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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Majority, Concurring, and Dissenting Opinions Authored by Judge Merrick Garland

Categories: Supreme Court/courts

Identifies and briefly describes judicial opinions authored by Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.  Includes concurring and dissenting opinions in a table format.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Domestic Violence in England and Wales

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Marriage/Family,Women

Looks at how domestic violence is defined in England, how widespread the problem is, and civil and criminal remedies that are available for victims.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 6337


Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Summarizes evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors.  Also outlines other considerations for heating policy and assesses the best way to reduce emissions from heating.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


The Role of Option Value in College Decisions

Categories: Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation

Examines why college enrollment and graduation rates appear to be inconsistent with the large premium earned by college graduates and examines credit constraints as one possible explanation.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


UNSCR 1325 in the Middle East and North Africa: Women and Security

Categories: Arab,Civil/Human Rights,Egypt,Iraq,Israel,United Nations,Women

Examines the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and what it has accomplished in five Middle Eastern and North Africa nations, especially with regard to ending violence against women and promoting gender equality, since its passage in 2000.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

Categories: China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Germany,Japan,Korea,Taiwan

Reviews developments in international economic and exchange rate policies, especially how those policies affect bilateral trade with the U.S.  Discusses factors used to assess whether a major trading partner has a significant trade surplus with the U.S., a material current-account surplus, and engages in persistent one-sided intervention in the foreign exchange market. Establishes a monitoring list of countries of concern.  From the Treasury Department


The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce

Categories: African Americans,Education,Education-Higher,Headlines,Hispanics,Statistics

Reviews trends in the diversity of elementary and secondary school teachers and examines the teacher pipeline from enrollment in postsecondary education to entrance into the teaching profession and beyond.  Finds a lack of racial diversity among teachers (18% are teachers of color compared to 49% of students who are individuals of color).  From the U.S. Department of Education


Access to Care Among Adults Aged 18-64 With Serious Psychological Distress: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey 2012-September 2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Mental Health,Statistics

This study examines whether the expansion of health insurance coverage from 2013-2015 resulted in greater access to mental health services for adults.  Finds that the percentage of adults with serious psychological distress who were uninsured decreased from 28% in 2012 to  19.5% in the first 9 months of 2015.  From the National Center for Health Statistics


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