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Misleading Census Counts May Stoke Immigration Fears

The United States Census is a trusted source for population data. But, like all large-scale survey projects, the census must make decisions about how to define and analyze elements for categorizing data, like racial group.  In a recent article in The Washington Post, sociologist Richard Alba argues that the census over-estimates counts of racial and ethnic minorities, […]

Enrichment program boosts STEM for black students but leaves Latinos behind

(Cornell University) In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, Cornell sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline -- in high school, when students' commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify.

Two-year study of gun policy research finds gaps, proposes fixes

(RAND Corporation) The nation is once again debating whether to adopt new regulations on guns, but what does the evidence say about what has been done thus far? One of the largest-ever studies of US gun policy finds there is a shortage...Show More Summary

Reducing a building's carbon output can also lower costs

(Concordia University) Researchers from Concordia University's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering have found a way to significantly reduce carbon emissions produced by residential and non-residential buildings, while also cutting costs.

Rethinking childbirth education could save AU $97 million p.a.

(NICM, Western Sydney University) Research led by The University of Notre Dame Australia, NICM and Western Sydney University, shows antenatal education not only reduces the rates of medical interventions during childbirth, but can save the healthcare system up to AU$97 million per year.

Hormones may affect girls' interests, but not their gender identity or playmates

(Penn State) Prenatal exposure to androgens is not associated with girls spending more or less time with other girls, but was associated with an increased interest in activities that have traditionally been thought of as masculine, according...Show More Summary

Patients with head injuries do better when treated by trauma centers, even if it means bypassing other hospitals

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Patients who sustain severe head injuries tend to have better outcomes if they are taken to a designated trauma center, but 44 percent of them are first taken to hospitals without these specialized care capabilities, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

ESL students with special needs fail to get language instruction, study finds

(Lehigh University) Students learning English as a second language who also have special needs are more likely to fall between the cracks of elementary school education, finds researcher Sara Kangas of Lehigh University in a paper to be recognized March 28, 2018, by the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF). Show More Summary

Porsche Challenge for the PlayStation

There are games in my collection that have knocked about for 20-odd years. Since returning to gaming, there are some that have got picked up again for a blast of nostalgia. There are others we fed into our latter day consoles as warnings that no amount of fond memories can make a game good with the passage of time. Show More Summary

what is the sociology of education?

Over the last couple of years, a friend or colleague will occasionally turn to me and say, “people don’t think what I do is ‘sociology of education’ even though I study schools.” They will then order another round of Jim Beam and down it faster than you can say “Willard Waller.” What gives? Why do […]

Research in Political Sociology

Slowly recovering from the horrors of snowmageddon and saving myself up for what will be a daft and disingenuous speech on Brexit from Theresa May, I'm just throwing down a few words on what I'm working on and towards at the moment.Show More Summary

Five Most Popular Posts in February

The most read posts this month were... 1. Theresa May's Looming Brexit Disaster 2. The Grotesque Chaos of Claire Kober's Haringey 3. Lies, Damned Lies, and Tory Politics 4. The Brexit Dream Team Delusion 5. Labour Councils and Party Discipline This is quite gratifying. Show More Summary

student evaluations? sad!

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about how I changed my mind about student evaluations of teachers. Early evidence showed that they correlated with student learning, but newer analysis reverses this conclusion. The James G. Martin Center, with my permission, edited and reprinted the post. A teaser: The fundamental issue is that colleges […]

Is Business Becoming Corbyn-Friendly?

Hegemony is coming, hegemony is coming. Or is it? Among the responses to Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit speech was a cautious but nevertheless welcoming statement from the CBI. Meanwhile, The Times led with the disgraced Liam Fox's attack on...Show More Summary

School Shooters and Broken Homes

February 28, 2018 Posted by Jay Livingston Suzanne Venker knows what’s wrong with America’s boys – broken homes. A few days after the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she wrote at Fox News (here)...Show More Summary

International Spina Bifida experts shapes future research, shares insights for practical care

(IOS Press) In order to provide a multidisciplinary forum for research in spina bifida, the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) sponsored the Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care in 2017. This special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM) presents significant contributions from that conference.

Only 25 percent of women receive appropriate advice on pregnancy weight gain

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) A new study of the role of healthcare provider recommendations on weight gain during pregnancy showed that while provider advice did influence gestational weight gain, only about one in four women received appropriate advice and another 25 percent received no advice.

Phones off: Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face interactions at dinnertime

(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) While 'Take your elbows off the dinner table,' is a common refrain for many families, people may soon add, 'take your phone off the table' to the list, too. According to research beingShow More Summary

UGR scientist developed 3-D scans of beetles for Blade Runner 2049

(University of Granada) One of the main visual effects companies behind Blade Runner 2049, BUF, sought the collaboration of Javier Alba-Tercedor, a Professor of Zoology at the University of Granada, to obtain scans of different species of beetles used in the film's visual effects.

States with strong tobacco control measures have fewer e-cigarette users

(New York University) States with robust tobacco control policies and regulations, such as smoke free air laws and taxes on cigarettes, not only have fewer cigarette users but also fewer e-cigarette users, according to research from NYU School of Medicine and the NYU College of Global Public Health.

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