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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

The Condition of Education 2016

National Center for Education Statistics – “NCES has a mandate to report to Congress on the condition of education by June 1 of each year. The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2016 report presents 43 key indicators on the status and condition of… Continue Reading

DHS Active Shooter Complex Attack Resources

Via DHS – “As the recent events in Paris (and Orlando and…) so tragically demonstrate, we continue to face ongoing threats in an uncertain world. Active shooter events, the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and the threat of complex attacks like those seen in Beslan, Russia; Mumbai, India; and now, Paris, France must be… Continue Reading

Active Shooter Event: Quick Reference Guide – DHS

Department of Homeland Security guide – quick reference guide to assist friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, organizations – “An “active shooter” is an individual who is engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their… Continue Reading

Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution

Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution: “This report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health examines the impact of exposure to air pollution across the course of a lifetime. The report starkly sets out the dangerous impact air pollution is currently having on… Continue Reading

GAO Report – Federal Student Loans

Federal Student Loans: Education Could Improve Direct Loan Program Customer Service and Oversight, GAO-16-523: Published: May 16, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2016. “Education has multiple mechanisms to oversee servicers, but key weaknesses limit its ability to manage the Direct Loan program. First, while Education has made improvements in how it tracks borrower complaints, it… Continue Reading