Family, Community and Health

Tuesday June 13, 2017
Beneficial Bats
Nebraska is home to 13 species of bats. All of the bats found in Nebraska are called insectivores, feeding solely on flying insects such as mosquitoes and moths. Research shows that one bat can eat 600 to 1200 mosquito-sized insects every hour. Dennis Ferraro, Nebraska Extension Wildlife Specialist.MP3
http://communityenvironment.unl.edu/bats-0

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Friday June 9, 2017
White Nose Syndrome
White-nose syndrome and high mortality disease affecting bats has been confirmed in Nebraska. Nebraska bats populations are a major predator of cucumber beetles, preventing and estimated 33 million rootworms a year. Michael Whitby, a PhD student with the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the UNL School of Natural Resources.MP3
http://www.nebats.org

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Wednesday June 7, 2017
Vacation Season is Bed Bug Season
It’s time to start preparing for summer vacations! When making a list of things to remember like sunscreen and flip-flops don’t forget a flashlight for bed bug inspections. Being prepared to avoid bed bugs before you travel is key to keeping a bed bug free home. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/bedbugs.shtml

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Friday June 2, 2017
Household Ant Invasions
One of the most common nuisance insects found in the home are ants. Part of the reason that ants become a nuisance in our homes is that they often like the same kinds of food that we do. The type of control strategy depends on the type of infestation. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/antcontrol003.shtml

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Wednesday May 31, 2017
Extension Offers Solar Eclipse Training for Teachers
Nebraska Extension and Raising Nebraska are partnering with the Hastings Museum to offer solar eclipse training throughout June for teachers and youth professionals in advance of the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The training will provide participants with eclipse resources and lesson plans they can use in their classroom, after-school setting or organizations. Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://raisingnebraska.net

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Tuesday May 23, 2017
Burr/Fedde Residence Hall Reunion
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is getting a new residence hall on East Campus. Experience Burr and Fedde Halls one last time for the Burr/Fedde and Friends Reunion. The June 10th event will feature new and old residence hall tours and conclude with a 50’s style dinner and celebration. Jill Brown, IANR External Relations Coordinator.MP3
http://casnr.unl.edu/burr-fedde-reunion

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Friday April 7, 2017
Rural Futures Institute
The Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska has launched a distinctive fellows program dedicated to research, teaching and application in rural communities in Nebraska and beyond. Fifteen faculty researchers as well as 10 community practitioners from across Nebraska have assembled to think strategically about opportunities in rural business, health care, education, technology and more. Chuck Schroeder, Rural Futures Institute Executive Director.MP3
http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/fellows/

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Friday March 31, 2017
CASNR Week
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska will be hosting CASNR week, April 8th – 16th. The annual event serves as a celebration of the students, faculty and staff in the college and as a way to commemorate the history, activity and impact of CASNR on UNL's campus. The week will kick off with a fun run and conclude with the UNL Rodeo. Taylor Cooper, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Student.MP3
http://casnr.unl.edu/casnr-week

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Wednesday March 15, 2017
Experience The Power of Red Event
There is a growing demand for college graduates with a degree in an agricultural field. High school and transfer students can take their first step towards a career by attending the Experience the Power of Red Visit Day on March 30th. Students can explore a variety of colleges and interact with faculty and staff. Sue Ellen Pegg, University of Nebraska – Lincoln CASNR College Relations Director.MP3
http://ianrnews.unl.edu/casnr-experience-power-red-visit-day-march-30

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Wednesday March 1, 2017
Nebraska Rural Poll
The 22nd annual Nebraska Rural Poll will be mailed out to 6,000 randomly selected households located in nonmetropolitan counties in March. This year's questionnaire asks rural Nebraskans about housing, Internet services and education as well as the core questions on well-being and community. Results from the 2017 survey will be released this summer. Randy Cantrell, University of Nebraska Rural Sociologist.MP3
http://ruralpoll.unl.edu

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Tuesday February 21, 2017
Cat Flea ID and Prevention
In the U.S., the most common flea species carried by both cats and dogs is the cat flea. Compared with other flea species, the cat flea has a very wide host range and can be prevalent in the home during winter months. Jody Green, Nebraska Urban Entomologist Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/integratedflea.shtml

