March 04, 2015

2:44 PM | Early diagnosis of cancer: advances and new evidence
CCHSR researchers have been busy with a number of new analyses on the early diagnosis of cancer, including the potential impact of delayed diagnosis on survival. Gary Abel summarises our collection of five new papers here

March 03, 2015

11:09 PM | Lessons For America: How German Higher Ed Controls Costs
The next time you pull out your checkbook to pay that hefty tuition bill or pay down your student loan, consider this: there are countries where students pay nothing to attend university. Denmark, Sweden and Germany, all have tuition-free college. WGBH Radio’s On Campus team wondered how these countries do it, and if there are things the U.S. can learn from their model. Their search to understand how German universities keep costs down and quality up began in the Rhineland. It […]
10:41 PM | Mindblowing book sale from the Geological Society!
Do not miss the latest sale from the Geological Society of London. You can get books usually costing 90+ British Pounds for only 10 British Pounds. Go forth and check the offers! As usual, my biased picks are below. Feel free to buy them for yourself. If you feel too spoiled, I don’t mind having […] The post Mindblowing book sale from the Geological Society! appeared first on Teaching Biology.
9:58 PM | How To Revamp No Child Left Behind for Dual Language Learners
Republicans in the House of Representatives spent a chunk of the end of last week trying to pass the Student Success Act, their party’s rewrite of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the federal government’s core PreK–12 education law. But after hours of debate and a pile of amendments, well, things didn’t quite come together. At the last minute… BREAKING: House won’t vote on an update to No Child Left Behind today as originally planned. #NCLB #FixNCLB — […]
3:29 PM | The 101 Ways Black Fathers Can Teach All Men to Stay Engaged with Their Children
What behaviors make for an ideal father when the nuclear family has been blown up like the Cosby Show? Fathering as a practice has never been tethered to a household or marriage, especially for the sons of slavery and Jim Crow. Most black children - 72 percent - are born out of wedlock. And although approximately 54 percent of black children live with only their mothers, rising rates of cohabitation and mixed-status families among all races are increasingly reflecting the black family […]
8:58 AM | How is Diethyl Ether Produced?
Diethyl ether (CH3CH2OCH2CH3), or more commonly known as just ether, is a highly volatile colourless organic solvent. Most people would recognise its application as a general anaesthetic, but this procedure is no longer in use. There are three major ways of production: 1. By-product of ethanol production 2. Acid ether synthesis 3. Williamson ether synthesis [...]
12:02 AM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 8 (History, Philosophy)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 History: Aristoteles und die Geburt der biologischen Wissenschaft (German Edition) by Martin F. Meyer [Springer Spektrum] Price: $109.00 £67.99 EUR 99,58 EUR 79,99 EUR 73,86 EUR 77,75 CDN$ 136.35 Außenseiter in der Wissenschaft: Pioniere - Wegweiser - Reformer (German Edition) by Franz Wuketits [Springer Spektrum] […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 8 (History, Philosophy) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
12:00 AM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 7 (Environmental, Climate)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 Environmental: Principles for Building Resilience: Sustaining Ecosystem Services in Social-Ecological Systems by Reinette Biggs [Cambridge University Press] Price: $57.86 £36.00 EUR 61,23 EUR 44,95 EUR 53,16 EUR 55,96 CDN$ 70.95 Marine Ecosystems: Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Functioning and Services (Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation) by Dr […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 7 (Environmental, Climate) appeared first on Teaching […]

