Big Island News and Information

Two community health centers on the Big Island will receive additional federal funding to support efforts in mitigating disparities among Pacific Islanders affected by COVID-19.

The University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Manoa will receive $3.4 million in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to support efforts to expand testing and outreach programs to Waimanalo Health Center on O‘ahu; the Bay Clinic Inc. and Hāmākua-Kohala Health Center on Hawaiʻi Island; and the Moloka‘i Community Health Center.

“We must use every public health intervention available to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our vulnerable populations, and especially to reduce the disparities we’ve seen in the Pacific Islander community,” said US Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i). “By expanding access to COVID-19 testing and teaching preventative practices to students in rural areas, this grant will help us keep more Hawai‘i families safe. I’m proud that UH is leading this effort to

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Google’s Big Move to Disrupt and Upend Higher Education

Bob Dylan sang, “For the times they are a-changin’” That’s what I thought of when I read that Google announced they were going to start offering six-months courses to give people the skills needed to acquire jobs that are in-demand. The cost? An astonishing $300. All I can say is “About time.”

Like the CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma, I started out my career as an English teacher. In 2008, I saw the writing on the wall with the shift in the market and reinvented myself. I read, listened to, watched, attended, and absorbed every book, CD and seminar I could get my hands on to prepare for the second half of my career.

What frustrated me about the educational process was how slow it was to adapt to our fast-changing world. Outside the school walls, the Internet, smartphone and social media have reshaped every aspect of our society. However,

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Betsy DeVos’ Big Idea: Funding students, rather than systems for school choice

The Big Idea is a series that asks top lawmakers and figures to discuss their moonshot — what’s the one proposal, if politics and polls and even price tag were not an issue, they’d implement to change the country for the better?  

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a longtime champion for school choice, but the coronavirus pandemic that shuttered schools nationwide put her vision to give students more education options into greater focus.

“This period of time with the pandemic is really helping encourage a lot of new thinking about the way we’ve always done things,” DeVos said in an interview with Fox News.

As DeVos and the Trump administration insisted schools reopen this fall for in-person instruction, she also backed school choice funding within the pandemic relief response she says could help students stuck with closed schools find new opportunities.

The $300 billion Senate Republican coronavirus relief proposal

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Phoenix invests big in health care and biosciences, hoping to boost economy and add jobs

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article gave an incorrect location for ASU’s Health Futures Center. It will be housed in a new building next to Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix campus.

a tall building in a city: Wexford Science & Technology is building a new innovation center downtown, which will host different science and healthcare researchers, students and entrepenuers.

© Courtesy of Wexford Science & Technology
Wexford Science & Technology is building a new innovation center downtown, which will host different science and healthcare researchers, students and entrepenuers.

Phoenix recovered more slowly than the rest of the nation after the Great Recession, taking years to recoup lost jobs.  

But this time around, the region might see faster recovery from the COVID-19 recession.

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One big reason is the city’s changing economic landscape, which has begun to rely less on construction and focus increasingly on sectors like health care and bioscience.

Those industries are more resilient in the face of economic changes, said 

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Big Questions on Medical and Bio-Engineering

The online forum features a speaker lineup of world-renowned scholars who will discuss an array of bio-engineering technologies that will improve our quality of life and even extend our life span. This is the GSI’s third online forum since the first one in April that covered the socio-economic implications of the global pandemic and the second one in June focusing on the education sector.

In hosting the third round of the GSI Forum series, KAIST President Sung-Chul Shin stressed the power of science and technology saying, “In this world full of uncertainties, one thing for sure is that only the advancement of science and technology will deliver us from this crisis.” Korean Prime Minister Sye-Kyun Chung will also deliver a speech explaining the government’s response to COVID-19 and vaccine development strategies.

The President of the National Academy of Medicine in the US will share ideal policies to back up the

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A Democratic Win Could Mean Big Changes For Education

Tonight, as Joe Biden accepts the Democratic nomination, his party is well-positioned for the fall. Indeed, it’s possible—even likely—that Democrats will claim unified control of the White House and Congress. As the Democratic National Convention wraps, it’s a good time to take a look at just what a big Democratic win might mean for education.

It’s true that Joe Biden was the most centrist top-tier candidate in the 2020 Democratic field and has spent nearly half a century as a fixture of the party’s moderate wing. But it’s also the case that he’s sketched the most expansive, ambitious federal education agenda in the nation’s history.

And big change may be uniquely possible next year for two reasons. The first is Democratic talk of abolishing the Senate filibuster, allowing a bare Senate majority to pass major legislation. It’s

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