2021 Portland Area Conference

October 28-30, 2021

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Making Chemistry and Physics Fun for All Students

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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Making Chemistry and Physics Fun for Everyone
Making Chemistry and Physics Fun for Everyone pdf (portrait orientation)

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Learn about and experience teacher-created and phenomena-driven hands-on Chemistry and Physics courses designed for ALL students. Walk away with scope and sequences for both!

TAKEAWAYS:
1. A process for creating NGSS-focused lessons and instructional units; 2. A guide and example for creating phenomena-based models; and 3. How to access complete scope and sequences for the Chemistry and Physics courses we have developed.

SPEAKERS:
Zachary Sawhill (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Mackenzie Neal (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Malia Turner (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Jonathan Frostad (Washington Science Teachers Association: No City, No State), Michael Crebbin (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA), Gary Thayer (Oak Harbor High School: Oak Harbor, WA)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: Highlighting Stories of Successful (Formal and Informal Science) Partnerships from National Science Leaders

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E144


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Participants will learn about the successful and varied informal and formal science partnerships developed by members of the NSELA leadership community.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Successful partnerships between formal and informal science institutions increase student and community engagement in STEM education; 2. Success stories include STEM ecosystems; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources and support for ongoing learning about formal and informal science partnerships.

SPEAKERS:
Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Ungrading as a Meaningful Path to Science Learning

Thursday, October 28 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E141



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Ungrading Tool Kit Google Drive Folder

STRAND: Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Post-COVID-19

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Learn how ungrading works in a science classroom as feedback and reflection replace points to increase student autonomy and connection to learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Connect deep 3-D learning with the tenets of ungrading to see how they work together; 2. Explore concrete ways of tracking student progress and feedback while devaluing points and centering learning; and 3. Leave with access to resources that support ungrading in STEM classrooms.

SPEAKERS:
Johanna Brown (Washington State OSPI)

Meeting the Washington STEM Certification Renewal Requirements Through Professional Growth Plans (PGP)

Thursday, October 28 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A105



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Cultural competency standards self assessment
Meeting WA State STEM cert renewal requirement with PGPs slidedeck
PGP template for certification renewal
SEL PGP self-assessment
Teacher PGP needs assessment .docx

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Learn how Washington teachers can use PGPs to meet Washington State‘s STEM professional learning requirement for certificate renewal. PGPs are no-cost, job-embedded, self-directed professional learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn about Washington State STEM certificate renewal requirements for CTE teachers and all teachers with STEM-related endorsements; 2. explore professional growth plans (PGPs), a form of competency-based, self-directed learning, and how these plans can be used to meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement in Washington State; and 3. have the opportunity to begin completion of a PGP by identifying one goal for their professional growth related to STEM integration, and developing a list of professional growth activities they can complete throughout the school year to support them in meeting this goal.

SPEAKERS:
Leiani Sherwin (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board: Olympia, WA), Prajakta Deshmukh (Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board: Olympia, WA)

Funding for Science Education Through the American Rescue Plan

Thursday, October 28 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A105


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To address the impacts of the pandemic on K–12 education, Congress has made emergency funds available through the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund. In this session for educators and science leaders at the district and school levels, we will discuss how these federal funds can be leveraged to support science education, students, and
teachers…and review the products and services NSTA has available to address learning loss.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Information on the American Rescue Plan federal funding for pandemic relief; 2. How American Rescue Plan funds can be used to support science education; and 3. NSTA products and services that address learning loss.

SPEAKERS:
Erika Shugart (NSTA: Arlington, VA)

Intentionally Addressing Equity in a High School Science Sequence

Thursday, October 28 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123



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Presentation: Intentionally Addressing Equity in a High School Science Sequence

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

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We will share strategies developed over the past five years to address racial equity issues in our high school science sequence and instructional practice.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Strategies to leverage student voice to inform educator professional learning and decision-making; 2. Equity questions to evaluate current status of high science sequence and materials; and 3. Recommendations for teacher and administrator professional learning and resources focused on support for all learners.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Holveck (Portland Metro STEM Partnership: No City, No State), Andrea Leech (TOSA: Portland, OR), Kristin Moon (MS Math & Science Program Administrator: Portland, OR)

The Flipped Lab: An Affordable and Inclusive Approach for Expanding Student Engagement and Persistence

Thursday, October 28 • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A105



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FlippedLabs_NSTA_Ravel_Robinette_Scannell_Sneider_2021Oct28_Final.pdf

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We share inclusive approaches to science and engineering “flipped labs” that enabled hundreds of high school students to connect STEM with home and families.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Design guidelines for affordable and accessible STEM design activities that can expand from classroom to home and allow students to engage in inquiry and engineering exploration; 2. Example case studies, from high schools with diverse demographics, of integrated science and engineering “flipped lab” design projects that bridged the classroom to home; and 3. Suggestions for improving flipped labs into full 3-D learning experiences.