March 02, 2015

11:54 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 6 (Botany)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 Botany: Photobiology: The Science of Light and Life by Lars Olof Björn [Springer] Price: $137.00 £92.97 EUR 131,62 EUR 145,21 EUR 132,20 EUR 122,10 CDN$ 169.96 Plankton: Wonders of the Drifting World by Christian Sardet [University Of Chicago Press] Price: $31.21 £31.50 EUR 42,40 EUR […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 6 (Botany) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
11:52 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 5 (Geology, Palaeontology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 Geology: Atlas of Sedimentary Structures by Jianhua Zhong [Springer] Price: $181.95 £129.60 EUR 204,39 EUR 171,15 EUR 162,60 EUR 171,15 CDN$ 237.07 Encyclopedia of Scientific Dating Methods (Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series) by W. Jack Rink [Springer] Price: $463.73 £359.50 EUR 508,42 EUR 408,80 EUR […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 5 (Geology, Palaeontology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
11:46 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 4 (Evolution, Ecology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 Phylogenetics: Genome-Scale Algorithm Design: Biological Sequence Analysis in the Era of High-Throughput Sequencing by Veli Mäkinen [Cambridge University Press] Price: $57.78 £39.99 EUR 60,31 EUR 53,92 EUR 56,28 EUR 56,40 CDN$ 81.80 Bayesian Evolutionary Analysis with BEAST 2 by Alexei J. Drummond [Cambridge University Press] […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 4 (Evolution, Ecology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
11:41 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 3 (Zoology)
2015 book lists: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Zoology: Diving Seals and Meditating Yogis: Strategic Metabolic Retreats by Robert Elsner [University Of Chicago Press] Price: $32.50 £23.00 EUR 30,62 EUR 30,73 EUR 30,62 EUR 29,87 CDN$ 40.67 The Choanoflagellates: Evolution, Biology and Ecology by Barry S. C. Leadbeater [Cambridge University Press] Price: $97.73 […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 3 (Zoology) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
11:24 PM | 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 2 (General)
Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a change in the book widgets on the left now showing books from 2015. In the interest of transparency and convenience, I will be providing full book lists as I add them to those widgets. 2015 book lists: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 General: Systems Biology: Constraint-Based Reconstruction […] The post 2015 Book Smorgasbord! Part 2 (General) appeared first on Teaching Biology.
5:23 PM | New Advocacy Group Pushes for Multilingualism in D.C. Schools
This Friday, Netflix’s smash hit series, House of Cards, kicks off its third season. It’s the sort of event that that sparks a special level of buzz within the Beltways’ borders. It’s a bit like being in New York City for Fashion Week: the show reflects something of D.C.’s self-image back upon residents in ways both flattering and discomfiting. It’s validating to see our world depicted dramatically—House of Cards finds ways to make the denseness of D.C. […]
5:10 PM | Gaming the Numbers? Conflicting College Admissions Messages Confound Parents and Kids
NEW YORK — A friend snapped photos of the colorful college brochures cramming his high school son’s mailbox and posted the pile on Facebook with a message that all but gushed, “Look which schools want us!” Colleges send out realms of encouraging mail to potential applicants every year in stepped-up-recruiting campaigns. Photo: Rob Urban As a higher-education journalist and the parent of a college applicant, I had a more cynical reaction: aren’t they being […]
5:03 PM | Location, Location, Location: Are Top Universities Too Far Away From Low-Income High School Graduates?
This graphic from “Optimal Spatial Distribution of Colleges,” shows that Illinois would produce more college educated adults if four-year institutions (the green circles) moved closer to where high school students live. Almost 80 percent of high school graduates go to college nowadays.  Almost half of them, mostly low-income students, start at a community college. And 80 percent of those say they hope to get a four-year bachelor’s degree. But in the end, less than […]

March 01, 2015

1:00 AM | Is it Time for a Student Debt Revolt?
The escalating problem of American education debt has concerned pundits in this country for many years. Politicians make minor policy changes periodically to avoid calamity but the long-term trends remain the same. College costs more every year, students and families borrow more and more every year, and graduate (or drop out) starting their working lives saddled with ever higher debt burdens. Some students are pushing back, by just refusing to pay their loans. According to an article in the […]

February 27, 2015

10:52 PM | Arizona State Univeristy: More Troubles in White Students Learning About Whiteness
Yet again we have an example of the disaster that can develop when colleges attempt to teach white people about being white. Back in 2013 a professor at a Minnesota community college faced sanctions for her “actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender,” that occurred when she taught a class about structural racism. Now, according to this piece over at Talking Points Memo: Officials at Arizona State University probably weren't expecting the full […]

February 26, 2015

7:36 PM | Why ASAP Could Harm Some Students
The City University of New York’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) has gotten a great deal of positive attention in the last few years, and for good reason. The program provides much-needed additional economic, advising, and social supports to community college students from low-income families, and a new evaluation of a randomized trial from MDRC found that ASAP increased three-year associate’s degree completion rates from 22% in the control group to 40% in the […]

