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Neuroscience and Creativity Featured at Joan Oates Institute at U of R

“If it’s your job to develop the mind, shouldn’t you know how the brain works?” asks Dr. Kenneth Wesson, educational consultant and expert on the neuroscience of learning. Teachers and the general public are invited to join Dr. Wesson on Wednesday, June 26th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Science Wednesdays: Invasion of the Giant Pythons

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 10:15am -- WCVE

Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States, home to numerous unique and endangered mammals, trees, plants, birds and turtles, as well as half a million alligators. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders — more than 15 species of parrot, 75 kinds of fish and 30 different reptiles from places as far away as Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Science Wednesdays: Ape Genius

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 3:12pm -- WCVE

The great apes —  which include chimps, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos —  seem to have rich emotional lives similar to our own. But just how smart are these animals? A new generation of investigators is revealing the secret mental lives of great apes; our evolutionary next-of-kin are turning out to be far smarter than most experts ever imagined.

The Hidden STEM Economy in the U.S.

The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, an educational non-profit think tank, has just released a report that states jobs requiring knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) form a much larger part of our economy than previously thought and that federal support of community colleges and technical schools should be increased accordingly. Charles Fishburne talks with Jonathan Rothwell, a Senior Research As

Teen Produced Documentary Inspires Action

In honor of National Get Outside (GO) Day on Saturday, June 8th, I’d like to introduce you to a group of talented high school students who have created a beautiful documentary film about Shenandoah National Park: Preserving Our Future. I am very impressed by these young people who are learning the art of film making at Light House Studio in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Innovation and Engineering in Action at VCU’s Engineering Senior Design Expo

What does an iron, an ice skating rink and a chickpea have in common? They are all elements used by seniors in VCU’s School of Engineering at this year’s Senior Design Expo. Hundreds of VCU Engineering students gathered at the Science Museum of Virginia in April to display and discuss their innovative designs for products to improve our lives and advance technology and research.

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