Friday, March 1, 2013

NEWS LINKS | March 1, 2013

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EdCC instructors elected to national digital forensics board

Edmonds Community College instructors Steven Hailey and Mike Andrew, both Certified Data Recovery Practitioners, have been elected to top positions by the Digital Forensic Certification Board, which is funded partly by the National Institute of Justice and is now a certification group of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. …

Hailey and Andrew are both recognized subject-matter experts in cyber terrorism and have taught classes for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Edmonds Beacon, March 1, 2013


New member confirmed for Grays Harbor College Board of Trustees

Art Blauvelt has been confirmed to the Board of Trustees at Grays Harbor College. Senator Brian Hatfield spoke on his behalf on the senate floor and urged the support of the confirmation.
KXRO Newsradio, March 1, 2013


NWAACC executive director puts students first

… So why did Marco Azurdia, 49, leave that behind for an out-of-the-way office on the Clark College campus, a space that he notes with a chuckle was once a bathroom?  "I've always had an eye on this job," he said, smiling as he looked around his cozy digs. The job Azurdia jumped at is executive director of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, the organization that oversees sports for 34 two-year colleges in Washington and Oregon. … Azurdia's vision is to make participating in NWAACC events a big-time experience for the athletes and the college community. … The advocate in Azurdia is clear when he discusses the need to raise expectations at each community college. … The bigger picture is to encourage leaders at every college in the NWAACC to make athletics a priority on campus. "I would like to get coaches and athletic directors to help make athletics relevant on their campus," Azurdia said. "Is athletics the be-all, end-all? No. But I would say the same thing about music or art. Like those things, athletics is a vehicle that can impact and change people …

The Columbian, March 1, 2013





Survey: prospective students still focus on sticker price

Inside Higher Ed, March 1, 2013


To end the gender skill gap in STEM, add competition to the equation

Forbes Magazine, February 26, 2013





Trio of proposals aim to help veterans get college degrees sooner, find work / Bills would ease shift into civilian life as military shrinks

Gabriel Bowman left the Marines nearly two years ago with a plan. He'd hit the books hard in his home state of Washington, earn a degree and launch himself into a new career in law enforcement. … Bowman's message hits home with lawmakers who are pursuing a pack of bills to make it easier for veterans to find work in the Evergreen State. The proposals include:

 Providing tax benefits for businesses that hire unemployed former service members.

 Giving extra preferences to veterans when they apply for jobs with public agencies.

 Waiving the waiting period for more troops to receive in-state tuition at public colleges.

The bills are moving forward at a pivotal time for service members looking to new careers. The Army in particular is downsizing, shedding more than 70,000 soldiers from its peak strength during the Iraq War.   Young veterans face an especially difficult time.  … Bowman planned his shift out of the Marines by building on his previous studies at South Puget Sound Community College. He went home to Shelton in the summer of 2011 and earned an associate's degree.

The News Tribune, February 28, 2013


Sequestration presents uncertain outlook for students, researchers, and job-seekers

As the midnight-Thursday deadline came and went, steep federal spending cuts were set in motion, leaving college students, administrators, and researchers bracing for the effects of impending reductions in financial-aid, research, and job-training programs. Adding to the anxiety is the fact that no one is certain exactly how or when those effects will be seen. Advocacy groups, colleges, and President Obama have all called on Congress numerous times to come to a compromise and avoid the across-the-board reduction in federal spending, which will take place through a process known as "sequestration."

The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 1, 2013





A pill to prevent gray hair - is it finally on the way?


Goats yelling like humans




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