White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to speak Sept. 25 | Vanderbilt News

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon CT. The University of Tennessee system and Vanderbilt University are co-hosting the webinar, with Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development Stacey Patterson (UT-system) and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan (VU) providing opening remarks and moderating a question-and-answer session with Droegemeier.

The presentation by Droegemeier, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” is open to faculty, students, postdocs and staff. It will be live-streamed, and registration is required.

Droegemeier will provide an update on the many activities undertaken by OSTP and others during the past several months, providing examples of risks to research security that can harm the enterprise as well as an update on steps being

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Post from Community: MATC hosts Sept. 16 registration event for GED, HSED, Basic Skills and English as a Second Language Programs at Walker’s Square

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To help connect students with adult basic skills, GED, HSED and English as a Second Language courses, Milwaukee Area Technical College is hosting another in-person registration event at the college’s Education Center at Walker’s Square from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Students can register for English as a Second Language (ESL), Adult Basic Skills (math and writing courses), GED (General Education Development) or HSED (High School Equivalency Diploma) programs.

The Education Center at Walker’s Square is located at 816 W. National Ave., Milwaukee.

English-language classes are available at all campuses; Spanish-language opportunities are available at Walker’s Square.

Strong health and safety protocols are in place. Temperatures will be taken at the door. A mask that

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American Kidney Fund Provides Kidney Disease Education and Healthy Living Tips Through Virtual Kidney Action Week, Sept. 14-18

ROCKVILLE, MD / ACCESSWIRE / September 10, 2020 / Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Kidney Fund (AKF) has transformed its signature community kidney disease prevention event, Kidney Action Day, into a virtual Kidney Action Week. Kidney Action Week is a first-of-its-kind event in the COVID-19 era, focusing on kidney health and kidney disease awareness and prevention for at-risk individuals across the country. The interactive event will take place online, from Monday, Sept. 14 to Friday, Sept. 18.

Kidney disease-the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S.-is a silent killer without symptoms until the late stages. Nine out of 10 people with the early stages of kidney disease are unaware they have it, and half of those with severely reduced kidney function (but not yet on dialysis) do not know they have the disease. Prevention activities like Kidney Action Week are crucial to the public’s understanding and awareness

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Assistant director of NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering to give virtual talk Sept. 11 | Vanderbilt News

By Jenna Somers and Jane Hirtle

Margaret Martonosi (photo by David Kelly Crow)

Margaret Martonosi, assistant director of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation, will speak at a virtual campus visit on Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. CT hosted by Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan. Faculty, students and staff are invited to register to attend the presentation and take part in an open discussion and Q&A session about CISE and its key focus areas, including cyberinfrastructure, computing and communication, computer and network systems and information and intelligent systems, as well as funding opportunities and NSF future directions in these areas.

Register for the event here. >>

“I am pleased to welcome my close colleague Dr. Margaret Martonosi to Vanderbilt,” said Raghavan, who serves as a member of the advisory boards for the CISE Directorate and the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. “Margaret

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COD Celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Sept. 21

College of DuPage will host a series of free virtual events during STEM Week, running Monday, Sept. 21, to Saturday, Sept. 26. The week will include daily social media highlights on the College’s Facebook and/or Instagram platforms as well as livestreamed videos via YouTube. All livestream events take place at 7 p.m. and can be accessed on the College’s Livestream page.

Register here to receive reminders about STEM Week live sessions.

“When people think of studying STEM, they don’t usually think about starting at a community college,” said COD STEM Outreach Coordinator Sara Spaniol. “We want to change that. STEM Week allows us to highlight all the amazing reasons why College of DuPage is at the forefront of STEM education. Participants will hear from faculty, alumni and current experts in the field, see some of our unique spaces virtually and learn how to fund their STEM education, among other things.”

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Canada Science and Technology Museum to reopen Friday, Canadian Museum of Nature to reopen Sept. 5

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Two of Ottawa’s most popular museums are poised to reopen soon to the public following their pandemic-related hiatuses, with the Canada Science and Technology Museum reopening Friday and the Canadian Museum of Nature reopening Sept. 5, the Saturday before Labour Day.

For the science and technology museum, all visitors must reserve tickets online. The museum has reduced the number of visitors allowed on site, where physical distancing and the wearing of masks will be required. Visitors will follow a specified path in the museum, and additional hand-sanitizing stations have been installed.

The nature museum is reducing its capacity to 250 at any given time, and its new hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, plus Labour Day Monday. Tickets can be reserved online in 15-minute time slots and visitors must wear masks and observe physical distancing. A path within the museum will be designated

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