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'Bootstrap' math/computer science curriculum gets $1.5 million from NSF
Bootstrap is a curriculum that helps kids learn algebra as they program their own video games. A new $1.5-million grant from the National Science Foundation will help researchers refine the curriculum and train more teachers to use it. (2015-10-07)

Indoor tanning and skin cancer among gay, bisexual men and women
Gay and bisexual men indoor tan more frequently and report higher rates of skin cancer than heterosexual men, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology. (2015-10-07)

Whitfield to receive GSA's 2015 Minority Mentorship Award
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Keith Whitfield, Ph.D., of Duke University as the 2015 recipient of the Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Outstanding Mentorship Award. (2015-10-02)

OU School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering recognized for diversity and inclusion
The School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma was recently selected as one of only five universities in the nation to participate in a special Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity program. The diversity program selected the school to help support and continue its ongoing efforts to attract and retain women and underrepresented minority students and faculty. (2015-10-01)

New system helps teachers gain back valuable instruction time, UGA study finds
Elementary schoolchildren often dawdle between activities during the school day, losing valuable instructional time in the process. New University of Georgia research has found a way to reclaim these lost minutes and make the transition to a new subject fun while increasing student focus. (2015-09-30)

Legal drinking age of 18 tied to high school dropout rate
Although there have been calls to lower the legal drinking age from 21, a new study raises the possibility that it could have the unintended effect of boosting the high school dropout rate. (2015-09-28)

'SMART Cougars Plus' expands HIV, HCV testing for students
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work $900,000 over three years to work with minority youth at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. (2015-09-24)

Digital textbook analytics can predict student outcomes, Iowa State study finds
College professors and instructors can learn a lot from the chapters of a digital textbook that they assign students to read. According to an Iowa State University study, digital books provide real-time analytics to help faculty assess how students are doing in the class. (2015-09-23)

Looking to brain science for clues to better writing
Good writing isn't an art, a University of Florida researcher says -- it's a science. (2015-09-22)

Students in credit crisis
US research suggests that college students are well aware that they should be personally responsible for their finances, including their card obligations, but this awareness rarely correlates with limiting the debts they accrue during their time in higher education. Details of the study are reported this month in the International Journal of Behavioural Accounting and Finance. (2015-09-15)

'Deadly' maths program sees prime future for Indigenous students
QUT's YuMi Deadly Centre is behind a new program to deliver the mathematics element of an initiative to direct Indigenous students toward a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career. (2015-09-15)

Learning is not a spectator sport
MOOC providers currently offer thousands of courses and have enticed millions of students to enroll. The emphasis in MOOCs is often on lecture videos that students watch and learn from. However, a new study shows that this central approach of MOOCs -- having students watch to learn -- is ineffective. Instead, the emphasis on interactive activities as advocated by Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Initiative helps students learn about six times more. (2015-09-14)

Investing in diversity
With an eye toward improving material science through increased diverse perspectives, the National Science Foundation awarded six Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials awards this year, in its fifth such competition since 2004. (2015-09-10)

Financial distress can hinder success of academically prepared minority students
A new study of more than 500 black and Latino college students has confirmed that many encounter obstacles after enrolling in college without adequate financial resources. (2015-09-10)

Study: Physician-patient decision making may differ in care of racial/ethnic minorities
Racial and ethnic inequalities in medical care are widely documented in literature. However, variations in Americans' experiences with healthcare, specifically regarding physician-patient communication and shared decision-making about treatment plans, are not well understood. A new study from Boston Medical Center, which suggests that a patient's race/ethnicity may influence the amount and type of information they receive from physicians regarding treatment recommendations, is published online in advance of print in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. (2015-09-09)

Hiring more minority teachers in schools gives fairer perception of discipline
Black students in schools with more black teachers have more positive attitudes and higher perceptions of fairness in school discipline, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas researcher. (2015-09-02)

Neighbors, but not classmates
Contrary to assumptions that disadvantaged neighborhoods trap children in failing schools, a Johns Hopkins University sociologist has found the opposite to be true: as a neighborhood's income decreases, its range of educational experiences greatly expands. (2015-09-02)

Medical students with mental health problems do not feel adequately supported
Over 80 percent of medical students with mental health issues feel they receive poor or only moderately adequate support from their medical schools, finds a small online survey published in Student BMJ today. (2015-09-01)

Dialect influences Appalachian students' experiences in college
NC State linguist says language diversity isn't always celebrated on campus and calls dialect the 'last acceptable personal trait to make fun of.' (2015-08-31)

Researchers receive $3.5 million to improve students' classroom behaviors
University of Missouri researchers have received nearly $3.5 million from the US Department of Education over four years to evaluate an intervention that promotes social and emotional skills for students who exhibit challenging classroom behaviors. The intervention, Self-Monitoring Training and Regulation Strategy (STARS), is a self-management and mindfulness skills program for fifth-grade students who regularly display disruptive and challenging behaviors in the classroom. (2015-08-26)