SPEAKERS:
Mihir Ravel (Visiting Scholar: Portland, OR), Stephen Scannell (Gresham High School: Gresham, OR), Dan Robinette (Clackamas High School: Clackamas, OR), Cary Sneider (Portland State University: Portland, OR)

NSELA-Sponsored Session: How as Science Leaders Are We Supporting an Asset View of Science Learners?

Friday, October 29 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E144


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Participants will learn about how some districts around the country are using an asset approach to post-COVID learning and will collaboratively share ideas with others.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Some districts around the country are focusing on an acceleration rather than a remediation post-COVID approach to learning; 2. An asset approach to learning and learners supports social and emotional well-being; and 3. The NSELA Learning Center provides resources for continued learning about asset versus deficit approaches to learning.

SPEAKERS:
Linda Cook (The University of Texas at Dallas: Richardson, TX)

Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Images, Data, and STEM Analysis Tools

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E147/148



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Modeling Stellar Evolution Using NASA Tools.pdf
NASA"s Universe of Learning Program STEM Literacy Program
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory

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Model stellar evolution processes using NASA images, plotting H-R diagram transitions, and determining the chemistry and physics of supernovas using NASA STEM image analysis tools.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Knowledge of the process of how stars form and change over time ending in catastrophic events, providing conditions for the formation of planets; 2. Students will understand that all knowledge of celestial events is determined by analyzing the light from these events and provide possibilities—not definitive answers—as the data can be interpreted differently; and 3. Image analysis software tools allow scientists to gain detailed information of stellar physical and chemical processes and constantly refine our evolving models of stellar evolution.

SPEAKERS:
Donna Young (NASA/NSO/UoL Program Manager: Laughlin, NV)

Evolution—How Strong Is the Evidence?

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E144



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Evolution Powerpoint Slides
Evolution-at-20.pdf

STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

Despite its central role in the Biology curriculum, evolution remains a topic of contention. We will examine evolutionary science today and the evidence behind it.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will see examples of how the evolutionary narrative can be incorporated into topics as diverse as ecology, physiology, taxonomy, and cell biology [HS-LS1-2] ; 2. The evidence usually marshaled in support of evolution is often confined to passive descriptions of the fossil record and well-worn examples of natural selection. We will examine ways that students can use the availability of genomic data to pinpoint the marks of evolutionary change in DNA sequences and patterns of gene organization [HS-LS3-2, HS-LS3-5]; and 3. Finally, we will explore and discuss approaches to overcoming student and community resistance to the teaching of evolution by emphasizing the core biological events behind the process and the central role they play in the living world [HS-LS4-6].

SPEAKERS:
Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

Climate Science Storylines for a High School Chemistry Class

Friday, October 29 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A105



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HighSchool_Climate&Chemistry_Part1.pptx
HighSchool_Climate&Chemistry_Part2.pptx
HighSchool_Climate&Chemistry_Part3.pptx
Wysession presentation Teaching about Climate Science in High School Chemistry

Show Details

Dr. Michael Wysession, NGSS co-author and geophysics professor, explores creative storylines for integrating up-to-date research-driven climate science into high school chemistry courses.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Climate-related storylines provide powerful frameworks for students to learn fundamental chemistry core ideas and reinforce understandings of crosscutting concepts and science & engineering practices; 2. The wealth of Earth-orbiting NASA satellite data now available in real time provides us with an unprecedented understanding of the science of climate change and also provides many opportunities for student experiential learning; and 3. The latest advances in climate modeling can allow students to both see the impact that humans are currently having on Earth systems and to build a sense of hope in how future changes in human practices can reverse current impact trends.

SPEAKERS:
Michael Wysession (Washington University in St. Louis: Saint Louis, MO)

Building Argumentation Skills in Evolution

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104



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Free Evolution Unit
Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout.

Show Details

Join me as I share an example of how to incrementally build skill in argumentation from evidence as part of a freely available curriculum unit on Evolution. For more information on Teach.Genetics, please visit https://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/evolution/.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Learn about a successful, classroom-tested approach to building skill in argumentation through a series of lessons interwoven in a high school evolution unit; 2. Consider ways to apply an incremental approach to argumentation in any unit; and 3. Learn where to access free multimedia and paper-based genetics, evolution, and argumentation materials.

SPEAKERS:
Molly Malone (The University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT)

Authentic Assessment of Science and Engineering Practices in Virtual School—It Can Be Done

Friday, October 29 • 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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Google Slides: Authentic Assessment in Virtual School
Click here to view Google Slides with clickable links from this session.

