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Troubling Trend in Teen Birthrates Seen in New Federal Government Data

From the Guttmacher Institute

From the early 1990s through the early 2000s, rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion in the United States all declined dramatically—primarily but not exclusively because of increased and more effective contraceptive use among sexually active teens. These declines have since stalled, however, and new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) indicate that teen birthrates are on the rise. NCHS reports a 3% national increase between 2005 and 2006 (from 40.5 to 41.9 births per 1,000 females aged 15–19). This trend is reflected in data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey that show recent-year declines in both teens’ contraceptive use and their delaying of first sex.

Tech Deck in the Undergraduate Library

Are you working on a project that requires you or your class group to create

•a video production
•a poster
•a web site
•a PowerPoint presentation
or other media-rich content?

Do you or your study group need access to, and help in using

•color scanners
•large scale poster printing
•media conversion station, including VCR/DVD and digital tape deck
•high end graphics software
•online research and presentation tools such as RefWorks, CTools, Flickr, and mBlog and other media and knowledge production resources?

Then the new Tech Deck on the first floor of the Undergraduate Library should be your next stop!

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.

Identifying Neighborhood Level Protective and Promotive Factors for Youth Violence (U01)

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications to conduct research to: develop and test novel measures of neighborhood boundaries, develop and test innovative measures of neighborhood level protective and promotive factors, and to test the extent to which these factors are associated with youth risk for violence perpetration and victimization. The results will inform violence prevention initiatives designed to strengthen these factors within communities to achieve broad reductions in youth violence.

Funding from National Institute of Justice

Data Resources Program 2009: Funding for the Analysis of Existing Data
NIJ is requesting proposals to replicate previous findings and conduct original research extending data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). NACJD houses quantitative and qualitative data from NIJ-funded research and provides online access to downloadable, machine-readable (SPSS, SAS, or ASCII) files as well as data dictionaries, study abstracts and, in limited cases, MapInfo or ESRI geographic data. The archive is maintained by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and is supported by NIJ. Learn more by visiting the Data Resources Program Web site at:

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/dataprog.htm.

New Database: Global Health

The UM Health Sciences Libraries have licensed access to the database Global Health on the EBSCO platform for the UM Ann Arbor campus. Access is available at: http://searchtools.lib.umich.edu/V?func=native-link&resource=UMI03641
Global Health is a public health database that provides information on international health, biomedical life sciences, non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, and much more. The database provides a global perspective with coverage of publications from over 158 countries in 50 languages. Global Health contains more than 1.2 million records dating back to 1973, with coverage of more than 5,000 serials, books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, discussion papers, newsletters, patents, theses, and electronic publications. This resource complements the international health-related literature indexed within Medline and Embase with 60% of the indexed journals unique to the Global Health database. Also included is the Global Health Archive, consisting of 800,000 records from 1910-1973.

CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data

CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data
The United States ranked 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, compared to 27th in 2000, 23rd in 1990 and 12th in 1960, according to a new report from CDC?s National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.78 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2004, the latest year that data are available for all countries. Infant mortality rates were generally lowest (below 3.5 per 1,000) in selected Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway, Finland) and East Asian (Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore) countries. Twenty-two countries had infant mortality rates below 5.0 in 2004.

NCES Announces DataLab

DataLab, a new website from the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), puts a wide range of survey data collected by NCES at your fingertips. Whether you want a quick number or an in-depth look at education data, the tools in the DataLab are designed to do both.

America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

Across the country and within every state, there are substantial shortfalls in the health of children based on their family’s income and education, says a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. The report is the first to rank states on infant mortality and children’s health status based on key social factors, and it shows that as parent’s income and levels of education rise, children’s health improves.

NIH announces a change to resubmission of applications

NIH announces a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications. Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the January 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application. Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews. It is expected that this policy will lead to funding high quality applications earlier, with fewer resubmissions.