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Friday February 17, 2017
Termite Damage and Prevention
Subterranean termites cause hundreds of millions of dollars worth of damage every year in the U.S. There are some simple tips homeowners can follow to prevent termite damage and infestations. Jody Green, Nebraska Urban Entomologist Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/termite.shtml

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Monday February 13, 2017
Carpet Beetle Identification and Control
Carpet beetles are exceptionally common indoors and feed on a wide range of animal-based items, including silk, leather, wool and animal hair. As a result, carpet beetles may infest carpets, upholstered furniture, blankets, pillows and clothing. Jody Green, Nebraska Urban Entomologist Extension Educator. MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/Dermestid355.shtml

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Wednesday February 8, 2017
Recipe To Reality Seminar
The one-day recipe to reality seminar is specifically designed to provide entrepreneurs with an understanding of the key issues they will need to consider when starting a food business. Jill Gifford, University of Nebraska Food Processing Center’s National Food Entrepreneur Program Manger.MP3
http://fpc.unl.edu/small_business

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Friday February 3, 2017
Roly Poly Insects
Sowbugs and Pillbugs are closely related to shrimp, crabs and lobsters. Although they may occasionally invade the home, they normally prefer moist areas outdoors. These pests do not pose an economic or health threat to humans, but could be an indicator that moisture issues are present in the home. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G7362

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Tuesday January 31, 2017
Daddy Long Legs Control
These beneficial and unusual arachnids are scavengers, eating a variety of insects around the landscape. Most homeowners find these arachnids sitting motionless in cracks and crevices around the home. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-46_harvestmen.htm

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Friday January 13, 2017
Recycling Christmas Trees
Before taking your Christmas tree to the recycling center this year, consider using it to create backyard habitat for birds. Another recycling alternative is to remove individual branches and place them over flowerbeds as mulch; the trunk can then be cut for firewood. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2013/RecycleChristmas.shtml

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Thursday January 12, 2017
Cooking With Slow Cookers
With America’s fast paced lifestyle, slow cookers are a great way to prepare a hearty meal that is done at the end of the day. It’s important when slow cooking that meats reach minimum food safety temperatures. Julie Albrecht, Nebraska Extension Food Safety Specialist.MP3
http://food.unl.edu/healthy-bites-january-slow-cooker-month

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Wednesday December 28, 2016
New Pet Tips
Impulsive pet purchases can prove to be hard on both humans and the animal involved. It's important when purchasing a new pet to understand the breed characteristics, size, diet and veterinary care expenses. Lisa Karr, Nebraska Extension Companion Animal Specialist.MP3

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Thursday December 22, 2016
Caring for Companion Animals During Winter Months
Winter is here, and it is important to keep pets safe and warm during cold days. Extremities such as the nose, ears and feet are especially susceptible to frostbite. Lisa Karr, Nebraska Extension Companion Animal Specialist.MP3
http://ianrnews.unl.edu/follow-these-tips-keeping-pets-warm-and-safe-winter

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Tuesday December 20, 2016
Natural Holiday Decorating
There’s an impressive variety of natural materials available to add a special glow to the holidays. Decorating with natural wreaths, arrangements and evergreen boughs can add green to your home. Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu/decorating-naturally

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Friday December 16, 2016
UNL Scholarship Deadlines
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln offers scholarships that focus on leadership, service to community, and diversity enhancement. To qualify for one of these scholarships, freshman you will need to submit a personal statement before January 15, 2017. Sue Ellen Pegg, CASNR College Relations Director.MP3
http://admissions.unl.edu/cost.aspx

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Wednesday December 14, 2016
Head Lice Prevention
While we associate head lice with going back to school, the truth is lice are rarely transmitted in schools. Lice are most often transmitted among close friends, cousins, siblings and other relatives during events such as sleepovers, camps and extended visits. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/lice

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Tuesday December 13, 2016
Holiday Food Safety
Many people don't realize that food safety is the most important ingredient in preparing food for the holidays. Julie Albrecht, Nebraska Extension Food Safety Specialist.MP3
http://food.unl.edu/documents/Holiday%20food%20safety.pub.pdf

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Friday December 9, 2016
Boxelder Bugs
Boxelder bugs are primarily a nuisance pest, annoying residents by crawling on exteriors and inside dwellings on warm fall and winter days. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/boxelderbugs.shtml

