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Online workshops are now available to help you understand how psychological issues can impact academic success. The Psych'd Out! Workshop Seriesfocuses on Perfectionism, Procrastination, Test Anxiety and Math Anxiety, which are issues that many university students experience. Through these workshops, you will better understand the causes and some techniques to help cope with them.

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC's West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

The Classroom Assessment Techniques -- CATs (Angelo and Cross, 1993) within theFLAG are succinct, self-contained, self-instructional, web-based modules that introduce a broadly applicable technique for use in college or university STEM courses. Each CAT has been written by a college or university instructor who currently uses the technique, and has been reviewed by the FLAG Editorial Board for accuracy and consistency with current professional standards of assessment. In most cases, the technique has an extensive history of research to support claims of reliability and validity. The CATs are linked to a set of discipline-specific "tools" that can be downloaded for immediate use.

Passing Through the Gates:  Identifying and Developing Talent in Introductory STEM Courses by M. Kevin  Eagan, Gina A. Garcia, Sylvia Hurtado and Josephine A. Gasiewski

Barriers and Promises in STEM Reform - There have been many calls for the reform of introductory Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses based on extensive research demonstrating the significant limitations of traditional, lecture‐based instruction.

DO STUDENTS LEARN MORE WITH CLICKERS AND PEER-DISCUSSION? - Bill Wood (University of Colorado, Boulder) describes the Knight et al. study, which looks at student learning gains in an active learning classroom that utilizes clicker questions and peer-discussion, similar to a think-pair-share.

Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Can Make Scientific Research More Inclusive -  The U.S. scientific research community does not reflect America's diversity. Hispanics, African Americans, and Native Americans made up 31% of the general population in 2010

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Biology Prof Helps Brazilian University Launch Yellow Anaconda Research ​Las Vegas, N.M. – A Highlands University biology professor helped Brazilian researchers launch a study of yellow anacondas aimed at ecosystem conservation in the largest tropical wetland in the world.Highlands biology professor Jesús Rivas is internationally known for his research on anacondas. In October, he led the Brazilian Moto Grosso University expedition to study the elusive snakes. “Yellow anacondas are an understudied species that play an important role in the imperiled ecosystem in Pantanal, a vast tropical wetland in Brazil that is the biggest globally,” Rivas said. “These snakes can grow up to 11 feet in length and weigh as

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