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

Show Details

In this session, a teacher new to project-based learning, cognitive skills assessment, and virtual school shares her learning from SY20–21!

TAKEAWAYS:
We CAN: 1. create authentic engineering design experiences using online tools!; 2. assess student learning based on the application of cognitive skills AND content knowledge!; and 3. support the development of Science and Engineering Practices in virtual school!

SPEAKERS:
Ayla Wilk (Summit Atlas High School: Seattle, WA)

Are These Materials Designed for NGSS? EdReports Expansion to High School Reviews

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E146



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NSTA Fall 2021 Regional HS.pptx

Show Details

EdReports is expanding into high school instructional materials reviews. Learn about the High School Learning and Listening Tour, provide feedback on our current thinking, and hear about opportunities to become a reviewer.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Build an understanding of the challenges educators face in finding quality materials and how EdReports aims to address those challenges; 2. Learn about the expansion into High School science and develop an understanding of the findings from our High School Learning and Listening tour, characteristics of alignment to the NGSS and usability, and discuss smart adoption processes; and 3. Hear about opportunities to engage as an EdReports reviewer in upcoming reviews, which includes NGSS training, an extended learning community, and a paid stipend.

SPEAKERS:
Sam Shaw (EdReports.org)

Beyond Mitosis: Utilizing Cancer Case Studies to Explore Cell Growth and Health Inequities

Friday, October 29 • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - D133/134



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Frontiers Intro NSTA Portland 2021 Slides

Show Details

Discover cancer-based lesson plans and teaching resources that engage students and support opportunities for student voice and discourse.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Cancer disrupts the controls on mitosis and differentiation that normally produce and maintain complex organisms; 2. Cancer affects all population groups in the U.S. but certain groups may bear a disproportionate burden of cancer compared with other groups; and 3. Technology can be used to develop cures and treatments for different cancers.

SPEAKERS:
Hannah Crowder (Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton: Atherton, CA), Regina Wu (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center: Seattle, WA), Maggie Lewis (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Seattle, WA)

NITARP: High School Teachers and Students Working with Astronomers on Current Research

Friday, October 29 • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104



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NITARP NSTA F2021.pdf

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

Show Details

NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. Small groups of mostly high school educators work with professional astronomers for an original research project.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. A clear understanding of the application process to apply for a NITARP opportunity; 2. An idea of the research experience of a participant involved in this astronomy experience; and 3. An awareness of the vast astronomy resources (images and astronomy programs) available for free to educators and their students.

SPEAKERS:
John Taylor (Marvin Ridge High School: No City, No State)

Pathways to Engagement

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - D136



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Anchor routines NSTA.pdf
Goals_and_Moves.pdf
Handout-Classroom-Norms-from-OSE-OpenSciEd-2.pdf
Pathways to Engagement Resources.docx

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

Show Details

Learn practical strategies to build a more inclusive class culture in this NGSS-aligned session. Find out how to leverage student experience to promote learning.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Three-dimensional and phenomena-based teaching routines build classroom equity and inclusion; 2. Developing clear norms together is key to helping students find their voice; and 3. Productive student talk requires planning, but student and teacher tools are available.

SPEAKERS:
Steven Babcock (Louisiana State University Laboratory School: Baton Rouge, LA)

Designing a COVID Currculum: Lessons in Science (and Science Denial) from a Pandemic

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - E141



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Covid-Handout.pdf
Covid-slides-1.pptx
Covid-slides-2.pptx

STRAND: Innovating the Future of Education: Technology and Science Education

Show Details

We will explore a COVID-19–based curriculum that provides a direct and compelling way to focus student attention on the most basic processes in biology.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Participants will examine specific curriculum plans using the COVID-19 virus to illustrate basic principles of cell biology, including biological membrane structure, mRNA function, transcription, translation, replication, and immune response [HS-LS1-1, HS-LS-3-1 2); 2. The emergence of COVID-19 variants will be explored as a case study in natural selection, evolution, and phylogenetic analysis [HS-LS3-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4]; 3. The public reaction to pandemic pubic health countermeasures and vaccination will be examined as a case study in scientific literacy and science denial [HS-LS2-8]; and 4. Participants will discuss ways to use their classrooms to promote student understand of the science behind these public health measures.

