Archive for October, 2015

The 2015 Nation’s Report Card

More formally known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (overview here), the 2015 results have more negative findings than positive ones. After slow but steady progress, slight reversals in student achievement have been recorded; the changes in average scores are here. The title of this Associated Press article – Anemic report card for nation’s school kids – says it all. New Jersey scores are now easily available. A nice overview (with links) is available from Education Week.

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Bacon and Hot Dogs Cause Cancer

Your mom was right; that stuff will kill you. And so probably too will beef, pork, and lamb. Who says so? Actually WHO, or more specifically one of its study groups, does in this article entitled Carcinogenicity of consumption of red and processed meat from The Lancet (free registration required). The International Agency for Research on Cancer places processed meat in the group1 carcinogen category (where cigarette smoking is), while red meat is in group 2A.This report validates previous findings correlating the consumption of red meat and processed meat with various cancers.

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Hillary Clinton Testifies Before the House Select Committee on Benghazi

The hearing will begin at 10AM today on C-SPAN; a transcript will be posted later at that site. CNN presents a chronological review; here is a timeline loaded with links. Previous hearings by this committee – House Select Committee on Benghazi – are here. Here is the Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012 from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (November 21, 2014); more hearings (over 200) are also available.

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The American Museum of Natural History Digital Collections

This great institution has been a favorite of ours for years. Their exhibitions, the Hayden Planetarium, the library, and its various research departments are all of stellar quality; it is one the best natural history centers in the world. And the Museum further endears itself by its digital presence. You can access Science Topics, collections of relevant materials centered on certain topics such as climate change or volcanoes. And its AMNH Library Digital Repository contains such gems as its annual reports (1870- look who served on the Board of Trustees in the early years!), Anthropological Papers (1907 – includes some of the major ethnographic work of the 20th century), Bulletin (1881 – longer works of natural history), Memoirs (1893-1930, consisting of major monographic works), and Novitates (1921 – shorter papers in natural history). If you enjoy wandering the many halls of this museum, you’ll also enjoy meandering through these various publications and presentations.

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New Jersey PARCC Results Published

This first report gives aggregate scores for the state; more localized results will roll out over the next few weeks. A major takeaway: “As expected, the PARCC test results reveal areas where significant attention is needed. It should not be surprising that the results demonstrate that on average our youngest students meet or exceed expectations at higher levels than our high school students. After all, third grade students in 2015 began their schooling as kindergarten students in the 2011-2012 school year and have been continuously educated in our new standards. Yet, the results in high school – particularly in mathematics – demonstrate that there is significant work ahead to align curriculum and instructional practices to the standards and better scaffold student learning throughout a student’s career.”(8) NJ Spotlight has a good overview; as well as some informative graphics; nj.com also has reportage .

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2d Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Google

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How Many Times Have U.S. Armed Forces Been Deployed Abroad?

Hundreds. For a complete listing of the numerous times U.S. troops have gone abroad in military operations, please consult this CRS report.

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