local flavors. This phenomenon is known as tear warr makers of gourmet small batch chocolate hand select cacao beans based on their distinctive terroir to produce chocolate with an impressive range of flavor nuances for example one bar maybe reminiscent of raspberries. While another has notes of toffee and raisins yet. In both cases the bars contain nothing except cacao beans and sugar these impressive flavor differences are due almost entirely to the power of microbes
Pharmacy and Audiology
"Hi aaron welcome to colson career hat. Thank you so much being with us today. my pleasure. Thank you so much for having me. Sorry i always liked to go right back to the start. I have a five year old for a long time. He's wanted to be a football of that him. Get for what he'd like to do when he gets old up but just recently actually he's been talking about creating an app so potentially he's down software engineering powerful something like that. What did you want to be when you were five years old. I going back to that time. When i was five years old. I actually really liked being gotten or being around sort of insects and crazy collies and collecting them off to the are very much of going outside and doing a lot of things outside and just being around natsha. When i was five years old. I really wanted to be some kind of biologist or something related to animal insects and things like that.
Connie Hamilton on Asking and Getting Students to Ask Great Questions
"Welcome connie. I'm so happy to have you here. Thank you. I'm really excited to be here. I'll some well first of all. I wanted just I love the title of your book hacking questions. Can you tell us just a little bit about what it is and so forth on your inspiration for it. Sure of course. So hacking questions is part of the hack learning series. It's book number. Twenty three in the series and so it follows a pattern of looking at a specific problem in this case in regard to questioning and that verb of how we deliver questions and then provides a possible solution and then walks readers through how to implement that solution. What is some pushback so in theory things often sound really great on paper but when you go to put them to use in the classroom sometimes you have those. Yeah but kind of thing. So there's a whole section that addresses that as well and each chapter focuses on a different a different hack or a different problem in regards to questioning so for example. What happens when you pose. A question. Could say i don't know there's a whole chapter that's related to that. So that's a little bit about hacking questions that's awesome. I wanna come back to that dealing with the. I don't know answers a little bit later. 'cause i think that's so important we get that a lot right but but let's just look at the overall picture like why are good questions so important and if you anybody who's followed my work at all no i am like this questions are everything to me. That's why i was so excited to be here with you. Follow questioning geek. You know yes all right. So i know i. I think there's i want to hear what you have to say. Well i think there's kind of two facets of questions and questioning there's the noun of the question itself so we're looking at how what are the semantics. What's the level of the question. What's the intended purpose of the question. So there's all of that in the design of the question
Reshaping Your Career Through Change and Uncertainty With Katie Wedemeyer-Strombel
"Welcome to partic- katie inky. I'm so glad to be here. I'm really really happy that you here. We talked we've We've had some conversations before this interview and Well before going into the meat of what we're going to talk about Maybe i will just let you introduce yourself. Talk quickly about your your academic journey. You know how why you got attracted to the domain that that you that you studied and then Maybe just a also quickly how. Then you transitioned to the non-academic space. Yeah so i'm i'm originally from southern california small little beach town named called summer land actually and I grew up on the beach. I loved being outside and in the water. Just kind of always fascinated with the ocean Ended up going to uc san diego for my undergraduate degree where i studied A few different things started out. As a pre dental major. Actually i was going to be orthodontist and then decided that that was definitely not for me after quarters of school and ended up switching into a ecology behavior evolution. Because i always love the change. Yeah so i just really liked animals. And i liked the idea of studying something not allowed me to go outside and so i did that. Search majored in. that's when i graduated. I had no idea what i wanted to do though. I didn't really know what a career meant with that kind of a major a lot of direction. I just knew that. I liked science. And i really liked communicating science of love talking to people about what i had learned
California Launches Largest Free School Lunch Program in US
"California will launch the largest free school lunch program in the country when classrooms in California re opened for the fall term all six point two million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free regardless of their family's income it really D. stigmatizes those who are quote on school lunch it really does become the program of kids who are hungry get to eat that's Erin primer the director of food services for the San Luis coastal unified school district she says it worked when schools were closed due to cover nineteen meals will continue to be free out side of the global pandemic which is just incredible and that's great news for all students across the state the cast for the program came from an unexpected budget surplus I'm showing employer
