Alisha Zhao (left) is the founder and executive director of Kids First Project, a Portland-based nonprofit that brings programs and services to homeless youth. 

Alisha Zhao (left) is the founder and executive director of Kids First Project, a Portland-based nonprofit that brings programs and services to homeless youth. 

Abby Carton, Kids First Project

 

  

  • A few years ago, Alisha Zhao founded a nonprofit that brings activities and services to youth in homeless shelters. She was a junior at Portland’s Lincoln High School. Now a sophomore in college, she’s been recognized as a 2018 Women of Worth for her achievements with her organization, Kids First Project. Zhao joins us to talk about her work.

 

  

  • The National Science Foundation now requires most of their grant recipients to show how their research is going to be useful to society. But that’s not something all scientists are used to thinking about, or know how to do. Oregon State University will be part of a new center that’s set up to bridge that gap. Julie Risien, the associate director of Oregon State’s Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning, will lead OSU’s role with the center.

 

  

  • Oregon recently cleared its backlog of more than 5,000 sexual assault evidence kits. We hear from Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill and Alex Gardner, forensics captain for the Oregon State Police, about what prosecutors and police gleaned from the evidence in the kits and how the state will avoid building up a backlog in the future.

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