Archive for October, 2014

How Has Life Changed Since 1820?

Did you know that if you were born in France during the 1820s, your life expectancy was only 38.9 years? If you were born in the United States in the 1880s, your life expectancy was only 39.4 years? And in that same time period (1880s), your life expectancy in southeast Asia was 25.5 years? These statistics and much more data is available in this OECD book – How Was Life: Global Well-being since 1820. This publication covers 25 countries and 8 regions; information ranges from real wages since 1820 to gender inequality since 1820. Each topic is presented as a separate chapter including description of concepts, historical sources, data quality, and main highlights along with relevant charts and supporting bibliography. The work can be read online as a whole or by chapter.


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Bill To Allow NJ Schools to Use Virtual Instruction in Case of Bad Weather

This bill would allow school districts that have pre-planned instructional platforms in place to substitute virtual days when schools have been closed for three or more days due to weather or other emergency conditions. This bill is in response to the NJ Department of Education’s disallowing the Pascack Valley Regional High School  District‘s substitution of virtual instruction when severe winter weather had closed down the school. Reportage on this innovative answer for snow days can be found at: The New York Times, NJ Spotlight, CNN, NJTV (with video), and Education Week.

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Photos of NJCU 2014 Convocation

For those who were not there, the Jersey Journal has posted 50+ photos of the event.

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MMWR Reports on Ebola

Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report “… is the agency’s [CDC] primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective, and useful public health information and recommendations.” (About MMWR) It has been reporting on Ebola since 1989; you can read them here.

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Lack of Women in Leadership Positions in Fortune 1000 Companies

If the proportion of women in Congress is pitifully low, then the absence of women CEOs is pathetic. According to Catalyst, women hold only a little over 5% of CEO positions. The list is arranged by the size of the company with a link to company-supplied biographies. These readings can inform the conversation: Women CEOs: Why So Few (HBR); Lack of female CEOs: Not just problem for women (CNN);Why Most Women Will Never Become CEO (Forbes); Advancing Women in Business Leadership (George Washington University); Women on Boards (Lord Davies Commission, UK); and The Glass Precipice (The Economist).

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Women in Legislatures Around the World

Did you know that out of 189 countries surveyed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the United States is tied at 85 with San Marino for the percentage of women that serve in Congress? We are beaten by Burkina Faso, Moldova, and Slovakia, among others. You can also find the data arranged by region and world statistics as well as by parliamentary assemblies; additional material back to 1997 is also online. More in-depth treatment of both current and past Congresswomen can be found at Women in Congress from the House of Representatives; statistical information can be found in this 2014 CRS report – Women in the United States Congress: Historical Overview, Tables, and Discussion.

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NJCU Is Part of the 12th ACE Internationalization Cohort

NJCU and twelve other institutions are part of a two-year program examining the internationalization activities/efforts on each campus. It is called the ACE Internationalization Laboratory; additional information is available courtesy of PR Newswire.

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