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Thursday, August 21, 2008 General News
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1. DR. EUGENE HUSKEY, Ph.D., chair of the Russian Studies Department andprofessor of political science at STETSON UNIVERSITY, is the most widelypublished scholar on politics in Kyrgyzstan. Huskey, author of two books anddozens of articles on the executive and legal systems in Russia and CentralAsia, was a lecturer at leading American and foreign universities, includingOxford, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. He teaches Russian politics, Russianforeign policy and Central Asian politics and society. Huskey is the associateeditor of the academic journal Russian Review, and a member of the editorialboard of Advokat (the journal of the Moscow Bar Association), The Journal ofPostcommunist and Transition Studies (Glasgow), and Demokratizatsiya: TheJournal of Post-Soviet Democratization (Washington, D.C.). He was the seminarpresenter at the U. S. State Department in Washington, D.C., and inUzbekistan. Web site:

1. DISASTER RESPONSE: DISASTER PLANNING CAN SAVE LIVES AT HOSPITALS ANDNURSING HOMES. DR. KAREN SEXTON, vice president and chief executive officerfor hospitals and clinics at the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH (UTMB) atGalveston and nationally recognized leader on disaster preparedness, can offervaluable lessons from UTMB's first-ever total evacuation during HurricaneRita: "As the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches and we remember thedevastation it caused, particularly to hospitals and nursing homes, we arereminded that every health care institution must be prepared for disaster --from hurricanes and floods, to tornados and wildfires, and even pandemics. Nomatter where the location, there is a danger that can decrease the ability tocare for patients." News Contact: Olivia H. Goodman, olivia.goodman@gabbe.comPhone: +1-212-220-4444 (8/15/08)

2. EDUCATION: SCHOOL YEAR'S START BRINGS FOCUS ON TEACHER LEARNING. SANDIEVERLOVE, chief academic officer at TEACHFIRST: "Research shows the mostsignificant factor influencing student achievement is teacher effectiveness,and the best way to increase teacher effectiveness is by giving teachers theopportunity to practice and refine instructional strategies withincollaborative learning teams. We are seeing an increasing number of schoolsthat are training teachers on how to facilitate their own learning andproviding the resources they need to support this work. The days of schoolsbelieving that a workshop with an expert will change classroom outcomes areover." Everlove can speak about how schools can best support professionallearning for teachers this school year and provide case studies of schoolsthat have implemented professional development that has had a measurableimpact on teaching practices and student performance. News Contact: JillFrankfort, Phone: +1-781-328-0806 (8/20/08)

3. ENERGY: ALTERNATIVE ENERGY DEMANDS GENERATE HOT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES.SHERYL DECKER, director of career services for BROWN MACKIE COLLEGE in SouthBend, Ind.: "Rising demands for environmentally friendly alternatives forfossil fuels are opening up new career opportunities for professionals in avariety of fields. Rising demand for cleaner energy directly affects careeropportunities in industries related to renewable resources. Professionals whoare already in the workforce and students who are seeking to enter a 'greencareer' can prepare with a number of degree programs and continuing educationcourses. Many different types of skills can be applied to these upcomingindustries. Alternative energy companies are seeking professionals to fill awide range of positions, including mechanical engineers, project managers,programmer analysts, IT sourcing specialists, administrative assistants andmarketing directors." (8/20/08)

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