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A Message for Women's Equality Day

Imagine a scientist, engineer, or manager. What kind of person did you imagine? Was it a man? In 1983, David Wade Chambers asked 4,807 primary school children to draw a scientist to gauge children’s perceptions of science and scientists. In the original study in the 1950’s, less than 1...

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Hydrologic data – fact or fiction?

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment. – Alvin Toffler   One of the first questions we ask when we’re developing a water resources modeling project is, “How much data is available?” (...

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Using Data Science to Solve Social Science Dilemmas

It’s become a bit of a cliché, however true it is, to talk about how the abundance of big data can be used to solve many of the world’s most pressing problems. But many of those who understand data analytics, writing on topics like...

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The Power of Project-based Learning

This blog was originally published on EdNC. At 5:00 on Tuesday, May 7, the crowd began to gather outside Elkin Elementary School in Elkin — a small town in the foothills of North Carolina. Food trucks arrived...

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One Step Closer to Clean Water for Carolina Kids

The NC Commission for Public Health has begun the rulemaking process for a new rule that would require testing and cleanup of lead in drinking water at licensed child care centers.

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Eliminating Opioid Stigma Starts with Us

As the opioid crisis continues to evolve, “stigma” is uttered frequently in conferences and meetings across the United States, particularly during events like the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit. In most cases, the call is a variation of, “we must eliminate stigma [about addiction to...

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The Role of Medicare Advantage in Provider Payment Innovation

Medicare Advantage organizations’ leading role in advancing provider payment reform offers a number of key advantages: financial incentives to decrease costs and increase quality, flexibility to negotiate directly with providers, and networks to steer members to efficient care.

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