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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections

Categories: African Americans,Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-680

Near unanimous decision of the Supreme Court that sends a Virginia redistricting case back to the lower court to reconsider whether the legislative district lines were drawn to harm African American voters.  The court ruled that the three judge panel of the lower court had not applied the right standards in deciding the lines were constitutional.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

Field Composition of Postdocs Shifts as Numbers Decline in Biological Sciences and in Clinical Medicine

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17309/nsf17309.pdf

Description and data about the shifting trends by field  in postdoctoral appointees in science, engineering, and health in U.S. academic institutions.   Largest increases were in neurosciences, engineering, and social sciences. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering, Fall 2015

Categories: African Americans,Education-Higher,Health/Medical,Labor/Employment,Science/Technology,Statistics,Women

https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/datatables/gradpostdoc/2015/

An annual census of the total number of graduate students, postdoctoral appointees, and doctorate-level nonfaculty researchers by demographic and other characteristics such as source of financial support. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, 2017

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/digest/about-this-report/

Provides statistical information in science and engineering education and employment.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

Report: The Continuing Need to Rethink Discipline

Categories: African Americans,Children,Disability,Education,Statistics,Youth

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/school_discipline_report_-_120916.pdf

Describes progress made and calls for further efforts to reform exclusionary school discipline policies which often betray disparities along racial, sex, and disability characteristics.  Includes a section on the impact of exclusionary discipline practices.  From the Executive Office of the President

 

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Categories: African Americans,History,Housing/Homelessness,Urban Issues,Virginia Issues

http://mappinginequality.us/

Interactive mapping scene which allows user to select an American city and view maps deriving from the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, a Depression era federal government program which provided information to financial institutions about investment risks and served to ghettoize African Americans and other minorities.  A joint project of librarians at the University of Maryland, University of Richmond, and Virginia Tech.

 

Measuring the Representation of Women and Minorities in the SBIC Program

Categories: African Americans,Business/Economics,Hispanics,Women

https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/SBIC-Diversity-Report.pdf

Examines how the racial and gender identity of Small Business Investment Companies’ boards is related to investment decisions they make, especially as to the race and gender of the owners of companies they invest in.  Includes research results on racial and gender diversity in the finance community and measures of diversity in the SBIC Program.  From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress, sponsored by the Small Business Administration.

 

Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity

Categories: African Americans,Arab,Hispanics,Statistics

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2016-09-30/2016-23672

Invites comments on an agency review and possible revision of federal standards f or collecting and presenting data on race and ethnicity, which were last revised in 1997.  Under consideration: the use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity, the classification of a Middle Eastern and North African category, and the terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications.  Summary with link to full text at bottom.  From the Federal Register and GPO’s FDsys.  Posted by the Office of Management and Budget.

 

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