An Industry Defining Moment: Immigration Reform

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The issue of immigration reform is an ugly one. It is highly politicized, polarized, publicly debated issue that has roots into other socio issues like family values, crime and economics. In an industry that promotes the used of science based regulations, that itself is highly regulated, and constantly pushing back on issues that look to create barriers and increase costs.

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OPRF student earns spot in international science competition

Originally posted by The Chicago Tribune

Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Grace Niewijk works on her biomedical project using the slime of the Pacific hagfish. Niewijk is competing with the project in an international science challenge. (Allison Hennings, Handout)

Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Grace Niewijk works on her biomedical project using the slime of the Pacific hagfish. Niewijk is competing with the project in an international science challenge. (Allison Hennings, Handout)

By Wes Venteicher, Tribune reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School senior Grace Niewijk has developed a new medical use for the slime of the Pacific hagfish, and is pitting her research against 14 other American students and one Canadian in an international science competition.

The winner of the 2014 International BioGENEius Challenge will be announced June 24 in San Diego, BioGENEius spokeswoman Janelle Curtis said in an email.

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Facebook alum’s startup makes science class more fun for budding innovators

MysteryScience cofounder Doug Peltz Image Credit: MysteryScience

MysteryScience cofounder Doug Peltz
Image Credit: MysteryScience

“Science class is basically vocabulary class today.” That’s Keith Schacht, cofounder of MysteryScience, a startup coming out of stealth today.

He says kids figure out by the sixth grade whether they like science or not, and it’s important to find a way to break away from these vocabulary classes and hook more kids into science before they reach that critical age.

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