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Canadian math, reading performance declines
The Globe and Mail
The OECD has released the latest results of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measures the math, reading and science scores of 15-year-olds in 65 countries. In math, Canada placed 13th overall with a score of 518, dropping three spots from 2009 and six spots from 2006. However, the score remains above the OECD average of 494.
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U.S. accreditors accused of being archaic in transforming sector
Chronicle of Higher Education
PSE accreditors in the US are facing criticism from those who say the accreditation process isn't adapting to a sector in transition, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education. "Accreditors are perfecting the Pony Express as the telegraph wires are being strung," PSE lawyer Michael B. Goldstein told the delegates at a CHEA Conference.
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Promoting innovation in Ontario's colleges and universities
The Government of Ontario
Ontario is providing support for 120 projects at colleges and universities across the province through the Productivity and Innovation Fund to help them become more innovative while improving learning experiences for students. The projects focus on three key areas:
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Job skills shortages aren't a national crisis yet, former federal cabinet minister John Manley said. However, Manley suggests it could eventually throw a monkey wrench into the economy if industry and the federal government don't start working together. Speaking as the head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Manley said the organization isn't yet buying the idea that there's a skill crisis in Canada.
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NASA's latest space technology small satellite phones home
Digital Journal
PhoneSat 2.4, NASA's next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are "go" for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat 2.4, a cube approximately four inches square, weighs only about 2.2 pounds, and was developed at NASA's Ames Research Center
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Canadian math, reading performance declines
The Globe and Mail
The OECD has released the latest results of its Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which measures the math, reading and science scores of 15-year-olds in 65 countries. In math, Canada placed 13th overall with a score of 518, dropping three spots from 2009 and six spots from 2006. However, the score remains above the OECD average of 494.

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Without highly specialized engineers, Canada can kiss innovation goodbye
The Globe and Mail
"Today the physics of cancer are known — what remains is massive engineering." That assertion, from an article in Time magazine about new approaches to cancer research, could apply not just to biotechnology.

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This biotechnology platform could save millions of lives
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Patrick Cox, editor of the brand-new publication Transformational Technology Alert, is acutely aware of how transformational technology platforms can enable efficiencies and improve scale a la Moore’s Law.

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Dive into science with River Institute
Seaway News
Getting up close and personal with nature is a daily occurrence at the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. It institued a new program, welcomed a scientist and opened an outdoor learning labratory. A big jump for a non-profit organization that orginally began to publish scientific studies.
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Quality control
ASTD
One-third of polled organizations have a formal training office or function responsible for training staff on quality practices. A higher percentage of the largest organizations are able to allocate the necessary resources. For organizations with a formal program, the predominant delivery method is a shared services approach with other training topics.
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New patent for safer nanotechnology
Digital Journal
High-voltage nanofibre production, using very high voltages of up to 120,000 volts, is a principle that has been known for a long time. Naturally, there is inherently a high risk of injury if equipment operators handle the high voltage electrodes or created nano-material before the residual surface charge has been safely discharged. Until now, hand-operated external grounded electrodes have been used in apparatus used for electrostatic nanofiber production, or manufacturers didn’t deal with safety of equipment at all.
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