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Chinese, Math Skills, Americans, IQ

MU Psychologist Finds Increasing Gap between Math Competencies of Americans and Chinese; Intelligence Not a Factor

Word problem No. 1: Take 372 sixth-graders, 12th-graders and older adults from China and the United States, test them for mathematical ability and solve for the growing Chinese advantage in basic competencies. The answer, says David Geary, professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, appears to be cultural changes in both countries including, perhaps, changes in curriculum.

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Arts and Humanities

art, Sculpture, Recycling, Education, Environment, Norway, Iowa, Midwest

Carving Out a New Type of College Course

Luther College art students sorting through the tree limbs and brush at the Decorah city dump are not skipping classóthey are skipping the long lines at the bookstore as they "shop" for school supplies. The supplies they seek are uniquely shaped pieces of wood, and their search is directed by Harley Refsal, resident fellow in Scandinavian folk art and Scandinavian studies at Luther. Refsal is an internationally recognized expert on Scandinavian flat-plane woodcarving, a "lost" folk art of earlier centuries.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Martin, Luther, KING

UMaine Professor Tracks Political Use of King's Legacy

As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, a University of Maine political scientist has tracked use of King's legacy for political gain. She found in a recent study that King's status as an American hero has been used to promote disparate political views and policies, with significant omissions and distortions of his views.

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Pop Culture

ADS, Advertisement, Magazines, Gender, Fashion, Sex

Research at Wesleyan University Shows Gender Bias Persists in Magazine Advertising

Advertisements in popular fashion magazines are showing more skin in recent years in their depictions of women, according to a Wesleyan University study.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Spanking, Parenting, Children, Psychology, Family

Parents Shouldn't Spank Their Children

The pendulum in 'pop psychology' is swinging back to being in favor of spanking, warns Dr. Roni Leiderman, director of the Family Center at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She also is the moderator for America Online's "Parent Trap."

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Law, Clinic, Clinicalcourt, Legal, Lawyering

UNM's Clinical Law Clinic Provides Real World Experience to Students

The University of New Mexico School of Law pioneered clinical law in the early 1970s and over the years has become a recognized leader in the field. Every year some 110 second and third-year students rotate through the mandatory Clinical Law Program, gaining hands-on, real-life experience practicing law.

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Education

Women, Politics

From two who've been there; done it: Ann Richards and Patricia Schroeder to lead discussion on women in politics

Former Texas Gov. Ann W. Richards will join former Congresswoman Patricia S. Schroeder for a panel discussion on women's careers in politics Feb. 2 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abuse, Children, Football, Super Bowl, Violence

Super Bowl Sunday No 'Day of Dread' for Children

Women's groups claim Super Bowl Sunday is the "biggest day of the year for violence against women." Brett Drake of Washington University co-authored a study which found no correlation between reported cases of child abuse and the broadcast of national playoff games for baseball, basketball or football.

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Pop Culture

Cornell, Veterinarian, Dog, cat, Clinton, Buddy, Training, Socks

Cornell vets offer unsolicited advice on First Pup

Cornell University veterinarians have some unsolicited advice for the Clintons: Avoid overfeeding and overexercising Buddy, and give the First Cat a "dog-free zone."

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Habicht, Cornell, Refugees, Food, Nutrition, Diet, Relief, Camps

Study reveals why refugees sell food

Jean-Pierre Habicht, M.D., of Cornell University has published study in Lancet that finds that when refugees sell food, it's not because they have too much but are desperate for other staples and supplies such as salt and soap.







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