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Mizzou Program Provides Job Training for Students with Disabilities

Renewed state contract will allow Mizzou teachers to help students in every high school in Missouri

Aug. 24, 2016

The University of Missouri has renewed their contract from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – Vocational Rehabilitation to provide job training services for Missouri public high school students with disabilities. The Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) program, housed in the Mizzou College of Education Hook Center for Educational Renewal, will use this funding to increase the number of teachers in the program by more than 50 percent. Bob Simpson, director of the Pre-ETS program, says the program now will be able to reach students with disabilities throughout the entire state.  Full Story

BPA Can Disrupt Painted Turtles’ Brain Development Could be a Population Health Concern

Research could help determine how BPA affects male and female brains

Aug. 23, 2016

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in many consumer products including water bottles, metal food storage products and certain resins. Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, affecting turtle habitats. Last year, a team of researchers led by the University of Missouri determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function in painted turtles, causing males to develop female sex organs. Now, the team has shown that BPA also can induce behavioral changes in turtles, reprogramming male turtle brains to show behavior common in females. Researchers worry this could lead to population declines in painted turtles.  Full Story
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