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Jackie Robinson was a radical – don’t listen to the sanitized version of history

Peter Dreier – E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, Occidental College In our new book, “Baseball Rebels: The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America,” Rob Elias and I profile the many iconoclasts, dissenters and mavericks who defied baseball’s and society’s establishment. But none took as many risks –…

Students of color in special education are less likely to get the help they need – here are three ways teachers can do better

Mildred Boveda – Associate Professor of Special Education, Penn State When I was a special education teacher at Myrtle Grove Elementary School in Miami in 2010, my colleagues and I recommended that a Black girl receive special education services because she had difficulty reading. However, her mother disagreed. When I asked her why, she explained that she,…

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The ‘hot hand’ is a real basketball phenomenon – but only some players have the ability to go on these basket-making streaks

Konstantinos Pelechrinis – Associate Professor of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh Wayne Winston- Professor of Decision and Information Systems, Indiana University March Madness is here, and basketball fans are making predictions: Who will be the Cinderella story of the college tournament? Which teams will make a run to the Final Four? And of course, which…

Students with disabilities are not getting help to address lost opportunities

John McKenna – Associate Professor of Special Education, UMass Lowell Even before the pandemic hit, 98% of U.S. school districts said they didn’t have enough special education teachers to serve all the students who needed their help. During the pandemic, short-handed school districts were even more stretched to provide learning support to students with disabilities. Now, those…

Why your kid won’t put down the smartphone – it’s not your fault

Meghan Owenz – Assistant Teaching Professor of Rehabilitation and Human Services, Penn State Nearly three-quarters of parents are concerned that their kids’ use of mobile devices may be harmful to them or to family relationships – and that was from research done before the pandemic. But it’s not parents’ – or the kids’ – fault. Every time a parent…

Disasters can wipe out affordable housing for years unless communities plan ahead – the loss hurts the entire local economy

Shannon Van Zandt – Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University The tornadoes and wildfires that devastated communities from Kentucky to Colorado in the final weeks of 2021 left thousands of people displaced or homeless. For many of them, it will be months if not years before their homes are rebuilt. That’s especially hard on low-income residents.…

Heading into the third year of the pandemic, the US blood supply is at a 10-year low

Anna Nagurney – Professor and Chair in Integrative Studies, UMass Amherst The blood supply in the U.S. is now at its lowest level in over a decade. Many of the nation’s blood centers currently have only a one-day supply of some blood types in inventory. This is dangerous because blood transfusions are needed for many surgeries. Blood…

What you eat can reprogram your genes – an expert explains the emerging science of nutrigenomics

Monica Dus – Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan People typically think of food as calories, energy and sustenance. However, the latest evidence suggests that food also “talks” to our genome, which is the genetic blueprint that directs the way the body functions down to the cellular level. This communication…

Barbie doll that honors Ida B. Wells faces an uphill battle against anti-Blackness

Toni Sturdivant – Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University-Commerc When Mattel announced in January 2022 that it was releasing a new Barbie doll to honor Ida B. Wells – the famed 19th-century Black journalist and anti-lynching crusader – the company said the idea was to “inspire us to dream big.” However, while the doll…

Grammy winner explains why Adele is right – album tracks should not be shuffled

Lisa D. Tinsley For as long as albums have existed, they have offered listeners wonder, hope, truth and reality concerning the state of the human condition. This is achieved through a group effort. Artists, producers, songwriters, engineers, artwork designers and liner note writers carefully curate and present a structured soundtrack, with tracks sequenced in such a…

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