Monthly Archive for April, 2008

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NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings
The purpose of the NIH Research Conference Grant Program (R13 and U13) is to support high quality conferences/scientific meetings that are relevant to the scientific mission of the NIH and to the public health.

Tell Us the ‘Broader Impacts’ of Your Science, NSF Says

The National Science Foundation says not enough grant applicants and peer reviewers are taking seriously — or even know about — an 11-year-old requirement that they evaluate the “broader impacts” of proposed studies, reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education News blog.

2007 Regional AIDS reports from UN

The Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has issued the 2007 AIDS epidemic update Regional Summaries.

Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival

Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival
Source: United Nations, et. al.
A new report, Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival, finds that treatment for potentially fatal illnesses and other vital health services largely fail to reach women and children in need, despite some progress. The report, a collaborative effort of United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and other institutions and individuals, tracks progress towards Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, to reduce child and maternal mortality respectively.

World Development Indicators, 2008

The 2008 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.
UM access to WDI Online, 1960-

How does GDP and income affect subjective well-being?

Betsey Stevenson and Justin Wolfers re-examine the ‘Easterlin Paradox,’ which suggests there is no link between economic development of a society and the happiness of its members.

Declining Life Expectancy for Women in selected counties: US

The Reversal of Fortunes: Trends in County
Mortality and Cross-County Mortality Disparities
in the United States

Majid Ezzati1, Ari B. Friedman, Sandeep C. Kulkarni, Christopher J. L. Murray
PLOS Medicine
May 4, 2008

CDC Report: Estimated Pregnancy Rates by Outcome for the United States, 1990-2004

Estimated Pregnancy Rates by Outcome for the United States, 1990-2004
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Pregnancy rates for women under age 25, including teenagers, in the United States declined in 2004 compared to 1990, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WalkScore – Measuring walkability in neighborhoods

WalkScore
Check out your neighborhood. How close are you to libraries, schools and neighborhood stores?

Many Muslims Turn to Home Schooling

“Resolute or Fearful, Many Muslims Turn to Home Schooling”
Neil MacFarquhar | NY TIMES
March 26, 2008
Across the United States, Muslims who find that a public school education clashes with their religious or cultural traditions have turned to educating their children at home.