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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Mid-Career Outcomes of Graduates of Virginia Institutions of Higher Education

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Income/Poverty,Science/Technology,Statistics,Virginia Issues

Finds that bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science receive the highest earnings over a 20 year period and those in education, English, and performing/visual arts the lowest.  From the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia


Unemployment Among Doctoral Scientists and Engineers Remained Below the National Average in 2013

Categories: Careers,Education-Higher,Labor/Employment,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports on  the employment levels and unemployment rates of doctoral scientists and engineers including social sciences by field of doctorate, years since earning degree, and race/ethnicity/gender.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Pesticides in U.S. streams and rivers: Occurrence and Trends During 1992-2011

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

Discusses the frequency with which U.S. rivers and streams exceeded aquatic-life benchmarks due to the presence of pesticides during the target period.  From the U.S. Geological Survey



Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2014

Categories: Environment,Science/Technology,United Nations

Finds that Montreal Protocol has led to stabilizing of ozone layer in latest measurements of the earth’s ozone layer.  Sums up the assessments of 300 scientists.  From the UN Environment Programme


Record Greenhouse Gas Levels Impact Atmosphere and Oceans

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

Press release which describes the record high amount of greenhouse gases measured in earth’s atmosphere in 2013 and the implications for ocean acidification and accelerating climate change.  From the World Meteorological Organization


WMO Greenhouse Gas Bulletin: The State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere Based on Global Observations Through 2013

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology,Statistics

Reports that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases reached new highs in 2013 and the atmospheric increase of carbon dioxide from 2012 to 2013 was the largest annual increase since measurements began in 1984.  From the World Meteorological Organization


Federal Funding for Basic Research at Universities and Colleges Essentially Unchanged in FY2012

Categories: Education-Higher,Govt Finance,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics

Annual statistical report which shows that federal funding for basic research at colleges and universities decreased by 0.3% from FY2011 to FY2012.  Presents statistics on basic research funding by source agency and by field of science including medical and social sciences. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


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