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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.

College costs vs. earnings: New federal scorecard rates the schools

The federal Department of Education released a trove of data over the weekend aimed at helping students choose where to go to college — and whether some colleges are worth the cost and time. The College Scorecard is not the rating system the Obama administration once promised, but it does provide some interesting details about Washington state’s public and private colleges.