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Virginia Students Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT and Increase Achievement in Criical Reading, Mathematics, and Wrting

Categories: Education,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2010/sep13.shtml

Press release on results of Scholastic Aptitude Tests  Provides average reading, math, and writing scores for all Virginia public school students, and for Black, Hispanic, Asian, and White students.  Also provides figures for participation in Advanced Placement classes.  From the Virginia Department of Education

Progress for Children: A World Fit for Children Statistical Review

Categories: Children,Education,Food/Nutrition,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Statistics,United Nations

http://www.unicef.org/progressforchildren/2007n6/files/Progress_for_Children_-_No._6.pdf

Provides a statistical review on progress made toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals related to children.  From UNICEF

Proposed Federal R&D Funding for FY2011 Dips to $143 billion, with Cuts in National Defense R&D

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf10327/nsf10327.pdf

Compares budget authority for research and development spending by federal agencies to preliminary appropriations.  Finds nondefense R&D up by 6.3% and defense R&D down by 4.8% compared to FY2010 figures.   From the National Science Foundation

U.S. Geological Survey Activities Related to American Indians and Alaska Natives—Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Native Americans

http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1345/

Discusses the problems posed by climate change to the way of life of Native Americans.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

Continuous Resistivity Profiling and Seismic-Reflection Data Collected in 2006 from the Potomac River Estuary, Virginia and Maryland

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Geology/Mining,Statistics,Virginia Issues

http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1151/

Describes a geophysical survey on the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River estuary to test hypotheses about groundwater flow under and into the Bay that might be contributing to eutrophication.  From the U.S. Geological Survey

Navigating Negotiations in Afghanistan

Categories: Afghanistan,Conflict Resolution,Defense/Military,NATO,Pakistan

http://www.usip.org/resources/navigating-negotiations-in-afghanistan

Discusses the prospects for successful negotiations with insurgent forces in Afghanistan, the effects of the coalition’s military surge, and the necessary role of Pakistan in the talks.  From the United States Institute of Peace

Iran’s Subsidies Conundrum

Categories: Iran

http://www.usip.org/files/resources/pb49_0.pdf

Discusses the possible outcomes of the effort by the  government of Iran to reduce economic subsidies that have been in place since 1980.  From the United States Institute of Peace

Advancing New Media Research

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.usip.org/files/resources/SR%20250%20-%20Advancing%20New%20Media%20Research.pdf

Calls for more research into the nature of new media such as texting and blogs and their consequences for political polarization.    From the United States Institute of Peace

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