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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Research Space at Academic Institutions Increased 3.5% Between FY 2009 and FY 2011: Biomedical Fields Account for Most Growth

Categories: Education-Higher,Science/Technology,Statistics

Data on research and development at colleges and universities by field of research and source of funding.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


A Regional Classification of the Effectiveness of Depressional Wetlands at Mitigating Nitrogen Transport to Surface Waters in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues

Discusses the damage from excessive nitrogen in Chesapeake Bay and Pamlico Sound  and Atlantic coastal plain streams.  From the U.S. Geological Survey



America’s Children and the Environment

Categories: Children,Environment,Health/Medical


3rd edition of a report that presents key information on environmental problems that affect children’s health.  See also Appendices to the Report.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Science/Technology

Technical report which describes potential climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems and human economies as well as the kinds of scientific data, planning tools and resources needed to help adapt to these changes.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


The Structure and Practices of the Debt Buying Industry

Categories: Business/Economics,Consumer Info/Protection

Examines the practices of companies that buy up consumer debt and then try to collect it.  Finds that debt buying reduces creditors’ losses, but results in major consumer protection concerns.  From the Federal Trade Commission


All Mortgages Are Not Created Equal

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Housing/Homelessness

Examines  the impact of non-occupant–owner mortgages and speculation on investment homes contributed to the housing crisis.  From the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank


The Long-Term Uninsured in America: 2007-2010 (Selected Intervals) ….

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

Estimates that 21.3 million people or 8% of the population under age 65 were uninsured  for the four year period.  Identifies groups most at risk of lacking any health insurance coverage during the period.

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Fixing Our Broken Immigration System So Everyone Plays by the Rules

Categories: Headlines,Immigration/Migration,Presidency

Factsheet describing the Obama Administration’s plan for immigration reform.  From the White House


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