1:31 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

UW System to Expand Pay Scales of Some Positions

The UW Board of Regents says it must offer competitive salaries to lure top talent. One legislator calls the move, rewarding the  "administrative elite."

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5:12 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Why Boys and Girls Clubs Still Matter

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America has been serving children for more than 100 years.
Credit Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Erin Hareng.

For more than 150 years, the organization that would become the Boys and Girls Clubs of America has been giving our country’s children a safe place to learn, play and grow.

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UWM Today
3:11 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Bringing Business and UWM Together to Jump Start Academic Research

Tom Luljak and Brian Thompson
Credit Jon Strelecki

Host Tom Luljak talks with Brian Thompson, President of the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation.

At a large research university like UW-Milwaukee, the key to discovery often has a price tag on it.

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Code Switch
6:03 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Recent Findings Question State Support Of Black Colleges

Morgan State University in Baltimore is one of the state's four historically black institutions.
Marylandstater Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 10:49 am

This week, a federal judge found that historically black colleges in Maryland were harmed when better-funded traditionally white institutions offered up the same degree programs in the state.

Tricia Bishop of The Baltimore Sun summed up the judge's ruling this way:

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Youth Radio
4:37 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

High Schools Struggle To Tackle Safety On The Football Field

Football practice at Castro Valley High School in California. Proper hitting technique requires players to keep their heads up to prevent neck injuries and concussions.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 6:41 pm

The NFL adopted a new rule this season that makes it illegal for players to hit with the crown of their helmet. In other words, ramming your head into someone.

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1:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Why Are Graduation Rates So Low for UWM's Black Students?

Students participate in an event at UWM's student union.
Credit UWM

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews journalist Jamaal Abdul-Alim about UWM's low graduation rates for African-American students.

A college education is seen as the key to joining the middle class in the country. 

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8:51 am
Wed October 9, 2013

MPS Considers Turning Former Dover School on South Side Into Apartments

The former Dover Street School on the south side of Milwaukee could be redeveloped into apartments for teachers and other young professionals. MPS will hold a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the idea.

School Board member Meagan Holman says ideas floated in the past for Dover have not gained traction, including as an arts center or charter school. But Holman says people seem excited about the possibility of apartments.

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5:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Wisconsin Students Soon Required to Take ACTs

Math is one of the big sections on the ACTs, a test that soon all Wisconsin high school students will be required to take.
Credit Or Hiltch, flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Kreigh Knerr about ACT test prep.

More Wisconsin students than ever will soon take the ACT exam, thanks to changes in state education policy, which will next year will make the test a requirement for high schoolers.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study: U.S. Adults Below Average In Literacy, Basic Math

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:07 pm

Adults in the U.S. fall behind many of their developed-world counterparts in such basic areas as math, reading and problem-solving using technology, according to a newly released report authored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies surveyed 166,000 teens and adults ranging in age from 16 to 65 years old in 24 countries.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:41 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Science Suffers In Unseen Ways From Government Dysfunction

Tourists are dwarfed by the Very Large Array in 2005. The facility, on the Plains of San Agustin, 50 miles west of Socorro, N.M., has been closed as a result of the government shutdown. The VLA consists of 27 radio antennas linked together to simulate the capabilities of a single dish 17 miles in diameter.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

On Saturday night I saw Gravity, the new semi-realistic space survival flick. I thought: an astrophysicist's view of this film would certainly be worth a 13.7 post. But I've left that thought behind for an email I had received the day before:

Dear user community colleagues,

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