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Twitter Can Be Useful Tool for Public Health Organizations — but Must Be Carefully Monitored

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Social media marketing strategies present both challenges and opportunities for public health professionals. It’s an effective way of reaching large audiences, but social media can also be used to spread misinformation. That’s the findings of a situational analysis by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis of a recent social media campaign by the Chicago Department of Public Health. The study suggests that public health organizations need to pay close attention to how they disseminate information, and also to the response the campaign gets.

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Should a Facebook “Like” Be Protected Free Speech?

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One billion Facebook users generate 2.7 billion “likes” per day (or 1,875,000 every minute). Increasingly, social media has become a form of social and political engagement, and 47 percent of Facebook users have “liked” political cause-related comments. Protected free speech is a luxury the Western world has long enjoyed.

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Coping with Water Scarcity

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Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption. Some of those policies have greatly reduced per capita consumption, while others have produced mixed results.

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Changes at the Grocery Store Could Turn the Burden of Shopping with Children on Its Head

Avoiding power struggles in the grocery store with children begging for sweets, chips and other junk foods – and parents often giving in – could be helped by placing the healthier options at the eye level of children and moving the unhealthy ones out of the way. A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that this dynamic is particularly frustrating for caregivers on limited budgets who are trying to save money and make healthy meals.

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Swarthmore College Expert on Effective Civic Engagement and Voter Enthusiasm

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The Myth of the Digital Native

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NYIT-led study debunks myth that digital natives are more proficient than teachers in technology use. In fact, students need better skills and guidance in how to use technology to help solve problems and improve their critical thinking skills in the classroom.

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What Motivates College Students to Get the Flu Shot? Sometimes, It's as Little as $10

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The preliminary findings from a new study conducted by a team of Swarthmore College researchers indicates that a combination of financial incentives – even as little as $10 – and an endorsement from close friends might by the best way to increase flu vaccinations among college students.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Proclaims Oct. 22 “Columbia University School of Nursing Day” in New York City

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared Oct. 22 “Columbia University School of Nursing Day” in New York City. The official proclamation celebrates Columbia Nursing breaking ground on its new state-of-the-art facility in Washington Heights.

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Davidson Next Initiative Launches Pilot in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

The Davidson Next initiative, a collaboration between Davidson College, edX, the College Board and 2Revolutions, has partnered with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System (CMS) to launch a pilot program to test a suite of online instructional units designed to improve educational outcomes in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The units focus on calculus, physics and macroeconomics—AP topics identified as among the most challenging for teachers and students. The project recently was awarded nearly $2 million in grant funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

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