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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

New Cardiac Arrest Recommendations: Increased CPR/AED Training Will Improve Survival Rates

June 30, 2015 — In response to a new Institute of Medicine report on improving cardiac arrest survival rates, the Red Cross is taking a key first step in convening those who can make a significant difference in ... read more

Up, Up and Away, in the Name of Science Education

June 29, 2015 — The virtues of high-altitude balloons for science education in a new research paper have been outlined in a new research paper. High altitude balloons are ripe for exploitation in science education ... read more

Is Facebook the Next Frontier for Online Learning?

June 29, 2015 — Social-networking sites such as Facebook can help students learn scientific literacy and other complex subjects that often receive short shrift in today's time-strapped ... read more

Head Start Program Played Anti-Segregation Role in the Deep South

June 26, 2015 — A federal preschool program did more than improve educational opportunities for poor children in Mississippi during the 1960s. The program also gave a political and economic boost to the state's ... read more

Challenging Negative Stereotypes to Narrow the Achievement Gap

June 24, 2015 — A writing intervention linked to improved academic performance among girls and minorities may work by triggering a sense of belonging, helping to ease the students' anxiety, say researchers. ... read more

Minority Students Are Underrepresented in Special Education

June 24, 2015 — A new federally funded study finds that racial, ethnic, and language minority elementary- and middle-school students are less likely than otherwise similar white, English-speaking children to be ... read more

Legacy of Slavery Still Impacts Education in the South

June 22, 2015 — Slavery was abolished more than 150 years ago, but its effects are still felt today in K-12 education in the south, according to a new study. Using regression analysis to explain differences in the ... read more

Smoking Allowed in Growing Number of Restaurants, Bars in Georgia

June 22, 2015 — Despite the passage of Georgia's Smokefree Air Act in 2005, the number of restaurants and bars that allow smoking has doubled in recent years, according to ... read more

Federal Agencies Lose Track of Endangered Species Protection Measures, Research Finds

June 18, 2015 — A researcher has found significant gaps in how public agencies keep track of endangered species agreements. These findings demonstrate key concerns with monitoring and enforcement of endangered ... read more

Better Way to Evaluate Conservation Policies Found by Researchers

June 16, 2015 — Protected forested areas in Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia and Thailand have prevented the release of more than 1,000 million additional tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, an economic service ... read more

Study Reveals Public's Slipping Confidence in Banks, Government

June 15, 2015 — Though there's been a significant decrease in the number of Americans who are angry at the current economic situation in this country, dropping from 44 percent a year ago to 33 percent at the ... read more

Students' Unions Attempts to Oppose Consumerism Are Rarely Successful, New Research Finds

June 15, 2015 — While students' unions often try to oppose the rise of consumerism at their universities, they are rarely successful, a new study ... read more

Public Debate Could Be Key to Strong Economy

June 10, 2015 — As it turns out, people who speak their minds loudly and often could be responsible for economic prosperity. The study is the first to measure the influence of public deliberation on economic ... read more

Little Evidence to Support Skills Gap Claims

June 10, 2015 — A shortage of skilled workers is often why many employers say they struggle to find qualified employees to fill vacancies. However, a new economic analysis finds that some of the evidence used to ... read more

Misperception Discourages Girls from Studying Some STEM Fields

June 9, 2015 — The belief that the ability to do difficult mathematics is something that you either have or you don't prevents many American girls from pursuing a college degree in the physical sciences, ... read more

MCAT Predicts Differently for Students Who Test With Extra Time

June 9, 2015 — Among applicants to U.S. medical schools, those with disabilities who obtained extra test administration time for the Medical College Admission Test in use from 1991 to January 2015 had no ... read more

In Kenya, Program Changes Male Attitudes About Sexual Violence, Study Finds

June 9, 2015 — In Kenya, where rape and violence against women are rampant, a short educational program produced lasting improvements in teenage boys' and young men's attitudes toward women, a study has ... read more

New Study Calls for Radical Shake-Up of the Early Years Curriculum to Help Boost Achievements of Summer Born Children

June 4, 2015 — A new study has suggested that summer born children struggle at school entry because of unrealistic education targets and a curriculum that is out of step with their developmental ... read more

Large Majority of Americans—including Gun Owners—support Stronger Gun Policies

June 3, 2015 — A large majority of Americans—including gun owners—continue to support stronger policies to prevent gun violence than are present in current federal and most state law, according to a new ... read more

June 2, 2015 — Creating a conflict with the population that a policy targets can backfire. The most successful public policies are those that are framed positively and support choice, a new study ... read more

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