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November 22, 2019

 

 
 

On Thursday, December 12, at Noon CST, Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will host a webinar entitled Economic Impact of Plant and Mine Closures & Making the Case for Renewables. The webinar will focus on the economic impact of plant and mine closures and the potential for revenue generation and energy independence that results from solar and wind. Seth Feaster, Energy Data Analyst, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), will describe the changing energy picture in Illinois and talk about how Illinois communities can embrace renewables, set up ordinances, generate revenue and move towards energy independence. REGISTER HERE

 

 
 

The pace of technological innovation is sending ripples through the workplace, and employers and workers are struggling to keep up. That’s what individuals from the health care, tech, manufacturing and finance industries said at recent roundtables on digital skills. Understanding the shifting needs for digital skills in the 21st century is vital to regional economic growth. This special topic brief, recently released as part of the Investing in America’s Workforce (IAW) initiative, explores what challenges and innovative strategies have been used to prepare workers with digital skills for 21st-century jobs. Opportunities for digital skills investments include: Apprenticeship and other work/learn/earn programs; Credentials and skills-based hiring; Upskilling and reskilling for incumbent workers; New funding models to pilot and scale programs and Tech training partnerships.

 

 
 

Consuming potato puree during prolonged exercise works just as well as a commercial carbohydrate gel in sustaining blood glucose levels and boosting performance in trained athletes, scientists report. “Research has shown that ingesting concentrated carbohydrate gels during prolonged exercise promotes carbohydrate availability during exercise and improves exercise performance,” said University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Nicholas Burd, who led the research. “Our study aim was to expand and diversify race-fueling options for athletes and offset flavor fatigue.” Researchers, including, from left, graduate students Alex Keeble and Rafael Alamilla, kinesiology and community health professor Nicholas Burd and graduate student Susannah Scaroni, found that potatoes boost athletic performance as well as commercial gels. “Potatoes are a promising alternative for athletes because they represent a cost-effective, nutrient-dense and whole-food source of carbohydrates,” the researchers reported in the Journal of Applied Physiology. “Furthermore, they serve as a savory race fuel option when compared (with) the high sweetness of (carbohydrate) gels.”

 

 
 

For anyone who needs to conduct a survey, the updated Community Survey Tool from University of Illinois Extension will be helpful. The survey tool provides a “how to” conduct a survey, customizable templates to build questionnaires to address issues including health, the economy, housing, youth development, the environment, business, recreation, and education. Questionnaire templates include an age-friendly survey, millennial survey, and comprehensive community survey. The online community survey tool provides a framework for what to do and how to do it, by providing templates for the process of conducting a survey and templates to copy or customize. Contact Nancy Ouedraogo at University of Illinois Extension at esarey@illinois.edu for questions.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 25 (Springfield) - Introduction to Industrial Hemp (Extension Workshop)

December 2 (Deadline) - Food Animal Concerns Trust Grant

December 12 (LGE Webinar) - Economic Impact of Plant/Mine Closures & Making the Case for Solar/Wind