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Tracking the impact of climate change on bumblebees

A new study links climate change to the decline of bumblebee species in North America and Europe.

The study, published in the journal Science, found that bumblebee ranges are shrinking in the south and the insects are not moving north. In addition, some species are moving to higher elevations on both continents. (more…)

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History of fight for rights of LGBT parents to be preserved at Yale

The Yale University Library and the Family Equality Council are partnering to preserve the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parent equality movement.

It was announced on Oct. 10 that Family Equality, which represents the 3 million LGBT parents in America and their 6 million children, will deed to Yale all historical materials related to the organization and its role in the LGBT family equality movement. The agreement ensures the preservation of more than 30 years of materials related to the founding, growth, and expansion of Family Equality, and documents the organization’s ongoing efforts to advance equality for families with LGBT parents.  (more…)

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Real-time Monitoring Pays Off for Tracking Nitrate Pulse in Mississippi River Basin to the Gulf of Mexico

Cutting edge optical sensor technology is being used in the Mississippi River basin to more accurately track the nitrate pulse from small streams, large tributaries and ultimately to the Gulf of Mexico.

Excessive springtime nitrate runoff from agricultural land and other sources in the Mississippi drainage eventually flows into the Mississippi River. Downstream, this excess nitrate contributes to the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone, an area with low oxygen known commonly as the “dead zone.” NOAA-supported researchers reported that the summer 2013 dead zone covered about 5,840 square miles, an area the size of Connecticut. (more…)

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Two decades of work at Yale prove emotions matter in the classroom

In August, leaders from more than 50 schools from around the country will gather at Yale to hear a simple but profound message — emotions matter in the classroom.

The training session will be the largest ever held by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, which has built a sophisticated, science-based program that is anchored in the seminal work of now Yale University President Peter Salovey and fellow psychologist John D. Mayer. Less than a quarter century after publication of their paper, “Emotional Intelligence,” 75,000 educators in more than 500 schools in 30-plus states and countries including England, Spain, Italy, and Australia have learned about the key role of emotions in learning and behavior through a program called RULER. (more…)

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After Newtown: A new use for a weapons-detecting radar?

ANN ARBOR — In the weeks after the Connecticut school shooting, as the nation puzzled over how it happened and what might prevent it from happening again, Kamal Sarabandi was listening to the news. Talk turned to giving teachers guns, and he paused.

“I said, there must be a better way,” Sarabandi recalled. (more…)

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An Interview with Mr. Charles Smith: ‘School Violence and Free Access to Weapons’

Charles Smith is a native of Southeast Ohio and attended Ohio University where he earned a degree in education. After several years teaching high school social studies, he returned to Ohio University and completed his Masters Degree in Political Science, focusing on American Politics and Political Philosophy.  In the fall of 1998 Charles moved to Columbus to begin work on his PhD in Political Science at Ohio State.  Two years ago he left the graduate program to work full time for the Political Science department. Currently Charles is the internship director and academic advisor for Political Science. He is also a popular lecturer, teaching courses on such diverse topics as the American Presidency, Civil Liberties, and Gun Control.

Very recently we spoke with Mr. Smith about school violence and free access to weapons in America.

Q. When such tragic incidents like the one in Newtown happen, how it affects the society in general?

A: In recent years, the United States has seen an increase in mass shootings.  In general, Americans’ attitudes follow the five steps of grief (loss). We begin by denying that this could happen, we become angry and then direct that anger at third parties or inanimate objects (the firearms used), we bargain (“If only ______”), we become depressed and, finally, we accept. (more…)

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The GOP Has a Feminine Face, UCLA Study Finds

At least when it comes to female politicians, perhaps you can judge a book by its cover, suggest two UCLA researchers who looked at facial features and political stances in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Female politicians with stereotypically feminine facial features are more likely to be Republican than Democrat, and the correlation increases the more conservative the lawmaker’s voting record,” said lead author Colleen M. Carpinella, a UCLA graduate student in psychology. (more…)

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