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George Floyd Bill has Potential to Reduce Bias in Policing

January 21, 2021

Not only are black people more likely than white people to be stopped by police, but new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences documents that the darker you are, the more likely you are to be shot by mistake.

Conversely white people with very white skin are less likely to have force used against them.  “Whiteness serve(s) as a protective factor,” Kimberly Barsamian Kahn and Karin D. Martin explain in “The Social Psychology of

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President-Elect Biden Announces Key Picks for OSTP and PCAST

January 21, 2021

Days before taking office, President-Elect Biden announced appointments to the Office of Science Policy and Technology (OSTP) and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The timing of these appointments demonstrates a strong interest in and commitment to science in the next administration. Under the previous administration, the position of OSTP Director sat empty for nearly two years. Acting quickly to make OSTP appointments was a

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Social Networks Key to Sticking with STEM

October 22, 2020

Looking for job security?  Look no further than STEM, where jobs are projected to grow by more than 8 percent through 2030, with cybersecurity and biomedical, civil and environmental engineering at greatest risk of labor shortages. 

Turning young people onto science, technology, engineering and math has been challenging, especially with the best high schools devoted to STEM historically reserved for only the “gifted and talented.”

A broader swath of

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Shutting Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline

September 24, 2020

Once our kids are all back in school, so too will be the school resource officers, there to prevent violence yet unwittingly leaving many students feeling “scared and mistrusted,” according to new research in Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

In “School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System,” researchers Tammy Hughes, Tara Raines, and Celeste Malone report that 77 percent of school resource officers who participated in a 2014 study

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