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Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 10:17 a.m.

Academic buzz

Turning over an old leaf: The provost for The Evergreen State College in Olympia has convened a conference of academics to discuss what he says is the trend away from liberal arts and the recent overemphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, known by its acronym of STEM education.

The provost acknowledged that students at Evergreen already have this thing about too many stems and seeds.


Turning up the heat:
Witnesses at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs testified to the effects of climate change, including a decline in salmon for Washington state tribes and tribes in Alaska who have been told by the Army Corps of Engineers to move because rising seas threaten their villages.

For those who continue to deny the existence of climate change and doubt its effects the Yupiit Nation in Alaska has some land, a tad soggy, that it would like to sell you.


Off like a herd of turtles:
About 1,600 turtles reportedly escaped from a turtle farm in Georgia after someone tore down fences and allowed the terrapins, destined for pet shops, to bolt for nearby ponds and creeks.

Pet shops are selling the absent turtles, who would have been released into the wild anyway when kids tired of them, as "pre-released for your convenience."


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