Tue February 3, 2015
Solar Colleges

US grant encourages solar power on Va. campuses

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — Fifteen private colleges in Virginia will share in an $800,000 federal grant to give solar power a foothold on their campuses.

The News Leader reports that the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative will fund the planning phase of a long-term initiative to get solar power on college campuses.

The grant was awarded to the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.

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Fri January 30, 2015
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Gourmet luncheon series tickets on sale

Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –-Tickets are now on sale for the much anticipated luncheon series on select Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the spring by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program. 

Served at noon in the Bailey Thomas Room of the Richard A. Henson Center, the gourmet meals feature an appetizer, entrée and dessert prepared by students and faculty of the program.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Thu January 29, 2015
School Tests

Bill to cut number of school tests fails in Senate committee

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attempt to reduce the number of required standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren has failed in a Virginia Senate committee.

Sen. John Miller's bill would have cut the number of high-stakes Standards of Learning tests to the minimum required by federal law. Miller, a Newport News Democrat, said the measure would have reduced the number of required tests from 29 to 17.

Miller said the tests promote rote memorization at the expense of critical thinking skills.

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Wed January 28, 2015
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UMES researcher looks for new path in creating antibiotics

Dr. Madan Kharel, UMES School of Pharmacy
Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. –– “The struggle” to overcome drug-resistant bacteria in the vernacular of today’s college student “is real,” and a University of Maryland Eastern Shore pharmacy professor is about to try his hand at solving that vexing health care challenge.

Dr. Madan Kharel won a “New Investigator Award” worth $10,000 from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy to launch his search for new medications he hopes can replace antibiotics rendered ineffective by new strains of bacteria.

“I know the issue,” Kharel said. “I know the challenge.”

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Tue January 27, 2015
Graduation Rate-Maryland

State: Md. graduation rate hits record high

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland State Department of Education says newly released data shows that more Maryland high school students are graduating than ever before.

The state says the dropout rate in the state has declined, while the graduation rate climbed to over 86 percent in 2014, four percentage points up from 2013's 82 percent graduation rate.

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