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Emerging Science

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The incidence of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) has been making headlines due to an alarming increase of cases being reported among athletes. New research being done by Dr. Kalev Freeman at the University of Vermont's College of Medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of TBI. This episode focuses on sports injuries and features a Huntington, Vt., resident whose life has been dramatically altered by a series of concussions.

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Episode Teacher's Guide (PDF) by Elizabeth Mirra, Springfield High School in Springfield, Vermont

Elizabeth Mirra

Elizabeth Mirra has been a Vermont educator for 13 years.  She is currently the Math & Science Instructional Coach at Springfield High School in Springfield, VT, where she works with educators on improving instruction and aligning curriculum to standards.  She has served as a Science Network Leader for the Vermont Department of Education, where she designed and carried out professional development for teachers throughout the State. During the summer, she teaches graduate courses in science best practices and science content to elementary and secondary teachers. She also works with schools throughout Vermont to align curriculum and improve science instruction and assessment.  Elizabeth has a B.S. in animal science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in science education from Castleton State College.



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  • Traumatic Brain Injury In Sports
  • Acupuncture: A Connective Tale
  • Climate Change: A Northeast Primer
  • Regenerating Our Future
  • Cyber Shadows
  • Out of This World
  • Disease Origins & Transmission
  • Food Pathogens
  • Ecological Economics
  • Astronomy
  • Fresh Water
  • Transportation
  • Technology Of Social Science
  • Energy
  • Food Webs
  • Weather And Climate Change
  • Remote Wireless Sensing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Emerging Science - Water and The Landscape


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