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Cheat Sheet: October 10, 2012

Two American Researchers win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

According to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Americans Robert  Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka made groundbreaking discoveries, mainly in the 1980s on an important family of receptors known as G-protein-coupled receptors. About half of all medications act on these receptors, and so their research will help scientists come up with better drugs. While the human body has about 1,000 kinds of receptors, the two researchers focused on the protein receptors that let body cells sense and respond to outside signals such as danger or the flavor of food. Lefkowitz, 69, is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University Medical Center. Kobilka, 57, worked for Lefkowitz at Duke before he transferred to Stanford University School of Medicine in California where he is now a professor. (Source)

Dalai Lama to speak at William and Mary

Today at 2 p.m., the Dalai Lama is scheduled to speak before a very large crowd. Last month the 3,000 tickets were sold out in just minutes. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is considered one of the world’s most influential spiritual leaders and was the winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. His lecture will focus on the virtues of human compassion. The Dalai Lama will be visiting several U.S. colleges and universities throughout the Northeast this fall. The author of more than 72 books, the Dalai Lama has traveled to more than 62 countries spanning 6 continents and has received many awards, honorary doctorates and prizes in recognition of his message of peace, inter-religious understanding, universal responsibility and compassion. Although tickets for the lecture have been sold out, you can watch the event live online. (Source)

Quarter of South Hampton Roads schools miss targets

Out of the 209 schools in South Hampton roads, 55 did not reach all of the new reading, math and graduation targets that the state created this year to get a waiver from No Child Left Behind. Statewide, 68 percent of schools met all of the new targets. Out of five divisions, Norfolk is furthest behind with 23 schools not reaching all the targets. Chesapeake had the least, with only four schools falling short of goals. Those schools that did not reach targets will now develop various improvement plans. Governor Bob McDonnel said in the news release: “Every student has a right to attend a school where expectations for learning are high and there is accountability for results.” (Source)

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