February 25, 2015

5:19 AM | How Twitter is Shaping the #CommonCore Debate
The online fight over Common Core - fired off in 140-character bursts - is allowing a new kind of activist to gain political influence. While Louis C.K.’s Common Core Twitter rant might be the most famous, he is far from alone in taking to the social media platform to join the Internet war over the new controversial math and English standards most American schools have adopted. Parents and teachers, policy wonks and politicians, teachers unions and libertarian groups are among the 53,000 […]
12:56 AM | The hairball of citizen science
The hairball is jargon for data scientists. It means a special graphic that illustrates intersections. When I visited the Citizen Science Association’s first conference in San Jose, Calif., in February, it felt like a living hairball. [More...]

February 24, 2015

3:28 PM | ACE Sides With the Worst For-Profit Colleges
Congratulations, One Dupont. You are now officially carrying the water for the worst of the for-profit higher education industry. On Monday, the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce supporting Republican legislation that would overturn just about every effort that the Obama administration has made to rein in the for-profit college sector’s worst actors, who have been caught time and again taking advantage of low-income […]
3:22 PM | The Biggest Losers in the No Child Left Behind Rewrite
Rural school districts and states with large, rural populations are poised to lose a disproportionate amount of funding and opportunities to innovate under a bill proposed by House Republicans, according to a report by the Obama administration. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at an on-the-record breakfast with reporters Monday morning to further detail his concerns with the bill, which would rewrite No Child Left Behind, the current version of the Elementary and Secondary […]
3:00 PM | Q&A with Shaun Harper: Fix the System, and Black and Brown Men Will Follow
A new national collaborative explicitly aimed at improving outcomes for boys and men of color pivots from the current narrative and focuses on institutions that reduce the quality of life of black and brown men. Rise (Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation) will “identify best practices and opportunities for new research that can inform equitable policies, and ultimately create positive change in communities across the United States,” addressing four key areas: education, […]
3:00 PM | The University of Iowa Gets Serious about Three Year College
The three-year college degree is one proposal we haven’t heard a lot about in policy circles lately. A few years ago some reformers presented as a way to cut the cost of college for many. If students had to take fewer classes, or they earned more credits in high school (or some combination of both of these things), well then we’d have them out in three years and everyone would save money. This idea is not ridiculous—the three year degree bachelor’s degree is common in […]
3:55 AM | Three evidence-based daily habits for wellbeing and happiness
This week I spoke with Megan McDonough CEO and co-founder along with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar of the Wholebeing Institute. Megan is here in Australia working with Justin Robinson the director of the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. They’re promoting the Australian version of the Certificate in Whole-Person Positive Psychology (CiPP). Which by the […] The post Three evidence-based daily habits for wellbeing and happiness appeared first on Your Brain Health.
1:21 AM | Lamar Alexander: Who's Afraid of Big, Bad Education Regulations
Tomorrow Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, will have hearings to propose cutting federal regulations on higher education as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. We should probably view this hearing with great skepticism. Last week the HELP committee also released a report “detailing ways Congress and the Department of Education could streamline and reduce federal regulations for […]

February 23, 2015

10:41 PM | High School Is Not Just Adulthood Training
Recently, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tried to change the mission of the University of Wisconsin system to focus on workforce training exclusively. After opposition from observers he was force to backtrack and the system will maintain its (rather more standard) search for truth and public service mission. But "just jobs" represents a common perspective on the purpose of college education, at least among conservative policy makers. We have public universities, basically, for jobs training. […]
4:50 PM | Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures
Everything we have gained by opening content and data will be under threat if we allow the enclosure of scholarly infrastructures. We propose a set of principles by which Open Infrastructures to support the research community could be run and sustained. - Geoffrey Bilder, Jennifer Lin, Cameron Neylon
9:43 AM | Is an intensive treatment regimen for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients cost-effective? Economic evaluation of the 5-year results of the ADDITION study.
A new paper in Diabetic Medicine reports an economic evaluation of the ADDITION study, based on the five year follow-up data.  The Anglo-Danish-Dutch study of Intensive Treatment In peOple with screeN detected diabetes (ADDITION) is a prospective randomised controlled trial of screening and intensive treatment of newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes patients. The five-year outcomes, published more
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