Today we have three items we would like to share: First, an article by Libby Sander, writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, discusses a new study that argues community colleges "would be wise to reach out to their new students earlier and more aggressively in such areas as orientation, academic advising, and financial aid." See article: "At Community Colleges, a Call to Meet New Students at the Front Door." Second, check out the article "Making the First-Year Classroom Conducive to Learning" by Bette LaSere Erickson and Diane W. Strommer in the book Challenging and supporting the First-Year Student - A Handbook for Improving the First Year of College, by M. Lee Upcraft, John N. Gardner, and Betsy O. Barefoot. Lastly, explore The National Institutes for Health Office of Science Education; The Office of Science Education (OSE) coordinates science education activities at the NIH and develops and sponsors science education projects in house. These programs serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers and the public.