MPH Brain Dump

"They found that people hesitated longer to shoot an armed white target (and they were more likely to accidentally not shoot). Participants were quicker and more accurate with black armed targets but there were more “false alarms” (shooting them when they were unarmed). These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly."
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"They found that people hesitated longer to shoot an armed white target (and they were more likely to accidentally not shoot). Participants were quicker and more accurate with black armed targets but there were more “false alarms” (shooting them when they were unarmed). These effects were present even though participants did not hold any explicit discriminatory views and wanted to treat all targets fairly."

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2013/07/15/guest-post-who-would-you-shoot/


A wonderful example for teaching sexual health

Last semester my class had the opportunity to Skype with Al Vernacchio, a sex education teacher at a Quaker Friends school.  His approach is so well rounded, comprehensive, and compassionate. 


I love this article explaining his approach.  He said he’s currently working on a book so every few months I google his name to check for a release date. I will definitely be snapping that up the minute its available.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/magazine/teaching-good-sex.html?pagewanted=all


A really fantastic perspective →

RH Reality Check interviewed men that work as clinic escorts. In true “Lauren” fashion, their stories made me tear up at my desk.


It also makes me incredibly grateful for the “buffer zone” we have here in Massachusetts so antis can’t get as close.


nprfreshair:

Bipartisan senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement about federal student loans. The agreement is that “interest rates would be tied to the variable rates of the 10-year treasury bond.” This means undergrads currently taking out federal loans will have a 3.61% interest and 5.21% for graduate students, with rates fixed for the duration of the loan but variable with market rates.
via the New York Times
In an interview with Kevin Carey, the director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, he spoke about how loan debt has gotten out of control:

The average college senior in the U.S. now carries $25,000 in student loan debt at graduation. Those figures rise when graduate degrees are figured into the equation. No one planned for that to happen, no one thought that was a good idea because in fact, it’s a very bad idea. The reality is that as college tuition has consistently outpaced the ability of people to pay out of pocket, debt has been the safety valve of our higher education system. It is what has allowed everything to keep running because people know they have to go to college — they don’t feel they have any choice — so they just continue to borrow and borrow and borrow.

image via Fox Business

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nprfreshair:

Bipartisan senate negotiators have reached a tentative agreement about federal student loans. The agreement is that “interest rates would be tied to the variable rates of the 10-year treasury bond.” This means undergrads currently taking out federal loans will have a 3.61% interest and 5.21% for graduate students, with rates fixed for the duration of the loan but variable with market rates.

via the New York Times

In an interview with Kevin Carey, the director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, he spoke about how loan debt has gotten out of control:

The average college senior in the U.S. now carries $25,000 in student loan debt at graduation. Those figures rise when graduate degrees are figured into the equation. No one planned for that to happen, no one thought that was a good idea because in fact, it’s a very bad idea. The reality is that as college tuition has consistently outpaced the ability of people to pay out of pocket, debt has been the safety valve of our higher education system. It is what has allowed everything to keep running because people know they have to go to college — they don’t feel they have any choice — so they just continue to borrow and borrow and borrow.

image via Fox Business

This student loan stuff makes me feel barfy


The remarkable progress of marriage equality in the past decade makes it clear that neither a legal nor a political strategy alone work; they have succeeded in tandem—legal decisions clearing obstacles, political efforts building a democratic consensus.

Margaret Talbot on issues posed by “mini-DOMAs” for same-sex couples: http://nyr.kr/14Q0SI4 (via newyorker)