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Early Exposure to English at Home and at School Prepares Spanish-Speaking Preschoolers for Later Academic Success

Parents, peers and teachers can enhance students’ English vocabularies

Jan. 23, 2015

By 2030, 40 percent of U.S. students will be learning English as a second language, according to the Center for Research on Education, Diversity and Excellence. These students face distinct academic challenges in the classroom, such as being unable to understand their teachers’ instructions or participate in classroom discussions. Previous research has shown that if these students do not learn sufficient English early, their academic trajectories may suffer, and many drop out once they reach high school. Now, a University of Missouri researcher has found that family members, teachers and peers can play different roles in shaping Spanish-speaking children’s school readiness and English skills that are all vital to children’s academic success.  Full Story
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Scientists ‘Bend’ Acoustic and Elastic Waves With New Metamaterials that Could Have Commercial Applications

Jan. 22, 2015

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent changes to the substance’s makeup. Now, engineering researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a material that has the ability to control these waves, creating possible medical, military and commercial applications with the potential to greatly benefit society.  Full Story
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