The sixth annual Hamilton Serves took place on Wednesday, Aug. 28, with all 492 members of the Class of 2017 and new transfer students going out to volunteer at 57 community organizations. Hamilton Serves began as an Orientation activity in 2008 with the class of 2012.

Amy James, Community Outreach and Opportunity Program (COOP) director, explained, “We like to get the idea of service embedded early so that new students will realize how easy it is to get off the hill and reach across what might seem like a ‘great divide’ between the College – way up here on the hill – and the surrounding area. 

“Service work provides an excellent backdrop for learning about almost anything,” James continued. “Issues of

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HOUSTON In the late 1800s, it was first proposed that changes in blood flow could direct the growth and development of blood vessels. In a new study, published in the journal Development, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report that increases in blood flow induce small blood vessels called capillaries to fuse, increasing the size of the tube through which circulation moves and reducing resistance.

The researchers, led by Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at BCM, used a special form of imaging called confocal microscopy to watch the vessels fuse together to accommodate increasing blood flow and then recruit endothelial cells to further enlarge the channel. This sets the stage for the vascular tree that enables blood to leave the heart and travel throughout the mature organism, said Dickinson, an expert in imaging such structures.

“It is one of the big hurdles in tissue engineering,” said Dickinson.

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Developing strategies to help elementary students with the most severe learning disabilities is the focus of a new research project to be based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The National Center for Special Education Research awarded a 5-year, $10 million grant to the university to create an “Accelerated Academic Achievement Research Center.” Between 2,000 and 3,000 students in Nashville schools will participate in the research.

Doug Fuchs, a professor of special education and the grant’s principal investigator, said in an interview that the academic performance of students with disabilities continues to be poor, even with a move toward inclusion and instructional strategies such as response to intervention.

“For a very long time, students and youth with disabilities have been performing abysmally in schools,” he said.

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Reporter Anne Ryman reported in the Arizona Republic on Sunday about the many ways charter school leaders in that state have benefited from business deals with the taxpayer-funded schools.

Great Hearts Texas President Peter Bezanson at a September community meeting in San Antonio.

Included in the story were two Arizona-based charter schools – BASIS Schools and Great Hearts Academies – that just last week received charters from the State Board of Education to expand their operations to San Antonio.

Ryman’s story described how the non-profit Great Hearts Academies spent nearly $1 million since July 2009 on textbook purchases from a company run by Great Hearts board member Daniel Sauer.

It went on to explain that BASIS Schools contracts for nearly all its goods and services with a for-profit company owned by school district founders Michael and Olga Block. Micha

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So, they are finally back, right? Now that move-in days and orientation weeks are behind you, its time for you to think about what YOU are going to learn this fall.

Working in technology and higher education, you know how important it is to keep learning. If youre reading this blog and others, you are already doing your best to keep up with the latest news, best practices and upcoming trends in our ever-changing sector.

So, I wont bother you with a long argument on the importance of learning as much as you can all the time.

  • Its important for your soul.
  • Its important for your job, your career and your future.
  • And, dare I say its also important for your sanity to step away for a minute, a day or more from the daily routine and grow.

Ive spent the past 6 years trying to create the best learning opportunities possible for people working in higher ed web, marketing and communication.

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As a soon to be retired Educator, I am an Eye Witness to what sometimes happens in some of our schools that go unreported, ignored or is a set-up for failure. When schools do not make discipline a high priority, chaos has a feeding ground and everybody in that building suffers in some form.

The teachers suffer because a lot of energy is wasted on control of the classroom when nothing is done to a child, who does not believe in rules and exhibits behavioral problems that are disruptive and rude.

Discipline with fairness that changes the atmosphere of a classroom is needed to avoid future outburst.

Pretending has become an art form in the field of education … Children pretend to learn, some Educators pretend to teach and care, while true Educators are not being supported in their quest to bring out the best in their students.

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Despite some recent tuition freezes, public universities continue to suffer from significant spending cuts by their own states. The cuts are seen as the primary driver of tuition inflation. Between 2007 and 2012, 15 states experienced declines in higher-education funding of nearly 30% or more, according to a SHEEO report. Since the recession, 48 states have cut appropriations while just two have increased funding.

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