New national research and training hub at UW-Madison could transform medicine

A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography – technologies that can illuminate life at the atomic scale.

The National Institutes of Health will provide $22.7 million over six years to create a national research and training hub at UW-Madison that will give scientists across the country access to this game-changing technology.

Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM for short) is a method used to make images of biological molecules that are flash-frozen to capture them in their native state. No dyes or other alterations are needed to view the structures, which gives scientists a highly accurate picture of true biological function. Scientists can peer into the very surfaces where drugs and proteins interact, where diseases occur, and where viruses orchestrate their attacks. Cryo-EM has the

Read More

National Science Foundation awards $100k to UMKC STEM

The National Science Foundation recently awarded $100,000 to a UMKC research conference.  

The conference, “Integrating STEM Education Research Collaboration for Regional Prosperity,” was created with a focus on developing a stronger STEM workforce in the greater Kansas City area. 

“The Kansas City region does not have enough students graduating in science, technology, engineering and math to support our STEM businesses and industry,” said Alexis Petri, UMKC’s director of faculty support and the project’s leader, when discussing the need for the conference.

The three-day conference this upcoming spring will bring together faculty from multiple institutions, nonprofit members, entrepreneurs and civic leaders to present research on the growing challenges facing the STEM community and identify possible solutions. 

One of the conference’s primary goals is to diversify the STEM student population, one of the larger problems within the workforce. 

“An additional challenge is that we also do not have a very diverse student

Read More

ExxonMobil, National Math and Science Initiative Expand Education Programs to Permian-Area Schools

  • Programs to increase college readiness and advance math and science skills
  • Independent school districts in Midland and Ector County in Texas and Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico to implement classroom-based and virtual programs
  • Programs shown to improve Advanced Placement® exam performance

ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) are bringing college readiness and foundational education programs to students in Permian-area schools in Midland Independent School District and Ector County Independent School District in Texas and the Carlsbad Municipal School District in New Mexico.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:

Education is the fundamental building block of individual opportunity and economic growth, and STEM skills, in particular, are critical. (Photo: Business Wire)

Two core programs will come to the Permian region, including the College Readiness Program — a comprehensive, three-year program designed to increase student participation and performance in Advanced

Read More

Trump Says He Will Create Commission to Promote ‘Patriotic’ Education | National News

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he would soon sign an executive order to create a “National Commission to Promote Patriotic Education” in a speech that was heavily focused on politics that seemed directed at his conservative base supporters.

He said it will be called “The 1776 Commission” and “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history.”

Trump’s speech from the White House History Conference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., focused on bashing “The 1619 Project,” which is a New York Times project aimed at reframing “the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.” Earlier this month he threatened to withhold federal funding for public schools in California that incorporated the 1619 Project into the history curriculum.

The president slammed the project and likened the teaching of

Read More

Santa Clara County Board of Education honors National Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: Updated:

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — This year to celebrate the contributions Hispanics/Latinx have made to the community — the Santa Clara County Board of Education approved a resolution to officially acknowledge September as National Hispanic Month.  

Earlier this month the board unanimously approved and signed a resolution to officially acknowledge September as National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

In Santa Clara County, Hispanic/Latinx students account for 38.3 percent of the students population and represent the largest racial/ethnic group among the state’s child population. 

Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan and the Santa Santa Clara County Board of Education say they remain committed to uplifting student equity and honoring diversity within the county. 

“It’s really of extreme importance to set aside time and to call out the need to celebrate and

Read More

National Skills Development Program Sought

A HOUSE leader has filed a bill to provide universal access to skills training and create a national skills development program to help bridge the country’s skills gap and provide decent, higher-paying employment for the country’s labor force.

Titled the “21st Century Skills Act,” House Bill (HB) 7671 filed by Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, chairman of House House committee on ways and means, will establish a national program known as SkillDev, which will provide universal access to annual training programs. The program places an emphasis on job training for emerging or resilient industries such as the BPO sector and the digital economy.

Salceda said the proposal “will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century.”


Read More

ADP Canada National Employment Report: Employment in Canada Decreased by 205,400 Jobs in August 2020

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

TORONTO, Sep. 17, 2020 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) —
Employment in Canada decreased by 205,400 jobs from July to August according to the August ADP(®) Canada National Employment Report. Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP Canada National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute(®). The report, which is derived from actual ADP payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm payroll employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis.

August 2020 Report Highlights*

Total Canada Nonfarm Payroll Employment(1): -205,400

Industry Snapshot:

– Goods Producing:

    --  Manufacturing - 39,000
    --  Construction - 86,200
    --  Natural Resources and Mining - 1,300

– Service Providing:

    --  Trade/Transportation and Utilities - 49,500
    --  Information - 2,500
    --  Finance/Real Estate 3,000
    --  Professional/Business Services - 29,100
        - Professional/Technical - 18,400
        - Management of Companies - 
Read More

SMEDAN Flags Off National Business Skills Development Programme

The Small and Medium Enterpriss Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), yesterday flagged off the national business skills development initiative for Lagos State.

Over 1000 entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from the programme that is already running in some states.


SMEDAN’s director-general, Dikko Radda said small and medium enterprises are critical in the Nigerian economy. He said the initiative would trigger an entrepreneurial revolution in industrialisation, agriculture, and commerce in Nigeria.

The SMEDAN DG explained that the programme is running in 11 states in the country including: Katsina, Rivers, Delta, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Niger, Lagos, Kwara, Bauchi, Zamfara and Ekiti where a total of 1,397 entrepreneurs would be impacted with entrepreneurship skills, vocational skills, and empowerment materials.

He said the initiative has been concluded in Ebonyi, Niger, and Adamawa, with others commencing subsequently.

Radda said the expected outcomes of the programme include improved business management practice; improved service provision by trained artisans;

Read More

Solon proposes national skills training program for unemployed, ex-inmates

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) – A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to provide 200 hours of free skills training for everyone, including displaced workers and those who were formerly imprisoned.

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, filed House Bill No. 7671 or “The 21st Century Skills Act”.

Under the proposed measure, a National Skills Development Program will be established to “provide universal access to annual training programs.” It will focus on job training for emerging or resilient industries.

“This will help modernize our outlook on labor from merely protecting jobs with mere regulation, notwithstanding trends in the economy that could render such jobs useless, to protecting workers by making them ready for the ever-changing jobs of the 21st century,” it says.

The bill states that Filipinos above 15 years old are entitled to a Skills Development Account (SDA). Aside from

Read More

CYBER.ORG Kicks Off National K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Development

New initiative aimed at bolstering cybersecurity education and increasing the pipeline of cybersecurity talent kicks off with partners from education, government, and industry

CYBER.ORG today announced the kickoff of the development of the K-12 cybersecurity learning standards that can be used in schools and districts around the country. When complete, the standards will help ensure that students not only have a foundational understanding of cybersecurity, but the skills and knowledge they need to pursue cybersecurity careers in greater numbers. CYBER.ORG is convening key stakeholders across education, government and industry to collect input that will increase the relevance and value of the standards. CYBER.ORG plans to release the final standards to the public at the start of the 2021-22 school year, with voluntary adoption likely to begin in states the following year.

State standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade

Read More