UTA hopes to increase underprivileged or minority students seeking graduate degrees
UT Arlington has joined a consortium of universities that hopes to expose undergraduate students to research early in their academic careers and increase their chances of continuing their education beyond a bachelor's degree. Bioengineering Professor Kytai Nguyen is leading the UT Arlington effort. (2015-08-25)

Voter ID law effects hard to pinpoint
Indiana's strict voter identification law may have prevented some elderly citizens from voting in the last two presidential elections, but there's little evidence it kept large numbers of voters from the polls, according to research by Indiana University Bloomington doctoral student Adam Nicholson. (2015-08-24)

Sexual-minority men more empathic towards fellow minorities
White sexual-minority men may be more empathic toward other minority groups compared to their heterosexual white peers. A new study compared the attitudes of white heterosexual men to those of white sexual-minority men. (2015-08-24)

Educational expansion created more marriages by same educational level, race
Compulsory schooling laws instituted in the late 1800s and early 1900s caused more people in Northern states to marry people at their same education level and race, possibly contributing to economic inequality, according to a University of Kansas researcher's study. (2015-08-19)

Children of military parents, caregivers at greater risk for adverse outcomes
Children with parents or caregivers currently serving in the military had a higher prevalence of substance use, violence, harassment and weapon-carrying than their nonmilitary peers in a study of California school children, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2015-08-17)

Self-directed, iterative learning dramatically improves critical thinking in STEM classes
A self-directed, iterative learning framework used in a first-year physics lab dramatically improved students' critical thinking skills, according to new University of British Columbia research. (2015-08-17)

Award-winning UMass Amherst mentor to lead new minority faculty support project
University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Sandra Petersen, recently honored at the White House for mentoring minority graduate students in the sciences, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to lead a pilot mentoring network for minority faculty women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at 15 Northeast institutions plus the Five Colleges. (2015-08-06)

Bioscience students earn scholarships from the ASBMB for commitment to diversity
Five students from across the United States earned Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarships from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for their academic accomplishments in the face of adversity and commitment to increasing educational access for underrepresented students. (2015-08-05)

Internet accessibility an important factor in government transparency
Charles Menifield, a professor in the MU Truman School of Public Affairs, found that county governments in densely populated urban areas tend to be more transparent on their official websites if their citizens have good Internet access. (2015-08-03)

Pharmacists help patients with hypertension
Patients with hypertension benefit from interacting with a medical team that includes a pharmacist. Two studies showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand. (2015-07-30)

Race & institutional factors play an important role in pharmacogenomic trial participation
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have published a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that analyzed the participation rate of patients in pharmacogenomic trials. (2015-07-28)

More secondary schools serve healthier lunches
Secondary students found healthier foods on more lunch menus in 2013 than in 2011, resulting in fewer nutrition disparities for small schools or those with racially diverse student bodies. (2015-07-28)

Travel funding: GSA, SACNAS, STEPPE, for students for major geoscience conferences
The Geological Society of America in partnership with the American Geosciences Institute, Incorporated Research Institute for Seismology, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the Society for Sedimentary Geology, and STEPPE have received funding to support 25 undergraduate and graduate students to attend the SACNAS and GSA national conferences in November 2015. (2015-07-27)

ASBMB wins National Science Foundation grant to expand mentorship program
The National Science Foundation awarded the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology a grant of half a million dollars to support a comprehensive mentoring program for postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty members. The program focuses on grantsmanship skills and career-development strategies. It also promotes diversity in the scientific workforce by supporting underrepresented minority postdoctoral scientists and new assistant professors in their efforts to secure research funding. (2015-07-23)

Schools with higher black, minority populations call cops, not docs
Poor schools that have more black and minority students tend to punish students rather than seek medical or psychological interventions for them, according to a Penn State sociologist. (2015-07-22)

Nonprofit calls for less talk, more action to make the scientific enterprise sustainable
In an article published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology describe eight steps that should improve the sustainability of the scientific enterprise. (2015-07-20)

$3.78 million Department of Defense grant supports SMU STEM program for minority students
The US Department of Defense recently awarded the STEMPREP Project at Southern Methodist University a $3.78 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The STEMPREP Project recruits bright, science-minded middle school students for the first phase of the 10-year program. (2015-07-20)

Study: Health-care providers hold biases based on sexual orientation
In the first study that looks at a variety of health-care providers and their implicit attitudes towards lesbian women and gay men, researchers found there is widespread implicit bias toward lesbian women and gay men. The study, 'Health care providers' implicit and explicit attitudes toward lesbian women and gay men,' published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that moderate to strong implicit preferences for straight people over lesbian and gay people are widespread among heterosexual providers. (2015-07-16)

Pre-college science programs lead to more science majors
High school students who take part in pre-college programs that focus on science are much more likely to pursue higher education and, eventually, careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine -- the STEM disciplines. (2015-07-15)

Study: Nursing home care for minorities improves
A new study of nursing homes has found that, while disparities continue to exist, the quality of care in homes with higher concentrations of racial and ethnic minority residents has improved and that this progress appears to be linked to increases in Medicaid payments. (2015-07-07)

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