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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Reviews the progress of research into what is causing the decline in honey bee colonies and the leading theories at present.  Also covers the increase in funding for research on the problem.  The monetary value of honey bees as pollinators of crops in the U.S. is estimated at $15-$20 billion annually. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Project Bioshield: Authorities, Appropriations, Acquisitions, and Issues for Congress

Categories: Terrorism,WMD

Covers the main provisions of the Project Bioshield Act, passed by Congress in 2004 to provide funding and encouragement for the development of countermeasures to terrorist attacks involving chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Terrorist Attacks on Commercial Airlines: Federal Criminal Prohibitions

Categories: Crime/Justice,Terrorism,Transportation

Provides a brief description of the offenses that terrorist attackers against airlines could be charged with and an outline of the penalties to which they might be subject.  Also covers the question of prosecution methods regardless of whether the crimes are committee within the U.S. or overseas.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2010

Categories: Business/Economics,Statistics,United Nations

Sees a recovering world economy with an increasing number of countries experiencing positive quarterly growth of gross domestic product but conditions for sustained growth remain fragile.  From the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations.

Counterfeit Medicines

Categories: Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Great Britain,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

Examines the extent of the global counterfeit medicine trade, its impact in the United Kingdom,  and the technologies and policy options available to combat it.  Also examines the risks and benefits of online pharmacies.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Inpatient Stays in Rural Hospitals

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

Discusses the problems experienced by rural hospitals and provides statistics on characteristics of rural hospitals, their patients, and reasons for hospital stays.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Outstanding Faculty Awards

Categories: Education-Higher,Virginia Issues

Two William and Mary faculty are among the recipients of Outstanding Faculty Awards for 2010. They are Paul Marcus of the Law School and Mark Patterson of VIMs. From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

Report on Teacher Shortages in the Commonwealth

Categories: Careers,Education,Education-Higher,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Full title= Report on Teacher Shortages in the Commonwealth, with Focus on Enhancing the Transfer Pipeline from Virginia’s Community Colleges.  Describes demographic characteristics of teachers in Virginia public schools, provides annual data from 2004-2010 on specific shortages by curriculum area and reasons for these shortages, and offers model practices and recommendations for improving the flow of teacher education students to licensure.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

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