Society & Culture

‘New normal’ pandemic strategies must address chronic disease crisis, experts contend

Image of senior woman with a mask looking wistfully out a door

The impact of chronic disease and the inequitable burden of COVID-19 must be addressed as the United States moves into a “new normal” phase of pandemic mitigation, two experts contend. Currently, policymakers are calling for investments in biomedical research, variant-tailored and universal vaccines and therapeutics, and an agile pandemic preparedness …

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How culture informs people’s emotional reaction to music – podcast

How culture informs people’s emotional reaction to music – podcast

The Conversation Weekly podcast is taking a short break this week. In the meantime, we’re bringing you an extended version of one our favourite recent interviews. In this episode, we speak to a musicologist who’s been finding out how much a person’s cultural background influences their emotional reaction to music …

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Schools are struggling to hire special education teachers. Hawaii may have found a fix

Schools are struggling to hire special education teachers. Hawaii may have found a fix

Heather Carll returned to teaching special education after Hawaii began offering special educators $10,000 more a year. She teaches at Momilani Elementary School in Pearl City. Marie Eriel Hobro for NPR hide caption toggle caption Marie Eriel Hobro for NPR Heather Carll returned to teaching special education after Hawaii began …

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Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Reform Higher Education in Florida – Ron DeSantis

Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill to Reform Higher Education in Florida - Ron DeSantis

THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7044, to reform higher education in Florida. The bill removes the stranglehold that faculty unions and accrediting agencies have had on universities and colleges and adds common-sense transparency requirements for tuition, fees and cost of materials. “Florida’s public college and …

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