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Kent State University launches redesigned Ph.D. program in its College of Nursing - Crain's Cleveland Business

• The undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program at the University of Akron is one of only 15 such programs nationwide, and the only one in Ohio, to earn an A+ rating for exemplary coursework and for serving as a model of excellence for others, according to a new report from the National Council on Teacher Quality. The research and policy organization said the 15 top-performing programs "stand out because they fully satisfy" the following criteria: explicit and repeated instruction on each component of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension; support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately detail established principles of scientifically based reading practices; and opportunities for teacher candidates to demonstrate mastery through in-class assignments, tests and instructional practice. Lisa Lenhart, Ph.D., professor of curricular and instructional studies at the University of Akron and lead literacy faculty in the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, said in a statement that all teacher candidates in early childhood, middle-level and special education "must take 12 semester hours in the teaching of reading during their studies, so having a strong reading core program matters significantly."

• The upcoming census is the focus of a program next week at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, "Census 2020: What You Need To Know." The event takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Roberta Steinbacher Atrium in the Levin College building on the Cleveland State University campus, 1717 Euclid Ave. The census counts the population every decade and "distributes more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states', counties' and communities' vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy," according to promotional material for the event. Go here for information about the moderator, speaker and panelists at the event, and here to register. This program is sponsored by the Levin College Dean's Diversity Council.

• A drug created by researchers at Case Western Reserve University that could make it easier for doctors to diagnose Multiple Sclerosis in its earlier stages has been approved for its first human trials by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The university said the drug, known as Myeliviz, will be tested in clinical trials involving healthy volunteers at Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis. The trials have been made possible by a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, CWRU said. MS, an autoimmune disease affecting 2.3 million people worldwide, "can be a particularly difficult disease to diagnose," CWRU said, especially in its early stages, "due to unpredictable combinations of symptoms and their severity, and because of limitations in other available imaging methods." The university said Myeliviz "targets and binds to myelin — the sheathing surrounding nerves that is affected by MS — and allows for its imaging by a PET scanner, a common hospital tool."

• One more from CWRU: A team of researchers there, who "analyzed five years' worth of eviction data from the Cleveland Housing Court and spent several weeks in court interviewing those who were evicted," found "the threat of homelessness is just one of the worries for those losing their homes," according to this post from the university's website The Daily. "In addition to the mental and emotional toll of uprooting families to find Stable, affordable housing, children facing eviction are at a higher risk for lead exposure and poorer outcomes in the classroom, according to new research from the university's Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences," the university said. Here's how researchers from the school's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development carried out two studies: "For the first, they observed 450 eviction cases and interviewed nearly 100 people facing eviction in Cleveland Housing Court. For the second, they linked eviction filing records from 2013-16 with administrative records to learn about residential mobility, homeless shelter use, school absenteeism and childhood lead testing and poisoning in low-income families facing eviction. The studies were commissioned by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland."

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