The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recently named the Rock Islands Southern Lagoon a world heritage site, earning Palau a spot on the World Heritage List. Read more at http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1206/S00726/palau-wins-world-heritage-status.htm, and check out the world heritage list at http://whc.unesco.org/en/list.
Palau Community College, located in Koror, recieved a 1.7 million dollar grant from the TRIO Upward Bound educational program. This grant will aid college-bound students in Palau for years to come. To read more, please visit http://www.saipantribune.com/newsstory.aspx?cat=13&newsID=119770 or http://www.mvariety.com/regional-news/palaupacific-news/47413-palau-upward-bound-program-gets-us-funding.php.
Palau was elected to be a vice president of the upcoming session of the General Assembly on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Group. For more information on the election of the officers of the 67th session of the General Assembly, visit http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2012/ga11253.doc.htm.
An expedition led by instructors of USC Dornsife’s Scientific Research Diving program recently found specimens of a possible new species of Echinoderm. Recent dives in Palau uncovered three small Echinoderms in the class Ophiuroidea (Brittle Stars), close relatives of starfish. This particular type of Brittle Star was last seen roughly 76 years ago by Japanese researchers in Palau. For pictures and further information read the original article at: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/expeditions/2012/06/18/usc-dornsife-scientific-diving-think-like-a-brittle-star/