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Tuesday December 6, 2016
Fruit Flies
If you bring garden produce into your kitchen, you may get fruit flies. Fruit flies are tiny, honey-colored flies with reddish eyes. These flies breed in overly ripe vegetables and fruit. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/fruitflytrap.shtml

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Friday December 2, 2016
Holiday Poinsettia Care
TDuring the holidays, poinsettias are the decorative plant of choice for many people. With proper care, poinsettias can be kept growing in the house during winter and brought back into full bloom in time for the next holiday season. John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/PoinsettiaCare

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Monday November 28, 2016
Selecting the Perfect Christmas Tree
Nebraska has more than 50 Christmas tree farms statewide with a wide variety of tree species available. Choosing a locally grown tree provides the freshest possible tree for your home and helps support the local economy. John Duplissis, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Rural Forestry Program Leader.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/XmasTree1

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Wednesday November 16, 2016
Barf Bucket Training for Child Care Facilities
It is important to clean up bodily fluids safely to avoid spreading illness, especially in child care settings. This training is designed to teach all child care staff on the importance of the proper way to clean up bodily fluids to avoid spreading illness. Statewide training will run year long at different locations around the state. Cindy Brison, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/sw3/2016%20barf%20bucket%20flyer%20Sept%201.pdf

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Thursday November 10, 2016
Control Diabetes For Life Workshop
1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year. Control Diabetes for Life is an educational program to help Nebraskans with diabetes self-management. Debra Schroeder, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://food.unl.edu/control-diabetes-life

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Tuesday October 25, 2016
Indoor Plants
Houseplants bring a little bit of nature indoors. Houseplants make the indoor environment more hospitable and even help maintain air quality. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/GreatIndoorPlants

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Friday October 21, 2016
Holiday Plants
Flowering plants add splashes of living color to the holiday season. Most flowering plants from amaryllis to azalea, Christmas pepper, holiday cacti and poinsettia do best when they receive plenty of light and water. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2004/floweringholiday.shtml

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Thursday October 20, 2016
Open Enrollment For Medicare Part D
When deciding on Medicare coverage, there are Medicare advantage plans and Medicare prescription drug coverage. These plans have specific times when you can sign up, or make changes to existing coverage. Debra Schroeder, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://www.medicare.gov/part-d/

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Friday October 14, 2016
Caring for Older Pets
As dogs and cats get older, many changes may occur in their personalities, internal functions, physical appearances and abilities. There are important signs and symptoms to look out for and track in these aging pets to make sure they stay healthy. Lisa Karr, Nebraska Extension Companion Animal Specialist.MP3
http://animalscience.unl.edu/companion-animal

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Wednesday October 12, 2016
Fall Home Invading Insects
As the weather gets colder, insects will begin to invade homes. Although these insects won’t cause any real damage to the home, they can be a nuisance. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent and manage these home invading insects this fall. Jonathon Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/home/articles/2008/fallpests.shtml

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Friday October 7, 2016
Food and Pantry Pests
Insects like to eat what we do. Stored foods commonly infested include flour, cereals, baking mixes, processed foods and many more. Because we keep our houses warm, these insects may continually reproduce and can be found nearly any time of the year. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/pantrypests304.shtml

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Tuesday October 4, 2016
Bed Bugs
Human bed bugs are found worldwide and are dispersed through human travel. During the last decade, there has been a significant increase in bed bug infestations in the U.S. When checking into a hotel, it is a good idea to immediately inspect rooms for bed bugs. Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/bedbugs.shtml

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Thursday September 29, 2016
Experience The Power of Red Event
High school students will have the opportunity to learn about careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership, food to forensic science. Prospective students will meet faculty and explore campus in person to get a true sense of the UNL CASNR experience. Sue Ellen Pegg, CASNR College Relations Director.MP3
http://casnr.unl.edu/power-red-open-house

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Monday September 26, 2016
Animal Science Annual Open House
Youth and parents will have the opportunity to learn about degrees offered and careers in animal science. The open house is October 3rd from 6-8 p.m. at the Animal Science Complex on UNL East Campus. Lisa Karr, Nebraska Extension Companion Animal Specialist.MP3
https://events.unl.edu/4h/2016/10/03/114046/

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Friday September 23, 2016
Nebraska LEAD Program Update
The Nebraska LEAD Program began to develop agricultural leaders from Nebraska's future generations. The program is recognized both statewide and nationally as an innovative organization that has improved Nebraska in many ways. The program is now recruiting applications for LEAD class 37. Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program Director.MP3
https://lead.unl.edu

