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Series #377 (December/January 2007)

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“Thomas Nast” (James Robertson/Alumni Distinguished Professor of History) with reporter Paul Lancaster

THE MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR IMAGE OF SANTA CLAUS WAS ONE OF THE MOST MERCILESS POLITICAL CARTOONISTS EVER:

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“Our Image of Santa” (James Robertson/Alumni Distinguished Professor of History) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WHY DOES SANTA LOOK THE WAY HE DOES?  A VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR OFFERS THIS HISTORY LESSON:

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“Santa in the 1800's” (James Robertson/Alumni Distinguished Professor of History) with reporter Paul Lancaster

THERE WAS A TIME WHEN SANTA WASN'T EVERYWHERE THIS TIME OF YEAR.  A VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR DISCUSSES THE ROLE SANTA PLAYED WAY BACK WHEN:

Runs: [0:48]

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“Santa and Commercialism” (James Robertson/Alumni Distinguished Professor of History) with reporter Paul Lancaster

IS SANTA CLAUS A SYMBOL OF CRASS COMMERCIALISM?  A VIRGINIA TECH PROFESSOR SAYS 'NO WAY':

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“Clean off that Snow” (Ron Gibbons/VT Transportation Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WHEN IT SNOWS, YOU NEED TO CLEAN OFF MORE THAN JUST PART OF THE WINDSHIELD BEFORE YOU DRIVE.  HERE'S SOME WINTER DRIVING ADVICE FROM VIRGINIA TECH'S TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE:

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“Get the Lowdown on Bad Weather” (Ron Gibbons/VT Transportation Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT AROUND FOR THE RADIO OR TV TRAFFIC REPORT TO FIND OUT HOW THE ROADS ARE IN WINTER CONDITIONS.  JUST DIAL 5-1-1:

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“Snow and SUV's” (Ron Gibbons/VT Transportation Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

THINK THAT S-U-V CAN HANDLE SNOWY ROADS?  A VIRGINIA TECH DRIVING EXPERT SAYS 'THINK AGAIN':

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“No Time to Cruise”  (Ron Gibbons/VT Transportation Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WHEN THE ROADS ARE WINTRY, A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT SAYS YOUR CRUISE CONTROL SHOULD BE SET TO 'OFF':

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“Beyond Terrorism” (Bruno Sobral/Virginia Bioinformatics Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WHILE BIOTERRORISM IS A CONCERN, NATURAL BIOLOGICAL THREATS REMAIN A DANGER.  A VIRGINIA TECH INSTITUTE SPECIALIZES IN TRYING TO ANTICIPATE AND STOP THOSE THREATS:

Runs: [0:57]

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“Stopping Epidemics” (Bruno Sobral/Virginia Bioinformatics Institute) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH NEW DISEASES THAT THREATEN TO SPREAD, BUT GROUPS SUCH AS VIRGINIA TECH'S VIRGINIA BIOINFORMATICS INSTITUTE ARE TRYING TO STOP THOSE DISEASES EARLY:

Runs: [1:00]

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“Learning on the Fly” (Dennis Dean/Biochemistry) with reporter Paul Lancaster

THE SCIENCE OF TRACKING AND STOPPING INFECTIOUS DISEASE IS ADVANCING SO RAPIDLY, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ARE SOMETIMES ON THE SAME LEARNING CURVE.  MORE FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

Runs: [1:03]

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“Nanotechnology” (Roop Mahajan/Critical Technologies and Applied Science) with reporter Paul Lancaster

THE STUDY OF SOMETHING MUCH SMALLER THAN A HUMAN HAIR COULD LEAD TO BREAKTHROUGHS IN MEDICINE. MORE FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

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“The Little Picture” (Roop Mahajan/Critical Technologies and Applied Science) with reporter Paul Lancaster

VIRGINIA TECH IS LOOKING AT SOME OF THE 'BIG PICTURE' HEALTH ISSUES BY LOOKING AT THE LITTLE PICTURE…THE REALLY LITTLE PICTURE:



Runs: [1:04]

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“Targeted Medicine”  (Judy Riffle/Chemistry) with reporter Paul Lancaster

USING A SHOTGUN TO KILL A MOSQUITO MAY GET THE JOB DONE, BUT IT'S NOT VERY EFFICIENT.  SO VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHERS ARE INVESTIGATING WAYS TO BETTER TAKE AIM AT BIG HEALTH PROBLEMS:

Runs: [0:56]

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“Targeting Molecules” (Judy Riffle/Chemistry) with reporter Paul Lancaster

RADIATION OR CHEMOTHERAPY ATTACKS CANCER IN A BODY, BUT IT ATTACKS THE REST OF THE BODY AS WELL.  VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHERS ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BETTER ATTACK THE DISEASE WHILE SPARING EVERYTHING ELSE:

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“Coping with Old Age” (Karen Roberto/Center for Gerontology) with reporter Paul Lancaster

AMERICANS ARE LIVING LONGER, AVOIDING DEATH FROM ACUTE DISEASES BUT SUFFERING MORE FROM CHRONIC AILMENTS.  AND A VIRGINIA TECH RESEARCHER SAYS IT'S SOMETIMES PRETTY DIFFICULT FOR THE ELDERLY TO COPE WITH THOSE PROBLEMS:

Runs: [0:59]

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“Living Longer But Maybe Not Better” (Karen Roberto/Center for Gerontology) with reporter Paul Lancaster

WE'RE LIVING LONGER, BUT LIVING BETTER IS NOT ALWAYS A PART OF THE EQUATION:

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“Depression and the Elderly” (Karen Roberto/Center for Gerontology) with reporter Paul Lancaster

