Journalist’s Resource:Research on today’s news

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Research on today’s news

To burn more calories, just stand
Is sitting the new smoking? There’s plenty of research that claims associations between sedentary behaviors and mortality, but the findings of these studies tend to vary. A recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology reviewed 46 studies that looked at the effects of standing, rather than sitting, on energy expenditure in an attempt to understand how beneficial it really is to get up from that swivel chair.

Teacher misconduct: Research on educators and crime
Journalists regularly cover stories about teachers accused of misconduct ranging from public intoxication and theft to child battery and sexual assault. To help, we’ve pulled together studies that look at teacher misconduct broadly as well as sexual misconduct specifically. We included research on nondisclosure agreements, which limit the information school districts can share about former employees.

Grant review that focuses on researcher credentials favors men
Gender bias in the workplace is not new. Pay gaps, hiring discrimination and harassment all demonstrate differences in opportunities and outcomes on the basis of gender. As researchers work to shed light on gender bias, academia itself is not immune. New research conducted by scholars at four Canadian institutions examines differences in the funding success of proposed academic studies.

Covering populist leaders: 10 research-based tips for journalists
A new paper aims to help journalists improve their coverage of populist movements and leaders. Claes H. de Vreese, a recent fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, makes recommendations based on what scholars know about populist communication strategies, including a tendency to bypass the press and communicate directly with the public through social media.

Advances in Alzheimer’s research
Alzheimer’s disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive cognitive decline. Early detection and intervention, then, are key for those trying to alter the disease’s course. Two new studies present promising findings in this realm. One indicates that a blood test could aid diagnosis, the other suggests aerobic exercise boosts cognitive function.


DeVos Locks Out Teachers Demanding that Education Department Address Inequity, Protect Civil Rights

Honestly Jan – if Betsy folded up the DOE tent over the next three years bit by bit, given the history of the department since the 1980s, well, public school advocates would probably have an easier time dealing with 50 state legislatures and 50 state governors.


Last week Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, marked her first year in office with a news conference where she announced that her greatest accomplishment has been diminishing the role of her department.

For the Washington Post, Moriah Balingit reports: “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proclaimed Wednesday that her proudest accomplishments in her first year in office were shrinking he role of the agency, rolling back Obama-era initiatives and erasing outdated regulations… She rolled back key regulations and guidance documents intended to protect transgender students, student borrowers and victims of sexual assault in the name of reining in a department whose role she believes had grown too large.  She used budget cuts and buyouts to reduce the size of the agency.  ‘Some of the most important work we’ve done in this first year has been around the area of overreach and rolling back the extended footprint of this…

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