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The Young and the Carless? The Demographics of New Vehicle Purchases

June 24, 2016 – The Young and the Carless? The Demographics of New Vehicle Purchases, Christopher Kurz, Geng Li, and Daniel Vine, Federal Reserve Board: ” U.S. sales of new light vehicles have rebounded strongly since the end of the 2007-09 recession and are considered one of the bright spots of the recovery. Indeed, sales totaled 17.4 million units in 2015, about the same rate as the all-time record set in 2000 Personal vehicle sales, which exclude sales to businesses and governments, have also rebounded strongly since the end of the recession… As sales have rebounded, some analysts have noticed a shift in the age composition of new light vehicle buyers. Indeed, a number of recent studies and press articles have documented a dramatic decline in young adults’ willingness to own vehicles, particularly in the years since the 2007-09 recession. For example, Fortune recently cited the decline in the fraction of new vehicles purchased by young adults–defined as 18 to 34 year olds–as evidence that financial constraints for that age group had increased and their interest in driving had decreased. As quoted in the article, young adults “just don’t think driving is cool–or even necessary–anymore.” Similar stories abound and often attribute these changes to the rising popularity of social media, which reduces the need to travel, and alternative means of transportation, such as ride-sharing, public transportation, and biking, which reduce the need of owning a vehicle…”

MSU McLellan Free Expression Online Library

“MSU Law’s First Amendment Law Clinic is the only clinical program in the country solely dedicated to the protection of student speech and press rights. Now, a $500,000 donation from leading Michigan attorney and MSU Law Trustee Richard D. McLellan will expand the clinic’s impact nationwide by creating a Free Expression Online Library and Resource… Continue Reading

The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences – “Light pollution in urban centers creates a sky glow that can blot out the stars. The brighter the area in this zoomable map, the harder it is to see stars and constellations in the night sky. In the United States, national parks are often a refuge for… Continue Reading

DPLA and FamilySearch Partner to Expand Access to Digitized Historical Books Online

“In concert with the American Library Association national conference in Orlando, Florida, this week, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, have signed an agreement that will expand access to FamilySearch.org’s growing free digital historical book collection to DPLA’s broad audience of users including genealogists, researchers,… Continue Reading

National Justice Institute – Explaining the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

“As Director of NIJ, it is my responsibility to ensure we use science to address the multitude of complex criminal justice challenges we face today. Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of this Administration, respective federal agencies, local police departments, and media outlets. Although many… Continue Reading

Study – How Usable Are School Library Websites?

Chow, Anthony S., Rebecca J. Morris, Amy Figley, Karla Regan, Samantha Lam, and Jessica Sherard. How Usable Are School Library Websites? A Random Sample from All Fifty States. Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults 7 (2016): n. page. Web. “This study examines the basic design layout, content, and usability of 300 randomly sampled… Continue Reading

UN – ‘Unprecedented’ 65 million people displaced by war and persecution in 2015

“The number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution last year exceeded 60 million for the first time in United Nations history, a tally greater than the population of the United Kingdom, or of Canada, Australia and New Zealand combined, says a new report released on World Refugee Day today. The… Continue Reading

Excellence R Us: University Research and the Fetishisation of Excellence

Moore, Samuel; Neylon, Cameron; Eve, Martin Paul; O’Donnell, Daniel; Pattinson, Damian (2016): Excellence R Us: University Research and the Fetishisation of Excellence. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.3413821.v1 Retrieved: 19 40, Jun 19, 2016 (GMT) “The rhetoric of “excellence” is pervasive across the academy. It is used to refer to research outputs as well as researchers, theory and education,… Continue Reading

How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States?

National Institute of Justice – How Prevalent Is Campus Sexual Assault in the United States? by Lisa Fedina, Jennifer Lynne Holmes and Bethany Backes “A review of research from the last 15 years finds that although prevalence rates vary, they all indicate that a substantial number of college students are sexually assaulted. Sexual assault on… Continue Reading

The Pollution in People: Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Americans’ Bodies

Environmental Working Group, Curt DellaValle, Senior Scientist. June 14, 2016. “More than 1,400 chemicals and chemical groups are known or likely carcinogens. Through industrial applications, consumer products and food, water and air, Americans are exposed daily to these cancer-causing compounds, which invade the body and build up in blood and urine. Federal health officials have… Continue Reading

Over 5,100 Pages of EPA Docs on Flint Water Crisis

The Memory Hole 2 – EPA: Flint Water Documents Interim Release 5 12 16 [PDF] “Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request about the poisonous nature of Flint, Michigan’s water, the EPA quietly released 5,155 pages of internal documents. They placed the humongous PDF file in a search-only archive with cryptic header info, meaning… Continue Reading