Former Wolverine Peterson Creates Votable App to Educate Next Generation

Former Wolverine Peterson Creates Votable App to Educate Next Generation

10/13/2020 12:35:00 PM

// Sarah VanMetre

ANN ARBOR, Mich.Veronica Peterson, or Roni Hicks as she was known while wearing No. 3 on the basketball court from 2008-11, realized something as she geared up for the 2020 election: she had never done any research on the candidates or what nuanced information was on the ballot. Sure, she had voted before, but that was more of just checking the box to say that she did it.

Instead of just doing some research for herself, she decided to build an app named Votable. She put her education — an industrial operations engineering degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in computer science from the University of Chicago — and her work experience as a software engineer at Morningstar to the test. She built the app by herself, working

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Kaiser Permanente Creates Social Health Playbook for COVID-19 Pandemic

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated nonprofit health care system, has created guidance that can be widely adopted across the health care industry for assessing COVID-19 patients’ need for social resources that will allow them to safely recover and reduce community spread of the virus.

The Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Social Health Playbook provides clinical care teams with guidance and tools for screening patients for social needs, connecting them to help, and following up to ensure their needs are met. The initial release of the playbook has a strong focus on addressing COVID-19 patients’ social needs to improve their health outcomes and to prevent further transmission of the virus. It is publicly available as a free resource for care providers across the industry.

Kaiser Permanente has already broadened the scope of its care and services to address crucial factors that affect people’s health,

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Bellmore-Merrick Creates New Special Education School

BELLMORE-MERRICK, NY — In order to develop a next-level education, recreational and vocational experience for students within the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District through age 21, the department of special education and pupil personnel services created a PREP Academy to help prepare them for adult life.

“Through work with parents, students, teachers and community organizations, we have identified areas that are essential for our students to be successful adults,” said Eric Arlin, director of special education and pupil personnel services.

The goals of the academy include social understanding and skills, self-advocacy and developing specific job skills and independent recreational skills. Students are also taught functional academic skills such as managing a bank account or understanding their paychecks. Some students will also be continuing high school coursework necessary to complete graduation requirements.

“This program culminates in students obtaining a local or Regents high school diploma,” Emily Paluseo, assistant director of special

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California Dad’s Remote Learning Invention, TutorCam, Creates a Sensation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A California dad’s wish to improve remote learning for teachers and students during the COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become an impressive reality. 

Brandon Kennington was helping teach a math class via Google Meet at his kids’ Los Angeles school in March when he came up with the idea for TutorCam – a simple, inexpensive document camera to provide an extra viewing window for teachers and students during regular video conferencing.

Fast forward to today and TutorCam ( is a sensation.

NBC’s Today Show just declared TutorCam a “must-have” in a segment hosted by style expert Jenn Falik, who told the iconic morning show’s audience the device was one of her favorite products for fall.

Purdue University’s School of Mechanical Engineering, where Brandon earned a mechanical engineering degree, gave TutorCam a rave review.

“WHY DIDN’T WE THINK OF THAT?” the school wrote

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Biden Plan Creates 7 Million More Jobs Than Trump

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Moody’s Analytics, an economic-research firm, has published an economic forecast weighing the effects of Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s proposals. It finds Biden’s plan would produce dramatically faster job growth and higher wages for most workers.

Biden’s proposals would lead to 18.6 million new jobs during his first term, and the average American’s income (after taxes) would increase by $4,800. Trump’s policies would lead to an increase of 11.2 million new jobs by 2025, with minimal real income gain for average households.

Graphic: BEA/Moody’s Analytics

The main reason Biden’s plan would produce a faster recovery is that it would increase short-term deficit spending. With interest rates very low and demand depressed, an infusion of deficit spending can accelerate growth quickly.

One might think there is a tradeoff between long-term and short-term growth inherent in Biden’s plan to fire the money cannon. But the report does not

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Pandemic creates new barriers for students on pathway to higher education

The pathway to higher education has never been without barriers. But trying to break through them during a pandemic can crack an already fragile foundation.

“I’m doing everything for my family so they feel proud of me and I can keep going forward and get a good job, so I don’t end up in the fields,” said 19-year-old Maria Salvador, who spoke in Spanish during the interview, which was later translated into English.

Salvador is a first-generation college student attending Oxnard College in Ventura County, California.

Born in the central coast of California, Salvador’s parents came to the United States from Oaxaca, Mexico, and work in the fields. While long hours can reap little reward for migrant farmworkers, many work in hopes to pass down a better life for their children.

“They always tell me we have to keep studying, we have to keep learning and keep growing so that

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