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Study highlights need for education and training to help human trafficking victims

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(MediaSource) According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, human trafficking is a public health concern and often a crime that impacts individuals, families and entire communities across generations. Human trafficking occurs when a trafficker exploits vulnerable victims with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex or work. Since emergency nurses are often the first healthcare workers to have contact with victims, the conversation and education on this topic has ramped up in recent years.

More democracy through mathematics

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) For democratic elections to be fair, voting districts must have similar sizes. When populations shift, districts need to be redistributed -- a complex and, in many countries, controversial task when political parties attempt to influence redistricting. Mathematicians at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a method that allows the efficient calculation of optimally sized voting districts.

UK Robotics Week to demonstrate the nation's world-leading robotics and AI research

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) The UK's world-leading robotics research will be showcased at the second UK Robotics Week, which begins on Saturday, 24 June, 2017 and runs until Friday, 30 June.A week-long program of events will take place across the country, showcasing the latest research in areas such as surgery, social care and disaster relief, and will culminate in the International Robotics Showcase, which takes place on 30 June.

Is it okay for children to count on their fingers?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) Is it OK for children to count on their fingers? Generations of pupils have been discouraged by their teachers from using their hands when learning maths. But a new research article shows using fingers may be a much more important part of maths learning than previously thought.

Child safety or parental duty: New study maps out core concepts in the vaccination debate

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Virginia Tech) 'A single phrase can conjure up completely different images in our minds, depending on how that concept is organized in our mental models,' said Samarth Swarup, a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech.

Walden elected fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Oklahoma) A University of Oklahoma research associate professor and director, Susan E. Walden, has been elected to the Academy of Fellows for the American Society for Engineering Education. Walden, the first ASEE awardee from OU, has made significant individual contributions to her body of work related to diversity and inclusion in engineering education within the P-16 initiative. The fellow designation honors her scholarship and service for improving engineering education, especially in pre-college settings.

Pitt names Minking Chyu Distinguished Service Professor

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Pittsburgh) In honor of significant contributions to the University of Pittsburgh, most significantly his work toward establishing the Sichuan University - Pittsburgh Institute, Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed Minking Chyu as Distinguished Service Professor.

Stereotypes still affect females' career aspirations in STEM topics

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) Study investigates the impact of stereotypes and the role of family, school and society on the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects and found that these stereotypes do impact the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects.

MIT Portugal international industry roundtable on new technologies for old industries

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(MIT Portugal Program) Entrepreneurial success and cutting-edge innovation in the life sciences are often associated with health and medical technologies. However there is a range of other industries where new biotechnologies have been making a very significant impact. To discuss challenges and opportunities related to those areas, MIT Portugal in collaboration with Mira Municipality and Universidade de Aveiro, organized an International Industry Roundtable on New Technologies for Old Industries that gathered more than 70 people at the Mira Center, near Aveiro.

Starting school young can put child wellbeing at risk

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Exeter) A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School which investigated more than 2,000 children across 80 primary schools in Devon, has found that children who are younger than their peers when they start school are more likely to develop poorer mental health, as rated by parents and teachers.

NJIT's center for pre-college programs receives upward bound federal grants

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(New Jersey Institute of Technology) The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has awarded the Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP) at New Jersey Institute of Technology two grants for its Upward Bound program.

Carnegie Mellon's RoboTutor advances to Global Learning XPRIZE semifinals

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Carnegie Mellon University) RoboTutor, educational technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University that teaches children basic math and reading skills, has been named a semifinalist in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition.

New approach to teaching music improvisation enhances creativity

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) New research looks at developing processes for musical improvisation that enhance creativity.

Screen time or story time?

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) A new study analyses toddler's reading and learning habits through electronic books compared to print books.

Strategic studying limits the costs of divided attention

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Association for Psychological Science) Multitasking while studying may impair overall memory for the study material, but your ability to strategically identify and remember the most important information may stay intact, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Oral storytelling skills impact reading differently for African-American boys and girls

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute) The oral storytelling skills of African-American preschoolers make a difference in how quickly their reading skills develop, according to a new study from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Researchers say the effect is much different for girls and boys.

Underprivileged teenagers more likely to give up their university ambitions

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Taylor & Francis Group) Early intervention to maintain and raise expectations could increase the number of teenagers from less privileged backgrounds entering higher education, a new study published in the Oxford Review of Education suggests.

Students of all races feel safer in ethnically diverse middle schools, UCLA study says

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of California - Los Angeles) Middle school students -- African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and Caucasians -- felt safer and less bullied, reported more tolerance and less prejudice toward students of other ethnicities and believed teachers treated all students more fairly and equally in more diverse schools, UCLA researchers report today in the journal Child Development.

UAlberta program found to lessen depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts in youth

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) A University of Alberta pilot program designed to promote mental health skills in youth has been found in a new study to significantly lessen cases of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The EMPATHY program ran in public schools in Red Deer, Alberta from 2013 to 2015 and was offered to more than 6,000 youth in grades six through 12.

The chemistry of olive oil (video)

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(American Chemical Society) Whether you have it with bread or use it to cook, olive oil is awesome. But a lot of chemistry can make or break a product. Extra virgin olive oil is the most expensive (and most delicious) variety, in part thanks to its low acidity. And peppery notes are thanks to antioxidants that contribute to olive oil's healthy reputation. Check out the latest Reactions video for more olive oil chemistry:

RAND: 'Principal pipelines' to develop leaders may be affordable way to improve schools

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(RAND Corporation) Improving school leadership by better selecting, training and evaluating principals can be an affordable option for school districts that aim to reduce turnover and improve schools, according to a new report by the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.The first-of-its kind study examined how six large urban school districts are investing in their leaders. Researchers found that improving school leadership has been affordable for the six districts, which spent 0.4 percent of their annual budgets to better the quality of school leaders.

Studies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent children

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Researchers can look into your eyes to determine whether you're getting your lutein, a pigment found in green leafy vegetables that is known to accumulate in the brain. Two new studies find that children with higher lutein levels in the eye tend to do better than others on tests of cognition and academic achievement, even after accounting for other factors known to influence academic performance such as IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness.

No evidence of gender bias in philosophy

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Frontiers) Despite being a male-dominated field, a recent study found no evidence for gender bias against women in philosophy, in terms of securing tenure-track positions as college professors. So why are there less women in philosophy overall? Some studies show that less women are choosing to major in philosophy at the undergraduate level, and so other factors may be turning them off the discipline at an early stage.

People looking for prestige prefer 'big ponds' over small ones

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Personality and Social Psychology) When looking at new opportunity, do you choose an average place where you are among the top performers or do you choose a prestigious place where you might be average and not particularly remarkable? In other words, do you want to be the big frog in a small pond or a little frog in a big pond? According to recent research from the University of Michigan, your cultural upbringing ultimately affects your choice.

Positive engagement in preschool key to developmental gains

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

(Society for Research in Child Development) Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children's learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development.