Another key driver of this suicide crisis: Veterinarians are consistently asked to act as animal undertakers. Euthanizing their clients can cause what a recent study referred to as ethical conflict and moral distress, which arises when vets are forced to put aside their expert opinions and accept pet owners’ decisions about if and when to put their animals down. More so, this proximity to death makes dying seem like a reasonable way to ease suffering.
→ The Washington Post.
This is a harrowing and sad read. One of the causes is also the disparity between vet school tuition and potential earnings.
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Barring the Outer Banks, I’ve explored the eastern seaboard from Acadia National Park to Key West so now we’ve turned our attention westward. We’ve done the drive from San Francisco to Big Sur, hiked Yosemite Valley and Death Valley so, over the summer, we ventured north and visited the Oregon Coast. Here are some recommendations (I borrowed Sameer Vasta’s travelogue format).
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Should you install solar panels if you’re living in Texas? The short answer is – it depends. For us, after doing our due diligence, we decided to go for it and at the end of the hottest month of the year (June-July 2018), we generated the following output:
Continue reading if you too are interested in going solar and saving not only on your electric bill but also earning karma points from the environment.
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The grant that I work on currently, GEAR UP, uses college enrollment as its primary outcome. Or rather it used to. In recent grant cycles, the shift in absolute priorities has indicated that primary outcomes have been moving toward persistence i.e. staying in college for eventual graduation. In measuring college-going outcomes, it can vary with increasing expectations:
- Enrolling in any postsecondary institution
- Enrolling in a 2-year college
- Enrolling in a 4-year college
- Enrolling in college without need for remediation
- Persisting in college for the second year on track to graduation
- Graduating from college in six years
GEAR UP, due to its nature of the grant cycle, can only measure the first five outcomes and predict with varying accuracy the sixth one. But it is increasingly obvious that the first two outcomes are met easily or even the third outcome but the other two are exponentially difficult.
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