Tuesday, May 6, 2014

#HEADLINES: Obama Climate Report, Title IX Investigations, Music Education, Netanyahu pushes Israel as Jewish state only, Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami

White House unveils dire warning, calls for action on climate -- Reuters
"Some environmental and public health groups hailed the National Climate Assessment as a possible 'game changer' for efforts to address climate change, in part because it makes the impact less abstract to many Americans.
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The extensive report detailed how consequences of climate change are hitting on several fronts, including health, infrastructure, water supply, agriculture and especially in more frequent severe weather such as floods and droughts."


Here Are the 55 Colleges in America Facing Federal Sexual-Assault Investigations -- National Journal
"The Education Department publicly released Thursday a list of 55 U.S. colleges and universities currently under investigation for mishandling sexual-assault cases, a swift and unprecedented move that arrives just days after the White House pledged more transparency on the issue.

The list is populated with large state schools such as Ohio State University and the University of Michigan, as well as prestigious Ivy League schools, including Dartmouth, Harvard, and Princeton."




Why Music Education Actually Matters -- Trust Me, I'm a Scientist
"Words like 'passion' and 'soul' may make for more fun and satisfying copy, but if lawmakers and educators are looking for facts and figures, perhaps we should just tell them the truth:

That in order to improve the reading, science, and math skills of American children, and to improve their overall chances in life, we should be providing them with more music education, not less of it."


Netanyahu pushes to define Israel as nation state of Jewish people only -- The Guardian
"Netanyahu laid out his rationale for the change at the cabinet meeting. 'The state of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. Our basic laws give full expression to the democratic side of the state,' he said. 'On the other hand, that the state of Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people is not sufficiently expressed in our basic laws, and this is what the draft basic law is meant to provide.

'The state of Israel provides full equal rights, individual rights, to all its citizens, but it is the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people. And therefore, in order to bolster the status of the state of Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people, I intend to submit a basic law that will anchor this status.'"


source: Schwartz Media Strategies
Microsoft Picks Miami for 1st US Innovation Center -- ABC News
"Venture Hive Founder Susan Amat says public, private and academic partnerships are key to developing the region's entrepreneurial and technology scene.

Bringing Microsoft in is part of the broader goal of 'bringing the world to Miami,' she said.

Akerkar said he hopes to start offering training for teachers and professors this summer on the 'app economy' so they can help their students learn hands-on how to design their own apps.

The announcement comes as investors, startups and global companies descend on Miami for the new eMerge Americas Techweek conference, part of a broad effort to promote technology and innovation in South Florida.

Akerkar acknowledged Miami's tech scene is still in the startup stage itself."

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