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Tuesday September 20, 2016
Raising Nebraska: Beyond The State Fair
Raising Nebraska is an interactive experience like no other. From science and innovation, to community and culture, Nebraska’s agricultural experience touches everyone. This 25,000-foot interactive exhibit is open year round at Fonner Park in Grand Island. Beth Janning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://raisingnebraska.net

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Thursday September 1, 2016
Raising Nebraska Exhibit At The State Fair
Whether you’re involved in production, conservation, science, business or consuming – Raising Nebraska let’s you see agriculture from a number of perspectives. This year’s exhibit will feature a new living soils display. Kathleen Lodl, Nebraska Extension Associate Dean.MP3
http://raisingnebraska.net

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Monday August 29, 2016
Recipe To Reality Seminar
The one-day recipe to reality seminar is specifically designed to provide entrepreneurs with an understanding of the key issues they will need to consider when starting a food business. Jill Gifford, University of Nebraska Food Processing Center’s National Food Entrepreneur Program Manger.MP3
http://fpc.unl.edu/small_business

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Thursday August 25, 2016
The UNL’s Food Processing Center At the State Fair
UNL Food Processing Center - Nebraska Food Manufacturer's Exhibit offers samples and sales of food and beverage made entirely of Nebraska products. The exhibit will be located in the 4-H/FFA building. Jill Gifford, UNL Food Processing Center Nation Food Entrepreneur Program Manager.MP3
http://www.statefair.org/events/2016/unl-food-processing-center-nebraska-food-manufacturers-exhibit

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Tuesday August 16, 2016
Benefits of Trees
The Great Plains climate can be brutal. Trees save energy in both cold and hot weather by reducing winds and providing shade and shelter. In addition trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Trees are restorative for all ages and in almost every setting. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu/documents/The_Seed_trees.pdf

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Friday August 5, 2016
Barn Swallows
The barn swallow is one of the most familiar birds in rural areas and semi-open country, often seen skimming low over fields. Swallows have great benefits, feeding on more mosquitoes and insects than bats do. Dennis Ferraro, Nebraska Extension Wildlife Specialist.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2016-farm-real-estate-report

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Friday July 29, 2016
Heat Stress In Companion Animals
Companion animals of all kinds are susceptible to heat stress and heat stroke. It's vital that animals have constant access to both water and shade during hot summer days. Lisa Karr, Nebraska Extension Companion animal specialist.MP3

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Monday July 18, 2016
Mosquitoes
Whenever significant heavy rainfall arrives, greater mosquito activity can be anticipated. Mosquitoes are insects that transmit pathogens of many debilitating human and animal diseases including West Nile virus and dog Heartworm. Roberto Cortinas, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Practice.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g2037/build/g2037.htm

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Friday July 15, 2016
Ticks
A mild winter and wet spring have caused an above normal tick population this summer. Ticks can transmit disease to both people and companion animals. Roberto Cortinas, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Veterinary Medicine Assistant Professor of Practice.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/Misconceptions%20EAB%20Trts%20full%20sheet%20Greenwood.pdf

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Friday July 1, 2016
UNL College Deadlines for High School Students
Reserve your new student enrollment day. NSE dates run from mid-June to mid-July and is an all-day program from 7:15AM to 4:15PM. Sue Ellen Pegg, Recruitment Coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.MP3
http://www.unl.edu/

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Friday June 24, 2016
Spiders
Spiders often get a bad wrap for their creepy eyes and hairy legs. But spiders are beneficial insects, keeping homes, yards, gardens, farms and workplaces free from pest insects. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiU1a-NOVgQ

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Wednesday June 22, 2016
Summer Food Safety
Summer not only brings out barbecue grills, but also bacteria. Bacteria love hot, humid days and grow faster than at any other time of the year causing and increase of foodborne illness. Stay healthy and safe during warmer months by following these food safety recommendations. Julie Albrecht, Nebraska Extension Food Safety Specialist.MP3
http://food.unl.edu/documents/July_Grilling_Webletter_07_01_12.pdf

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Monday June 6, 2016
Mosquito Control
Whenever significant heavy rainfall arrives, greater mosquito activity can be anticipated. Removing sources of standing water in the landscape, keeping lawns mowed and using insect repellents can go along way. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g2037.pdf

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