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2:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Preschoolers Outsmart College Students In Figuring Out Gadgets

If you've noticed that kids seem to be better at figuring out these things, you're not alone.
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Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:32 pm

Ever wonder why children can so easily figure out how to work the TV remote? Or why they "totally get" apps on your smartphone faster than you? It turns out that young children may be more open-minded than adults when it comes to solving problems.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Superintendent Departs at Critical Time for Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS has seen small gains in achievement under Superintendent Gregory Thornton, but the district still faces great challenges.

After four years on the job, Monday is officially Gregory Thornton’s last day as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New MPS Leader Will Face Dire Financial Outlook

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A new report by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee details the district’s dire financial picture. Forum President Rob Henken says MPS faces flat revenues, but rising costs.

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Strange News
10:55 am
Sun June 29, 2014

How 'Professor Godzilla' Learned To Roar

For William Tsutsui, incoming president of Hendrix College and author of Godzilla On My Mind, the iconic lizard is an obsession and an inspiration.
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Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:15 pm

Hendrix College, a small school outside of Little Rock, Ark., is about to get a new president. His name is William Tsutsui, a Princeton-, Oxford-, and Harvard-educated economist, but he's best known for a certain expertise that has landed him the nickname Professor Godzilla.

Tsutsui first heard the infamous roar of the radioactive monster lizard when he was 8 years old, living in the tiny college town of Bryan, Texas.

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Education
10:07 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Lovell, Marquette's First Lay Leader, Prepares for his First Day

Dr. Michael Lovell is the new chancellor of Marquette University.
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The news this Spring that Michael Lovell would leave his role as Chancellor at UW-Milwaukee to become the next President of Marquette University stunned many in the Milwaukee community.

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NPR Ed
10:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Chasing The Elusive 'Quality' In Online Education

You can learn jazz appreciation from a computer. But you'll never learn how to be cool like Miles Davis.
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Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 12:46 pm

Jeff Hellmer is an accomplished jazz pianist who has taught music at the University of Texas at Austin for 27 years. He thinks of himself as more than a teacher, though: "What I would like to do with my teaching is be an ambassador for jazz."

This past spring, in what's become an increasingly common move, he brought his ambassadorship to a wider audience. He turned his popular introductory course, Jazz Appreciation, into a free 10-week online course.

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Education
3:43 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Downtown Arena's New Name: UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena

UWM and the Wisconsin Center District have agreed on a 10-year deal,  renaming the downtown venue and securing it for the men's basketball team.

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NPR Ed
3:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Move Over Books: Libraries Let Patrons Check Out The Internet

The New York Public Library found that 55 percent of its patrons reported not having broadband access at home.
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Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 6:01 pm

Imagine being able to walk into a public library and check out a Wi-Fi hot spot as if it were just another book. Soon, patrons in two major U.S. cities won't have to imagine it.

The public library systems in New York and Chicago won funding from the Knight Foundation to experiment with the idea of hot-spot lending. Both say they hope the move will help them expand Internet access among low-income families.

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UWM Today
1:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Creative Process Behind UWM's Student Start Up Challenge

Tom Luljak and Nathaniel Stern
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On a previous edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak discussed UWM's Student Start Up Challenge, a program that helps students take their ideas and turn them into businesses. It is a way to give UWM students a real world experience of transforming a concept into a company.

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Education
11:44 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Honey vs. Vinegar: Resolving Conflict by Showing Respect and Respecting Dignity

As the adage says, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Merens suggests that we use a little more honey when tackling conflict management.
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We all have examples of when conflict resolution goes wrong, we yell at the customer service representative at the credit card company, or the cashier snaps at you for bringing 12 items into the "10 items or fewer" checkout lane.

But we know, or we should know, that unpleasant conflict can be handled more adeptly.  A former Milwaukee radio host is adapting a conflict resolution model for law enforcement to help people in other fields better manage these situations.

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