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Debbie Mickle

Articles by Debbie Mickle

Ecology School Ignites Love of the James

Have you ever spent the night on an island in the middle of the James River? Have you ever kissed a fish? Or have you ever cared enough about the water in the James River to conduct water quality tests and make changes in your daily life? I’d like to introduce you to Micah, Jacob and Carlos - several students from All Saints Catholic School who recently accomplished all of these things.

Techsters: Inspiring Girls to Code

About half of all of the people in the world are women. Women, however, are grossly underrepresented when it comes to our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workforce. That starts in our education system. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, while girls at the K-12 level take STEM classes at about the same rate as boys, when they get to college, their interest drops exponentially.

Jump to Protons: Hampton University's Proton Therapy Institute

Special Science Matters report from 88.9 WCVE correspondent, Charles Fishburne – Virginia has one of the nation’s 12 proton therapy centers for radiation treatment of tumors. The Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute is a 225 million dollar facility, built of 85 million pounds of concrete and 430 tons of steel.

Question Your World: What Makes Our Brain Work At Its Best?

Our brain is what makes us what we are. Nearly all aspects of our lives are a product of the human brain, so keeping it in optimal functional condition is very important. We're still piecing together the puzzle of how the brain works, so any new discovery goes a long way. So, what makes our brain work at its best? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.

Making it Real for Middle School Students through Science and Innovation

Where are great ideas related to science and innovation being brought to life for middle school students this summer? At VCU's da Vinci Works program. The da Vinci Works program is an innovation ecosystem where VCU students of various disciplines who have a passion to create come together to develop, test and execute their ideas. For six weeks, college students gather in a VCU studio workshop steeped in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci, one of history's greatest innovators.

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