Yes It Is, It’s True: Presley Hudson indeed is No. 1

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Can Wayland claim to have a national champion in intercollegiate athletics? Yes.

Before last Friday, the closest this community got to having one of their own win a national title was Jessie Merchant’s top slugger role with the University of Michigan national champion softball team. And don’t forget Phil Regan won the National League Fireman of the Year award three times.

Now comes Central Michigan University senior Presley Hudson, a Wayland High School graduate, who captured the NCAA women’s basketball regular season individual title in free throw accuracy, making 116 of 123 at the line for a mind-boggling 94.3 percent. She edged Rebekah Hand of Marist, who checked in at 94.1% and Marta Gomez of Wyoming at 93.8%.

Hudson averaged 20.4 points per game this season, 18th best in the NCAA. The regular season ended last weekend and post-season tournaments have begun.



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THIS DAY IN HISTORY March 19, 1968: Howard University Protest

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The 1968 protest at Howard University is included in segment 11 of Eyes on the Prize and in the documentary “Color Us Black!” that streams for free online.

From March 19-23, 1968, Howard University students seized the Administration Building. As two of the conditions for vacating the building, the students insisted on changes in the discipline policy and that courses be offered in African American history.

Learn more about the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Stanley Nelson’s film “Tell Them We Are Rising.”




Adults with kids might be less happy because raising them is expensive

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Adults report being less satisfied with their lives when they have children and those with stepchildren are even less happy, finds new research that looks at adult wellbeing across more than 30 European countries.

The happiest adults, according to the survey data the researchers examined: single ones who live with a partner but no kids.

For years, smaller studies had found that the presence of children is associated with diminished wellbeing for adults or that there is no relationship between having children and life satisfaction. Curious to know why, professors David G. Blanchflower of Dartmouth College and Andrew Clark of the Paris School of Economics decided to take a closer look.

“That’s one of the big puzzles that’s been in the literature forever,” Blanchflower told Journalist’s Resource by phone. He was one of the researchers who had studied the issue in the United States and Great Britain in previous years.

In prior research, “we showed that kids make people…


What you need to know about organoids

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Paola Arlotta, chair of and professor in the stem cell and regenerative biology department at Harvard University, is growing brain tissue in her lab. In recent years, scientists have developed new techniques that add another level to the two-dimensional tissue culture of yore (e.g., growing cells in a single layer in a petri dish). These cells grow and divide in three dimensions, ultimately giving rise to samples of tissue that resemble the organ itself. They’re called organoids, but many news headlines have described them as if they are real, live organs.

Take these headlines for example: “Scientists grow human brains in a dish” and “Scientists brew up the creepiest batches of brain balls yet.” While science is in its infancy, the headlines don’t reflect that, taking liberties in describing what organoids are and overstating their form and function.

“You imagine a mini brain in a dish — that’s not what these things are,” Arlotta stresses. That bears repeating: They’re not mini brains; they’re not brains in a dish. They’re brain organoids, simplified replicas with some of the features of the organ they model.

Put simply, they are models that allow scientists to…



U.S. county health rankings focus on the burden of housing costs

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Over one in ten households in the U.S. spends more than half their income on housing costs – a financial burden that is associated with increased food insecurity, child poverty and a greater proportion of people in fair or poor health – according to new research conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

The annual collaboration, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, analyzes the factors that influence health, such as structural factors, access to and quality of health care, and personal health behaviors, as well as health outcomes for almost every county in the nation. This year’s analysis, which examines both location and race, has a particular emphasis on housing. The research reveals that in the most segregated counties nearly one in four black households spends more than half their income on housing, compared with one in 10 white households.

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How healthy is your county?

By Carmen Nobel, Journalist’s Resource

Today the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released their County Health Rankings, an annual report on the health of counties in the United States. Journalist’s Resource has summarized this year’s rankings, which focus on the connection between housing and health. Among the findings: “Across counties, every 10 percent increase in the share of households that are severely cost burdened is linked to: 29,000 more children in poverty; 86,000 more people who are food insecure; 84,000 more people in fair or poor health.”

Elsewhere on Journalist’s Resource, our new science explainer looks at the nascent science of organoids— explaining what they are and, just as importantly, what they’re not. (Pro tip for journalists:  Stop calling them “brains in a dish.”) And this week’s standout study investigates the relationship between parental happiness and family finances.
You’ll find more information on our new features below. But first I want to take a moment to thank all of you who participated in our annual survey. We’ll be sharing the results soon. And if you didn’t get a chance to participate in the survey but still have something to say about Journalist’s Resource, I encourage you to share your thoughts by replying to this e-mail. Our team is always eager for feedback, and we take it seriously.
Yours in knowledge,
Carmen Nobel, program director of Journalist’s Resource

Momentum Grows for Desperately Needed Regulation of Charter Schools


Last summer the Schott Foundation and the Network for Public Education’s published a fine report on the privatization of public education.  Grading the States begins with a reminder that charter schools educate the few at the expense of the many: “The ability for every child, regardless of race, income, disability, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other immutable characteristic, to obtain a free quality public education is a foundational principle in American society.  This principle is based on the belief that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn…. Although the public school system is not perfect and has continual room for improvement, it is… the cornerstone of community empowerment and advancement in American society.  In fact, the overwhelming majority of students… continue to attend public schools with total public school enrollment in prekindergarten through grade 12 projected to increase by 3 percent from 50.3 million to 51.7 million students…

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