Science Education & Policy
In the War On Smart Kids Department, tiger mom mentalities may cause ethnic outcasts, say sociologists.
Smart Asian kids will be shunned for being too smart? of course not. Instead, the scholars argue, the children who don't achieve might be. Sociologists Jennifer Lee of UC Irvine Min Zhou of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore detail in Race and Social Problems their weak observational study based on a small sample to make their headline-grabbing conclusion.
The data was surveys of 82 adult children of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, who were randomly selected from the survey of Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles.
Health costs saved or gained, like all claims about what did not happen, are made-up metrics, so we can either accept or not accept the notion that 4 million criminals are now going to have free health care and that will cost us less money than if they didn't have health care and that caused them to commit more crimes and then get health care.
Politicians coming up on a mid-term election have to take their health reform victories where they can get them and the work led by Marsha Regenstein, PhD, who is a professor of health policy at
the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS)
While former Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is a fine scholar, he seemed to be lost when it came to drafting a federal energy policy that was evidence-based.It's easy for an academic to postulate that $9 a gallon gas will be 'good' for us
but when it comes to managing a national constituency, including a lot of people who will be ruined by expensive gasoline, there has to be some real thought before actions are taken. Government is not a sandbox.
The Affordable Care Act has a lot of costs and requirements that don't seem to make sense - requiring that plans include maternity coverage for post-menopausal women and single men comes to mind - and adding social workers into health care teams would seem to be another example of that.
Not so, said former Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO and current gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Baker Jr., keynote speaker at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Forum "Health Care Reform: From Policy to Practice", who believes that the social workers in his audience were going to bring an expansive view of care options under a "team-based care" approach.
Anyone who has had to deal with Hospice for a loved one has to been impressed with the level of compassion and concern and caring they bring.
But they are not all the same, and a paper in JAMA Internal Medicine finds a way to create a little bit of class warfare about that.
If China wants to save .009 of its population by 2050, they need to implement UN tobacco control policies, including surveillance and monitoring of tobacco use prevalence, creation of smoke-free environments, treatment of tobacco dependence, tobacco consumption taxation and other price controls, enforcement of heath warnings on tobacco packages and marketing bans.
A Washington state referendum to put warning labels on genetically modified foods, I-522, failed in the last election, but a new effort is more clever - they want to warn the public about Frankenfish and are couching it in an effort to simply make the public aware if it's farm-raised or caught in the wild or, oh yeah, a TRANSGENIC ABOMINATION OF NATURE.
The fifth international school of Science Journalism
will be held in the small town of Erice, in Sicily (Italy) between June 9th and 14th. The event is organized by the INFN, and I wish to publicize it here also because I will give a contribution there.
The general theme of the school this years is "The Digital World: Computing, Networks, and Us
". From the "About" tab in the conference site:
Americans don't like to talk about social class, we threw out the British because they believed an act of birth made them superior. In America, no class is better than any other - we are the only culture that thanks a waiter for interrupting our conversation at dinner in order to slosh water all over the table refilling a glass.
Research and Development (R&D) has become something of a dirty word throughout a giant swath of the Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM) community. Academia is
where it's at, the saying goes, and basic research, learning for the sake of learning
with no defined public benefit, is what scientists are told they must do if
they want to be real scientists.
Technology will be fine, it is assumed. Like gifted students who find their
school programs cut, the belief is that American technology will be find a way
to be dominant.