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Longitudinal Study Correlating Law Student Applicant Data and Law School Outcomes

Marks, Alexia Brunet and Moss, Scott A., What Makes a Law Student Succeed or Fail? A Longitudinal Study Correlating Law Student Applicant Data and Law School Outcomes (July 6, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2627330 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2627330 “Despite the rise of “big data” empiricism, law school admission remains heavily impressionistic; admission decisions based onContinue Reading

Cities leverage open data to share wealth of info with citizens

Bianca Spinosa, July 10, 2015: “Government agencies have no shortage of shareable data. Data.gov, the open-data clearinghouse that launched in May 2009, had more than 147,331 datasets as of mid-July, and state and local governments are joining federal agencies in releasing ever-broader arrays of information. The challenge, however, remains making all that data usable. ObamaContinue Reading

Global Genome Initiative

“The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) is a collaborative effort to create a solid foundation for genomic research through a global network of biorepositories and research organizations. The GGI will preserve and study genomic diversity and increase access to genomic information from the key branches of the Tree of Life––expanding our contribution to the preservation andContinue Reading

Confronting Suburban Poverty in America – data from new book

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – via the blog for the book, Confronting Suburban Poverty in America: “Between 2000 and 2012, poverty grew and re-concentrated in parts of metropolitan areas that were farther from jobs, particularly in suburbs, which are now home to more than half of the poor residents of the country’s 100 largest metroContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Financial Literacy, Managing for Results

Highlights of a Forum: Financial Literacy: The Role of the Workplace, GAO-15-639SP: Published: Jul 7, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2015: “Employers are well-suited to play a role in promoting financial literacy. Participants noted that employers already provide information on employee benefits, have key information about employees’ lives, and are generally trusted to provide soundContinue Reading

Amplifying the Impact of Open Access: Wikipedia and the Diffusion of Science

“With the rise of Wikipedia as a first-stop source for scientific knowledge, it is important to compare its representation of that knowledge to that of the academic literature. This article approaches such a comparison through academic references made within the worlds 50 largest Wikipedias. Previous studies have raised concerns that Wikipedia editors may simply useContinue Reading

Federal Funding for Science and Engineering Declined by $1B

“In FY 2013, federal agencies obligated $29 billion to 995 academic institutions for science and engineering (S&E) activities. This represents a 6% decrease in current dollars from the $31 billion obligated to 1,073 academic institutions in FY 2012. This is the third year in a row of declining S&E funding to academic institutions. These statisticsContinue Reading

Pew – Americans, Politics and Science Issues

“One of the key trends in public opinion over the past few decades has been a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform “silos.  A larger share of the American public expresses issue positions that are either consistently liberal or conservative today than did so two decades ago, and there is more alignmentContinue Reading

America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review

Council of State Governments – America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review: “The United States’ long-term economic growth will be determined by its ability to encourage the research and development that fosters innovation. In this presentation, The Council of State Governments and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions, discuss their newly released report, America’s KnowledgeContinue Reading

2015 Scholar Metrics released

Google Scholar Blog: “Scholar Metrics provide an easy way for authors to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Today, we are releasing the 2015 version of Scholar Metrics. This release is based on citations from all articles that were indexed in Google Scholar as of mid-June 2015 and coversContinue Reading

Value-added rankings measure economic impact of college

Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program – Beyond College Rankings – A Value Added Approach to Assessing Two and Four Year Schools: “The choice of college is among the most important investment decisions individuals and families make, yet people know little about how institutions of higher learning compare along important dimensions of quality. This is especially trueContinue Reading

Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015

Pew – As internet use nears saturation for some groups, a look at patterns of adoption:”A new analysis of 15 years-worth of data highlights several key trends: For some groups, especially young adults, those with high levels of education, and those in more affluent households, internet penetration is at full saturation levels. For other groups,Continue Reading