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Valva presented her research at the 2015 Fall Meeting, an experience she describes as “both intimidating and fun.” Valva credits Bright STaRS with teaching her how to communicate research visually. “I learned a lot about the optimal home page balance between figures and text,” she said. Thanks to the program, Valva also gained confidence fielding questions from fellow scientists. “Being able to summarize my research has been a skill that I’ve used tens of times since.” Earlier this year, Valva graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in geophysical sciences and mathematics. She’s returned to Fall Meeting twice since being a part of Bright STaRS, and she’ll likely participate again in the future—Valva just started a Ph.D. program in mathematics and atmosphere ocean science at New York University. This year, AGU’s Fall Meeting will be held virtually , and Bright STaRS will be a part of it. “The program is still on,” said AGU’s Asher. Bright STaRS and similar programs (such as the National Institute of Health’s High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program and the Department of the Navy’s Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program ) share lofty but critically important goals: to foster scientific thinking and encourage the next generation of scientists. They aim to challenge participants and mentors alike to think deeply about effective research and communication practices.

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Chicago police officer said he put his training to good use when he was off-duty and came upon a fire earlier this week in the Old Town neighborhood. Officer John Hanlon, who works in the 19th District on the North Side, was running errands when he saw thick black smoke coming from an apartment building on the 500 block of West North Avenue. He saw a man punching out a small window with smoke billowing around him. The man "took a nose dive to the ground," Hanlon told WBBM, and the officer knew he needed help. The man's arm was bleeding badly and it was clearly broken. Hanlon, it turned out, had a first-aid kit in his personal car. He grabbed it and went to work, putting a tourniquet on the man's arm and applying a pressure bandage to slow the bleeding while awaiting an ambulance. He's used the medical training he receives each year on numerous occasions, "buying time," he said for people who have been shot, stabbed or had other traumatic injuries. Hanlon has been a CPD officer for six years.