Biden Says Teachers Deserve 'a Raise, Not Just Praise'
"President Joe Biden tells the nation's largest teachers union that the pandemic has taught parents the ultimate education in the challenge of being a teacher in a speech to members of the national education association meeting in Washington president Biden says the difficulties teachers have faced during the pandemic shows they deserve a raise he also sees them as a key to the nation's future I think is the single most important component America's future so don't give up on yourself and I know you won't don't give up in these kids the president adding he remembers the names of every teacher who influenced him and a good teacher could have a lifetime impact on the student both of the nation's major teachers unions endorsed Biden as a presidential candidate and he has kept close ties with them since his election Tim McGuire Washington
Rachael Clark of Northern Kentucky University on Hope in Poverty
"And twenty thirteen northern kentucky university began a partnership with the west side neighborhood in newport a community across the ohio river from cincinnati and a few miles from our campus. The west side would receive help with parks community gardens public art and even a bicycle maintenance class. That was a way to teach science and math while having fun in k. U. students in turn would have experiential education opportunities early on in. Ku's community engagement team asked. If one of my psychology classes could measure hope in the residents of the west side. We agreed and also measured meaning in life. Hope is important because over the last two decades it has emerged at the moderately strong predictor of wellbeing on the west side. Most families live at or below the poverty line you might reasonably expect residents to have lower hope and meaning in life. They didn't my students surveyed west side residents and for the sake of comparison in k. U. students our findings published earlier. This year showed no major difference between the two groups. Indeed the newport residents generally scored higher for hope and meaning in life especially among newer residents. Who share a vision of what the west side might become as residents take greater ownership of the old neighborhoods future rather than seeing it to absentee landlords because of these surprising findings we decide to explore a results with a focus group with learned. That residents while hopeful. Personally were less optimistic about external forces shaping their neighborhood. They felt for example that municipal services were more readily provided to wealthier residents neighborhood and socio political factors impacted their levels of hope more so than individual factors still that didn't diminish their personal faith in their future or their commitment to a better westside.
Puerto Rico to Receive $4B in Federal Education COVID-19 Relief
"Puerto Rico will receive nearly $4 billion in federal education pandemic relief funds that will boost the U. S territories fight against Covid 19. Monday's announcement was made during Cardona's official three day trip to Puerto Rico. Roughly half of the nearly four billion will be released as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. Stay at home orders are back in some
Linda Dynan, Northern Kentucky University Hospital Safety and Quality
"Most of us think of hospitals as places. We go in order to get well when we are too ill to recover from illness or injury at home. Researchers many disciplines and healthcare providers are striving to make sure that is true. I'm economist studies how to improve healthcare. Which means either we can improve access to in the quality of healthcare at the same cost or maintain access and quality but produce these at lower cost in two thousand report documented. The alarming incidents and cost preventable adverse events or patient safety events in america's hospitals reporting that as many as ninety eight thousand people die in hospitals every year as a result of preventable medical errors since then government agencies and hospitals have worked to measure medical error and provide incentives for hospitals to minimize these events. This is where my research comes in. What types of policies are effective in reducing medical error but types of investments hospitals lead to improvements in patient safety information technology nurse. Training empowering frontline caretakers to signal problems. Once we know what works. How do we get hospitals to adopt these systems and processes. How do we make these changes. Sustainable what have we learned where we can do better. We've seen improvement in many measures of hospital. Quality preliminary results indicate increased expenditure on the education and training of nursing staff. Non data processing produce improvements in patient. Safety context matters. that is each hospital's different in quality. Improvement efforts needs to be tailored to each environment. Incentives also matter government policies related to value based care and non payment encourage hospitals to change behaviors to improve outcomes. Healthcare workers are motivated to do the right thing but doing the right things often costly and we have much more to learn.