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In Another County: One Week in America’s Natural Gas Mecca

Sophie Vaughan co-authored this article about her project which appeared in the Middlebury press. Sophie, received the Anna Costa award, was 2012-13′s ASB president. She played a big part in the Living Lab and Center for Environmental Studies.

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O’Dowd Students Visit Memorial to Holocaust Victims

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National Honor Society Inducts 2013 – 2014 New Members

Written by Johannsen Tan

On the evening of Thursday, March 20, 2014, 28 dressed up Dragons entered the transformed, orange and brown themed library. For what, you ask? They entered the library to be initiated into the National Honor Society (NHS), a nationwide organization that recognizes outstanding high school students.

As the inductees sat in the comfortable library chairs, many reminisced all the hard work they have done in their studies and extra-curriculars. Many of these inductees come from various walks of life in the O’Dowd community, from being a member of the varsity basketball team to assistant editor-in-chief of student publications. Read more and see pics…

Girl’s Play Powder Puff Football for Fight Against Cancer

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Photos by Ela Bialek.

Gene Yang wins LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature

Gene Luen Yang’s critically acclaimed, New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel diptych Boxers & Saints has won the LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature.

Boxers & Saints is the first ever graphic novel to win the LA Times Book Prize in a non-graphic novel category. The graphic novel is a two book recounting of the events of China’s Boxer Rebellion — one book told from the perspective of the Boxers, the other from their Chinese Catholic victims.

Gene Luen Yang says, “I’m deeply, deeply grateful to the Los Angeles Times, the judges, and all the other fine folks who put together this past weekend. Being acknowledged by the LA Times for this particular project has special resonance for me. One of the protagonists of Boxers & Saints, Vibiana, shares the same name as the patron saint of the city of Los Angeles.”

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Ron Gutman – The Hidden Power of Smiling

2014 Art Festival

Project based Learning at O’Dowd

Project based learning, such as that used in the Engineering Physics course at Bishop O’Dowd, is a powerful way to engage students in academic content. In this lesson the students build musical instrument to demonstrate their conceptual knowledge of the physics of waves and sound. The instruments must be tuned to within 2%, play at 75db at 2 meters, and look artistic. The lesson also serves to reenforce the concepts of inverse proportions, inverse square functions, experimental design, and the engineering design cycle.

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Top TED Talks


Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling

Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being?

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