SPEAKERS:
Kenneth Miller (Brown University: Providence, RI)

The Graduate Extension Scholars: Connecting Formal, Informal, and Emerging Educators to Engage Students

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104



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GES Presentation Slides
Click here to view the slides from today's session
Journal of Extension: Graduate Extension Scholars
Click here to view a copy of our program evaluation published in the Journal of Extension
Sample Curriculum
Click here to view a sample curriculum module developed by a Graduate Extension Scholars participant and distributed to Virginia Agriculture Teachers and 4-H Extension agents.
Sample Syllaubus: Extension Scholars Seminar
Click here to view a sample syllabus from the program seminar scholars participated in to develop their pedagogical knowledge and skills

STRAND: Successful Collaborations Between Informal and Formal Educators

Show Details

The Graduate Extension Scholars program brings together graduate students, 4-H agents, and secondary CTE teachers to translate cutting-edge agriscience research into an engaging K–12 curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will learn: 1. how the Graduate Extension Scholars model works to support diverse stakeholders; 2. key findings from the evaluation of the pilot program, including outcomes for both students and educators; and 3. recommendations for implementing programs involving collaboration between community- and school-based educators.

SPEAKERS:
Ayla Wilk (Summit Atlas High School: Seattle, WA)

Patterns Physics: Kick-Starting Students' Inquiry Skills so Experiments Drive Their Learning

Saturday, October 30 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C123



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Patterns Physics Website
Main Open Source website, but need to email [email protected] for restricted website access.

Show Details

This session is for teachers new to and experienced with Patterns Physics, a 3-D, student centered curriculum that meaningfully integrates across the STEM disciplines. Participants will engage with several phenomena across multiple storylines and walk away an overview of a yearlong curriculum.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Model guide step aside; 2. Exposure practice mastery; and 3. When students talk, students learn.

SPEAKERS:
Connie Robbins (Crane Union High School: Crane, OR), Bradford Hill (Mountainside High School: Beaverton, OR), Matt McCollum (Mountainside High School: Beaverton, OR)

Networking with ESDs, STEM Hubs and Higher Ed, and Other Community Organizations

Saturday, October 30 • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


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How can we collaborate to advocate for science education in Oregon? Come meet representatives from various ESDs, STEM Hubs, RENs, higher education, and others. Learn how they can provide resources for you and build your network to help provide support for you as a teacher. For teachers and administrators of all grade levels!

TAKEAWAYS:
Resource availability, networking, collaboration

SPEAKERS:
Connie Robbins (Crane Union High School: Crane, OR)

Collaboratively Creating and Teaching a Project-Based Climate Change Climate Justice Course

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - A103/104



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Presentation for Collaboratively Creating & Teaching a CC/CJ Course

STRAND: Developing More Inclusive Classrooms

Show Details

Learn about a collaboratively designed project-based climate change climate justice high school elective course that was designed by students and teachers from four high schools.

TAKEAWAYS:
1. Design principles, including centering student voice and leadership through course co-construction, are used to develop the project-based course that could be used in your own school or district; 2. Equity lens that guided the course development and put social and racial justice in the center of a science course; and 3. Example lessons and projects will be shared.

SPEAKERS:
Susan Holveck (Portland Metro STEM Partnership: No City, No State), Megan Whisnand (Franklin High School: Portland, OR)

Oregon Science Standards and Assessment Updates

Saturday, October 30 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


Show Details

Come hear Science Assessment Specialists Noelle Gorbett and Jamie Rumage on science assessment updates.

TAKEAWAYS:
Science Assessment Updates

SPEAKERS:
Jamie Rumage (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR), Noelle Gorbett (Oregon Dept. of Education: Salem, OR), Connie Robbins (Crane Union High School: Crane, OR)

OSTA General Membership Meeting and  Oregon Regional Raffle Results

Saturday, October 30 • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Oregon Convention Center - C123


Show Details

Come meet the OSTA board members and learn more about the organization! Did you buy a raffle ticket? Come find out if you are a winner of one of the regional baskets (there are seven opportunities)!

TAKEAWAYS:
Networking with those in your region, membership information, drawing results

SPEAKERS:
Connie Robbins (Crane Union High School: Crane, OR)

Creating Social Activists Through Culturally Relevant Science Lessons

Saturday, October 30 • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center - E145



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But_Thats_Just_Good_Teaching_The_Case_for_Cultura.pdf
Culturally Relevant and Culturally Responsive 2 Theories for Science Teaching.pdf
Culturally relevant assessments.pptx
Nat_Geo_Learning_Framework_Attitudes_Chart.pdf

STRAND: Sharing Authentic Assessment Strategies

Show Details

Participants will learn how to create a culturally relevant science lesson using an Earth science unit on conflict minerals in electronic devices as an example.

TAKEAWAYS:
Participants will: 1. learn how to identify concepts that readily lend themselves to connecting and engaging students in culturally relevant content; 2. brainstorm science content that can lead to social activism; and 3. learn how to connect the NGSS crosscutting concepts and science and engineering practices.

SPEAKERS:
Lesley Urasky (Saratoga Middle/High School: Saratoga, WY)

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