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May 26, 2015

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May 26, 2015

Boosting College and Career Readiness Among Black and Latino Male Students

May 21, 2015 — A new report on New York City's Expanded Success Initiative (ESI), which is designed to boost college and career readiness among Black and Latino male students, finds that the schools involved ... read more

Age-Friendly Communities Essential to Urban Elders' Well-Being

May 15, 2015 — The future of communities around the world will in large part be determined by the efforts to achieve a high quality of life for their older citizens, according to a new article. Age-friendly ... read more

'Coolness' Motivates Young Suburban Drug Dealers Who Quit to Avoid Problems

May 11, 2015 — Young, white suburban drug dealers and stereotypical urban dealers are motivated to sell drugs for the same reason – to be “cool,” but when suburban dealers are exposed to extreme violence or ... read more

College Readiness Declines When School's Focus Is Improving Test Scores, Study Finds

May 12, 2015 — Standardized testing, school accountability measures negatively affect college readiness and learning at a Texas high school when teachers focus on improving mandated test ... read more

May 8, 2015 — A new locator feature on a search and rescue tool can pinpoint the location of a victim to within about five feet – saving rescuers time and increasing chances for locating ... read more

Foreclosures Fueled Racial Segregation in U.S., Study Finds

May 6, 2015 — Some 9 million American families lost their homes to foreclosure during the late 2000s housing bust, driving many to economic ruin and in search of new residences. Hardest hit were black, Latino, and ... read more

School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans Harmful to Black Community, Scholars Say

May 1, 2015 — By most media accounts, education reform in post-Katrina New Orleans is a success. Test scores and graduation rates are up, and students once trapped in failing schools have their choice of charter ... read more

Improved Sanitation May Reduce Sexual Violence in South African Townships

Apr. 29, 2015 — Improving access to public toilets in South African urban settlements may reduce both the incidence of sexual assaults by nearly 30 percent and the overall cost to ... read more

Small High School Reform Boosts Districtwide Outcomes

Apr. 28, 2015 — Creating small high schools improves outcomes for students in the overall school district – both in new small schools and existing larger schools – according to a study of New York City ... read more

Racial, Ethnic Disparities Seen in Smoking Rates, Related Illnesses

Apr. 14, 2015 — April is National Minority Health Month, and one of the most significant health issues minorities face is disproportionate rates of smoking and health-related illnesses, experts ... read more

Building Healthier Communities Should Be a Priority When Preparing for and Recovering from Disasters

Apr. 15, 2015 — US communities and federal agencies should more intentionally seek to create healthier communities during disaster preparation and recovery efforts -- something that rarely happens now, says a new ... read more

Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk, Increasing Resilience

Apr. 14, 2015 — Extreme hazards -- rare, high-impact events -- pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global ... read more

Neighborhood Stigma Affects Online Transactions

Apr. 6, 2015 — The stigma associated with particular neighborhoods has a direct impact on economic transactions, a team of sociologists has found. Their study shows that when sellers are seen as being from an ... read more

Apr. 1, 2015 — Residential development research is lacking when it comes to achieving key sustainability objectives because in most cases it is limited by a single discipline perspective, a new article proposes. ... read more

Scientists Map 'Unprecedented' Urbanization in East-Southeast Asia

Mar. 30, 2015 — The rapid urban expansion that has occurred across the whole of East-Southeast Asia in the last decade has been mapped by researchers for the first ... read more

Price, Variety and Junk Food: Study Finds Urban Farmers’ Markets May Fall Short Compared to Neighborhood Stores

Mar. 26, 2015 — Farmers’ markets located in urban areas may not contribute positively to nutrition or health according to researchers. Their study is the first to itemize farmers’ market products in an entire ... read more

30 New Species Discovered in Los Angeles in First-Ever Intensive Urban Biodiversity Survey

Mar. 25, 2015 — Thirty new insect species of the fly family Phoridae have been discovered in the LA region of California. Describing 30 species in a single paper is rare, but what's especially striking is that ... read more

Coastal Property Values Could Erode If Nourishment Subsidies End

Mar. 25, 2015 — The value of many oceanfront properties on the East Coast could drop dramatically if Congress were to suddenly end federal beach nourishment subsidies. Values could fall by as much as 17 percent in ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — Researchers have developed a county-by-county map of the United States' "lower 48" that tells a story of land cover and development across the nation, and could provide a framework for ... read more

Preparing for Natural Disasters: What Policies Protect the Vulnerable Consumer?

Mar. 24, 2015 — Despite catastrophic earthquakes, the most vulnerable residents do not take steps to prepare themselves against future disaster, according to a new study. The authors provide an example from southern ... read more

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