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Shell Oil’s exit from Arctic met with disappointment

PORT ANGELES — North Olympic Peninsula economic officials were disappointed Monday to learn Royal Dutch Shell will stop exploring for oil in Arctic waters, leaving a question over whether the company would again dock its mammoth Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig in Port Angeles Harbor this winter.

Hands-on science education works best in college, too

Learning science by doing it has long been practiced by teachers in K-12 schools. Science educators think it should be more common in college classrooms, too. A story in the academic journal Science Careers describes how “active learning,” as it’s called, is used in some Seattle University classes. The story highlights Vicky Minderhout Thorsell, a Seattle University professor who won a national teaching award in 2011 for the innovative way she teaches biochemistry.