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Written by Camp Courageous   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 12:35
MONTICELLO, IOWA – The 24th Annual Back-To-School Festival will be held at Camp Courageous Tuesday September 18 from 10:00 am to 2:00. Camp Courageous is a year- round recreational and respite care facility for individuals with disabilities. The Back-To-School Festival has become an annual celebration of the new school year for dozens of special education classes throughout the area.

Special education classes are invited to attend this free event and enjoy Rock & Prevention, games, balloon artist Crescentia, prizes, hayride, wobble buggies, swimming, miniature golf, a helicopter, face painting, bounce house, train, horse drawn wagon rides, a dance and more.

Lunch is provided for free to the special education students, teachers, volunteers, staff & campers. Camp Courageous traditionally expects about 1000 participants.

For more information contact Jeanne Muellerleile, E-mail: or Camp Courageous, Box 418, Monticello, Iowa 52310-0418. or (319) 465-5916 ext. 2300 or Fax: 319-465-5919.

Braley Introduces End Radon in Schools Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amanda Bowman   
Monday, 17 September 2012 07:33

Legislation would protect students and teachers from radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer 

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today introduced the End Radon in Schools Act, a bill that will protect students, teachers, and school employees from high levels of radon in schools. The bill has been endorsed by the American Cancer Society.  Braley worked with the American Cancer Society and the Radon Coalition, based in Iowa, to craft the legislation.

Radon is an invisible, tasteless, and odorless gas that is produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. It is a form of ionizing radiation, proven carcinogen, and it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The gas will often leak through cracks or holes in foundations or walls of buildings if not properly controlled.

All of Iowa’s 99 counties are considered at a “Zone 1” risk level by the government, which indicates they have the highest potential for radon exposure in schools, homes, and other buildings.  Iowa is one of only two states in the country that has a statewide “Zone 1” risk level.

“Today, I am very pleased to introduce the End Radon in Schools Act. We need to ensure that our schools are safe from unacceptable levels of this harmful gas,” said Braley. “You cannot see, taste, or smell radon, but it poses a real risk to Iowans. Iowa has one of the highest levels of radon radiation in the country, and I introduced this legislation to ensure that Iowa kids, teachers and employees are safe from harmful levels of radon when they go to school.”

The End Radon in Schools Act would give grants to states to work with school districts to test the radon levels in their school buildings. If the school building has an unhealthy radon level, the school would be given funding to mitigate or diminish the high radon levels. Schools awarded the grant funding would conduct the testing with the assistance of a licensed radon mitigation specialist.  The school would work with a specialist to determine the best way to mitigate the school building.

Today, Braley also met with Iowa members of the American Cancer Society, as well as University of Iowa Men’s Basketball Coach Fran McCaffery, to discuss his bill and other issues related to cancer research, care and prevention.  A photo from today’s meeting is below.


A link to the text of the End Radon in Schools Act can be found here: 

A link to the Cancer Society Endorsement of the bill can be found here:

Rahm Emanuel Should Go All Ronald Reagan On Chicago's Teachers Union PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Americans for Limited Government   
Friday, 14 September 2012 14:49

Rahm Emanuel Should Go All Ronald Reagan On Chicago's Teachers Union

In Illinois the unemployment rate stands at 8.9 percent. 26,000 new teachers could be recruited in short order from teachers desperate to find work and will not mind working longer days or being held accountable for student test scores.

Women In Chemistry Online Film Series Inspires Young Women to Pursue Careers in STEM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barbara Parassio   
Monday, 10 September 2012 14:07
The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) proudly announces the release of The Catalyst Film Series: Women in Chemistry funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and created by CHF. The documentary-style film series, accessible at, celebrates the catalytic effect that extraordinary women have had in chemistry and endeavors to encourage young women to pursue the study of STEM programs and the sciences in particular. You can view a trailer of the film series at

The women featured in these films have worn the hats of student, researcher, wife, professor, advisor, mother, pilot and marketer. They are:

•       Kathryn Hach-Darrow, cofounder of the Hach Chemical Company
•       Mary L. Good, former president of the American Chemical Society, undersecretary for technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Bill Clinton, and recipient of the Priestley Medal
•       Uma Chowdhry, retired senior vice president and chief science and technology officer of DuPont
•       Nancy Chang, cofounder and former CEO of the biopharmaceutical firm Tanox
•       Mildred Cohn, first female president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
•       Stephanie Kwolek, former research associate at DuPont and patent holder for Kevlar®
•       Paula Hammond, David H. Koch Professor in engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

First-year seminars teach big topics to small classes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:08

Contemporary Topics in Finance.  Molecular Gastronomy.  The Energy Future.  What do these topics have in common?  They were all subjects of a first-year seminar.  


First year seminars are designed to help students make the transition to college-level learning through active participation in their own learning.  These classes are taught by faculty members to a small group (fewer than 20) of first-year students.  Faculty members choose the theme of the seminar because it’s related to their research, it’s something that’s always fascinated them, or it provides a glimpse into their academic area.

Students can learn about being a doctor, what it takes to be a math or science teacher, or the roots of terrorism.  On average, the classes meet one a week for 50 minutes, and grades are based on participation and short assignments. 


Students who have taken first-year seminars say that they’d recommend them to others because they got to meet students with similar interests and got to know a faculty member one-on-one. Here are comments from two of them:

  • “It is very nice to be in a small class with a teacher who is truly passionate about what they are teaching.”
  • “This class is by far my  favorite this semester.  Every class we learn about something new and very interesting … The assignments are very relevant and applicable to life outside of the class.  I wish it was more than once a week!”

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