OSU Recruiting More Native Students
4:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

OSU Says More Native Americans Needed In Medicine And Sciences

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Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences is hoping to recruit more Native American high school and college students into the medicine and science fields.

The Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science was created at the Tulsa-based medical school in April.

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10:09 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

Margaret Martin (right) poses with student Jose Correa during a Harmony Project open house at the Ramon C. Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Esteban Rael Harmony Project

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 10:13 am

I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction helps kids process language. The children the researchers studied were all participants in a community music program run by the nonprofit Harmony Project.

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

The school district has released two renderings of what the MRAP might look like after its tan military color is painted over. In one version, it's police blue; another depicts it as more of an ambulance, white with a red cross.
San Diego Unified School District

News that San Diego Unified School District has acquired an MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, is adding a new facet to discussions about the practice of giving surplus military equipment to civilian agencies.

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6:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 11:47 am

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5:12 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

University of Oklahoma Kicks Off $500 Million Campaign

The University of Oklahoma is raising $500 million for its 125th anniversary, set for December 2015.
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University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren today announced a half-billion-dollar campaign to fund new scholarships, laboratories, classroom upgrades and other programs.

The “Live On, University” campaign will culminate at OU’s 125th anniversary, December of 20-15. President Boren said the new scholarships will keep students from being burdened with debt.

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8:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:16 pm

Hey, you there. You have a college degree? How'd you like to be a teacher?

Indiana has just approved a license that clears a new pathway to the teaching profession. It allows anyone with a bachelor's degree, a B average and approximately three years of related work experience to become a middle or high school teacher in a subject such as math, science or music, provided they pass a content test.

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2:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Giving Every Kid Equal Standing In The School Lunch Line

Students Dakota Gibson (left) and Gary Barber with school volunteer Kenny Thompson after their StoryCorps interview in Houston, Texas.

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Until recently, some students in the Spring Branch Independent School District in the Houston area dreaded lunchtime. The cafeteria meant humiliation, because their parents couldn't afford a hot lunch.

The alternative for these kids was a cold cheese sandwich; anyone seen leaving the lunch line with one was marked as being poor.

Until school volunteer Kenny Thompson saw it happen.

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7:03 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Playgrounds For All Children: Here's How To Find One

John W. Poole/NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:11 pm

Janna Espinoza's daughter Coraline has hearing loss, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delays. Nearly 2 years old, she can't sit up, stand, creep or use her hands as a typically developing child does.

Coraline is among an estimated 6.4 million children in the U.S. with a disability. And for these kids the simple ritual of playing outside can get very complicated.

"My daughter can't do very much at a typical playground, except watch her older sister play," says Espinoza. "Playgrounds are a depressing place for us."

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Speaking At OU Law School
6:10 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor In Oklahoma This Week

Credit The Supreme Court Historical Society

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke on a wide range of topics during a fireside chat with University of Tulsa students and faculty during an appearance on the TU campus.

Sotomayor discussed judicial ethics, her upbringing and affirmative action during her appearance on Wednesday.

Sotomayor said she would not be where she is today without affirmative action and would like a world that is colorblind to race — but said that to try to just wish it to happen is to be blind to reality.

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4:21 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music

Amir Pinkney-Jengkens, 8, is learning trombone through Harmony Project, a nonprofit that provides musical instruments and instruction to children in low-income communities. Recent research suggests that such musical education may help improve kids' ability to process speech.
Annie Tritt for NPR

Originally published on Thu September 11, 2014 10:55 am

Musical training doesn't just improve your ear for music — it also helps your ear for speech. That's the takeaway from an unusual new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that kids who took music lessons for two years didn't just get better at playing the trombone or violin; they found that playing music also helped kids' brains process language.

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