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Predictor of Success
1:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Middle School Mindset

There’s intriguing news from the University of Virginia’s department of psychology.  Scholars there say the quality of a kid’s friendships in middle school is a great predictor of his or her future health and success. 

If you think back to your days in junior high - when you were 13 or 14 - did you have good friends?

Did you sometimes stand up to peer pressure, or did you always go along to get along? 

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Big Brain Theory
5:37 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Pure Genius

Discovery Channel

Who will become America’s next great innovator?  That’s the question the Discovery Channel is hoping to answer with a new reality show called, “The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius.” A grad student from Virginia Tech is one of ten people chosen after they sent video applications to the producers.

Amy Elliot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech is one of two women selected from thousands of applicants around the country. The Discovery Channel’s new reality TV show combines the drama of competition with the world of science, technology and engineering.

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Sequestration and Defense Industry
5:05 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Bracing for Cutbacks

While other states with a high military presence brace for the effects of sequestration, Virginia leaders are preparing for a double whammy with the possibility of another Base Realignment and Closure of key facilities.  

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Contemplative Practices
9:42 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Sound of Silence

Virginia Tech

In recent years, there’s been growing interest in what are known as the ‘contemplative practices,’ pursuits such as, meditation, mindfulness, yoga and Chi Gong.  

Many say the increasing presence of technology in our daily lives makes it makes it more difficult to feel connected to our own humanity.

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Virginia Public Access Project
9:27 am
Mon April 29, 2013

VaNews for 04.29.13

Virginia Republicans who voted for Governor McDonnells transportation bill are preparing to defend themselves against primary challengers who accuse them of supporting higher taxes...and an administrative skirmish in Chesterfield County has cost the circuit court clerk part of her staff.

Those were two of the most frequently read newspaper stories over the past week the Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link.

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