Day: April 3, 2021

These 5 invasive species cause billions of dollars in damage

Invasive species can wreak havoc on local ecosystems. Cleaning up that biological wreckage comes at a big price.

These invaders, often thrust into new environments unintentionally (or intentionally, to combat pests) by humans, can transmit new diseases, devastate crops and eat away at crucial infrastructure. From 1970 to 2017, such invasions cost the global economy at least $1.28 trillion in damages and in efforts to control them, researchers report March 31 in Nature. As the globe becomes increasingly interconnected and invasive species take over new habitats, that cost grows.

“For decades, researchers have been evaluating the significant impacts of

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Higher education’s racial reckoning reaches far beyond slavery

It now seems, however, that university leaders are a bit too eager to concede higher education’s ties to U.S. slavery, arguably the most explicit form of white supremacy. Pointing to a long-ago slave past has become almost reassuring because it allows schools to acknowledge their historical wrongdoings while celebrating how far they have come. But higher education’s racial reckoning goes far beyond slavery.

Our nation’s system of higher education expanded in the 19th century through the acquisition of lands belonging to Indigenous people, and many institutions continued to protect their wealth through the racial segregation of their neighborhoods. At

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How to Write a Goodbye Email to Co-Workers | On Careers

Are you getting ready to leave your current job and start the next chapter of your career? There are so many things to take care of in your final two weeks, you may wonder if it’s really necessary to write a goodbye email to your co-workers. After all, the company has announced your departure and you’re ready to move on.

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While writing a farewell email to co-workers might seem like a small detail that can be skipped over, it’s a common practice and shows professional etiquette. Writing a goodbye letter to co-workers is a way to leave the

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Pandemic adds to mental health crisis on college campuses

Then, earlier this month, she contracted the coronavirus and had to spend more than a week in isolation housing. She couldn’t be around friends and was barred from playing sports. Alone, she consumed herself with schoolwork.

“I felt like I was spiraling,” Brownell said. She adds that she doesn’t think she’ll feel comfortable being alone for a while. “I just didn’t expect the mental impact. I definitely am still feeling a little more mentally down, mentally fuzzy.”

Across the country, some school leaders and experts say the pandemic has brought new urgency to a mental health crisis that had been

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LGBTQ students sue Department of Education over religious colleges and universities

A groups of LGBTQ students have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education over discriminatory practices at religious colleges and universities.

The suit was filed by the Religious Exemption Accountability Project (REAP) by 33 current and former students in an Oregon federal court on Monday.

The suit aims to “put an end to the U.S. Department of Education’s complicity in the abuses and unsafe conditions thousands of LGBTQ+ students endure at hundreds of taxpayer-funded, religious colleges and universities.”

At issue is the religious exemption to Title IX, a federal law that prohibits institutions from discriminating against students on the

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Education officials consider dropping MCAS graduation requirement for class of 2022

Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley is asking the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to modify the state graduation requirements for the class of 2022. If approved, this year’s 11th graders will not be required to take the MCAS test. In addition, the timeline for administering the tests in grades 3 through 8 and 10 will be extended to June 11 in an effort to provide maximum flexibility for school districts.If approved Riley will modify the competency determination requirement in English language arts and mathematics for students in the class of 2022 in recognition of the missed testing opportunities … Read More