A VIRGINIA TECH AGING EXPERT SAYS IT'S A DISEASE WHOSE SYMPTOMS YOU DON'T ALWAYS SEE THAT AFFECTS A GROWING PROPORTION OF OUR ELDERLY POPULATION:

Runs: [0:56]

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“Money for College”  (Barry Simmons/Scholarships and Financial Aid) with reporter Paul Lancaster

SO YOU WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE, BUT THE MONEY JUST ISN'T THERE?  A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT SAYS KEEP LOOKING…IT'S OUT THERE:

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“Getting in…and Staying in…College” (Barry Simmons/Scholarships and Financial Aid) with reporter Paul Lancaster

A NEW STATEWIDE GROUP IS WORKING TO GET MORE PEOPLE INTO COLLEGE…AND THEN GETTING THEM GRADUATED ONCE THEY'RE THERE.  MORE FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

Runs: [0:55]

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"Make a List - Check It Twice" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

MAKING A GIFT LIST THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, AND STICKING TO IT, CAN HELP YOU CONTROL YOUR HOLIDAY SPENDING.  MORE IN THIS REPORT FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

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"Don’t Overspend this Holiday Season" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT SAYS THAT IF YOU OVERSPEND DURING THE HOLIDAYS, YOU COULD BE ASKING FOR TROUBLE COME JANUARY:

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"Children Can Understand Responsible Spending" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Family Resource Mgmt.) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

ACCORDING TO A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT, CHILDREN CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR FAMILIES’ FINANCIAL SITUATION, AND CAN ACCEPT A LESS EXTRAVAGANT HOLIDAY:

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"Eating Right at Parties" (Elena Serrano/Nutrition) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH SPECIALIST RECOMMENDS MAKING HEALTHY FOOD CHOICES AT HOLIDAY PARTIES:

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"Less Excess at the Holiday Table" (Elena Serrano/Nutrition) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT RECOMMENDS A LITTLE COMMON SENSE AND RESTRAINT WHEN IT COMES TO HOLIDAY MEALS:

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"Staying Active during the Holidays" (Elena Serrano/Nutrition) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

IT’S EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK TO GET THIRTY MINUTES OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY A DAY, SAYS A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT:

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"Keep Moving during the Holidays" (Elena Serrano/Nutrition) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

IT MAY SEEM LIKE PLAYING IN THE SNOW, BUT IT’S REALLY AN EASY WAY TO GET IN YOUR DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.  MORE IN THIS REPORT FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

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"Choose a New Physical Activity" (Elena Serrano/Nutrition) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A NEW YEAR, A NEW SPORT.  IT'S A GREAT WAY TO ENJOY A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, SAYS A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT:

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"Creating a Spending Plan for Next Year" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Mgt.) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH SPECIALIST SAYS THAT NEXT YEAR'S FINANCIAL WELL-BEING DEPENDS ON MAKING A GOOD SPENDING PLAN NOW:

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"Rethinking Credit for the Holidays" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

GOING INTO DEBT FOR THE HOLIDAYS MEANS TROUBLE IN THE NEW YEAR.  MORE IN THIS REPORT FROM VIRGINIA TECH:

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"IRAs in the New Year?" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Family Resource Mgmt.) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

HOW WILL YOU PLAN FOR YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE IN THE NEW YEAR?  A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT HAS SOME VALUABLE ADVICE:

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"Financial Record Keeping in the New Year" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Mgt.) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

JANUARY IS THE BEST TIME TO START SOMETHING NEW, AND THAT CAN BE FINANCIAL RECORD KEEPING, SAYS A VIRGINIA TECH SPECIALIST:

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"Looking at Your Balance Sheet" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A NEW YEAR CAN MEAN A NEW START - IT'S A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR FINANCES AND MAKE WHATEVER CHANGES YOU NEED, SAYS A VIRGINIA TECH SPECIALIST:

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"Saving for Long Range Goals" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT SAYS YOU SHOULD SET LONG RANGE FINANCIAL GOALS AND WORK TOWARD THEM THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

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"Teaching Finances in High School" (Celia Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

STUDENTS IN VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE MORE ON THEIR ACADEMIC PLATES THESE DAYS. INFORMATION ON PERSONAL FINANCES IS NOW PART OF THE CURRICULUM.  A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT EXPLAINS:

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"Requiring Financial Education in High School" (Celia Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Mgmt.) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

READING, WRITING, ARITHMETIC…AND NOW PERSONAL FINANCES.  A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT EXPLAINS A NEW CHANGE IN THE STATE’S HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM:

Runs: [0:51]

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"Money-talk Shouldn’t be Taboo" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

ALKING WITH TEENAGERS ABOUT PERSONAL FINANCES IS NOW PART OF HIGH SCHOOL.  A VIRGINIA TECH EXPERT EXPLAINS THAT THE DISCUSSION SHOULD CONTINUE AT HOME:

Runs: [0:57]

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"Everyone Needs to Communicate" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A VIRGINIA TECH SPECIALIST WOULD LIKE TO SEE FAMILIES COMMUNICATING OPENLY ABOUT RETIREMENT, FINANCIAL PLANNING, AND CARE GIVING:

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"Help for Care Givers" (Celia Ray Hayhoe/Extension Family Resource Management) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

A NEW PROGRAM AVAILABLE THROUGH VIRGINIA TECH HELPS FAMILIES PREPARE FOR ANY EVENTUALITIES THEY MAY FACE:

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"Service Learning and the Civic Dimension" (Michele James Deramo/Service Learning Center) with reporter Gabrielle Amos

VIRGINIA TECH STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THEIR LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM WITH A SERVICE LEARNING EXPERIENCE:

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