• HU geology prof part of Arctic Circle research on Snowball Earth

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    The Earth was not covered from pole to pole with ice 650 million years ago as was previously thought, according to new research by a Highlands University geology professor.
    Michael Petronis worked with an international team of scientists investigating the Snowball Earth hypothesis in Svalbard in the Norwegian High Arctic approximately 65 miles from the North Pole. The hypothesis describes a frozen Earth, with glacial ice covering the entire planet in the ancient geological past.

  • Dental program gets kudos in newsletter

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The 2015 Luna Community College Dental Assisting class was recently recognized in the Dental Assisting National Board newsletter. Luna students were recognized for their New Mexico Mission of Mercy participation in October of 2014. New Mexico Mission of Mercy is a group of volunteers in the profession that provide service to individuals in need of dental work.

  • Nathan Archuleta recipient of Michael Marr Scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nathan J. Archuleta, a 2015 Las Vegas Robertson High School graduate, has been awarded the 34th Annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship.

    The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Las Vegas Robertson High School student-athlete who has excelled academically and participated in the football program.  

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 13

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: This year, my daughter’s high school history teacher is using what he calls “Flipped Learning.” Now her homework is just looking at videos. Can you tell me if this is a sound educational practice? — Unsure

  • Highlands to honor three at homecoming

    Vázquez-Geffroy: Distinguished professor

  • Dear Teacher - Sept. 6

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: The new school year has started. In the past, I have always been involved in my children’s education by communicating with their teachers, attending parent-teacher meetings, being a room mother, going to school events, visiting their classrooms and so on. Is there anything else parents should do to be involved in their children’s education? — Wondering

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  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 28

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My children always pass the vision screening at school. Beyond this, are there any signs of possible vision problems that I should be looking for? — Seeing

    Answer: Vision plays an extremely important role in childhood development academically, socially and athletically, according to Dr. Kara M. Cavuoto of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She encourages parents to take advantage of any vision screening opportunities that may be available to them.

  • President wants better behavior from athletes

    By Michael Martot
    AP Sports Writer

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind — Indiana University President Michael McRobbie sent a tough message to the athletic department this week: It’s time for Hoosier athletes to shape up or they may be on their way out.

  • Dental assistant ceremony