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Article ID: 6205

Vanderbilt educator says smaller classes bring major expense, modest gains

Vanderbilt University

A Vanderbilt University education professor who has studied the impact of class size on students' learning says a comprehensive plan to improve skills would be a better investment of the nation's resources.

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31-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6204

University of Arizona professor's research shows root motivation for killing may be same for murders and executions

University of Arizona

New research relates executions to parental models of care and compassion, says a psychology professor at The University of Arizona in Tucson. Following the release earlier this week of a study on clemency issues surrounding capital murder cases, Professor Gary Schwartz says he has found evidence that correlates public willingness to execute certain condemned prisoners as a function of personal and parental justice and compassion.

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31-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 6191

Dean On Homework: How Much And How Meaningful?

Purdue University

When it comes to homework, quantity does not always equal quality. Dean of Purdue University's School of Education says for young children, 20 minutes to an hour three to four times a week is just about right for homework. Older students in middle school and high school can profit from meaningful assignments in the one- to two-hour range. But Haring stresses that all homework should be meaningful to the child.

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30-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6189

Care of the Wild: Veterinary Work Isn't Just for the Dogs These Days

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dogs and cats still dominate the patient list at University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine, but they're sharing more space with a new breed of companion critters, from ailing ferrets to sick lizards.

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30-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6181

The Color of Crime: Racial Hoaxes, White Fear, Black Protectionism, Police Harassment and Other Macroaggressions

University of Maryland, College Park

Why do Black and White Americans perceive police actions so differently? Is White fear of Black crime justified? Do African Americans really "protect their own?" Should they? These and other hard-hitting questions are explored in "The Color of Crime," a bold new book by University of Maryland criminology professor Katheryn Russell.

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30-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6179

Love's Labours Not Lost on Today's Students

Boston University

Although romance is far from dead on campus, many students believe "it's not cool" or just plain "cheesy" to show your feelings too much these days, according to a recent informal survey of more than 250 Boston University students. And as Valentine's Day approaches, most students agree that it has become too commercialized, some even saying that it has become less romantic than any other day of the year.

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30-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6163

Inmates At Iowa Correctional Facility Participate In Extension'S Master Gardener Program

Iowa State University

A dozen inmates at an Iowa correctional facility are learning about horticulture side-by-side with area citizens in a new "Master Gardener Behind Bars" program sponsored by Iowa State University Extension.

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29-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6160

In spite of computers, handwriting instruction is important because of carry-over to composition

University of Washington

Adults may have abandoned the pen for the keyboard, but until first-graders have laptops, it's crucial that children continue to be taught handwriting because of its link to composition. A University ofWashington study of children with writing problems shows that first-graders improved both their handwriting and their composition after being tutored.

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29-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6158

Study Links First Time Criminal Activity With Legal Purchase Of Handguns

UC Davis Health

Young adults who legally buy small, inexpensive handguns are more likely to commit a crime after the purchase of the gun even if they had no criminal record, say investigators at UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program.

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29-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 6152

More Practice Doesn't Stop Stage Fright

Gettysburg College

Stage fright is a common and often disabling health problem among performing artists. Sharon Davis Gratto, assistant professor of music at Gettysburg College, researches stage fright and audition anxiety and recently authored a paper on the topic.

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28-Jan-1998 12:00 AM EST
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