Science Terms You Should Know

At least once a year every news site will run a story about how Americans are falling behind in scientific knowledge compared to other countries. This has come to be measured as scientific literacy and there are numerous tests on the web that can give you a score as to how scientifically savvy you are compared to the rest of the population.

Scientific literacy is important because an understanding of basic scientific words and concepts can inform everything from job success to community participation to the making of decisions in your personal life.

The United States National Center for Education Statistics has outlined seven characteristics of the scientifically literate person. These include things like being able to read and discuss scientific articles in the popular press and recognizing specific scientific issues that are involved in the decisions made at the local, state, and national levels of government.

A number of organizations and websites have published their own lists of basic science. These include scientific facts, terms, concepts and currently established theories. There is even a book listing 100 terms every college graduate should know about science.

A quick perusal of these lists reveals many words that people use in everyday conversation: zero, photon, big bang, pheromone, placebo, sex. But there are also words that people use without knowing what they mean. When you talk about how many gigabytes of data a memory card holds, do you know exactly how many bytes that is? (1 gigabyte equals 1024x1024x1024).

Here are some of the tech and science terms that you may want to brush up on in 2014:

cloud storage
cognitive dissonance
cyber security
game theory
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
radiometric dating
logic gate
junk DNA
big data
solar wind
protein folding
dark energy
string theory

watch popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discuss the importance of scientific literacy in the video below:

Margie Zellweller is an educational blogger who spent 15 years working in elementary education.  In addition to writing about the importance of science education, she has addressed topics like computers, e-learning, and even helped develop lessons plans for everything from grammar to math to vocabulary lists (similar to this one).

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Recent Boost in Online Business causes High Demand for Graphic Designers

If you have a creative side that you want to express, graphic design programs can help you achieve your goals. With more people starting online businesses, the demand for skilled graphic designers continues to grow in order to meet this need. You can get the training you need to build an art portfolio. Your portfolio may help you get the career you desire in the field.

Get the Education

Your education is the first step to working in art. Although your passion for the arts brings you closer to a job, getting into one of the schools around the United States may catapult you into a long-term career. A number of design schools offer online programs for working or busy students. This may help you earn a degree in graphic arts or design at your pace.

Today’s schools understand that you still have obligations that may not allow you to attend a program full time or during certain hours. The best programs have flexible courses that you can take any time during the day, evening or night. Most graphic design programs even allow you to have 24-hour access to your curriculum.

You can begin with an Associate of Arts in Graphic Design degree and later move on to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Many students enter school without any previous educational pursuits. If you fall into this situation, beginning at the associate degree level is preferable.

Curriculum Studies

Depending on the degree you seek, you may study graphic design principles, advertising, marketing and many types of media. You can learn how to design games, online magazines and web pages. Since many online companies need web pages that stand out, you can learn how design pages that rank high on the Internet.  A number of graphic design programs teach multimedia skills. This can help you build a portfolio that appeal to many different employers.

Programs typically last for two years or less. You will earn a degree online just as quickly as you would in a traditional technical, college or university setting. After completing your studies, you may find employment as a webmaster, online game designer or media designer. These careers are just a few positions you may pursue.

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What to Expect in an LVN Program

The nursing profession has a long and honorable past. It is one of the healing professions and imbues its practitioners with an aura of respect and, in the minds of many people, goodness. There are actually several different types of nurses. The most common is the registered nurse. There are also nurse practitioners and physicians assistants, and licensed professional nurses who are also known as licensed vocational nurses or LVNs.

Anyone enrolling in one of the many lvn programs in the country can expect to learn the skills necessary to provide care to patients in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, doctor offices, and rehabilitation hospitals. They may also find employment as home health care workers. In all cases, they will work under the direction of a physician or registered nurse.

The best programs are going to provide students with ample opportunities to gain hands on experience. Students will learn pharmacology, nutrition, physiology , anatomy, and common diseases and treatments. They will be expected to develop leadership skills and to understand the legal and ethical responsibilities associated with nursing. Most programs take around two years to complete, though each school will have its own schedule of classes. Upon graduation students should be ready to apply for state licensing or certification, if is required.

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Study Online for a Master in Finance

The world of investing and high finance will likely remain a mystery to most people. Most people just don’t have the understanding or the desire to try to decipher the many products, government regulations, and other complexities surrounding the field.

There are, however, a small number of people who are drawn to this aspect of the financial world. They have a passion and a drive to not only understand stock portfolios and asset management, they want to master the skills. While many see it as a way to make money for themselves, still others see it as a way to make money as an agent for others. These people end up working on Wall Street and many of them will seek a masters in finance online to better prepare them for their chosen career.

An online program in any field is going to offer advantages over traditional courses of study. In the case of finance degrees, most individuals are already working in the finance industry. In fact, they are probably working long hours and have little time left to trek to a regular classroom to listen to lectures. An online program offers them the opportunity to schedule their coursework around their work. It also allows them to either move more quickly through a program or to spread it out over a longer time than those attending school full-time. Best of all, they are able to immediately begin applying the principles they learn in their studies, to see how they work in the real world. A much more practical approach.

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