Cal State's ethnic studies programs falter in changing times Los Angeles Times "The programs are evolving," Garcia said.
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Although many ethnic studies programs have fewer students majoring in them, students in other disciplines take the classes to fulfill general education requirements. Additionally, the programs provide mentors and role models for students who may be the first in their family to attend college,
In the digital age, access to high speed internet is fundamentally important. But some regions of the country are still left out in the cold. We took a look at where you can get the best--and not best--internet in the U.S.
The White House Friday is announcing a $100 million, multi-prong initiative to free up more government spectrum via spectrum sharing and spectrum efficiency that could also allow for relinquishing spectrum. That is according to a White House official on background.
At the same time, the Administration is releasing a report promoting the advances and investment in broadband under the Obama administration.
Two years ago, the president called for what he said was a deficit reduction plan to deploy high-speed wireless services to at least 98% of Americans, including those in more remote rural communities, while freeing up spectrum through incentive auctions, spurring innovation, and creating a nationwide, interoperable wireless network for public safety. He included his wireless broadband deployment plan as part of the American Jobs Act.
The new initiatives include a presidential directive to federal agencies "to enhance the efficiency of their use of spectrum and make more capacity available to satisfy the skyrocketing demand of consumer and business broadband users."
The memorandum creates a White House-based Spectrum Policy Team to oversee implementation and make further recommendations.
The president is also pledging $100 million in R&D support. By September, the National Science Foundation will award $23 million in spectrum-sharing research and development grants and DARPA will announce the first of a planned $60 million in contracts for federal spectrum sharing efforts over the next five years.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology will spend another $17.5 million on spectrum and advanced communications research and to encourage more public-private collaboration.
There will also be a Spectrum Technology Day to "showcase advances in spectrum sharing and other innovations aimed at solving the so-called 'spectrum crunch.'"
If earning a NSF Career Award is a springboard for a successful career, Levi Stanley has launched himself into the pool. The National Science Foundation has announced Stanley, an assistant professor of chemistry at Iowa ...
Getty Research Institute Library Research Grants Applications due by 15 October 2013 The Getty Research Institute invites applications for its Library Research Grants. Getty Library Research Grants...
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Getty Library Research Grants provide partial, short-term support for costs relating to travel and living expenses to scholars whose research requires use of specific collections housed in the Getty Research Institute.
Abstract: Large numbers of infants and toddlers have parents who live apart due to separation, divorce, or nonmarital/noncohabiting childbearing, yet this important topic, especially the controversial issue of frequent overnights with nonresidential parents, is understudied. The authors analyzed data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal investigation of children born to primarily low-income, racial/ethnic minority parents that is representative of 20 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000. Among young children whose parents lived apart, 6.9% of infants (birth to age 1) and 5.3% of toddlers (ages 1 to 3) spent an average of at least 1 overnight per week with their nonresident parent. An additional 6.8% of toddlers spent 35% – 70% of overnights with nonresident parents. Frequent overnights were signiﬁcantly associated with attachment insecurity among infants, but the relationship was less clear for toddlers. Attachment insecurity predicted adjustment problems at ages 3 and 5, but frequent overnights were not directly linked with adjustment problems at older ages.
Marilyn Korhonen's insight:
Imagine all of the potential Broader Impacts from research in this area. There are policy implications, opportunities to inform organizations supporting children and families, opportunities for continuing legal education.
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The Project Description must contain, as a separate section within the narrative, a discussion of the broader impacts of the proposed activities. Broader impacts may be accomplished through the research itself, through the activities that are directly related to specific research projects, or through activities that are supported by, but are complementary to the project. NSF values the advancement of scientific knowledge and activities that contribute to the achievement of societally relevant outcomes. Such outcomes include, but are not limited to: full participation of women, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); improved STEM education and educator development at any level; increased public scientific literacy and public engagement with science and technology; improved well-being of individuals in society; development of a diverse, globally competitive STEM workforce; increased partnerships between academia, industry, and others; improved national security; increased economic competitiveness of the United States; and enhanced infrastructure for research and education.
Another professor perspective on broader impacts. This time, the professor is a female and she addresses the challenge of recognizing that being the female on an NSF team can be a broader impact in itself.
"Of course there is more to "broader impacts" than involvement of underrepresented groups. And female PIs have to do more than just be passive "broader impacts". As is the case for any PI on an NSF proposal, we need organized and serious plans that recognize the importance of educating and training students and postdocs, that enhance connections with industry or government agencies, that promote the communication of scientific results to the public, and/or that benefit society in any of a number of other important ways."
In response to Josh's post and several earlier posts, Roy Germano emails with this interesting story: In the spirit of making political science research more accessible and demonstrating the broade...
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From the article:
I decided to take a video camera to Mexico so that I could film the in-depth interviews ... with policymakers, farmers, remittance-recipients, and return migrants. I hoped to create a teaching tool or audio/visual data source that could complement my statistical work and help make my research accessible beyond scholars in my subfield... About a year later, I released an hour-long video about the interaction of emigration and politics in Mexico called The Other Side of Immigration (which) went on to win a 2011 American Library Association Notable Video Award and has been presented at 100+ universities and public institutions around the world. It’s also on iTunes and Netflix. I have been amazed by how effectively digital video has allowed me to transmit my findings to researchers, students, and professionals in fields that political scientists do not normally interact with: I have been invited to give talks at public health conferences, law schools, medical schools, education policy conferences, and cultural institutions.
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