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18 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM Brandeis launches certificate for health care workers Health care workers who want to hone their legal finesse and pro- fessional credentials now have a new option: an online certif- icate offered by Brandeis Law that can be completed in less than a year. The Certificate in Health Law is a non-credit certificate launched in September in part- nership with iLaw, an online enablement company for law schools. The certificate is a series of nine courses. Applicants aren't required to have an undergrad- uate degree to enroll and can choose from a suite of 11 courses. Topics covered include health care fraud and abuse, end-of-life decisions, HIPAA, security and patient care issues. "Health care law is com- plex and dynamic and there is a terrific need to help work- ing professionals understand it better," said Interim Dean Lars Smith. "It's a great opportunity for Brandeis to boost our offerings and partner with the health care community." The cost for the certificate is $9,000 with dis- counts offered to employers who have multi- ple employees enrolled. Courses can be taken separately, too, at a cost of $1,300. Discounts are available for University of Louis- ville employees. Legal professionals and prac- ticing attorneys teach the online courses. iLaw has developed and provided programs to more than 20 percent of all accredited law schools in the United States. International and interdisciplinary teams of students and professors excavate a Portuguese cave that could yield clues to Neanderthal extinction. We're trying to understand the whole process of why they went extinct. Smith I t's a long way down, but the quest for answers continues. The central Portugal cave of Lapa do Picareiro has lured Jonathan Haws into excavation for more than two decades. These days the Uof L anthropology chair and the many students and international collabo- rators who do research there hope to find, ultimately, why and how mod- ern humans eventually replaced Neanderthals. "There's still this fascination with who these people were and why did they disappear," Haws said. "We're trying to understand the whole pro- cess of why they went extinct." He is leading a three-year collabo- rative National Science Foundation project at the cave, which has more than 10 meters of deposits span- ning 10,000-75,000 years ago. This summer four Uof L undergraduate students, a graduate student and an alum joined a cadre from the United States, Portugal and the Czech Republic in the continuing archaeo- logical field school. Student scientists dig deep "They're going to jump right in and get hands-on experience," Haws said. Days are spent excavating, learning field methods and trading off duties such as mapping, screening and car- rying buckets of sediment up and down steep steps cut into the earth. Not all are anthropology majors but the experiences — even beyond the research — give the students a taste of a potential career path, scientific engagement and cultural enrichment. "The people who go get experience working with and communicating with people from different countries on a daily basis," he said. Although Haws believes the cave has potential to yield Neanderthal remains, they haven't found human remains yet among the unearthed animal bones, broken tools and other artifacts that are all part of the pic- ture of early survival, colonization and land use. And as they excavate, they find new rooms in the cave. "There's probably two more decades of work there and, well, we'll just see."

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