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Dual enrollment options growing at A.I. duPont High School

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Earlier this week, Gov. Jack Markell visited Howard High School of Technology to tout the increase in First State high schoolers earning college credit through dual enrollment courses – courses where they can earn high school and college credit simultaneously.

According to the Governor’s office – participation in these courses statewide has more than doubled since last year as 15 hundred students from 25 schools have signed up for one of over 100 applicable courses.

But the growth isn’t just in the number of students involved. Schools are getting more creative in how they offer these opportunities. And one high school, A.I DuPont in Greenville, is taking a major step forward by creating what it’s calling an Early College Academy that would start in freshman year and give them the opportunity to earn up to 28 college credits – basically a year’s worth before they graduate. (More)

Colonial dam removal lures fish, yields historic artifacts

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

Next spring, for the first time since 1777, thousands of shad will have the opportunity to spawn in Delaware’s White Clay Creek.

That’s because earlier this month a dam dating to the Colonial period was partially removed from the creek where it borders Delaware Park racetrack, and the White Clay Creek Country Club

It’s the first dam in the state to be removed in an effort to restore the natural flow of a waterway – a move prompted by the creek’s federal Wild and Scenic River designation. (More)

DSU researchers study ways to protect bats from wind turbines

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Wind energy is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the world. The number of wind turbines in the United States now generates over 61 gigawatts, equivalent to powering 15.3 million American homes, according to the Wind Energy Foundation. While this holds promise to lower greenhouse gas emissions, there’s another environmental impact to be considered if more turbine are built: bats.

That’s right. One reason the bat population is suffering these days is because large numbers are killed by wind turbines. While bats may not be the cuddliest of creatures, they help the food supply by preying on crop pests and pollinating many fruits we eat every day.

But the solution isn’t to shut down the turbines, scientists are studying ways to help turbines and bats coexist. Delaware Public Media’s science reporter Eli Chen spoke to some bat researchers at Delaware State University who are doing just that. (More)

Arts Playlist: Biggs exhibit chronicles artist’s journey across the country

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Emile Klein is a classically trained portrait painter who believes we all have a story to tell.

To that end, the artist recently biked through 50 states to document America.

Throughout his journey, Klein stopped at the homes of short term sponsors, trading portraits for temporary room and board. While he painted, Klein also recorded conversations with his subjects.

The individual stories of these Americans, including Delawareans, are told in their own words as well as through a variety of other mediums like music and video.

These recordings and portraits are currently on display at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover in the multimedia exhibit, “You’re U.S.”

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Cathy Carter visited the Biggs to chat with Emile Klein about his journey and the exhibit it inspired. (More)

Enlighten Me: Delaware’s Christmas tree farms

The Green: Where Delaware explores its common ground

Climate change affects the entire world and some aspects of it – like sea level rise – are more obvious than others. More rain and warmer temperatures bring new, deadly diseases for coniferous trees, putting pressure on Delaware’s Christmas tree farmers.

Delaware Public Media’s James Dawson spoke with Jim Landis, head of Delaware’s Christmas Tree Growers Association, about his experiments with exotic trees to adapt to a warming world.

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