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Political Claims Get a Reality Check in “Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age”

Written by Urban Institute on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:41.

No matter where you get your news, politicians’ and pundits’ hyperbolic claims about public policy are almost unavoidable. Regardless of past results, we are told that a proposed policy change is sure to turn around a sagging economy, transform failing schools, or eradicate poverty. In Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, Paul Gary Wyckoff presents an accessible, compact, and iconoclastic exploration of the paradox between the exaggerated claims made for public policies and the reality of their limited effectiveness.

Studying the Suburbs

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 May 2009 12:22.

SUBURBS, URBAN, MIGRATION, NEIGHBORHOODSWith over half the Canadian population now living in the suburbs, Dalhousie University Architecture and Planning professor Dr. Jill Grant says it’s an obvious time to study this increasingly popular living option – one that remains a bane to planners and urbanists. Are people drawn to the concept of perfectly matching houses throughout a neighbourhood, the “little boxes” as the famous song goes, or is it the slightly sterile lack of urban energy often associated, fairly or not, with life in the ‘burbs? More likely it’s a desire for living space that feels shiny, new and most of all, roomy, that one is increasingly hard-pressed to find in the downtown core of most Canadian cities.

Rural HIV: Surprising Stats, Stigma & Sexual Behavior

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 May 2009 12:18.

Headed up the highway on a 60-mile roundtrip from his home in a small Vermont town, Jonathan Heins is on a weekly run to pick up the multiple drugs he needs to manage HIV. He’s been infected since the early 1980s, before these meds existed; he has no idea why he, unlike so many of his friends from the time, is still alive. “I was told to get my affairs in order,” Heins says from his cell phone, “an easy job for me at the time. I had a few pairs of sneakers and some underwear. But I’m still alive.”

Campus Receives Gift of Huge Soaring Seahawk Sculpture: 20-foot Wingspan

Written by University of North Carolina Wilmington on Friday, 22 May 2009 11:50.

UNC Wilmington's Soaring Seahawk sculptureA huge Soaring Seahawk sculpture was installed today, Thursday, May 21, 2009, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Faculty, staff, students and community members turned out to witness the installation of the flying copper Seahawk, or osprey, which has a 20-foot wingspan.

Nation’s Report Card Shows Blacks Excelling in Education

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:32.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A report that measures the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States shows that African-American students made greater gains from early 1970s than Caucasian students.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its report, The Nation’s Report Card: NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress, on Tuesday. Since 1969, the report has been a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time. “We have two basic types of assessments, what we call ‘Main NAEP’ and ‘Long-Term Trend,’” Stuart Kerachsky, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), said in a statement. NCES manages the NAEP.

Black Buying Power

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:31.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite an economy represented by high unemployment rates, a home foreclosure crisis and low consumer confidence, African-American buying power is projected to reach $1.2 trillion in 2013, according to a report conducted by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth. The report “The Multicultural Economy” published in late 2008, estimates that African-American consumers’ share of the nation’s total buying power will increase from $913 billion, resulting in a contribution of almost nine cents out of every dollar that is spent.

Saffo to Be Honored as Citizen of the Year

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:29.

Cape Fear Area Resource Centers will present its first annual “Citizen of the Year” award during its fundraising banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m., May 23rd at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.The CFARC board has selected Mayor Bill Saffo to be the 2009 honoree. The criteria used in making the selection included the traits of integrity, honesty with compassion, and respect. They also looked for quality work output and if the nominee is a positive representative of our area and has complied with all laws.  

Psyched Out by Stereotypes: Research Suggests Thinking About the Positive

Written by Greater Diversity News on Friday, 08 May 2009 14:46.

Robert J. RydellIn a new study, cognitive scientists have shown that when aware of both a negative and positive stereotype related to performance, women will identify more closely with the positive stereotype, avoiding the harmful impact the negative stereotype unwittingly can have on their performance.

Social Support Key for Religious Conversions in Prison

Written by University of Alabama at Birmingham on Friday, 01 May 2009 15:43.

 It is not uncommon for prison inmates to experience religious conversions. Now a new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study, out in the April issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, suggests that inmates who have positive social support networks are more likely to maintain their religious conversions. 

Marketing and Social Networking: When Measuring Influence, Quality Connections Top Quantity

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 24 April 2009 14:04.

Taylor has 483 friends on Facebook. Cameron has 832 connections on LinkedIn. And Paige boasts more than 1000 followers on her Twitter page. Are these three online devotees more popular than the average social networker? Possibly so, but marketing professor Zsolt Katona, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a team of researchers found that as the number of one’s online contacts increases, the average influential power of that networking individual decreases.